I never blogged about my labor story with Zoey. I wrote on my due date that if I didn’t go into labor naturally, I would be induced the next day. What I never shared on my blog is that it didn’t go quite as we planned (of course. does it ever?). When I went to the hospital the next day for my scheduled induction, the hospital was busy and all the delivery rooms were full so I got bumped, sent home and told to try again the next day. This continued happening for four consecutive nights until my water broke and I went into labor naturally. Waiting to get induced every subsequent day past my due date was a lesson on patience, not to mention very physically uncomfortable. Every morning, I would wake up thinking that ”this is IT” and that I was going to finally meet my baby girl. I would wait anxiously all day, every hour working myself into a further frenzy only to be disappointed and told to come back tomorrow. Zoey came so late that my sister and brother-in-law who flew in for my original scheduled induction had to fly back home before Zoey arrived because they had to go back to work. The upside of Zoey coming almost a week late was that every day was like living on borrowed time. Since Jeff was already on paternity leave, we got to spend some extra time with each other before our lives turned upside down. What did I do on my last days of freedom? Get a pedicure or massage? Nope. I should have just relaxed and slept a lot but no, I didn’t. I realized that my baby girl would be entering the world without a quilt made by her mama and decided to whip up a really basic baby quilt for her:
I had purchased the polka dot fabric at the Purl Soho warehouse in southern California. (I used to trek to the Purl Soho fabric store in NYC all the time to get designer fabric and then I was thrilled to discover that it’s warehouse and online fulfillment center is located just 20 minutes from my parent’s house in Orange County, Ca. It is open to the public but only during odd hours on weekdays.) I had been saving the fabric for a special project for a couple years and now I had the perfect project for it! The gray and white polka dots matched the crib sheets perfectly.
Normally for quilts I would try to piece together a design but since I was literally going to go into labor at any moment and was limited on time, I just sandwiched two pieces of 45″x60″ fabric together around batting and quilted a grid pattern across the top and bound it with some soft velvet pink binding. Since this one was for my baby, I splurged on some organic cotton batting instead of the cheap poly-fil stuff. I wanted to personalize her quilt with her name on it but since we didn’t have her name finalized and wouldn’t decide on a name until after she was born, I needed a quick way to put her name on it. So after she was born, I was able to quickly cut out Zoey’s name out of flocked material with my silhouette machine and iron it directly onto the quilt.
We use Zoey’s quilt all the time. It’s the perfect place to play! Here is our little pumpkin at 10 weeks old practicing tummy time:
I miss her being this little!!
Looking at these pictures of Zoey at 2 months old makes me so nostalgic! She is so squirmy and on the brink of crawling, I think she is going to need a bigger quilt soon.
Her quilt in her pink and gray themed nursery: