I added the kids & baby sub category to the blog to help other first time parents. Not just because I wanted to give you a list of must have baby items, but I also wanted to help inspire other parents or parents to be that you don't need to loose your homes identity just because you've had a baby. And that highly practical and tasteful baby items do exist, and you don't have to succumb to a house full of brightly coloured plastic tat quite just yet.Read More
Its June and my baby is already six weeks old. Where has the past month and a half gone? The good news is I'm back into the swing of things on the blog. Well, sort of.
Otis arrived on Monday 7th May at 12.10am, after a very long (48hour) labour which resulted in me having to being induced, and have an epidural, which wasn't something I had planned. It just goes to show that having a birth plan is great, but be prepared that it can all change. When you've been 6cm dilated for over 18 hours, with no pain relief, and nothings changing, you have to take the recommended advice. He was 6 days late (due date was the 1st May) and weighed a very healthy 8lb 7oz.
The past few weeks have gone by in a flash, as we're currently settling into our new life as a three, and getting to know one another.
There's so much more to having baby that I never understood before. Terms like engorgement, mastitis, and how your tits swell up like a couple of bricks after you've had a baby and continue to hurt if you're breast feeding/ expressing. How breast feeding can hurt and be fecking painful if the latch isn't nailed. The night sweats, the need for a padded ring to sit up at night, and how having a cot attached to the bed isn't practical when you've had stitches down there, and you need to slide down the bottom of the bed to go to the loo. And, just how long the recovery takes from an episiotomy. I'd say about six weeks actually.
The tearful moments. The crazy hormones that make you cry because your husband drank your favourite bottle of chablis that you'd been waiting nine months to drink (I don't think that was just the hormones), but couldn't, because you're on another round of antibiotics for the mastitis. Or, because you don't think you took enough photos of your baby as a newborn, and now he's six weeks old. Seriously, this has happened.
The amount of unwanted advice you get from other mothers. Mothers who had their babies ten, twenty, fifty odd years ago, when gripe water was actually made from alcohol and when smoking around a baby was OK. And this isn't just from the older mothers. The look or disapproving radio silence when you tell your mum friends about your parenting methods. Or, when you say you've bought a canopy for your babies nursery, to be told it will be the death of your child. Everyones an expert eh? But it will look great on instagram, yeah?
Every day is a life lesson in parenting, and if I've learnt anything, its that we're all just winging it like each other, and a mother should never judge another mother.
Now speaking of canopy's... Lets get back to the fun stuff.
With just 7 weeks to go until the babe arrives, I thought it was time I shared our nursery plans.
We found out at our 20-week scan that we were expecting a little boy, so with that in mind I decided to have a bit of a think of what the little man’s nursery could look like.
I didn’t want to go for anything too childlike (I know that sounds ridiculous), but I knew I wanted it to be colourful and stimulating, mainly so the colourful plastic will go in the long run.
As much as I want to be one of those wooden toy mothers, I know the inevitable will happen, so just best to not be defeated in the end and embrace the colour. Or otherwise that stuff would just mess with my Feng shiu. So, colour was a priority above anything else.
I took inspiration from the usual Pinterest (link to my nursery moodboard), instagram and my love of indoor foliage, but also our little trip to Graceland last year. Did you know that Elvis had a jungle room? Yep a grown man had a room full of soft animal toys (and guitars).
We decided on a gorgeous jungle palm print wallpaper from Milton and King to be the backdrop of the room which is very Beverly Hills hotel. If you don’t know of Milton and King, then be sure you check them out as I found it so difficult to find something fun like this that wasn’t a full wall mural and that delivers to the UK. They have an exciting range of wallpapers which are all easy to install too by pasting straight onto the wall!
As the room has lovely panelling and a dado rail already, we're keeping this and just adding the wallpaper to the top. Below is a before a pic of the room, when it was a boring grown up bedroom.
I've also added a video of the wallpaper going up. I'll keep you posted with the progress. But for now, here's my moodboard. I hope it inspires you if your currently decorating a nursery, or preparing for a baby room.
1. Jungle palm wallpaper £198 per roll, Milton and King
2. Stokke sleepi bed in Grey £575, Stokke
3. Numero 91 Mustard canopy £91, Smallable
4. Grey ball pit £114, Scandiborn
5. Fox and cactus mobile £75.99, Etsy
6. Afaw berber style rug £269, La Redoute
7. Pirate bunny £19.50, Scandiborn
8. Riceberry luxe toy £25, Kidly
9. Lazy bear soft toy £19.50, Scandiborn
10. Noah the giraffe £45, Scandiborn
11. Melissa and Doug Large giraffe soft toy £79.99, Argos
12. Sleepy head of sweden £170 euro, Sleepy head
13. Grey cotton ball lights £32, Cotton ball lights
14. Toy storage sack with personalised letter £32 Clouds and currents
15. Stokke changing table in grey £349 for unit plus £169 for changing unit Stokke