Thursday, 15 May 2014

Update.....

Hello, dear blogging friends. 

Thanks to all of you for sticking around when I’ve been such a bad blogger (writer AND reader, I’m afraid).

I thought I should give you a quick update on the baby-front.....



I was expecting to carry on working up until half-term, at the end of May.  And, after a very lovely and very relaxing trip back to England over Easter, I was really looking forward to going back to school for my last few weeks with what has been a really great class (and really great group of parents too).

BUT, that was not how things panned out.  I had a regular check-up with my gynaecologist just before school was due to kick off again, and was told that I’d have to stop working straight away, for the rest of the pregnancy.  That was quite a shock, and the news took a while to sink in. 


But, after I’d been into school to pack up my things and say goodbye to my colleagues, I started thinking that this being a ‘lady of leisure’ thing might be okay after all.  I then got quite excited about all the baby-crafting I could do.  Over the next few days, I was glued to Pinterest, researching all the cute things I could make.....  More toys, more quilts, clothes, accessories, decorative bits and bobs for the nursery.....


Then, at my check-up the following week, I was told that I had to be on ‘modified bed rest’ – I have to spend the whole time laying down (not even sitting).  Oh!!!  So much for my crafting dreams!!!  I’ve yet to find a way of balancing my sewing machine on my belly, I’m afraid.  And, when I tried to work on my crocheted baby blanket, I almost suffocated myself.  And paper-cutting, with a craft knife.....  I’m not even going to ATTEMPT that!!! So, crafting is definitely on the back-burner for now. 



In the meantime (between visits to the doctor), I did manage to do a little bit of making (a few finished projects, and some more half-done).  So, I’ll show you those over the next few weeks.  We also did some DIY bump-photos before I got the latest doctors’ orders (some of which I’m sharing with you in this post).  


I saw my gynaecologist again yesterday (pregnancy/maternity care here in Germany really IS thorough – I do feel I’m being well-looked-after).  She said I need to stay on bed rest for the next few weeks but that, as my due date (5th July) gets closer, I MIGHT be able to get up and about a BIT more.  So, fingers crossed I’ll get a few manic weeks of crafting in then, before baby arrives.....


Until then, if anyone has any ideas for crafting projects that can be carried out whilst laying on your back, please do share..... 


Carly

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14 comments:

  1. Your bump is growing beautifully Carly. As a mum of three I would just say enjoy this time for yourself and your partner. The time before a baby arrives is so special. Take care lovely xo

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  2. Wow, what a change since the last pics Carly........your little bub is growing beautifully.
    Sorry to hear you're on bed rest, that's certainly put paid to any crafty plans, can't even suggest anything apart from some hand embroidery, if you can sit up a little bit......
    Great to see both you and bubs dad, gorgeous pics.......rest well and take care.

    Claire Xx

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  3. Oh Carly !!!! Your bump looks beautiful!!!!! I think that you have to enjoy this forced relaxing moment : after the baby birth you'll not have a lot of time for yourself!!!!! ;oD
    Take care, xxxxxxxx Ale

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  4. Lovely pics Carly! Maybe you can get a lot of reading done about crafts while laying on your back? :) Hope you enjoy your rest! So excited for you!!
    Kate :}

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  5. Hello lovely Carly ..... I am so glad you posted as I have been thinking about you.
    I am so sorry to hear that you've got to be laid up, thats a bit rubbish for sure but your photos are adorable and before you know it your little one will be here x
    When I was laid flat with a bad back for a few weeks, I mastered the art of laying down embroidery and cross stitch, may be worth a try!
    take good care and enjoy the peace
    lots of love
    Jooles x x x

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  6. No ideas except lots of crafty magazines! I know how frustrating it must be for you as I had the same thing with one of my pregnancies - I wasn't even supposed to get up and make a cup of tea!! It will all be worth it in the end of course. Look after yourself. XX

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  7. Oh No. Please listen to the doctors though and take the rest you need. If I think of any ideas for crafting I'll let you know. Perhaps some cross-stitch. A baby keepsake sampler???

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  8. Perhaps some cross-stitch. A baby keepsake sampler??? Seriously though look after yourself, do as instructed and look after that beautiful growing bambino, x

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  9. Sorry you got two similar comments from me....blogland appeared to lose my first one...duh!

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  10. Love the photos. This could be a great time to catch up on some reading and rest. Keeping you in my thoughts xx

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  11. Aw Carly, glad you and baby are ok...make sure you rest...cross stitch is indeed a good idea, or a pompom garland?!

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  12. Oh Carly I'm sooo broody looking at your gorgeous baby bump! Enjoy this time, all that rest is just what you need right now! You'll be busy in July for sure!!

    I have so much reading to catch up on here, so I'm going to pop on the kettle, grab a cuppa and get reading! I can't wait to see what you've been up to xxx

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  13. Such sweet pictures, Carly! Your baby bump is growing beautifully. I would just relax and make the most of the resting time, read a lot, and maybe do a little cross stitch keepsake, like a small baby sampler, or a Baby Sleeping sign to hang on the door! Your little one will soon be here and keeping you very busy!
    Sending love. Helen xox

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  14. Beautiful bump photos Carly! Although I totally sympathise with your frustrations at these changes in plan, I hope you are relaxing & enjoying the last of your pregnancy?! It sounds like they are taking great care of you in Germany :-) Soon little one will be here & your life will never be the same! Take care of yourself, Helen

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Carly

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