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This weeks lessons, learned the hard way.
1. Disposable nappies (especially used, wet nappies that have been thrown on the bathroom floor) do not make for a suitable insect swatter. Last night a rather terrifying looking insect flew into the bathroom while I was bathing Lalie. In a moment of sheer panic, I grabbed the heavy wet nappy and started swinging it around my head like a maniac. Of course, I missed... and was left to clean up this mess.
2. My daughter has irritatingly irritable skin. If this is what an amber teething necklace does to my child, bring on a bit of teething torment. (Just a bit, though. Otherwise it's going back on - rash or no rash).
3. I am officially incapable of cleaning up without turning the house into a complete and utter war-zone. This is what happened to the rest of the house when I attempted to clean Lalie's room and the office. Well, I call it cleaning, Paddy refers to this exercise as "moving the mess around".

4. Just don't even bother giving her anything while she's in the high chair. Honestly, it's just a waste of time. Even the bib is yanked off from around her neck and thrown on the floor. Needless to say, the whole Baby Led Weaning thing isn't really working out... the only thing it seems to be leading to is a whole lot of Mummy Led Screaming.

I'm hoping your week is turning out to be better than mine!

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  1. Oh Claire, I do know how you feel. The week is panning out pretty similar here, and I'm stressed out about Bertie's terrible eating habits. Up every hour of last night too. Hmph. Oh my, the nappy/insect incident! I can't help but find your story just a little bit amusing (although I hope the insect is long gone)? I can imagine myself reacting in the same way! Such a hilarious sight, that trashed up nappy! I hope you can see the funny side and the week improves for you. x :)

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  2. I misread it at first and thought you mad missed and the nappy had ended up on Eulalie and given her the rash! Every day our house is the same mess that it does feel like groundhog day.
    Keep calm and carry on :) x

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  3. Aw no, Claire! At least you can have a laugh about it all - best way to deal with it, I guess. Keep your good sense of humour, lady, and I'm sure things will be looking up soon. x

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  4. Its impossible to have a kid and not have a mess isnt it? I am at my parents for a wee holiday and I told them when we arrived "prepare for the mess"

    Amanda xox

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  5. I must say I am still laughing at the nappy scenario ... That is something that I would do!!

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  6. Moving the mess around, so true! Hope that rash clears up soon I'm so glad that Eve hasn't reacted to her necklace. Hope the week improves!

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  7. Your living room is insanely fantastic, mess or no mess. So are the pictures hanging on the wall. More home pictures please...

    And loving the stories too. We have all this fun to come! xx

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  8. We're having a shit week here too. Although at least my lounge room doesn't have an empty corner bookshelf plonked in the middle (among other things). Your place is so gorgeous - but that clutter is a bit out of control! Kellie xx

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  9. Love it! Happy to say I have not tried to swat an insect with a nappy this week. But I do have placenta head and am doing all sorts of strange things.

    Oh, poor little neck. Does the necklace have a clasp on it, or does it just slip over the head? Because it looks like it could be a nickle allergy. A lot of claps are made using base metals and then silver or gold plated. If it is the clasp, you can re-thread the necklace with a sterling silver clasp and she shouldn't get a rash. Cohen has super sensitive skin too. We were given bucket loads of Johnston and Johnston stuff when he was born, only to have to give it all away. 'Gia' is the only stuff he can handle.

    :) Best of luck for the rest of the week.

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  10. You know what I see? nice bathroom tiles, cute little baby, sparkling floors and a home flooded with light and filled with amazing furniture (not to mention love). Oh, and a stinky wee nappy all over the place, but whatevs.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  11. I have to say I LOVE the space in your third pic...the architectural details..those mirrors...that cabinet - *sigh*

    Our little man had the worst skin out and our CHN recommended putting a few drops of olive oil in his bath water and using nothing else...it took a few weeks but months down the track now he has the most softest skin.

    Hope the rest of your week is better :)
    x

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  12. i hate that 'throw everything from the high chair' stage! why don't you let Lalie sit and eat with you? i always found they always ate much better that way, just relax and eat your own meal and hopefully she will follow suit!
    My house looks similar tonight as i started cleaning out our spare room, the mess has now moved as you say! but it will have to stay that way until tomorrow now.
    Hope the rest of you week improves. xx

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  13. ok.so maybe i was waving the banner for a) amber necklaces b) baby led weaning. . . best not try c) lavender oil to repel mosquitos!

    ... and from those wee glimpses of your house i've garnered about a million more delicious home decorating ideas. (the builders are finished inside this week. i'll get the guest room ready!)

    xo

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  14. ah yes, real life...
    I had a giggle over visual image of nappy swatting insect. And well I guess that answers the question of the teething necklace. I think I'd go with teething over nasty rash too.
    Despite it all, hope the rest of your week looks up!

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  15. I know it's wrong, but I laughed so much. Not at your poor baby's rash, but the rest.

    if you haven't hit or bitten anyone then you're doing amazingly. Just remember that.

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  16. oh her poor little neck.
    but i agree with the others, i can look past the mess in your office/living area and see how beautiful your home is! i love your cut-out arch and your beautiful mirrors hanging on the wall. i would love to see more!

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  17. but you make even the high chair mess on your floor look gorgeous. things can't be that bad!

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  18. haha hilarious!
    Well not that rash, poor pooppet.

    Agree with Jodys' comment, when Bay sits at the table with us and we all share a meal less seems to go on the floor.. I often put her in the bumbo on the table and at least its easier to pick up the food.

    Your house is absolutely beautiful.. haha my cleaning up is the same as yours- always gets worse before it gets better.

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  19. Hi, me again. About the throwing everything on the floor thing- I found this little wooden counter toy, you know those ones where your slide the balls over the wire? You know? Anyways i found one with little suctions on the bottom of it so it could stick to the high chair tray. It was about $15 at toys are us- get one.

    xo

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  20. I agree with Christina about the rash - I get a contact reaction to nickel too. If you cant re-do the clasp maybe just wrap it in a thin piece of fabric - just to get it off your wee ones neck?
    thanks for sharing your 'real' experiences too :)

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  21. Oh no what a week you've been having:( I hope you sweet little ones rash goes away, it does look a bit nasty. Your home is lovely Claire with the beautiful archway and your collection of mirrors is gorgeous, I love old mirrors. I hope your Friday is a happy one sweetie. xo

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  22. oohhh, poor thing! from somebody who has a very sensitive skin, looking at a rash on a baby makes me want to cry!!!

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  23. There are some days and weeks where everything possible just seems to go wrong.. hang in there, it will get better. Bad weeks happen often around here too. We had a bit of a throw everything stage a few months back. I just figured she wasn't actually hungry and with time she stopped and now loves her food. She does still chuck it once shes had enough though. I know, I hate the mess too!
    By the way, love your house. The period details are stunning. Love your art deco china cabinet and the picture and mirror collages. Gorgeous!!

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  24. Hi Claire

    I have come a bit late here from your most recent post from the beach.

    I just wanted to write that I have often got too distressed at times with my sons lack of anything actually going in his mouth. He would never be spoon fed anything and often did not want to eat much at all. Most everything would all end up on the floor. I agree with Jody, sit her on your lap and they just seem to want to eat what is on your plate.

    Sometimes they just seem to live on air ( and breast milk). It can get so tiring and you want to do all the right things and make them good food and it all goes to the dogs! The dogs think they are on such a good wicket.

    Much love
    jill

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  25. I am so surprised to see that rash from the amber necklace. I have one on our baby right now and it doesn't seem to bother her one bit. But the clasp on ours is plastic I think? Maybe it just made her sweaty right there? I guess you could be allergic to trees and therefore allergic to resin, aka amber. LOVELY LOVELY blog though, I 've just made my way over from pinterest (that camel! To die for) and have to go add you to my google reader now. :-)

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  26. Claire, I've just stumbled across your gorgeous blog and I am loving it. As a fellow newish mother I sympathise about the filth and frustration of baby-led weaning. And as for bibs... They all get turned around and worn as capes in my house.

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