Wednesday, 6 November 2013

And then there were four

I know it’s been a bit quiet on the blog recently. Life sometimes just gets in the way of both blogging and sewing, which can be annoying, or can be good, depending on the reason.

Luckily around here, the reasons have mostly been good, but the biggest and most exciting reason of all  is… I am pregnant! Just 13 weeks at the moment, so I am due in May (and so, a week behind Megan Nielsen – imagine my frustration when she announced her pregnancy and I couldn’t comment accordingly! Wait! Off to do that now…). Obviously having a baby is (nearly) always exciting, but for us to get to this stage brings extreme excitement and huge relief. Since Small Boy, I’ve had some difficulty becoming and then staying pregnant, so it’s super exciting to have made it this far! To see the little blob bouncing around and waving its limbs around was so lovely, and until that moment, I don’t think either of us realised how anxious we had been.

But here we are! Small Boy is excited and is telling everyone who will listen, although he wants to know regularly “has the baby come out your tummy yet”? 6 months is a long time for a 3 year old. He spend the past fortnight asking if it was Halloween yet, so the upcoming months are going to crawl for him.

So, what of my sewing plans? Some plans are obviously parked for a while. My gingham Archer will need to wait until I am back to a normal size, as I don’t want to waste the fabric on something that then won’t fit in future – that fabric is too precious to me. Similarly I will need to leave my chiffon Zinnia. When I wrote that post I knew I was pregnant, however I thought it would still be viable to make and wear at Christmas. Small Boy was due in June, so I have been equating this pregnancy to his, but this time I am nearly exactly a month ahead, meaning at Christmas I will be 20 weeks! Plus I already have developed a small tummy, which I am sincerely hoping is due to child and not cake, so the likelihood of me fitting a skirt at Christmas is minimal. Having said that, have you seen Shivani’s gathered maternity skirt? Maybe a variation on that could work? Maybe?

I’m not sure what my sewing plans will be over the coming months. I would like to do some maternity sewing. Having been pregnant before I know what worked for me and what didn’t, what I felt comfortable wearing and what made me feel silly or huge. A lot of what worked last time, though, was knits and I haven’t really done a lot of sewing with knits so far, so that’s a bit scary for me. I could also take the opportunity to sew some other stuff: a shirt for P, something for Small Boy, a quilt, or to take up another hobby like knitting.

Frustratingly, this seems to be new pattern release season! So many pretty new things out there. I am going to have to live vicariously through you all for the time being!

Lots to think about. For the moment though I am too exhausted to do much in the evenings. I haven’t completed my Scout and my coat remains a UFO, but they are my immediate goals. Luckily both are loose and so should remain fairly roomy for a while. Once my energy returns, I am looking forward to picking them back up. I am keen to get them finished, but at this stage know there is little point pushing myself.

So, there you go. Some exciting news from me! 

29 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS Helen!! Such wonderful news for you all! YAY for successful scans!
    Don't worry about your fabric makes - you're busy on the most amazing make of all!
    P.S. Kestrel recently posted about a cheap bargain at Lidl on overlockers that might help with stretch knit sewing for maternity wear. Just in case you don't have one and you're interested to have a read, here's the link.
    http://www.kestrelmakes.com/2013/11/the-singer-14sh754-overlocker-from-lidl.html
    But most importantly - wonderful news!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Nessa! I hadn't seen Kerry's post but saw Portia's this evening. I may well pop to the Lidl near work tomorrow lunchtime! Thanks for the tip off tho, Kerry's review was fairly comprehensive. And I have both my birthday AND Christmas coming up!

      And thank you for your kind comments. X

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  2. Huge congratulations, really pleased for you. I didn't sew when I had my babies so I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Fantastic news.

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    1. Thank you! I only sewed one ill fated tunic last time, so hoping to do better this time around!

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  3. Congratulations - such exciting news. Hope you feel well x

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  4. Thank you Jac! Other than the tiredness I've pretty much been ok, fortunately!

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  5. Congratulations!!!! Take it easy and just make what you feel like. The patterns and fabric will be waiting for you later next year. A May due date sounds perfect - you're not pregnant in the heat of the summer and you can take time off in the nice weather. I'm so happy for you!

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    1. That's true Shar! Plus when I am up at 5am feeding, it will be light and therefore a bit less depressing! :)

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  6. Congratulations! Thats such wonderful news, Can't wait to see your maternity makes! x

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  7. Congratulations! Make sure you take it easy, all the fabric and patterns will wait for you.

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    1. Thanks Jo! And you are right but as usual, I want them all now! :)

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  8. Congratulations! That is such lovely news! Megan nielsen has lovely maternity patterns and shivani's maternity skirt was so pretty. Also Stephanie from love teach sew is pregnant at the moment and been making lovely things. Might be a good time to get to know knits too! Some of the cake patterns dresses could work for pregnancy as they have the midriff band that you could shorten to make empire line. Maybe tiramisu or red velvet? Steph also has great great tips for beginners with knits on her sewalongs

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    1. Ooh! Good idea! I'm not normally a huge fan of empire line, but it's perfect, for pregnancy! Thanks"

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  9. Oh, CONGRATULATIONS!! What wonderful news! Hope the energy levels pick up again soon, but until then take it easy and enjoy...so happy for you! oxo

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  10. Congratulations! Hugs to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks so much! Did you get your parcel yet?

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  11. Congratulations, that is brilliant news!!

    Alison
    x

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  12. Congratulations! This is such lovely news xxx

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    1. Thank you! We are very excited! X

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  13. Congratulations! Lovely news, hope you get an energy boost soon :) x

    Did you get an overlocker btw?

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I did. Got one yesterday. They didn't have the thread cones though so I need to wait til the weekend to get to Mandors! Thanks again for the tip off!

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  14. Congratulations!! Delighted for you x

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  15. Congratulations Helen! This is great news! this is my first return to blogland and what lovely news to come back to! I have Megan Nielsen's perfect maternity/nursing top & Pina dress patterns. I'd be happy to lend you them. Message me via Flickrmail if you'd like them.

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