Introducing Connor Knox

Dearest Stitching Friends, Hello!

Apologies for my long absence ... who knew this mothering business was so time-consuming?

Here are some pictures of our wee lad. He was 7 weeks old yesterday. He is the delight of my heart, an amazing gift from God. He arrived exactly on his due date (which happens to be Mary Kathryn's birthday) of 1/31. I was in labor for about 14 hours, only about 10 of which was active. We delivered in a birth center with a midwife and I had no epidural or pain meds; I was very happy with this decision and would do it again. It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done, but of course, oh so worth it.

Connor is active, alert, curious and melts my heart with the little coos and gurgles and smiles he has been making lately.




I only have a week and a half left of maternity leave. :( Then I go back to work part time and my husband will be with him when I am not. I have had very little time to stitch -- how do you mothers of young children do it? When he is asleep, I mostly catch up on housework or nap myself. I am sure that eventually we'll find a rhythm and I will get back to more stitching -- I do miss it!

I will try to return soon with some stitching updates -- what little I have been able to do.

Meanwhile, I'll be busy over here being a mommy. :)

37 comments:

Barbeeque4 said...

Those are some darling photos - congrats!!!!!

Joanne said...

Congratulations!! I've been checking your blog regularly waiting to see some pictures :)
Joanne

Mary Kathryn said...

Sweet Connor, cuter everyday. So glad he can be at home with Mike while you work and that it's only part-time. I'll hold baby while you stitch!

:0)

KarenV said...

Congratulations, he's adorable!

Catherine said...

He's beautiful! Thanks for sharing his pictures with us!!

As far as the stitching - I took the better part of 5 years off. I had my first two boys 18 1/2 months apart and the third one not quite three years after the second.

I missed it too, but never fear, it will be waiting for you!

Lee said...

You both look beautiful! Congrats!

Vonna said...

He's a darling beautiful young man. Enjoy him every minute, for the minutes fly through your hands like sand. One day you'll blink and he'll be in preschool, and you'll think - where did the time go?

And although he'll grow and his needs will change, it never gets easier...just different and instead of changing diapers and midnight feedings, your waiting in parking lots, waiting on bleachers, waiting in waiting rooms, rubbing his tummy when it aches, fretting about his friends, doing laundry, and more laundry and then worrying if your doing everything right. :)
And no matter all the worry and hand wringing (and both will happen) it is worth every minute!

Ranae said...

Congratulations!
He's so handsome.
I don't know how others do it. I can't stitch when watching my precious granddaughter. Just spend every minute you can on him and on yourself, it will get easier.
We sometimes forget to take of ourselves.

Anna van Schurman said...

What a cutie! Congratulations.

Kim B said...

Oh my goodness Ruth! He's gorgeous! Congrats!!

DebbieSFL said...

He's wonderful!! Congratulations!! And it does get easier.

Nancy said...

Congratulations to you and your husband Rachel! Connor is so adorable! The pictures are all beautiful, but especially the ones of you with him. Enjoy this new found love!

Von said...

Connor is such a beautiful little boy with such a happy mother. :) Blessings on all of you!

btw, my daughter recently gave birth to her third little boy, whom she named Knox!

Hazel said...

Congratulations Rachel. He is adorable. You look so well too. xx

Amy said...

He is so sweet. Give him an extra kiss for me. I would love to have another baby. But that is life.

Make sure you nap when you need to. That is much more important.

God Bless!!

mainely stitching said...

Oh my goodness, he's utterly adorable! Arden's sitting on my lap enjoying the baby pictures, too! :D

Your nursery is so inviting and lovely!

Sally said...

Congratulations Rachel! Connor is adorable. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.

Diane said...

Congratulations! What a doll!

Katrina said...

Connor is gorgeous! What a sweet baby and huge congrats to you and your DH.

Jenna said...

Has it truly been 7 weeks? Wow, time flies! Connor is such a sweet baby and you look beautiful. :) I'm glad that you are settling into a routine, even if you're going to have to develop a new one once you get back to work. Enjoy every minute with him and don't worry about stitching. It will come when it comes. It's all supposed to be fun, right?

Andrea said...

Many, many congratulations.

handgemacht said...

Congratulations and god bless you!

Siobhan said...

Oh Rachel, he is just adorable!! Congratulations. That's great that your husband can be with him when you're not, though I know it'll be hard for you to go back to work.

As far as stitching with young kids (I learned to stitch when my twins were 6 months old), I always kept the needle threaded & ready to go. Sometimes I'd keep my stitching up high, so small fingers couldn't touch, and would stitch a row or two when I could--if it was out on the top of the sofa or cabinet, I could grab it and do that. Between diapers and laundry and cooking and cleaning, I found it was the one thing that remained 'done'--unless I had to frog, of course. ;) Anyway, just my tips... but you will find your rhythm. Enjoy every second!

Second Chances said...

He is darling!

Jeanne said...

Big congratulations Rachel to you and your husband - I was wondering when we would see the good news. Connor is beautiful and I wish all of you a lifetime of happiness!

Kajsa said...

Congratulations! He's a cutie! Those first months are always hard when it comes to routines but eventually you will get there and your stitching stuff will still be there.

Margaret said...

Congratulations - I have been hoping for some photos. Isn't Connor cute

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Darling little Connor looks like his mommy! Does he need another Grammie? I'm available.... :]
Hugs, Deb

Michele B. said...

I am so happy to meet your beautiful boy! He is so beautiful - what an aware baby. The yawning picture is so cute. Don't worry about stitching right now - sleep is key. I used to try to get things done when DS was sleeping, and was exhausted for two years (hopefully Connor will sleep through the night earlier than DS did). You'll have plenty of stitching time as he grows up.

poussy stiches my love said...

Welcome to this small baby!
Best regards of FRANCE

Brigitte said...

Oh Rachel, what an adorable little boy he is. These pictures are just darling. I hope you could get easily adjusted to being back at work.

Susan said...

Congratulations! He's such a little cutie. Keep taking those pictures - they sure do grow up fast - I can't believe my little guy is going to be 10 in 3 weeks!

Marie-P said...

I have been very bad about reading blogs and what a surprise to pop on over and see the pictures of your beautiful baby boy Connor!!! I love the pic of him yawning, very sweet. Congratulations to you and your husband. :)

Le blog de marylin said...

Hello then how this small end of love???? Goodbye
Best regards of France

Little Kiwi Chick said...

Hi Rachel! I don't know if you remember me or not, I introduced myself over a year ago because I was a reader of your blog and at the time I had just started one of my own, it was supposed to be a 'stitching blog' (called The Southern Cross Stitcher)
but I didn't keep up on it and it's been sitting dormant for quite a while now (and I didn't stitch enough either!) But anyway, I just wanted to get in touch again to say congratulations on your baby boy! He is gorgeous! I am expecting my first child next month so am very excited and have started a new blog that I am planning to update a lot more often, so feel free to stop by and visit :o) Jennifer

Little Kiwi Chick said...

Hi Rachel! :o)
I am just now replying to the lovely message you left on my blog back in June! Thanks so much for getting in touch, it was so nice to hear from you! My email address is visible on my blog now (sorry it wasn't on there before!) I couldn't see an email address on your blog so will just send you another message this way.

My little girl will be 6 weeks old tomorrow! The time has gone so quickly, and yet I really feel like I've been savoring each and every day and soaking in all the wonderful moments with her - the newborn stage is so precious! She is growing so fast, it is amazing to watch. She is just beginning to smile at us now!

Hope things are continuing to go well for you as well. I am the same, I hardly find time anymore for stitching (or anything else, for that matter!) but like you, I am so happy being a Mommy :o)

God bless! Jennifer

Sonda in OR said...

What a cutie! Don't worry about the stitching! You'll have time later or you'll decide it's no longer your thing...something else will replace it. Enjoy your mommyhood!