One of the weird things about getting older is that at some point, all the people around you start having babies. My sister in law is pregnant. The best man in our wedding is expecting. That one girl I went to high school who is living in, like, Missouri is pregnant. Babies everywhere!
Don’t get me started on the baby comments now that we’re married, either. A lady at church told me I had “a glow.” She seemed alarmed by my “hopefully not that kind of a glow” response. Another man joked that he would pray for fertility. I’m don’t remember how I responded, but I’m pretty sure I freaked him out too. My father even prayed during our wedding reception that The Hubs and I would be blessed with “brilliant twin girls.” Thanks, Dad.
My own pregnancy anxieties aside, I do get excited about babies among my friends. It gives me an opportunity to make cute baby things. There are so many adorable options that fit the new parent’s personalities. Plus, baby projects are so quick and easy! I love it, though it makes me a horrible procrastinator…
One of The Hub’s close friends in Arizona is expecting a baby literally any day now. Like, it might be late at this point. The father is a musician, and used to be in a band with The Hubs, and so when I saw a little baby hat with headphone on Pinterest, I had to knit it. I just made up the pattern as I went, but the closest pattern on Ravelry is The Baby Headphone Hat.
Isn’t it the cutest? I showed it to The Hubs and he made the same noise that he makes when he sees a golden retriever, so I think he liked it. That, and he demanded one for our firstborn…It’s made out of acrylic yarn, which I am conflicted about. I know I should use wool or cotton, but I also know that this is going to get thrown into the washing machine at some point, so acrylic it was. (Okay, so I should really have used superwash wool, but see above about the procrastination.)
Since the new baby is in Arizona, I knew I was going to have to mail the hat. It just so happened that we had a nice box from a recent online purchase, that had juuuust a little room for more. I couldn’t resist it. I made a mini baby care package.
Holy Crap, that’s cute. We bought little shoes and some organic magic balm to put in the box, along with a little card with a nice note written by The Hubs. I could have probably fit more in there, but for my sanity I had to stop. I also realized something while working on this box: I cannot knit baby booties. They are my knitting kryptonite! I must have started 4 or 5 different patterns, only to rip them out in anger. I have decided to leave little baby shoes to the professionals. Besides, those shoes go with that hat perfectly…
Want to make your own Baby Box? Here are some ideas:
Baby Box Ideas
- Baby Socks
- Burp cloths
- Small stuffed animals (bonus points for handmade!)
- Baby accessories (more bonus points for handmade!)
- Baby toiletries like balms and creams that won’t spill or leak
For Mom and Dad
- Healthy snacks
- Gift Cards
- Heartfelt note