The short story: This may not come as much of a surprise, given all the other adulting I’ve been doing recently (like getting married and buying a house), but the latest installment in the wow-I-guess-I-really-am-a-grownup life events is that I’m pregnant! While the pregnancy itself wasn’t a surprise, how profoundly it affected my ability to do, well, anything during my first trimester was a surprise. Fortunately, I’m returning to functional and am so excited to start sewing, blogging, and working again!
The long story, for those that might be interested: I had a truly miserable first trimester where I was so sick I couldn’t do anything other than lay on the couch. (As Adam was saying to folks “I can tell she’s miserably sick since she’s not even knitting while she sits on the couch.) I’m blessed by the fact I live on the same island as one set of my parents and that my pharmacist stepdad helped me figure out meds that made life bearable and my amazing mom checked in on me almost every day (whether by coming over or by picking me up and driving me to her house since I couldn’t drive myself). I don’t have words to describe how amazing my husband is for taking care of me while continuing to shoulder his responsibilities and taking over all of my usual contributions to our household.
By the end of the first trimester I got pretty emotionally low. It was really rough on me to have my world shrunken down so small since I was too sick to leave the house. It was really rough on me to have to let my business stall out (when there’s only one employee and that employee can’t work it pretty much shuts down a business, it turns out). It was really hard to not be able to talk to anyone about what was going on – I told a couple of my closest friends, but we had some concerns about baby’s health for a while and I didn’t feel comfortable sharing with more people until we were sure baby is healthy (we are sure now).
Fortunately, I had this goofball by my side the entire time and she makes for a very snuggly couch companion. In fact, she’s a bit grumpy with me now that my lap is no longer constantly available for her use.
As my energy comes back a bit more every day, I’ll be ramping back in to work. I have a bag pattern that should be out very soon since I got sick days away from its planned release date. I don’t know when the next garment pattern will be coming out as my next planned release will no longer be seasonal by the time I get it out so I’ve got to change plans.
I want to thank all of the people that have reached out to check on me since I went radio silent without an explanation. I also want to thank collaborators for their patience as I’ve had to reschedule and cancel a variety of business projects. Thank you!
I do have a couple questions for y’all:
– Would you be interested in seeing me release a few maternity patterns?
– Can you share an anecdote (you or someone you know) of having a rough pregnancy and then having an easy one after? I’d love to have more than one kid but can’t imagine going through this and needing to take care of a kid at the same time!