Sydney – the highlights

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Top L-R: Indonesian lontong sayur, a free smile flyer that made me smile, a photo shoot session, a bowl of heated sticky rice with durian for breakfast

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Top L-R: our new fav Japanese restaurant in Sydney – Izakaya Fujiyama, a terrace house I like, a second generation friendship in the making (love!), Thai thick toast smothered with pandan custard

OOTD of a sleep-deprived mum

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I’m wearing an Emily Strange tshirt (another good buy from 2006!) and my ikat print Cotton On shorts. Little man is wearing his adorable RL pastel green onesie.  Please ignore his drool patch (he’s forever teething!)

Last night, I was reminded how tiring and difficult parenthood could be. Here we are, on a holiday, and we’re up half the night trying to get a hysterical crying baby to sleep. We also learnt how easy it is to just take the simple way out, anything to stop him crying and just sleep already!

Before I continue, I would like to emphasize again that as parents, you decide what you think is best for your baby. No matter what people say, either praises or criticism, you know what is best. Ultimately, it is your decision as parents.  therefore,  what I say on my posts, should not make you question your decision. Please do take it on board, if you like, and review whether your original thoughts are right. But please, don’t take what I write about as an indirect criticism of you 🙂

Anyway, one of our decisions was that we will not be co-sleeping. Was. Because we did last night. We were tired and little E just wanted to be held. So we put him in between us, cuddled him, and we slept for a full 4 hours.   I have to say, it was nice cuddling him to sleep. It was also lovely to wake up with him slobbering all over my face. I like to think that I woke up to his kisses today 🙂

We’re off to see our friends and their adorable baby of little E’s age today. Hopefully, after their playing around, and a swim this afternoon, would tire little E out and he’ll sleep better tonight!

OOTD

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My new favourite oat-coloured asymmetrical dress and Novo sandals.  

Check out little E’s awesome super hero outfit! 🙂

Mr E has whisked us to Sydney this long weekend, I am very much looking forward to the amazing array of delicious food and great shopping expeditions! Most importantly, the warm weather!

A Baby on a Budget: Nappy Disposal

What to do with a smelly nappy but don’t want to spend the money on one of those “sausages” maker bins or want to save some money on these scented nappy sacks (like this or this)?

Here’s our system at the moment:

Cheap, no/minimum smell, no spill, nappy disposal system

Cheap, no/minimum smell, no spill, nappy disposal system

1. Push-top bin from Kmart | 2. Small freezer bags | 3. any Car Freshener (img src)

Those freezer bags work out about half a cent (AUD) each. If you want to be quite generous in your calculations, each nappy disposal would still cost less than 1 cent. That is way less than the cost of the “sausage” makers and the scented nappy sacks.

Admittedly, we have to empty the bin more often, however, the garbage collectors come weekly anyway, so that is not a problem for us. If you don’t have such big bin like ours, and buy half the size (20L bins), you will have to empty it maybe once every 3 days (depending on how often your baby needs changing). This will further eliminate any smells coming from it.

The whole nappy disposal system is all new to me since, where I grew up in Indonesia, we still have piles of rubbish on open air for your neighbors to see. We don’t even line our bins inside the house with bags! To think that I have to spend more money just to rid of already-expensive nappy is just not for me, so this was our way of saving more on baby costs 🙂

Edited on 12 Jan 2014: A few months on, this system proven to be only good up until Little E starts eating more solids, and less BM. See my most recent post on this subject here 🙂

OOTD

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A red tshirt from Threadless with a pair of Zara baroque-patterned jeans and sparkley shoes from Novo.

The weather has been really weird here lately in Canberra, so I also have a black Tommy Hilfiger cable knitted jacket with me. It was one of my best buys of my life! 35AUD from David Jones and it has lasted me for 6 years so far. DJ really does have great sales 🙂

OOTD

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Mine: An old Donald Duck tshirt with black leggings, worn with rose gold rabbit shoes from ASOS and my beloved Le Pliage bag.

Little E: taupe tshirt, handmade pants from Mr E’s old tshirt and a Tigger hat. Both the tshirt and the hat came from the pile of clothes we got.

And yes, I have sadly become one of those people who wear tights as pants! My excuse is that I’m going painting with little E for the first time and I didn’t have any pants that I can afford to get paint on.