Meet Cyril(la)

Early Wednesday morning, I packed two new knitting projects. One was a super-simple, interminable project selected for a hospital stay.

The other was a baby sweater.

I wound the skeins on the way to the hospital. I would cast one of them on after a procedure that would occur at 8:45 a.m.

On the way home, I cast on the baby sweater.

Meet Cyril(la). 12 weeks old. Real. Extant. Has a heartbeat. Moves around. Two arms, two legs, thumbs, a nose, and about the size of a large plum.

SO helpfully labeled below. See the little object at the front of the head? That’s a hand. (S)he had both hands right up to his/her eyes the whole time. All together now: *D’AWWW*.

I look pretty much the same as I have for the past six months, but I can no longer comfortably wear clothes that hide my pre-existing pudge. So I comfort myself and say it’s the beginning of a baby belly.

Allow me to answer a few of your imaginary questions.

(1) Yes, I’m going to post baby stuff on this blog. I really didn’t like being blindsided with ultrasounds and pregnant pictures on facebook, so this will be a place where friends and family can see these things who want to.

(2) No, this isn’t going to become a baby/family/homemaking blog. This blog has never been primarily about our business. It’s my creative outlet, where I can feel free to talk about my life, what I’m up to, what I’m making. Right now, one of the things I happen to be making is a baby.

(3) This hasn’t changed my seminary plans. I have a way to stay full time for at least the next year and a half, and we’ll play it by ear after that.

(4) This does change my business plan. We’d already begun to shift most of the dyeing to Mom; now she’ll be doing everything except a couple of very non-toxic processes. I’ll stick with the back-end stuff, the designing, and the writing.

(5) Yes, this is why I haven’t been posting as much lately, and I at least feel like my posts haven’t been as creative or well-written. July and the second half of June made very few demands on me, but I had almost no energy to do even what remained to me. I’m starting to get it back, but very slowly. (And the mysterious “medicine” I alluded to earlier? I’m also taking progesterone, which exacerbates pregnancy symptoms.)

(6) We’re due in mid-to-late February. The date has changed with different doctors, but my original calculation (only one day off from the ultrasound estimate, boo-ya!) was February 14th… known alternatively from the obvious to some liturgical nuts as Cyril and Methodius day. I got kinda attached to the name(s) Cyril/Cyrilla… hence the nickname. I like it better than “baby” or “parasite.”

10 thoughts on “Meet Cyril(la)

  1. I’m so happy! Whenever I’ve been down or stressed this past week I’ll think about the baby and my impending aunthood, and my problems seem inconsequential. I really like the name Cyrill except it does sound like an RPG character. Perhaps a mini cape for the next knitting project? ❤ ❤ ❤


  2. Oh, Rebecca! I am soooooo happy for you! 😀 (As soon as I stop crying I am going to jump up and down and squeal like a toddler on Christmas!) I, too, have been praying for this blessing for you for some time, and will continue to remember you and Jared in prayer over the next 6 months and beyond as you embark on this new chapter in your lives.

    I realize that you have no need whatsoever to have other people knit you baby things, but I suddenly have the urge… 🙂



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