Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time is coming...

My due date is two days away - Little Girl is supposed to come on Friday, but I have a strong feeling that she'll be at least a week late. Everything is ready, and I am just waiting to meet her. I almost (almost) envy my husband, since he at least goes to work and has something to do while waiting. I try to read, take walks, go swimming, but mostly I am tired and I rest.
On one hand, I am really surprised on how calm I am. I seem not to care what's going to happen, as long as my baby is born healthy and happy. Natural birth - yes! Need an induction? If doctors say so, why not? C-section? If needed, I'll do it. Everything is fine, as long as I meet my little girl!
On the other hand, sometimes I keep thinking of all the things that could go wrong. If I don't feel her moving for a while, I start to bother her until she does something. But I guess all this is normal!

I think I'll spend an uneventful Easter, stuffing my face with chocolate eggs. Maybe that's her plan: if she comes out earlier, she can't have chocolate eggs - so she'll stay inside until I have finished eating all of them.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Money thoughts... baby edition (or sharing is caring edition)!

February has come and gone, and now it's finally March. Which means that the day we'll meet our little girl is fast approaching (she's due late April). And of course we have been preparing the nursery and all the stuff we'll need for her - and let me tell you: baby stuff is expensive! But we were able to save some money (actually, quite a lot!):
  • We are having a baby girl, and my sister had a baby girl five years ago. And she kept most of her baby clothes (she got rid only of the stuff that was too ruined to be kept). So we got lots of clothes from her - the ones I bought I did buy only because I wanted something new for our little girl, and it doesn't amount to much. Of course, when I am done using all this stuff, it'll go to the next baby in the family, and the stash will include also my new(er) clothes.
  • Sister also gave me the baby's bed, bedding, crib bedding and blankets. And a nice car seat. That's a huge amount of money saved. Husband's cousin also has some baby stuff in great conditions, and we'll get something from her too. Nice!
  • I have found that colleagues with older babies are very happy to get rid of their baby stuff. I have received a mattress, a baby carrier and some clothes I'll be able to use when our girl will be older. Another colleague asked me - whenever you need something, just ask me, may be I still have mine and I'll give it to you. And of course I'll make sure to do the same when another colleague has babies.
  • We bought some stuff (strollers, bottle warmer and sterilizer, etc.) second hand. It really makes you save money. My mom was very nice and she offered to wash all this used stuff, and now it's just as new.
  • We are planning on using cloth diapers. Of course this will save money, but I am also happy we'll avoid producing waste. Disposable diapers are totally non recyclable, and I hate this. I am sure we'll have to use them from time to time, but I'll do all I can to avoid them.
  • I still have to find reusable breast pads - I had to buy disposable. Suggestions?
  • I found lots of stores that sell baby stuff have fidelity cards, which offer discounts and special prices, so I'll make sure to take advantage of this.
The other thing that makes me feel very lucky, is that my mother in law offered to watch the baby when both my husband and I will be at work, at least until the baby starts walking. That will save a lot of money, although we are planning to send her to daycare a bit before she's one. I think interacting with other toddler will be good for her - I have seen the progress my niece has done after going to daycare!

That's enough rambling for today. Now back to nursery setting!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Look what I just found!

I was reading this week's Grazia, and I found a neat article containing four recipes inspired by four runway dresses. The author is a blogger, Anna Marconi, who blogs at Taste of Runway, both in Italian and English. Her blog is full of recipes inspired by fashion, such as the above black rice with scallops and brandy.
I really think this is a genius idea!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A fantasy Valentine's day outfit

Valentine's fay!

Anna Field red t shirt, $30 / Blazer / Even&Odd Pochette - nero -, $34 / Les Néréides Oorbellen goudkleurig, $75

This is what I'd wear if I was going to a date with husband this Valentine's day. Unfortunately, he's working the night shift, and with my belly I wouldn't be able to fit in these jeans. But I love this outfit nonetheless: it's refined but not too elegant. And I seriously want those shoes.

If you want more date looks, jump to Long Distance Loving for plenty of them!  


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