A buddy came up with a smart method to incorporate the soon-to-be parent.
Nathan Edge’s first kid is due in a few months, but he will not be able to see his child’s face. Since the age of seven, the 26-year-old new father has been entirely blind.
Edge was disappointed not to be able to see the first image of their kid when his girlfriend had an ultrasound at 12 weeks of pregnancy. As a result, a family friend surprised him with a pleasant surprise!
Using his hands to see
The first ultrasound is a thrilling experience. It’s when we meet someone who is there but whose presence is only hinted at by a positive pregnancy test and, for some moms, the dreaded sickness.
In the mother’s womb, the new life is concealed and yet silent, present but unseen. A parent’s yearning to see their child for the first time is always strong. We’re all reasonable adults, yet when you go into that room, the ultrasound scanning almost seems mystical rather than technical.
How incredible is this 😍
Received this amazing surprise today… it’s an embroided tactile version of our 12 week baby scan, so for the first time as a blind dad to be, I’m able to build a picture of our baby scan through touch ❤️
Can’t describe how amazing this is 😍 pic.twitter.com/3Qm01MlzhS
— Nathan Edge (@NathanEdge94) December 10, 2020
We may take for granted a lot of things because we can see them. The fortunate consequence of outliers is that they make us marvel at the standard. Nathan Edge’s tale refreshes and amplifies our awe at the sight of a kid growing in the womb!
Edge expressed his delight on Twitter after receiving a present from a family friend, Deb Fisher, who transformed an ultrasound shot brought home by Nathan’s partner, Emma Fotheringham, into needlework. The result was an embossed picture, which Nathan was able to “see” using his sense of touch.
Edge told Today, “I attempted to picture what he looked like based on other people’s accounts.” “However, now I’m able to form a whole image of my child. It’s incredible. I could have lived my entire life without ever seeing that scan.”
When Emma returned from the doctor’s office, the entire family rejoiced at the sight of the baby, and Nathan felt left out of this special occasion. Deb’s understanding was a fortuitous gift, since it is believed that friends are exposed in times of need.
I’m sure it wasn’t only a present for Daddy. Mommy Emma must have marveled at the beauty of the needlework as well.
Deb Fisher, the person who came up with the brilliant concept, is a professional dog trainer who claims she isn’t an expert in needlework.
Fisher told People, “I had been meaning to do some needlework, and I figured it couldn’t be that difficult.” “There was a lot of sewing and unstitching.”
Deb’s excitement for the game is absolutely inspiring. We begin with a lot of motivation when we discover we have a fantastic concept. Will we, however, be successful? It’s one of those questions we’d be better off ignoring. Even if we don’t have any talents, we may immerse ourselves into a worthy endeavor and learn as we go.
Making and remaking, stitching and unsewing I’m curious as to what Deb was thinking about while she sewed and unsewed. I started exploring around while thinking about this topic.
First, I learned that embroidering one’s child’s sonogram is rather widespread. Many moms or needlework aficionados, particularly in the United States, are committed to this hobby. There are people who do it for fun and those that do ultrasound embroidery for commission. There are several tutorials on YouTube for individuals who wish to try their hand at the endeavor.
Creation and creativity are two terms that are often used interchangeably.
This large group of embroiderers (and, I believe, other excellent occupations that are regarded as ordinary hobbies) has reinforced my suspicions: Humans have a strong desire to create things. We like making things with our hands because it reminds us of the delight God experienced when he created. Creation’s joyful younger sister is Creativity.
However, physical work is becoming increasingly rare in today’s world. We touch on our keyboards, swipe left and right, and that’s about it. Our minds are the ones that suffer the most, since they need a slower pace than constant emails, conversations, and channel hopping.
Although certain activities, such as needlework, are considered hobbies, they are nonetheless deserving of our time and attention. “Hobby” is not a derogatory term in comparison to the highly regarded term “work.” Having a hobby entails making use of a sliver of free time, just as God was when he created the universe.
It’s no coincidence that the Bible associates man’s creation with thread labor, specifically in a Psalm, in a poem brimming with wonder:
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Exegetes say the original Hebrew word is “raqàm,” which means “to weave with colorful threads.”
The story of the blind father who used needlework to “see” his son’s sonogram piqued my interest. I wish I could recover and embroider my children’s sonograms. And I could pray while embroidering, and I could ponder on the wonders of life while praying.