Saturday, May 3, 2008

Up the duff

You have probably already guessed by now, but the reason I've been so sick for the last couple of months is that we are expecting another baby. Although if you look at the ultrasound photos from my 12 week scan yesterday, it looks more like we will have a little alien, or perhaps a seal pup. These pictures are always hard to decipher, but if you look closely you can see the alien face in frontal view and hands (or are they flippers?) on either side of its head. The little peanut was very unco-operative with the scan, jumping about all over the place and the poor techician was there forever trying to get the right angles, but it seems that everything is developing fine.

Funnily enough, we have been given exactly the same due date as for Thomas, (12 November) two years later, so there must be something special about the date both were concieved!

Anyway, luckily the all day nausea seems to be gradually subsiding, and I am feeling more human again. Thank goodness as I need all my energy to cope with Thomas, who is getting more and more adventurous and mischevious by the day.

He is also going through a sudden burst of separation anxiety, so leaving him at childcare three days a week has become an exercise in guilt. His carers reassure me that he stops crying as soon as I leave, but it still feels awful to put him through this. It would be nice to have the option not to work, but as well as preserving some of my sanity, at the moment we would really struggle without my income. I guess it's a very common dilemma, but no easier because of that.

On the creative side, I'm easing myself back into knitting with this rainbow doll pattern (a free pattern from Jean Greenhowe - not the eggs - keep scrolling down to the bottom - but check out those mini knitted cakes and sandwiches too!) which reminds me of some beautiful knitted dolls my mum made for us years ago. I'm not so keen on the super bright colours, but am experimenting with leftover scraps from the knitting I did for Thomas last year.


susan said...

oh congrats!! oh you must be thrilled with your little alien, um i mean baby!! i can see its little face. i find those machines unbelievable. my niece is going to get a special 3-d ultrasound! can you imagine?? hehe thomas was helping you in the bathroom was he?? those little rainbow babies look adorable, cant wait to see yours

Leah said...

Congratulations, Gabrielle! What exciting news for you all!

mames said...

oh, congrats on the newbie, sorry to hear it has been a rough start. but it will be done soon and to think they might have the same birthday, how neat.

thanks for the compliments on the photos. we are truly in love with our new camera but our lens keeps deciding to malfunction. hopefully we will get a new one via canon.

i am looking forward to seeing more fun projects here, now i have to go back and click on those links.

kayla_d said...

Congratulations! That's great news!

Suzy said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful noise. And the photo of Thomas and the toilet paper is priceless :)

suzy /

c.Rachel said...

a HUGE congratulations to you and your family! Exciting news!

Cascade Lily said...

Congratulations! Hope the nausea is easing as I type :) Funny, our number two is due almost exactly 3 years after Romily. Clever us :)

Oh and congrats too, for Romily drew your name out of the box this morning as the winner of my blog giveaway! Will post on my blog later tonight :)

Kate said...

Congratulations!! hope you get over the morning sickness soon.

susan said...

how strange that you should have the exact same due date!!
thanks for the link to the cute pattern