March Sewing: What Do You Sew When Your Child Is Sick and Miserable?

More wipes for his nose of course!

Mark has been pretty miserable the past few days with a bad cold.  The past two days were particularly bad.  We’ve been using cloth wipes at an alarming rate, particularly so because now he wants to wipe his own nose and so stacks of them get wasted.  I’ve made over 150 wipes at this point (I’ve lost track) but clearly, that wasn’t enough any more.  Yesterday, I made 63 more. (Don’t put any stock in that number.  I just kept on cutting out wipes until I felt like it was a tall enough stack and it ended up being 63.)

001 (800x533) (2)midway through the cutting process.  The near stack is the actual wipes.  The crazy pile behind that is all my flannel scraps.  I have so many, I can’t even use them up!

Ellie was in heaven, having so many scraps to cut up.  She was making “salad” while Mark was, somehow, miraculously, occupying himself.

003 (800x533) 005 (800x534)sad, snotty nose and all

After lunch, Mark sat in my lap, I sewed wipes, and Ellie cut off the threads for me.  Mark actually almost fell asleep on my lap while we were sewing so that ended the midday sewing session.  Last night, I finished up the rest and left them for Ellie to trim.  This morning, she came out, saw the stack, said, “WHAT?!?!?!” (as in, how did those all get sewed?) and then immediately sat down to trim threads.  I DESPISE trimming threads (although I do it compulsively) so I’m thrilled that she thinks this is a fun job!

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Today, thankfully, was a much better day for Mark and therefore, for all of us.

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6 Responses to March Sewing: What Do You Sew When Your Child Is Sick and Miserable?

  1. Mom says:

    Such a cute helper!

  2. Aunt Zona says:

    Do you use a serger? Zigzag? I’m trying to think how to keep all those flannel edges from fraying! One layer? Two together? Have to iron after washing? Details! I need details! 🙂 Poor Marco looks so miserable, and I love the delighted focus evident in Ellie’s hopping right on her job. I’m convinced that children need meaningful ways to contribute to their families, and I love that you are validating her skill and hard work.

    • Laura says:

      You don’t remember my post from two years ago that answers all your questions? Ha! 🙂 Just kidding – here’s the link. I think I answered them all in that – details galore! I did link to the post with the words, “cutting process” but clearly I should have been a little more obvious about that. I’ll add something in. I absolutely agree with you about children contributing in meaningful ways to their family. Ellie is much happier when she is doing just that!

  3. Lindsay says:

    Oh man, having a little one to trim the threads sounds like absolute luxury!

    • Laura says:

      Definitely! Although I don’t let her trim anything that I care about getting accidentally snipped. Who cares on these wipes, you know? I suppose once she gets a bit older, I might let her help more! 🙂

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