Monday, 15 December 2014

MONDAY MAKES: Introducing Ted...

All too often I read small business blogs that begin with apologies for not posting for a while (I'm guilty of it too) and this year I really wanted to escape this.  During the Summer, I started a regular series of posts entitled 'Monday Makes', which I kept up, even when other planned posts got left by the wayside for a while.  And just when I thought I was winning at blogging, my world turned upside down.

My last post was on Monday 22nd September, and it had been a interesting (read upsetting and distressful) day.  I was nine days overdue and that morning I'd been to hospital because I'd thought my waters had broken.  I'd then been sent home because apparently I was wrong.  As I'm sure you can imagine, I was getting tired, anxious, impatient etc.  I'd thought that the day had come, only to have my hopes dashed.  To be honest, I felt rather foolish.  I cried ALL morning.
I won't go into to the details, but it turns out my hind waters had broken, I should never have been sent home, as they continued to leak into the next night and by the time I got to see a doctor on the evening of  the 23rd, this had been happening for forty eight hours.  I'd gone back in to be checked again, and this time we were told we wouldn't be leaving without a baby.
 I spent a night on the ward before Mr. M returned and induction began. Then there was a whole day hooked up to various drips and monitors before it was decided that my little boy didn't want to budge and wasn't coming out the 'natural' way.  At around 11pm on 24th September I was taken in for a Cesarean section and just after midnight on 25th September, Theodore Peter Morgan (affectionately known as Ted) entered the world.  
We weren't allowed home until the Saturday.  And then I wasn't able to do a great deal for six weeks because of the surgery.  This was fine when Mr. M was still at home, but when he returned to work the enormity of motherhood smacked me in the face.  Day one was fine, but on day two Mr. M returned from work at lunchtime to find us still in the bedroom, I'd not managed to wash or eat and I was exhausted.  Ted had found his lungs and learnt how to use them!  
Those next few weeks were challenging for the whole family.  So many times we'd been told that babies spend most of the day sleeping, that they would only cry for a reason etc. etc.  And yet as soon as we told anyone about our little lad who DIDN'T sleep and who DID cry for no apparent reason, everyone suddenly changed their minds and told us this was normal!  But, they added, it would get better by about week ten.  And they were, thankfully, right.  Somewhere around Ted's second month on this Earth, we all learnt to get along.  I'm not sure whether it was Ted adjusting to us, us adjusting to him, or more likely, a bit of both.  

And so there you have it, above is my 'excuse' for not posting for nearly three months. I'm sure you'll agree, as excuses go, they don't come much better!  The combination of disturbed nights, dirty nappies, vomit covered jumpers and uncontrollable tears, is hard, and everything I used to do, now takes at least three times as long!  But I'm not complaining.  This year I've been blessed with the opportunity to fall in love all over again and I'm enjoying it very much indeed!  Every time I look at my little man my heart swells up with so much love it feels like it might burst and I know Mr. M feels exactly the same.  Our little Ted is perfect and we are very, very lucky.

Whilst I've managed to keep up with orders, make new products and just about deal with the Christmas rush (obviously, being on maternity leave has helped) blogging has had to take a back seat. Now things have calmed down and I've decided to give it another bash. I knew there was only one possible 'Make' I could post about today, the very best thing we've made so far! 

I'm not particularly keen on sharing every last detail of our family life through the blog, or any social media, and it was a big decision for me to share some photos of our beloved boy.  However, I know some of you are keen to see and so I decided to dedicate this post to our wonderful new addition, and in the process allow a little peek into our new world.  

He's pretty special, don't you think? 


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