Monday, July 18, 2011

the nest

...is still waiting for the bambino.


This is probably incredibly boring news for most of you. But, from my perspective, I'm grateful the bun is still in the oven. That cold I mentioned in my last post...well, it hung around and got worse and kept me in bed feeling pretty miserable for days and days. There were many moments when I wondered how on earth I would labour and birth feeling that bad.

But thankfully it's on its way out. Subsequently I feel really rested, a little more prepared, and a whole lot more excited about meeting the little one.

So I thought I'd get around to posting about 'the nest' or the little corner of our bedroom where baby will sleep, feed and get dressed. We have a third bedroom in the house that we use as a study and although this will become baby's room one day, I don't think it's necessary to deck it out just yet. Baby doesn't need much space and I am determined to keep things simple.

The moses basket is the same one we used for Che but I've added new accessories...like the baby blanket I knitted, an oobee called Ned and a soft and squishy owl gift from Katja at Eco Bohemia.

My mum found an old basket on the side of the road, lined it in stripes and I filled it with wraps and blankets. My auntie made a basket full of muslin burp cloths -the greatest baby accessory ever. When Che was little we had them all over the house to literally catch the spew. They're gentle on skin, easy to wash and they last and last and last.

To pretty up the space I placed my favourite vintage mirror on the wall and decorated it with a heart garland. The eco nino change mat cover looks perfect atop the chest of drawers that holds everything from 0000 singlets to cloth nappies, booties and tui balm - the greatest baby skin product I have ever come across.

Emma kindly made me some new pillowslips from beautiful vintage fabrics and along with soft white sheets and a cosy mohair blanket, the king bed is ready for many a day and night of sleeping, dozing, feeding, burping, gazing, cooing and cuddling.

So, I'm now officially in that space where waiting is the norm. I think I've been holding on to baby a bit, because of my cold, but now I'm ready to let go and labour. My plans for the next few days, if I'm still waiting:

  • set-up a Woolworths home shop account (because the thought of taking a new baby to a fluorescent-lit, noisy, germy shopping centre is my idea of a nightmare. I'll be staying away from that place for a good two months)
  • gaze out the window
  • drink raspberry leaf tea
  • snuggle with Che
  • rub the belly
  • squat
  • use up all the hot water in long showers
  • double-check the bag is packed and ready
  • think a little more about baby names
  • (probably) cry
  • wonder a little more whether baby is a boy or a girl
Deep down I know I have to get a little fed-up and angry to get things going. I can feel it coming. Soon.

Next post I promise I'll have baby news.

Till then...


35 COMMENTS

  1. Oh, I've been wondering about you...glad to hear the cold is improving. I love your set-up. We are just moving out of crisis mode here and finding some space to start nesting and preparing again. Best of luck with the birth J. x

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  2. Glad to hear you are feeling better, laboring with a cold was one of my fears.
    Hope you have a wonderful birth.

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  3. I thought, in my absence, I'd missed the news! Hope you're feeling better. Gorgeous photos, as always. gxo

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  4. What a beautiful corner of the world little Baby will call home. Awesome news your cold has subsided in time for the journey ahead. Looking so forward to hearing your beautiful news. x

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  5. Gorgeous sneak peeks of your home, love all that white and natural fibers - sending you love and energy for labour!
    jxx

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  6. I too kept baby in our room. Her bassinet, small cupboard an change table all squeezed in. I couldn't imagine having her in another room. Your space looks lovely and simple. Especially loving the mirror and Moses basket. Look forward to hearing your news xo

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  7. What a perfect little nest to bring your bub home to! Looking forward to your big announcement :)

    x

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  8. thanks for the update, great that you are feeling better. I wouldn't know because I didn't get to the waiting stage, but I was looking forward to it, thinking it would be pretty exciting, wondering every morning if today was going to be "the" day. So exciting! good luck!
    I liked what you had written on your black board 'don't push the river, it flows by itself' I forwarded it to a friend with about three weeks to go because it totally summed up my birth experience and I'm so hoping for an easier one for her this time. I don't know if you had written it in terms of labour (probably just about life) but that's what it made me think of :]

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  9. Gorgeous little baby space you've got there. Enjoy the rest of your waiting time, hope it's not too long

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  10. I was thinking of you today and wondering if you had had the baby.. the nest looks beautiful, a perfect space to welcome and nurture your little one. enjoy this time. i hope the birth goes smoothly for you all. xx

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  11. gorgeous little space you have created, i love to see ned looking so cozy, patiently waiting : ) not long now until your days take a dramatic shift in the other direction - going way too fast.

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  12. goosebumps here, too! Looks so cozy, welcoming and filled with love. Bubba will love it!

    Glad to hear you're on the mend and feeling rested for the big job ahead! All the best beautiful lady - I hope you and bubba have a lovely experience and in the meantime I'll be refreshing my blogger dashboard waiting for that next post. xx claire

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  13. I love the blanket you knitted :) lucky bubby x

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  14. I will keep checking .... good luck XXX

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  15. Happy to hear you're feeling better. It sounds lovely and calm over there and your baby's space looks lovely. Bella is still in our room at 20 months! x

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  16. i was wondering if you'd had your baby, especially when i noticed the full moon the past weekend! i'm the same - when i get tired of being 'stuck' i have to get a bit fed up/angry before anything happens! best of luck jodi! we're all rooting for you!

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  17. Beautiful, waiting, nest. Take care of you. Kellie xx

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  18. Was wondering...what a beautiful cosy nest awaits your little one.
    Take care. x

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  19. warm , cosy waiting.

    it is always good to have big cry.

    xxx

    thinking of you. I may miss your post as we head out west in a few days.

    shall be checking in upon arrival.

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  20. such a loving, cosy looking corner. only missing a baby now and it will be the perfect nest. sending heaps of positive vibes your way for a smooth birth. looking forward to hearing the good news. bisous

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  21. I always find inspiration looking at your beautiful pictures, i can't wait until i can put together a cosy baby corner in my bedroom (next year i hope!)
    I'll be thinking of you and sending blissful birth blessings your way!

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  22. I was wondering...So happy to hear your well and rested and ready to take it all on now.

    Such a lovely little corner. Makes me think about the corner we will create. I can only hope it's as peaceful and snugly as this one.

    Good luck beautiful Jodi. And here's to the arrival of that gorgeous bambino. xx

    ps. as always your words are the so inspirational. The most calming and motivational i've heard and ones that make me even more excited about our little bub. x

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  23. I love it all, from the Bebe bunny to the Ikea drawers, to your beautiful words...enjoy this quiet time, as you wait...

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  24. So glad you are feeling better, your nest is beautiful so simple, I love your knitted blanket. Best wishes for this time x

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  25. You always have such inspiring post Jodi, they are such a pleasure to read. Sending you love and strength for the birth of your little bubba.
    Rhi xx

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  26. You always have such inspiring post Jodi, they are such a pleasure to read. Sending you love and strength for the birth of your little bubba.
    Rhi xx

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  27. What a lucky little babe. A peaceful little space you have created Jodi. Enjoy the ride. Jade x

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  28. What a lucky little one! I LOVE those pillow cases. Good luck on the impending arrival!

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  29. Oh Jodi, I would love to live in that space you've created... it's just beautiful! Reading your posts always fills me with calm and happiness. There is something so pure and irresistible about fresh baby wear. And I think you're right on the money with keeping it simple for babe... we did the same with our number 2 until he was 5 months old. Moses basket on a stand next to our bed, I loved it! He now shares with his big bro and their room is basic, but lovely :o)
    Yep, online shopping is the way to go. I did it for a couple of months also, just takes the stress out of that necessary chore.
    Sending positive, relaxing vibes your way for the coming days. Your body did you a good turn to get the cold germ out when it did, hopefully you don't have to wait too much longer to meet your precious bub now. How exciting! xo

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  30. You've been in my thoughts lately, Mama. Nothing like a bit of stamp-the-foot impatience to get things a'rollin'. And when they do, may all be intuitive and smooth and just everything you want it to be. xx

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