Big things, small things and finally a winner

Eight weeks post baby, I was sure I would be back on my A game. I must have blocked this stage from my memory or something. You see, I seem to makes babies whom are affectionately termed “high needs.” I call them “high maintenance.” They are all good until you set them down. Then they do this:

Think I’m kidding? I’m not. Every read every book … er … in the book, but the solution to avoiding this poor, sad little face is: hold the baby. All. The. Time. Usually, the holding occurs in the form of a baby carrier so I can at least have my hands free. However, having a human attached to you makes sewing difficult. Not impossible, but definitely more challenging than usual. If she is sound asleep and I set her down, she wakes up. Sometimes within minutes, sometimes within the half hour, very occasionally, I might get a full hour. We co-sleep because it’s the only way anyone will get any sleep. She must be touching another human or she lets you know about it! I’m confident that this daughter will grow into a confident, independent child as her older sisters have, but for now, progress in the sewing room is slow.

Add to that we’re suddenly moving half way across the country. In three and a half weeks! Needless to say, I have a lot on my mind right now.

But hey, I have a winner from the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day! Send me your address, quick, so I can mail this to you before I pack!

Giveaway Day winner

When I do get a moment or two to sew, I’m working on my project for Moda Bake Shop. The motivation is there, the means are not. Little by little, I’ll get there.

Moda Bake Shop Wonky Diamonds

Presently, I am still hoping/planning to lead the Road Trip Quilt Along next month. In light of my new life situation, though, I may have to postpone it. I’m going to try the quilt in all solids, the colors inspired by this dress my daughter wore for some recent family photos.

IMG_1556 Colors for RTQA13

And! I got Brian’s quilt back from my friend who long-armed it for me. She did an all-over leaf pattern, which fits perfectly with the nature-inspired colored scheme.

Leaf quilting

Now I just have to bind it. I was going to go with something more subdued, but I really like how this bright green (at the top of the photo below) looked.

Turning twenty again for brian

So, that’s what’s going on with me. What are you working on in your sewing space? Do you have any awesome packing and moving tips you’d like to share?


9 replies
  1. pippa
    pippa says:

    You could try a baby hammock, we had an amby one with my DD and she was much better with being left alone and sleeping, she was literally at arms length so if she woke in the night i’d just put my arm out and bounce is slightly and she’d go back to sleep 🙂 I really didn’t believe all the comments on them but after having a difficult time with DS we invested for DD and it most definitely worked 🙂 She sleeps better than DS still, 5 years on 🙂

  2. Deb@asimplelifequilts
    Deb@asimplelifequilts says:

    Your machine, WIPs and stash will be ready and waiting for you… enjoy your little one and remember that these days fly by. My DD loved to sit in her swing while I sewed when she was a baby… by the time DS joined us my machine was in storage for a few years. 😉

  3. Janine
    Janine says:

    I’ll never forget how I was utterly useless for the entire first two years of my daughter’s life. My focus was 100% on taking care of her and getting myself enough sleep; no sewing, cooking, and minimal cleaning. Reading blogs now, I am amazed at how much sewing some moms get done with new babies in the house. Truly super moms one and all.

    As for moving, I’ve moved more times than I’d like to count and my best advice from our last move just two months ago is to be absolutely ruthless in chucking out junk. Do not look at something you haven’t used for more than two years and think “Maybe I’ll need this soon” or “I could sell this on eBay” and stick it in a box. No, no, no! Chuck it out or give it to a neighbor. Doing this when hubby and kids are out of the house is best. Do not ask them “do you want to save this?” or else nothing will get chucked. Ask me how I know (she says as a whole room full of unpacked boxes sits upstairs awaiting organizing two months after the move…)

    Also, have a designated box/file folder/bag for really important papers/money/checkbooks/bankbooks/passports that you carry by hand everywhere you go. Even when stopping for lunch and at a hotel for the night, carry that bag with you everywhere. Having those kind of things stolen or getting lost will really add to the stress of the move.

    You have so much on your plate right now, everyone will understand that things must be prioritized. Holding off your quilt along until next summer will be fine.

  4. summer
    summer says:

    My mom sent me the link to your blog and specifically this post. She said, it reminded her of me and my 9 month old. I could have written this post! 🙂 I gave up on trying to sew anything on the sewing machine after she was born and instead I’m learning all sorts of new hand sewing things to do, while nursing or while she’s napping (I need to be right there though or she will wake up). 🙂

  5. lisa m
    lisa m says:

    Remember that the last things packed onto the truck will be the first things unpacked and therefore be on the bottom of the pile of boxes. So I suggest packing immediately at least one box of the minimum for the kitchen–cutlery, plates, frying pan.

    Throw out or give away all your condiments and half-full bags of flour, it costs more to move them than buy new. And get the wardrobe boxes. for closet contents.

    I love the quilting pattern on Brian’s quilt.

  6. Kelleigh
    Kelleigh says:

    When we moved, twice in one year, I put colored stickers on each of the boxes. The stickers correlated with the room from which they came (neon yellow – master bedroom, pink – living room, green- Kitchen and so forth). When the movers arrived at the house to unpack the boxes from the truck, they found a large piece of paper taped to each door that had a colored sticker on it. There was no need for me to “direct” each box to the correct bedroom or “Hey, mam, what room is the living room?” questions to answer. It made my life infinitely easier.

  7. Maria
    Maria says:

    I’m normally a lurker but this post brought me out of hiding. I know exactly how you feel. My daughter was exactly the same and for me it was tough going as she was my first and didn’t expect she’d need so much attention. Very high maintenance. She’s now 24 and I couldn’t be prouder. She’s confident, motivated, caring and has always been very independent. My son who is 21 on the other hand was the opposite. Very low maintenance just needed to be fed and changed and nothing else. For the first three years I hardly knew I had him. Now he’s grown he ware’s me out. All this amounts to fond memories even though it’s tough at the time.

  8. Annette H
    Annette H says:

    I used to repeat this over and over again, “This is only a phase and it will pass. Someday, I will look back on this time and wish I had appreciated it more.” Then I would put everything else aside and reminded myself that it would wait. Fast forward three years and I’m sooooo glad that I did it. It turns out that my daughter will probably be an only child and it was my one and only chance at mothering a newborn. If I hadn’t soaked each moment up, I’m afriad I would have missed something… So, soak it up, enjoy it to the best of your ability. Don’t push yourself too hard. We’ll be here when you have the time. 🙂 (Please snuggle that little one, inhale her sweet scent and listen to her quiet breathing for me.) <3 Precious time!

  9. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Sounds all too familiar Em…..Coco was much the same. I’ve been thinking about you guys…where are you moving to? Ugh, I wish it were FW !

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