When I started quilting and sewing over 4 years ago (hard to believe it has been this long) I dove in feet first without looking back. In my spare time I read blogs about different techniques, different styles, designers, fabric lines and people’s adventures while quilting/sewing. I was able to name a fabric line simply by seeing a small sample of fabric and I had grand plans about the projects I wanted to do. If there was a project that people I knew were doing I wanted to do it too no matter what the skill level. I joined every club, swap and group I could find, just to be apart of the group – to be included.
Things are different now. I had rose colored glasses on when it came to the expectations of life once Ella was born. I thought for sure I would be able to sew during nap times, in the evening once Nate got home, and on the weekends. I know I can hear your laughter. Reality has sure set in now that we have been parents for 4 months.
It is true I can sew during nap times – though that has been difficult as she is only napping for about 40 minutes on a good day. You might say, “40 minutes that is a good chunk of time.” You are correct, but that is also the time I have to shower, eat, get laundry started or finished, tidy the house, do the dishes, get ready if we are going out or do a little fitness. Who cares about eating? Some days that is the attitude I have. So what about the housework/dishes/laundry? True – so what….but how else will they get done? Go out? Put a ball cap on and yoga pants – I could, but that is my at home look, sometimes I need a change. Shower? Lets not go there. I have found it rather difficult to squeeze in time. I still want to quilt which is part of my problem, if I lost my desire as some said I would then this would be a non issue.
Perhaps I could sew while little miss is playing on her mat or jumping in the jolly jumper? Yep, I could. But there are two things stopping me. Number 1: my sewing room is in the basement of our house and I can’t just leave her upstairs while I am down stairs and lugging ALL HER STUFF isn’t always what its cracked up to be. Number 2: I enjoy watching her play and interacting with her while she plays – I could watch the jolly jumper all day, though I am starting to wonder if my headaches are caused by the motion. Ever heard of motion sickness from a jolly jumper for a parent? Me neither, but I might be the first.
I honestly am at a loss of what to do about it sometimes. I don’t have the heart to give it up, but I don’t have the heart to not be with Ella or Nate either. Oh the turmoil.
I’ve included a small video of little miss on the jolly jumper – just so you can see why watching her can pull you away from other things – it is just so funny.
PS. She is much better at the Jolly Jumper now. This was day 1.