an announcement

I’m so not good at announcements. It’s like they suddenly make me centre of attention which introvert me doesn’t feel comfortable with at all (which is weird, considering I’ve had this blog for 6 years and somehow chose to make myself centre of attention here).
You maaaay have already guessed from my Pinterest activity in the last few weeks, like a friend of mine has.

Ok, no more beating about the bush. Fact is, in addition to just buying a house and all that, I have some other big news to share.
handknit baby cardigan | little home by hand
We’re expecting a baby next spring!

We’re excited – and still incredulous (growing a tiny human inside you? how crazy is that!) – and a little bit scared (how will we even like our new life as a family of three?).

I’m due in late February so hopefully we’ll have plenty of time to get our new house ready and move in.
20 week bump | little home by hand blog
Twenty weeks along today and feeling pretty good! After the queasy first weeks which were followed by exhausting weeks of fatigue (say what? I have to work 10 hours a day and cannot take a 2 hour nap in between?) things are great now.
The bump is growing, baby is already kicking noticeably sometimes and the last ultrasound confirmed that he or she is healthy and well.

We’ve decided not to find out the gender since neither of us really cares if it’s a boy or a girl. We’ll be happy either way and I imagine it will be so nice to find out after the birth. Apparently hardly anyone waits anymore to find out and people have been acting surprised by our decision.

I started showing really early (like, if you knew me well and had seen me in a bikini at 9 weeks you’d have noticed) and it has been quite a challenge to keep it hidden until I felt comfortable sharing the news. I’ve been pretty cautious about it and strangely not at all eager to shout it from the rooftops. Pregnancy somehow feels very private to me. We told family and close friends and my team at work at around 12 weeks and our larger circle at 16 weeks (I mean, it was preeetty obvious by then anyway).

Pregnancy has been a lesson in letting go – you are suddenly faced with something you can’t control and have to make the decision to either worry constantly what could go wrong or just embrace not knowing and trusting all will be well and as it should be.

In between the slew of appointments that come with pregnancy plus the many many things we need to organise and learn and discuss for the house it’s been hard to make time for anything else, but I do try to get a bit of knitting in here and there on weekends. Thankfully tiny baby things knit up fast!

handknit baby cardigan | little home by hand
handknit baby cardigan | little home by hand

Knitting for baby means some serious stash busting! With so much yarn left over from previous projects I can’t really justify splurging on more so this first cardigan (the popular Baby Sophisticate pattern) is knit with leftover Cascade Eco yarn from my Ramona cardigan.
I’ve always imagined any baby of mine would be drowning in hand knits and handmade outfits but with the house taking priority right now – we’ll see how much I can get done before this little person arrives 🙂

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25 thoughts on “an announcement

  1. Angela Hickman

    Congratulations! I can totally relate to it feeling private (I didn’t make any kind of formal announcement when we got engaged, despite being incredibly excited about it), and I think letting those things happen at your own pace is so important.

    Of course, now you have another someone’s pace to think about! Haha. Enjoy all the baby knits — they are so cute!

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  2. Ana GR

    Congrats! Enjoy every second, because this goes too fast! You’re going to love this new experience, sure, and your readers too! this cardigan is just so cute! I can’t wait to see more!

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  3. Sherrie

    Oh, Kristina! Such exciting news! I hope you continue to feel well and that everything goes smoothly. I can’t wait to see all of the sweet things that you knit and make for the wee one. And happy nesting! Hopefully you’ll feel the crazy nesting urge when you’re moving house! Congratulations!

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  4. fraeuleinfamos

    Liebe Kristina,
    da hast du ja schöne Neuigkeiten! Ich muss allerdings tatsächlich gestehen, dass auch ich mir anhand deiner Pinterest-Aktivitäte der letzten Zeit schon fast sowas zusammengereimt hatte… 🙂
    Von Herzen die besten Glückwünsche und alles Gute für die zweite Schwangerschaftshälfte!
    Liebe Grüße, Naomi

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  5. Erika

    Oh, how exciting! Congratulations! Your baby is going to have the most beautiful knitted clothes. You are not alone in not finding out whether baby is a boy or a girl… I did’t find out with mine, and just like you, everyone thought it was strange. I would do it the same way again. The surprise is amazing!

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  6. black label

    Congratulations & dont sweat the small stuff. Pregnancy is a rollercoaster…well i thought so at least. NOTHING can prepare you for once the lil’un arrives.
    Like you, we decided to wait on the surprise of boy or girl right up to the end. It was so worth it, so special when the doctor announced “its a boy, congratulations”. So hang in there…there are still people that do it 🙂
    All the very best x

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  7. Kathryn

    Congratulations!! We didn’t find out the gender beforehand either, it seems to be much more common to find out now as we also got some funny looks for this. Your little cardignan is gorgeous, I’d love one in an adult size too!

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  8. Ine

    That’s amazing news, Kristina! I’m sorry but I actually was suspicious indeed because of your recent baby pinning 🙂 i’m happy you feel good and the baby’s doing good too! Enjoy your pregnancy!

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  9. RosaMaría

    such beautiful news Kristina!! Congratulations!!
    I’m glad you are feeling great, enjoy every moment, believe me, it will pass so fast!!

    hugs and all my best wishes to your family!!

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  10. Autumn

    so, so happy for you. sending you bucket loads of healthy beautiful vibes.

    i totally empathise about the making of announcements. it’s one thing to potter in weekly and talk of one’s life, another to say, hey look, news!!! lol
    in late Feb, you’ll be having a baby, and i’ll be getting married 😉

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  11. lyndabloombakecreate

    Kristina, Been a while since I’ve checked in on you. Congratulations! So happy to hear this great news. It’s going to be a great 2016!

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