Want to see the blood glucose meter the NHS gives you if you have gestational diabetes? Here you go:
I'm only kind of kidding. I used it last night for the first time and got an error message seven times: not enough blood/use a new strip. After I burst into extra drippy hormonal tears, Matt convinced me to stop trying until we could buy a "real" meter in the morning. This morning I tried Audrey II one last time and got another error so it was off to Boots for a new meter. We bought an Accu-Chek Aviva Nano because his dad recommended it and it worked great. Not only did I get a healthy reading but it worked the very first time and it didn't hurt, thank goodness!
Speaking of hormones and good news...one stress I've had recently has had to do with deciding when my parents were going to visit in November. Obviously, babies rarely ever come on time- especially first babies - so it's been really difficult. Too soon and they might miss the baby all together - too late and Mom would explode with anxiousness. The other day, though, they announced during a Skype chat that Mom was taking a short leave of absence for the month of November and, if it was okay with us, she's going to come on the first and stay about three weeks and Dad will come a week later. Some women, I'm sure, wouldn't look forward to that at all but it makes me insanely happy.
I'm due on October 30th so we could spend two weeks twiddling our thumbs but...hopefully not! I really like the idea of having her here before our little acorn arrives. I could use a little help with the, ahem, nesting. I also have this feeling that he won't hide out for too long but that could just be my own anxious hopefulness. My intuition was right about him being a boy but I had a fifty-fifty chance with that one after all!
And now for a little knitting!
I heart baby hats. Tiny, quick and the cutest little things ever.
This is the Greenleaf Baby Hat knit with some leftover Stitch Nation Alpaca Love which, besides being hand wash only, is perfect for baby hats because it's so soft.
And this is Emmett's Apple Hat knitted with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmere which is one of my favorite yarns to knit with. The stitch definition is gorgeous and the colors are really vibrant. As cute as this pattern is, it was the "Emmett" part that really drew me in because that's been one of our top name choices for the little acorn. Matt came up with it because he likes my name so much. I know that, thanks to Twilight (which I'm, ironically, watching right now), it's not going to be as uncommon as it used to be but I like it. It actually reminds me more of Emmett Otter's Jug-Band Christmas and it reminds Matt of Back to the Future. We've been referring to him as Emmett instead of Ola recently but we're still undecided. Some of the women from my mom's office voted and, of the three names we like, they liked Emmett best which I thought was kind of funny. I like that my mom finally has a future grandchild to talk about.
Whew, I think this post is long enough - hope everyone is having a great day!