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Posted on: 8.9.12

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slowly but surely...we now have a 'corner' in the living room for the baby stuff. The cot is an old one we purchased from a lovely lady in Sussex. We'll move it into our bedroom when the time comes. I made some sheets for it with some vintage fabric and bought a new mattress for it too.
 
I have been collecting some wooden toys, this duck wobbles its head side to side when pulled along.

Nao has been painting like mad, we recently picked up this wooden draw thing from the market, and he gave it a makeover. Perfect for keeping all that baby bum cleaning equipment...
 
and below is my stash of second hand washable nappies. I'll see how it goes with these!

another recent find is this tiny wooden chest of drawers, also painted by Nao.




This book is blimmin funny, I don't think the kid will get it, but it makes me laugh anyways.
 

and another repainted cupboard! full of snot & puke cloths

and clothes of course...


So yes I think we are pretty good to go now, still have a month or so yet though, blimey.
We found out last week that the babe decided to turn upside down! That means that if it stays like that, I'll have to be cut open, holy crap! So I am doing all possible to coax this babe into the favourable 'head down' position by doing all kinds of bizarre exercises and acupuncture and bouncing on a huge ball. Very amusing! I think it is just swimming about in circles now...so its on the naughty step as soon as it comes out. Just found out that husbondo Nao was also breech for a while when he was a babe, so I guess it will take after him!
 
Apart from that all is good, I feel look like a whale, but a very fat one. I just roll about from one place to the next, moaning and groaning..all good fun! Absolutely cant wait to meet this belly squatter in the real life, so now i'm just wishing for a safe and healthy delivery, x

47 comments:

  1. Well, it sounds as though you're as ready as you'll ever be, though let's hope that baby turns back round before the big day! Good luck with it all, it's a crazy,magical journey. Rachel xx

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  2. Belly squatter, that's too funny. Best to get a book that makes you laugh since you'll likely have to read it eleventy times before you're through! Everything looks wonderful.

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  3. I'm due in a month and breach too! Maybe its written in the stars for October babies!
    My husbands mum gave me his wicker crib that he had when he was a baby, she's an upholsterer and so gave it a good make over! Your baby corner looks great...

    Good Luck! and looking forward to reading more post on baby!

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  4. Good luck. Prepare yourself for more laundry than you could ever imagine such a little thing could produce and those wonderfully surreal, fuzzy headed night time feedings. They will feel like out of body experiences, but so blissful as you cuddle that tiny little munchkin.

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  5. Such exciting times! Wish you all the best! x

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  6. Jools8.9.12

    You are a strong and lovely lady, and you will do fine. Giving birth takes grit, and you have loads of that. However baby appears you can handle it. Enjoy. x

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful things - love the cupboard and cot. My second baby was breech right up to the last minute, she turned at about 37 weeks - I remember lying in bed feeling her go. It felt like laundry going round in a washing machine!

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  8. love those little grey baby shoes

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  9. Your preparations are wonderful, what a lucky little baby.

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  10. Oh how lovely, you must be so excited! All the best with the birth xx

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  11. Everything looks so lovely, now you just need to add a baby!! One of the best things I was given were handmade bum wipes. My aunty made them from old flannelette sheets, squares sewn together so double thickness. Wet and wipe, then into the nappy bucket and use again! S:)

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  12. Such an amazing, exciting time. Turn little baby, turn!!! Xx

    P.S Cloth nappies are the fabulous. Total cloth addict here!

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  13. I love seeing your preparations, it's all very exciting! I hope everything runs as smoth as possible for you.

    That hat book looks hilarious. I'm going to make it my mission to track it down.

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  14. Baby has lots of time yet to do summer saults! You are so organised, we were never that organised, ny hat goes off to you! Good luck and all that jazz! xx

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  15. Good luck my love! Hope bump plays fair and turns round for you x

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  16. Gorgeous! Fun times ahead... :)

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  17. Such beautiful beautiful things!! What a lucky baby!
    I agree with Sally, washables wipes are wonderful, I bought the jacksons ones, but didn't use them, I used water and cotton wool to begin with then made my own washable wipes from some jersey cotton (Here is my tutorial:http://serendipitychild.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/re-usable-wet-wipes-tutorial.html.
    Hope the cloth nappies work for you, failing that, I have found the naturecare biodegradable ones very good. (My baby draw looked just like yours actually, same nappies, wipes and bath thermometer!)

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  18. Everything looks lovely!

    www.louiseandcostyle.blogspot.com

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  19. It's so crummy to hear everyone's lame advice while you are pregnant, but thought I'd share since I walked that road! :) My second was breech, and it sounds like you are doing all the same things I did. Since you are in a large city, you might look for a chiropractor who is experienced in "The Webster Technique." We did it and my baby went all kinds of crazy trying to move around! Also, not all is lost. Even if you are a month from your due date, your babe can still flip around. My husband was breech right up until his mother went into labor, and then he flipped right around! It can happen! :) Good luck to you! Those last days are always the hardest. Hang in there! You'll be holding your beautiful baby soon!!! :)

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  20. you are so organised and everything is so beautiful. I can not but be impressed. It's all very exciting.

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  21. Your drawers of tiny hand made clothes made my heart melt, as the the photo of the books on the miniature chair. Just lovely, hope you are feeling well.

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  22. Your preparations are wonderful, what a lucky baby . I wish you the best.

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  23. Looks great. Can't wait for you to have that little babe. Labour and delivery is so exciting! Everything is going to go great!

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  24. I love this corner! I wish my room looked half as cute :') Cannot wait to see baby!! Hope you're feeling well xx

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  25. Such beautiful pictures :) I bet you're so excited now! The preparations for babies are always the best :) x

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  26. you're getting all set now then. i've read that book, stood in a shop and read most of it. he goes round asking various people where is his hat doesn't he, sure there's a bit of a cheeky snake that tells him to push off

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  27. Your baby is lucky to have such cool parents! Hope it behaves soon and good luck lovely! xxx

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  28. Cecelia9.9.12

    I admire you and Nao for sticking to your artistic ideals with all of the preparation. It shows--every little detail is so lovingly chosen and warm.

    Oh, and I was just playing with those same little German(?) village pieces with my 4-year-old niece the other day. She likes them better than plastic legos, happy to say!

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  29. Anonymous9.9.12

    My mother told me that if she was to give birth again she would choose a c-section. After having children the natural way, she always pees a little when she laughs or jumps around (something I have heard a lot of women say), so even if the baby doesn't turn around, it might be a good thing.

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  30. Your home is lovely.

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  31. Anonymous10.9.12

    Snot & puke cloths for the belly squatter LOL love it :D My mom used cloth nappies with both me and my sister in the early 80's..the disposable ones are so toxic to the environment, but i don't know if i could ever deal with using cloth nappies..eek...love your vintage moses basket crib its just lovely!

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  32. what a cosy little nest for the little one ^______^

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  33. The sweetest baby preparations I have ever seen. Just perfect x

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  34. Thanks for sharing all of this Artemis. That first photo is stunning and the whole post really shows off your knack of finding great treasures - like a treasure-hunting ninja.

    All the best for the run up. Hope all goes well.

    x Elena Randomly Happy

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  35. Just a tip on the reusable nappies (I'm sure you've already looked into this though). Lambeth do a reusable nappy trial pack for free. Just call the number on this link. http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/RubbishWasteRecycling/Recycling/LambethRealNappyTrialPacks.htm
    They've just come back in and they deliver them to your house. Im getting mine tomorrow.
    Good luck with the last few weeks. I have one week to go and am looking forward to my rust wedding ring actually fitting again! x

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  36. you both find and create the most amazing things, everything looks so super lovely! i hope that when the time comes i can do the same for my little ones! all the best for the next few weeks! Sally

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  37. You are super organised. Good luck! Love the look of that book. Will try and track it down.

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  38. All your beautiful baby things are making me clucky again. Which I cant allow myself to be. Nursery decorating is the best. So beautiful. There is a gorgeous french brand called Kaloo which I went nuts with new and on ebay. The most divine vintage style wooden baby arch I ever saw. Good luck Artemis. Love your pictures. Very inspiring.

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  39. I LOVE all your baby preparations. Very beautiful and stylish as ever! Good luck with everything Sarah xx

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  40. The things you've picked up are really lush!! Well done and good luck! J9 x

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  41. wow!!! everything looks gorgeous!!

    Hope everything goes well.
    xx

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  42. lots of sweetness here...even the snot and puke cloths :)

    just remember, whichever way that little babe comes out it will be a joy to finally meet them.

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  43. wishing you a smooth and healthy birth...enjoy the last bit of quiet :) wonderful, magical time, so exciing!

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  44. With reading material like "Where's My Hat" and "The Gruffalo" plus such fabulous surroundings all I can say is that is one lucky baby.

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  45. all the best with the birth...you did very good and lovely preperations for your baby!

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  46. C'est adorable ! Le bébé est vraiment "lucky" d'arriver dans cette jolie maison... Bonne soirée !
    Aurélia

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  47. we gave "i want my hat back" to our daughter as a two year old gift. at first she didn't understand that the bear ate the bunny. but now, as a three year old, she thinks it's funny and she giggles about it. hope Pehr enjoys it as well. congrats!

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