Last week my pregnant sister asked me to make a small focal point quilt that she could use during labor and delivery. She remembered that I made a similar quilt years ago for another friend who was hoping for a natural child birth.
I was thrilled to make a little something and send good vibes for my nephew's arrival. It's just a little decorative hanging, really... but, the circle is 10 cm wide -- the diameter necessary to deliver a baby.
Joanna was hoping to do some mediation, deep breathing and other calm practices during her labor. This little quilt could be a focal point. I made one side in calm tones and one side in high contrast.
Apparently, it arrived in the mail on Saturday. On Sunday, Joanna wasn't feeling great, so she and her husband went to the hospital for a quick check. The staff quickly discovered that her blood pressure was high and Baby's blood pressure was dangerously low. Less than an hour later Kristofer James was born by emergency c-section.
Every one seems to be doing pretty well. Kristofer is in the NICU where he is getting lots of attention and needed care. He's super cute and has wavy dark hair. He's tiny -- just 3 lbs 13 oz. Matt and Joanna are very joyful (and a bit overwhelmed, understandably).
So, the little quilt can just be a decoration in the nursery and reminder that parenthood is full of surprises and worries and JOYS!