Help me moms – how to bead with a baby?Posted by Ali on August 28 at 12:50 pm
Sshhhhhhh, she’s finally asleep, I sneak upstairs to my beading room and hold my breath — did I just hear her cry? Back downstairs…
7 years ago when I was graduating from college, I had a nice little jewelry business going. Like so many of you, I started out displaying my jewelry anywhere they’d let me. After a couple of years, I was selling my pieces in 5 boutiques, I had many regular customers every year at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, and I was getting a steady stream of calls for custom pieces.
It was right around that time that Kevin & I decided to start Lima Beads. We felt like we could start a fun little bead shop and just run it after work and on the weekends — my, how we were wrong. Lima Beads quickly grew into something that required all of our time. Slowly, but surely, I stopped designing new pieces, stopped participating in the art fair, and began to lose my regular customers.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Lima Beads. I love what it has become and where it’s going, but I’m a jewelry designer at heart. When we found out I was pregnant with Payton, I was thrilled. Thrilled not only about being a mom, but I thought for sure that since I’d be home with her 3 days per week, I’d be able to get back into beading. For the second time, I was wrong! I underestimated how much work she would be. I’ve probably picked up my needle-nose pliers only 5 times since she was born.
It seems like each day (she’s 12 weeks now) – she’s doing something new. A few weeks ago, she started responding to my voice. A few weeks before that, she started smiling at me. Now, she’s laughing and reaching out for objects. I don’t want to miss any of it, but at the same time, I want to bead! How did you do it? Should I just accept it and give up? Help!