Friday, March 20, 2015

Baby Blues and Greens

It's a gloomy day here in my city, as I sit and stare through my living room window.  I wish the weather would just make up its mind already!  And by make up its mind, what I really mean is I wish it would just be summer.  I love the promise of warm summer days that spring brings, but spring is also the onslaught of migraines, rainy days, crazy fluctuations in weather, and allergies.  Summers are usually just hot and sticky.  That doesn't bother me much, honestly.

Right now, I am sitting firmly with 5 days left until my due date and not much progress in the way of dilation and being ready to go into labor.  I am not shocked at all there.  My body hates being pregnant, aches and pains... but when it is time to evict the baby, suddenly most aches and pains die down and my body just wants to stay pregnant forever.  While I am grateful to finally be feeling comfortable for the most part, I am still not in the business of trying to stay pregnant much longer.  I am just so anxious to see my Little Someone!

This week, I have been spending lots of time with friends.  I am trying not to think about my due date, labor, delivery, being a mom of two.  I am just trying to keep my mind preoccupied and my body reasonably busy.  With that being said, I finished another gift for another friend!

I have been BLESSED with the amazing good fortune of having some wonderful Mothers and friends in my life.  I would completely be lost if I didn't have a network of insightful, selfless women who look out for me on a regular basis.  I say this all the time and I will always say it:  Being a Mom is Really HARD!  It is the hardest thing I have every attempted.  I don't always get it right.  I don't know everything there is to know.  I am learning and growing with my children.  I need as much compassion and grace as they do, as we all figure things out. It's a rough and rocky path, for sure.  What makes the journey more enjoyable is having mothers in whom I can confide and with whom I can share a good laugh.

When I was pregnant with my Little Darling, I didn't have anyone else to share experiences with.  None of my friends were pregnant and most were pretty adamant at the time that they would never have children.  Don't get me wrong, all of my friends are and always have been extremely loving towards my Little Darling and very supportive, but as a pregnant woman, I felt incredibly alone.

This time, I am lucky to have experienced pregnancy with several friends.  Nothing makes me happier than being able to laugh, cry, and complain about similar symptoms and experiences with other Mamas out there.  My friend, Mama N, is one such woman.

(Again, I apologize about the baby bump photobombs.  I just never have the energy or time to stage nicer photos, so these are quick snapshots of my progress as I work.)
Mama N and I have been fortunate enough to actually go through our whole pregnancies together, as she is due just 6 weeks after me.  I am really excited for her and her Baby K.  I am also excited to have the chance to make something for a BABY BOY!  While I am relieved that my Little Someone is a girl, I would have loved the experience of getting to be a mommy to a little rambunctious boy.  I would have also loved the challenge of coming up with cute "Baby Boy Projects".

Again, this is the ripple stitch.  I am kind of falling in love with pattern!  I already have another ripple project on the hook.  The pattern that I use is not 100% accurate, but I have figured out my way around that small inaccuracy.....  What I mean is I learned to HIDE the mistake rather than some mathematical way to correct the mistake.  I am horrible with math!  This blanket differs from the one I'd previously made, as the ripples occur in sets of 4 stitches, rather than 15.  Smaller ripples as opposed to a chevron looking pattern.  I am so inspired by this project for a baby boy that I have plans to make several more items for boys.... or little girls who love blues, greens, browns, and whatnot.  I may not have a baby boy of my own, but that is clearly not stumping my creative juices!  And at the rate baby boys are being born, I am sure I will find homes for my projects reasonably easily.

Nothing makes me happier than being in a position to Bless another Mama with a small handmade gift.  Mama N and I had one major thing in common:  Neither of us had much in the way of being prepared for our new babies.  I obviously had to figure things out much sooner, as I am due a month before Mama N, but I was happy to grab a few items for Baby K while I was out shopping for my Little Someone.  I don't have much, but what I do have, I don't mind to share.  Giving makes me happy and knowing I can be helpful and brighten someone's day makes my life so much fuller.  Selfish?  Maybe...... But most people on the receiving ends of my kindness typically don't complain much!  LOL.

Have a Happy Day!

1 comment:

  1. It's so easy to fall in love with the ripples! It happened to me to! I completely understand what you have been going through - I was the first to have a baby so went through it alone, while all the others were pregnant (4 friends at the same time) when I was with my second. So that was so much better and funnier. Your friend is going to love the blanket because you have memories woven into it!