I've got some news!
I'm not sure if any of you have noticed, but, over the last five weeks, I've virtually disappeared from social media. Where have I been? Well, I certainly haven't been lazing about on a Caribbean beach on an extended vacation (I wish!). Instead, my silence has been due to illness. Don't worry - this is not illness in a bad way, but illness in a good way: I've just suffered through my first trimester of pregnancy!
With my 35th birthday fast approaching, my husband and I decided last autumn that we'd probably put off having a family long enough. Having children is something that we'd always intended to do (we've been together 11 years), but we initially didn't feel ready and then it didn't seem like the right time. Well, it's amazing how one's biological clock can force the issue! We were absolutely delighted to discover that I was pregnant in early-March.
However, the delight quickly wore away a few weeks later when my morning sickness made its appearance. It's been absolutely horrible. Having never been pregnant before, the severity of the symptoms really caught me off guard. Fortunately, as with most pregnant women, the symptoms were not of uniform severity throughout the day, so I was still able to carry on with running The Splendid Stitch (in particular, the dispatching of orders). However, some non-essential activities had to fall by the wayside - and participating in social media was one of them.
I'm pleased to report that I'm now in my 13th week and the symptoms seem to be tailing off. So, all normal activities will be resuming - and I can't wait! The last few weeks have been so frustrating, as there's been so many things that I have longed to do, and I just haven't had the health to do them. Bring on the second trimester 'burst of energy'!
As for what this means for the future of The Splendid Stitch, my pregnancy shouldn't impact on operations too much from this point forward. The main thing that you'll notice between now and November is that The Splendid Stitch will be expanding by 1-2 people. I can't wait! I have been meaning to hire someone to help me for a while now: the workload is such that it is really beyond the capabilities of one person now. After I give birth, I'll probably take around 2 months off and then come back part-time (and later - eventually - full-time).
So, that's what's been happening around here over the last few weeks. I have to say that I'm pretty excited about what the future holds - both for myself and my husband (and the little one growing inside of me!), and for this business. The last year has been absolutely amazing and I can't wait to see how The Splendid Stitch will grow and evolve over the coming years. I've got lots of plans and the next six months promise to be very, very busy: there's so much that I want to do before I go on maternity leave. It's also going to be amazing to go from one person to a team of people!
Finally, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support over the last year. In particular, as I've been ill, I cannot tell you how much I've especially appreciated all the positive emails and feedback I've received from you: they've meant a lot and have really buoyed my spirits on some days when I was feeling especially poorly (little did you know!). Please do continue dropping me a line if you ever have any comments, suggestions or feedback. I absolutely love hearing from you and am really keen to learn about ways that I can improve The Splendid Stitch to better serve your needs. :-)