Ordinarily I do a bit of sewing each day - sometimes a little bit or sometimes a lot, but the continuity and incremental work is I think the best way to keep on top of my projects. But the past two weeks or so I've barely stepped into my sewing room. I've been so exhausted it's hard to just get off the lounge. Not just sleepy, but absolutely bone tired exhausted with aching muscles and joints. It didn't help that I recently won a Kindle (yay me!) and I've been rediscovering the classics like Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. I followed that up with a nice day snuggled on the lounge watching the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice.
But after a discussion with a friend followed up with a consultation with Dr Google, I've discovered that muscle and joint pain is quite common in breastfeeding new mums. Something to do with the hormones in the body that relax the joints in preparation for childbirth remaining while breastfeeding. So I've started taking glucosamine supplements, had a massage and a long hot bath and already I feel like a new person. I've even cleaned up my sewing room in anticipation of the prolific output that I'm about to produce!
Another delightful thing to happen recently was the parcel I received in the mail from the lovely Steph, a reader in New Zealand. She had bought the wrong sized pattern and offered to send it to me, but when it arrived it came with another pattern and two cute boy themed prints which was a wonderful surprise. Thanks again Steph!
I also stepped out of my comfort zone and bought this bold striped ponti fabric from Spotlight during their recent 30% off everything sale. I bought enough fabric to make a dress, but when I got it home and draped it around myself I'm not so sure I'll be confident enough to wear such a bright dress. Maybe I'll take the easier option and make a skirt instead. What do you all think: too much?
I did a bit of opshopping last week too, the first time in ages since I've been on a major declutter phase and have been dropping bags of goods off but not bringing anything home. Luckily I didn't buy too much, just a few cute kid's sewing patterns but I did find this hilarious craft book that I just had to buy:
Gotta love the 1970s and that classic "lovers" picture!
And the best thing to happen this week is that Toby has finally figured out how to roll back from his stomach to his back. He is quick to roll over from his back to his front, but after about 5 minutes he starts to whinge loudly and needs rolling back like a stuck turtle - I guess holding up that big head of his takes a fair bit of effort! (Mean but true, just check out the photo below). But now he can sort himself out, just like a neglected second child needs to learn. Just kidding.