Now Lexi wrote an amazing post last week and it included her experience of mothers' groups and how it didn't work for her, and I was really sorry to read that, and comments by readers with similar experiences, because my mothers group was a much needed lifeline for me. I would have found it pretty tough without a good support team in those early motherhood days, and I was lucky to be part of a super nice group.
Every week we'd meet in the park, at the pool, at someone's house or a cafe. We lived in Leichhardt, Sydney's Italian heartland and the high street was one long strip of cafes and restaurants. We'd descend on some unsuspecting cafe, with prams, nursing mothers, crying babies and all their assorted paraphernalia, 12 decaf lattes and 12 glasses of water. We'd sit for what seemed like hours, chatting, laughing, sharing, sympathizing. No topic was taboo, no question went unasked, or unanswered. I would have gone mad without our weekly get togethers. But what I remember best of all is our regular nights out. Given where we lived, we were never short of great local places to go, so we'd get out of our track suits, leave the babes with their dads and hit the town. Lot's of wine, lots of food, lots of laughs. Very happy memories. Gosh, I really miss them.
Which brings me back to the sheets, one clever mama, Heidi, used to make super stylish baby stuff to sell at the local farmers market, and as I packed away these favourite sheets she made, they made me smile. They were soft and loved and filled with happy memories, not just of my babies but of good friends. What to do with them? Inspired by Angie's post about up-cycling flannel sheets into pajama pants, I got to making a pair of what I'm calling Heidi pants. Me! I Did! Today! Using the instructions in Amanda's book, I actually made Hugo a much needed pair of Heidi pants (catchier name than recycled cot sheet pants don't you think?).
Yeah, they're a bit wonky, but these pants are winners on so many counts. Hugo's happy with a pair of mama made Heidi pants, I'm reminded of good times when I see them and I'm pretty pleased at my first attempt at actually sewing something that my children can wear. Yeah!