I suppose technically this post should be entitled "our all ours" seeing as the little bear is just as much his or her Daddy's baby as he or she is mine but that would loose all the fun of the pun so I'm sticking with it.
It has always been our plan to have a little "I'm a baby girl" outfit and a little "I'm a baby boy" outfit in my hospital bag so that we can bring our little bear home dressed by Mummy without it having to be all neutral so my absolute favourite little girl cardie, Stephanie Pearl McPhee's Baby All Mine, was pretty near the top of the knitting queue.
Well you can see why:
It's just so cute! The yarn is Rowan Wool Cotton in Tender, a lovely soft dusky pink. I started originally with Rowan's extra fine merino DK in a similar colour but it was just too lilac and all wrong for a little girl who has a pretty good shot of sharing my colouring so that got ripped out and will make something pretty some day for someone who suits that colour.
And as even in September a little lass might need a hat to keep her toasty warm on her first journey I couldn't see her do without.
I started with the basics for the February Baby Hat but used the last two repeats of the Baby All Mine pattern to knit the majority of the hat and then fudged the decreasing when it looked about right.
The button on the hat band matches the little pearly coloured little flowers on the cardie itself, just because it looked fun.
Only time will tell whether this is the first knitwear for my first child or whether it has to go in the cupboard to wait for another time but H likes it enough to comment that he almost hopes that the baby is a girl so that she gets to wear it. I've got plans for the baby boy jacket so we'll see whether he reverts to the current equilibrium when he sees it.
I've got to 20 weeks now, and we've had our second scan (with the baby as wrigglish and tricksy as ever, determined to hide from the sonographer if at all possible), We got to see a whole heap of spine and very wonderfully, all four chambers of the baby's heart. I've no idea if the sonographer knew what variety of bear we're having but we said we didn't want to know, and there's no way I could guess from the scan - half the time we couldn't have told you what we were looking at!
Well here's the bump - any guesses?
My expression is mostly surprise - the bump had a little growth spurt in the last few days and I'm loving looking properly pregnant and starting to feel the odd little flutter. We're over half way now little bear and I can't wait to meet you!