only baby bellies are cute

February 11, 2010

only baby bellies are cute
Mine, um… not so much. I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to escape pregnancy without a tattoo of fire all over my stomach. This tattoo was free and was a gift from my three girls, but I wouldn’t have it any other way as I love my babies all too much (though sometimes they make me wanna pull my hair out). We all have those days, don’t we?
Lately, I have been wanting one solid day to work in my studio and just make things. I have a list of items to try out, but not very much time to do so. I do what I can during True and Brave’s afternoon nap, but it still isn’t enough time. I have a few projects I need to work on and get out, but I am so intimidated to start. I mean, I have done it before, but I get this feeling every time I have to make another one of these. We’ll see if I can crank it out today. Or maybe it is the fact that my workspace is so messy and unorganized that it is leaving me uninspired. I just hate this feeling, though after I am done with the piece, I know I will feel better. I can do it. I just have to start.
Anyone else feel this way about anything?
p.s. I announced the winner on the giveaway post.

25 comments on “only baby bellies are cute”

  • Hey, I know exactly how you feel. My oldest daughter is 3 and my youngest was born in December a couple weeks after yours. I try and get some me-time whenever I can. Sometimes this is at 3am in the morning while I'm waiting for my little one to fall asleep 🙂 Hnag in there!

  • Jillian says:

    Oh yes. Especially after I had my son 🙂
    You have three and you are doing wonderfully holding it together!

    I'm excited to see what you do!

  • kiko says:

    Oh totally understand! My 3 girls are 8, 5 and 2 and still feel like that! (not trying to discourage you!). I know it's more important for me to snuggle with them than to pursue my creative stuff…..but I also know it is vital for me to keep that part of me alive! It is my livelihood and I am sure it is for you as well. Somedays, in those rare quiet moments, I just sit and stare at the wall….which is all I have energy for, but did you know there is more brain activity going on when you stare at a blank wall than when you are watching TV? 🙂 I really enjoy your blog…not sure how I came across it. (and I am not a creepy stalker–at least try not to be) 🙂

  • Carly Jane says:

    In just a few months Soul will be so much less demanding and you suddenly will get to do so much more! Hang in there!

    Oh, and I sure have the fire tattoo myself. What can you do?

  • natalie says:

    Oh my goodness, you took the words right out of my mouth. I have a 4 month old and 21 month old. We moved into our new house when I was in my first trimester with my new son, and have been waiting to re-do the kitchen for months now. I've finally started but Its a very slow process doing it in hour or 20 minute sperts. I would LOVE a day to just bust my butt and finish up the whole room. I cant think about how much stuff I still have to do to finish it because I get overwhelmed.
    I feel your pain. But I take a lot of comfort in knowing this is just a phase of life. It wont be like this forever, in fact I think it will be over sooner than I'd like.
    Its normal to feel the way your feeling. And we all need a break from the 24 hour job we have.

  • Rachael says:

    You're not alone! My oldest is almost five, my middle girl is 2.5, and my baby is 7 months. Most mornings I wake up full of energy and think, “What would I love to do today? I want to make something!” but I end up spending my day singing songs, reading stories, cuddling bruised knees, etc. I'm trying to enjoy this phase, because I know it will pass all too soon, but some days I really do long for a day spent all by myself just as I'd like.

  • lexylou says:

    I TOTALLY know what you mean. Like you were reading my mind??!!!
    I have three little ones too, 3,2, and 10 months old, you inspire me so much by your daily living and real confessions of life that I feel that you are reading my heart! I feel sometimes paralyzed and overwhelmed when I want to just be me and craft like I don't know how to be creative anymore, or go out without the kids with the feeling I left the house without my pant's on it feels so weird….
    I hear ya. We are Mom's but we are also women…

  • Laura says:

    Sometimes, being a creative mother feels like living life with a stop clock strapped to my leg.
    I have…I feel…the need, daily. To make something. To create. Use my hands. FInish something. And I struggle daily with the feelings of frustration.

    I am frustrated because I rarely EVER finish a project.
    I feel like I am on a stop clock because I worry that if I start a project, it will soon be interrupted, and my time will be finished.
    I am guilty because I know that I need to focus on the creation of my children, and that in time, I will have my chance to do what I want to do.

    You are not alone on this one.
    You will figure it out.
    You will find that new groove with three babies.
    And you will create beautifully, in your own time, in a whole new way.

  • Lazy Apples says:

    I feel the same way! Though I only have one who is just a couple of weeks younger than Soul, I struggle everyday to care for her, keep the house in order and try to do something creative for myself. Most days I don't get anything done, but of course it's worth it. I do love every minute with my daughter! However, the unfinished valentine's gifts have been haunting me for days.

    I'm glad I'm not alone!

  • My little kiddos are 11 months a part; Cosette is (2) and Dante (1). I thought that after my son would walk that he would want to play with his sister more. I would have the leisure to do projects more, but my son is more dependent on me now. I guess I could see it as being blessed that I have these intimate moments to share with him. You have done more than I have even attempted, or aspired to have done. Thanks for inspiring your readers.

  • Nikki says:

    I find that if I have the time but not the motivation to organize the craft room, the best way to go about it is to load up your ipod with NPR podcasts (This American Life is my favorite and the one this week– House at Loon Lake is my absolute favorite of all time!) or an audiobook from the library and go at it. This works for any cleaning project that must be tackled. Everytime I organize my craft room (which must be done every 8 weeks or so) I get so inspired to start sewing that it becomes a mess very quickly again but I wouldn't have it any other way. Now, if you don't have the time to do it, well, I can't help you there– I'm due with my third child in 6 days so I'll be right there with you soon enough…

  • jen says:

    I know exactly how you feel. I'm having one of those times now. So much to do, not enough time, and my inspiration is being zapped! I find if I organize myself, make a list and start with something small and easy I can get back into it. {sometimes}
    good luck.
    love the bellies!

  • Renee says:

    First off,CONGRATS to Dee!She's one lucky gal! 🙂 You'll have lots of free time before you know it….just live for the moment.When you get a chance do crafting & when you don't,just don't do it…you'll have plenty of free time when they are older & then you'll be like me & feel sad that they are so big. 🙁

  • Melissa says:

    My feelings exactly…everyday. You are not alone. It seems like you are able to get a lot more done than myself and I only have 2. Love your blog. Thanks for the inspiration

  • ohhhh yeh!! I'm hanging out with you on this one!!
    Sometimes I feel so full of creative ideas I could burst and every now and then I have a day where I manage to get some of it out and boy it makes this mama feel so happy.
    I love this gorgeous belly pix…too cute!

  • Stephanie says:

    I feel that way about a few things. Intimidated by the enormity of the task at hand. Two of the biggest ones are cleaning my house and the idea of opening the bakery I wanted.

  • Nicole says:

    Hey my girl! I definitely feel your pain…I have a list of projects as well, but with a 4 year old and two 2 year olds, they are the first thing to get pushed to the back burner! I am having one of those weeks as well, so it definitely feels good to know someone else has those feelings! Even though I wouldn't trade my three munchkins for anything in the world!

  • My 11 month old just decided that he only wants an afternoon nap now and even at that, they are short naps! My studio is a disaster area and my husband will be gone for 8 months with the army. I have ready to be made projects piling up to my eyeballs. I seem to be able to do thrifting but I can never get it together enough to get my projects started much less finished! This is only with one baby- I can't imagine 3!!! I am there with ya—-where are the free babysitters in America??? 🙂 But I love my baby so much I would give up crafting forever for him if I had to, luckily I don't think it will ever come down to that. Just know that one day, your girls will be grown and gone and you will wish that you had them back- that's the hardest thing to remember when I just want to sew though!!!

  • Anna says:

    oh me me! {I'm raising my hand} I feel the exact same way! thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one

  • Laura says:

    I love her little blankie…did you make that…so cute. Here's to mommy time…:).

  • Karin says:

    That little belly is adorable.

    I know how you feel. With three little ones I often don't feel like I have enough energy and courage to start working on something creative. It just feels like I don't have enough time, that when I get started up I already have to stop again, because one of the little ones needs me, has to be fed, etc. Oh well, now and then I give myself a little kick in the behind and then I actually am able to sew something. And everytime after I did that I tell myself: “remember this for the next time when you dont'think you have the energy or courage to get started. Because this actually gives you energy and courage for all you want to do”. But then I forget again *grin*. Oh well, I am sure that when the little ones get a little older I will have plenty of times to sew. And probably then I'll look back on these days and even long for those little arms around my legs and those little voices in my ear again all the time 😉


  • Rubyellen says:

    thank you for making me feel not alone! when my temper is flaring and i feel frustrated, i often wonder, gosh am i bad or is this normal. nice to know i am normal. xoxo

  • I feel the same way, and even when I try to use that hour or so to get into something, I get so anxious and feel like I'm on borrowed time. I constantly think I hear her waking… and wonder if it's even worth starting because I'll never get to finish.

    Do you ever wonder what you did with all your time before children?

  • I wish our tummys could stay that cute!!! Just hang in there… if only I could show you how quickly things will change. You won't regret the time you spent with the girls when you have lots of time during the day to yourself and they are all at school! (or grown up… I'm actually scared of that!) For a long time I felt like you did about starting projects and it kept me from being creative…and I suffered for it. It wasn't until I did my blog and made myself accountable for doing SOMETHING that I got over it… though I think right now I'm going through that all over again since I closed Hatch. It made me feel better that you also feel like that. We'll just have to promise to dive in!!!

  • Naomi says:

    I just found your blog and love it! I had my darling Lily on the 1st of Feb this year, and know all too well the “tattoo of fire” (thought I escaped it, but come 38 weeks – Lily decided kicking to stretch was all sorts of AWESOME). At first, I was a little sad – but then I realized, it's my badge (or tattoo, if you will) of honour – knowing I nourished and delivered my precious little flower into the world safe and sound. I can't be sad about that!

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