I have been making waldorf inspired dolls for a long time, over 5 years now. It is such a wonderful hobby, and I really am passionate about it! However things changed so quickly when my 7th daughter, Norah Joy Anna, was suddenly born in August of 2014.
She was born at 26 weeks, 6 days due to a horrific maternal pregnancy complication, placenta accreta (percreta form) that nearly took my life and hers. She weighed in at 2lbs, 1oz and was just shy of 14″ long.
She was so small, and fell to 1lb 7oz at her smallest in NICU. But she was a fighter.
And she grew strong
And as she grew stronger, I found solace in designing a doll that was the exact size she was at birth, in memory of where she had come from.
And it was so wonderful to have!
And it stayed with her in the NICU until she was big enough to come home to her six adoring siblings
Especially my oldest son, who was 9 at the time.
And once she was home, I played and tweaked the preemie pattern, tracing my tiny little Norah’s body over and over, and playing with proportions. So that it represented a preemie baby who would be 17″ and approximately 3lbs.
And finally, in February of 2015, when Norah was 6 months old, I felt I had perfected the pattern, and released it shortly after.
I am so thankful that I had made the doll, as we love to watch her grow and cuddle her tiny replica. Her little doll wears the hat she wore in NICU, uses the pacifier she actually used and wears one of the diapers she wore (not one she actually used of course)
Now she is a happy, healthy, 1 year old! And I am forever thankful that both my own, and her life was spared, and she was able to inspire me and give me a passion to work through the trauma surrounding her birth.
Currently I have just finished a sweet little one! He measures 17″ long and weighs 3lbs and 8oz. He took over 50 hours of work, as I hand knotted his head of hair which was more difficult that I thought, but I adore how he turned out!
Anyway! I hope that if you feel up to it, you try out my free pattern and tutorial! It is done in many parts, supplies, making the head, making the body, putting it together, embroidering the face, and then more to come! As always, if you have any questions please leave me a comment or head over to my Faith & String facebook page or Brambles and Blossoms facebook page and send me a message!