“Let’s add some plums”, and other good things my mum does

March 14, 2015

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Those who know my Mum will not be surprised to hear that she has already found us a highchair for bubs at a vintage-goods sale. It’s old and sturdy and she totally had to fight a lady for it. That’s my Mum for you, scoring second-hand gems since forever.

Do you know what I realised the other day? Precisely thirty years ago, my Mum was pregnant with me. And she would have been pretty much at the same stage I am, as our bub will be born one to two weeks before my thirtieth birthday. That makes me feel things, things like affection, appreciation, understanding and connection. She is already such an incredible grandmother and we feel very thankful for her, and my gorgeous mother-in-law too. Our baby is very lucky. Side note, Mum is trying to figure out a Grandparent name that suits her. We will probably just see what comes at the time, what feels right, but if you have any suggestions, please leave them below. Nana, Nanny and anything in the realm of Granny are out for various reasons.

I must say, I’m impressed with how Mum has held off on buying things for the baby. She knows that Ben and I don’t like a lot of STUFF, though we know that we’re going to NEED a lot of stuff…this is a tricky one, which we’ll surely get over soon, but I predict we’ll be fussy for a while. It’s our first baby so I’m rolling with the pickiness and researching mattresses made with organic fibres. Check in about five months time and I’ll probably be like “whatever, who cares”…but right now, I do care. Note this is TOTALLY a cry for help, so please send any recommendations for mattresses, cots, prams, you name it my way! But anyway, this highchair? I’m glad she snagged and gifted it to us. I’m blessed, blessed with a Mum who makes Ben zucchini slice when he’s been working longer hours than usual, who sends little texts to check in on bubs and plan shopping dates with me (so I can buy bigger bras, bigger jeans, bigger underwear, bigger EVERYTHING)…a Mum who buys our baby their first pair of impossibly cute booties from the knitting ladies at Flinders Op Shop.

Thank you, Mum. These are entirely outrageous.

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Mum also invited us over and made slow-cooked lamb the other week (recipe link). And because we had a surplus of plums (indeed this was the night we ate her spelt plum cake), she added some to the lamb dish, in the final 20 minutes of cooking. The veg and wine went through a chinois to make that great gravy and we had Dad’s bread, offensively fresh from the oven. It was all, predictably, outstanding.

Thank you, Mum, for the lamb, the plums, the highchair, the booties, the love.

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Heidi xo

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  • Penny March 14, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    ibwoild recommend a Bugaboo for a pram we still use ours with our almost 2.5 year old. We honesly trird so many prams and hands down this was the best. Manouvers like a dream, can easily put car seat on pram which is great if yiu have a bub that sleeps(we didn’t) the bassinet can be removed and is like a little portable cot also great for a sleeping bub and the stroller attachment is great for when they are older.

    • Heidi March 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Thank you so so much Penny!! Great advice. I think I’ll be testing out Bugaboo for sure, I’ve heard many people rave about them. x

  • The Life of Clare March 15, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I’ve found that keeping it simple is best. Nothing with too many bells and whistles. Baby’s make mess and it’s hard to wipe up. Bottles with little ties/ribbon rule! Otherwise they can just kick them off. And opshops have nearly everything you need. What a joy to be where you are. I do miss it. Enjoy!

    • Heidi March 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Awe thanks Clare 🙂 It does feel like a special time. See? Bottle with ties – I never would have thought of that. Appreciate you!! x ps yes, op shops are the best!

  • Cilla March 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    bless you , and your mum, and the bub.

    • Heidi March 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thank you, lovely Cilla x

  • Rebecca March 15, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Such an exciting time, soak it all up! And soak some delicious gravy up with that bread for me?

    • Heidi March 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Done 😉 x

  • Zoya Hett March 15, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Those are the cutest little booties ever! All the best for the rest of your pregnancy x

    • Heidi March 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Thank you, Zoya 🙂 x

  • laurasmess March 16, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I would be the same re: research on baby things. Heck, I already did that kind of research when we got our PUP, never mind a tiny human (haha… good practice, methinks!). So glad that you got to spend some time being nourished in body, mind and spirit with your parents. Mums in particular are very good for that xxxx

    • Heidi March 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Tiny humans are so fun to buy for!! x

  • Julia @ Chic To Do March 16, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Soooo many people rave about the City Select pram. Like, they’ve had a few kids and eventually sold their original pram and bought the City Select and said “I don’t know why we didn’t have this one all along!” So there’s that.

    Yeah, it’s nice to buy organic stuff and be eco-friendly and all that, but at the end of the day that mattress is going to get all kinds of bodily fluids on it, so don’t get too sucked in by that sort of thing if it’s too expensive. We got a Boori cot that you can take the sides off and is now a low toddler bed, which is great. Also, getting a chest of drawers that has the change table lip on top that you can add on and remove as needed is so much better for saving space instead of having a set of drawers and a separate change table taking up space. Again, we got a Boori one.

    Definitely spend good money on one of those glider chairs and foot rests for the baby’s room. Being comfy while you feed (especially in the middle of the night) is SO important. We just had a wooden rocking chair and I really wish we’d splashed out on a nicer, more padded chair with a foot rest I could put my feet up on.

    Also, look for second hand furniture on Gumtree – the amount of people selling prams, cots and drawers that are in really good condition is astounding.

    Oh, and it’s super early, but if you want a recommendation for a lactation consultant based in the Bayside suburbs in Melbourne I have fantastic lady who helped me A LOT, because unfortunately that kind of thing just doesn’t come naturally to every mother and baby, and little help goes a long way!

    • Heidi March 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Julia you are amazing!! Thank you thank you thank you. Will check out city select, hadn’t heard of them before, brilliant! Boori cot, great tip, thank you, same with the change table addition to drawers. I did think that made more sense!! I have what I think will be a comfy day bed to feed bubs but we’ll see… might end up buying a glider chair. Gumtree – yes!! & I’ll email you re the lactation consultant – always good to know! Thanks, lovely x

  • lynsey | lynseylovesfood.com March 17, 2015 at 12:53 am

    those booties… my heart! what a lovely post. xo

    • Heidi March 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Thanks, Lynsey! I know, they’re too much 🙂 x

    • Sarah March 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Totally agree about the Baby Jogger City Select. I bought ours in 2011 and have never thought about replacing it. It’s what I call the 4WD of prams as the wheels are decent enough to tackle the dirt roads (corrugations and potholes) of Red Hill/Main Ridge without fuss. Also easy to assemble/diss-assemble and has even fit into the back of a Peugeot 303 (hatchback) with the parcel shelf removed, without a hassle – and room to fit grocery shopping/a full car of baby and adult stuff to spend a few nights in the city etc.

      I also bought a great bookcase from IKEA that has a baby change extension. Once they’ve outgrown the change table bit, you remove it and are left with a very useful bookcase/shelving.

      • Sarah March 23, 2015 at 6:02 pm

        I have no idea why that posted where it did… it was meant to be in response to Julia’s post above 🙂

  • Rosa March 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Nonna! Easy! Nonna Kabbles

    • Heidi March 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Now why didn’t I think of that?! 😉 xxx

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