The waiting game

Being the most impatient (control freak) individual ever, waiting for something definitely goes against the grain for me.

I’ve had to wait for many things in my life, some significant some not so, looking back now on these things at 39 weeks & 5 days pregnant (eek!) they all pale into insignificance waiting for our bubs to make her grand entrance!

Everyday is now starting to feel like groundhog day and every ache/pain/niggle is analysed and then re-analysed, my mind is racing…could today be the day?

baby-clock

 

To add to my current mental anguish (ok slightly dramatic…but hey!) I’m now starting to get a current stream of  nice messages everyday from family and friends inquiring if the baby has made her appearance yet.  I know people mean well, but when your tolerance levels are already at zero it does get slightly on ones nerves!

I respond to these messages in-between washing the two items in the laundry that REALLY need washing by today and my daily hoovering that MUST be done and after I’ve fiddled around the nursery for the upteempth time today!

…Must go now and hang up the washing, but would love to hear from anyone out there on what coping strategies or distractions you used while waiting for your baby(s) to be born!

 

Nursery on a budget

If being pregnant with your first baby wasn’t daunting enough, trying to work out what things you do and don’t need for your Nursery can be an absolute minefield.

As I’m so over cautious about everything, I decided to subscribe to Choice to do the majority of my research for the main items we would need. For me personally, I felt this also gave me a good starting point to target what things we would want and then once we had a hit list we could go and see in person to finalise our decision.

We ended up with the following:

PramStrider Compact in Black –  I also managed to get a 2nd hand Bassinet that is compatible with the Compact via Ebay.  As the baby will only need this for a few months I really didn’t want to have to fork out $189 for a brand new one.

Cot –  Childcare XT Grange/Sanford Cot from Big W, I waited until it was on sale and got it even cheaper.  In saying that even the full RRP at $249 is still a bargain for saying it beats other Cots on Choice that are almost triple that price.  What I like about this cot is that eventually it can be converted into a toddler bed or sofa, which makes it even better value for money!

BassinetThe Boori Urbane was rated as only one of two safest Bassinets as tested by Choice.  It is a little bit pricey at $199 RRP, we managed to get it slightly cheaper from Baby Bunting when it was on sale.  We decided to get a Bassinet as our bedroom isn’t big enough to fit the cot in. The Urbane comes with a mattress, it’s also on wheels so can be moved around the home as required.

The babies friends will be looking for a new home when she arrives!

These friends will be looking for a new home when she arrives!

 

Changing Table – I decided to get the Bertini Renaissance Baby Change Table, based on Choice reviews it got rated as one of the safest on the market.  I was also to lucky to source a 2nd hand one via Ebay which was in  good condition and for half the price!  I just purchased a new changing mat to complete.

Rather than purchase expensive baskets for your changing table.  I got these great ones from the reject shop!

Rather than purchase expensive baskets for your changing table. I got these great ones from the reject shop! Large one was $5 and smaller one $4.

 

Car seat –  We purchased the Safe-n-Sound Platinum, it’s a convertible car seat and will seat a child up to four years old so we thought money well spent.

My tips:

  • Do your research, I highly recommend subscribing to Choice as it’s saved me hundreds of dollars
  • Shop around, there’s so many baby shops out there and there’s always a couple that have a sale on
  • Consider what things you may feel comfortable in purchasing second-hand – I highly recommend checking out Ebay and Gumtree.  A lot of baby items are only used for a few months as babies grow so quickly so are normally in excellent condition and can save you a fortune.

I will give you my thoughts on the following items over the next few months!

 

 

 

Instagram and biscuits

I’ve had a Facebook account since just before I emigrated to Australia in 2006, in fact I think I was pretty slow on the uptake as I hadn’t even heard of it until one of my girlfriends suggested I register an account before I left so I could stay connected with friends and family.

As the years have passed I’ve become more savvy in my use of social media and even got myself a Twitter account, well not that I use it much – I mean who wants to be limited by 140 characters?

However my most recent craze is Instagram, mainly because when I’m bored of a night and my hubbie is watching something dull as hell on telly and I don’t feel like reading, I like looking at pretty pictures! Sounds like a pretty harmless activity doesn’t it?

Well if looking at pretty pictures makes you want to reach for that second third biccie of an evening, maybe not! I don’t know about you but when I’m scrolling through photos on Instagram in my mix matched flannelette PJ’s at people who have beautiful homes, designer clothes/bags/shoes/lives etc I do sometimes suffer from a case of the green eye monster.

Get in my belly - I'm not sharing!

Get in my belly – I’m not sharing!

Although I do follow some really inspiring accounts on Instagram relating to health and nutrition they aren’t the ones that I check out on a regular basis.

So my question is, are you like me and spending far too much time on Instagram following/looking/dreaming at photos of unobtainable lifestyles? Or do you totally veer away from them and only look follow things that make you feel good about yourself?

It would be great if you could share your favourites as well!

Confused Me.

Oh baby!

As a first-time very soon to be mother (eek!) and general worry guts about everything humanly possible, I decided that early on when I found out that I was pregnant I wouldn’t do the whole Facebook announcement thing that everyone seems to do these days, instead I would only tell close family and friends of the news as I knew as soon as everyone found out there would be a million and one questions which would most likely add to my nervousness. Obviously as time has passed and my belly has grown bigger so has the increase in questions, stories and ‘advice’ from any Tom, Dick and Harry that may cross my path….

  • Person: ‘Wow you must be due soon?’ Me: ‘Hmmm, no I’m six months pregnant’ – then go home and google what other women’s belly’s look like at six months and drive my husband mad in making him compare them with me.
  • Person: ‘When is the baby due?’ Me: ‘In 9 weeks time’, Person: ‘Wow you’re pretty small’ – then go home and google what other women’s belly’s look like at 31 weeks and drive my husband mad in making him compare with me.
  • Person: ‘Will you be breastfeeding?’ Me: ‘Hopefully’ (Inside head thinking I’m only four months pregnant, how do I know if I will or can when the time comes and this is really none of your ****** business!)
  • Person: ‘You know when you’re breastfeeding in the middle of the night, you shouldn’t make it a party or get the baby excited so they know it’s night-time’ Me: ‘Well isn’t that just common sense?’ (internally thinking, yeah I’m sure in the middle of the night I’m going to feel like having a party with a newborn baby, when all I want to do is go back to sleep you stupid *****!’
  • Person: ‘Will you be having an epidural?’ Me: ‘I’m not sure yet and I’m not really keen’ Person:’Well you really should consider it, you just don’t want to feel that kind of pain!’ 

The list goes on..

32 weeks bump!

32 week bump!

However, what I’ve found the most surprising in this whole experience is how other mothers have asked a few questions about my pregnancy and then launch into what I can only describe as ‘horror stories’ around their own experience of pregnancy/labour/birth etc – because that’s what every first-time soon to be nervous mother wants to hear about!! Obviously I realise it can’t have been as bad (I hope!) as some of these ladies have made it out to be as most have two or even three children, however it did make me think afterwards why aren’t women being more sensitive and supportive to other women, especially first-time mothers like myself and why always start off talking about negative stories, rather than than the positives of their own experiences? It also got me wondering if I will be like this towards other pregnant women/first-time mothers after our baby is born?

I would love to hear from you on your own experiences during pregnancy, especially first-time mothers – what silly things have people said to you and has this made you more conscious on what you say to other ladies who are pregnant?

Confused Me