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  • 33 Weeks (and a few days)

    Is time flying or standing still? I can’t decide.  Some days I’m horrified that I’m thirty-three weeks along already, that I’m gestating babies who look like babies, who are starting to get fat, that in a mere few weeks they’ll be term and we can welcome them properly into our lives.  Other days, it feels as though I’ve been pregnant FOREVER, almost but not quite ready to pop FOREVER, and that I’m going to be hauling myself into work and enduring sympathetic glances FOREVER.  I think it probably depends on how much sleep I’ve managed to get the day before. The other day, I was thinking to myself about my current insomnia situation and I caught myself thinking that I could hardly wait for the twins to be born so that I could sleep again.  And then I realised what I was thinking and laughed a hollow laugh to myself.…

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    31 Weeks

    Is it Autumn?  Because it feels like Autumn.  And I’m not ready for that. You guys, we’re having babies this Autumn.  Tiny ‘Year of the Horse’ babies.  And now the leaves are orange and scuttling in the wind and I had to wear a jumper this evening, a JUMPER. And I think it may be Autumn. Today, I’m at 31+4 with the twins.  Mostly I feel fine – enormous and I have to plan my day around the closest bathroom, but fine.  Sleep is a little less comfortable.  Occasionally the boys experience a growth spurt and I find myself doing absurd things like waking up every hour in order to eat multiple breakfasts, but that’s not frequent enough to be a real issue.  And I think that I’ve cracked it by stuffing myself full of protein now anyway. So if nobody minds, I think I’ll have it still be Summer. …

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    Knitting Project: A Gift From Prometheus

    A Guest Post from  my partner, Kirsty: I came across Stacey Cilia’s Stacked Stag-horn Baby Sweater on Ravelry and fell in love with how smart and professional it looked. Stacey has written up the instructions to make this jumper in both dk and worsted weight. I used her dk pattern, and here is my result: Pattern: Stacked Stag-horn Baby Sweater by Stacey Cilia Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Citrus Needles: 4.5mm and 5mm circulars This pattern is one of my new favourites. I didn’t have to change a thing. It was straightforward and I found it to be a very relaxing knit, even with the staghorn cable to keep things interesting. I’m finding my feet with cabling, and though this jumper needs some heavier blocking to really open it out, I love the way it ended up looking! Madelinetosh Tosh DK yarn is just beautiful; I’ve never knit with anything…

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    Baby Bonding

    A Guest Post from my Partner, Kirsty: I haven’t had any particular trouble when it comes to bonding with the two tiny people growing inside Amber’s uterus, but throughout this pregnancy so far, I’ve been very prone (as I suspect many are) to forgetting that they are there at all. Of course, it’s always a wonderful jolt back to reality, but not carrying the babies can definitely make me less aware of their presence at times. Here are the ten ways that I have strengthened my bond with my sons, and kept everything feeling wonderfully real: 1. Buying their books I have, over the last year or so, slowly built up a collection of around 250 second hand books. It’s been wonderful fun and it’s affordable enough that I can do it quite frequently, so popping in to charity shops when I’m out and about and picking up a few books…

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    A Letter To My Body at 30 Weeks Pregnant

    Dear body, I think that it would be fair to say that I have not always been a sympathetic friend to you.  I haven’t always listened to you.  At times I have intentionally harmed you.  And true, I would probably need all of my limbs to count the number of times that I have taken you for a run, but I wouldn’t need to borrow a friend’s. I had my doubts about how you would take to the business of growing children.  After all, you were unproven.  And I’ve read my fair share of horror stories about difficulties conceiving and carrying babies to term.  But somehow you sailed through your first round of IVF – no symptoms! No pain! – and surprised me at the end of it with a positive pregnancy test. The two tiny heartbeats at the seven-week scan was another surprise.  Really, I had no idea that…

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