I'm happy to report that most of my jobs have been done! Good thing because we are leaving town tomorrow! (weather permitting!)
The main thing left to do is orgnise a new baby car seat for Baby2, but that can wait until we are in Perth, as we've decided The Mister will drive our car down when he comes mid-month. This means I can shop for a new car seat in Perth and then make sure it is correctly installed at kidsafewa. It will also save us having to hire a car or rely on borrowing from my Parents.. Another advantage is The Mister can bring down some extra stuff when he comes.. like the portacot and double pram..
The pram (generously handed down to us by a friend) is an old Valco Runabout. It's a 3 wheeler, with a fully reclining seat for the newborn and the toddler seat above, rather than underneath. The Mister has pumped up the tyres, replaced a loose screw and I've washed and vacuumed it and it's come up really nice.
I was reluctant to spend big money on a brand new double pram as not sure how long we'll need it for. For quick trips to the shops I'm more likely to take baby in the sling and let Bay walk or sit in the shopping trolley. And I know it won't be long before the baby is old enough for a lightweight stroller. But some pavement pounding is inevitable in the early days and having the toddler seat will come in handy for those stinking hot afternoons where Bay is walking slowly (or wanting to run the other way).
Here she is giving it a test run. She loves sitting so high and keeps climbing in and asking to be taken for "more rides please Mummy" Due to the wet weather we are unfortunately limited to bog laps of our back patio.
My other main mission complete has been to make space in Bays' room for the new Baby.
We are in a 3 bedroom house and I am keen to keep the 2nd bedroom as a spare room/office, if possible. The plan is for Baby2 to stay in our room for the first 3-6 months and once he/she is sleeping reasonably well (we can hope!) we'll move them in together.
Bay has been sleeping happily through the night in her big bed for the last few months so the cot is all ready for the new baby to use as soon as they are ready. I'm hoping this works out, as we do more and more office work with the Business and I really want to keep the space for visitors.
Not many people seem to do the shared room thing these days which is interesting.. My Sister and I shared a room until I was 15! When my parents finally did an extention on their house and we got our own room, it felt weird to be sleeping alone and we used to have 'sleepovers' in each others rooms almost every night. I'm sure our parents were thrilled after they spent all that money making the house bigger.
Here are some snazzy shared kids rooms tha tshows it can be done!
All from Pinterest of course!
So with all this stuff crossed off my list I just have to pack our bags and get ready for our flight to Perth which will hopefully be leaving tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed.
It is a bit of a pain having to leave town to have a baby- mainly because it means being away from The Mister for a few weeks, having to pay for accomodation while we are in Perth and the disruption to Bays routine when she will already have some pretty major change to deal with.
But on the plus side, once I'm down there it will finally be time for Resting instead of Nesting! And it will be great to be back around some helping hands. And of course I'm really excited to have some time to spend with our Perth friends and family!