Apologies for the absence here. Having a baby changes one’s time allocation and prioritization. Also, having a baby has changed my body in a way that has made me hesitant to do much sewing for myself – – for one, because those styles to which I have previously gravitated no longer flatter; and two, because my post-pregnancy body has been changing these last (almost)ten months and I didn’t want to invest time in sewing clothing for myself that would only fit for a short time.
However, my body seems to be stabilizing and I’ve adopted some new style preferences that I feel confident in… And I feel fortunate that loose and flowy shirts and blouses are fashionable these days. I used to always wear fairly tight and form-fitting tops, but after gaining 50 pounds during my pregnancy and not having as much time to vigorously exercise as I did before I got pregnant, I’m just not going to wear such form-fitting things these days.
Anyway, I’ve been wearing my original Tiny Pocket Tank a lot lately and I was reminded at what a quick project it is. Yesterday, while I was putting Milo down for his first nap, I decided to pull out that pattern and some fabric from my stash and see how far along I could get.
After one of baby’s naps, I made it about halfway through the project. And I made it through the other half of the project by his second nap. (Note, each nap was just 1 hour long, so this is literally a two hour project for me). Fortunately, we had plans to go out to an international food festival that afternoon, so I had Josh snap some photos of me wearing my FO. I am not at all happy with the way I look in these photos (OMG, I have been so dissatisfied with my post-pregnancy hair!!!) but postponing this FO blog entry in order for me to have better photos taken will just mean that I will never post about this accomplishment (see above, re: time priorities).
Overall, I am very happy with how this top turned out and I am DELIGHTED to discover that sewing is an accessible hobby for me to take back up as a new mom with very little spare time. Naturally, I have a hundred million things that I try to accomplish during nap times, so I have no idea when I’ll be able to complete another sewing project, but the fact that I completed this one makes me feel very proud and excited about sewing again.
This morning, I did pull out a pattern for another loose and flowy top and I identified some potential fabric, so perhaps I will have another sewing FO to show off fairly soon… or possibly not.
In other news, Milo will be 10 months next week and that astounds me! He weighs just about 20 pounds, which is a bit small for his age. However, he has exceeded all of his age-specific milestones and is much more like an 18 month old with his gross- and fine-motor skills and language/cognition. He has been crawling for several months, can pull himself to a standing position, and walk around if he has something to hang onto. He can also intentionally bang things together to make sounds (ie, drumming or using his xylophone) and can pick up small O’s with his pincer grip. He has also shown some indication of understanding language (for example, if I ask him if he is hungry and wants food, while tapping my fingers at my mouth (which is sign language for “food”), he bops his arms up and down, which means “YES!”). Of course, it is well known that genius babies are too busy learning and developing to want to sleep very well, so we still get up every 2 hours all night every night.