Watching paint dry

18 01 2014

Watching paint dry

This is turning out to be a LONG weekend!

Whilst having a beautiful home is definitely something I aspire to, home decoration is arduous, especially as FFOMC and I are working to a deadline. Our flat pack bedroom furniture has been arriving over the past two weeks with one more item still to come – each piece is currently still in its box proped up against a wall and we are running out of space. But the delay to project painting while awaiting a visit from our landlord to give us the go-ahead, alongside the planned delivery and assembly of our new divan bed on Thursday means we are on a deadline to get our bedroom painted this weekend.

The painting part I have no partcular objection to. It is a task that rears its ugly head only once in a blue moon after all and the end result is worth the trauma but the waiting around is tedious and the impact on ever other room in my home is causing me to rip my hair from my head.

There are piles of clothes everywhere now that our wardrobe has been taken down and random items scattered throughout our flat and no way of dealing with them until the paint work is complete. However the process involves: washing the walls with sugar soap solution – then waiting 30minutes; painting the ceiling with one coat – then waiting some more; applying second coat – more waiting and so on and so forth. The panelled door took considerably longer than I had anticipated and the prospect of applying a second coat or even starting on the skirting boards was simply too much for today.

FFOMC has been absolutely amazing especially my current inability to clamber up ladders or stretch but I am an excellent tea maker and biscuit provider.

I am of course looking forward to my beautiful new bedroom which will hopefully be completed next Saturday when my 4 door wardrobe is assembled for us but until then I am living in absolute chaos, and then of course we need to move onto the nursery and the rest of the flat…

Calling all Photographers

17 01 2014


I am looking for suggestions!

In just over 10 weeks FFOMC and I will be having some “bump” photography.

I want something classy preferably B&W although I am open to experimentation. I do not want a tacky nude shot, an embarrasing stereotypical couples shot with him making a heart shape with his hands over the bump or anything stilted and forced.

I love photographs and know what I like but I have no idea how to articulate the look I am going for, no skill myself behind the lens, a reluctant model in my husband  but I want to create something stylish, evocatve and timeless.

Please advise if you have any ideas.

Imaginary Friend

16 01 2014

Imaginary Baby

Ever the comedian, my husband recently posted the above image to his twitter account.

I should explain that in a moment of weakness I purchased this adorable little snow suit for my baby to wear next Christmas. I wanted to show it to my Mum who does not exactly live locally so I decided to take a photo to text her. Rather than lie it flat, I arranged it in “baby shape” on the sofa to give her an idea of what it would look like on her little grandson.

However when my husband came into the room to raid the fridge for a can of beer, he did a bit of a double take. With one raised eyebrow he made some caustic comments about his concern that my impatience about the arrival of our child in May had resulted in my fashioning an imaginary baby to fill what is clearly a gap in my life in the interim.

I wish to put the record straight – this is not intended as a substitute Lumpy – however adorable, it is clearly no substitute for the wriggling, giggling little boy currently swimming round happily in my tummy.

Lumpy’s bedtime song updated

16 01 2014

It was bothering me somewhat that I had only written the beginning of Lumpy’s bedtime song – so in classic OCD mode I have agonised about it until I gave up and had to create the ending 🙂

A productive way of spending my evening when I have so many other much more pressing matters to attend to!

Who tells the best bedtime stories Little Lumpy?

That would have to be your Mum.

Dad tries his best but he can’t do all the voices,

For sound effects, Mummy makes all the best choices!

So, who tells the best bedtime stories Little Lumpy?

That would have to be your Mum.

For a sense of drama and terrific ad libbed plots,

Just ask for your Mum you know she’ll pull out all the stops.

So, who tells the best bedtime stories Little Lumpy?

That would have to be your Mum.

My bouncing baby boy’s bedroom

14 01 2014

Lumpy's bedroom

I am finding any and all decisions at the minute are incredibly overwhelming. However despite my inclination to avoid thinking about and major issues I have definitely gone into nesting mode and plans for home improvements and decoration are in full swing.

It was the decision to order a new bed just before the end of the Christmas holidays that initiated project bedroom for us – with all new furniture and accessories due to be in place by 23rd January. Some preparation is still pending before everything is ready but it’s all well under way and we are looking forward to some restful night’s sleep snuggled up together with Lumpy.

However, we are now faced with the decisions that all parents-to-be encounter and last night marked the beginning of project baby’s room.

Little Lumpy will be getting the Alten 3 piece set from Mamas and Papas pictured above – excellent value and really sweet – as a gift from his wonderful Granny and Granda. I can’t wait to start preparing our second bedroom for our beautiful baby boy and I hope he will spend many long and peaceful nights in dream-land snuggled up in his comfy room rather than keeping his Mommy and Daddy up all night.


Lumpys bedtime song

13 01 2014

To entertain ourselves on the drive into school today, Lumpy and I devised a song together.

It is his bedtime song, intended to be sang before his bedtime story and is to the tune of the Dad’s Army theme song – karoke version attached for anyone who would like to sing along!

Who tells the best bedtime stories Little Lumpy?

That would have to be your Mum.

Dad tries his best but he cant do all the voices,

For sound effects, Mummy makes all the best choices!

So, who tells the best bedtime stories Little Lumpy?

That would have to be your Mum.

This made me cry

2 01 2014

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