Can you guess?? It’s a girl!
Our dear daughter and her wonderful husband have given us our first grandchild. Little Aida was born on March 19th in the middle of a last-day-of-Winter New England snow storm. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Of course, she is beautiful and dainty and looks like she will wear little dresses with delight!
I had the wonderful opportunity to spend three weeks with my daughter, Susanna, son-in-law, Jon, and baby Aida to help them over the initial hospital stay and adjustment to home. I cooked and baked and cleaned and shopped for groceries and did laundry, and cooked and baked and cleaned and shopped for groceries and did laundry, and cooked and baked and cleaned and . . . did all the things my daughter could not do. (Aida was persistently in breech position while in utero and, despite heroic efforts to get her to turn, remained so, necessitating a c-section.) Sewing and blogging went unattended, but such is life in all its sweetness and toil.
I also sang silly songs to Aida, whispered in her ear about Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga and about sewing from pretty Vogue patterns, and we planned tea parties and dolls’ fashion shows. No time like the present to get these things started, right?
Aida’s birth brought back many memories of the birth of her mommy – my daughter – almost 32 years ago. Before Susanna was born, I bought this book as a gift to myself and took it with me to the hospital.
Of course, I didn’t know we were having a girl (neither did Susanna and Jon). Then I found myself so busy and overwhelmed with my growing family (Susanna’s brother was born less than two years later), that somehow I never used the ideas in this book, preferring commercial patterns for all the sewing and smocking I did for my two. But I never stopped looking at it, and never gave up hope of making some of the lovely clothing and gifts.
Could it be that Aida will reap the rewards of this gift to myself from so many years ago? I hope so, I do hope so.