The first little birdy is making an appearance now.
Great news on the shoulder front - I didn't get in for surgery this morning (not that I really expected to), but I do have a booking for surgery on Monday - only 5 days away instead of the normal 3 week wait so I am super pleased about that. An end to the pain and discomfort is in sight! A week off work then light duties for about 6 weeks. I forgot to ask how quickly I can start stitching again but that will be my first question when I see the surgeon again!