Things that are cheaper at the shop across the road than at the supermarket.

Eggs. Supermarkets have them upwards of $2.69/dozen. Across the road: $1.99/dozen (admittedly they’re “medium” size instead of “large” or bigger)

Milk. At the supermarket a 3 litre jug of the GENERIC milk is over $4. Across the road, the BIG NAME BRAND is $2.99.

Cadbury 250g chocolate. Okay, this one’s borderline. They’re $3.99 across the road, and the regular price at Coles & Woolworths is around $4.05, but they’re on sale all the time for $2.49ish.

Bread. 99 cents a loaf across the road, twice that at a supermarket.

Roast chickens. Well, maybe not cheaper, but they taste better, and they’re cooked more thoroughly.


A few thoughts about pregnancy (yet again).

  • I never thought getting my shoes to fit could be the highlight of my day.
  • Never, EVER get between a pregnant woman and a toilet.
  • What belly button?
  • I’m convinced that the last 2 months or so of pregnancy are uncomfortable by design, so that when you get to the birth, you’re psychologically ready for it (as in sick to death of it and screaming “GET THIS THING OUT OF ME!”)
  • If I had a broken arm at the moment, I’d be up the creek, since my abdominal muscles don’t seem to be doing much of anything when I have to get up from a sitting/squatting/lying down position.
  • I’m beginning to understand why I see so many pregnant women in dresses instead of pants or shorts. Not easy to bend your leg enough to get them on. Dresses require very little bending.
  • I’m finding very little motivation to do ANYTHING at the moment. Don’t wanna be at the computer, don’t wanna work in the kitchen, don’t wanna sit & read or watch TV, don’t even wanna sleep because it takes so long to get comfortable.
  • I never actually notice how big my belly is when I’m looking down at it. Then the other day I saw my reflection in the car window, and sheesh, I was HUGE!
  • Okay, okay, maybe I’ll post a picture of myself sometime in the next month. But I won’t promise anything, because I’ve never liked having pictures taken of myself. Oh, and the more people ask me about it, the less likely I am to do it. Just a warning. 🙂
  • Yes, the official due date is the 29th of March, but Darrin is predicting the 6th of April (Good Friday), and I’m predicting the 8th (Easter). Given that first babies are usually about 10 days late, it seems like that’ll be the weekend it happens. But basically we’re not going to be too concerned unless I go two weeks over.
  • This morning I told Darrin that I didn’t really like most of the girls’ names on our list, so this kid better be a boy. A favourite boy name IS emerging, however, at least for me. No clue yet on middle names though.

People are stupid.

Okay. So the shop across the road from us has an exit right across the road from us as well. And nobody actually pays any attention to the big red “NO ENTRY” sign next to it, and we’re used to that.

But what I can’t understand is why, when there’s an entrance to the shop off the main road, do some IDIOTS turn onto our street from the main road and then into the shop carpark through the exit driveway? Exactly what sense does that make? I’ve seen THREE people do that in the last 24 hours.

The Big Baby Wish List

Okay. So here’s what we still need for the baby, in case you’re trying to think of a gift. I don’t even care if they’re second-hand, as long as they’re in good shape and don’t have obvious lingering stains.

  • Cloth nappies. I’ve just settled on 60cm/24″ square ones, but I’m not overly picky. Around here they seem to come in packs of 12. We already have one pack. I’d like to have about 3 dozen to start off.
  • Cot (crib) sheets, blankets, etc.
  • Nappy covers/pilchers. Apparently there’s several different kinds, so I guess whatever. I always thought plastic pants looked really uncomfortable though.
  • Clothes, all sizes, gender neutral (since we don’t actually KNOW we’re having a boy). Specifically: socks (only have 2 pairs so far), whatever you call those bodysuits that snap at the crotch (I never paid attention to what they’re called in the US, and I’m not sure yet what they’re called here either).
  • How many bibs does one baby need? I think we have close to a dozen already. If you don’t think that’s enough, feel free to give us another one or two.
  • Toys that don’t require batteries.

Also, this is our baby registry. Not quite finished yet, it’s a little overwhelming all the stuff they have there!