I’m not sure if this really counts as a post for Work In Progress Wednesday, as it’s actually very much about finished work… but anyway, it’s Wednesday, so I shall jump on the bandwagon!
I have finally completed the playmat which I made to go under Theo’s baby gym, it’s taken me the best part of 10 days just to do the binding, but I guess that’s life with a 4 week old!
As those of you reading in the UK will now, we had unseasonably warm weather today – even amazingly in Scotland! So whilst the boy was resting in the Silver Cross, I took the quilt outside to try and photograph it in the daylight.
And finally a word about that play gym! When I posted a photo of the quilt in progress, my wise old (but not really old) friend Gill pointed out that the baby would need quite long arms to reach the toys on my nice wooden play gym. It actually turns out there was a far bigger problem, because as nice as that wooden gym was, it was just dull!
Despite the fact mummy likes wooden toys, Theo is a traitor to my cause! He stubbornly refused to be entertained by the wooden gym, but when it was replaced by an obscenely expensive, hideously plastic one with flashing lights and calipso music, he loved it! <sigh> So now the play mat quilt is going to be spending time under a slightly different play gym to the one I envisaged…
Another lesson learned by the amateur parent! Don’t forget more quilts to see by clicking the link below!
There have been quite a few surprises over the last three weeks since Theo arrived, and one of the nicest ones has been receiving quite so many cards and gifts from family friends, old school mates, colleagues and neighbours.
I really really hadn’t had any idea how the birth of a baby produces so much post! I think when you get to your mid-30s you get so used to milestones being marked with greetings from just from your close family, that you never imagine you’d ever see a mantelpiece over run with cards or a postman who is still knocking on your door 3 weeks after the big day.
Yesterday, just as we were starting to believe the flow of post had tailed off, we received two lovely gifts for Theo. The first was a copy of one of my favourite childhood books, The Hungry Caterpillar, and a toy caterpillar that clips on to the pram, and the second was a wonderfully soft and snuggly raggy quilt made by my old friend Kim, who taught me to quilt in Canada.
Kim used to make quilts for all the new arrivals in the village where we lived in Alberta and I often joked I’d have to have a baby whilst we were there just to ensure we got one. Well two years later, Theo may have been a Scottish rather than Canadian baby, but he still got the quilt… lucky boy!
My mum has just sent me copies of some of the photos she took last week when we brought Theo home from the hospital. I love these two shots she got of my sister and I.
They’d both arrived on a flight from down south the night before, so as well as meeting Theo, it was also the first time my sister and I had seen each other for 4 months.
And proving that you can never have too many cameras being used at once, my mum also took this one of us making Theo look his best for his first photoshoot. That big silver disc is just throwing a bit of natural light back on him, not quite as menacing as it looks!
Poor boy has a lifetime of this ahead of him, so he had better get used to it…
Over the last few weeks this section of the newspaper has been well read by my family. My mum and I would discuss it daily as we struggled to settle on an option for a girl’s name. It was also the Telegraph that first made us aware of the huge number of Isla’s that are being born at the moment, so it’s nice to think that like us, other prospective parents will also be reading it today.
Birth announcements in newspapers in the UK have fallen out of fashion a little lately, but they are still popular among traditionalists. If you are reading this elsewhere in the world, it would be interesting to know if births are announced in your newspapers too, or if it is (as I suspect) a very British thing…