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Hi folks,

Can I just tell you how Totally. Over. School. I am? I hate it with the passion of a thousand brilliant suns. I only have 5 weeks to go and that seems like an everloving eternity right now. I dunno, maybe it's that I have some much more important things on my mind right now. Like, oh, pushing a child out of my body in four months and change. Or the fact that I have a job, that I love, but that I have to make a case for me being the full-time person in it forever and ever over the next two weeks. Or that THERE ARE BABY SHOWERS TO ORCHESTRATE, PEOPLE! There are so many things on my mind that take precedent over school right now that school feels like your friend's annoying little brother who won't stop sliding Matchbox cars under her door while you two are busy discussing the respective merits of Brad Pitt versus Leonardo DiCaprio as your dream boyfriend with each other. For the love of god, little brother/school, leave me alone!

In other news, for those of you who havent been studiously keeping up with my Flickr photos; we're having a boy! With tiny little boy bits and everything! I was totally convinced that we would be having a girl, but I have to say: I am completely relieved that we're starting off with a boy. And from the lengthy ultrasound we had last Friday I can safely say without a hint of motherly pride or delusion that he is the most perfect 21-week fetus that has ever been created. Here is his precious little face:

Here you're looking at his profile (he's facing left) and he's scratching his forehead.

So I guess I should get to the knitting, eh? Turns out, I have been knitting. I started my fifth baby bunny jacket. The other four were for last year's babies, all born to fabulous women who had darling little sons of their own. Finally, it's my turn and my little boy will be clad in a color scheme that will make him look very much like the Velveteen Rabbit. I can't wait to finish it and show you all.

I haven't stopped trying to figure out the Baby Surprise Jacket in pink and green, but it will be destined for gifting instead of for the little person currently engaged in pummeling me every chance he gets. (Yes, I know it will only get much much worse!)

Work on my Apricot Jacket has been temporarily displaced by the Baby Bunny Jacket, but I am in desperate need for a lighter cardigan, so I'm going to need to finish it very soon!

With that, ladies and gents, Sparticus sez:

Peace out!



Hey lovebugs,

So, um, I "upgraded" the blog a little and with the changes, all my old comments disappeared. I really don't know how to recover them (I'm talking to Jon about it), but I hope I can figure it out. With the new changes, you will see that I have a profile now, I've updated the links list, the format of the archives has changed, and I have instituted Haloscan comments (after much prodding, Duchess!).

Please let me know if you encounter any trouble other than the old comments not being archived and I will whine at Jon to "fiiiix iiiit". Since I'm pregnant and bitchy, I'm guessing he will. :)

Clearly, it's time for an update!

Hi there party people,

It's been a long time, eh? I've mostly emerged from the Land of Fatigue and Nausea (which is decidedly the opposite of the Land of Milk and Honey). The famed second trimester energy surge didn't just turn on at 12 weeks like so many people swear it does, instead it was like a very slow veil lifting. I'd have good morning, then a good morning and afternoon, then a terrible day or a hard night. Rinse and repeat for 3 weeks. Now that we're at week 17, I am starting to consistently feel better but I still have off afternoons and evenings.

With more energy comes knitting (and spinning! but I'll save that for another post). Some of it is secret (for a friend's little bubby due very soon indeed!) But I did start a Baby Surprise Jacket in Art Yarn supermerino. This is the only pic I have:

Please note that the color of the yarn does not indicate the gender of the baby; if it's sporting a hotdog, this sweater will go to a hamburger-sporting baby. You'll know on April 27th, just like us.

I have actually knit about half of the stupid sweater, but it's been confusing and I am clearly going to run out of yarn. I've been trying to figure out how the pattern works so that I can fix it, but I am having no luck at all.

I also bought the makings for the Apricot Jacket from Rebecca 27. Please make a note of how that link is to a help forum. This jacket has the WORST directions this side of anywhere and is frustrating beyond belief. I soldier on purely because my belly will be So. Damn. Cute. in it. Speaking of The Belly, wanna see it?

This is 16 weeks and swear on a stack of Bibles and other holy stuff that I am not sticking it out!

Being that I actually LOST 8 pounds during my first trimester, I am not quite sure how I am "this big" at 16 weeks. This photo was taken right after I told work about the pregnancy, which was secret before that. Hiding *that* bump was ridiculously arduous. I pulled all the sitcom actress tricks (giant sweatshirts, standing behind lamps, carrying around manila folders, etc.). It feels good to finally be "out and proud"!

Hm, it seems that for all my promise of knitting going on I have very little to actually show you for it, eh? Maybe I should actually take some pictures next time!