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. Barbara Russo says:

    Rebecca, I am so happy for you ! Congratulations and God Bless !


  2. Martha Giltinan says:

    SO delighted and yes, praying with joy.


  3. “Right now, one of the things I happen to be making is a baby” – right on! So happy to share this time with you. One day we’ll HAVE to get together with our babies 🙂


  4. Libby says:

    Yay!!! So glad! Ack, you made me tear up at work!


  5. Alane says:

    Wonderful news. Beautiful projects. All three.


  6. Leah Jennings says:

    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? ❤ ❤ ❤


  7. Gigi says:

    You might not know this, but I’ve been praying for this precious baby for years now. 🙂 I love you all.


  8. April says:

    Congrats to you!!


  9. Tammy says:

    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… 🙂



  10. Paula Duddy says:

    hi and congratulations!!! 🙂


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