Overdue Update!

Well its been about a month since I last posted and there’s been lots going on!

The small one is coming along really well, she is active, vocal, becoming more independent and confident. Yesterday we had a combined physio/speech therapist visit and she managed some fantastic sitting with relaxed legs and brilliant head control. The changes we have seen in the past month are so positive. After what seems like a very long time of excruciatingly slow progress it’s very exciting for us to be moving less slowly! We plan to return to London for more ABM in late April so lots to look forward to.

We are also very happy to share with you that T*’s Rifton Pacer walker was delivered yesterday, much to our surprise as all we knew was that funding had been approved, but we didn’t know if there was sufficient funding left in this financial year or that it had been ordered. To see our little one take her first steps without our physical help was brilliant, its going to take a bit of getting used to for her to be down so low when she has spent the vast proportion of her life in my arms.

Initial excitement aside, we need to be careful with the walker as it could undo all our good progress and even be detrimental. So it looks as if babywearing is going to remain a vital feature in our daily lives for quite some time!

 

 

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A Babywearing Post

Well since its been here over a week I think its about time I blogged about my gorgeous Didymos Ginkgo wrap conversion by Fay at Opitai Baby. This stunning carrier arrived on the 21st and I decided against blogging about it over Christmas as I anticipated readership to be down and I want to share it with as many people as possible!

Ginkgo Opitai conversion

So for the babywearing geeks amoung us, the wrap was a size 6 and was converted to a wrap-tai with pleated shoulders, a wrap straps, head rest and rainbow topstitching on the waist which we requested to be 4 inches wide and floppy (so not standard). We went without sear darts as we are now finding they aren’t giving T* the ‘ideal’ seat. In the picture above I have folded over the waist to make the body of the carrier shorter as this carrier is for when T* is a bit bigger. The picture just doesn’t do the carrier justice, it is just beautiful and best photographed in natural light.

So, the finer details aside, wow, what a carrier! So comfortable, very supportive and beautifully made…I can’t wait til the drier weather is here so we can really try it out! Huge thanks to Fay at Opitai Baby for your amazing work!

And on the subject of babywearing, I’m looking into setting up a Folksy shop to sell some simple babywearing (and other) artwork. Watch this blog for a link….

Back to Blogging…

….And I’m back! Sorry for being so quiet lately, I can see by the site stats that BCB is still being visited regularly so its nice to know people are still reading.

Well, things have been busy and my head has been full. I’ve tried to blog several times but given up because my mind being blank. Winter is here, my body and brain are slowing down, but enough of that! I’m back and I promise to be better.

So what’s been happening? No much actually. The small one is keeping me busy, she has just completed a block of speech therapy where she was introduced to a picture system as a method of communication which she picked up really well. We’ve also had an OT assessment and were told we are doing everything they would suggest. It’s so reassuring when the professionals say that! The physio’s application for a walker has been approved but we have to wait to find out if there is any funding left for this financial year…if there isn’t we’ll have to hang on til April.

We haven’t been able to spend much time outside now it’s turned cold and wet, but I’ve recently discovered ringslings which is making life much easier indoors. We have a Storchenwiege Lilly and also waiting on hearing about a Neobulle Julie as we really need two on the go! We also sold our Rose & Rebellion SSC and got a petite toddler Girasol Wompat in Forest Berries as I needed something in a smaller fit. Forrest Berries is soooo pretty, I’ll have to get some pictures sorted so I can show it off to you. Not only that but our beautiful Ginkgo has gone off to Opitai be converted into a wrap-tai! I’m a bit nervous at the thought of it being chopped up but really I can’t wait to see the result…watch this space!!

That’s enough from me for today, plenty to come so stick with me x x

Ah! There I am!

I think I’ve finally made it to the right path, and it’s been a bit of a revelation! Why does it take so long to get to the right starting point? The journey gets exciting for here-on in…

So we’ve busy! International Babywearing Week came and went last week, I had planned to blog every day but in my previously lost state I just couldn’t feel or find the words. However I did find the time to make my long-awaited babywearing bag. I love it, I loved making it and I learnt loads. I used beautiful plum cord I sourced from eBay for the outer, and Alexander Henry ‘Larkspur’ in Brite Multi from Fabric Inspirations for the lining.

On the subject of making, yesterday we made our first ever batch of soap. We used a basic recipe from ‘The Handmade Soap Book’ by Melinda Cross and added Lemongrass essential oil. Now we must cross our fingers and wait for 4 weeks to see if it turns out ok. If you fancy having a go yourself I definitely recommend the book, its really easy to read and full of recipes to try out. I’m hoping to make a different batch every weekend for the next month or so, so hopefully have some good stuff ready for Christmas/Yule.

I’m really excited to have ordered an Earth Pathways Diary 2012, I came across this while browsing a blog and it looks great, just what I have been looking for. Maybe if I have time to get back to my drawing board I will be able to submit some artwork for the 2014 diary! I’m also looking forward to receiving my pouch from Fairysteps…take a look at their truly gorgeous shoes if you have a moment…maybe one day I will be able to justify buying a pair of handmade shoes *sigh*

So, glad to back here, glad to be on my path, glad to be moving forward.

Babywearing Bag

Inside the bag

October Sky ~ view from my window

Shadows

Just Collecting Scattered Thoughts…

Firstly a big “HIYA” to my new readers and subscribers. I’m really glad you have found me and I hope you enjoy reading my blog.

I’ve been meaning to post every day this week but something either cropped up or by the time I sat down in peace I couldn’t think of anything worthwhile to say. I’ll admit to feeling a little preoccupied, we are looking into a new therapy for our small person and it’s taken up a lot of head-space this past week. The good news is the sessions have been booked, time off work been cleared and kind relatives more than happy to accommodate us for a few days so now we just wait until January…it seems like an age away. If this works for us we’ll be making regular trips to London for blocks of sessions so some fundraising might be on the cards early next year.

So, what else has been going on? Bits and pieces, mostly things I can’t bring to mind. I am planning a babywearing bag this weekend, and possibly a matching mei tai after trawling TheBabywearer.com DIY section. I’ve also found some suitable jam thermometers so will be having a bash at a bit of soap making as soon as they arrive.

I think thats it for me today, sorry folks, I’m just not feeling it right now. I’ll be back soon though xx

“She”

Firstly I want to share a photo with you from yesterday;

Today we had a visit from our physio and the Jenx rep to try my small person with a walking frame. It went better than I could have hoped and we now have to wait and see if we can get funding for the frame. Please cross your fingers for us, our little girl really needs this and we desperately want this for her.

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The weather has turned lovely here, we’re trying to get more outside time now the days are getting shorter. I’ve enjoyed taking the small one out in a sling. We chat, we sing, we scrunch leaves and tickle eachother’s faces with long seeded grass. She is understanding more and more, she is opinionated, she is confident, she is humorous and even her own version of helpful. Today she has a cold brewing but is still chirpy and smiley, fingers crossed she is still happy tomorrow as we have slingmeet! Poor thing spent all night fidgeting and growling, it was like co-sleeping with a bear.

I’ve not been able to get any sewing done these past few days but I have ordered a bit of cord from eBay so looking forward to that coming through the post soon.

Just a short blog post today, there is plenty to come so stay tuned!!!!

Older, But No Wiser

So I’m back after a busy few days! Thirty came and went and there was cake ~ chocolate of course. I have discovered the joys of Bondaweb and managed my first bit of machine appliqué. Its not great, but its a start lol. On Sunday we visited the National Woolen Museum in Drefach Felindre and saw pictures of babies being worn in traditional Welsh shawls. My small person enjoyed looking around from the comfort of our Ginkgo. I had a low day on Sunday but we all went for a short walk down the lane and by the time we got back in I was feeling much more uplifted. Its great how a bit of fresh air and some exercise can improve the mood!

I’ve decided to look into Art Journalling, I’m waiting for a book through the post to see what its all about then I might give it a go.

So there we are, a quick catch up. I’ll be back in the next couple of days to post something that makes a bit more sense. I also want to say “Hi!” to the lovely readers who I hear are dipping into this blog…its great to know you are reading and enjoying xx

A couple of pictures just to brighten up a dull text…

Leaping hare appliqué

Sunday's double rainbow (can you spot it??)

Autumn Walk

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