8.12.2011

Dear Margot Bea,

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Dear Margot Bea,

You just might get your second birthday quilt for your fourth birthday. But, before your fourth birthday, darling daughter, you are beginning preschool and I am surprising myself with how much I feel about this change.

You've always jumped in with both feet and I love you to the moon and back for it. The uniqueness with preschool is that it is all yours. You own it, the stories you take from that cozy little creative space a few blocks away. You are jumping in, both feet eagerly, vigorously dancing and I will have the opportunity to learn about your day from you. I look forward to witnessing the world through a lens you own and I am a little envious of those who get to hang with you. I will imagine your experiences as you share them, I will celebrate your accomplishments as you feel them, I will move with you.

This beautiful change is nestling in a salty-sweet spot, somewhere between my brain and guts. You are so strong and capable. I am head-over-heels in love with you. And, while trying to sort out what all I am feeling about all of this, I am making you some stuff. I put my bare toes, the only way I sew, even in the dead of winter, to your great grandma's presser foot and I stitch up something tangible.

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Pattern here


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A tweak on the above pattern

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Upcycled from some homemade adult pajama pants I scored at a clothing swap; I traced a pair of existing pants to make patten. 

Love,
Mama

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all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com

23 comments:

Minnesotagal said...

Wow! Big time anticipatory nostalgia for me. My heart aches for the time we're ready for this. I'm not sure I will every be ready but what a beautiful send off you've sewn for Margot. If Mama's arms can't be wrapped around her then at least the clothes she sewed with love can...

sue said...

Beautiful. My girl is leaving for college next weekend. It goes by so fast. You do a good job savoring the moments.

mary♥cate said...

Wow. Preschool! I can't wait until my 10 month old sleeps through the night and when he does, I'll miss getting up with him ;) Margot will be the best dressed in class! xx

Sarah said...

Tears!! My daughter starts kindergarten this year and my husband said tonight at dinner that he would cry and I wasnt sure I would because i cried when i had to go back to teaching when she was 2 and a half. but the way the tears just poured out with your sweet spot admission.... Well I guess I'm more moved than I thought!

Angie said...

Wow! Those clothes are amazing, Dig! Love 'em!! If only I were that gifted with the sewing machine...

XOXO,
Angie from Ohio

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

What exactly are we to do with these big girls? I wish we could commiserate in person. And then after said commiserating, you could teach me a thing or two about sewing...

Happiness is... said...

So sweet, but yes, so salty. I am thrilled for her. I feel for you, but mama, you can do it. And Rubes will have you one-on-one during times when it was mostly you and Bug.

What an honor to use your grandmother's machine on a daily basis to honor your child. Stitching generations together.

Love the pants. The ruffles are killing me.

-Jennifer from Annapolis

jen said...

it's amazing how big it seems and then you step through the door into the thick-of-it and it doesn't feel way too big after all. it just feels like a step. and it is.

Coach Jen said...

Hi Nici,
It has been awhile since I've stopped by your blog. I think every time I do I shed a fountain of tears....walking down memory lane from when my kids are little.

Margot will treasure your perspective, and you will need it when she is older and you have days that are difficult with her, as I do with my tween.

Such an exciting time. I absolutely love your sewing...you are amazing.
Love,
Jen

Kelly Cach said...

Oh goodness...another sweet post that makes me get all emotional :)

And lovin' the ruffles! I'd wear those myself :)

Your little girls sure are blessed by you. And because of you, I've been sewing & growing this summer, too :)

Thanks for sharing so much of yourself,
Kelly

jane said...

Beautiful! We're experiencing those same emotions with our first girl going off to school for the first time as well. It's just two days a week, but it seems like a world of change. I miss her already!

Kelly said...

Oh, this brought a tear to my eye. How do they grow so fast. I, too and approaching this time. Sweet sentiments. I love your blog.

TRB Holt said...

Burb~Smiling through my tears...I loved all your preschool tales...and boy did you have them, in GREAT detail!

Margot~I look forward to getting some special creations from you...I will put up a bulletin board in my sewing room to show off your work!

xoxo.
Mom/Gram

ps...OH BTW...LOVE! the clothes & your new header

fricka...leader of the nerd herd said...

My oldest starts high school in two weeks and this is exactly what my heart is saying. She is so cool.

kyndale_pease said...

Very cute, I'd like to make some of those for everyone in my family (including myself!)

I'm glad Margot is having a fun time in pre-school!

rebecca said...

,,,after reading i'm speechless with a lump in my throat,,,very, very, very cute wardrobe for margot,,,LOVE the black 'n white ruffle pants!,,,you couldn't have choosen more suitable prints or patterns to pair with margot's, sweet, salty, confident self!,,,i sure would love to be on the receiving end of her school day *review*, lucky you!,,,

Daniele said...

My oldest Liliana just turned 4 a few weeks ago, and starts preschool for the first time in a few weeks. I am RIGHT here with you. Feeling just the same...

Nancy said...

Oh, how sweet yet sad. It's so amazing to see our babies grow up. I love those black and white ruffle pants. Adorable. Margot will be a very well dressed preschooler.

Ellie said...

You've put some wonderful love in those clothes, and Margot is going to rock out preschool. You'll come to love it, too.

Sarah said...

So sweet! I hope she loves preschool. And if she's anything like my daughter, when you ask her what she did her answers will range somewhere between "nothing" and "I don't remember" lol :) It's like a teenager trapped in a 3-year-old's body!

Bikini By 30 said...

What an exciting time! I can't imagine what a roller coster of emotions you must be going through!

dig this chick said...

I wish blogger would figure out how to let me reply to specific comments...

Thanks for all your support! So great to feel less alone in this change. It is especially interesting to thing about those of you whose kids are off to high school! Wow.

Ellie said...

Nici, if you have time, it is worth sending a note to Google's customer service. My hubby works there, and they take comments/criticisms seriously. I have a few issues with blogger myself, & keep wishing they'd clean it up.

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