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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Very slow progress

Well, it finally happened. No, not that! After over a month of many hours of stitching each day, my carpal tunnel and/or the pinched nerve in my neck has flared up, so I've had to resort to actually reading the book I brought to the hospital. My right hand bothers me if I do much else, even writing the thank you notes I need to write! I'm surprised to find that typing does not seem to be bothering me much, though!

Before it became apparent that my hands were getting much worse, I was able to work on a bit more of the background of Celebration Santa. I also stitched a base layer of encroaching gobelin on Santa's tree. Thanks to Jane for suggesting I do this before stitching an upper layer of longer stitches with random long stitches to simulate the tree's needles! Now I don't need to worry about having these long stitches cover all of the canvas. I will be finishing the background around the tree before adding this second layer, so the tree needles may extend a bit over the background stitches.

Pregnancy ticker: 34 weeks, 5 days.
I've been taking longer and longer walks around the hospital over the past few days, trying to build up my stamina. If this also triggers a few contractions, all the better, so we can minimize the medications that will be needed when they induce labor on Friday.

Stay tuned! The next post will likely be submitted by DH this weekend with news of BJ!


Edy/Grandma said...

Best wishes and thoughts will be with you this weekend! Take care.
btw, since you really won't have that much time for stitching for a while, the carpal couldn't come at a better time.
Be well!

Kathy A. said...

Oh Jeanne - I am so happy that you have made it this far with no further complications. Will wait excitedly for news of your beautiful new baby!!! WAY TO GO GIRL!!

Stef said...

I'm so excited for you and the baby, Jeanne!!! Wishing the new little family all the best this weekend!!!

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Love to Stitch 99 said...

That is a gorgeous project and love the choice of color and stitches.

Looking forward to hearing the good news.

Wish you well :-)

Pierrette =^..^=

Karoline said...

I hope everything goes well this weekend {{{{Jeanne}}}}

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Happy to help out, Jeanne. I am a bit excited about the baby coming and your getting to head home again. Hospitals are boring!

Front Range Stitcher said...

Jeanne, Santa is beautiful. Tell me about his gown/dress, the stitches, thread. It's gorgeous.

Wishing you all the best this week.

Elmsley Rose said...

Love the Encroaching Gobelin as a background.

OMG, Friday!!!! Butterflies at the thought!

Anonymous said...

Jeanne, I'm a few days behind on checking your blog, and it's now 1:40 AM on Saturday. Prayers are being said, just the same! Hope that everything went well, and that these are truly prayers of thanksgiving.
I'll check in on Monday. Best wishes,
Lynn in southern NJ (CyberStitchers EGA)

Kathie said...

I've too, been following your blog and progress. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope all went well and look forward to good news!


Cyn said...

Hi Jeanne,

Very pretty project!

It's after Friday so I'll wait to hear news. :-)

Windy Meadow

Beth in IL said...

Hope this finds you well and with a little bundle of joy. Hope your hand feels better soon

Doris said...

i hope all be fine.best wishes.

Amber Rutz said...

Some of use are starting to worry. Is everything all right? No news is not necessarily good news.