Before I had my children I used to love crotcheting fine doiles and really wanted to make an outfit for my new baby daughter that was delicate and slightly different. A year prior to this, I was very fortunate earlier to see some babies being born in Paua New Guinea and admired the ease and dignity at which it appeared the women gave birth to their tiny babies. The question of oversized clothing was being commented by the nurses there and the dear little babies often lost under the over sized bonnets and mittens. I was also surprised how fair these bubs were when they were first born, and within a few days changed colouring. These experiences were embedded on my mind. So, upon my return to Australia, I started crotcheting a gorgeous little pink dress that looked perfectly right for a tiny little baby just as I had seen in New Guinea. Giving birth. I was assured and rallied in my mind that women gave birth all over the world and if they can do it, I can too. So, I was determined to take it in my stride as much as possible. Afterwards, I was proud of my achievements and totaly in love with my new 7lb daughter. When I arrived home I couldn’t wait to dress her in this little outfit I’d painstakingly made and only then realised just how tiny I’d made it. I knew if I didn’t put it on her that day there would be no chance again. I struggled to put the dress on and despite being cotton seemed just a bit too scratchy on her newborn skin, so a singlet helped. The pink bonnet barely covered her gorgeous black hair. Turned out, that a photo was all I could manage as I knew that was the last time she’d ever where it again. When I look at it now, it really is only made for a doll. I wish I’d had more interactions with mums-to-be apart from antinatal classes. This is why I find sites like MoM so encouraging and rewarding to hear other Mum’s stories especially when the first baby is often trial and error feeling your way wanting to do the best. Knowing you are not the only Mum who bub seems to be awake more than sleeping, enables you to cope much better. So yes, Mum’s have been through it all over the world and we can learn so much from one another.
Posted by alio, 13th May 2013