35 Week Update

I finished up 2 of my schools for the year this week, so now I have more free time. One of my little students gave me a bear for the baby yesterday at her concert 🙂
I’m trying to get as much 2014 / 2015 teaching admin done as I can, while I can. Hopefully the bulk of it gets done by mid-December. So far I’ve done most of the reports, overdue invoicing, 2 concerts, made a plan for the replacement teacher, done a draft of amendments to my contract, sent out feedback forms, researched debt collectors for next year, and made 2 new teaching resource handouts.

I’ve been taking regular naps, and my sleeping schedule has suffered because of it.
I missed my last antenatal class on Thursday because I slept in 🙁 I think it was on parenting.
I’ve been waking more and more during the night, for a drink, a quick-eze and a pee.

Sciatica is still there, and it wakes me up now everytime I try to roll over in bed. I’m seeing a physio for it tomorrow.

Baby brain and ever-changing emotions have really tried me this week! I’ve been really clumsy and keep dropping things this week. :S

I volunteered as a subject for pre-eclampsia in pregnancy research, as a control. My veins were so small they had to go in my left wrist! I got to sit in a really comfy chair and I was wheeled around in a wheelchair, which was really fun! they did an ultrasound on my heart. It was weird to see it beating on screen. They also did some kind of red-blood cell tests by putting a drug temporarily into my left arm. At the end they said everything was normal.

I’ve begun reading Kaz Cooke’s “Kidwrangling” this week in my spare time. (It’s the sequel to “Up The Duff.”)
Still watching “1 Born Every Minute” every few nights.

I tried filming the baby move 2 days ago, but I didn’t capture anything too grand. I’ve noticed when I’m sitting up, my belly button is protruding a little, despite still being an innie. :S

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Current Weight: 164kg. Mostly been eating left overs from the baby shower this week. I at an entire bag of grapes and a whole pizza yesterday night. OOPS! Been loving Pizza, butter chicken, Barista Bros strong iced coffee, and strawberry milk! I keep trying to stock the cupboards for when the baby’s here, but hubby keeps raiding and eating it, s somehow I have to devise a solution.

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Hubby and I looked at the world stats website the other day and saw the statistics of babies born in each country, death rates, etc. It was thoroughly interesting!

He’s been doing a lot of photography and filming work lately. I was running late from work on Wed so I ended up helping him out with photography. I didn’t do too badly, apart from the overexposure and dutch angles 😛
He’s also going to do the (late) Jan / Feb/ March Festival roster for Novatech.
This whole weekend he’s out filming for “Can-Dance,” so I’ve just been catching up on admin, and reading “Kidwrangling”.

Looking forward to:
More time with hubby (and hopefully a few dates)
Hubby bringing in more money
Buying more baby supplies (such as feeding chair)
Hubby getting his P 2’s
Getting Ambulance cover
Tax finally getting paid off
Decorating early for christmas – especially the tree!
NOT teaching for a while
Lazy days in bed
Swimming in the pool!
Doing a maternity photoshoot
Trying new recipes – like apple turnovers 😛
NOT hosting a big, fancy christmas this year!
Christmas roast!
My Birthday! (And that wonderful cheesecake I love from the cheesecake shop – hopefully)
Eating chocolate
That french cheesecake that’s in the freezer, and the apple sauce in the fridge
Scrapbooking again
Meeting our son!

Baby Shower Haul


After filming this video I discovered another package in our loungeroom, which I suspect was from Annie, as it was yellow and peter-rabbit themed. It was an entire outfit, complete with a yellow sunhat that’s just adorable!

My mum also gave me a few items the day after the shower, which included some baby socks, a spinning toy that has animal noises and counts the alphabet, 2 grow suits, and some green monster themed sandals that light up when walked on. I’m hoping that the battery lasts in these until he can wear them – which will be when hes 3-5 I suspect.

2 of my yr 5 students chipped in and got me a bathtime splashbook, and some cute baby socks, and one of my students’ parents gave us about 20 baby clothes that belonged to her son, who is now in reception.

Thanks to all who have given to us so generously!

34 Week Update

So I now have Sciatica on my left side! (I’ve had it pretty much this whole week.) For those of you who don’t know, Sciatica is a nasty condition in which nerves are pinched in the leg / upper thigh etc, and it’s quite common in pregnancy, due to the loosened muscles, etc.

Sadly I’ve been told it’s likely to get worse before it gets better, and I’m likely to have it for the duration of my pregnancy 😐 It hurts so much to walk that I ended up crying from the pain whilst shopping for my baby shower today. I’ve had to call in sick to work because I won’t be able to manage the stairs! There isn’t really much pain relief to be offered or anything, but I’m getting refered to see a physiotherapist.

I’ve been rather emotional today, and occasionally I have cramps or pins and needles in my legs. I get heartburn about every 2 hours, and my oedema is still there. I was checked today and told it’s unlikely that i have pre-eclampsia.

Baby’s heartbeat is 130bpm, his growth scan was good, and he is still really tall – his legs were labelled in the can as being 36 weeks along, compared to the rest of his body, around 33.5 weeks along!

This week our antenatal class was on the complications of labour. I think now we’ve decided that we don’t want forceps or pethidine to be used, and we are debating our opinions of the ventouse. I think I’ll use gas and air, and the epidural.

There’s a lady in our classes called Nat who I’ve become friendly with. She referred us to this awesome place that does 3D scans, and was at the hospital where I had my antenatal appointment today. She came out crying because she’s going to be induced in 3 weeks due to her having placenta previa. She’s not due ’till mid January (so her baby will be born before ours. Since she lives in Nuri, which is quite far and she will want to come and see the baby frequently in hospital I offered for her to stay with us if she likes, but she was whisked away by nurses before she could answer, so I guess we’ll see what she says next week.

Yesterday I had a 3D ultrasound in this awesome place in Gawler called “My Baby’s Room”. The deal was 3 images for $50, but the lady was So nice that she didn’t even charge me and gave me 2 photos for free because the babys hand was covering his face. Unfortunately these ultrasounds aren’t recommended past 40 weeks, so theres not much point going back again this pregnancy. here’s the best of the 2 shots that she took;


For comparison, here’s my husband and I as youngsters, (unfortunately there are no baby pics of him, so this is about the earliest pic of him);


We then had a normal growth scan, and it was all fine, except the ultrasouns tech pressed VERY hard and it really hurt. The scan went for about an hour because bubs just wouldn’t stop moving, and he was on an angle so we couldn’t get a good shot of his left kidney for absolutely ages – she had to get another technician to come in and redo the scan. This lady found the kidney in next to no time, and didn’t press anywhere near as hard!

This week I’ve been mainly buying things for the baby shower tomorrow, such as food, game supplies, and decorations. I think in total we’ve most likely spent over $300 for the baby shower, as we are fully catering it this time, and are expecting 30-40 people. We have heaps of games lined up, so it should be tonnes of fun – the only problem is my darn sciatica! I’ll probably have to just sit and watch everyone having fun. It’s supposed to be nice weather, so we were going to do a few games in the pool, but I don’t know if I can get in and out without crying 🙁

33 Week Update

I keep forgetting to mention that for at least the past month I’ve been drooling at night – I often wake up to find a big wet patch near my face or under my head. I never woke up drooling before pregnancy…

My feet are still swelling. I expect that they will for the remainder of the pregnancy now. We haven’t done anything to help them yet. Books recommend elevation and massages going up to the leg.

Belly button is still an innie.

Still on the quick-eze.

A few new developments this week:

I’ve come down with a pretty bad cold. I’m constantly coughing and sneezing, and at least one nostril is constantly clogged with thick, white scunge. I’ve tried my best not to sing this week, but have still gone to all of my work appointments. Lips are all dry and cracked, and I’m thirsty all the time, but I’ve ran out of Ribena cordial :O

I’ve noticed this week that when I sit down on a hard surface my tail bone (or something) hurts.
After the most recent antenatal class on Labour, I suspect it may be the bottom bone in the pelvis – the one that moves to let the head out during birth.

Today I felt what I think may have been my first practice contraction, (braxton hicks) but I’m not sure. Basically my stomach got hard and tight for about 2 seconds once, then stopped. the baby was moving at the time though, so it could’ve just been him.

On Tuesday I attended an antenatal class on pelvic floor; the dads (including my hubby) discussed dad stuff and the mums were told stuff like what stretches to do from now on, what we can do now to best prepare for the birthing process, and about how to look after the birth canal after birth… I now feel a little more reassured about how to do pelvic floor exercises, and I’m slightly less incontinent now, though am still using pads regularly. It was a bit scary, because of all the couples that attended that session, we were the furthest along by a few weeks. The coach said “looks like you’re next to pop then” to me, which was a bit of a shock!
Hubby said he was asked by his daddy mentor to help out in the daycare centre, as he will probably be the primary caregiver.

On Thursday we attended a class on normal labour, where we learnt about techniques to increase chances of birthing vaginally without complications, etc. We were told to sit forward from the last month of pregnancy to get the baby engaged the correct way, and to do daily stretches, such as the cat and downward dog yoga poses, and to stand and move around during labor to keep things moving. It appears that a squatting position is good for birthing. We briefly discussed pain relief options, such as pethidine, epidural, and laughing gas. It was confirmed that I’m too large for a water birth, and we were encouraged to write birth plans, even though one of my antenatal doctors told me that they aren’t normally read.

Based on the info given on pain relief, I think I’ll opt for the laughing gas, and the epidural if needed. – We’re pretty against Pethadine because it stays in the system and the baby’s system for about 3 days post-birth, and can have negative effects on baby latching to feed, and it prolongs labour. We also don’t like the idea of forceps.

We’ve been watching as much “The Midwife” as we can, and when we ran out of those, we began watching “One Born Every Minute.”

Today I was very emotional, cranky, irritable, loving, and I cried twice…

I began buying for and working on the baby shower stuff this week. We made the bonnemere tags, and bought a lot of the snacks and things for it. We think we’ll have about 35-50 people coming, and we intend to cater by ourselves this time, (as opposed to our usual ‘bring a plate’ parties. I think we’ve spent about $150 on that so far. We still need to buy a lot of the extra drinks, meats and salads, which we’ll do next week. We got Campbells cards, and went to Campbells cash and carry store – which allows businesses to buy in bulk. When we got to the register we were told we could just use our RAA card, which means we could’ve bought from there for over a year now – we just hadn’t realized it!

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The pool has a lot of sand in it now from all the building around us. I researched pool vacuums and the options are expensive! 🙁

I keep cleaning the house in little bursts, when I have energy and a free hour or two spare, but generally I’m still pretty lazy.

Week 32 Blog Update

During this week I’ve mainly experienced discomfort with sitting for long periods of time.
I’ve noticed swelling in my feet and ankles (Oedema) and my varicose veins are more prominent.

I’ve been in the pool once or twice now, and it does take the edge off. I would love to be able to go in it more, but when it’s hot I’m busy, and when I’m free it’s cold, I’m too tired, or it’s night time 😐

It’s even harder to get out of bed.

Still feeling baby move a few times per day.

Peeing more often – sometime multiple times per hour!

Haven’t really been having enough water.

Been better with taking my medications.

Inflated the gym ball again, and used it today to take the pressure off my lower back.

Lots of napping between jobs.

I seem to have another raspy cough sometimes when I wake up. I used my ventolin puffer to get rid of it this week.

I had severe constipation and very cracked lips – probably a result of rising summer-like heat and not enough water. I had Dulcolax twice which caused diarrhea for 2 days.

SUPER hazy memory.

Had my first Antenatal class on Thursday on Safe sleep and breastfeeding. I’ve booked into one on Tuesday on the pelvic floor, and on Thursday it’s Labour. Got another ultrasound booked in, and hopefully getting to see someone about labour pain relief options in december.

Made a list of things to buy for the baby shower. I’m realising that I need to get onto organising this ASAP! – only about 2 weeks ’till the shower!

I have a few pimples developing under my chin now, which are quite itchy.

I’m starting to become more intuitive with the baby moving and with the heartburn coming on. I can now pre-empt when both are about to occur.

Here’s a bump shot!

We did another thorough clean of the house. All of our pre-existing laundry is FINALLY done.

I bought some baby socks, mittens, nose suction thing, baby toothbrush, 5 jars of baby food, and a travel lotion set for the baby for hospital.

I also bought a mini scrapbook similar to the first one I made for my husband on our 1 yr anniversary of togetherness. I plan to use it to scrap the baby shower, or to use it as a little baby book of sorts – I figure I’ll need something to do in December when I’m on leave.

Yesterday was really hot, so to kill some time between schools we went shopping and I got 3 pairs of black stretchy PJs that I can wear as maternity pants, as well as one nightie with a buttoning front. I don’t like the material, it’s not stretchy, and it’s a bit short, but at a pinch it’ll be useful after the birth, when the belly goes down. the pants were $25 each and the nightie was $20.


I’ve been eating fish-based meals more this week. Still loving mild butter chicken, roast chicken and veg, fruit, and icecream.

Monday I ate:
Breakfast: 1 bowl of crunchy nut cereal with all bran, banana, grapes, and strawberries in light milk.
2 glasses of orange juice.

Lunch: Spam, lettuce, cheese, tomato, lettuce and mayo sandwich on multigrain bread.
half a litre of water.

Dinner: a tiny bit of a large bowl of tomato soup, multigrain toast with butter, cream cheese, melted tomato, spam, and melted cheese. 1 soft boiled egg, 1 hard boiled egg. Glass of diet coke.

Tuesday I ate:
Breakfast: 2 museli bars.
1 glass of water.

Lunch: half of my husband’s left over meat pie, 1 tub of strawberry yoghurt, 1 museli bar, 1 jelly cup with apple.
half a litre of water

Dinner: Home-made spaghetti bolognaise with loads of veg, and a bit of parmy. Diet coke.
1 glass of milk with strawberry nesquick.

Wednesday I ate:
Breakfast:1 multigrain sandwich containing lemon spread and smooth peanut butter
1 litre of water

Lunch: 1 apple, half a litre of water, left over home-cooked spaghetti bolognaise with veg.

Dinner: Roast chicken meal with all the trimmings: Pumpkin, cabbage, peas, corn, potatoes, gravy, apple sauce, stuffing. Diet coke.
1 bowl of vanilla ice cream.

Thursday I ate:
BREAKFAST:1 bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes with grapes and strawberries – light milk.
half a litre of ribena cordial

LUNCH: left over roast chicken, potatoes, veggies, and apple sauce, red soda.

Dinner: 2 glasses of Orange juice, 1 salad sandwich.

Yesterday (Friday) I ate:
Half of a multigrain sandwhich with strawberry jam and peanut butter – didn’t like the jam.
1 and a half litres of light ribena cordial

1 red slushie
2 glasses of Diet coke
Barnacle Bill lunch: salad, chips, 4 prawns, tartare sauce, 1 crumbed chicken portion, 3 spring rolls in sweet chilli, 2 fishettes.

DINNER: Left over barnacle bill: 2 spring rolls, 1 chicken portion, 1 fish burger with salad.
2 glasses of water.
1 slice of chocolate bavarian.

Today (Saturday) I ate:
Breakfast: 1 blueberry muffin with grapes, strawberries and a little bit of light custard.
Half a litre of water
Snack: 1 jelly cup with apple
Lunch: 1 crumbed fish fillet and a small chicken and cheese schnitzel with a few left over chips from yesterday.
Dinner: 1 teaspoon of hubbys beef noodles
4 chocolate wafers
1 microwaved butter chicken and rice pack – from frozen
Dessert: 1 smoothie containing mixed berries, strawberry icecream, 1 banana, and light milk.
2 glasses of light peach iced tea in ice.

Current weight: 161.8kg

Over the last 2 days I’ve seen the first 2 seasons of “The Midwife”. It’s quite interesting.

Baby Wishlist (No particular order)

 (This list will be updated frequently)

Easily washable hamper

Baby bedtime bath

bubble bath

Spare brush and comb set

baby cotton buds

Nipple Cream

Bibs – plastic catcher ones.

Avent baby bottles and spare teats

Freezer bags for breastmilk

Zippy swaddles (Such as the ‘LOVE TO DREAM’ range)

Small (or tall and skinny) dark brown bookshelf

Spare electronic breast pump

Stuff to do baby’s first footprints, etc with

Baby’s interactive toys

Glider and ottoman

Cloth-nappy cleaning services

About 5-10 huge cotton nighties

Some nursing-friendly tanks and tops.

Baby bath toys

Disposable nappies

Modern cloth nappies with inserts

Rocking sheep

Lullaby type music

Tranquil Turtle – Cloud B (Blue)

bubble bath

bubble machine

Sleep Sheep

Spinning top

Activity table

Baby leash

Ambulance cover

Money to fix brake lights on car

Money for rego

Cloth nappy buckets

lambswool for basinette and pram

Newborn Formula (Incase I can’t produce enough milk)

Size 24-26DD Nursing bras? (I assume I’ll be about that big.)

A large ‘U’ shaped pillow (for breastfeeding)

Feeding cover

Burp cloths

Hooded towels

A small brown table (like from ikea, or a bedside)

dimmable lamp for his room




Audio books

Childrens books

Firsts baby book

Baby bather-nappies

Baby safe latches



Video baby monitor

Chosun (Preferably the brown one with the blue and white striped sleepers 🙂

Glo worm – blue

Cot cover (snooze shade)

Baby humidifier

Baby room air purifier

3m hooks

Christening outfit

Clam shells

Bath seat

Build a bear – brown bear with blue overalls : )





Kiddy toilet seat

Baby ride on  car

Baby trike and pushbike


Swing/slide set


Tonka trucks


Mega lego/meccano set

Big boy car bed

Bunk bed


Knee pads


School uniform

Drum kit (jazz)

hobby horse


model aeroplane

hoola hoop

totum tennis



cricket bat


leg pads



baseball mit

baseball bat

soccer goal

soccer ball


goal posts

bigger backyard



Week 30-31 Update

       MY BODY

Baby’s movements have been much stronger this week, and I’ve been having much more water now that it’s hot, etc. I often feel him moving a lot at night, both on the inside and outside! It’s starting to hurt sometimes now when I lay on my back, so I avoid doing that as much as possible, although whenever I go in for checkups and ultrasounds they still want me to lie on my back!?!?!

Also, my belly button has begun to protrude more. I’ve never seen the end of it until this week! I wonder if it’ll pop out or not.


Lately I’ve been getting pins and needles often in my hands and feet. I’m also more breathless than I was before. At work I try to avoid the stairs as much as I can.

I’m needing to urinate religiously every night now, and sometimes during the day I can pee twice an hour at the most. I’m still fairly incontinent, and wear pads all the time now.

I’ve actually been eating a bit less than I was, now that the baby is storing fat, I’d much rather he keep slim and not chubby and bigger (therefore harder to push out,) so I’ve been eating 1-3 main meals a day, with a few snacks in between. The days when I’ve only had 1 main meal were unintentional, and usually not the healthiest options. I’ve really been trying to cook my own foods rather than take-aways, and add in some healthier options. I guess perhaps I’ve been mostly wanting to sleep, so I’ve spent less time actually awake, and on the days when I don’t have to get up early or teach much I’ve not actually been awake much, which may explain the lack of food consumption. I’ve lost 2 kilos this fortnight, so I now weigh about 160.2kg. I’m glad I’ve lost some weight as at my last appointment the doctor said I’d gained too much weight. She said someone my size should only gain 6 kg in total during pregnancy, and so far I’ve gained either 18 or 8 kg in total, (depending on if you count that massive 10kg spike in the first month or not.)

I’ve been loving ice cream and fruits lately, and still LOVING sweet things. Butter chicken with lentils and chickpeas has been a recent craving a few weeks ago too, though I think it caused heartburn.

The other day I spent a few hours just attending to bits of my body that have gone neglected for a while, and I did things like apply heel balm, clip my nails, apply face cream and scrub, and go over my stretch marks with the sampler cream I got in the bounty bag.

(I noticed new stretch marks down my back, under my boobs, and on my shoulders.)

My lips have been very dry lately, so I’m trying to apply balm more often.


Since moving my antenatal care to the Lyell Mcewin hospital my appointment frequency has doubled. I’m now attending every 2-3 weeks, with regular checks and things in between.

I had my second glucose tolerance test at week 30. My finger prick was 5.6 or something, which is normal. Tests came back negative for gestational diabetes. YAY. My TSH (thyroid) and vitamin D levels are also good now. I’ve been taking 1 vitamin D capsule a day, and having about 75mg of Thyroxine a day.

I heard his heart beats 3 times since last time. The readings were 140, 133, and 136. The last one was hard to find, cos he kept wriggling around.

I had another ultrasound where the technician double checked the gender. She said she found the scrotum, so he is indeed a boy. She spent a lot of time checking the kidneys, diaphragm, etc. My placenta is nice and far away from the cervix, so that’s good, and the baby was curled up with his head down, and he was curled around my left side with his feet pointing to the right. It was interesting to notice that much more of my belly was covered with the doppler this time around.

I have another ultrasound booked in for 2 weeks time, which I’m hoping doesn’t clash with work (but I’ll have to check.) My next antenatal appointment is booked for a Friday, because the Thursday booking would have clashed with my antenatal class.

Some nurse talked me through early breastfeeding and told me that the baby will be given straight to me at the birth – chest to chest for an hour to encourage feeding before being measured and checked, etc, which is good. I’ve been told I will be able to have a private room for the birth. I asked about if I should do a birth plan and the doctor didn’t want me to. She said they are rarely looked at, and that those who make plans generally have things go wrong. she did say though that I’ll be able to talk to someone about the pain relief options for childbirth soon, as I’m very unclear on that. She kind of implied that the epidural was different to the spinal tap…

My husband has said he doesn’t want forceps or morphine / codeine to be used unless the baby is in great danger, and that he would like to be the person to guide the baby out of me. We’re pondering if he will take photos or if someone else will.

BABY (And Other) BUYS

We’ve really been trying not to buy so much for the baby, as I’m aware that the guests of the baby shower would like to provide SOMETHING. Despite this, the urge to buy has been a big one.

This fortnight I splurged and bought a secondhand 12ft pool, because I haven’t been getting much exercise, I love swimming, and the idea of feeling weightless and stretching my limbs and ligaments sounds appealing, plus it’s really hotting up so I’d rather spend december floating, rather than sweltering. The pool was $200 including filter and ladder, so not a bad deal. We also bought a cover for the pool ($20), and some chlorine ($30?).

My husband purchased a second camera ($1900 or so), clothing rack ($40), and a new photography case ($70), which he’s been wanting to do for over a year now. The new camera has better video and focusing capabilities.

I went back to the reject shop and got the car bookends, as they are way cuter, and go with the fire trucks. ($12)

I also went to Neds and got some baskets, ribbon, and 1 set of travel containers (totalling $52) for the nursery and hospital bag.

I went grocery shopping and bought some things for the hospital bag, including maternity pads, spray bottles, more travel containers, overnight pads, snacks, and Jasmine incense to stimulate labour.


This week I packed the majority of the hospital bag – Just have hubby’s clothes to go, and we haven’t yet figured out front opening clothes for me. (I emailed my aunt about making some for me, but she hasn’t replied.) I do have an old buttoned house coat I could wear at a pinch, but the arm holes may be too small now.

My husband installed the car seat. Unfortunately due to potential traffic hazards,  it had to be installed behind the front passenger seat where I sit, and my legroom and ability to recline is now greatly compromised 🙁 I can’t even open the glove box anymore unless I get out of the car.

I took most stuff out of the nursery that shouldn’t live in there, like the pram, high chair, safety gates, car seat, and bassinets, and tried to organise where things are going to go that are staying in the nursery. It’s much more spacious and inviting now. I’ve been sitting in there a lot this week, as it’s now the cleanest and most organised room in the house 😛

We suspended a few of the brown wicker baskets from the change table with blue checkered ribbon, as I realised the drawers were a bit impractical, as I’d need to take my eyes off baby to access them during a change. I’m going to keep nappies, wipes, medicine, and lotions in those.

I’m currently using a white basket for nursing things, and considering using a second one for baby bottles and / or magazines and books. I still have 1-2 free baskets. If they don’t get utilized I’ll give the two white ones to my hubby for photography things.

We hung the mobile on the cot (minus the sheep, as we haven’t got those yet,) and we decided that it’d be nice to swap the song out of the mobile for the one I had as a baby. (We had to swap the songs as my old case is pink.) It took us a while to figure out how to swap them properly and how to make my song go faster. A bit of RP7 did the job 🙂 His mobile now plays a lovely rendition of “Brahms Lullaby”, which we much prefer – I just wish it played for longer than the few mins it goes for.

I’ve set up the bookends on top of the dresser. They currently hold the 4 gender neutral children’s books I have from my own childhood, and some books on parenting during the first year.

Next to the books are some wooden dinosaurs that my dad made in high school. Hopefully these will become heirlooms one day. We plan on staining and varnishing these, along with the sheep / farm pictures that were given to us by our neighbour.

Below: Updated nursery progress.


Other News

That friend who I babysat for a few times now has offered to help me plan the baby shower! She seems VERY excited. it’s nice not to have to everything myself now. She also agreed to babysit for us when we go to sydney for a few days next september for our 6 yrs of togetherness. We’re going to see Matilda the musical! I’m SUPER excited for it, as I’ve never seen a broadway musical, and we didn’t do anything special for our 5 yrs.

The other day my husband was helping the next door neighbours hook up their NBN, and he got offered a job to hook up other NBN’s. It’s a great offer, especially as i’d rather be a stay at home mum for the majority of next year, as much as I can.

After he spent quite a few hours helping, the neighbours showed us their house, and how they’re set up with 2 boys under 3. It was interesting to see their safety latches etc, as their house has the same layout as ours. I fell in love with the change table they’re using, as it converts to a bookshelf, but hubby won’t let me get it as it’s white (and our theme is dark wood,) it costs too much, and we already have a change table.

I was really inspired by the baby scrapbook and keepsakes box they showed me. I LOVE the idea of the baby firsts book being a scrapbook!

Band is focusing more on christmas parades, so I’m bowing out for a while – probably until the baby is a few months old – unless they have asy sit down jobs that they need me for

Me in my lovely pool 🙂 🙂 🙂