Tuesday, 26 May 2015

seven things for baby boys

I always thought a baby girl would provide more opportunities for purchasing cute things, but I think I was wrong. Boys are equally easy to spend money on! Basically this is a collection of non-essentials (well you could argue that the onesie and blanket are essential, socks too), but I rather like them.

1. Collegien socks 2. Nature Baby bodysuit 3. Lucky Boy Sunday little peppe blanket 4. Donsje baby booties 4. Blabla bandit the raccoon 5. Fine Little Day ohoy pillow case 5. Bajo dachshund

Monday, 18 May 2015

Craft for the Soul


Since having Elroy I haven't been reading much, well I have a few baby books beside the bed that I read on occasion, but it isn't exactly something indulgent for myself. A few weeks ago I walked the pram into town to meet a friend, and with a spare five minutes ducked into Fullers for a quick look (something I used to do in my lunch break all the time) and saw Pip's book Craft for the Soul. It looked so good, but then I was running late and left without buying it. The whole way through lunch, and on the walk home, I thought about how much I needed to read that book, I called and asked Matt to get it for me on his way home.

I'm only about halfway through, but I am really enjoying it, and it IS what I needed. A little push and encouragement to open up that creative side of my life again after being so absorbed by my day job. Now that I have this time home with Elroy I want to make the most of it, because I think it is so important for me, and because I know I could quite easily spend most of my down time when he is sleeping sitting on the couch on the internet, and that is bad. Instead, some craft and cooking. So thanks Pip for writing such a great book!

Also while on the subject of bloggers books, I also can't wait to get Michelle's book A Table in the Orchard, and try some of her recipes. That's next on my reading list!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Lately

Time is flying by at the moment, Elroy was two months old yesterday, my birthday has come and gone and so has mothers day, it feels like winter has arrived and we are slowly settling into a routine (as much as is possible).

I plan far more now than I ever used to, even dinners for the week, make lots of lists and there is definitely a lot more strategy involved when leaving the house. This has been interesting and perhaps a bit of a challenge for me, I have always liked certainty and structure, but with a degree of personal freedom and whim thrown in. None of those things fit terribly well with a baby, although I must say I think we are lucky with Elroy as he seems to be a happy, chatty baby most of the time (he's particularly chatty for his night feed, so much so he has been given the nickname Alan Carr), and sleeps well at night. Everyday I feel more connected with him and am already a little nostalgic for his early days, when I think I felt so overwhelmed to fully make the most of it. I keep writing little lists of things about him, and what he does, because I know I will forget these things over time.

I find the amount of time spent sitting down breastfeeding frustrating (I always think of things to do during this time), but in reality I probably used to do it a lot anyway on the internet on my phone or ipad. Plus Elroy looks so sweet when he has what we call his milky coma, and is growing so well, so I can never resent that time. I have started watching tv on a regular basis (never during the day but I do quite enjoy Gilmore Girls at 5:30pm), and my sweet tooth is bad. The house is in relatively good shape, mostly thanks to Matt who has been really so amazing and supportive.

Jerry, our dog, has become the third parent and loves Elroy very much. He shakes with anxiety when Elroy really cries, and gives me such a concerned look, goes into his room to check on him when he sleeps and insists on coming with us when we give the bassinet a roll for settling. Sometimes this is very sweet and sometimes I wish he would just go outside and play!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

david band at contemporary editions

I have been wanting to post more lately but my computer is in at the mac shop being fixed, so that has left me without the ability to upload and edit my photographs, and I tend to prefer to use my own photographs here where possible. I've also been adapting to life with Elroy since Matt has gone back to work. One week down and we survived and even perhaps enjoyed it!

Hopefully I will be able to collect the computer soon and get back into the swing of blogging, but in the meantime here are some lovely images from the internet! I have been following Contemporary Editions on instagram for a while now and had my eye on the Kirra Jamison print, but then when the store opened I think I fell more in love with the David Band print. The colours are just beautiful. Needless to say unfortunately I won't be buying either due to the fact that I am on maternity leave and  the paid part is about to end.

These images are from Country Road's Live With Us, and I love how the print has been styled so simply with their homewares. I am such a sucker for Country Road homewares.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Elroy

Nearly four weeks ago our little baby boy Elroy was born, he was ten days overdue and I was induced, but was so fortunate to have a very quick (just 3 hours and 45 minutes from when my doctor broke my membranes to his arrival!) natural labour just as I had hoped for. I really cannot believe how quickly the time has gone since that day! We have been spending our time getting to know Elroy and learning to be his parents, and we are very happy to have him in our lives. Life has definitely changed irrevocably and for the good, although, as much as I anticipated the lack of sleep, I never knew how that would really feel!

We are so lucky that Matt has been able to take the first six weeks of Elroy's life off work and we have been going on lots of walks with Jerry, having the occasional morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea out, but also just keeping things slow and relaxed at home. The adjustment for me when Matt goes back feels daunting, but at the same time I feel very fortunate to be able to spend my time with our little boy.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

the baby's room


I thought I'd share some photographs of the baby's room, which I think I am done with. Until we know whether the baby is a boy or girl at least.....! I have to say it has been really a lot of fun to be able to start completely from scratch with a room, and both Matt and I stand in here when we brush our teeth (it's next to the bathroom) and comment that it is the nicest room in the house.

The rug was the first thing I brought for the room from Freedom, because of the floorboards we needed something a little warming and cosy, and we put an order in from Ikea (yay for shipping to  Tasmania!) for the cot, chest of drawers and change table (which is on the other wall in the room and isn't very exciting to photograph). The grey chair was re-upholstered last year, along with it's mate and a two seater settee, and is really comfortable for a nursing chair.

I found the poster in the last shot via pinterest and knew that I had to have it, it's by Agata Krolak, and I really really love it. I found the little wooden school chair at a local antique shop for $16. All the other bits and pieces I have collected over the last 40 weeks from various webstores and the gorgeous little tan moccasins on the chest of drawers are from Little Scout Co.

I did get some Muuto dots for the walls from Grey and Felt, and Matt had a go at putting them up... but ah it didn't work, and he ended up having to patch up and re-paint the wall, so I think we might just keep them for later when we eventually renovate the house.

All we need now is for baby to arrive!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

my thoughts on pregnancy

I am now 39 weeks pregnant (plus four days) the time has gone very quickly but also it does feel like forever since we found out. I mentioned previously that I probably wouldn't blog about the process too much, I realise that every pregnancy is different and that everyone experiences it in their own way but I did want to write down something for myself as a reminder and memory of this time.

To start with my morning sickness was not enjoyable at all. I felt nauseous pretty much constantly, work was a battle, particularly not being able to, or wanting to say, that I felt unwell and why. I found that a bottle of mineral water in the morning was helpful and a lot of baths at the end of the day too. I certainly never found dry crackers to be all that helpful and tended to find fresh fruit better.

Luckily that feeling dissipated around 16 weeks, and I have to say, apart from tiredness and a few sinus issues that probably only increased that feeling of tiredness,  I was very lucky in the second trimester. I walked to and from work every day until the last few weeks of work where my poor swollen feet made walking home (mostly up hill) unbearable. Now in the third, my feet are still swollen and most of my shoes don't fit (I'm really hoping they go back to normal). I have pretty bad carpal tunnel in my hands in the morning, but on the plus side have had no problems sleeping the whole time I've been pregnant, in fact I've probably never slept better. I find now that I've finished work, I do sleep better on the days I go swimming at the pool and that swimming is pretty much the best thing ever right now, no pressure on my feet, cool-ish water etc, so good!

Generally I have felt pretty even emotionally, which has surprised me, not many tears at all maybe only three or four times, probably more nerves and a bit of anxiety around the whole birth process. I'm not great with change and I do think a lot about how different life will be with a baby, and how it will impact our relationship, but really I think it's going to be pretty lovely!

My pregnancy must haves have been L'occitane pure shea butter for my stomach (I've been so lucky to avoid stretch marks), Birkenstocks, and maternity bathers.