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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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    A Quick Dash to Broadstairs

    We didn’t think to write a pre-baby bucket list but if we had, taking a holiday together would definitely have been on there.  Unfortunately, a combination of finances – having just paid privately for IVF – and saving my annual leave from when the babies come meant that a few weeks in warmer climes simply weren’t possible for us this year.  We weren’t too sad about it as we’ve had plenty of distractions and besides, Kirsty has a whole notebook full of knitting projects that she REALLY needs to finish before the twins are here! Still, everyone deserves a little get-away and with the rain driving us stir-crazy in drizzly old London, on Friday we spontaneously booked the next night away at dog-friendly Smith’s Court Hotel in Margate.  Margate is only a twenty-minute bus and then two-hour train ride away from where we live so VERY do-able at short notice…

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