Thanks for all the lovely comments of congratulations on the birth of Grace. I wanted to share some of the details of Grace's birth, but for those of you who are mainly interested in the crafty stuff, I have something for you too!
I made this bag just before Grace was born, to use as her baby bag. It is the "Cosmo Bag" from Amy Butler's book "Style Stitches". Its the first bag I've ever made, and I just love it!
It's nice and roomy with lots of pockets to hold everything babyish (and I fill it up no problem).
I absolutely love the fabric by Joel Dewberry, which is a problem, because I don't want to put it down on the ground for fear of it getting dirty!
The pattern was excellent, and I was happy it all came together so well on my first attempt. I used "Shapewell" as interfacing (on the advise of Toni from "Make it Perfect") and it gives it great structure without the bulk. I also added matching trim to the tops of the pockets and the bottom of the bag.
So now for some birth details... I woke up on Wednesday the 6th having some mild contractions. It was my son's birthday, and so I was hoping that the baby would hold off for the next day so they could have their own birthdays. I did some food shopping, dropped off some quilt patterns to Hettie's Patch (they told me to go home and rest :)) baked a birthday cake for my animal loving boy, had my sister Kelly and her boys around to play for the afternoon - all while having contractions every 10-15 minutes or so. After birthday celebrations Todd and I snuck out for a final dinner (that blue swimmer crab pasta was absolutely delicious), and my contractions started to ramp up!
I tried to get some sleep for a couple of hours, but was woken by really strong contractions at 1am on Thursday morning (yay, we'd made it to the next day). I had to move and walk through the contractions, and woke Todd at 2am. We left for the hospital at 3am (with me kneeling on the back seat - there was no way I was sitting down!)
At this stage I was starting to get nervous about how I was going to cope, and a message from my mum to "Be strong" helped me just take one contraction at a time. The birthing centre was dark and quiet, and my midwife was reassuring. Todd and I hopped into the bath when it was finally filled and I had a couple of minutes to rest in his arms before she was born into the water and lifted into my arms. An absolute miracle.
Grace was born only an hour after arriving at hospital, and it was such a relief to be on the other side of it and to have her home with us.
We all love her to bits, and are living in this little cocoon of joy right now.
We are starting to venture out now and Grace loves snuggling in the "Hug a bub".