Wednesday, February 9, 2011

All in a days work for a LadyBug

The past 24 hours have been pretty substantial for the LadyBug.  She has discovered the freedom that comes with learning how to crawl.  Yep, it's official, she is on all fours and on the move!  She has been hinting at the thought of maybe starting to crawl for a few months now.  We've seen the odd shuffle here and there, but it wasn't until yesterday that she worked out that she can crawl, and can get to, well just about anywhere she wants to really!

From the onset of this marvellous feat, LadyBug has discovered...
  • she can really crawl anywhere, carpet, tiles, in bed!  The possibilities are endless;
  • she can reach the tub of blocks and pull them all out on the floor, which is especially fun when they have all just been picked up;
  • the cat's tail is fun to pull on too!  (Mumma has learned that the cat is quite patient with the baby, but not sure how long this grace period will last!)
  • that the slate floor isn't quite as forgiving as the carpet when you lose your balance and take a nose dive. 
  • if you put your hands together really fast, they make a cool clapping noise.
  • and doing all of these really fun things makes everyone around me really excited and camera happy! (I tried uploading a video but after three failed attempts, and nearly 4 hours of uploading, I think we'll call it quits, and try again another time)

And when all is said and done, I think the motto for the day is "Sleep is for the weak..."  I was invited to a baby party at 11pm last night, which finished at around 1am, and coasted through the day with only about 25 minutes down time!  Lets just hope that all this physical exertion makes for a very sleepy LadyBug tonight.


This is what the last 24 hours has been like here.  
Lots of laughs and excited cheers, and yes, not a lot of sleep, but we have had immense pleasure in watching our precious little one grow.  

But on the other side of the world a young man sits mourning the loss of his beautiful wife, and their brand new baby girl, born early as a result of a car accident which took the life of her mother over the weekend.  My heart goes out to you Chad.  I too have had to say goodbye to a little baby, and I can feel the pain of your loss.  I am so thankful that the Lord has your precious girls safe in His arms. 

May you feel His loving arms around you now as you seek to continue this journey without your precious loved ones.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A $110 teether! What was I thinking???

There are some things as a new parent that you just have to have for your new baby.  You know... that pram/stroller/car seat combo.  Probably a Phil & Ted's, because just about everyone has one of those.  Then there is the swedish made highchairs, organic cotton sheeting, bamboo cloth nappies... the list goes on.  Just take a stroll through any baby store (real or online) and in no time you find yourself rubbing your tummy (pregnant or not) and drooling over the coordinating walnut wooden furniture set all decked out with the most gorgeous mint green jungle prints with matching nappy stacker and laundry hamper.

On a recent online 'window' shop, I came across this little cutie...

I simply fell in love with Sophie.  Her retro look and feel made me just have to have her.  She is irresistible!  A squeaker toy, a teether, all natural rubber and she is also BPA and phthalate free, what is not to love.  Just look at her rosie little cheeks.  She is supposed to be soothing and comforting for little ones, according to the website, and will make a "long-term friend"!  But at a rrp of $35 + postage, I have had to leave her be.

Until, that is, I happened upon a ToysRus catalogue.  Low and behold, they not only stock Sophie in store... if you spend $100 you can get Sophie for just $10!  The answer to my dreams!  I can have buy Sophie for $10!  Wahoo!

So with LittleBee and LadyBug in tow, we made the trek out to Highpoint to ToysRus.  I had easily justified spending $100 in their baby sale.  Biodegradable disposable nappies, organic baby food, house safety items.  All things that I will need for the LadyBug.  And spending $100 on baby essentials is so easy.

But once I had the $100 spent and Sophie in LadyBugs curious hands, I realised that essentially I had just spent $110 on a teether.  I mean, seriously... it's just a rubber giraffe!  Isn't it???

She better be worth it!!!
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