I ordered some Pima cotton with Lissa a while back with the intention of making gowns for the baby's first infancy. First infancy is the period from birth through 4-6 months or when the baby starts creeping. These gowns can be plain or embellished and are long, anywhere from just covering the feet to a foot longer than that. Once they reach the second infancy and start to be mobile then the gowns are shortened to facilitate their efforts to crawl. For some really nice examples of mid-1860's baby clothes check out Amy's blog (A day in 1862). I have one original baby gown that I really prize but don't have any pictures to share of it. :-( I'm getting more in the mood to sew after just recovering from my 3 month bout of near-comatoseness. I don't get morning sickness but I do get ridiculously tired and very, very hungry. I'm not complaining, truly I'm not, but the near continual bouts of low blood sugar do get tiring. Anyway, that's past and I can begin to be me again instead of the weird woman who was inhabiting my body.
The baby has begun to make its presence known with the small kicks and nudges that are so comforting. I haven't been to see anybody, Doctor or Midwife, so I haven't heard the heartbeat or had any of the modern proceedures that give the "proof" of a baby. I wanted to just wait like women used to for the "quickening", so it was very welcome when it finally happened. I usually notice something around 15 weeks and it was the same way this time.
Have you ever noticed that the older you get the more like yourself you become? I had a friend who phrased it that way, just another way of saying that we become set in our ways as we get older. I have become more and more convinced as I've gotten older that this season is meant to be a sacred special thing and modern medicine can be very degrading to that notion. I can't reconcile the Scripture about babies being knit in secret with blood tests, dopplers and especially ultrasounds. There is no secret in any of that. Now, I want to hasten to say that I'm not condemning anybody who chooses differently. All of us have to do as we think best, and I understand that the medical proceedures can be very comforting to women. It's reassuring to see the baby alive and well on an ultrasound, I understand that perfectly and I'm not posting this as a "how to be perfectly pregnant" post. BTW, I really dislike the word "pregnant", I don't know why but it seems trashy to me, but I digress....... I'm just sharing with you how I feel at this moment in time, I'm not engraving anything in stone. I will see someone eventually but the longer I can put off what I know I'm not going to agree with, the better. Did you know, for instance, that 80-90% of amniocentesis' are performed solely because a woman is over 35? That's a risky proceedure, an OB told me that whenever they do one they have a surgical team standing by in case something goes wrong. They do these in case you're carrying a Down's Syndrome baby and might like to kill it. Only 10% of Down's babies are ever born. Just one example of Modern Medicine being grossly out of whack.
So for now I'll take comfort in the fact that my body knows what it's doing and just trust it. Maybe that's part of the problem, that we just don't trust ourselves anymore and find solace in having an expert to tell us whether we're OK or not. I don't know, but it's food for thought anyway! I hope everybody had a blessed Resurrection Day!