Celebrating our second birthday in style (& a special offer!)

We are TWO!  And with a little business, you need to take whatever milestone you make and celebrate the heck out of it – which in our case involved a picnic party with 6 kids in tow, champagne, the odd mishap … Continue reading

Christmas Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers!

We all know how painful finding the perfect gift at a reasonable price can be so we thought we would put together some gift ideas by age to give you a helping hand.

Here we focus on Babies and Toddlers, and we’ll follow with 3 – 5 year olds, 5 – 7 year olds, New Mums and our very own, subtle hint to husbands, Christmas wish list 🙂

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Babies

Apart from being squidgy and gorgeous and smelling divine (the top end anyway), these little beings are also perfectly worthy of beautiful gifts.  I can’t help but give clothes because they look so damn cute in them.  Babies are an excuse to find beautiful teenie weenie onesies and to sigh at their smallness.  We have always supplied and adored the brand Wilson and Frenchy.  Their cotton is super soft and their prints and colours are always beautiful.  Here are a few of my favourites

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1. Pretty Mandala tee $24.95  2. Pretty floral nappy pant $22.95  3. Little Whale growsuit $29.95  4. Floating feather tee $24.95  5. Charcoal stripe short $24.95.

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If you are after something a little less sweet but just as cute, try our ‘hello’ onuses.  I like the navy alphabet onesie (educational too ; )

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If bubs has been inundated with clothes, then the Tiger Tribe Alphabet flash cards $19.95 might be the better option.  beautiful and bright and perfect for keeping little ones entertained in the pram.

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The Dan300 softies are great for ‘the baby with everything’ and is a super cute addition to what is probably a stunning nursery already.  They aren’t too small either so good for a cuddle or just to look pretty as a mini pillow $29.95

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My last baby gift transitions beautifully into the little ones on the move because this gift will see you right from new bubs to toddler.  The gorgeous KidO Tug boat is a lovely gift that will always be appreciated.  Bath toys that won’t go manky or break are a mothers joy.  Kid O is PVC & BPA free and made with safety in mind. Tug Boat $24.95

 

Toddlers

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When they are on the move they need to be kept busy, otherwise terrible terrible things can happen.  Like finding a jar of sudocream, or removing all the photos from your carefully compiled albums, or drawing on your brand new quilt with textas…

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The Beginners Puzzle by Air by Petit Collage is a great way to start the kids on some seriously good skills like sitting… quietly… concentrating.  The bright colours and gorgeous illustrations are sure to be a winner $19.95.

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Sevi’s hand made wooden toys are also a lovely gift for little ones.  The Pull along croc $29.95 will be a constant companion, and the stackable cat also makes learning fun $24.95.  The Sevi Pull along Cowboy is a beautiful gift that will last a lifetime $59.95

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Safe in the knowledge that these awesome little diggers are made using sustainable plantation timbers, this Busy Builder excavator is only $16.95 “Push push and off they go!”

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And for the Dolly lovers out there, the adorable hand crafted rag doll by Tiger Tribe $39.95. ‘Hannah’  is a lovely soft and beautiful gift.  Soon to be a new best friend!

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And for an extra special gift for the tots, we have a small triple baby pink bracelet by the gorgeous Lindi Kingi from New Zealand $49.95.

Judging by the weather so far, we are likely to be seeing some rather hot days.  We are big fans of Haveli, the gorgeous clothing and decor range made by hand in the traditional block print method using cottons that are beautifully light and soft.  I adore how easy to wear it is and how lovely it is to see a floaty summer range with sleeves!  (So those delicate shoulders are covered in such searing temperatures – love it).

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1. Aqua pink medallion Kurta top $32.00  2. Assam Smock dress $38.00   3. Top & short set $48.00   4. Sun hat $18.00   5. Jaipur button kurta $35.00   6. Blue paisley kurta top $32.00

 

Loads of ideas for you this Christmas so you have no excuses for running to the shops at 8.30pm on Christmas Eve.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

 

 And the little one said is a boutique online website that offers beautiful, stylish and quality made children’s clothing, accessories, toys & home decor.  Mainly smaller Australian and New Zealand designers and stockists – all carefully handpicked by us.  Because everyone needs a little style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made it this far – phew!

Well, this is us, Toni and Gail. We are sisters, originally from the land of the long white cloud (that’s NZ for those of you not in the know), now happily living in Sydney’s Inner West and owners of andthelittleonesaid.com.au – a little website that recently turned one!

We thought we’d take a moment out to celebrate our little milestone, and relive some of what went on in the uphill learning fest that was the past year.

So here goes, how we got started – let’s just say we threw ourselves in head first so ‘learning on the job’ as the old saying goes, was always how it was going to be.  We knew we wanted to work from home to be near our kids (6 count em, 3 each) and we knew we wanted to do something vaguely creative and clever.

While we started out looking to buy an established site, we felt that between us we could set up something that was more our style both in terms of design and what we stocked.  We also wanted (everything of course!) flexibility, ease of use, for us (especially for us!) and the customer, and we wanted it to be fun.

Gail, the younger, skinnier (not fair) one with slightly more patience had been having and minding babies for the past 5 years and the old wheels were a bit rusty, nothing like jumping in the deep end and creating a website – yay!  Toni, the older, slightly grumpier one, had been in the corporate world of marketing, but not enjoying the pressure or the hours and a new (surprise!) baby meant staying nearer to home was much more appealing – especially since both our husbands, bless them, travelled frequently with their jobs.  So our ‘team’ now involved two enthusiastic but clueless Mums and 6 naughty children – it was going to be an interesting year.

There were plenty of hurdles and hiccups but right from the get go we knew we were going to enjoy ourselves.  I’m sure we wouldn’t have been able to do this had we not met so many great suppliers.  They have been so helpful and supportive and it’s lovely to work in an industry that totally ‘gets’ how tough it is to work from home with kids.  We are in awe of every one of those creative and clever folk.

Our goal was for And the little one said to “offer beautifully made, and classically designed, quality products on a website that is engaging and easy to use”.  We are proud that most of our products are sourced locally from Australia and New Zealand and we are still dreaming big, regardless of how little we are.

Our ‘Offices’ – along with big dreams for the site, we have big dreams for our ‘offices’.  Gail currently share a little room with a spare bed and 4 containers of stock.  There’s a selection of Christmas presents sitting precariously on top of the drawers, and half a dozen invoices now have various rainbows and ballerinas drawn on them but at least there is a room.  The three girls all happily share their room but I’m not sure how much longer they will tolerate such close quarters.

Toni on the other hand has the dining room table, which also includes rainbow and ballerina drawings along with the occassional dropped cup of milk and a smooshed kiwifruit.

Successes – hmmm, still talking to each other after a year?  Still managing to hang in there despite not knowing what we are doing and of course our children have never looked so nice in their pretty clothes.

Fails – we have had a few, hindsight being a wonderful thing.  Some standouts are:

  • presuming online meant online.  The appeal of online was immense, largely due to our tendency to be awkward and shy in social situations. The gift of the gab is not something we possess and tend to apologise more than necessary.  Unfortunately establishing a following online takes time so markets and home based sales were necessary.  Sigh.  Born sales people we are not.  What we ARE is passionate about our products. We stock the things we love because we know we couldn’t bring ourselves to sell anything less. We are also passionate about customer service as we  cannot bear to think that there are customers in the world  thinking ill of me. (like the Pride and Prejudice ref… huh … huh)
  • underestimating Social Media.  Wow, there is so much to learn and again, with our awesome social awkwardness, we would be mortified if we felt we were becoming annoying or repetitive.  Social Media takes up a huge part of our workload and we are constantly looking for ways to improve it.  Please be patient, we want to bring you quality, and we want to do it honestly.  We don’t buy followers and we don’t pay someone to post things set to a particular demographic.  It’s all us, and sometimes we get it wrong, but it’s two Mums who are working from home with kids.   You get us on grumpy days and happy days, when everything has gone wrong, and hopefully when we celebrate 🙂  We do also not count ourselves as “the younger generation” and our 6 & 8 year olds know their way around an iPad better than us, so this Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, BLOG thing is still a little new to us.
  • professionally trained models we do not have…. or photographers for that matter.  Please look at some of our fantastic photo shoots of the past.  Bare in mind that all of these are held in the 20 minute window that was either before sleep and before too cranky, before food and covered in something sticky, before having to rush to school pickup, whilst child was asleep so as not to have a little interrupter, before husbands called time because they had been wrangling other 4 children and dogs in park and all hell had broken lose.

Where we want to go from here – we’ll continue to work out the kinks and work on further establishing ourselves, but one of our ultimate goals, partly inspired by so many of our wonderful suppliers, is to start designing and launching our own products.  We both have a yearning to do some of the creating!  And whether that be clothing or decor or something new entirely … you will have to wait and see!!

Thank you for all your awesome support and giving us a crack.  We love to hear your stories, we love to hear what you think and we would love the opportunity to try and get you what you want.

Lots of Love, Toni & Gail

 

We asked our Mum if she could send us some photos of the two of us.  Classic.  They are in short supply.  Sadly our parents obviously did not excel at photography and it seems every photo of the two of us is either out of focus, inappropriate (a tank Mum?) or just plain bad.  It’s a laugh anyway – here we are!  On the plus side, our children and animals are very cute.

 

 

And the little one said is a boutique online website that offers beautiful, stylish and quality made children’s clothing, accessories, toys & home decor.  Mainly smaller Australian and New Zealand designers and stockists – all carefully handpicked by us.  Because everyone needs a little style.

Where is my mind?

To be fair I wrote this when it had not stopped raining FOR EVER, and I am slowly regaining some brain function woohoo! but I thought you might like to see how brilliantly I was coping at the end of winter.

With colds and weather and sudden crazy annoying insomnia turning me into a zombie, I thought I should write a post regarding a rather embarrassing … problem of mine which is now worse than ever.

I am, to put it mildly, rubbish at finishing a sentence.

Now I will let you stew this over with an example.  I met a new Mum at the play ground and We were discussing the difference between my daughters, “One is pretty shy” I said, “the other is as chatty as a ……..”   That’s right, I stopped.  I made a point to stare hard at something of no importance behind the lady I was talking to, I checked my bag for a loose tic tac and I said nothing more, eyes averted.

I suspect it is because after having 3 kids, I have been interrupted for 99% of my conversations for the past 6 years.  I am so used to being cut off before I finish speaking that the part of my brain that stores witty turns of phrase has been replaced with some other garbage, like kids iceblock stick craft ideas from pinterest.

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Just as likely is the small machine purring away in the back of my mind, largely fuelled by guilt asking 50 questions a minute and often overrulling any other rational thought.  “Did I leave the iron on, of course not I haven’t ironed in weeks, I should really iron more, my poor husband, I wonder if she irons? Where did she get those shoes? does she have that style in other colours? why can’t I find the perfect flats? I haven’t washed my hair, I must look like a junkie, I hope I’m not scaring her off with my junkie attire, where the hell are the kids? should I be concerned? I really shouldn’t have yelled at my oldest for pouring out the cereal, am I too hard? do I need to do more homework with them? Did I feed them lunch? I forgot to pay that bill for that thing, I have got to stop buying coffees…”

On the plus side, My husband and I have started collecting some ridiculous made up words I have come up with, Also, having a quick search on the internet it looks like I’m not alone.

Now without googling too much (NEVER google too much) there are some helpful wee hints that I might have to try to defuzz the brain and retain a little dignity in social situations. This particular list is from a site encouragingly called “Am I losing my mind?” but I will sum it up in an achievable way for a Mum like me who has no time for excessive deprivation or commitment.

Omega 3 – Eat loads of lovely smoked salmon mmm

Sleep – Wear ear plugs.

Drink water – I’m lame enough to need one of those bottles with hourly drinking levels. I particularly like this blog detailing in several photos the clever crafty 12 step process to using a permanent marker on a bottle. see here

Drink Coffee – ok

Tumeric – I am like a child with tumeric, I will eat tumeric so long as someone else hides it in my meal without my knowledge

Laugh often – really, my kids are hilarious.

Manage your vices – My alcohol is beautifully managed thank you

Stay active – Aahh, well. My daughter likes to challenge me to a dance off whenever we argue.  I might have to start taking her up on that. I do have some pretty smooth moves.

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And the little one said is a boutique online children’s clothing, accessories, toys and home decor site run by two sisters with lots of kids between them and a love of all things beautiful.

 

 

A geriatric mother

I had my third bub at the tender age of 43 and now a month off 45 (when did that creep up on me??) I find myself with an extremely active and rambunctious 15 month old little boy running around.  There is a fair bit of “Oh God I’m too old for this!” going on at the moment.

I know I am not the only one.  Of my Mums group with my first child (I was 36 so well above the national average of 29) I fitted somewhere in the middle age wise, and I wasn’t the only one to have a late third.  Some of the Mums I know at school are also well and truly in my age bracket, which is extremely comforting, although I fear by the time my third reaches school I am going to be found out a bit.  Those damn wrinkles.

Loved the medical practice’s attitude towards us oldies.  It’s bad enough that they put the frighteners on with horrible stats around miscarriage, high risk of twins (didn’t know that one!) and numerous chromosomal abnormalities, but to add insult to injury, I was called either a ‘geriatric mother’ or of ‘advanced maternal age’ on all the various forms.  Lovely.  Lots of extra tests are encouraged as you can imagine and it’s all quite a trial.  Makes you feel somewhat in the bad books for having the cheek to have a baby at such an ‘advanced’ age!  Sigh.  It’s not like we need reminding but thanks anyway.

So with my great age, must come wisdom (surely!?) so I thought i’d put together a short list outlining my experiences of being a, God forbid, ‘geriatric mother’.  Let me tell you third time around helps too ; )

Good news:

  • I soooo don’t care about keeping up with the Joneses.
  • I don’t have to worry about wearing any kind of short skirt or skimpy outfit – think mutton dressed as a lamb.  Comfortable (and dare I say somewhat daggy) is just fine by me.
  • Been there, done that.  Kinda of know what to expect third time around.
  • Poop, vomit, mess, general yuckiness does not throw me in the least.
  • There’s no panic if junior doesn’t eat what he’s given.  They’ll eventually eat, promise.
  • Organic?  Sorry, all to hard.  Whatever is in the fridge is just fine.
  • No such thing as a schedule.  He’ll just have to fit in.

Bad news:

  • The knees, hips, shoulders and back hurts where it shouldn’t.
  • Harder to bend down to pick up the numerous toys, containers, pots, pens, remotes etc, etc that get randomly thrown about.
  • COMPLETELY over going to the park.
  • I’m going to look ridiculous at the beach, park, school grounds wherever at 55 trying to play ball with my 10 year old.
  • I fit in at the school ok now, but when Mr 1 year old goes to school at 5 and a bit I am going to look (and lets be fair, I will actually be) ancient.
  • The kids have no appreciation at all for 80’s music and I don’t know any other kind.
  • Despite my general laziness to make any effort to ‘look the part’ I do in fact feel quite bad sometimes that I could do better (that particular term has been written on my report cards from school for as long as I can remember – that’s probably saying something).

Here’s an article in Scary Mommy on being an older Mum.  She’s got it pegged.

And the little one said is a boutique online children’s clothing, accessories, toys and home decor site run by two sisters with lots of kids between them and a love of all things beautiful.

 

Bye bye baby

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My 3 Year old started preschool today. I don’t think a little girl could have been any more excited than this little girl, the whole family was excited! At 6am I awoke to 3 little girls fully dressed and fretting at my failure to have made lunch yet.

And I wanted it all to stop. Freeze. For the love of God, SLOW DOWN! Because she was ready but I sure as hell wasn’t.

I spoke to my husband last night about it. This is the first time in 6 1/2 years I won’t have at least one child to look after, it’s not like having someone babysit for an hour or having time when they are asleep, this is ‘I’m not being Mum’ time… he didn’t get it. He just hoped the house might get cleaned now.

We dropped my big girl at school and I was about to continue on with my two big preschoolers when a friend and her child caught up to walk together. To a rational mind, this was Perfect! The girls laughed and talked together, it was just another day, we talked as we followed and my 3 year old walked into preschool like she owned the place, she felt right at home, perfect.

The crazy loopy rejected mother mind was going NO. no no no no no, you don’t walk with us, this is my last 10 minutes of being with my baby, I was planning on hugging her 50 times on the way to preschool, I was going to stop and look at all the different flowers and not hurry her at all, I was going to ask her to tell me a story about clouds and sing a song with her. Sure I would have made her paranoid as hell and she probably would have suspected I was leaving for good and had a meltdown when I left… But I wasn’t ready!

After drop off, I checked I had my bag and keys over and over because something didn’t feel right, It was a sickening feeling. Then I rang my husband, shouted about my ‘moment’ being torn away from me and had a good cry. He quite rightly pointed out it was the perfect way for her to start … but I always feel better after a good shout so proceeded to rant all the way to the coffee shop regardless. It had nothing to do with my lovely friend and everything to do with the growing up of both my children and me it seems.

I didn’t think I was that sentimental but this has been tough. I’m having an extra big wine tonight and hugging all my girls a bit longer because as much as I hate the idea, we are on to another chapter. (insert a whole lot of expletives) We don’t have babies anymore, and that’s so increadibly sad.

Expecting? here’s what should be in your bag.

Being prepared is recommended, let’s just say I learnt on the job…

Baby 1.  Bag packed with candles, programmed ipod, pillows and pretty tops. … all of which were thrown at my husband during labour… Along with a heck of a lot of expletives and whatever else was in reach.

Baby 2.  Bag packed with baby clothes and a pair of my husbands underwear. that was IT (??) actually, mens briefs are surprisingly comfortable post baby.

Baby 3.  Bag packed with something like the following.  phew.

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1. Baby clothes. Generally you need a few options with a wee beenie to keep your little one snug. soft organic cottons are perfect like Wilson & Frencys suits and Nurtured by Nature. Beautiful greys are great when you aren’t sure what you are having, although if you do, the gorgeous Fox & Finch is soft and stunning.

2. Baby wraps.  The hospital generally provides everything, but it’s nice to have a good wrap from home you can snuggle them in, and learn the wrapping technique with it too, otherwise it never works like the nurse said. Love Henry wraps are flannelette and just divine.  perfectly snug for winter and so soft.

3. Woolen blanket.  This will only be used for your trip home, but make it merino and soft, super light and warm, We love Babu

4. Baby bags like Bella Buttercup’s are a Godsend, even from day one.  Have the wipes, bum cream, hand disinfectant and newborn nappies all packed and ready to go inside this brilliant bag, it will become as essential as your handbag.

5. Bathrobe. Because there is a chance you can look civilised if you wrap this around your tired self when fetching toast or meeting visitors, and slippers I think are mandatory, or should be.  I’m pretty sure bare feet in hospitals is a bad idea.  Also, feet get really cold (throw in some socks)

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6. Some lovely stretchy breathable cotton PJs with a breastfeeding friendly top. It’s nice to look nice.  I found these here.

7. Big cotton knickers, probably in a 5 pack, any colour so long as they are black.  Don’t get attached, throw them as soon as you get home (please do, I think I still have a pair in my drawer, hideous)

8. Toilet bag with….. are you ready? On top of your standard tooth brush, hairbrush shampoo and makeup get up, you should take these!

-Panadol (it’s all you are allowed, sob)

-Ural – If you had a vaginal birth and were torn to buggery you will appreciate this,

-Lansinoh cream – Keep applying, I’m pretty sure it made no difference but it gave me hope.  More importantly, it was hands down the best lip balm I have used,

-Earplugs.  If you have to share a room, they can be very handy.

-Nail file.  Snaggy nails and babies don’t mix

-Hairbands & clips.  A stray hair would drive me insane… oh wait, that was labour, everything drove me insane

-Pads for all the leaky bits.

9. Something for the kids.  We had siblings that were keen as beans and a little freaked out.  They need a little treat and some attention, I like Seedling because it gives you a chance to sit down and create something (with everything provided)  and not just spend all the time talking about the baby that has just invaded their lives. They need to feel special too.

10. Note book and pen.  you will be constantly asked to sign stuff, and you will need to make notes, an old supermarket and a crayon just wont cut it this time.

11. A smart phone for all the important stuff… Alert the world the most precious little baby has been born, call your Mum, google “is it normal to want to kill my hisband during birth”,  last minute name ideas, watch dirty dancing on youtube when you are feeding for hours from 3am and to take that precious photo that will become the perfect screensaver.

12. a Camera, a good one. Because Goddamnit they grow up quick, you want to remember it all.

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Supermarket Love

There’s a new Supermarket opening up in Double Bay, it is bigger, better, shinier horraayyyy.

Supermarket shopping is a necessity, and generally I don’t mind it, It still counts as shopping and no one is stopping me from throwing in a giant block of chocolate…. or Stilton. But I always have kids with me and when I do it, I want to do it once. tick. DONE.

This blog however is about what Supermarkets lack.  I have lived in a few places over the years and have come up with this:

10 Tips to a better Supermarket

1. Coffee. Most of the NZ Supermarkets have a barista willing to make you a flat white as soon as you get through the doors and as we all know, everyone functions better with a coffee – ideally run by some clever independent coffee shop – with exceptional coffee.

2. Coffee Cup holder. Yep Essential, coffee drinking is almost impossible otherwise and I don’t know why they aren’t everywhere. grr

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3. Free kids rolls.  A long time ago, the supermarket used to have a big bin of fresh baked white rolls.  you were allowed to take one per kid – free – to keep them and you sane for the first half of your shopping trip.  A little good-will went a long way I can tell you.

4. Better range.  I have found that the big Australian supermarkets aren’t as supportive as you would think! Sure, they supply Australian made, but only the companies big enough to buy a spot.  Where is the small local jam company?, where is the small fresh pasta company? where are the beautiful cuts of organic meat? and where the hell is all the coffee?  The selection is rubbish! I want beans that were roasted locally in the last week, not something mass produced from Italy that’s probably been there for months. Fire the procurement team and make each store responsible for supporting the community. Jeez.

Great to see the new store in Double Bay has a big Kosher section, nice to see someone is thinking of their customers.

5. Cheese Room.  enough said

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6. Fresh Squeezed Juice.  At Moore Wilsons from my home town, you walk in and the smells are insane.  all that fresh produce and deli meats and coffee and … fresh squeezed orange juice.  A lovely man spends all day at the juice squeezy section filling various sized bottles and you can pick up yours on the way past… squeezed a second ago!  mmmmm

Heck, you can pop it into your cup holder .

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7. Authentic Patisserie/ boulangerie.  (This is my list after all)

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8. alcohol.  I know there is always a liquor store close by with the supermarkets here, but there is something rather wonderful about not having to pay twice, or drag your children through a bottle store without feeling like I will be reported. I want to be able to partner a wine with the meal I just chose. I want to shop once, and once a week, and do it well.

9. Bulk Bins.  nuts and almond meal and dried fruit galore.  I want it extensive, I want it well stocked and I want it for what it is… bulk purchase prices.

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10. More checkout people.  there are usually 8 isles and only two people on them.  WHY! don’t you know how many kinder surprises will be opened if my child needs to be here any longer! Honestly, Next time they take one, I’m going to say it was out of my control and refuse to pay.  I’m not taking their impulse purchase palava sitting down.

What would improve your weekly shop?

Stinking sodding hospital

The last couple of weeks have been horrid. Horrid!   And so we have a very late blog and not an awful lot more than horrendousness to discuss I’m afraid.   I know we are not alone in our rubbish week, apparantly we are one of thousands this winter, but we live in our own little bubbles don’t we…

I thought a few months back when my 3 girls had a stomach virus and threw up at the same time all night was possibly as bad as it got… erm..

The climax for the bad week was rushing to hospital ED with a bad case of asthma for my oldest. We have been here before many times but this time we all had the flu and felt like busses were hitting us left right and centre – making it an extra horrid night on those charming pull outs, interrupted hourly for ventolin, and a quick trip back to ED to pick up my youngest who has apparantly developed asthma too.  Two kids in hospital at the same time makes for a rather sniffly mum.

HOWEVER! As we are seasoned pros, there is at least a little knowledge I can impart to you all, wanted or not.  It gives me a chance to do a collage of images which lets be honest, is a joy in itself.

Items for child in 24hr stay:

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  • Chocolate/lollies (I had a giant pink easter egg – used solely for bribery when encountering needles/yucky drugs/scary nasaly mouth things).
  • Books.  We had a ‘Where’s Wally?’ given to us and it was hopeless when we first arrived, an exhausted kid drugged to their eyeballs isn’t about to be able to find Wally.  I couldn’t find the bugger and I looked darn hard!  Drop it down a gear or two on reading ability, story books with lovely pictures and old favourites are winners.
  • An iPad.  Now is not the time to worry about restricting screen times, ipad charger…. ipad backup … smartphone … smartphone charger … you get the idea. I also let my daughter video the nurse taking blood so she was concentrating on the video part rather than the blood sucking part.
  • Change of clothes and some favourite sleepwear.  Things get scary and sweaty and throwy uppy in hospital. Best be prepared.
  • Textas and a notebook.
  • Hair ties, obviously for the girls.  Or maybe not.. Whatever sex, if it’s long hair they have, it’s nice to be out of your face.  If you are caught short, rip the top of a pair of rubber gloves off (found in boxes all over the place), works brilliantly.
  • Snacks.. meusli bars, crackers, raisins whatever. Hospital food is average except the white toast and vegemite.
  • Favourite toy/blanket.
  • Drink bottle.

Items for Mum in 24hr stay:

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  • I take my pillow, but only because I have some wierd issue with sleeping on the plasticy covered ones.  Elsie ended up using it instead, it’s nice to have a comfy backup.
  • Medicare/insurance cards.
  • Socks
  • Cash… quite a bit.  Parking is horrendous, snack stops are inevitable, coffee is essential and colouring books and treats are likely.
  • Baby wipes for speedy showers.
  • I take a book and never read it, but it’s nice to dream.
  • Good headache pills and Berrocca.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Drink bottle.

Techniques for most comfortable stay:

  • Make sure the doctors, nurses and orderleys all know who you are.
  • Ask LOT’s of questions and make sure you get an idea of when things are happening.  You need to be the squeeky wheel!
  • Get dropped off if you can.  Not having to worry about parking fines or the fees clocking up is lovely.
  • Make the most of the educators/clowns/entertainers.  They are brilliant.  Takes the mind off your stay and usually give you a chance to duck away for a coffee.
  • Make yourself useful. The nurses are amazing and probably don’t need to get you another blanket, get some more water, get another pillow.  Use your common sense and help out.
  • Get some sleep when you get home.  Not always easy with others waiting for you but it’s bloody stressful being in hospital, you don’t eat well, you are often unwell too and you have woken as often as your child for medication and rounds.  You aren’t much good to anyone when you are knackered.
  • Big ups to RPA and their awesome staff.  I really should drop round some muffins.

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Love them as I do…

There seems to be a troubling theme going on with my posts – a yearning for child-free getaways!

Little darlings that they are, they can certainly be a handful. I think what I need is to find a hobby. That might solve the problem. Something that’s just for me.

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The problem of course is going to be fitting it in between everything else that is going on in my life. Already work is squeezed in whenever I have a free hour in between 3 x kids, meals, house stuff and everything else that seems to be in my job description. Sadly exercise is way down the list (and I am acutely aware it shouldn’t be!). I bought a 10 class gym pass 5 weeks ago and have managed to go twice in that time. Sigh. Trying to find some “me time” is a going to be a big ask.

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If by some small miracle, I could find this precious time, then the question is what “hobby” would I choose. I’d have to have a good think about that, because I’m not actually sure what that would be. I’m thinking something creative, something to do with art or something that would be fun to do – craft, sewing of some sort? Although who am I kidding, my sewing is abysmal, and not sure I want it to be any better because then I would feel obliged to actually use that skill every now and again. I’m not the scrapbooking, card making type either. Maybe a bookclub? I’d also love to go to art shows every now and again, although would find it hard to come home without purchasing whatever masterpiece I fell in love with.

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My other problem is my husband is away from anywhere between 1-3 nights a week for work, so I can never rely on him to be home to look after the kiddies on any one night.  Hmmm, all sounds in the too hard basket, but also a very appealing idea! Then again, I really probably need to get in some exercise as a priority first. Still have 3 babies worth of chubby left over –and lets be honest, I was never a slim jim to start with to there is some serious work to be done.

Small steps is what I need. Right at this moment, think I will take advantage of my parents in-law visiting and nip to the supermarket on my own – bliss! (and yet so sad).

 

NB.  With thanks to ‘Everything I need to know I learned from a little Golden Book (Diane Muldrow).  So true.

 

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