4 October 2015

another little monster*


Quite incredibly, (because running a business, a shop, an online shop and a three year old weren't keeping us busy enough ; ) I am having another little monster to join the clan.
This will hopefully occur next spring, so I will have a winter of looking like a flump until I pop.

Our daughter seems to be taking it all in her stride, and has agreed to share her toys and even her room which is a good start. She has been looking after me really well even though I have been a mega boring mum (morning sickness/hangover head and tiredness still going strong, I'm not sure where Mother Nature was going with this one). I'm really taken aback with her maturity and ability to grasp concepts that I thought would be beyond her (she is almost 3). Of course this all may change as soon as the baby arrives and the endless sibling arguments will commence!

I have to say, there is another part of me which sort of loathes being pregnant.
I'm not a particularly shy or private person, but when it comes to my body and my reproductive organs, I do find all the sudden attention (from well meaning people) all a bit much, in fact I feel very embarrassed and sometimes quite humiliated with all the questions and looking and even touching (eeergh!) by people, even who I don't really know that well.
In fact, to me, I only really feel comfortable with all the pregnancy stuff with my mister and tot! (and midwife of course)...and via my blog where I can make my feelings clear in my own way.
Now I live in a very small town where people love to ask the same questions over and over in a polite conversational way. I'm not sure how to deal with this one! When I get huge I think I will stay indoors ; ) (or in my shed sewing).

Anyways, I'm only telling you all this because it's not the sort of thing I can articulate very well in real life, and people might think I'm not excited, or maybe it wasn't planned and look a bit confused that I didn't bring up the subject or I changed subject very quickly.
Not all women like the attention of being pregnant. When men announce a pregnancy, people do not stare at their groin area or pat it in a well done manner do they?
Although that would be quite amusing.

All in all, I hope that I will slip by most people's radar and just suddenly appear with an infant that they can shower with attention instead ; )

Of course I love talking about all thing baby related via my blog, as I have always found easier via writing and making things. I think I wrote about similar issues on my blog last time I was prego.
I hope I can get a bit more time to update it, although I am a bit too busy with work at the moment, I hope this will ease off soon so I can get back to my old routine again.
In the meantime, there is always my instagram which I try to keep up to date!

*In the best possible sense of course ; )

55 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your wonderful news! Your post made me laugh out loud. Yes so annoying when well-meaning people ask so many personal questions, etc. I remember having to hide from people. At least you can hibernate sometimes over the winter. Looking forward to hearing all about your preparations for the new family member's arrival and seeing some new makes over the coming months.

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  2. Congratulations, sweet news.

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  3. Wow, congratulations!! So happy for you! I've been reading your blog since before Pehr was born (since 2010 I think) and I find it kinda crazy that you can be so excited for someone you don't even know. But I am. Although I wouldn't pat your belly if I lived on IOW and we crossed paths!! :) Best of luck in the months ahead! (and I too laughed out LOUD at the idea of someone patting the men the same way they do with women. Hah!)

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  4. Congratulations. I have enjoyed your blog for years.

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  5. Huge CONGRATULATIONS to all xx

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  6. Congratulations! Being pregnant in Winter has it's advantages - you can hide away indoors keeping cosy more easily - plenty of time to psyche yourself up for all those intrusive birth questions from total strangers when you emerge in the spring with babe! x

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  7. Haha I torally get what you mean. I'm also newly pregnant and it already all feels so intrusive! I'm looking forward to making things throughout the winter and following you as you do the same. I loved seeing everything you created last time around. Congratulations!

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  8. Congratualtions! I hope that everything goes really well for you :)

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  9. Happy news, how lovely for the 3 of u! Take care and God Bless.

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  10. I'm very happy for you, I can't wait to see all the beautiful things you'll make for this new baby.

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  11. congratulations....and totally get what you mean about expressing your joy x

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  12. How lovely!! Many congratulations, hope everything goes well for all of you!
    And please hold on to your blog, since it's (one of) the best blog(s) around in my humble opinion..always such a pleasure to read.
    Hope you feel better soon and take care!

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  13. Congratulations ... And a virtual groin pat to Nao.

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  14. Ahhhh fantastic! Amazing! Congratulations! How far along are you? Our little one is 4 weeks old (hello dashfield) and I can tell you it's nothing short of amazing having two kiddos (I say through a haze of sleep deprivation!). Glad to hear Pehr is handling it well, they do seem to just get it don't they! xx

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  15. Congratulations to you all, look forward to reading you blog :) Xx

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  16. What wonderful news for you all. Wishing you all, ALL the best.

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  17. So happy for you. You are both such neat parents and I know a new addition will be fortunate to join your family.
    I always enjoy reading about your adventures and pray you enjoy this one as well-especially when you feel better.
    Laurie Hodson

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  18. I've been reading your blog for years and remember quite well your musings on pregnancy the first time around. Congrats (of course) and I look forward to photos of sewing and things collected for the new addition!

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  19. Congratulations! :)

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  20. Hi Artemis,

    I just came across your blog today and it's really lovely! Huge congratulations on baby number 2! :D! You made me smile when I read about your feelings on privacy when it comes to growing another human being..makes total sense! And I imagine living on the IOW exacerbates that problem a little! But I hope you can get some private time over the winter!

    It's so lovely to read about someone who lives on the island - Lee and I recently started looking into whether it's somewhere we'd like to settle one day, so a holiday next year is definitely on the cards!

    Looking forward to reading through your archives when I finish work and decorating today!

    Flora
    www.hardyandhay.com

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  21. Congratulation Artemis.. I hope all the sickness will go away soon! :) Annalisa xx

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  22. Congratulations!! I'm sure everything will go well and you'll be a cute family of four!! I agree that people should not be touching others and I hate it when someone has to tell their horror story. I always butt in and tell a successful story.

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  23. Huge Congratulations! What lovely news x

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  24. That's so lovely - congratulations to you all! So exciting for Pehr to be a big sister! And yes being public property when you're pregnant is not fun but try to snuggle down and hibernate for a bit!

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  25. Yippee! Very happy for you both, and most of all for Pehr. A sibling is a wonderful thing (even if she doesn't always feel that way!). Hope you get some second trimester energy back soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Félicitations! Congratulations! can't wait to see what you will be making!

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  27. Congratulation!!!

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  28. Congratulations A, N and P! I have been reading your blog for years- since before P was born. You are just the sweetest little family ever and I'm very happy for you that it is growing. :) I hope you are feeling well. There is nothing wrong with hunkering down and hibernating the winter away. I also live in a small town, and am currently pregnant with my first babe–due in Feb–and I completely relate to your words regarding the feeling of intrusion by well-meaning people. I always fancied myself an outgoing, open and un-shy person, but pregnancy has turned me private and protective. It took me months to tell my friends and family I was pregnant (thankfully it has only recently become obvious), not because I'm not excited (I am!) but because I shriveled at the thought of all the attention I would inevitably have to endure. I still haven't put the news on Facebook, and I'm over halfway done gestating this little bean! Sigh. I'm not sure how to reconcile this new person I've become, but I can only guess that it stems from evolution and/or hormones somehow...the innate, primal need to protect one's young. Anyway, you are not alone, dear private pregnant mama! My only advice (because seriously, if there is anything worse than unwanted belly-rubs from strangers, it's unwanted advice from strangers!) is so seek out a midwife or doctor you feel completely comfortable with. I found one and I am SO, SO grateful for her. She makes me feel strong, empowered, calmed, and NORMAL no matter what silly question I ask or what weird thing I confide in her. And somehow it's easier for me to talk to her than it is to a family member (other than my husband, of course) or friend because I know she is (a) and expert and (b) not going to judge me. Love to you and happy hibernating. <3

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  29. Fantastic! So happy for you and your family xx

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  30. How lovely for Pehr to have a sibling. Big love!...... I didn't like being pregnant either but felt incredibly guilty saying so

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  31. So happy for you and your family. You will be giving Pehr the greatest gift - a sibling to share life with!

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  32. Yours is the first blog I ever followed and I still love coming here regularly. I think long ago I expressed so, but to update, your journey and all your various forms of creativity along the way have inspired me in many ways. Including the way you've done mommahood so far. Your authenticity is what make you and your blog so lovely on all levels. Huge congrats and best of luck on this newest adventure. Wishing you ick-free days very soon!

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  33. Congratulations! I'm expecting a baby girl in early February as well :-)

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  34. Congratulations! Hiding away in the shed to sew sounds like a lovely solution to nosiness!

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  35. What a great news!!
    I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Congratulations!
    <3 Ivana

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  36. Félicitations! Congratulations ♥

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  37. Parabénssssssssss, wath a nice news, e makes me really happy.

    It means that you will live new adventures, we never now wath cames arrond.
    I will be attentive to the blog to see the preparations eh eh

    A hug and a lot of strength.

    Beijinhos to 4 from Portugal.


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  38. Congratulations what lovely news, I enjoy reading your blog its always great to catch up with your adventures

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  39. Wonderful news.. If anyone can handle the challenges of the world in a way that feels authentic, simple and well-prioritized, it's you and your family. Thanks for sharing so much of your life with your blog readers...

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  40. Great news ! Stay well and happy !

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  41. Lovely news Artemis.
    x

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  42. How Thrilling! So excited for you and your darling family.

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  43. Such lovely news! My babies are 8 & 10 but I love reading about your beautiful Pehr and now your little bump. Congratulations to all three. X

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  44. Congratulations! I've loved reading your blog for years, since the days before your wedding and the arrival of Pehr, so I am really thrilled for you and looking forward to all the lovely things you'll be making for your new little monster.
    Enjoy cosying up over the next few months. Fx

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  45. I like the idea that we should rub the father's belly, especially when he has put on some weight himself! (Not really- that would be weird- but I like the idea. It would also be weird for me to touch the mother's belly- though I might give her a huge smile!)
    I'm giving one to the three of you through my computer!

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  46. Artemis, Nao and Pehr. Congratulations to you all and to the wee babe!!! I know we have never met in person but you and yours are so authentic in everything you do, I feel I do know you! You have always shown the goodness that is everywhere around you, especially in your photos. You validate my time in the UK and in every blog I am thankful for it brings back my memories of wonderful time there. I'm a grandma now so watching you is like watching another family member enjoy their lives. Blessings to all of you, stay healthy and enjoy every moment. May Goodness surround you and yours always

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  47. Congrats to you and your family! Have been following your blogs for years 😄 Really like it!

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  48. Oh darling, congratulations. What wonderful news. I was never pregnant but I can imagine that I would've felt the same way. 😂 Stay inside and make nipper clothes, camouflaged by tea and wool. 💗 Happy for you, dear friend. (And re: the birthday girls: I think Meems thought the same thing as Pehr when she woke up -- we had talked about being three so much in the weeks before the 14th that I think she thought she already was three. And now when people ask her how old she is she says, "I'm gonna be four!" Pfffft! 😘

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    1. Ha ha! They are quite alike I think! Your girl is so lucky to have found you. It's more important what happens after the womb, and she has definitely got an amazing mum! Xxx

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  49. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Just reading this now. How exciting :) and hurrah for Pehr. My brother and sister (I'm in the middle) are two of my favourite people in the world, so think it's definitely a good thing to have siblings to share your life with. Hope they become good friends.

    ~Melissa

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  50. Awwwww congratulations!
    That is such fabulous news! X

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  51. Congratulations! I am preggo too, due June. Will be my third though eek!! (So I have already had several "was it planned" questions!) Anyway, looking forward to watching all your sweet makes for the new little one x

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