Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Me, for the win

On Monday, I had a Parenting Win. At 11 weeks, Genevieve is 24 1/2" long, and 12 lbs, 14 oz. She is tall, like Andrew, and has some good meat on her bones. I can't find the percentiles, but I assure you, she's well above the 50% mark on both. (Fortunately, she doesn't have her father's giant head. Quoth the pediatrician.)

I'm interactive!

I am utterly delighted. For the first time, I feel like I'm really doing something right. The pediatrician told us (basically) that all of the preemie concerns were well behind us, and that we have a robust and thriving daughter.

I can't even begin to describe the relief I feel. Andrew and I were high five-ing each other all the way home after her appointment.

Success as a parent is - apparently - measured in inches and pounds.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Forty-two Squares

I've been spending a lot of my time taking pictures of Genevieve. About a month ago, I took pictures of her on the Love Blanket TM that a few of our podcast listeners made for her.

Diaper cover by Zookies.com. No affiliation, just a happy customer.

I know that a month is FOREVER in baby time (Genevieve has filled out considerably since this shoot), but these are some of my favorite pictures of her. Every time we use this blanket, I think of all the well-wishes, anticipation, and love that was knit into it.

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I love her duckling hairdo.

It's the perfect size for snuggling under on the couch or the glider, and because it's superwash wool, I don't have to worry about handwashing it. You know, because Things happen. And knitters plan for these sorts of Things.

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The square her feet are on is a square with BABY FOOTPRINTS!

It has directionality, and because I'm me, I insist that we show off the pretty side, and right side up. (There's even a Star Trek square. This is how well our listeners know us.)

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DangerMouse: 1 month, 8 days old

It's so cheerful, that it brightens up whichever room we're using it in. (Usually the living room.) Until the past couple of days, it hasn't really been cold enough to take it out of the house and show it off. Given that the high the last couple of days has been in the low 50's, that is changing. Oh boy, is it changing.

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Both the blanket and the baby are super-snuggly.

Despite the fact that I only managed to finish a hat for her before she was born, Genevieve has made off with a HUGE haul of knitterly loot. Every time she wears a hat or sweater that one of her knitting aunties has made for her, I make sure to tell her how well-loved she is, and how excited we all were to have her join us.

This goes even more so for the Love Blanket TM. I tell her that people who *have never met her* were SO excited that she was going to be born that they surprised us with a blanket - just for her. Thankfully for me, Genevieve is good about sharing it.

 For now.