Waiting.......sorry to hear about your dad & his partner splitting. I hope also everything works out with babysitting for A whilst your on placement.
And get well DH also.
Winzy......I agree 100% with Lulusmum re portacots. Target has them on sale all the time & there simple,safe & affordable. I used a target one for E & it was fantastic. TBH they haven't changed much since she was little but I did end up selling it at a garage sale & (might) get one later, see how we go. Bubs will be at mums when I'm working & she's all set with a cot for when the grandkiddies are over. We dont go away often but if we did I'd opt for the Target one still as they are pretty light & easy to use etc.
As for nappy bags I splurged a bit and got a oi oi satchel bag, but only because oz sale had them on special & I paid $79 when RRP is $159 + which I couldn't justify in spending. Unless you really want a fancy one I'd checkout the ones at target other than the baby stores & you'll probably find one that looks nice but is also much more practical. Same as Lulusmum, from when E was about 1 we used a backpack. From memory probably one we got from the royal show eg tweety etc. Also back to the nappy bag I've got it looks nice & all but after packing it for hospital the other day I did think to myself it could do with being a bit bigger etc. The ones at target seem to be better sized IMO. Also, some of the fancy brand nappy bags look too much like a "handbag" then a "nappybag" which is why I went for the "satchel" style as DH wouldnt be seen dead carrying a "hand bag" style nappy bag around. Lol!! He actually even joked & said that as the bag is plum cover when he is out with bubs he'll put the nappy bag inside of his adidas satchel lol!!
Lady.......wow, I didn't realize you have the mini city BJ also. Thanks for the tips & filling me in with your input. I really appreciate your honesty. I'm sure it will be ok (well it will have to be lol) yes I might have to have a play with yours on Friday. DH was super impressed with it when I got it home (mainly as it's so damn simple to fold & he loved how it has the windows on the hood lol) even though most prams these days do. Have you purchased any accessories for yours? Babies direct online have some. I really want to get the tray for baby & for me the cup & pockets for drinks, phone, keys,purse etc. (I think it's about $40)
As for the house situation gees it's a tough call. I've got friends who live just down the road from you & love the area but the house was just wayy too small for there family of four. They were going to knock it down & rebuild BUT after looking into it was going to cost much more than moving & knocking down the house alone was going to cost alot. They then thought of buying establish around GGrove etc but everything they like was more expensive then they could afford so they went with the third & slightly cheaper option which was to renovate the entire house (as it was very 70's style) & do an extension. They are very happy with there decision & the house looks fantastic I think all up cost about 150k but because they went through the same builder for extension as well as rennos for the rest of the house they got good discount. Only thing is they do have a bigger block than you so maybe a similar but different option for you guys could be to look into renovating your house & extending upstairs. You could render your house, have a lovely balcony upstairs with a few more bedrooms & maybe a family room & ensuite for mum & dad maybe!! Just a thought & at least that way you won't lose any of your b/yard. I would probably look into this & get some quotes along with quotes for how much to have your house knocked down & rebuild & also keep an eye on established homes to keep your options open.
DH & I would love to build our dream house oneday & love the hilly areas around Sals Heights. Unfortunatly to get the size block we want in this area is going to cost a mint. Like Lulusmum once we've paid of this house we will start saving. I hate the thought of a huge mortgage & also have never been o/seas nor go on holidays much. Where just trying to pay off as much as possible but don't want to move until house is paid off. Where lucky to have four bedrooms though, although I wish they were bigger & the thought building from scratch is so appealing having everything just how you want it from the start. Unfortunatly when it comes to what we'd like to build & what we can really afford we may need to come down to earth a bit lol!!! Whenever checking out real-estate I seem to checkout the properties worth 1 mil plus!!! (dream on lol)
Kiwi......that would be great if you can make it on Friday also, will be lovely to meet you & hear all about your trip