Oct 18, 2012

Frocks. Bedding and Transport.


The sun outside my window at work had been taunting me all day.  It was calling me loudly through the swaying trees, imploring me to walk away from the office, down the stairs and out into the quadrangle near the coffee cart.  So I finally gave in and enjoyed every minute of it.  I could feel Friday in the air as well.

Truth be told, I've been ready for the weekend for the better part of this week.  I've been trying to jolly myself along with a variety of frocks.


My Rosie Pope floral silk shirt dress.


And this Soon Maternity wrap dress.

The sunny weather has also inspired me to lighten up in the food stakes.


Avocado with a sprinkle of sea salt for breakfast is one of life's simple pleasures.  The kind that makes you feel healthier with each sliver that you spoon straight from a half into your mouth.


This green salad went down a treat for lunch.  There was leftover risotto somewhere as well.  I'm not that much of a saint to be having a salad alone for lunch.

In Baby SSG's world, I've been tackling the issues of bedding and transport.  Two portfolios that I've neglected for too long.


The theme for his nursery / corner of the master bedroom is monkeys.  Cheeky monkeys in the jungle to be precise.  I'm at a loss to explain this but there you have it.  As I type, several loads of washing are being organised for all the bits and pieces that cots seem to need these days.

The bumper and matching quilt will be for display purposes only at this stage as per the SIDS guidelines.  I'm not sure if Baby SSG is going to take to a cot straight away so I've got a cunning back up plan which involves hiring a hospital bassinet for the first 6 weeks or so.  I figure if he sleeps well in one in hospital, some continuity of care at home could only be a good thing.  Plus, it would be an easy way to wheel him around the house so I don't forget where I last put him down.  I've also heard that all you need to do to 'make the bed' is an old pillow case.  I'm all for convenience in those first sleep deprived weeks.



I also like the look of all that extra storage space under the bassinet.  There's enough real estate there for a 50:50 split of baby things and my things (Kindle, iPhone, snacks, magazines, lip balm, hand cream, camera.....).

Manduca baby carrier, organic cotton limited edition design in Paradise Honey, $174.95 AUD.

My other big purchase was a baby carrier which will be plan B, C and D should Baby SSG refuse to sleep in the bassinet or the cot or in the arms of his experienced grandparents.  I decided on the Manduca carrier from gear4baby (great Australian site with super fast, free shipping).  It has the advantage of having the newborn head support inbuilt and has quite a wide base for babies to sit in so that their knees are tucked up higher than their hips (newborn hip safety being my obsession of the month).  There's an 18 page instruction manual, translated from the German, which makes for interesting bedtime reading.  I think I know how to at least get the carrier to work in the front holding infant position.

www,pregnancy.com.au
b.box The Essential Baby Box in retro circles $32.95 AUD

I also bought this nappy organiser from gear4baby.  It has sections for  change mat, a nappy or two and a packet of wipes.  It's also perfectly colour co-ordinated for the bag I plan to use as a baby bag but isn't technically a baby bag.  The bag in question is currently in a maison somewhere in the outskirts of Paris being hand stitched and painted.  Or at least that's what the advertising has lead me to believe to be the case.  Whatever the truth may be, it's not here yet but you'll be one of the first to know when it does.

It was just as well I took advantage of the sun earlier today because the weather has changed again and it's back to flannel pyjamas and socks tonight.

Stay warm!!

17 comments:

  1. I have so much lunch envy!

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  2. Good thinking with the hospital bassinet - they are great and sooo easy to change the bedding on. I missed ours when we got home. I love the monkey theme - such a cute idea. Have you seen the Mavis the Monkey wallpaper? So so cute! Kx

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  3. This post made me laugh!! I love that the features f the bassinette benefits you too :) and that floral dress is amazing. Xx

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  4. I know lots of people that have hired the bassinets like the hospital one! Great idea! Kinda wish I'd done that.

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  5. And you can double the bassinet for a bath! Orcput your bath inside it.

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  6. April from Composed by AprilOctober 19, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Good thinking on the hospital bassinette, I didn't know you you could hire them - there you go.

    I had one of those B.Box things, thinking it would be great, however I was less than impressed. I found the wipes needed to be kept in a packet, otherwise they dried out quickly. In the end I had it in the car for emergencies, however it never made it to my nappy bag. But that might have just been me.

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  7. I have the BBox too! Unfort my wipes dried out also, but it was super handy to have - so much easier to take, say ducking to the shops or going somewhere where you don't need to drag a nappy bag around! I must recommend the bbox bib (months away) when the time comes for baby food. It is definitely used a lot and again super handy for travel. Love you are embracing babywearing. It is so beautiful to have a baby snug and carried esp in those early weeks/months. Handy while preparing dinner etc when all they want is cuddles! That salad looks devine

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  8. Wheel that thing around SSG. :)
    I made my own change mat.. my god i was good with the first one. It all went to heck after that. I need to post 1st child vs 2nd child.

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  9. SSG I just wondering if the hospitial bassinett might be a bit hot given your bub is due in summer. My niece bought a goergeous mesh sided bassinet from baby bunting and you could wheel it everywhere and the baby slept in it for months. I know its extra to spend but as an ex paediatric nurse those plastic bassinets did get a bit sweaty at times!
    Loving all the other purchases. Gosh things are so fun now for babies.
    Kate Bx

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  10. Thanks for the feedback, Kate! Didn't think of that. I'm off to antenatal class this weekend so will check with the nurses there too.
    SSG xxx

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  11. Ling,
    Being a first time parent is basically this dreamworld, isn't it? You've got all this time to plan and shop and do before baby arrives. I really take my hat off to all of you with more than one child!!!


    SSG xxx

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  12. Hello Mai


    Thanks for the feedback re the BBox. Have found your insights very helpful! Will remember their bibs for the future.


    SSG xxx

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  13. Hi April


    Thanks for the tip about the wipes. Good to know it's still got use as an in the car option should I have issues with the wipes drying out.


    SSG xxx

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  14. Thanks Carly, I'm obsessed with wheeling that thing around the house! Obsessessed.


    SSG xxx

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  15. Hi Kristy
    I'll look out for the wallpaper. Sounds very cute.
    SSG xxx

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  16. Hi Kay


    Ummm... not going to be as healthy today.... It's Friday!!!!


    SSG xxx

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  17. Lisa @ Bithe MomentsOctober 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I find the secret to salad for lunch is to add protein. I add either a tin of tuna or a tin of mixed beans. Makes all the difference in the world.
    I love all your monkey things. A friend of mine with a 2 week old baby has a jungle theme, it is gorgeous.

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