The baby's doing great and that's the most important thing - as for me, well, there's the constant feeling of queasiness, tiredness, re-emergence of post viral fatigue, sore throat, sick kids, husband only home on weekends, can't stand chocolate (that's the kicker!)... need I go on? But do you know what?... I'm doing great. I'll tell you what makes all the difference:
A simple email asking how I'm doing and wanting a real answer
Women from church bringing meals when they have busy families of their own
Sisters and sister-in-laws who take the kids for a few hours so I can nap
Having extra time to snuggle my children (I've been doing some Rocking Chair Therapy)
A husband who cleans the whole house and does all the washing on his weekend home
The next door neighbour who brings gingerbread cake and takes out my bins
A tonne of encouraging comments
Knowing so many of you have been here and done it all before (and knowing its all for a good cause)
It makes all the difference in the world. I'm a very lucky girl.
Last week I had to finish a quilt for a magazine (a commitment I made before I found out I was pregnant). To say it was challenging getting it all finished in time is an understatement, but fortunately its done now and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I can't show you the front, but here's the back. Now remember when I said that I really enjoyed straight line quilting (here)... well I've changed my mind :) It takes a bit longer on a larger quilt. This took me about 8 hours to quilt! Does it take you guys that long?
You can see it pulled a little bit on the back. It didn't pull so much on the front, but I'm still glad I started at a different end each time or it would have really dragged the quilt design.
I'll have to try straight line quilting again when I'm feeling a little more sprightly, because I do like the effect.
Addit: I wasn't sure about the orange when I was first putting the back together, but I really like it now its all finished.
Note: Quilt measures 60" x 60" and I used Kona Cotton Solids and Hope Valley prints by Denyse Schmidt. The straight(ish) lines range from 1/4" to 1" apart.