Monday, 25 June 2012

Welcome Charlotte!

Our little girl arrived safe and well on the 7th of June.  I didn't quite make it to my scheduled induction, I had been admitted to hospital on the evening of the 6th as they had planned to start the drip at 6am on the 7th.  I ended up going into labour on my own that evening around 10pm and Charlotte was born at 7.31 the following morning.  Everything went quite well, the only issue was everyone kept telling me I couldn't possibly be in labour and therefore couldn't have any pain relief (I was supposed to save it for the 'real thing').  By the time anyone checked and realised that I was, in fact, quite far progressed it was too late for anything stronger than gas and air and I just had to keep going - but by then I was exhausted!  I had always said I didn't want an epidural but in hindsight I totally would have had one if I'd had the option! 

I have not knit or sewn a stitch since I went into labour but now after 2 1/2 weeks I am starting to emerge from the fog of exhaustion and feel the itch again.  While we are not in any kind of routine to speak of, Charlotte's habits are becoming a little more predictable, and I am getting more efficient at all the daily care that a newborn requires.  Mind you I have a lot of help from my fella, for which I am incredibly grateful. So I hope to pick up the knitting needles very soon so I can finish the two WIPs I have, and maybe start working on some projects from my current Crafsty courses.  The sewing may have to wait a little longer as I now have to bring the machines to the dining table to work and the house is still a bit chaotic for that!

I'll leave you with some more pictures of Charlotte.  I think she is the most beautiful baby ever - but I suppose I am biased!

With Daddy at one day old.

One week...

And just this weekend (2 1/2 weeks)...

Isn't she lovely?


Kat said...

Your so lucky!! Congratulations, she looks like her daddy. X

Anonymous said...

Hello Josie,

Congratulations to you and your husband. What a beautiful name for the beautiful baby.


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gwensews said...

Congratulations-to all of you!

Lisa said...

Congratulations and welcome to the world Charlotte.

Sue said...

She is beautiful - Congratulations!

kbenco said...

Congratulations. She is a beautiful baby. There will be plenty of time for sewing later - just think of all the delicious little girl dresses you can make now!

cassandra said...

Beautiful..Love the name ...take care
ps I found your block 4 months ago looking for pics of a millefoglie scarf..and I found yours..If you ever get a chance could you explain to me the 11stitch repeat ripple pattern because I have tried and looked everywhere for an explanation but failed..

Josie said...

Hi Cassandra,
Thanks for your kind wishes and sharing your experience in your previous comment. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. To answer your question about the ripple stitch I used for my millefoglie scarf, I believe the stitch is also called 'old shale' or something like that. I can't remember exactly what I did but in general it would be something like this:

Multiple of 12 sts and 4 rows.
1: Knit
2: Purl
3: k2tog 3 times, yo k1 6 times, k2tog 3 times. Repeat to end (I would have done 3 repeats).
4: Knit(if you want a garter ridge) or Purl(if you want stocking stitch throughout).

Paula said...

She is beautiful <3 - Congratulations! ;)

Gabrielle said...

What a darling little girl - congratulations! Giving birth is not much fun (and induction feels awful btw) but it's all over pretty quickly... and on to the fun (and challenging) stuff! All the best for baby Charlotte and your family.