Baby? That’s right! Erin is Pregnant!
So, unless you’re on the Facebook group, you may have missed one or two small things.
- Erin moved to Australia
- Quarantine nearly killed Sammy and Loki
- Quarantine’s actions nearly killed Erin
- Sammy and Loki got over quarantine
- We were all happy
- Sammy and Loki met Bob’s family
- Loki nearly died and spent a night in hospital
- Loki shocked the vet by miraculously recovering
- We got married
- Erin is pregnant
- Loki got healthier than he has ever been in his life, since he met Bob
- Erin moved house in Australia (as did Bob)
- Dogs got their first fenced yard
- Erin finally has permission to work in Australia
- Bob’s baby won’t let Erin leave the bathroom
- Bob is still Awesome
So for those who have been waiting for the next pattern, or an email reply, or anything, Erin is 17 weeks pregnant and has had a pretty rough run of it. She can barely stay awake or eat and only gets about 4 hours a day where she doesn’t feel like she is growing a person.
Oh, I’m sorry, did I not give enough details? Let me fix that…
Bob went to America and dragged Erin, Sammy and Loki back with him. This included a visit to LA, where Bob insisted on trying In-n-Out Burger. We had breakfast on Manhattan Beach, looking out over the ocean which we’d be flying over that day. We (Erin) had an emotional farewell with the dogs as she wouldn’t be seeing them for 12 days once they were loaded onto the plane. After the smoothest flight in the history of the world, we landed in Sydney, and awaited news on the dogs. We were told they weren’t eating the poor quality food that they were given, so we went along to give them good food. We were allowed one visit during their stay, and found that they weren’t being given the food that we brought, they were covered in their own poop, and massively underweight. After being called liars and a few angry emails, phone calls, and pulling a few strings, Bob was able to break them out early. A few hours early, but it counted.
This is where we left you at the last blog post.
Bob was driving a loaner car as he had a crash the week before he came to the US. When his car was fixed, We all went to Lithgow to collect it, and took the opportunity to introduce Sammy and Loki to Bob’s Mum, Grandma and Grandpa. This car had no air conditioning, so Loki got overheated, and panted all day. We tried to cool him down, but now he was struggling to breathe. After a few hours at home again where we tried to calm him down, we took him to the vet ER where we were told he wouldn’t make the night unless very expensive surgery was performed, or they could just put him down. Bob insisted that the doctor just sedate Loki and give him oxygen and steroids. The Doctor thought he was right, but followed Bob’s instructions. They allowed us out back to see Loki, where their impressions were that this would be the last time we see him. 8 hours later we went back, and he was awake, and happy! The Doctor was shocked and admitted he may have overreacted. Since then, Loki has been cuddly, happy, and just the best dog ever. Sammy of course took the opportunity whilst Loki was away to claim all the spots in the house as hers.
ALL THE NAPS!
We were having some problems in the building… Alright, fine, I’ll talk about the wedding :)
On April 1st, a date of Bob’s choosing, because he’s Bob, Erin and Bob tied the knot at a small ceremony in Sydney. Only a few guests, with family and friends, followed by lunch at Darling Harbour. The day included, again because Bob, a trip on a Bus, Train, Tram, and Ferry. It was a beautiful little ceremony, where Erin’s parents attended via Facetime. The celebrant asked Erin if she would be Bob’s wife, and she said yes. He asked Bob if he’d be Erin’s husband. He said sure. The celebrant was very laid back and was clearly just as unimpressed with the ‘procedure’ dictated to him by his superiors as we were, including the CD of ‘romantic music’ which was promptly turned off. We had a very simple dress code, as Erin was sick, where all were told jeans were acceptable, so we wore jeans! Who says you and your guests shouldn’t be comfortable on your wedding day. We almost even wore geeky t-shirts, but thought we should wear some nice top at least. Lunch was at the Hard Rock in Darling Harbour. Some of the best table service we’d ever experienced, with the best wedding food you could ask for: anything on the menu! They even gave Erin and Bob their meals for free, as their gift to us. Various deserts from the shopping centre and many silly photos on the water later, we all headed home, where the dogs were waiting to congratulate us. (More wedding pics on Instagram: Bob’s and Erin’s.)
She couldn’t wait to tell Bob, so she surprised him at work, and broke the news to him on his train. Both were happy, But Bob’s first reaction was to make a joke, a very valid joke about how she had wasted all that money on bringing over her superior American tampons. We both thought that we were the luckiest people on Earth. But then, just a few days later, Erin started to get sick. Not morning sickness yet, but cramps and heavy bleeding and flat out exhaustion and dizziness. Erin went to the ER in Sydney, where she had the worst hospital experience ever. She begged for an ultrasound to make sure the pregnancy wasn’t ectopic, but was told they don’t do that in the middle of the night, but then insisted she had lost the baby. An ultrasound was scheduled for the next morning, after a night of pure sadness, to see how much stuff she needed to pass, when a big grin appeared on Bob’s face. It took Erin a bit to notice, but there was a heartbeat! The ER doctor has misdiagnosed her. The baby was fine! A few more difficult weeks passed, but the bleeding eventually stopped, and the baby is perfectly healthy! And since Erin spent the month before the wedding curled up while zoned out to Netflix and trying to not puke or make the bleeding worse, she couldn’t possibly walk around long enough to pick out a dress, and didn’t want to wear a fancy dress while feeling awful. The family happily agreed to her request for jeans, and she sent Bob to get her new teal converse instead. She even made an Outta Time Tote to match her shoes!
Erin is 17 weeks along now, and the Zombie Baby is as healthy as we could hope for but Erin is still really sick. She is over the moon that she is having a baby, but the experience of growing a human inside of you is not a pleasant one, as TV and movies would have you believe. Everyone says week 12 is the magic week you feel better, but it seems any easing of the digestive symptoms is replaced by exhaustion and dizziness. Erin also can’t breathe without her allergy and sinus meds, but she can’t take them while pregnant, causing some nasty sinus headaches (also not helped by the lack of good pain killers while pregnant!) The nausea has eased up a bit but was replaced with nasty reflux and every other digestive issue imaginable. Week 17 seems to be the week (according to google) that the hormones that cause the queasy stop increasing, and she’s finally hungry, but nothing sounds appetizing except food from America that doesn’t exist here. When she gives in and eats something else because she’s so hungry, the queasiness and heartburn kick right in. While she’s lost weight, she can’t wear anything tight, so her uniform will be track pants and Bob’s shirts until maternity clothes fit properly!
The belly finally showed up a few days ago, so hacking the top off a pair of jeans was necessary. Thankfully the new sewing room is set up enough to create denim-yoga hybrids!
Thanks to Erin’s mum and our friend Kelli for sending cereal, crackers, grape jam, and other things we can’t find! This stuff has been keeping Erin alive since her body is rejecting most of the food here.
So while Erin was parked on the sofa for a month, we’d been having some serious problems with the building management in the apartment building. Smokers blowing their smoke into our flat every 30 minutes all day and night, when fresh air was the only thing keeping Erin from puking. Building managers who don’t speak English. Building managers who refused to uphold the strata rules. A lift that kept breaking down (and we were on the 9th floor), and a property manager that made us wait 5 weeks for new carpet in the bedroom after a water leak and who refused to install fly screens even after Sammy had a bald spot from scratching mosquito bites!
Erin and Bob made the decision to move, and quite luckily found a beautiful town house, just across the river, twice the size with a bigger kitchen, bigger bedrooms, a bigger sewing room, a bigger garage, and a more secure neighborhood. We’ve named it Fort Ermington, as it’s in Ermington and a Defense Housing Estate. We’re still unpacking, but should be done in a day or two (HA!). The dogs love it as well. They have not only a backyard that’s fenced in for them to play, but a front yard where they can play and pee on everything too! The neighbours have a dog that looks similar to Loki, and they have met. Loki and Fergus are both just as scared of each other! Loki of course shows his fear of the scary dog by digging under the fence to go and bark in fear at Fergus in his yard. A trip to Bunnings later, and we return with some flower pots and some flowers to cover the hole. And oh yes, the flowers are gorgeous.
Most of Erin’s visa application has been done, with just some minor details to be added and files uploaded, but she is now here on a bridging visa so she can work as soon as she feels better. Which means she can finally start prototyping and getting ready for the next pattern. Comment with what you want to see next! She wants to work on a messenger bag and bigger wallet!
We’re sorry we’ve been away from the blog for so long but hope that now you understand why. If there’s a delay in anything, including responding to your emails, please know that all your emails will be answered as always, it’s just that Erin is still not 100%. But she is in my eyes :)
A massive thank you to the “groupies” for surprising Erin with a gift that made it possible to buy a little sewing machine, and the Oliso iron that she needs for her wrists and had to leave behind because of the power differences!
Even though we have been relatively inactive, we have gained many new customers and followers on Facebook and Instagram thanks to all of you sharing the bags you have been making! They all look amazing! Thank you for being so patient while we’ve been on hiatus. The Facebook page just hit 4000 likes so watch the next post for a sale!!
We’ll be back soon with a lot more sewing related updates!
From the Fingertips of Bob – Deliberately written in third person, because it’s what I do.
Proofread and factual errors replaced by Erin.
You Should Be Sewing!
P.S from Erin: Proof I’m alive and left the house a few times (barely!) Bob’s sci-fi conventions the past few months were Star Trek and Creatures of the Night (MTV’s Teen Wolf.) I got to play with a Bat’leth at the Star Trek con (6? weeks) and the adorable Eaddy Mays decided the baby is going to be her newest fan and needed a photo with my non-existent bump at CotN (16 weeks). I also found an awesome weekend farmers market with my friend Anita and I made it to Vivid. :) I’m finally staying awake for more than a few hours at a time so there will be a lot more going on around here now!