Monday, January 4, 2016

The Birth, and a Finish!

Hello, hello, hello! Yep, I'm still alive, but my goodness, it's been an eventful couple of weeks. First off, I finally popped that baby out! My darling baby boy was born just past midnight on the 21st of December, a day early. I'd love to say that delivering him was a breeze, but it really wasn't. I was in labor for 25 hours. By hour 16, I was still only dilated 3 cm and wasn't making any progress at all, so I gave in and went for the epidural, which wasn't in my birth plan. But you know what they say - man plans and God laughs!

But I've been recovering really well, which I'm grateful for, and the little man is so sweet it's hard to be annoyed with him, no matter how many times he wakes me up at night!

I did manage to finish his baby sampler a couple of days before I went into labor, so that was perfect timing. Here it is, all ironed and everything:


I was keeping track throughout, just out of curiosity, and this took just over 11650 stitches. Isn't that crazy? I had to spend a few more hours on the backstitching, which got it all wrinkled up again:


So all I had to do was wait for him to be born so I could fill in the middle part with his details. It took me a long time to catch my breath after the birth and the holidays and all the excitement. I finally sat down yesterday and, after many interruptions and lots of frogging, managed to finish it.


All right, that's all I've got to share! Gotta go do more of the nursing-diaper changing-nursing-diaper changing routine.

Big hugs,

27 comments:

Preeti said...

Congrats on the great news!! :) Your birth sampler is so cute and ready at the right time:)

Wendy said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad it all went well - ok even if it was long! The birth sampler is lovely

Linda said...

Great news Sarah. The birth sampler looks great.

Linda

cucki said...

Aww such a sweet news
Congrats my dear..bundle of joy you received ..big hugs for you
Such a sweet finish..kisses x

Heather said...

Aww yay! I'm so excited for you Sarah congratulations! I'm surprised you did any stitching lol but I'm sure he sleeps a lot. The sampler looks great!

Justine said...

Congratulations! Glad to hear you're recovering well, that was a long labour. Lucky that babies are so cute!
Your birth sampler is lovely. The bird sitting on the top is so sweet. I'm amazed you have found time for stitching too but that's great. It's important to make time for yourself and to rest when you can.

Emma Louise Brown said...

Congratulations on both of your finishes ;)

Ariadne said...

Congratulations! It's great being a mum, isn't it?AriadnefromGreece!

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Huge congratulations Sarah, what an ordeal you had, but so worth it in the end! Well done on getting the sampler finished - excellent timing!

Vickie said...

I have been thinking of you Sarah. Congratulations on your sweet, little Yousef. The sampler looks beautiful. You did a good job, Mom!

Mii Stitch said...

Congratulations on the birth of your little boy & finishing the sampler on time!!!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

A big happy CONGRATULATIONS to you! That's the best thing in the world - to welcome a new baby!
And the sampler is stunning! GOOD JOB!
(I've had 4 babies and three labors and not a one of them went as planned!)

Brigitte said...

Welcome to the new baby and many many congratulations to the new mom and the whole family. Yusef's birth sampler just got finished in time, how great. And how sweet it looks its all the big and small animals. Enjoy your new baby.

Pull the other thread said...

Congrats on the birth of your new baby boy. Sorry to hear the delivery was so difficult for you.Your sampler finish is wonderful what a beautiful piece to have.

Kerryp77 said...

Congratulations Sarah and welcome to your little boy too. The sampler looks lovely and well done on getting done so soon after the birth. It took me 12 months with both of mine and lotties still needs framing. She's almost 6!! Take care and enjoy every precious moment xx

the Fairy Stitcher said...

Congratulations !! The birthsampler is so cute

Miamina said...

Congratulations on your new arrival! Sorry that he took so long to make an arrival. It must have been the perfect end to your year <3

The birth sampler is so cute and you did really well to get it finished before his arrives!

I wish you and your family the very best for the coming year <3 <3

Penny said...

I've been thinking of you- somehow missed your post. But, congratulations on the birth of your son!! And on finishing his birth sampler!

Terri said...

Congrats on your new arrival! Can't wait to see pictures of the cutie, if you choose to share, that is.

Love the sampler!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on the safe arrival of your lovely son. Birth plans are always more of a hope than a certainty!

The sampler looks lovely all finished with his name and vital statistics!

Anne said...

Big congrats my dear! I laboured for 30 hours before I had to get a c section...not in the plan!!! I'm amazed you even got some backstitching in! Good for you mama! Isn't it the most wonderful thing... Love?!! It grows even more every day. Even sleep deprived it grows.xoxo

Anne said...

Big congrats my dear! I laboured for 30 hours before I had to get a c section...not in the plan!!! I'm amazed you even got some backstitching in! Good for you mama! Isn't it the most wonderful thing... Love?!! It grows even more every day. Even sleep deprived it grows.xoxo

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

It's me again! Could you send me an address where I can send you a card please?

Emma/Itzy said...

just catching up on my blog reading - CONGRATULATIONS! xx

Jan Gartlan said...

Congratulations Saeah. A lovely finish too.

Kaisievic said...

Congratulations, my dear Sarah, so glad that it all went well, although 25 hours of labour sounds like no fun! Gorgeous finish for your sweet boy, too. hugs, Kaye xxxx

Mouse said...

okkkk I think I know how rip van winkle felt ... how on earth did I miss the exciting news that the wee one had arrived ... and it was before the new year too CONGRATULATIONS to you all ...hope he is behaving himself and if you get chance can you send me your address so I can send a rather belated card ...lol love mouse xxxxxx