Friday, February 15, 2008

Baby Love

I reckon it has been over a week since I posted. Things are going well. Our son flew through the surgery like a champ. We were there from 9:30am to 5pm, so it was a long day, and we were both happy to be home. He actually spent the morning at preschool today, the first day he has been there since the surgery.

The surgery had an immediate effect on his sleep. The first night I went to tuck him in, I put my ear to his face to make sure he was breathing. In contrast to before the surgery, when we could hear his sleep apnea episodes from downstairs. We are so relieved that he is getting sound sleep now.

Our daughter also may need the surgery, but we are watching and waiting right now. Her tonsils are very large and her sleep is also interrupted, so she may need them out sooner rather than later.

Knitting Content
I've always thought those wool diaper soakers were so darling. But I never wanted to cloth diaper my children. (Please, no flaming me for that. Save it for BID in Ravelry, K?) So when my good friend Alison recently said she wanted to try wool with her second babe, I jumped right all over that. This is the Curly Purly Soaker:

Curly Purly Soaker

It's not quite done yet, so technically a WIP. I still have to do the one cuff. These are extraordinarily quick and easy. This one is made of discontinued Chester Farms Pride of the Flock, which has built-in lanolin and is undyed. So now her baby can be an accurate Revolutionary War re-enactor. Or something like that. Just kidding. But at least his soaker might match his poop.

Curly Purly Soaker Graft

I did not do such a hot job on the grafting, however. I *will* get better at grafting. I figure that's mostly a part not many people are going to see on a very young baby, though.

There's also another knit in progress for another baby, and unfortunately I can't show that one because it's a gift for another friend (blogless) who reads this blog. Sorry!

There is something else I'd like to alert you to. I know some people who read this blog have young children. If you have tiny-person clothes packed up in your basement, or attic, would you please consider sending them to Mel, a doula in South Africa, who is giving them to new mothers? Otherwise, if they run out, sometimes the babies go home wrapped in newspaper. And I can't think of many more sad things than that.

Box O Baby Clothes


cooler*doula said...

Oh good lord... That IS darling. What a lucky baby I have. We'll be sure to take him to Fort Pulaski in it.

Thanks, friend.

Eliza said...

Do you mean that your friend is going to cloth diaper her #2? I am fascinated by this, and am already trying to convince my husband that this would be a good idea. (he isn't buying it.) We don't have kids (and I'm not pregnant), so at the moment our conversation is purely hypothetical. anyway, great soaker! And very cute! (I can't graft for the life of me. Yours looks superb.)

I'm glad your son's surgery went well. i've been wondering about how you are all doing.

knitting elephant said...

I'm super happy that your son made it through and is now reaping the good effects with some sound sleep. Sorry to hear dd will probably need the same, but at least you know now what to watch for and what to expect.

I love the soaker and often wonder if I should have cloth diapered. Too late now! I wish I had some clothing to donate in your honor, but I've donated all my baby clothing to some local young mommies with much less than I have--at least they still went to good use, huh? :-)

Sonya said...

We have been there with the sleep trouble(oldest son @ age 3) and the T&A made a world of difference. I am so glad he is sleeping better.

Yarn Tails said...

That soaker is darling. My babies are way too old for this, but grandkids are about 5 to 10 years away. lol

Mandy said...

So glad the boy is good. It must be a relief.

I made a soaker that needed grafting once, and it looked way worse than yours. I almost gave up grafting all together after that experience, but luckily I didn't. Because grafting rocks.

You are such a good friend for knitting an article of clothing that will be po*ped on.

tiennie said...

Cute baby soaker! Great charity to knit for.

Glad your son is doing so well!

JulieFrick said...

Oh, thank you SO much for that tip. I'm off to bookmark that site as we definitely have lots of clothes that can be donated.

Anonymous said...

My older daughter had the same surgery a few years ago. It made a huge difference in her.

Glad to hear all is well with your son.