By the time she leaves next Sunday, Mom will have been here for three weeks helping me recover and readjust after H's birth.
Whenever she comes to visit, I always get a phone call a few days beforehand asking if there is anything I want her to bring. In other words, is there anything from her stash of fabric or Presbyterian Women's Rummage Sale finds that I could use on one of my many ongoing projects. Postpartum visits are no exception. The only difference is she knows in advance that, though I dream big, I will be completely useless as far as projects are concerned.
While I sleepily nurse my baby and nap as often as possible, she not only takes care of the girls and household chores, but gets right down to business in front of the sewing machine. She whittles away at my mountain of mending and sews useful things for the new baby such as swaddling blankets, sheets for the bassinet and crib, and tiny hooded sweatshirts. She also jumps right in and works on any other unfinished projects that I will likely not get to for months. Off the top of my head, the list of non-sewing related projects my mom has completed after my children's births includes:
- reupholstering an antique rocking chair
- building a ladder for the girls' loft bed
- canning 40 quarts of applesauce
- sanding the ugly finish off of a second-hand play kitchen for the girls
Using the Ikea bibs as a pattern, she made this coverall style bib out of the most amazing vintage towel I've ever seen. A few more are currently in the works. Mom, you are amazing.