a new stage

What's so special about this moment, you may ask? Well, this is Fiona sleeping (which is remarkable on its own, really) on her own mattress, right at the foot of our bed. We have shared our bed with Fiona since her birth. Nights are a challenge, but cosleeping has made it easier on all of us. We try to look past the difficulty of the (many) nightwakings to the importance of providing Fiona with consistency and security no matter the time of day or night. That isn't to say I don't get frustrated. I have quite literally hid in the bathroom and screamed into pillows, but the frustration of these times is far outweighed by the beauty of waking to a giggling, cozy little babe each morning who knows that her family is always there for her, even at 11 pm... and 1 am... and 3 am...

About a month ago it became evident that this cozy little babe needed her own space, at least sometimes. She still spends plenty of the night in our bed and plenty of her naps in my arms, but sometimes she sleeps on her own. Because she is growing up. I feel pride and sadness as we pass though each stage.

In the spirit of trying something new, I thought I'd sew my very first quilt for Fiona's very first bed of her own. I am thinking of doing a larger version of this one from Whip Up Mini Quilts...

Wish me luck. With the quilting and the sleeping. ;)