Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sewing Stream: Jammies

In the fall Miss H quickly outgrew most of her pajamas in a few weeks. I made one set of Oliver + S Sleepover Pajamas and I modified the Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse to make a nightgown.

The Sleepover Pajamas took a little longer to make because I chose to include the ruffles. I opted for snaps instead of buttons, and I shortened the sleeves, like 3/4 length sleeves, since we always have problems with pajama sleeves getting too involved in breakfast.

The nightgown was very easy! I just lengthened the blouse top. It took about a yard of fabric, total.

I hope this is helpful to those of you who sew for your kiddos!

Sewing Stream: Warmer Dresses

I have been sewing quite a bit over the last few months. Much of what I made were fall and Christmas themed table runners and quilts, which have since been packed away. Here are a few of the longer sleeved dress patterns I've enjoyed working on for Halcyone.

The first one is the Book Report Dress from Oliver + S. I didn't care for the pattern the first few times I saw it in the Oliver + S flickr group, but eventually I started seeing fabric combinations that gave me hope for what could be done with the pattern. Now I love it! The neckline is fun and pretty easy to sew. I used some soft teal corduroy I found on clearance in the summer and a light pink quilting cotton.

The pockets are a big hit. 

This dress is the Simplicity pattern (1949) I started way back in October for Kids Clothes Sewing Week. The directions in this pattern were not exactly clear on a few steps, and the inside seams didn't end up looking "finished" as I would have liked, particularly around the zipper. I know I'm spoiled by Oliver + S! In the end I like the way it looks and fits. (Sorry I couldn't get a better picture... Miss H was very busy this day!)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Oh God You're Near

A little over 3 weeks ago, we had our third embryo transfer with our fourth adopted little embryo. Things went well that day, and Tom and I were able to have a fun afternoon together, visiting bookstores and eating a special lunch out.

We then had to wait 9 days for an HCG blood count. During the week we had 3 positive home pregnancy tests, each progressively lighter than the first. On Sunday the HCG count was 3. That is not a great number, but it is also not a negative test. Our nurse told us to discontinue our hormone medications. We decided to remain on the medications and try to get another blood test later in the week to see if the number had increased. We had no more positive home tests, and by Thursday when our naturopath did another blood draw, the HCG number was less than 2, now completely a negative test. We stopped my estrogen and progesterone medications, and a few days later I had a miscarriage.

Today at church (and many other recent Sundays) we have sung the following song:

In the valley, oh God You’re near 
In the quiet, oh God You’re near 
In the shadow, oh God You’re near 
At my breaking, oh God You’re near 
Oh God, You never leave my side 
Your love, will stand firm for all my life 
In my searching, oh God You’re near 
In my wandering, oh God You’re near 
When I feel alone, oh God You’re near 
At my lowest, oh God You’re near 
Height nor depth nor anything else, 
Could pull us apart 
We are joined as one, by Your blood 
Hope will rise, as we become more, 
Than conquerors through, 
The one who loved the world
These words sum up so well what we have gone through in the past 2 weeks. 

I have learned more about God's comfort, joy and presence than I ever have before. There is little that anyone can say that would make me feel less sad, but simply knowing that God is right there with us means the most.

About the same time we knew that things may not be going as well as we would have liked, another embryo adoption friend from church, Kate,  started dealing with early labor at 24 weeks. It felt like bad news on top of bad news. While texting back and forth with Kate as we were checking up on each other I told her I was doing better than I ever could have imagined. (Not that I was happily bouncing off the walls or anything.) I could feel God's comfort. I find myself still wanting to give glory to Him alone. She said something like, "Wow, His grace really is sufficient." And really, it is. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV) - But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

Thank you so much to those of you who have been praying for us. Please continue to pray for us. It is still hard to hear people complaining about their pregnancies or their children. It is hard to think about having to wait another year before we can think about another embryo transfer. It is hard to think about having lost a third baby.

 At the end of every string of thoughts I am reminded, "Oh God, you're near."