The Biggest Project Yet...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
So, I've been working on a pretty big and exciting (and scary!) project behind the scenes over the past few months...

I'm pregnant!
16 weeks. 

Yup. I am with child. I've got a bun in the oven. I got knocked up. There is a pea in the pod (only one). I'm expecting. I'm growing a human. I'm in the family way.... etc etc.

I'm at 19 weeks and on New Years eve, we had the scan to measure everything and to tell us that we were going to be having a very wriggly little boy (he really didn't want to cooperate with being scanned and kept moving around. It's such a strange and surreal thing to see your baby actually moving on a screen!!!).

I had originally written a completely different post to the one you're about to read, but I had written it during those awful, hazy, first couple of weeks where everyday is made up of nausea, exhaustion and little else.

Those first weeks were pretty awful, I'm not going to lie. But now that I'm through the worst of it, when I re-read the original post I had written about just-how-awful it was, I couldn't quite remember it being that bad (though I'm sure David has something to say on this matter). While I know it was bad, because it was happening during an all consuming fog, it almost seems like it was happening to someone else, and I was merely watching from the side lines. So when people ask me about how my first trimester went, my response tends to be a little more on the 'It was okay' side of things. I'm hoping I have the same response to the whole birthing process... we'll see.

17 weeks.

I hope this goes some way to explaining why I've been a bit vague and sporadic in my posting. I've been trying to finish up the summer dress pattern I already had in the works before we found out - so I can model it before my waist disappears entirely (I'm still relatively small and can suck it in when I feel like it, hehe...). Add in some hyperventilating, the long lists of things that need doing to the house before a little person arrives (thank goodness over Christmas we finally got started again doing some of the things we had been putting off - like painting and sanding and varnishing...) and all the things a little person needs. You wouldn't think it'd be that much, I mean, they're little! Add in our trip away in November (during weird first-trimester haze), Christmas and New Year, and, well, it's all just been a bit busy. Plus, now that the summer weather is here, the garden is exploding and it seems like we're currently just holding on for the ride.

So, I'll be releasing the last non-maternity dress around mid to end of February - yes, I said 'non-maternity' because, you know I have maternity pattern ideas right? Expect them come April or so. My idea is that they could also work for non-maternity and will hopefully be breast-feeding friendly - I'll let you know how that goes... So, erm, Ladies who are pregnant, planning on it or who are currently breastfeeding (and will be for the next few months), do send me an email if you have any desire to test for me (that's a bit cheeky of me isn't it?).

In the mean time, I'm dreaming up patterns for soft toys and ABC quilts and all things baby - except for baby clothes. For some reason, I have absolutely no desire to sew baby clothes. Maybe it's the fact that they grow out of them as soon as they're on or something... So feel free to stitch away for me if you feel so inclined *wink wink*.

19 weeks.

Lastly, some of you may want to know if my blog will turn into one of those 'all about my offspring' blogs. My honest answer to that is who knows. I'm pretty sure it won't, considering this is a sewing blog. But obviously, it's going to become a rather huge part of my life and since I won't be sewing an awful lot of non-pregnancy-related clothes for myself in the next few months, and instead starting to stitch up toys and dream about baby rooms and er, make curtains (I really need to get onto sewing those curtains...) and maybe a thing or two for David, that might be what you'll be seeing around here a little more often. And photos of food - now that I can stand in the kitchen for longer than 5 minutes. And my garden. And my baby kitty-moos. And our house renovations...

I hope it's not too boring.

xx
J
53 comments on "The Biggest Project Yet..."
  1. Congratulations!!!! That is wonderful!!!

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  2. Congratulations! How exciting scary and challenging! You go for it!!

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  3. Congratulations! And as a mother of two beautiful children, I say, if you want to blog "all about your offspring," do it! It's your blog! Other people can suck it! Haha. Seriously, I think there is a big fear before you have kids that it will fundamentally change you. But here's the thing: It fundamentally changes you. And it's okay. Congrats and hello? Please come up with some patterns for baby clothes. :-)

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for your words of wisdom :) I know it's going to be pretty full on, even before he arrives, and knowing that life will never be the same etc, it's nice to know things will sort of go back to a new kind of normal. For some reason I really have no desire to make baby clothes at the moment, but who knows, that may change... xx

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    2. Being around a cute baby might inspire you. ;-) If not, no worries, I like sewing for myself too.

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  4. Congratulations! Having a kid was one of the best, exciting yet nerve wracking & exhausting things I ever did but I love it! And I say this after a sleepless night because the little guy was running a fever... You will be a fabulous mum!

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    1. Tehee, sounds like you had a great night then?? I'm glad others feel the same way I do - freaking out, but in a good way. And thanks so much for your words of encouragement, they really do mean a lot!!

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  5. Congratulations! That's lovely news. You look fabulous!

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  6. AHHH! Congratulations!!!!! So exciting!!!!

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  7. Congratulations! I can't wait to see your dress pattern, I hope I can respond quickly enough to your e-mail to test to make it on your list. You're just *too* popular. ;-) Glad you've made it out of the fog for the time being, hope it stays that way!

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    1. I know, I can't believe how quickly people respond - it's beyond words how much people are willing to help out! I'll be emailing in the next few days, so keep an eye out :)

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  8. Congratulations!! I'm 17 weeks with boy #2 myself. I'll send you an email about potential pattern testing as well :)

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    1. Oooh, yay!! congratulations to you too :) I'll put your email into a safe place and will be in touch in the next month or two :)

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  9. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    I am so happy for you!

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  10. Congratulations! I am 33 weeks pregnant with our third--I also had a rough start with this pregnancy. I was much more nauseous than with my other two. It's so great when you get past all that! You look lovely. Enjoy the last half of your pregnancy!!

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    1. You really do get past it, but at the time, it really feels like it will never end. I think the exhaustion was worst for me, at least I could stomach avocado and cashew nuts :) Congratulations on your wee bundle too, nearly there!!

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  11. Congratulations! Such exciting news. I have actually just stopped BFing in the past week. How typical is that! I've pinged you an email anyway, on the off chance. Glad you are feeling better, and hope you get to enjoy your pregnancy now! X

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    1. Hehe, I really need to get up with the pregnancy-lingo, I had to look up BF'ing (boyfriending? beach-frolicking...?). Do flick me an email though, it might be something you'd be interested in wearing anyway?

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  12. Congratulations!!!!!! Hope it's all better and better from here. :)

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  13. This is SO EXCITING! I absolutely love it when one people I know announce that they are pregnant! I grinned SO big when I read this and I can't seem to stop! All of my excitement for you then turns into exclamation points! CONGRATULATIONS! I am glad you are over the worst bit. Morning sickness was always hard for my mum.
    I wish I could test your patterns, but considering the fact that I am neither married, seriously engaged in a relationship, or expecting that to change any time soon, I do not think that I am quite the candidate. Maybe I could corral one of my pregnant friends into letting me sew something for them!
    I am so, So, SO happy for you! I hope that the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly and I am looking forward to all of the babyness that will be going on!

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    1. Awwww, thanks Emily :) Hehe, no worries on the testing thing, I was totally being cheeky anyway, but if you do have a pregnant friend and fancy stitching something up for her, do flick me an email!!

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  14. Congratulations, how exciting and daunting it all is, take care of yourself is the main thing.

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    1. Thanks Sharon, will do :) I'm trying to take it easy, but my goodness there's just so much to do, and I'm nearly halfway through!! But it it summer here, so mandatory outside breaks are happening on a regular schedule :)

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  15. Congratulations Jen! I am glad to hear the craziness of the first few weeks is over (at least to a degree). Looking forward to seeing and reading more about your adventures in sewing and motherhood :)

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    1. Thanks Jenya, I look forward to sharing them, hopefully they will be interesting :)

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  16. Congrats! My little girl is almost 5 months old and altho I really didn't like being pregnant (awful nausea and I fainted at work which was not a fun way of announcing I was preggers!) having my littl'un is definitely the best thing I've ever done. I'm combination feeding (ie boob and formula). The only downside of having a baby is that I haven't done any sewing yet at all since halfway thru the pregnancy. I've been knitting instead as it's more easily doable in little bits... Good luck with the rest of the incubation! x

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  17. Congratulations! You're in for a very joyous, cooky ride!

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  18. Congratulations Jen. That's great news.

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  19. Wow, congratulations! Obviously as a pregnant lady (though at 38 weeks, soon NOT to be a pregnant lady) I'm biased, but I love seeing my favorite bloggers tackle motherhood (and maternity and nursing wear, too).

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  20. ... but I just have to say—making baby clothes is FUN. Seriously, it is REALLY fun. My first pregnancy I mostly made maternity stuff and a few nursing things, but this pregnancy somehow I never even got around to maternity things ... and little baby stuff is so fun and quick, even if they won't wear it forever.

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  21. Congratulations on you growing family.

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  22. Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing the new patterns & another sewing blog baby :D

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  23. Big congratulations Jen, that's wonderful news! And. I think memories definitely have a tendency to fade regarding oregnancy, especially the not so nice bits, you're not alone! Look after yourself, you look absolutely blooming in those pictures! x

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  24. I said it on Instagram, but I'll say it again - massive Congratulations!!!!! Glad you are over the horrible 1st trimester and can start enjoying the pregnancy properly - how exciting that you know you are going to have a little boy!

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  25. Yay!!! That is so exciting. I'm so happy for you both!

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  26. Congratulations and I'm glad you're feeling better. Enjoy this time before your baby arrives, it'll be rather different when there's a wee one in your life, still good, but very different!

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  27. Congratulations sweetie! You'll be an amazing mother.

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  28. Massive congratulations. I always enjoy hearing about the lives of my favourite bloggers - not just what they are sewing - so looking forward to hearing baby news:)

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  29. Congratulations Jen!! Wishing the rest of pregnancy is a lot more pleasant :)

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  30. congratulations! very exciting for you and David.

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  31. Super duper congratulations! Can't wait to see your maternity/baby patterns :)

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  32. Wahoo, fantastic news. Congratulations.

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  33. Little boys are so much fun!!! I have two myself! I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy (the second half since the first seem to have gone pretty well). What a cute way to announce it (though I saw it on instagram before here). Aw. I am excited for you!!!
    +Victoria+
    justicepirate.com

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  34. Congratulations! There is definitely a need for more maternity patterns. So even if I'm not looking for myself I know of several people looking and I'm looking forward to see what you come up with.

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  35. Ah, only just catching up! Congratulations!! So very excited for you guys! xx

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  36. PATTERN TESTING!!!!

    OK, long story: I found your vintage sew-up of the afternoon blouse and stalked that pattern for YEARS trying to find one. Imagine my delight today when browsing for patterns on etsy and I came across the Bronte top, which led me to your blog, which led me back to etsy to see that holy-crap you made a pattern for the afternoon blouse!

    First: Congrats on the pregnancy! We had a baby last May, and I was bemoaning the fact that there are no decent breastfeeding clothing patterns. :(

    Second: Can I be a tester? I mean, not only can I test the nursing patterns, but, um, don't tell my family yet - I think I'm pregnant again. :)

    Third: I know you said you weren't interested in making kids clothes patterns, but I hope you change your mind in the future. :)

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  37. Oh, Jen, I've only just caught up today on a year's worth of reading and news - congratulations! You look gorgeous and wishing you guys all the best! Great to get renovating now! We had a new kitchen put in, finished 5 days before our boy came along. Congratulations again! New humans are amazing! Especially when they're yours!

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XX
Jen

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