Oh how I love my little guy, he's super cheeky with a ready smile, he's got a soft little giggle that he reserves for when something is really funny, or if I tickle his ribs. He's quiet and patient and gentle, and very attached to being in the warm cocoon of our little family.
But this year it's time for me to start to inch my way forward to a return to some form of paid work outside the home. For my little guy this means one thing - he has started in daycare. After a false start with a local commercial daycare operator that neither of us felt comfortable with he now has one day a week at a community based centre in a beautiful setting with beautiful resources and the most friendly and caring daycare staff a mother could wish for. He seems to be settling in and having fun, and also getting plenty of cuddles when he needs re-assuring. It's odd for me too in these first weeks, I feel a little empty handed and directionless without him.
To make sure there's plenty of love packed in his bag when he goes for his day I made him a special sleep time blanket.
I used some fabrics I already had for the top, a vintage nursery print and red gingham, and backed it with a metre of red and white striped flannelette.
I hand stitched the bias binding on the back, every stitch has a little bit of love and wishes for fun...
...and happy days.