Archive | March, 2012

Baby summer shoe mine field

28 Mar


As anyone who has read my blog at all may he be aware I am quite into my shoes. This obsession seems to have transferred perfectly to baby shoes for the babe and this post is dedicated to my frustrations. I understand that I am fussy, wanting perfect fit and nice looking shoes all at once but I cannot believe that this isn’t possible even for the smallest of feet.

I have had the winter wear sussed. Little boots of all varieties are available to the babe to suit her every whim but when it comes to the summer shoes (an issue suddenly made greater by it being 22 degrees in March) I am stumped.

I’m an ideal world I would like a sandal that didn’t require her to wear socks. I want as much support as possible like you’d get in a start-rite shoe for example but without any added silver flowers or bunnies on it.

In the quest to find something lighter, but also user friendly I have two options now. Clarks Doodles seem to be quite popular and are almost like a plimsole. Not too offensive and not too expensive. The only colour they are doing them in at the moment for girls is purple polka dot. Cute but not user friendly. The other option I am considering is baby converse baseball boots. Much lighter than her winter boots they would be a good alternative to a trainer and I could get them in white so they go with everthing.

If anyone has any insights as to where I can get more choice please let me know, I am really struggling!! I’d also be keen to hear from mum’s in the know as to whether either of my chosen options re worthwhile…..



Mad Men and Manolo’s

27 Mar


Well I’m sitting in the garden reading my book whilst the babe sleeps and thought I’d do the blog now. Given that the new series of Mad Men starts tonight I better do it now! (The book in question by the way is Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. I may have harped on about her before but she’s a fab writer. Both books I’ve read are written from the point of view of a woman with a debilitating illness and she has a phd in neuroscience so she nows her stuff!).

Tuesday afternoons always have that annoying quality to them. No matter how lovely a time I’m having, or this week how good the weather, I am always wishing I didn’t have to go back to work tomorrow. I am seeing my fave client on thurs so that helps a bit.

Two fashionable thoughts today. First the babe. I went to Next this morning to exchange some of the things she’d been given for her birthday. (Don’t tell on me..). I managed to get a couple of pairs of the skinny neon jeans they have been doing in the right size but also found these little sweatshirt tops. Now, I am really not a fan of baby hoodies and avoid at all costs but I thought these were somewhere close to a summer jacket and would be great to have in your bag over the summer months. My own pic is below as they are not on the website. There is a pale pink one too.

Now for mummy. The fact that it is now warm means I’ll have to ditch the opaque tights at the office. This in turn means a Fake Bake session this evening. I really need to invest in some summer shift dresses for work but am struggling a bit to find the right thing. Mad Men will no doubt inspire me later. In the interim I’ll be swapping black patent courts for nude ones which at least will give a nod o the summer with a white blouse and pencil skirt.

Tomorrow, baby sandals. A minefield.


Here comes the sun…and the wardrobe drama

26 Mar


Phew. You know when you get to the end of the day and you wish you had the energy to keep going another couple of hours?? I could more than fill that time today but I have no gas left in the tank!

I’ve had a lovely couple of days. We had the babe’s birthday party yesterday. It was a huge success and a great chance to see some friends I hadn’t seen for ages. But, organising this type of thing is not without it’s stresses! I don’t know the form for kids parties and was there at the start time wondering whether anyone would turn up! Much fun, frolics and cake followed and the sunshine just topped in off. For those who aren’t aware I live in the North East of England where we are not known for our good weather, and it was 22 degrees!!!

Today was back to just me and the babe and we had a lush time at her music classes, out in the park and in the garden in her new birthday swing. Lots of cuddles and smiles, I just love her so much. It’s a fantastic time at the minute. She’s really becoming a little personality and her mobility means she is just into everything and so interested! It also feels like she is starting to become independent from me… So much of her first year has required me at all times but she is getting more sociable every day. Wherever we are she will be crawling around and playing and she’ll look around, spot me and smile, then carry on with what she’s doing. I am so proud of her.

From a fashion perspective such randomly good weather at an unexpected time of year threw me this morning! Frustratingly the lovely pastel trew’s I purchased for the babe on Saturday will have to be changed as they are massive! I know Mothercare sizing can come up big but she needs stuff now so will need to go back into 9-12 months. We ended up in Zara baby jeans and white tee. A safe option whilst I get the summer wardrobe sorted!

The weather has prompted me to buy her a new sun hat. (You should have see me try and wedge her baby one on today, bless). I have also ordered some baby Toms, better than heavy boots and shoes when it’s so warm. Hope the weather stays good enough to enjoy them!


Barbie my baby

24 Mar


Well I had my first pay cheque after my maternity leave yesterday and what did I do with it, go shopping for the babe!! It’s been a lovely afternoon really. The hubby took the babe to the park whilst me and the best bud went to the shops, a lovely little break combined with my fave activity.

Neither me or the buddy had loads of money to spend so we stayed with the high street and headed for the Next sale and Mothercare where there is a buy one get one half price offer on all their clothes and shoes. Baby Zara can never be missed however so we stopped there too….

I try to buy for the babe like I buy for myself. My theory is to buy only things that already go with one or two things in my wardrobe and also group with trends that I am into and I know suit me. I have gone with some colour blocking for the babe and I try to keep in mind that more pastel rather than bright colours suit her. I am a skinnies and tee’s kind of a mummy and so the poor thing is a bit in my image too, bless her. Everything I buy also has to go with the leopard print booties. See my gravatar if you missed the post dedicated to them!!

So, what did I buy? Three pairs of skinnies and about seven tees!!! Mothercare came through on the jeans and whilst the Baby K range is not always my cup of tea I do find that they do some more fashion oriented stuff. Bit pricey for little ones but the buy one get one half price helped. The coral jeans below also come in a pastel pink (which I also got).

There was also a pair of lemon skinnies in the Mothercare main range for a cheaper £9 that are in the bag too.

As far as t shirts go the top shot is classic baby Zara and is something I would wear too! A great match with a the colourful jeans and boots.

I have to say Next did not come up trumps. Sale days at Next are always a drama but there wasn’t sufficient stock to look at. I did pick up some socks but I don’t think they need their own link!


It’s the babes birthday party tomorrow so I must go and ice 101 fairy cakes but in the true spirit of Barbie My Baby I am including a pic of the babe’s outfit today. I have cut her head to keep her secret but you’ll get the idea. In brief the jeans are Mothercare, the tee is Next, the boots are Pom D’api and the cardi is La Redoute. Hope you approve; I thought she looked like a little dudette!


Happy birthday baby

22 Mar


Phew! What a day. I am just sitting down at the end of the babe’s first birthday after what I hope was a lovely day for her. Its a celebration of her little life which goes someway to showing how amazing she is to me and how she’s made everything in life better and more worthwhile.

I’ve felt quite emotional really, it’s seem so unlikely that I had a baby just a year today and she is now this little person with a personality all her own. What a star.

What I have learned today however is that children’s birthdays don’t really belong to their parents. I suspect particularly in the pre-school years the day is over taken by well meaning but somewhat overwhelming relatives all keen to share in the special day. Regardless of this, I did manage to chill out and have a good time. Her best baby buddy and my equally best mummy friend made themselves available to us all day and were there by my side through every relative. My own mummy also brought a little pressie for her own little girl in the form of a baby book by Anthony Browne called “My Mum“. It’s one of those things that you couldn’t buy for yourself as it celebrates how good a mum you are but you always would hope someone thinks it of you. Bless her.

Gran also bought the babe a tiny posy of gerberas. Hand tide and brightly coloured. I suspect this might become a tradition, and what a lovely one.

From a fashion perspective I think it may have been a low one for mum and baby. She was bought a number of clothes as gifts, (including a pink tutu dress and a baby Monsoon outfit), which whilst pretty and no doubt expensive are really not my cup of tea. I realise I won’t be able to dictate her wardrobe for much longer so I will for now! I know I am very hard to please. My weekend blog should up the baby fashion stakes as me and the best bud are heading out on a spree on Saturday afternoon. Watch this space!


New lust items

21 Mar


No proper blog tonight as I’ve been on a business trip half way down the country for most of the day and have spent the early morning and evening wrapping pressies and making fairy cakes for the babes 1st birthday tomorrow.

I’ll be back with meaning tomorrow but in the mean time have a look at one of the babe’s pressies that I thought might appeal and a new lust item for your Barbie baby..


I gave my love a cherry…

20 Mar


The blog title may appear a bit cryptic today but its actually a song title. Also known as The Riddle Song it’s an old folk tune turned lullaby that the teacher at my musical babies class sang today and made me cry a wee bit. Check it out on iTunes. There are loads of different versions including one from Carlie Simon… I’m not saying that I’ve never been a crier but motherhood does take it to a new dimension me thinks. P&G adverts now have the power to make me sniff and not even when it’s that time of the month.

My Tuesday night blogs may end up being a bit sentimental as I’m always preparing to leave the babe and go into work on the Weds after my four days off. I am sure that it will get easier with time but I do wish it could be different. The babe is one on Thursday so I have the day off anyway so really I should stop complaining.

I’m sure I will have more to say on her birthday later in the week but for now all I can say is what many have said before me:- where has the time gone. It’s funny to remember the state of mind I was in this time last year. Fussing with my hospital bag and putting finishing touches to the nursery. How different it must be for the second time Mum. As one woman I know who’s six months pregnant with a one year old commented to me the other day, “you forget you’re pregnant most of the time”. So with just the one babe for now I can look back and ponder safe in the knowledge that as yet there is only one chance of an unbroken nights sleep. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Top Tip

Hush Harem Trousers

These trousers saw me through pregnancy, post baby mummy tummy and are still worn every week now. They are universally flattering, very comfy and look a lot more put together than joggers. I wear them with a double layered racer vest in the summer or a knitted slimline jumper in the winter and never fail to get compliments. They wash well, are in lovely heavyweight jersey and are well priced at £45.

I know a lot of people think harems aren’t for them. I get that but please try these and then decide.