Monday, March 5, 2012

20-week ultrasound.

On Friday, I had my 20-week ultrasound. When I was pregnant with Joe, we opted to keep the baby's sex a surprise (although, to be honest, everyone who came within 20 feet of me was convinced it was a boy, so I'm not sure how big a surprise it actually was). I expected to do the same this time around, but for whatever reason, Steve really wanted to find out the sex of this baby.

So we tried something new: We went to our 20 week ultrasound and said "we'd like to find out the baby's sex."

For my part, I was pretty convinced I was having another boy.

Well,  I was wrong! We can now officially refer to this little one as a "bambina"! Joe's going to have a little sister! (Also, baby looks healthy and great.)

So I'm pretty surprised! And excited!

Of course, one of the first things I did was to make a little t-shirt for our little girl. Now, long time readers of this blog will have heard me rant about how silly I think the great pink/blue baby divide is. There is nothing wrong with the color pink, and I love feminine clothing myself, but, in my opinion, the trend of dressing girls in head-to-toe pink has really gotten out of hand in the past few decades. Since when are pink and purple the only colors suitable for girls? What happened to red, orange, yellow, blue, and green? And boy clothes aren't much better - the color palette is so somber and dark and most of the graphics are limited to sports or superhero themes. I seem to remember that during my own childhood in the late 70s/early 80s, bright, saturated colors were the norm for both boys and girls and purple was a gender-neutral color.

But one of the great things about sewing clothing for your children is that you are not limited to what's available ready-to-wear. I am not a huge fan of sparkles or bling, but I do love ditzy floral prints (how can you not love flowers?). So for my first project for this new bambina, I made a feminine but not pink t-shirt.

Envelope tee, floral

The gray knit came from an old top of mine. I always loved the print and the waffle knit, but the top was too short and never fit me well. It's better repurposed than it ever was in its original state! (I will say that the waffle knit was not nearly as easy to handle as a Spoonflower organic knit, however. I've been spoiled. I blame the slight stretching at the neckline on the fabric; I'm hoping that will work itself out in the wash.)

Envelope tee in floral

The pattern, of course, comes from Growing Up Sew Liberated. Although this baby is due in late July, I'm still anticipating that we will need more long sleeved t-shirts than short sleeved ones. Such is life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

When I showed the little top to Joe, he said, "Yellow flowers! Green flowers!" He loves flowers too. But discussions of his future little sister are met with a blank stare. Poor kid has no idea what's in store.


  1. Yay, so exciting! Now you can tell the rest of us what it's like to have one of each! And agreed on the pink obsession being out-of-hand, though, in spite of my best efforts, pink is pretty much the only color Sophie will wear these days, thank you preschool. And did I mention she wants a princess party for her b'day? I have a great book on the whole extreme gender-fication of little kids if you want to borrow it - "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" by Peggy Orenstein. Apparently little girls with older brothers or lots of male friends have better spacial skills...

  2. Oh wow you must be so excited. I didn't know you were preggers! Ah, just think of the whole new world of girl sewing opening up to you. Congrats!

  3. OMGOSH!!! YAY!!! Big bro/little sis combo rules <3 I love the shrt. Love love love it :)And you are so right, he has no idea whats in store. While it's certain to be a little nuts, it will be equally awesome. Congratulations!!!

  4. Congratulations! I have 2 girls (and 3 boys)... one's a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl like me but the younger one is all pink and purple all the time. Its funny though that she will wear a fluffy dress and yank her mud-boots on to head outside with the boys. Rather well-rounded I call them:)

  5. Congratulations!!! (and many more exclamation points) I was the same way - for the first I didn't want to find out the sex, but this time I really wanted to know (and I don't regret a bit finding out). I feel you on all your frustration with pink clothes. I do not want it to look like the color pink threw up on my child! Just another wonderful thing about being able to sew some of your kid's clothes...

  6. Congrats in official blog comment format! Can't believe the bambina will fit into that shirt sometime soon.

    (Have I ranted about the gender-policing parents at the bookstore lately? "That's a boy one. Here's a girl one." And so on.)

  7. OMG!! So awesome! Congrats! Aw you know I'm going to be making some girly stuff over here for ya now..Can't wait to see what little girl clothes you cook up too! Cute shirt btw.

  8. Eeeek!! How cool!! Am I jealous? Yeah just a little bit! LOVE the first item of girl-clothing. Hooray for sewing your own things to get away from the silly mass-market boy/girl stuff. I'm so glad you have something lovely to celebrate right now after the past couple of months :)

  9. A boy! A girl! Have you ordered your white picket fence yet?

    tee hee:)

    That's fantastic news, Cousin Inder. I am excited for you both, no wait, for you three, for you four... counting the gorgeous pup.

    Also, let me just say, I am super impressed with your mad sewing skills. I only sew sleeveless thing due to the inability to wrap my head around the sleeves. That little shirt looks so cute, and I love the print.

  10. Yay! I am so excited for you all! And, you already know I'm totally with you on the over the top pink & overly gendered clothing. =) That shirt rocks! Congrats!!

  11. Aw, thank you everyone! We are so excited! Seeing our baby girl on ultrasound made everything feel so much more real, somehow. I have a guzillion sewing ideas in the works, of course ... :-)

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