Crochet Projects for the Little One

For the past month and a half of my pregnancy, I've had very little to do. I'm not working and I'm only taking one online class this Summer. I'm not used to this amount of free time as I usually take 4-5 classes in the Summer. To keep myself from going crazy with boredom, I've been trying to finish off some craft projects that I started and never finished and I also taught myself to crochet so that I could make things for the baby.

This baby beanie is the first thing that I've ever crocheted:
I was inspired to make this after seeing some similar beanies on pinterest. I found a crochet pattern for a basic beanie and then experimented to make it look like a baby bird.

After I finished this, John decided that he wanted me to make a "Perry the Platypus" beanie (Perry is on the Disney channel show "Phineas and Ferb"). That has turned out pretty well, but it still needs a few finishing touches.
Here are some pictures of Perry:
Here is the beanie:

Watching me work on these beanies made John want to crocheting something as well (he was pretty bored at the time).
John made this little green beanie for our baby:

I also made this little teddy bear for the baby:

There are a lot of other things I plan to make for the baby, but I think I'll wait until I know the gender so that I know which colors to use!

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I'm Going to Be a Mum/Mom/Mummy/Mommy/Mama/Mother!

It's so nice to finally announce this! You may have noticed a very extreme decline in my posting over the last couple of months. It was just hard to think of and write posts that weren't about being pregnant or about baby stuff. Now that I've shared our little secret, I think I can get back to more regular posting.

I'm 13 weeks and 6 days along today! Little John + Sierra is due on December 12. That means there's about a 5% chance that this little one will be born on 12/12/12! That would be such a fun birthday! I'm really hoping that the baby doesn't come early because I have finals the week before my due date! I know, I'm a crazy person for going to school when I'll be 6-9 months pregnant. It's my last semester and I really want to finish up school before the baby comes!

We went to our first prenatal doctor's appointment when I was 10 weeks and got to see our tiny little person/alien for the first time! We were so nervous until the we were told that it had a strong heartbeat of 160-170 bpm! It was such a relief to know that everything was going well!

I can't wait to find out the gender! It's so hard to be patient. I've tried a couple of at-home tests that have both suggested that we're having a girl, but I know that the accuracy of these tests isn't super high. John and I will be happy no matter what gender the baby is, but I know that he is hoping for a boy. He says he won't know what to do with a girl ha. Sometimes he'll talk to my stomach and tell the baby that it should be a boy. Also, once when we were walking through the toy section in Walmart he started holding up mini soccer balls and basketballs to my stomach to try to make the baby a boy. I think a small part of me wants a girl but I would also be very excited to have a boy. Either way, it will definitely be an adventure!

Our next appointment is tomorrow. I really hope that they'll do another ultrasound. We should at least get to hear the heartbeat though!

I've already started crocheting some things for the baby. I'll post some pictures of these projects in the next couple of days!

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