Grey Days

Back into regular life after our little Winter break. I must say I had worried a little about how my body would hold up to being back in sole charge as Mr Kat has taken the lion share of, well, everything. I have trouble with my pelvis when pregnant and while it is manageable for the most part, it is terribly limiting in so many ways. For example, while I can reach my feet (just) I am unable to lift a leg long enough to slip a sock onto my foot such is the pain. I have to think carefully about what we are planning to do on any one day and balance any standing and walking I need to do with long periods of sofa time.

As you can imagine, the children would prefer me to be out and about with them or playing on the floor. I know it is short lived yet it doesn’t stop me feeling sad that they are missing ‘me’ so much. Still, there are many benefits to slowing down and doing things differently. We spend more time reading, they have devised countless new games together, there is more time for creativity and they are napping again. I am a big believer in naps for children and the rising number of days when naps fell by the wayside were bothering me. Not least because I need the afternoon downtime as much as they do.

So we have muddled by. I have used the car more than I would like but on the whole it is working. There has been playing in the rain, dancing in the kitchen, visits from friends (who bring the sweet tulip-y promise of Spring), baking and lots of cuddling.

I have been lifted by every comment, tweet and email you have sent since I wrote about how we celebrate the Winter. In honesty I wasn’t sure about sharing as many folk find it a little peculiar. Thank you to all of my wonderful blog readers, friends, who took the time to add your thoughts and support.

I have been getting regular reminders from Milla about my sewing list with particular reference to the projects which she has commissioned.

The little stacks of fabric in this picture represent four projects. The Cloud9 Forest Friends flannels on top were won in a competition on The Sewing Directory courtesy of Saints & Pinners and are destined to become a sleeping bag for our new little one, hopefully before they put in an appearance. Next down is a piece of Japanese fabric which is intended for a ballet kit bag for Milla. Then we have a stack of Castle Peeps by Lizzy House which I bought from Whipstitch. This is going to be a quilt for Monty’s bed, Milla has one in her Red Letter Day collection which I made last New Year (you can see it here). And finally is a furry tiger print which Milla has told me is going to be a tiger hat and tail, oh my!

There are lots of things to which I should attend but I’m thinking a little sewing in January could be just the ticket.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Lou@Littlegreenshed January 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Hi thank you for stopping by my blog and your comment! Blimey, you did to your camera as well… I am sure it’s more common than I think (or Dan does in his perfect world)!!!! Lovely blog…will have a good read now. Great fabric stash by the way! Lou xxx

    • Reply Kat January 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Lucky they are more robust than we give them credit for!

  • Reply Bekka January 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Wise and beautiful.
    It must be hard being in that physical pain, must effect your mindset each day, but you sound like a mum who believes in being still, focusing on the positive, and being creative. Huge respect
    And, oooohhh the fabric. I’ve got a stack at my mums as no space for sewing machine in my Brighton flat right now…longing for a hobby room, let alone an office!
    Enjoy the sewing projects.
    Keep inspiring us with your blog
    x

    • Reply Kat January 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks Bekka. Would love a hobby room too but there is something lovely about sitting at the kitchen table working…

    • Reply Kat January 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks for all the encouragement with the sewing! Have helped Milla make a coat for her cat (revealed on Friday) and ironed the quilt fabric. Yup, progress is slow!

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  • Reply Bekka January 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    ps.) Carla knows about pelvic pain experience with pregnancy x

  • Reply Bristol Parenting Cafe January 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Oh I hope you are managing OK. I got totally wiped out energy-wise when I was pregnant and felt the same as you about not being active enough for Z and E. But you’re right, slowing down is actually nice to do and the children were suprisingly good at understanding why I was a bit slow and unsteady. I’m inspired by you carrying on with you sewing projects and look forward to seeing your creations!

  • Reply Liz@VioletPosy January 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I hope the pain is treatable/eases off soon? I’m glad the kids are letting you take it easy. Thanks for the beautiful photos of the tulips I could do with seeing some ‘spring’ :)

  • Reply Bec Metcalf January 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I found the last few months of pregnancy really difficult too, looking after Monty with SPD was no picnic so I can totally relate. Make the most of your time snuggled up with the babies at home. I soon realised that so much is missed with rushing about and began to enjoy the calm. Well once the agony of getting out of bed and crunching my hips downstairs had occurred anyway. Wishing you well.
    Bec

  • Reply Apryl January 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I’m so sorry about your pelvic pain. I never had that when I was pregnant with H (though I did get Hyperemisis and end up in the hospital on a drip for a week.. and never got back to proper health after that as i was sick till the very end….I think pain would have been better.. I’m good at handling pain but constantly upchucking was not pleasant and the pills didn’t do much to ease it.

    I loved reading your winter post. its great that other people celebrate other things. I never really cared for christmas but a few favourite movies and a lovely dinner. that’s all you really need for cozy winter days. good luck with all your wonderful sewing projects.. I am working on a wee prim doll today, nothing fancy but i thought it might improved my mood on this horrid day.

  • Reply mrs scruff January 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Oh the fabric is lovely. Do show what you make. I hope the pain eases soon x

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