Oscha wish list

What better to do on a rainy afternoon with a boob-monster toddler but browse the Oscha wrap back catalogue to create a fantasy wish list…

Matrix Jig of Joy is a gorgeous 100% combed Egyptian cotton wrap in beautiful colours. I bought this is a different colourway (Satori) as a shorty but didn’t get on with the length so chopped it to a ring sling and panel piece ready for a full buckles conversion for my hubby. I’d love this as a wrap!

Matrix Jig of Joy

The Okinami pattern has slowly grown on me, especially since they’ve started producing it in graduated colours. A friend has Evie, which I love, but I think my favourite Okinami is Noosa. It’s 50% hemp, 50% combed cotton and the colours are rich are vibrant.

Okinami Noosa

Phaise is similar to Matrix in some ways, and I just love Phaise Victoria with its ‘hot fade of colours with a turquoise jade accent, all deepened with a black weft.’ Noosa above is clearly similar, but instead of a black weft, has a white hemp. This one is 100% cotton.

Phaise Victoria

Raja is another design that I wasn’t at all keen on to start with, but would now love it in two colourways! Zola, 50% hemp and 50% cotton, is one I think my son would love as it’s so clearly tigers, in their rightful colour. I’ve heard this is a beast to break in though! I think it’d make a lovely mei tai or carrier panel.

Raja Zola – shimmers in real life.

The other Raja I love is Sanday, which sold out in about 2 seconds flat. Part of the appeal for me, other than the beautifully light and summery feel to the colours, is that it’s 54% cotton and 46% bamboo. I have a bamboo / cotton blend Lenny Lamb (our first woven) and utterly adore it, but have never had another bamboo. I’d love this as a ring sling for the summer, for quick ups and downs out and about exploring with the toddler.

Raja Sanday – summery heaven!

Rei Victoria is the same blend, warp and weft as Phaise Victoria above. I like the simple repeating pattern here. A wrap that is even more stunning in real life (having stroked my friend’s, I can say this with certainty!)

Rei Victoria.

This next pattern is my absolute favourite of Oscha’s. It’s Roses, and it’s beautiful. I thought I’d never own any, so jumped at the chance to buy some Vanilla with a view to making a simple, elegant ring sling for using at smarter events like christenings and weddings. Then I bought a bit more, ready to dye for my own rainbow patchwork carrier project. Last week a stunning ring sling piece of Orphir arrived, and yesterday I put a pre-order on the new Northern Sling Convention’s Roses of the North in a ginormous size 8.

But I confess, I still lust after these beauties….

Kona, which I 100% will never own as it goes for prices so high over RRP it makes my eyes water to read them. But I can dream! This is a simple 100% cotton.

100% combed cotton again, this time Blue Ice. I really love the contrast between the deep blue and the bright turquoise.

I have to laugh at myself including this one – Roses Ismay. When I first saw the stock photos, I said it just looked like tiny cabbages due to the colour scheme (100% cotton ecru and forest green.) If you pardon the pun, it’s really grown on me, and the more action shots I see, the more I want it!

So that’s my wish list. Only 9, so in single figures… could be worse! Unfortunately all are highly sought after, hard to find wraps (except perhaps Ismay, but that’s only been out five minutes so will no doubt start popping up on the selling pages) and all go for above RRP, so maybe if I win the lottery!

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A crossroads

There are changes afoot in the PS household. An opportunity has arisen for me to start a new business with a friend, a livery yard (somewhere people pay rent to keep their horses.) It’s the kind of opportunity that doesn’t crop up often, because it needs a certain infrastructure already in place and generally they get snapped up before they are advertised on the open market (as was the case here, when I found out at 9.30am last Saturday that the current tenants were leaving, and was meeting with the landlord by midday…)

Which direction would you take? Image with thanks to Fawesisabella on photobucket.

It’s risky. What new business isn’t? It’s expensive-risky. My husband is nervous. I’m nervous, but the nerves are suppressed by excitement, too. I’m more nervous for my friend, who will be the full time worker and therefore have to give up her current full time job, whereas I will continue to work part time at my current job and then do the business management role in the evenings.

There are 2 options –

1) I don’t take the opportunity. I have a job, but with limited opportunities. Things like sick pay and maternity benefits are statutory only, but it is straightforward and secure and I enjoy it and I’m good at it. I have worked three days a week since having P#1, one of which is from home, so it’s a good work/life balance for us all. I could increase my hours if I wanted to (ie when we’ve finished having babies and they’re all at school) and my boss is keen for me to develop my role how I see fit. Financially, it’s reasonable pay but there’s probably not much room to increase this because I’m already a manager in a small company. However, we own a house, we have plans to move to a bigger house in a year or so, things are relatively risk-free.

2) I grab the opportunity and MAKE it work. I don’t have to give up my current job, so still have that financial security – although I would also be taking on a very expensive lease for which I’m personally liable if the business isn’t covering costs. Fortunately I think this risk is minute because we will pay the lease before ALL other costs, just as I pay my mortgage before any out outgoings! This personal risk is my husband’s biggest concern. I probably won’t take any kind of salary for the first year, mainly because I don’t need to, and I’ll enjoy doing it.

Right now, for the next year, with hopefully another baby on the way and a house move, it’s probably a silly idea. However, I can’t stop thinking about the future.

I love my teaching job, I really do. It’s just that since having a baby, I know without a shadow of a doubt I never want to teach full time again. Teaching is not the kind of job where you can book annual leave if you want to go and see your child’s harvest festival, or volunteer as a driver to take his class to their first residential school trip. My parents both worked full time all my life and whilst I am extremely grateful to them for the opportunities it afforded me, I always knew that they wouldn’t see my assemblies or be able to fill in the forms when letters went home asking parents to come in and do talks or help out. When I first started teaching in a primary school and was organising these events myself, I realised I wanted to be a parent who COULD be involved in their child’s school events.

So, in ten years time, when my children are at school and I don’t intend on going back to my current job full time, what do I want to be doing? The answer is running this livery yard. It’s been my dream job for years; periodically, since I was 18, I’ve done various horse and yard related qualifications and courses. I have academic qualifications, industry qualifications, training in saddlery, in selling medicines, in equine specific safety and first aid. As a teenager dreaming of winning the lottery, when the yard-related catalogues dropped through the door, I’d ‘spend’ my lottery winnings on designing and building a yard and kitting it out with all of the necessary equipment. It’s a job where the harder I work, the more money we’ll bring into the business – true reward for efforts. My children can have a pony! I can be involved in their school lives, without sacrificing my own business or career development.

So I think I’ll be taking the coastal path at this particular set of crossroads. It may be rocky, risky, and I’m prepared to be buffeted by harsh winds at times; but it will be beautiful and exciting and no matter what happens, I’ll have given it a shot.

29 weeks and counting!

How am I suddenly in the 3rd trimester, with only 11 weeks (probably) to go?! I’m on annual leave now and this means that by the time I return to work, I will have a total of 18 working days left before more annual leave and then maternity leave. 18 days!

This week, as well as being annual leave – or maybe because of being annual leave – marks the beginning of some ‘proper’ baby preparation. My husband is on leave too, so we have booked in all kinds of classes as well as trying to get Project Nursery going with a bit more momentum.

Today we had our first hypnobirthing session. I am pretty cynical by nature so if it had been designed as ‘real hypnosis’ I wouldn’t have been interested, but it’s all about focus, calm, positivity and belief in yourself and your ability to give birth – which, after all, is what our bodies are designed to do. We concentrated on relaxing and some breathing techniques today, and I have homework of a CD to listen to every single day from now until the birth. We have our next session on Friday, and another next week.

This week I also have my 28 week midwife appointment booked in (my MW only attends the local surgery once a fortnight – not usually an issue as I go to the main health centre which is round the corner from where I work so can usually get my appointments bang on schedule, but no point driving further than I have to whilst on leave!) which I think is the usual (blood pressure, urine sample, fundal height measurement) plus bloods to check for iron levels. As such, I’m on a mission to eat iron rich foods this week alongside drinking orange juice as vitamin C helps the absorption of iron. Low iron can be an obstacle to overcome in the fight for homebirth hence me being keen to make sure it is at a good level now so my choices aren’t compromised!

Also this week we have the plasterer coming to skim the nursery – woohooo! Painting may begin over the weekend, but we also have friends staying. Maybe they would like to paint, too!

Busy, busy…