A Little Surprise

| Comments
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneBuffer this page

Hello, hello! I have missed being here, missed being in my studio and missed seeing everyone’s lovely projects online. It has certainly been a whirlwind past few weeks. As you might have guessed, I had my baby! There’s a bit of a twist to this story though…


I was about 3 days overdue and soooo over being huge and pregnant. Rob and I went hiking and I saw my chiropractor to see if we could jump start labor. It worked! It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing though. There were some hiccups with the baby’s birth, but after 41 hours of labor (including 4 hours of pushing!), our beautiful baby was born. However, there was an unexpected twist…

It was a BOY!

Em3Everyone in the room was shocked. They all knew we were expecting a little girl, and I don’t think I’ve ever been at such a loss for words. There’s a pretty great photo from his birth that shows the expression on my face when Rob gasped, shook his head, and announced, “It’s a… boy?!” Not that the photo will EVER see the light of day on the internet, mind you. But it’s hilarious, trust me.


The great part? He’s amazing and the best surprise we ever could have hoped for. I can’t even imagine having a girl now. It was alway supposed to be him, our sweet Emmerich Nicholas. He weighed in at 8 lbs 10.4 oz, and was 22.5″ long. He’s not a tiny baby! He’s grown since his birth on November 11th, and is getting an extra chin and some lovely squishy baby rolls on his thighs.

Em1I have to tell you, he loves his Baby Nest!Β  It’s really fun to see him usingΒ something I made him, since I really didn’t get around to making many other baby items. The little sweater I was knitting? Well, it’s done except for 1″ on the second sleeve, but who knows when I’ll have time to even look at that project again, or if switching around the buttons will make it look more boy-ish.

Em4I’m pretty glad that I didn’t end up making any quilts or baby clothes with the fabrics I’d picked out. It’s almost like my brain knew that my baby wouldn’t really be into a tiny Liberty of London romper or a quilt made with pinks and yellows. I have to rethink everything sitting on my “to be sewn” shelf! I look forward to it though, and making a whole host of cute little boy things!

Also, can I just say how excited I am that I can FINALLY make and wear the Grainline Alder and Linden patterns? YEEESSSSS!


  • Oh sweet heavens, 41 hours? here’s hoping you never have to go through THAT again! Your wee boy is beautiful – congratulations!

    • Thank you, Gillian! And I agree- never again, please!

  • Janette

    Many congratulations, he is beautiful.

  • Oh dear, that was a long birth!….. I’m happy mine only took 9 hours.
    I’ve been planning on emailing you, but life has gotten in the way & been a bit crazier than usual :/ Hug little Emmerich from me & Lucas!

    • Oh you are so lucky! A long labor is as awful as it sounds. I’ll tell Emmerich that Jennie and Lucas say hello! πŸ™‚

  • Carla Lissa

    Congratulations is a very handsome boy!!! I know what you mean! I thought I was expecting a baby and turned out to be twins!! That was a shock too. LOL Now I feel so blessed!

    • Oh my gosh! That would be such a shock! When I called my mom after he was born and told her I had a surprise for her, she totally thought I was going to say I had twins. How exciting/overwhelming/amazing for you!

  • Congratulations Amy! I recall seeing this on IG and was so happy for your arrival. What a shocker indeed. I guess all that matters is that Emmerich is happy and certainly handsome!

    • Thank you, Maddie! We are so happy to have this little bundle in our lives, and as shocking as it was to have a boy, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Now to find cute boy sewing patterns (or make my own)…

  • Marcy Holmes

    Wow, congratulations! I can’t imagine a surprise like that at the end of such a long labor!

    I’ve got 5-9 weeks to go. Maybe I’ll have time to make one of those nests…

    • Do you know what you’re having? I hope you’re feeling ready for anything! πŸ˜‰ Oh yes, you must make a baby nest. It has been so handy to have to get him used to sleeping in his crib, and to have a mobile bed to put in any room we are using.

      • Marcy Holmes

        We’re expecting a boy – it looked pretty definitive on the ultrasound but apparently you never know. πŸ™‚

        I’ve been doing a lot more sleeping than sewing after work, but I have a handy sister who sews so I may see if she has room for another project.

  • ellen

    What a sweetheart! And he DOES like his baby nest, look at him smile in that last photo. The photo straddled over dad’s legs sure brings back memories. Isn’t parenthood great? Makes your heart swell. Enjoy the season together.

    • He was smiling in it! He loves it, and I’m so happy he does. What’s not to love about a baby in a “nest”?

      Haha- yes, over the knee is one of the best ways to get him to burp. He likes getting little back massages that way too. He’s such a funny little guy!

  • whitedragonstudios

    Congrats—what a great surprise! He’s a little prince!

  • Betty Maruichi

    Congratulations! He is a beautiful baby.

    • Thank you! I couldn’t agree more. πŸ˜‰

  • Carmen Maidment

    HUGE congrats!! He is gawgus!

  • Kate

    Fantastic. Congratulations, he’s gorgeous.

  • Julie Mcnulty

    He is just beautiful; so precious! I love your blog and seeing everything you make. I want to make the baby nest!!! Again, congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!!

    • Thanks, Julie! You should make a baby nest! They are easy to put together and are so handy (plus it makes a great gift).

  • Sandra

    Congratulations on the baby boy! My son was born on the same date and I have to tell you, it was the greatest gift ever. and by the way, boys ALWAYS love their mommies! Cute nest, wish I’d have know about them when my son was born,but it was 15 yrs ago!

    • Thank you! He certainly does seem to favor me, but probably because I’m his food source? Ha! I hope he continues to love his momma, because I am certainly smitten with him!

  • Sue M

    Congratulations to you both! He is so beautiful, what a wonderful surprise.

  • snosrapave

    He’s beautiful! What a wonderful surprise too!

    • Thank you! Those eyelashes keep getting longer and longer.

  • What a cutie patootie! Gonna be honest though, that 41 hour / 4 hour of pushing business has ensured my thighs will be tightened together FOR LIFE.

    • Hahaha, thanks! But you never know! There are people who practically just sneeze and pop out babies! πŸ˜‰

  • He looks so cozy and sweet in his little nest! What a sweetpea!

    • I love watching him sleep in it! He looks so happy in there.

  • Jill

    I started following your blog a few months ago, and have been patiently waiting for an update! A BOY! How excellent. He’s so lovely. Congratulations.

    • I know some people were wondering! It’s so hard to get some time to type something up with a newborn. I’m glad I made it happen though- it felt good to type again! And thank you! πŸ™‚

  • he is beautiful!!! congratulations!! and what story you will have to tell him about his birth!! (btw, i was supposed to be a boy but i am not! haha)

    • Thank you! Oh, I know, he’ll hear about that forever! How funny that they got it wrong with you too! So many people were so shocked, but it was a pretty fun surprise. We’re going to keep him. πŸ˜‰ Ha!

  • Shari Lynne Denton

    Congratulations! He’s adorable!

  • Congratulations! What a great time to discover your blog (from Craftsy – congrats on runner up!) Love it, and your lovely little boy is adorable. What a lovely name too. aWwww it just made my day reading this post.
    My little one is turning 10 months soon, the time flies much too quickly. I didn’t trust the sonographer when we were told the baby would be a girl (which she is) and I knit a few little cardigans for her in creams, blues-browns and greens. I chose the buttons after she was born so that I could finish them in more gender-specific ways. Not that it matters, I’ve dressed her in all pink before and she still got referred to as “he” by a friendly stranger πŸ˜‰
    I will definitely be back, I would love to start sewing soon. (I keep saying that) In the meantime, I’m reading and dreaming of it, while my little one naps πŸ™‚

    • Thank you and thank you! He is a little bundle of squishy love. Time does fly fast- I can’t believe he’s 3 months now! I get so sad every time he grows out of another outfit.

      That was good call by you on the sweaters! I KNEW in my gut not trust the sonographer, and everything I purchased was gender neutral- even the nursery decorating was yellow, white and gray.

      I hope that you get to sew soon! I am dreaming of the day when he naps for longer than 20-30 minutes at a time so that I can get some sewing in. Fingers crossed that happens soon!

  • Pingback: A Portland Winter Quilt / Amy Alan / Really Handmade()

  • Brenda

    Wow amazing! Congrats, he is gorgeous. My daughter has a 1yr old little boy and another due in July. Well of course I want a healthy baby but a girl! At the revealing party, the cake was pink inside so I jumped for joy. Now I realize they those blood tests to check the sex of the baby aren’t 100%. I gotta pass this along to my daughter & now I’m really wandering will it be a girl or a boy? Doesn’t matter, I will love her/him regardless. We will take whatever God blesses us with.

    • We didn’t have a blood test done, we had an ultrasound. I have to say, it made for a pretty fun to surprise to tell everyone the baby was a “he” when he was born! They all thought I was joking. It just goes to show you that you can never totally rely on technology. πŸ™‚