(Confidential, to Amy: this time it is yes.)


I have never wanted to have a surprise party. I’ve been very vocal about this. I don’t know if it’s because of the parties when I was a kid that so few people showed up at–I mean, what kind of surprise party would I have had in sixth grade? “Surprise, there’s no party!” Or maybe it’s just because I am a slight control freak. Not about everything or even most things but definitely about a few, such as food and How Fusses Are made Over Me. It could even be due to the trainwreck of a surprise party that I was shanghaied into helping to plan many years ago that oh my god was such a disaster.

So no one has ever thrown me a surprise party, thank goodness.

Only I wonder now. Maybe I would like a surprise party. I’ve relaxed a lot. Ha ha, joke’s on me. Everyone already knows not to.


The surprise in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket is that this:


turns into this:


and isn’t it adorable? The yarn is Union Center Knits Whatnot Sock. I’m sure you are shocked that I made a project with Joni yarn. Shocked.

The BSJ is one of my favorite things to knit. I’ve been saving this particular yarn and these buttons to make one with for a while.


So, this one time, Will and I were holding hands, and…

Let me try that again.

For Earth Day, Cotton Babies sent me a $25 gift certificate to show their appreciation for the fact that I’ve recommended them as a great place to buy diapers online. (Google alerts FTW, I’m guessing.) First of all, every PR and marketing person dealing with the web should take note. They didn’t just target a bunch of bloggers who might possibly be interested in their product if they’d ever heard of it, and demand free advertising int he form of “a mention.” Instead they targeted people who already use their product and showed their appreciation. HOW REVOLUTIONARY. I used the credit to buy myself a Diva Cup. And I said, to anyone who would listen, that if I went ahead and ordered it I wouldn’t need it. Murphy, you know.

Well, the Diva Cup arrived on the day I finished knitting the Baby Surprise Jacket, based on a hunch, and went out and bought a pregnancy test, based on the same hunch.

The first test in the box didn’t work, which is just how my luck goes with these dumb things. This time it wasn’t actually defective, it just didn’t work because I stupidly followed the directions on the box and it turns out that five seconds isn’t enough pee at all. So the second one worked fine because I didn’t follow the directions. And it was positive.

So (we hope) Sam will be a big brother sometime early in January.

67 thoughts on “Surprises

  1. Violet

    May 20, 2009 at 7:55am

    HOLY SHIT! WOW!!!!!! Congratulations and omg and OMG AND OMG!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Jess

    May 20, 2009 at 8:01am


    I think that sums up my reaction. And now I glance up, I see that Violet had a very similar one. Teehee!

    Jess’s last blog post..Alone, but not lonely

  3. Calee

    May 20, 2009 at 8:06am

    Congratulations!! And does this mean the baby blankets I’ve been hankering to sew really mean something else? Yikes!

    May your pregnancy be blissful!

  4. Amanda

    May 20, 2009 at 8:13am

    Yay! I KNEW as soon as you said something on Twitter, because this morning I was reading Sam’s 3 post, and both my next door neighbors have three year olds, and both just had second babies, and I was thinking it would be awesome if Sam could join the big brother club, too.


    Amanda’s last blog post..

  5. Katherine

    May 20, 2009 at 8:13am

    Hee! I don’t think anyone is more pleased about this news than I am.

    Okay, maybe you and Will and your families. Maybe.

    Katherine’s last blog post..Music Nerdery!

  6. Swistle

    May 20, 2009 at 8:13am

    O.M.G!!! Congratulations!!! How exciting!

    I once misused a pregnancy test by putting it face-down on the counter. I was all, “This dumb thing didn’t even WORK! …Oh, wait.”

    Swistle’s last blog post..Two. TWO! (Nearly)

  7. Amanda

    May 20, 2009 at 8:15am

    Oh, and I despise surprise parties, too. I finally decided it was because I hate being the center of attention anyway, and if I had to do it without being prepared for it, it would just make me cranky.

    Amanda’s last blog post..

  8. Angela in Ontario

    May 20, 2009 at 8:41am

    Hurray, hurray, hurray!

    Congrats to you and Will. I am so beyond happy for you!

    Angela in Ontario’s last blog post..Jumble

  9. Delle

    May 20, 2009 at 9:21am

    Congratulations! Wish my Diva cup had had the same effect.

    Delle’s last blog post..Sigh

  10. Crystal

    May 20, 2009 at 9:24am

    YEEEEE!!! Yeah, I totally skipped to the end on that entry. And then went back and read the rest of course.

    YEEEEEEE!!!!! Congratulations! Yee!!!

  11. courtney

    May 20, 2009 at 9:42am

    I just checked Twitter for the first time today and saw Nova’s @ reply and I was like OMG WHAT HAS HAPPENED and then I came right here and I must echo her now: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW. Congratulations, you guys!!!!!!!!! !!!! So happy for you!!!

    courtney’s last blog post..oh ray

  12. Angela

    May 20, 2009 at 9:49am

    Congrats to your family!

  13. Amy

    May 20, 2009 at 9:55am


    I didn’t even read after the first line!

  14. Anne

    May 20, 2009 at 11:03am

    woooooooooooo hooooooooooo! yay for you all!!!!!!!

  15. kara marie

    May 20, 2009 at 11:16am

    What wonderful news! Congratulations to you and Will. Sam is going to make a kick ass older brother!!

  16. Stephanie

    May 20, 2009 at 11:22am


    I am so totally crying. I love you. Congratulations.

    Stephanie’s last blog post..Our Boy

  17. Jamie

    May 20, 2009 at 11:37am

    Yay! Congratulations to you and Will and Sam!

    I, too, have always keenly desired to never ever be the recipient of a surprise party (and have not softened). I guess I got it from my dad. My stepmom threw a surprise party for him once, against his wishes, and it clearly took every ounce of self-control he had to get through it (though you’d have to be an idiot to not see that he was mad), and afterward there was much loud yelling. Not the good kind.

    Jamie’s last blog post..Good times at the dentist!

  18. Cazzle

    May 20, 2009 at 12:15pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GYAAAGH!

    Oh you guys, that is such wonderful news! Congratulations to you all, but especially you, Annika. xxxx

  19. Cazzle

    May 20, 2009 at 12:16pm

    p.s. BUNNY BUTTONS! I love them!

  20. Jenn

    May 20, 2009 at 12:58pm

    What does it say that my first reaction was also a “Holy shit YAY!”


    Ah, the diva ‘curse’ continues!


  21. Amie

    May 20, 2009 at 1:10pm

    YAY!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! I am so happy for you and Will and Sam!!!!!

    and haha about the diva cup!

    and big brothers are the best!

    Amie’s last blog post..Closer to a Year Than Just Born

  22. Christine

    May 20, 2009 at 1:26pm

    You are probably not going to believe this, but: this morning, I thought to myself, for no particular reason at all: I wonder if Annika is pregnant again. I SWEAR, ANNIKA.

    So while I’m not surprised, I’m very happy for you. YAY! <3 <3 <3

  23. Samantha

    May 20, 2009 at 2:06pm

    OH HURRAY!!!!!! :O That is so exciting Annika!!!

  24. ~ Teresa ~

    May 20, 2009 at 3:19pm


  25. KS

    May 20, 2009 at 5:28pm

    Woo hooooo!!!!! It’s about time!!! ;) I am SO very happy for you!

  26. Lauren

    May 20, 2009 at 7:34pm

    Awww, congrats, Annika! That’s awesome.

    Also, that jacket is gorgeous.

  27. Min

    May 20, 2009 at 7:57pm

    Ditto Christine! For reals.

    Also, I have wanted a surprise party all my life. I never understood why Maryanne from THE BABYSITTERS CLUB was so pissed when her friends threw a surprise party for her. Finally getting one on Saturday at age 31 was AWESOME.

    And also! CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU! So, so exciting!

  28. CosmicAvatar

    May 21, 2009 at 3:22am


    BTW, I’m sure the Diva Cup will come in handy at some point. Just not for a while. ;)

  29. nova

    May 21, 2009 at 3:45am

    I couldn’t comment from work yesterday so you had to deal with my Twitter/Facebook excitement only. I will say again: I AM SO HAPPY for you and Will and Sam! SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    nova’s last blog post..So This Novel I’m Writing?

  30. Cassylee

    May 21, 2009 at 7:27am


  31. ~zandra~

    May 21, 2009 at 7:51am

    Yay! I’m so happy for you, I feel like I even know you :) Congrats to you, Will and Sam! I’m definitely going to enjoy reading your blog even more in the coming months.

    ~zandra~’s last blog post..up and down

  32. P@

    May 21, 2009 at 8:05am

    Congratulations to all of you! Babies are great!!

    Since it’s never too early to start asking – got any names that are being seriously considered? (I’ll completely understand if you want to not talk baby names yet. You know how we are with our names. ;) Anyway, just curious what [if any] monikers you’ve been mulling over.)

    Congratulations again. This is awesome news.

  33. Annika

    May 21, 2009 at 8:15am

    Oh, we have a definite list of names! But we did last time, too, and Sam was not on it.

  34. Kirk

    May 21, 2009 at 2:58pm

    Congratulations! Awesome news.

  35. Jenn

    May 22, 2009 at 12:39pm

    Hey, congratulations on the positive pregnancy test!! And thank you for point #3 of your post… it made my day. :)

    Jenn’s last blog post..Why do you cloth diaper?

  36. sunflowerfairy

    May 23, 2009 at 9:30am

    Yay! Congrats!

    I’m glad I didn’t scare every woman who reads my blog away from ever making babies again!

  37. Andrea

    June 12, 2009 at 8:56am


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