Unnecessary Baby Stuff


I’ve been on leave for a couple of weeks now, and it’s been good in some aspects (sleeping in, napping when I want, slothing around and catching up on bad reality TV ie. My Kitchen Rules and The Block). It’s also been good because I’ve finally washed all the baby stuff we’ve gotten. I feel like the baby has more clothes than what I do, and that’s a lot! It’s weird not going to work, but also nice. Everyone keeps telling me that I should just relax and enjoy and take it easy, but there’s always a part of me that feels like I should be doing more (still haven’t finished packing my hospital bag and I’m technically at full term now!).

One of the things that has been occupying my time is reading baby books and going on the internet, including my good friend Pinterest. It’s so easy to just Google things, like what I should pack for my hospital bag when I’m stuck on ideas. What’s really annoyed me though is how over-medicalised and generally crazy and over the top some American blogs and sites are. I guess it’s just like everything, to take it with a grain of salt and just use the information that I find useful, ignoring the rest. I still can’t help by find some things really irritating though, just like crazy parenting forum acronyms. I know I should just ignore it, but I think I’ve just got too much time on my hands at the moment. So here’s what is annoying me.

Too much material stuff. How can one tiny little baby possibly need all this stuff? Now I might not really have a good idea of what a baby really needs and what is just convenient, but some of the ‘essentials’ lists are just insane. There is so much baby stuff that they only use for a short period of time, yet people buy this crazy stuff. Here’s a list of really useless stuff that no one needs at all! Every time I walk into a baby store I feel completely overwhelmed with the amount of stuff they have in there. Babies really just need love and attention and you know a few other little things. A diamonte encrusted dummy or a wipes warmer is not something I would consider an ‘essential’.

Too many crazy rules. There is so much angst over whether babies are developing at the right rates and what they are meant to do at what stage and then of course stressing out over it. I can see myself doing the same thing, comparing my child to other children and stressing about it. I just need to remind myself that everyone develops at their own rate and not to stress about it too much. While we’re talking about stress, I don’t know why everyone is so hung up on sleeping through the night. I remember learning about sleep cycles during uni and newborns don’t have sleep cycles like adults do, so why are their so many rules and books and advice on getting them to do something that isn’t natural to them? It’s not forever and eventually they’ll settle. Parents just need to do what works for them.

Too much emphasis on God and religion. Now I’m not religious and I have nothing against religion, but it really irks me when people say that they are just putting their trust in God and it’s not God’s plan to have children, and thanking God’s good grace for getting through labour and the difficulties of coping with a newborn. How about these people give themselves and their partners and support people some credit. It’s not God that got them through. It’s just themselves.

Professional baby photography. Now, I know it’s pretty important to get photos, but I was reading a few posts about there being professional photographers in the US who are affiliated with hospitals to get those all important perfect newborn shots. Don’t even get me started on a ‘cake smash’ photo shoot. Very contrived.

Professional maternity photo shoots. Maybe it’s just me, but I think these are sometimes a bit cringeworthy. Nothing wrong with getting photos while pregnant to remember what you looked like, but some of the poses are a bit… It just makes me feel embarrassed for them. Just like an engagement shoot, I think it’s very American and very unnecessary.

Going home outfits. I can’t believe people actually go out and get crazy designer wear for the baby to go home in. At first I thought I needed to get a ‘going home’ outfit for safety or comfort purposes (keep the baby at the right temperature etc.), but then I quickly realised it was just all for photos and show. Everything has to be ‘picture-worthy’. I think regardless of what the baby is wearing, he or she will definitely be picture-worthy. Just get a random onesie and a blanket and a safe car seat and I think that should be it!

Elaborate baby announcements, gender reveal parties, crazy baby showers. I think all of these are kind of cute, but entirely unnecessary. I hadn’t even heard of a gender reveal party until I started going on forums. What happened to just telling people? And don’t get me started on baby showers. Some of them seem really over the top, when really it should just be about catching up before the baby comes. My workmate was saying that it doesn’t stop there. Kids birthday parties are getting more and more elaborate as well. It feels like it never stops and people are just trying to show off.

Phew, that’s a lot of stuff. I clearly have too much time on my hands, and feeling overly judgmental today! Even though there’s a lot of crazy advice out there, there are some really practical blogs I’ve read that make me feel a bit more sane and more to my liking. Who knows, once the little one pops out I might think otherwise.


Also on a completely unrelated note, I was reading an American food blog and there was a post on how to make home-made whipped cream. Seriously? Is this for real? As if you need an actual ‘recipe’ for that. Do they only buy things in canned form? Growing up I had never even heard of any other way to make whipped cream other than, you know, whipping cream. The comments on how amazing this method is astounds me. I also hate recipes on Pinterest that use instant pudding mix, cake mixes etc. Instant turn off.


Project 365 2014 – Day 91 – Something Purple

Day 1- April Photo A Day - Something Purple

Day 1- April Photo A Day – Something Purple

Another very slack photo. When I remembered that I hadn’t taken a photo today, I basically just walked around the house until I found something purple. So it’s a photo of my post it note box, labelled with a purple post it note. Brilliant. I need this baby out of me!

Project 365 2013 – Day 115

Lumpy Space Princess

Lumpy Space Princess

A few of my friends were wondering what to get the husband for his birthday. I mentioned that he liked Adventure Time and that his favourite character was Lumpy Space Princess. Some of my friends, not knowing what Adventure Time was asked “Are you sure?” Lucky they trusted that I wasn’t just making it up and they got it. I love her. She’s so crazy and random and fierce, and I also love that she’s voiced by a man. If you haven’t seen Adventure Time before, get on it!

Project 365 2012 – Day 293


I had to go into the city today for a training program, which was actually a nice break from my normal routine and also gave me the opportunity to catch up with some of my old workmates. One of the things I miss is the walk to and from the train station because I get to walk down a lovely quiet tree lined street rather than a busy main road like my current route to work. There’s a lovely house on the corner that looks beautiful when the wisteria blooms over the ugly concrete wall/fence. So pretty. I should go for walks down that way more often.

And Finally The Rest

I’ve almost finished cleaning out the photos that I’ve been meaning to post. These are the last lot from the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show March 2012. They’re all the indoor displays that were inside the Exhibition Building. Some of the displays were from florists, students, and vendors.

Love this wall of sunflowers

weaved leaves

These terrariums are cool

For some reason this reminds me of a jellyfish

Simple display


A pretty, but impractical dress

Love the glass hanging balls. They’re just so pretty


Stacked wood

Never seen tulips like these before. The frilly edges are interesting

This display was my favourite. All glass test tubes and tulips

Spheres of carnations

So many orchids

Gloriosa Lily

Wish I could grow pretty orchids


Hanging bottles from branches. Cute idea


In The Garden

Photos I took earlier this year from the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show outside. So many flowers and colours. Good thing I don’t usually get hay fever


Cute plants growing in a saucepan pot


Colourful chillies. So pretty


Autumn leaves

Pink flowers

Reeds by the lake

Lavender (and an out of focus bee)

Oak leaves

Ladybird. I want one!

Plant clock



African violets


Hanging basket display

Grassy display

So many cactuses

Not sure what these are called, but I like them

Project 365 2012 – Day 232


I’ve always liked having lots of colour in my life, but living in a rental property limits things a little. I picked up a few paint swatches today for a DIY art project I want to do to brighten up the place. Thanks Pinterest for inspiring me to start making things that I will probably add to my long list of unfinished projects. I love the overwhelming choice of colour and the cute names for them. I wonder who comes up with the colour names.

Japan – Kobe

We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. We couldn’t go to Japan and not try some Kobe beef, so a day trip to eat the best beef I’ve ever had was in order. It was by far the most expensive meal I’ve ever had, but it was delicious. Unfortunately all the photos I have of the lovely melt in your mouth beef are on my phone, so here are some other photos of what Kobe has to offer. Here are our other photos Tokyo Kyoto Nara.

Downtown Kobe

Lantern at shrine

Wishes at shrine

Going up the cable car of Rokko Mountain. View of the city

Kobe herb garden

Flowers in the greenhouse

Trumpet flower in the greenhouse at Kobe herb garden


Flowers at the Kobe herb garden

Purple flowers

More purple flowers

Instead of getting the cable car, we walked down the mountain. It was worth dodging all the giant spiders to see this waterfall.

Project 365 2012 – Day 160


It’s a cold wet wintery day and there’s nothing better than wearing some brightly coloured shoes paired with a bright red coat. The perfect shoes to catch up with my old workmates in. I love these shoes, but sometimes I worry I might look like a clown. I got them from Modcloth and they’re called Are You Sherbet flats in Citrus. They’re sold out, but you can still get them in Lime.

Project 365 2012 – Day 153

Casual Friday

Friday is here! (and also the first very chilly winter morning). Once a month or so at work we get to have a casual Friday with a gold coin donation. It’s nice not to have to wear my uniform once in a while, but I always feel like I want to dress much nicer than everyone else’s very dressed down version of casual. I don’t get to look pretty at work very often. Here are some new stockings, of which I just love the pattern and my favourite pair of shoes. Much nicer than my usual black pants, work shirt and daggy cardigan combo.