It's been awhile since I've had kids in preschool, so I may have gotten a little carried away in my daydreaming (romanticizing, really) about how things were going to go.
I had visions of nursing the baby on the couch while coaching my two big kids through math in a quiet house. I went so far as to envision cutting out a pattern or two while the baby peacefully slept and Jude and Indigo diligently worked, breaking their concentration only to sharpen their pencils.
Yeah. It went nothing at all like that.
The truth is, though, if there's one thing I've learned from being a parent it's that everything goes so much better when we make our way through our days without expectations, allowing things to unfold as they will. I was dreaming more than expecting.
And speaking of things I was not expecting, I was so thrilled/surprised/grateful to receive this, Hazel's name embroidered and sewn onto a canvas, by the amazing and talented Lucinda!
Isn't it so cool (and special)? Lucinda is just the best! Not only do I adore her style, but I also feel a special connection with her as we are both adoptive parents. Thanks again, so much, Lucinda!
While I didn't do any sewing this week, I did want to share a project I finished before Hazel was born. It just so happens to be one of my favorite things to give as a gift (and one of my favorite things, period) - a whole cloth velveteen quilt.
This one went to my acupuncturist who had previously been my midwife when I was pregnant with both Indigo and Iris. She retired from midwifery and started an acupuncturist practice at the hospital where my midwives practice.
She only works with pregnant and postpartum women with the explicit desire to make acupuncture affordable to all women. So she charges significantly less than the other acupuncturists in town and caps women's payments at 4 visits, so they never pay more than the cost of four sessions, even though she will continue to see them. Isn't that amazing?
Also she's the only acupuncturist in our area who carries the insurance to be able to do acupuncture for induction. It's not an 'induction' in the Western medical sense of the word, but helps to get the body moving in the direction of labor. Though as it turned out, she was able to get me into labor after several sessions... and bringing out the big guns - her electric stimulation machine. It's actually the second time acupuncture with electric stim has put me into labor, where I literally started contracting on the table. But both times I was 41 1/2 weeks pregnant and this time my midwife also did a (what Dan would call medieval) technique which also got things going, but I'll spare you the details on that one.
I made this quilt even before my acupuncturist got me into labor, though, because I feel what she's doing is so incredible.
This is Anna Maria Horner's velveteen with this Kaufman Essex linen-cotton blend in Leathered as the backing. I hand tied it with pearl cotton embroidery thread using a surgeon's knot and then bound it using this zig-zag technique (which I love).