Baby on a Budget

I have recently been loving Brooke’s blog over at allthingsthrify.com and am pleased to say that she has inspired me to be a little less crazy with my baby spending than I otherwise would have been.

I know that maybe I’m a little bit conceited, but I’m not too crazy on the idea of second-hand baby items unless I know where they come from and since I am the first of my family and friends to have a baby, I don’t really have an available supply of hand-me-downs to tap into.

With this is mind, I have decided that I am going to sell some of Rod’s and my unwanted clutter and use that money to buy Thatcher all the things we would have bought him anyway. Given just how cluttered my house and shed are starting to get, it’s a win-win situation all around.

So far I has managed to sell a leather couch (needed to upgrade to a sofa bed now that we don’t have room for a guest bedroom), our old fridge and an old chest of drawers on Gumtree. I just have to say that I love Gumtree! I have often heard people talk about it before never thought much of it, but it is like eBay but without the fees. I have also sold a couple of old pairs of designer sunglasses and some random Alannah Hill clothing on eBay. So far, in a little less than 2 weeks we have managed to make $440 for Thatcher and $450 towards our new sofa bed. Not a bad effort so far I thought.

And we still have more to go. If anyone is interested, I am selling a brand new sofa on gumtree (it came with our new sofa bed, but both sofas won’t fit in our living room – ALWAYS BRING A TAPE MEASURE) and a set of 8 rattan dining chairs.

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Then for all of those odds and ends and no-longer-worn clothes laying around the house we have decided to get up early and brave the seasoned professionals at the Melville swap meet this Sunday morning. It is always a lot of fun. When I have had a stall at the swap meet in the past I am usually quite particular on the price I set for things, but this Sunday, as the aim of the game is to make room in the house and buy things for the baby, I have decided that I am just going to sell it all for $2 (with a very few exceptions). Hopefully we’ll make a few hundred dollars and come home with an empty car. I’ll let you know how it goes next Monday…

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Horror Stories

During pregnancy, it seems that the list of things that you need to be worried about is simply out of control.

Everyone I speak to has a horror story about pregnancy (this is not helped by the fact that I work in medical negligence and tend to hear exceptionally disastrous pregnancy and childbirth stories on a fairly regular basis). I need to be careful not to put on too much weight, not to eat peanuts and soft cheeses and uncooked or unpasteurised food, not to overheat, not to jump around too much when I exercise, not to lay flat on my back because I could cut off circulation to the baby, not to perform abdominal exercises because some could separate my abdominals and others could force air into my cervix and give me an aneurism, and the list goes on… Somedays, I wonder whether I should just get out of bed at all – but then staying in bed all day has its dangers too as babies of mothers who exercise during pregnancy have higher IQs.

At 24 weeks into my pregnancy I have decided that the best I can do for my mental health and for the health of Thatcher is to use my best judgment in the decisions that I make. Obviously I would not want to do anything that I know could likely endanger my baby, but if I spent all day everyday thinking about everything that poses even the slightest risk to my child I would be a nervous wreck. As a mother-to-be I need to give myself a break and trust my judgment and I empower you to do the same.

Oh the choices…

Does anyone else feel like it is a major life decision, deciding how to decorate your baby’s nursery? Perhaps, the effects of nesting are just hitting me hard, but at the moment I can focus on little else other than what the nursery is going to look like and finding the perfect balance between our current decorating style and one that will be baby friendly.

At the moment all of our house consists of white walls with brightly coloured ‘pop art’ paintings and modern furniture. I would ideally like to continue with this theme in Thatcher’s room, but I keep getting sucked in by photos of pretty pale blue rooms… Arghhhh, this is such a tough decision.

Here are some of the pictures that are inspiring me so far, but somehow I think it’s going to take me a while to settle on the final direction I’m going to take:

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Little Crown Interiors

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Little Crown Interiors

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Little Crown Interiors

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Little Crown Interiors

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Little Crown Interiors

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Little Crown Interiors

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Little Crown Interiors

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Project Nursery

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All Things Thrifty

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Unknown

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Unique Baby Gear Ideas

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Kim Vallee

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Paristic

So, as you can see I’m all over the shop. Any suggestions you might have would be awesome…

Thatcher’s big reveal…


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Thatcher’s first portrait

About a month ago, my darling husband suggested to me that we have a reveal party to find out the sex of our baby. At this stage we were still a few weeks away from having our 20 week anatomy scan, and to be honest I had just assumed that we would have the scan, find out whether we were having a boy or a girl and that would be that. But no! Rod, who loves any excuse for a party, had much bigger ideas.

Basically, the idea is that at the ultrasound, the sonographer finds out what the baby is and seals the answer in an envelope. We then take the envelope (without looking at it – much more difficult than it sounds) to a cake maker who makes a cake that is gender neutral on the outside, but once cut would reveal the sex of our baby. We would then throw a party with all of our nearest and dearest to cut the cake.

Well, we had the reveal party on Saturday and are thrilled to announce that we are having a little boy! The party went off without a hitch and we all had an amazing time. I just have to say a huge thank you to Sherbet Bakeshop in Maylands for making the Red Velvet reveal cake – it was perfect and to Cakes by Rhian, for making the gorgeous little baby face cupcakes.

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Reveal Cake by Sherbet; Cupcakes by Cakes by Rhian

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Are you a boy or a girl???

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For anyone curious wondering, this dress is from Asos Maternity.

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It’s a boy…

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We can’t forget about a slice for Alfie