Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The dilemas of naming a child.

It's been tricky this time around. About 1/2 way through we settled on a girls name. We are still working on a boys name. And since Givinya had a boy, I am feeling pretty certain that this baby will also be a boy :) Afterall, our last two children turned out to be the same sex, and we both "felt" like our current babies would be boys also. So I am conivinced. I dont however know for sure, so it may be a girl... but I think it's a boy....

Anyhow. We are still working on a name if it is infact a boy.

What are your thoughts on our dilema... Do you go ahead with a name that you both like in its full form even if you dislike most of the shortened forms that, lets face it, he would most likely recieve at some stage of his life. Particulary in his school years. And its those shortened names that often stick throughout their life.

We are not sure.... I dont want to say the actual name we are thinking about, but I will use Richard as an example. Lets say we really like Richard, but really dislike like; Ritchie, Dick, Rick, Rich.... Do we still call the child Richard anyway, even though it may at one point in it's life get called one of those other short forms by his peers?

*sigh* If only Swift Jim liked Henry..... ;)

ETA: In Australia it is not uncommon for people to add an "O" onto the end of a name. For example... Damo (Damien), Thommo (Thomas), Jonno (Jonathan)... I find it incredibly bogan and fear the name we like is susceptable to such a shortening... ICK

Monday, July 27, 2009

Barefoot Sandals....

I bet you have never heard of them. Or maybe you have? Either way, aren't they pretty!!

We are looking to get ourselves a pair each for the upcoming wedding! Perfect for a beach wedding dont you think!! There are just so many crafters who make them, the hard part is choosing a pair!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

4X Holes in the head!

Poor Swift Jim!
On Tuesday he had all 4 of his wisdom teeth removed surgically. Two of those teeth were pretty majorly impacked up in his sinuses. So, a simple wisdom tooth extraction turned into full on oral surgery.
He is sore & sorry & swollen. It's not fun at all. And to top THAT off, he has a nose that wont stop dripping, and he is not allowed to blow that nose for 6 weeks !! That's a long time!
So here at the Swift household, things have been rather mopey for a few days now.
I hope he returns to his usual self REALLY soon.....

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

All is well for Givinya and Thingamababy!!

I don't want to spoil her news for you. So I wont... but just wanted to put any worried minds at ease... Kate and her precious baby are both safe & well!!
I will let her tell you all the details of sex, name, size etc etc... It's not my news to tell :)

Look what Monique did for me!

We had to buy a new pram for this baby. The kids have absolutley TRASHED our other one. I wanted to make a liner for the seat to keep the pram as clean as possible this time. Hopefully that way we might be able to resell it later.
I thought about making it myself, but then I had a thought! Wouldn't it look great if the liner could match my funky nappy bag that Monique made! So I emailed her, and LOOK....

She just whipped it up in no time!! It's gorgeous! I can't wait for Mr Postman to deliver it!
It will look fabbo with the bag wont it!

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Bump

I like to get a picture of each baby bump I carry. Dan just took some snaps when I was pregnant with Connor, I got it done prfessionally with Ella. This time we set up the tripod at home and took some pictures ourselves... That's Itty Bitty in there :D
33 weeks gestation...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chitter Chatter

The kids like looking in my pregnancy & birth book & often ask what the baby looks like now.
Well the baby is at 32 weeks gestation now so I opened the book up to this page to show them...
Ella: Awww cuuute!!! It's cute now!
Me: Yeah it looks like a real baby now doesn't it
Ella: Yeah............ It's a hobo!
Me: A hobo? Is that because it doesn't have any clothes on?
Ella: *giggling* yeah. Where are it's Jammies?
Me: It cant wear jammies until it's born.
Ella: Oh.

Monday, July 13, 2009


As you all may remember, I posted about Belle & Boo a while ago. Gorgeous illustrations that I would love to start collecting.
Tea Pony makes some beautiful kids clothing & often features Belle & Boo in her range.

Esa is having a give away at the moment!! And it is DIVINE!! I am really hoping to win it.... but I do encourage you to have a look too!

Check it out here
I think Miss Ella would look awefully CUTE in this little number :)

The Cartoon Song

This is so CUTE!

The Cartoon Song by Chris Rice

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Getting ready for bubba!! Part 3...

For this baby I really want to have a comfy arm chair in the baby's room for 2am feeds.

The last 2 times I had a chair in the room that I borrowed off my folks, but it had wooden arms & the back bit was movable. Not at all comfortable to feed a baby in. Particulary when you are still learning how to actually feed the child!

So I started shopping on ebay! And found this beauty for $30 really local! I was stoked!

When I first saw it in the actual baby's room I thought, hmm it looks pretty big, but it'll be right! Wrong.

Last night Swift Jim put together the baby's cot, which has been under the house in storage for 2 years. (He is getting quite good at putting beds together) My suspicions were confirmed. The chair is infact WAY too big for the room & we are now back to square one. Lucky the chair was so cheap. I think I will donate it to my church's parents rooom. Afterall it IS really comfy!

Last night I once again hit ebay. I found 2 chairs that are potential prospects. This time I will find out the measurements prior to bidding. The only trouble is, both chairs are a bit of a drive away to pick up. And both chairs are more expensive than my original bargain. D'oh!

Then I checked our friends at IKEA, and saw this little beauty...

It's MUCH smaller! But still looks reasonably comfortable to sit in at a 2am feed. Doesn't it?

Hmm what to do?!!!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Wish Lists...

My mother in law requires from us, about a month or two before, wish lists for our birthday and christmas. She loves giving gifts. And hey, I love recieveing gifts so I am happy to oblige....

I found these on etsy & am going to ask her for a pair!!

How cute are they!!!!!!
They are from emandsprout at Etsy.
That website is dangerous!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Want to get to know me better?

Jen who is Buried with Children, just completed a meme & for some fun I thought I would too :)
Feel free to do one also, I'd love to get to know YOU better too...

What are you wearing today? Right now my PJ's & dressing gown. Its 7:49am & it's cold!

What's for dinner? Country Style Beef Casserole in the slow cooker.

What would you eat for your last meal? My favourite, Lamb roast & chocolate pudding for dessert.

What are you listening to right now? ABC Kids on tele.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now for an hour, where would you go? I'd head to Melbourne & have a cuppa with my good friend.

Which language do you want to learn? I like Jen's answer VERY much!! I have always wondered what the girls are talking about during a pedicure. So probably Japanese :P

What do you love most about where you live? It's nice & quiet.

What style is your current home decorated in? It doesn't really have a style. Its a whole lot of mix & match I guess. No real plan to it. It needs A LOT of work actually.

If you were a time traveler what era would you live in? I would love to live back in the 1940's. Back then women learned how to sew and stuff from the mum's & grandmothers. Now days you have to do a course if you want to learn.

What is your favourite colour? Antique Pink. Not bright pink.

What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? I bought a gorgeous vintage dress off ebay 3.5 years ago. It has butterflies all over it. I have never been able to wear it though as I put on too much weight :( I adore it!

What were you doing 10 years ago? I was in my first year of my hairdressing apprenticeship.... also, probably snogging Swift Jim in some park somewhere ;)

If you had $300 right now, what would you spend it on? I would really like a new digi camera, so I would put it towards that I guess.

What are you doing after this? Going to visit a friend who lives 2 hours away! :)

What are your favourite films? Miss Potter, The Italian Job, The Notebook, Grease...

What was the most enjoyable thing you did today? The day is yet young!! But I guess having a chance to blog has been fun... I expect my day will get better though.

What makes you comment on a blog? I comment for all sorts of reasons. If I enjoyed the post I will comment. If I want to send some love, if I want to get to know someone....

What is your favourite thing to do when you have some spare time? Cruise the web & blog I guess. But I also like to sew.

Would you home school your kids? No.

What is a talent you wish you had? I wish I was good at sport.

If you could be any other animal other than human, what would you be? A bird. I would love to fly...

By 2042, white people will be the minority. Do you believe that? Wow, never heard the theory. But I certainly wouldn't have a problem with that.

Would you want your blog to be as popular as Dooce? What would be some of the pros and cons? No, I dont think I would want that many followers. I like that people read my blog, but I guess I wouldn't want THAT many people reading it.

There you have it. If you feel like answering questions, then consider yourself tagged.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


My kids seriously think this is an event to be excited about. Like Christmas or Easter or something!

It IS a very catchy tune I guess!

Thanks Givinya for teaching me how to do this :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A decision has been made!

The baby will be roomed in Ella's PINK room.

That means we have been busy transforming Connor's bedroom into Connor AND Ella's bed room.
First we had a trip to IKEA for a set of bunk beds... tried to assemble them, but realised a part was faulty. Went ALL the way back to IKEA to get the problem rectified. Finished assembling the bunk beds....
(Swift Jim wanted his face blurred out! I cant be bothered)

The kids are loving the beds!

Today I went and purchased a new set of drawers for Miss Ella to store all her clothes in (the baby will need her old one) and then started moving her in properly. I also had to purchase four under bed storage boxes to fit all the toys in! BUt all in all the room looks great! Everything fits and the kids love it!!
I am happy :)