Two weeks today Jim and I will say goodbye to our lovely 1 bed Clapton flat and HELLO to our beautiful new home – a 3 bedroom house in Leytonstone, E11. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am – it feels like we’re starting a brand new chapter in our lives and I can’t wait to get into the house and start ‘nesting’!
We’re quite fortunate in that we’ve lived in unfurnished flats since we first moved in together 6 years ago so have a nice collection of furniture. This means that the only things we urgently needed to buy were a washing machine, fridge freezer and hoover! I bought the white goods from Appliances Online because Ben from their team got in touch with me last year and asked me to write about their services in exchange for a smelly candle. And I do love a smelly candle!
Seriously though – Ben’s blogger outreach campaign – which involved sending various fridges/cookers etc to parent bloggers in need – really stuck with me. It was a lovely idea that generated a lot of positive word of mouth and I remember telling him so at the time. Anyway – when it came to buying our washing machine and fridge freezer Appliances Online was my first port of call – I think that’s a pretty good example of the power of good blogger outreach! And I should know!
Let’s hope they don’t f*ck up delivery now, eh? ;)
Anyway – those were probably the two biggest things we needed to buy so I’m happy we’ve ticked them off the list.
But BLOODY HELL have I still got a long shopping list – of non-urgent stuff, granted – for the house. My main priority when we get in there is to get the sodding shower up. Unbelievably the lovely couple we’re buying from have suffered with one of those showers that sits on a cradle just above the taps. IT’S NOT EVEN ATTACHED TO THE WALL!!
Luckily my lovely friend Simon has a drill and a VERY LARGE toolbox and knows how to use it (fnar fnar). Simon and I have a mutual love of B&Q so I’m hoping he’ll accompany me and we can spend a good hour browsing the aisles for the requisite ‘part’. I actually plan on buying myself a nice drill so I can start doing DIY type stuff myself (I love it, weirdo that I am) but the shower is an emergency and cannot wait. The thought of having to ‘sit-down shower’ fills me with terror, quite frankly.
So yeah, apart from the shower there isn’t really anything urgent we need to buy for the house. I think we’ll wait till we get in there and then start decorating room by room as and when. I reckon I’ll have about 3 months before I’m too big to ‘move’ properly and therefore decorate in comfort, so the nursery needs to be a priority. I already have a million things pinned to my ‘baby board‘ for inspiration and am quite excited about the thought of Jim and I decorating it together. Woohoo!
We’ve got our 20 week scan on April 16th and after that I’m going to start thinking seriously about researching ‘baby stuff’ although to be honest I don’t really know where to start! I’m very VERY fortunate that my lovely friend Sian is sending us an amazing Stokke Xplory and Mycarrier which means two of the most potentially expensive items can be crossed off the list (I am IN LOVE with Stokke products – Scandinavian design at it’s best – and can’t wait to get my hands on them!!) so I suppose the next on the list would be nursery furniture?
What do you really NEED for a newborn? It can’t be that much, surely? I would hazard a guess at the following:
- Car seat – we don’t have a car but I’m sure we’ll be getting into one at some point (not least on the way home from the hospital) and I’ve been told it’s a necessity. Maybe get this from a ‘nearly-new’ NCT sale?
- Cot – but do I get a normal cot or one that turns into a bed for when he/she is a toddler?
- Changing table – no brainer
- Thing to put in the bath – rather than specific ‘baby bath’.
- Babygros – lots of.
- Nappies – see above
- Muslin cloths – see above
- More nappies!
Have I missed anything?!
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs L xxx