I was introduced to ‘soft play’ by my good neighbour/friend Anna and her 3 year old daughter Ava. They first took Flynn there when he was only 5 months old, barely sitting unaided. However, he enjoyed watching the big kids play and also had fun in the ball pit.Read More
One of the many, many questions the many, many midwives who visited us asked was “And what is Flynn’s ethnicity?”. Up until this point I’d been telling people that he would be one half Canadian (from Dad), one half Chinese (from Mom) and half British (from birth place). I’m pretty sure my math checks out here.
At any rate, that wasn’t an option to select in their fixed list of possible ethnic combinations. I believe we ended up with “Mixed Background” as for some reason they didn’t even have Caucasian + Chinese/Oriental.
Upon further inspection however, I’m pretty sure there’s also some Elven lineage mixed in there somewhere too. Just look at these ears!
Not to be outdone by Mummy in the “create things with love for our son” department, I have attempted to build a bit of furniture that we needed for our impending addition to the family. Flynn needed a changing table and here in the UK there seems to be roughly two options for these.
- The full sized changing table plus shelving/drawers
- The changing platform that rests atop a crib
Neither of these options really worked for us as the space we have available for the changing station is going to be the counter of our bedroom bay window. The first option was obviously too large for that and the second option was too short and would leave both of us hunched over while changing the little one. On top of that, the second option would waste some perfectly good storage space underneath it. Our only (affordable) option therefore, was to make something ourselves.
I’d done up a couple of drafts using Google Sketchup and you can see what’s more or less the final design in the gallery. I fortunately have a good friend who’s a serious hobbyist woodworker that happily gave me several pointers on what to do in order to make this as stable as possible (thanks Ian!).
In total the whole project probably took around 12 hours over the weekend with roughly 3-4 hours spent planning and back and forth with Ian, 6 hours actually cutting, sanding, drilling and fastening the table together plus filling in the holes when that was done and a final 2 hours for painting.
Like Danni’s project, nobody is going to mistake this for an heirloom piece of furniture but I’m really happy with how it turned out and it’s exactly what we needed. While I can’t say I’m looking forward to the terrible, terrible things I’ll see on this table, I can say that I’m proud of what I built and it was a lot of fun. I wish I had more call for building things like this so I had an excuse to do it more often!Read More
We’re lucky enough to live in a world where we don’t need to make all of the clothes on our back, but I felt it would be special to make a few pieces for Flynn by hand; to infuse them with that extra bit of love only a parent can provide.
There’s no shame in admitting that I was never a very dexterous person. Small, detailed tasks aren’t my speciality so taking on a job like this could have gone either way. Receiving the supplies in the post was very daunting when the scale of work ahead of me was revealed, so I started with some of the smaller projects and worked my way up.
Most things, from rattles to bibs to a swaddling blanket turned out better than hoped, though we’re going to have to get some store bought booties as they proved to be my undoing.
While these small items will never be mistaken for professionally made, the sense of pride in creating these for Flynn made it all worth it in the end. The skills required to become a good parent are wide ranging. I can only hope to acquire as many as possible to rise to the challenges ahead!Read More
Danni found out about and purchased tickets to the Baby & Toddler show that wasn’t too far from us this weekend. It was essentially a trade show chalk full of all the things you didn’t know you needed for your wee ones.
Fortunately we had a list in hand of the few remaining things we needed to pick up for Flynn so we didn’t go too far astray buying all of the new and shiny must-have’s for parents to be in 2016.
Shopping was never this fun! Or shall I say ‘overwhelming’– As first time parents you don’t really have any clue of what exactly needs to be prepared; to what scale you NEED them; and the most important question: Which one is the best for our baby?… Thanks to the internet, from researching to purchasing, we gradually got there.
So here is the list of all the essentials we have covered to welcome our little man into the world, and I’m sure as we progress, the list will go on…
- Snuz co-sleeper crib with mattress
- Snuz waterproof mattress protector
- Snuz crib size sheets x2
- Babymoov Lovenest Original Anti flat head pillow
- Poddle Pod 0-6 months
- The Gro Company Gro-Egg Room Thermometer
- For daytime room temp at 20-25 Celsius, Grosnug (2 in 1 Swaddle and sleepbag) Light Version 0-3 months
- For evening room temp around 20 Celsius, Grobag 2.5 Tog 0-6months
- Gro-suit with padded arms to go with the sleeping bag, twin pack 0-3months
- Little Giraffe soft thick blanket
- Little Giraffe satin thin blanket
- Aden & Anias Muslin Swaddle x3
- Snuz cotton blanket
- Winter Swaddle blanket
- Double layer knitted blanket
- Thin cotton cellular blanket
- Little giraffe security blankie x 2
- Jellycat bashful monkey soother
- The Gro Company Hush Baby Calmer
- Aden & Anias cotton hooded towel + Pure Cotton muslin bath towels x 2
- Aden & Anias muslin washcloths x 3; facecloths x 6
- Tippitoes mini baby bath
- Non-contact medical thermometer
- Soft sponges x 2
- Burt’s bee’s baby lotion, shampoo and wash, soap and baby oil
- Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream
- Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment
- Pure Baby goat hair soft brush
- Cotton buds and cotton balls
- Pigeon Newborn nail scissors
- Nosefrida Aspirator, Nosefrida Nasal Spray
- Suncare Baby non-bio Laundry detergent+ Napisan
- Natural wool tumble dryer balls
- Kevin’s DIY Changing table
- Mothercare changing pad
- Waterproof cotton changing mat and covers (various sizes) x 4
- waterproof square or rectangular pads for under baby’s bottom x 6
- Pampers new born sensitive size 1, 8 packs
- Pampers new born sensitive wipe, 4 pack (per pack 4*50 sheets)
- Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer
- Tommee tippee nappy disposal bin
- Tommee tippee nappy cassette 9 packs
- Mothercare cotton bibs x 15
- Aden & Anias cotton muslin burp cloths x 6
- Newborn cotton short-sleeved bodysuits x 7
- Newborn cotton long-sleeved bodysuits x 7
- Newborn cotton sleepsuits x 7
- Newborn soft velour cardigans x 2
- Newborn pram suit
- 2 pairs of scratch mittens
- 3 cotton baby hats and 1 winter hat
- Up to 1 month bodysuits x 5
- Up to 1 month side-snap bodysuits x 5
- Up to 1 month sleepsuit x 5
- 1-3 month bodysuits x 5
- 1-3 month sleepsuits x 5
- 1-3 month baby outfits x 5
- Knitted Shawl
- Knitted cardigan
- Bugaboo bee3 pram plus separate carrycot for newborn
- Carrycot mattress protector and sheets x 4
- Melobaby Changing bag for pram
- Maxi-cosi Pebble infant car seat , Max Cosi Pearl Child Car seat (1-4 yrs old), Maxi cosi familyFix Isofix base
- Baby car seat blanket
- Sunshades for the car windows x 2
- Baby Bjorn One Air front carrier
- Nursery books
- Mamas & Papas Musical Starlite Swing Chair
- Fisher-price rainforest gym mat
- Baby cloth books
- Sophie the giraffe teething toys
- Various other toys that also fascinate and entertain Kevin…
You hear so many versions of how baby’s first movements are like, from butterfly fluttering, bubble popping to fish swimming… For me it began with a little bumping movement, a pulse like feeling, a quick jump. I first felt this sensation a few days ago and I wasn’t sure what it was at first, but after a couple of days there was no mistaking it. 9 out of 10 times Flynn would bump me each day around 3pm when I have my post-nap strawberry treat. In those photos where my fingertips are is where he does his little jumps 😉
Then gradually it moved on to proper little wiggles, so lovely! After I felt his movements, ”being pregnant” was not just a concept anymore. It evokes the tenderest feelings, the deep connection between you and him, a very gentle but clear reminder that there is a real baby growing inside of you and from this point on, you are willing to do whatever it takes to protect him.Read More