Monday, April 14, 2014

Sewing for Myself: The Everyday Skirt Pattern from Liesl & Co.

So, a few nights here and there, I've actually had the energy and time to craft. A few months ago, I bought the Everyday Skirt pattern from Liesl & Co. I had been drooling over this skirt for months, but didn't want to buy it while I was still pregnant. I bit the bullet and bought it. At first, I got this gray fabric to make a winter version, but the quality was so poor that I scrapped everything. Luckily, I had a yard and a half of polka dot fabric I bought in the fall when I visited Morehead, and it was just enough to make the skirt. Seriously, it was a tight squeeze to fit the pattern on there. I'm so happy with how it turned out and that it's warm enough to finally wear it!

For this version, I made the large size, but it's almost too loose (a great problem to have when you are six months postpartum). It slides around a bunch on my frame, even though the back is elastic. I want to make several more of these so that I can live in them at work this summer.

The pattern sews up really easily and looks really professional. I love that about Liesl & Co./Oliver & S patterns! It's like a sewing lesson in a pattern. This is the first garment I've made for myself since the ill-fated Halloween costume of 2006. I'm more confident in sewing for myself now, especially because it looks good!

I think I'm going to try to make a knit version to hang out in on the weekends. I have a striped knit left over from making my nursing shawl (that I never use), so I'm going to try that. I'll probably size that one down to a medium as well.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Let's talk about the postpartum period

Okay ladies. Let's talk about the postpartum period. I'm not talking about the period of time directly after having a baby. I'm talking about Aunt Flow making her debut. I am six months postpartum, and yesterday I started my period for the first time since December 2012.

If you've never had a baby, I'm not trying to scare you. I don't want you to feel like I did. This is going to be slightly graphic. If you can't handle it, move along and DON'T READ THIS.




Okay. Yesterday morning, I woke up and realized that my period had started in a big way. My back was hurting and my front was cramping. I had a few pads left over from my postpartum bleeding, but they were ultra-thin longs. I thought it would be enough. As I was nursing, I felt a gush in my pad, but I didn't think anything of it. I went ahead and got dressed (wearing my polka dot skirt, a white shirt that I tucked in, and a cardigan), got everything together, and we were on our way to work. I was driving, and the entire time I was cramping pretty bad, so I took some ibuprofen. The cramps started to subside once I got to work. About 45 minutes after I got to work, I went to the bathroom and my heart dropped when I saw what was going on in my underwear.

In 2.5 hours, I had filled my pad with blood, bled through my underwear in the front, and onto the hem of my shirt. It's a miracle that I didn't bleed in the back. I said, "Oh my God," and immediately changed my pad. I had four pads that day and no tampons. I called my midwife, because I wasn't expecting this. I was so afraid that I was hemorrhaging. And I waited. My flow slowed down, but in the afternoon it got really heavy again. The cramps got so bad again that I left work early, driving to Target to pick up some overnight maxi pads (ultrathin; DON'T DO IT). I soaked through another pad then. Every time I coughed, I could feel a gush, and I was terrified. This time, I did bleed a bit onto my skirt. I changed my pad again and went to buy the pads, strips for Tony, and a pregnancy test. My midwife wanted me to rule out pregnancy to make sure I wasn't miscarrying. I wasn't pregnant. I changed my pad again, went to get Tony and Hyla, and then went home.

Throughout the night, I changed my pad a lot. This morning, the flow was so much that it couldn't hold it, so I got blood all over the floor in my bedroom, down my leg, on the wall somehow. It was terrifying.

I am saying all of this so that someone else will know that this is normal. My midwife told me that the first few periods can be extremely heavy. Both my MIL and mother have experienced this, and my friends on Hellobee told me the same. So why doesn't anyone talk about it? I know not everyone experiences super heavy periods, but at one point I thought I was in serious trouble. The flow is still strong. But I'm okay.

So, ladies, when you prepare for your first period, have the following:

  • Extra absorbancy maxi pads. Not the ultrathins. Get the big guns.
  • Super tampons
  • Puppy pads or chucks pads for your bed.
And most likely, you aren't dying. But I'm not a doctor. If you are worried, call your doctor.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's been awhile

I've been under this huge rock called motherhood.

It's all-consuming, terrifying, wonderful, and magical all at the same time. Why is the baby crying? Is her diaper wet? Is she hungry? Is she tired? Is she just royally pissed off? But it's all okay when the baby smiles at you.

I'm learning a lot about myself. I'm learning patience. I'm learning to balance her needs with my own, which usually means I'm feeding/changing/playing with her while doing the pee-pee dance. I'm learning to exist on less sleep, growing into my new body, and I love myself more. I love these stretch marks, because she gave them to me.

I love my husband more, even when he's annoying me. I can't imagine doing this thing called parenthood without him.

So, to the little lady who made me a mother, thank you. I love you more than words can express.

And to the man who gave me this gift, thank you. I love you so much, and thank you for getting up this morning to help with the bottles.

To my dog and cats: I'm sorry I kicked you this morning. I couldn't see you during the midnight shuffle. Have a treat.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

You know, just hanging out with my BABY!

Introducing Hyla Sophia Evans! Born at 8:55 am on Monday, October 7, 2013. 

7 lbs, 10.8 oz, 20 inches long. 

We are smitten!

Radios silence courtesy of my brand new babe. Be back soon!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

40 weeks! Eviction notice has been sent!

How big is Baby Girl? I'm officially smuggling a pumpkin in there, and I'm officially PAST DUE!
How are you feeling? Pretty good. Tired. Ready to meet this girl. I had a dream that she was born and was so beautiful that we cried because we were like, "WE MADE THIS!"
How's Tony feeling? Pretty good. Ready to meet his little girl. 
News? Um...still pregnant. 
House projects? We need to put the rest of the shelves in the closet. And I did some minor fixing of the nursery. Shhh, I stood on a chair and replaced drapery hardware. Don't tell Tony. 
Cravings? Baked goods. Coke. 
How's that belly button? I've forgotten what it used to look like when it was an innie. 
Labor signs? The baby has dropped. I am having a few contractions but nothing timeable. Also, period type cramps, and I have periods where my vag hurts SO MUCH that I want to cry. 

Baby girl, you are officially being given your eviction notice! 13 days until we have to induce, and I'd much rather not have to induce and meet you sooner rather than later. Please make your way to the exit in a safe and orderly fashion. And Lord, please help me to remember that these last days with just Tony are a precious gift that we won't see for the next 18+ years. We are ready, but we need to savor this time. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

39 Weeks!

As I write this, I want you to fully understand the depths of my joy...IT'S MY LAST DAY OF WORK!!!! Maternity leave is here! Now all I'm waiting on is my little bundle to join us on the outside!!!!

  • How big is Baby Girl? Watermelon! She doesn't have much room in there.
  • How are you feeling? Tired. Sore. Tired. Did I mention that I was tired? Oh, and I thought I wouldn't be able to turn over last night because I was stuck to the sheets. STUCK TO THE SHEETS!!!! It was maddening.
  • How's Tony feeling? He's a little frightened about being a Dad. So I tell him to suck it up, because it's happening. This baby is coming out one way or another.
  • News? Nope. Well, our last childbirth class was last night.
  • House projects? We need to put the rest of the shelves in the closet. I don't foresee that happening unless I do it. I made a cake last night and proceeded to break BOTH OF MY MIXERS. They just died. It's awful. 
  • Cravings? Baked goods. Coke. 
  • How's that belly button? Out. Way out.  
  • Labor signs? The baby has dropped. I feel like I have a bowling ball between my legs. I'm full on waddling. But still rocking my fabulous wedges and my wedding rings. Holla! 
  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Pinned it: Nursing Shawl

    Awhile back, I pinned this tutorial on a nursing shawl. This past weekend, I bought a yard of purple jersey-knit fabric, and last night I decided I'd hemmed and hawed enough and I should just sew the darn thing. So I did.

    The tutorial promised to be easy, and it was. You sew one line. BOOM, done.

    This was my first time sewing with a knit fabric, and you know what? I'm not a fan right now. Maybe because I'm a hormonal mess of a pregnant woman and my vag hurts on the daily now. It was slippery. It was hard to figure out to cut it. I sewed my one line, and while it works, it's not what I wanted. The point of the shawl doesn't hang perfectly centered, and that bothers me. I used the neckline measurements given in the tutorial, but I don't think they work for me. I have broad shoulders, and this neckline is just too small and hangs weird.

    This weekend, I may go back to JoAnn fabrics and pick out something else. I want to customize this, so I'll probably need two yards of fabric and I'll sew two seams, plus finish off the neckline with a nice hem. I don't know if I'll use a stretchy jersey fabric, but I might use something nice and gauzey or a thicker (aka not $5 a yard) jersey fabric. And maybe then I'll take a picture of it. Maybe. Until then, back to the drawing board.


    I did it! Here's the new one. 

    The neckline is a touch wide, but it hangs much better and the bowed neck looks more like a shirt. I'm really proud of it! My new fabric was 60" wide, so this is 30" squarish with a 5/8" seam on both sides. I did that so they would match even though one side was folded. This might be cute as a bathing suit cover this summer too!