News flash: My daughters have a new baby brother! No, don’t congratulate me–I wasn’t the one who gave birth (I’m happy to report). My ex-husband and his wife had a baby, which makes him my…umm…stepson once removed?
I’m pretty sure there isn’t a name for that relationship. It’s complicated. Anyone who is involved in a blended family knows how complicated it can get; if you’re not involved in one, just imagine how complicated it might be, then multiply that by ten. Trust me.
When this cute-as-a-button baby arrived, he put a whole new wrinkle in the blended family landscape. Suddenly there’s this hugely significant little person in my daughters’ lives who has almost exactly nothing to do with me! A month or so ago, as we got closer to his birth, I felt the need to do something about this situation that was otherwise out of my control; I set aside the sweater I was making for myself and knit the baby a hat.
First of all, this really isn’t a surprising response for me–my ex-husband and I get along well, and I really like his wife. Plus, when people I know have babies, I knit hats. It’s what I do. Why wouldn’t I do the same for them? I have a stash of super-soft kid-mohair yarn I love, and an “umbilical cord” hat pattern that’s adorable–it’s a pleasure to whip these little guys out.
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