Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Another Reason To Feel Guilty

Sometimes I feel like postponing the sewing until the kids are bigger. They don't care about the things I make and it takes my attention away from them, making me feel like a bad mom, even though I can usually only work 10 minutes at a time. So slowly, over the past two weeks I've been working on a few projects from this book I've already mentioned I have an obsession with.

First the nursing pillow, then a diaper bag, which I started when I thought I'd given up on the swaddling blanket. I had a slight melt down when I couldn't figure out the pattern and incorrectly marked up the fabric with pen and realized the kids are too small to be interested in these things I make. But the bag's simplicity gave me back some confidence and I was happy to find a reason to use the snap machine again.

Yesterday I finally finished the swaddler. It had perfect timing. The last few days Esme has been taking bad (short) naps, apparently because she's been bustin' out of her double swaddles. She waited impatiently for her nap as I finished sewing the velcro. Lets just say her nap was so amazing I ended up having to wake her up, something I haven't done in a long time. She's able to get her little fingers up to her mouth to comfort herself, but can't get the arm out to flail around and distract herself. And she can't bust out because it goes above her shoulders and doesn't stretch. It fits perfectly now, but I'm already stressed about needing to make another longer one.

Now my problem is loving so many other projects in the book and having a bunch of cute fabric on hand that I found on mega-sale a while back. Luckily it's winter, so I don't have to feel bad about not taking the boy to the play ground because I'm busy since its too cold anyway. I just do my best to hurry while he watches TV. I never knew being a mom would involve so much hurrying. Rush to the grocery store between naps, quickly make dinner while they're still napping, get the sweeping done while she's still happy in her swing. Hurry up and get this post over with. Okay.


Anna said...

The swaddler turned out great! It's cute and functional. :)

Leilani said...

I hear ya on being frustrated with patterns. I hate reading patterns. But I love your projects.

cirila said...

Great work Lena, the bag and the swaddling blanket are fab.

Kim said...

You did such a great job with the diapers, bag, and swaddling blanket. I'm impressed that you find the time to make them.

Grandma Corrales said...

Your sewing projects turned out wonderful! I think the biggest challenge to being a stay-at-home mom is the ability to multitask...and you do really well!