As many of our wonderful blog followers know, I have been out on maternity leave for a couple of months – and what a couple of months it has been! I want to start out by saying how lucky I feel to have such awesome coworkers here at CT. During my time away, my colleagues took on so many of my duties and truly let me focus my energy on my new job: taking care of my baby boy.
While he’s smiling in this picture, he hasn’t always been such a peach. Hunter was born on January 1st and was the second baby to arrive in Oregon for 2014. Unfortunately, while New Year’s is generally a time for celebration, the new year started out with quite a scare for me. Hunter was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and when he finally arrived after 25 hours of labor, he wasn’t breathing. He needed to be resuscitated and spent about 20 hours in the NICU. Needless to say, my husband and I weren’t feeling all joyous right out of the gate. I actually wasn’t even allowed to see him for about four hours after he was born. I was traumatized.
Enough of the sad. When I finally did get to see my little man in the NICU, I was so touched to see that he was gifted a quilt by a local guild called Lullaby Quilts. The quilt guild donates quilts each year to children in the NICU so that the new parents can snuggle up with baby in something other than a hospital receiving blanket. I can’t even express how meaningful this gesture was; it definitely brought me to tears.
While the weeks since we’ve been home haven’t been the smoothest – Hunter had colic for the first six weeks of his life – we are starting to get into the groove of things more and more each day. I can’t even tell you how much we love and adore our new addition. Experiencing the world through his eyes is something that I could never have imagined, and we are having the time of our lives.
The quilts that we received both before and after his birth have made such an impact in our lives. Here are some of the other gorgeous quilts our loved ones gave to us upon Hunter’s arrival…
This beautiful quilt was sent to me by my dear friend, Stephanie from Loft Creations. I was so honored that she sent this one to me because it was featured in her beautiful new book, Uncommonly Corduroy!
This snuggly number was given to us by my sister and brother-in-law. We use this quilt constantly for Hunter’s tummy time!
You might recognize this quilt from my previous blog post about nursery decorating. We got this quilt from my mom and it is a treasured piece in Hunter’s room.
While all of these quilts mean so much to me, the quilt we received while Hunter was in the NICU really makes me appreciate the work that our company does with guilds throughout the US and Canada. We receive hundreds of requests for door prizes and fabric on a weekly basis, and while we can’t respond to all of them, we do try and send as many donations as we can. I personally want to thank all of you out there who donate your time and resources to making and delivering these quilts to people like me. Furthermore, I want to thank Carol Sue from Forest Grove, Oregon for making that very special quilt for me and my family. There are so many amazing guilds out there, and so many unique charities and organizations who benefit from the work that these people do. If you’re part of a non-profit guild and are looking for fabric to use, we actually have a really great program where we will send you a 35lb box of scraps for just the price of shipping — $30. You can learn more about this here: Charitable Donations
Are you a member of a quilt guild that makes quilts for charities or other causes? Have you ever received a quilt from a guild? I would love to read about your stories in the comments so I hope you will share your experiences with me.
Thank you to everyone for all of the love and well wishes you’ve sent to me and my little family. We are eternally grateful.