It’s been a few weeks since my last blog and I’ve been busy sorting out baby Cub’s nursery. I know I said I wouldn’t talk much about Cub on this blog but it seems I couldn’t help it. I think about her all the time and everything I do is based around her (is this the start of motherhood?). So here’s a small update if your interested!
I’ve made a cloud mobile by following a patten in my trusty Liberty Book of Sewing, using fabric from John Lewis, which I saw and thought would be perfect. I also added parts of a broken necklace for the rain drop effect.
Don’t worry it’s not going near Cub’s cot (health and safety and all that!) but it adds a little charm to the room I think.
I went to a car boot sale the other week and was spotted by a close friend. After showing her what I had bought she looked at me and laughed, saying my shopping habits had already started to change – I had bought two vintage M&S baby dresses and an abacus – nothing for me! (Unheard of, my wife still hasn’t regained consciousness!)
I’ve finished my first baby sleep bag, under the watchful eye of my sewing teacher and have already bought fabric to make more – it was easier than I thought it would be!!!
I created some flower bunting (again idea from my Liberty book) which I thought wouldn’t take long and do in front of the TV, oh boy was I wrong. It took nearly three weeks, fitting it in-between other life stuff, but I am so pleased with the end result. I now know what the phase ‘labour of love’ means.
We went to the Ladybird exhibition in London to get Nursery inspiration and I walked away with a lovely picture of 7 ducks.
I couldn’t find the coloured frame I wanted to go with the picture so with a pot of tester paint (we already had) I got to work. I think I did OK on the colour match even if I do say so myself.
I used some Liberty fabric I had bought earlier in the year to make fake curtains for the nursery and somehow a metre was just enough. Thank goodness as it was £22.50 per metre!
So as you can see I’ve been busy making pieces for Cub and getting the nursery ready for us as a family. I also put up the cot with help from the father-in-law, which made me very proud.
However in-between all this I’ve:
- Woken up worried we haven’t bought anything practical yet!
- I still haven’t read the baby book I promised the wife faithfully I would.
- We haven’t packed our hospital bag (we have a small issue that we can’t agree on one we both like). Although the wife may have a point when she says that the bag isn’t actually for me.
- I worry when Cub doesn’t kick for a bit and harass the wife to call her midwife and threaten to make her go to hospital.
- I count down to our antenatal classes so I can in fact learn what the hell we have let ourselves in for but then worry if no one likes us!
- I read true stories in glossy magazines I would normally just look at pictures in (!) and cry about the bad things which have happened to others and the whole time think I hope this doesn’t happen to Cub.
- When picking up the paper I count the number of bad stories and think what are we doing bring a little one into this world, thoughts I have never had before.
- I stood outside the train station on the way home from work and witness a young lad beat up a man and feel lost and scared.
It’s like the world knows what’s going on in my head I get two signs that stop most of the worry.
I see the below display in M&S on my lunch break and start to well up (anyone would think I’m pregnant), with happiness.
I see the evening paper that day with the headline ‘Crowd Lifts Cab To Rescue Women’ and am so pleased to see a positive story showing that there is good in people, I start to feel better.
So you may not believe in signs, in fact I’m not sure even I do but I’m taking these two as indications that I’m OK to carry on crafting for Cub and the rest will sort itself out. As for the wife she is doing a great job of looking after Cub, and putting up with me, the other baby of the family.