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  • “But what are you going to do about the DOG?”

    “But what are you going to do about the DOG?” With the exception of a few dog-savvy friends, this seemed the inevitable response from people when we announced that we were expecting.  As though the dog had been our child substitute and now that we had the real thing on the way, there would no longer be a place for her in our family.  As though she might pose some threat to the babies and would have to be evicted for their safety.  It made me cringe. At first, I was flippant: “Well, if she doesn’t get along with the babies then I’m sure that healthy newborn twins will rehome much more easily than a middle-aged mongrel.”  But when I simmered down and realised that their question was coming from a place of concern, I started to take the time to explain how we planned to help Josephine-dog find her…

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    28 Weeks Tomorrow

    A Guest Post by my Partner, Kirsty: This pregnancy has been a blurry sort of daze for me so far – I’m endlessly excited but it’s not the kind of excitement I feel that I can focus just yet. We’ve been moving furniture around, buying baby clothes and gear, knitting tiny little clothes, talking about birth plans and little boy names and it’s only just now, with very likely less than 12 weeks to go, that it’s starting to really hit me that all of this is for something other than just a vague sort of fun. Someone is literally going to hand us two babies and we are just going to take them home when they are fit to go and then nothing will ever be the same again. I’ve started having very vivid dreams about these boys; about feeling their weight in my arms and kissing their heads,…

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    Knitting Project: Chasing Sunbeams

    A Guest Post from my Partner, Kirsty: I love it when I can put beautiful yarns and a gorgeous, inspirational book together and make something pretty from it. I paired these two Quince & Co. Lark yarns [purchased from Loop] with a fabulous pattern from Nikki Van De Car’s ‘What To Knit When You’re Expecting’, and this is what I got: Pattern: Striped Boatneck Sweater by Nikki Van De Car Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark in Apricot and Nasturtium Needles: 5.5mm What a creative, versatile pattern! I had to make a few modifications to suit my gauge, which was very easy to do. I also opted to add the sleeves by picking up stitches around the armholes so I could knit them straight on; I like to avoid seaming where I can. I love the double moss stitch edgings, they really stand out with this yarn! Quince & Co. Lark is amazing…

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    27 Weeks (and counting down the days!)

    I shouldn’t complain.  I promise that I know exactly how fortunate I am to be having TWO gorgeous and healthy children and as a result of our first attempt at IVF, no less.  I know that as far as twin pregnancies go, this one is revoltingly easy. But, BUT. I can’t sleep.  I can’t even lie down and PRETEND that any minute now I’m going to fall asleep, because even with three pillows there is no way to arrange myself that is comfortable for more than about two minutes.  I can’t even breathe like a normal person and am instead forced to snuffle like an elderly pug until I’m forced by discomfort to get back up again.  It’s miserable. And I love my sleep.  We’ve always been besties.  I’ve always been one of those people who could sleep absolutely anywhere, so this is new and disconcerting.  And unwelcome. Ten weeks…

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    National Josephine Day

    I (Amber) don’t yet have outside-of-womb children but it’s probably a similar sort of feeling: that moment when you look at your small dependent and think, I love you so much and your life is about to change in so many ways and you have absolutely no idea. Sound familiar, mums? But I don’t have children yet so when I’m experiencing these enormous seismic waves of emotion, I’m actually looking at the dog. It’s disconcerting.  Rationally, I know that these human children are going to take up so very much space that everything else is going to feel sort of squashed for a while.  Emotionally… good lord, I love that dog.  I can barely imagine a universe in which she doesn’t play a prominent part. We are determined that Little Dog Josephine won’t be sidelined in favour of the babies, that we will find a way to meet her needs…

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