It’s a Girl!

And we’ve named her Billie Jemima – born last month, ridiculously healthy and definitely on the larger end of the scale at 4.37kg. Don’t be fooled by the photo below though – this babe does not sleep. Ever.

Billie Jemima

We’re all doing well though… and even with the hardships that come with a newborn, it really is such a magical time.

I’ve been sewing/crafting a few things for her room – like cot and bassinet sheets, covers for the change table and a matching lamp shade (I did a course with The Handmakers Factory for the lampshade), but have on the whole been rather non-interested in sewing myself. Doesn’t stop the inspiration going through my head though… or the thought of being able to sew formal dresses for the little miss later down the line!!

I’ve also crafted a few little things… felt softie toys. More for me than her, really ;)

Miss Maggie Rabbit
Miss Maggie Rabbit

I’ll probably be silent on here for a little while longer… but I will be back. There are too many ideas floating around in my head for sewing projects for no come back.

Until soon!



  1. Congratulations . She’s gorgeous. I have 2 girls (4 and 2) and sewing time gets greater the older they get, especially as they get excited about picking patterns and fabrics for their dresses and skirts.

  2. How wonderful. I imagined that was the reason for your silence. I’m sure you are dreaming of little girl things that will be such fun to make. Congratulations and enjoy!

  3. Congratulations, she is absolutely gorgegous. I made a Maggie rabbit (boy verson), for my first son too. Second son now sleeps with it each night.

    1. Oh lovely!!! It’s such a gorgeous pattern – I’ve got the Dandelion Deer one cut out and ready to go, but that will be a while to come now I think :P Thanks Andrea!

  4. A very hearty congratulations, Melanie! Is that Liberty I see peeking out from every corner? Love the yellow bedding and that bunny! A good friend of mine gave my DD1 a stuffed white bunny when she was born. She slept with it for years, and now it is in her treasure box.

  5. Congratulations! So excited for you guys. She’s a beaut. Also…. you *May* have stolen my baby name so if I come down the pipe with a Billie in a few years please don’t judge! xoxoxo

    1. This does not surprise me – you do have excellent taste ;) When I came across the name Billie… all other girls names did not matter! That was it.
      haha – thanks Heather :) xx

  6. Congratulations! I hope young Nillie Jemima develops a sleep pattern before much longer, otherwise, you will become punch drunk from lack of sleep yourself. Lovely looking little one. Take care of yourself.

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  7. Oh my goodness! What a sweetie-pie! Congratulations!

    It took me a while to get back into the swing of sewing for myself after Taco’s birth, and to even want to get back into the swing of it for that matter. It’s such a transitional and transformative time, those early days with your baby. I hope you are taking good care of yourself, too.

    1. Thanks so much :)
      Yes, I can totally see that being a thing for me too. It’s too early to know when at this point in time though, all I know is I can see myself returning to it…. just not now. I’m getting there :)

  8. Congratulations Mel! She’s lovely. Sleep deprivation is hell. I hope you’ve got some people to entertain Billie so you can sneak off and catch up a bit. Xxx

    1. Thanks Rach :) I’ve had amazing support since the birth, so I’m very lucky in that regard. I’m very mindful of what you said re PND. We’re all doing great, with a very hairy moments thrown in every now and again to keep us on our toes! x

    1. Thanks Lisa :) I really am enjoying it (apart from the occasional lousy moment where it all seems too much) and the fleeting part is already fleeting! Watching a person grow from scratch is quite the something, eh?

  9. Congratulations to you both and welcome baby billie! Shes a beauty. Look at her pointy little ears! Hope sll is well. Babies seem to either eat well or sleep well but not both, and i think its probably less worryibg to have one that eats but doesnt sleep (like i had!)

    1. Yes I agree with you there :) I’m now getting used to this new normal, at any rate :) All is very well – apart from the odd/daily occasion where I feel like I’m losing my marbles!
      Thank you! :)

  10. Congratulations!! She is beautiful! Yes, you’ll have lots of fun sewing for her, at all stages. Enjoy these specials times.

  11. So many congratulations! She’s beautiful <3 I know how chaotic things can be with a new baby (or even and older one haha)! Focus on her and come back here later!

  12. Congratulations, she’s beautiful.
    I think that perhaps the nicest thing anyone said to me about my awake-for-23-hours-a-day new baby was that babies who are awake all the time are very, very smart, and just don’t want to miss anything.
    Wishing you much joy in your gorgeous baby and a sewing friendly nap or three.

  13. Congratulations Melanie! having a little girl is so great! I know I’m partial, but for sewing it’s much more fun
    I agree with Kbenco, babies who don’t sleep are the smartest and most curious ones ;-) but it’s sooo hard as a parent. I’ll tell you the same thing as people around me kept telling the first months: it will get better over time! hard to hear but true
    try to enjoy as much as you can, and when you don’t enjoy, well, you’re just a human being!

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