Well please don't choke on your tongue, but somewhere in me I found the motivation to pull this thing out of hiding after almost 2yrs sitting in solitary confinment in a hobby bag under my bed. Yep, it's Austy's birth sampler. I did loads of work on it in the months leading up to his birth and took it everywhere with me, even snuck out to the carpark at lunch time to sit in the car and stitch some in my measly 20mins break (and ate at my desk during work just so I had more stitching time!) in the hope that it would be done before he was born... all except the name and date of course because we weren't sure whether he'd be Austin or Madison and it seemed like he was never coming out, so there was no chance of guessing the date.
However once he was born, I TRIED stitching some more but sadly it was all too hard in my sleep deprived and milk bar mummy state, and it never made it onto his wall. In my defense it is the biggest thing I've attempted in embroidery of any kind, taking up the whole top of Austy's new table for this photo.
I lost even more motivation when I realised that the configuration of his bedroom was fixed due to the tiny limits of the room and big furniture I chose in the hope we'd have a new big house by the time we had him. What's that got to do with the price of eggs? Well his cot sits right under the only hook in the room (and only decent wall space for it) and I knew that as soon as he stood up, he'd be ripping it off the wall. We did have a framed photo of us there, but just as I guessed it, we had to take that down pretty soon, exposing an ugly safe door instead. His birth certificate is framed and just shoved onto his bookshelf behind stuff because there's nowher for it, so that meant there was definitely nowhere for this.
But somehow the urge returned to me last night to pull it out and before I curled up under my covers I finished that second little elephant (that still needs an outline like the lions and many of the monkeys) and decided I'd better take a photo of where it was at (minus that little elephant's ear and tusks) when Austy was born. I was going to press it for the photo, but I am posting it here in it's current state, all crinkled and stretched where I left the hoop on it all this time (Ooops!!!!!) to shame myself into finishing it. It is really silly - the theme of his room was chosen to match this thing as I had the pattern for several years before marrying Andrew, and had always wanted to do it for my first born. Yet I never finished it after coming so far. Shame, shame, shame! Now to get stitching...