There Once Was a Baby Named . . . Dominic
A novelette dedicated to our miracle baby because we lost one before we got to celebrate him. Since he was born pre-COVID, Auntie Sue and I got to visit him in the hospital. I was fairly certain that I wouldn’t be holding him. Fortunately, Auntie Sue put her foot down and insisted that I disinfect my hands very well. “Okayyyyy”, I said. There may have been a little grumbling under my breath. Bearing gifts of sandwiches, chips, and drinks for a hungry momma and daddy, we also had an adorable outfit for the new baby. It wasn’t long after sitting down that I was handed a little burrito bundle.
See that look Dominic gave me while holding on TIGHT to my finger? My heart exploded and expanded to unbelievable proportions and that tiny baby had me wrapped around his little baby finger. Anything D wanted, D would have. Just ask Auntie Rose (or Auntie Sue) and it’s yours.
Dominic Fawning Continued Throughout Year One
Of course, Dominic had a special quilt made just for him before he was born! What was momma’s theme for the baby’s room? They chose to not reveal the gender so we worked easily within her confines. Momma chose an elephant with gray and white as the colors. We took liberties with mint green and colorful balloons just like momma’s favorite quilt from her childhood.
Did we just limit ourselves to ONE quilt? No, of course not. Gamma needed a quilt, too. She does love him to the moon and back, so a quilt that reflected that was appropriate. And since the temperatures were falling, we wanted to make sure sweet pea didn’t get cold.
Gamma looks good holding her little turkey on Thanksgiving Day while D looks like he is tolerating his picture being taken!
Another Quilt . . . or Two for Dominic
Auntie Sue and I needed a baby quilt at our house, we decided. It’s savage to put that sweet baby on the floor (why is he on the floor anyway??) without a quilt to cushion him. Play Ball was quilted using the embroidery machine for its nearly perfect circle. A modified zigzag stitch made almost realistic-looking laces on the baseballs. GG was also babysitting Dominic while momma was studying in a nursing program. Obviously, she needed a quilt as well. Little D tried to pick up the diamond shapes formed on GG’s Animal panel quilt.
Another quilt, this time with three quilter friends contributing some novelty fabric help, became the I Spy beauty. It’s time to revisit that quilt and go over some of the spy items, don’t you think?! He’s still not a year old yet . . .
Dominic Needs Two More!
Just as soon as he was born, we knew we had to make a stocking for Christmas! While Charles Craft has stopped making these stockings more recently, we were smart enough to pick up a few before they were completely gone. Momma wanted to get a photo of the little chunker in the stocking under the tree but that just didn’t work out! What three-month-old wants to be stuffed into a stocking, even for a very short time?!! One year later, there is sweetness in his Buffalo-plaid jammies checking out his stocking.
The most recent quilt we’ve made for D is his big boy bed truck quilt. That quilt was SO MUCH FUN to make. The reception it received when he opened it for his third birthday was priceless.
Extra Quilts – Not Specifically for Dominic
Lest you think that six quilts and one stocking are pretty measly pickings for four years, we did make a few more not attributed to D. His momma’s favorite color is orange so we whipped up an Irish Chain quilt. Then, when we thought Dominic might be a baby girl, we made another version in pink and orange. This is baby Chase enjoying some zzzzz’s on said non-Dominic quilts.
Finally, we found this adorable yellow and gray giraffe fabric. It just begged to be used on a simple gray polka dot and white Irish Chain design! One last one celebrates all ball sports – basketball, baseball, soccer, and possibly golf with adorable bear characters in vehicles for the back.
It was so fun to write this sentimental trip down memory lane. September 2, 2017, at 8:44 p.m. changed my life in such a fabulous way. He has made me a better person. I can’t wait to write one of these for Addison, Colt, and Chase as they turn four.
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