On a not-so-quiet street in a peaceful town, there’s a row of shops facing the imposing stone structure of the county courthouse and the green expanse of the courthouse square. Nestled in amongst these shops, situated between a florist and a lawyer’s office (or a realtor’s office, or both – there are signs for both, anyway) is this charming shop called The Court Jester Antiques and Stuff.
In July, I posted about the two new soaps I had on the rack, Beach and Patchouli. They’ve finished curing and are ready for purchase. Since I’ve been spending the past month getting re-used to having a baby in the house, I haven’t really done more with these soaps than stand and admire them, picking them up to sniff them and show them off to visitors. These soaps have enjoyed a longer cure time, resulting in even milder, harder bars than the high quality soaps I usually make. And they’re still curing! I’m leaving them on the rack until the very last minute.
I am pleased and delighted to announce the birth of my beautiful baby girl!!! Hannah Ilyssa was born Friday, 31 July at 3:46 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs., 11 ozs. and was 19.5″ long. And did I mention she’s beautiful? Her daddy, big sister and I are all thrilled with her. She’s a good baby [I hate that expression, like there’s such a thing as a “bad” baby?] and is beautiful, just like her big sis is.
There was a bit of an adjustment at first, but we’re settled into a routine now. Mary, our oldest, has been a tremendous help. In fact, her major trauma of the week was not being allowed to change or feed Hannah while Mary got over a little case of the sniffles. When we gave her the “all clear,” she beamed. Even dirty diapers are no match for a devoted, loving, helpful older sister.
I discovered several things along this birth and recovery journey. I’ll spare you the birth story; I don’t feel this is an appropriate forum for that. Among everything else, though, I learned that you only get 6 weeks of maternity leave when someone else is the boss. Being the owner of my own business hasn’t left me a lot of time for just sitting with my feet up. If I time it right, however, I have pockets of time throughout the day which are perfectly designed for getting business stuff done.
Another aspect of new motherhood is bone-deep fatigue. Given that, I’m going to stop talking and bid you “g’night, dear readers.” In future blog entries, I have exciting news to share with you about the beer soap I’ve been making, my first wholesale account (woot!), Peter’s first start-to-finish soap and whatever other great topics come to mind.