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Fancy dress

Oh I love fancy dress parties. I love having a theme to a party, and then going all out. I’m not as good as some at the going-all-out bit. Still, if there’s a party and there’s a theme, I try.

Happily Married
Happily Married and skinnier

Tony? Not so much. Before he met me, he had five work shirts and none of them had stripes. He didn’t do stripes. Or patterns. Or pastels. Thankfully for him, I’m not wild about men wearing pink either (very, VERY few men pull it off with manliness intact, methinks). But yes. I would have to get him pret-ty liquored up for him to walk out of the house as one half of THE best-costumed couple for a fancy dress party, you know what I’m saying?

To be fair, he does make some effort if he likes the crowd. But I usually have to keep it very simple for him. For one church party, he turned up as a baseball player because he’s got the gear sitting in the garage. But he usually doesn’t bother if the party is held at our place, because he’s barbecuing for everyone and he’s the host, so he can call the shots. Still, one Chinese New Year party during the year of the Ox, we got everyone to turn up as an Oxymoron, and both of us turned up as “Happily Married”.

Anyhoo, the GREAT thing about having Arddun is that I now have a compliant fancy dress partner. Tony is both appalled and relieved. It must be nice to get off the hook, but he’s not so sure about Arddun suffering the consequences.

Case in point:

Arddun dressed as a Christmas pudding
Last year's Christmas costume

And let’s face it. Babies, no matter how ridiculous the costume, still look adorable and sane.

BTW, all this ruminating came about because of this picture:

Baby dressed up as salmon sashimi
Photo credit: Sushi King

Which immediately made me run out and want to buy one. Magical Butterfingers Saz was kind enough to point me in the right direction – Etsy, of course. And while I couldn’t find the same costume, my 5-minute research brought up some fabulous other choices.

Poor Arddun.

1. You gotta have soy sauce with that.

Kikkoman soy sauce and salmon sashimi
Photo credit: Not The Kitchen Sink

It is for this reason alone that I wish Arddun were part of a twin. Mostly because these costumes don’t come in adult sizes. But if they did, I think I might choose to be the Kikkoman bottle. Black is more slimming, and Lord knows I need help with optical illusions now, thanks to post-baby padding. Then again, the sashimi does come with waist-cinching seaweed. *Suck in breath* Tough decision.

2. Little-oh-Leia-hee-hoo

Baby princess Leia
Photo credit: The Green Hedgehog

You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to know a little bit about Princess Leia and her is-it-a-croissant, is-it-giant-headphones hairdo. This costume has the added bonus of being perfect for winter and bald babies. Even the daddies might not be averse to this one.

3. The Very Hungry (Knitted) Caterpillar

Hungry knitted caterpillar
Photo credit: Pink Pumpkin Crochet Studio

Purely for the gosh-awww factor, I had to include this one because it’s the only time a caterpillar could ever look this adorable. I’ve seen lots of Hungry Caterpillar commercial baby clothes in Target, but nothing quite tugs at the heartstrings like babies in knit.

4. Old McDonald had a farm

Chook with pram barn
Photo credit: mapletree2000

Talk about the whole kit and kaboodle. This costume scores extra points with me because it remembers that “pimpin’ the ride” is sometimes just as important. And considering how kids practically live in their prams when they’re >1 year, this costume is very clever indeed.

5. Lobster love
Photo credit: The Miniature Knit Shop

Brought to you by the same brilliant and twisted minds that knitted the shark sleeping bag, this lobster outfit is both practical and effective. Just put on a matching chilli-red onesie, grab a steel bucket, and head out the door.

Why a steel bucket, you ask? I’m so glad you did:

Baby lobster in bucket
Photo credit: Hump Day Ha Ha

Ideas wanted: gifts for mommy

Let’s face it – baby gifts are really more for the mother than anyone else. The baby just wants a constant supply of milk and nappy changes between long stretches of comfy zzzzz, the daddy just wants his wife and baby not to be cranky.

But the mommy… she wants it all. Even if she’s practical, and knows it’s all gone commercial and ridiculous, and should really not covet that $325 cot linen set with the gormless giraffes.

If you’re stuck for ideas and want to give the perfect kick-ass present for that Special Mommy-friend in your life, consider these. I’m trying to grow my Mummy Guides so if you’ve got some gems that’d make this list, I’d love to hear about them. You’ll get an honourable mention – of course!

P.S.: This isn’t a gigantuan hint for myself, BTW. But if you – like me – are hunting around for something spesh for someone growing a someone, this might be useful.

Talk to me, cutie

Milestone: went clothes shopping! Which is harder than you think, when your primary criterion for your child’s new wardrobe is Not Too Much Fairy-Floss Pink, Please.

Baby Girls, as it turns out, are only allowed to wear clothes with

  • pink
  • frills
  • bunnies and butterflies.

FertilityFriend had handed me her back copies of Cosmo Pregnancy, which are a godsend because they all come with baby shopping checklists. Turns out the consensus is that you start out with 6 rompers/onesies, and so I went and got some that made me giggle.


Already putting words in her tiny little mouth.

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