I can’t quite believe it’s been four months since I last posted.
Well, actually I can.
A couple of months ago I decided that I wanted a bit of quiet and hiatus from blogging.
I really started to think about privacy and the importance of mystery.
I decided that actually I wanted to keep many of the wonderful / testing/ boisterous moments I experienced with Rocco private. Not that i’d been sharing every last detail of his life on The Latch (‘Oh look he’s just been sick through his nose’) but i’d certainly shared quite a lot via my social media feeds. I don’t know what exactly made me crave this privacy, nothing in particular happened, but I decided I wanted to turn it right down.
It kind of turned into me turning it off and going on Rocco radio silence.
This time ‘off’ has really helped me think about what I actually want to do with my blogging and so The Latch as it stands or should I say stood is no more.
I’ll be back with something new soon though. Thanks to everyone who read The Latch over the last 18 months.
p.s. Rocco is nearly 11 months, full of teeth and ready to run the world. Once he’s cleaned that hummus from his face, obvs.
We’ve had a couple of different carriers for Rocco. The Babasling was good for when he was really tiny and wanted to feel close to us. However, we moved on to a Baby Bjorn carrier pretty quickly. Loads of friends recommended them and they are ace…well they are a Swedish brand and everything Swedish in general is pretty awesome *has a happy flashback to Freddie Ljungberg in his 2007 Calvin Klein underpants campaign*
You have to have them facing you until they can support their own heads but once babies can face the big badass world the carrier really comes into their own. Rocco happily chirps about in his as we go out and about for a few hours -smiling and drooling on people. Also, his dad loves it, preferring it to the pram at times. He’s threatened to sneak him into Old Trafford in it under his coat.
This arrived three months ago.
It’s still in its wrapper.
…this week is the week it gets unwrapped. I’ve been for a few swims but not done anything massively strenuous yet (unless you count eating your own body weight in panettone as serious graft).
This week things change.
The baby timber is going.
Hope you all had lovely Christmas Days. I dressed Rocco up as both Father Christmas and a rather rotund Snowman. The Snowman outfit was a reserve in case he barfed on his first outfit which of course he did.
That’s THE main reason for having kids isn’t it? To dress them up in ridiculous festive outfits.
Dressing up aside, Christmas Day takes on a new slant when you have a baby.
Obviously, he had no clue what was going on and was more interested in eating the wrapping paper than the presents he got, but it was really sweet to sit round the tree with him and open things with him. Our tree which usually has a few things under for each other was rammed with swag for him. He got some really ace things which i’ll post about once he’s had time to drool all over them.
We actually ended opening the presents, slightly bleary eyed, about 6am as he decided he didn’t really fancy a festive lie-in. I’d asked Santa for a lie-in but he didn’t see fit to give me one. I must have been a bad girl this year.
We spent the day with a dozen of my family – eating, drinking and comparing Christmas jumpers. Rocco is the first baby in our family for a few years so he was the star attraction. He took it all in his stride and we ducked out about 11pm as the rest of the clan were getting heavily involved with port and a version of Trivial Pursuits from the 80s.
It was a lovely day and i’m really looking forward to the next few years as he starts to understand more about what Christmas is actually about…and I can pour ‘Father Christmas’ a generous sherry for his stop off at our house.
My friend Mark and his old pal Nick recently launched their new company ‘Foundation‘. They fuse modern graphic design with the craftsmanship of traditionally handwoven Egyptian carpets. In other words they’ve got some amazing designers to create very cool rugs with them.
Their first collection ‘Rug Addicts‘ saw them team up with eleven designers including Pete Fowler, Paul Insect and Anthony Burrill who all created one-off designs that were then hand woven in Cairo by a team of highly trained and experienced weavers (each one can take up to 6 months on the loom!) . They have now been exhibited at galleries in New York, London and are currently now for sale on their website. They are pretty expensive but if you are looking to invest in a piece of art from one of the designers it would be amazing thing to own. A more affordable range of limited edition rugs is due out in early 2013 and a percentage from all their sales goes to a Cairo based charity that helps street kids in the city.
They’ve had some brilliant press coverage (Sunday Times Style, Creative Review to name a few) and I just think it’s great to see people putting into action something they’ve wanted to do for a long time. I remember talking to Mark about the rugs a few years ago and I admire that he has made it happen.
When they introduce a range that repels baby sick I am IN.
Can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted. Over a month *slaps self on wrists*. I’ve actually been a little bit poorly and ended up in hospital which was a royal pain in the ass. Don’t worry I’m not about to start whining about it but i’ll definitely post about what’s been going on. I reckon similar things must have happened to other mums so it’s worth sharing.
In the meantime, a quick update on Rocco. He is 14 weeks, thriving and now weighs a whopping 16lbs 2. A woman at the baby clinic actually shrieked ‘Your child is MASSIVE’ at me earlier today. All I know is that he is a healthy, happy little thing who I can’t get enough of.
Here he is kicking back with his robot. I love his little Zara Baby jumper and dribble bib. Boy got style.
I live in Converse so it was only right that Rocco’s first trainers were a pair of classic white hi-tops.
I know it’s slightly ridiculous buying a 9 week old baby shoes as they will only fit him for about three minutes but I couldn’t help myself.
He looks super fresh in them.
While on the hunt for a mobile for Rocco’s nursery I came across the rather awesome Danish company Flensted Mobiles. Founded in 1954 they make beautiful hand crafted mobiles for both children and adults out of their workshop in Brenderup.
The first mobile they made for children in the 50s was ‘Lucky Storks’ and they now have a huge selection of whimsical shape and character mobiles for children’s rooms – I really love the ’Jonah and the Whale’ one.
Whilst they might not scream out lullabies, blow bubbles or walk the dog like many of the fancy pants kids cot mobiles that are out there now, there is something so charming about their really simple designs.
They even have a Bauhaus mobile for all the uber hipster kids out there.