Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The baby name conversations are heavily one-sided at the moment because naming babies is not Mr Duyvken's favourite way to spend an evening. I think he figures that
a) we're a long way from holding this little bub in our arms and
b) since he dislikes most of my suggestions it is unwise to get into a debate with a slightly hormonal mother-to-be.
He's got me pegged with b) but I prefer to pretend that he's being unreasonable.
I suspect we won't have a name until just before the little one arrives. Nevertheless, I have been thinking a lot about it and have a bit of a list going. Here's what the scrap of paper looks like at the moment;
Friday, November 19, 2010
We were absolutely stuffed after lunch but I couldn't resist buying a couple of cupcakes from Ghermez on George St on the way back to the station. We bought a regular red velvet cake and a mini strawberry cake that JW devoured on the way home. I saved the red velvet for 5pm when I knew the pregnancy munchies would kick in and I have to say, I was kind of disappointed. It just tastes like coconut which is great and all but I was wanting a red velvet and cream cheese frosting kick.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
That's J looking up at the macaques who had paused at the river crossing to view us as curiously as we were viewing them :-)
I'll write more about Borneo next time because we had two more interesting stops and, to do them justice, I can't just add them as bullet points to this list. I look forward to sharing it with you, dear reader!
Monday, November 15, 2010
I've made several lined drawstring bags using this great tutorial from Happy Things. They're scattered through the house holding toys, puzzle pieces and treasures. C keeps a few special things in one and tucks it under her pillow at night and I so love seeing her clutching it in her sweaty little hand as she sleeps. I knew I'd be able to alter the pattern to fit the stroller dimensions and a couple of other adjustments would make it perfect.
I threaded elastic through the top to keep things from falling out but added a couple of fabric loops to hang over the stroller handles. I should have inset the loops into the side seams for a tidier finish but I wasn't about to unpick it to start over again so it will be staying like it is and no-one will notice but me.
A few more loops and some hardware to attach it to the hardware already on the stroller and we were all set. The hardware is the bit that made it all work because without it the bag would swing out and overbalance the stroller. With the hooks the bag stayed put and we were able to carry all the diapers, wipes, bug spray, plastic cups, mylanta (25 weeks pregnant and suffering :-)) and other paraphernalia that we carried around with us on all our day trips.
I used some adorable robot linen that I bought from Retromummy ages ago and have had sitting in the stash and lined it with some red cotton from Spotlight. Now, I'm itching to make a quilted stroller liner to make it even more comfortable.
By the way, retromummy has a great giveaway of Rosalie Quinlan fabric at the moment and I'm itching to win! So head on over and check it out!
Sunday, November 07, 2010
We set off early one morning catching the train into the airport and flew to Melbourne to spend a few hours showing the kids the city and catching up with Mr Duyvken's sister, Adele. We happened to land on a bitterly cold, wet and windy day so quickly changed our plans from walking through the city enjoying the sights to finding a dry spot to have a coffee and wait out the day. The kids were very excited to be in another city and we loved spending a few hours in a warm Melbourne pub catching up with Adele and watching the kids dance to the live music. They were pretty trashed by the time we boarded our flight to KL and slept the whole way there waking up ready to embrace their first day in Malaysia's biggest city.
We stayed in a serviced apartment complex in KLCC, a short stroll from the Petronas Towers and a cheap taxi ride from everywhere we wanted to explore.
We were immediately hit by the intense humidity (oh the humidity was NOT kind to my pregnant self!) so spent plenty of time in the pool,
some of us even practiced our diving,ensuring that we were fit and ready for our adventures.
We went to Jalan Bukit Bintang for dinner,
We went to the Petronas Towers,some of the wonderful public parks,and wandered the amazingly busy and bustling streets.The kids were quite a novelty for the locals with everyone wanting to touch Charlotte's fair cheeks and JW's curly hair. JW took it all in her stride but Super Medium Girl wasn't happy with all the attention. We ended up having to run quite a bit if interference for her, poor thing.
We also went to the fantastic Aquaria. The kids had a ball and I enjoyed the a/c immensely :-)This photo shows C and JW demonstrating how scared they would be if something that big swam up next to them in the sea. It also fairly accurately represents my regret at not bringing the DSLR and only carrying my Fuji Finepix. There were so many wonderful things to photograph and I barely captured any of it!
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Can't wait to tell you all more about it soon, but in the meantime, post-trip laundry is calling my name!