It didn't take much for me to become an avid eBay buyer since arriving here. Loving receiving parcels in the mail tied with the very valid excuse of living in a remote area was all that it took. I received baby's UV stroller bugscreen yesterday much to my delight. I never even knew these things existed before I arrived in Oz! They soon become very apparent as most moms cover their babies with these when taking them for a walk. I simply cannot abide flies buzzing around baby so a bugscreen is an essential for me. They only sell ordinary bugscreens in town here so I hit eBay in search of a UV one. I bought an Outlook Shade-a-Babe universal pram cover and it fits baby's large Graco stroller with a canopy very well. Looks rather formidable for a stroller! I'd been using baby's campcot mozzie net as a temporary stroller bugscreen up until now but now that we'll be walking greater distances, I need the UV protection too and I think I did get one or two funny looks in town as the mozzie net looked different to everyone else's (kind of bridal!) but I don't care about funny looks ... keeping baby fly-free is all that counts. Baby has become quite adept at shooing flies and has developed a cute little wave. She thinks it is very funny when I make a fuss when I'm under attack.
Speaking of which ... hubby and I broke down and bought ourselves insect headnets. These bizarre items of clothing are placed over either your hat or bare head and protect your face from those pesky flies who seem to love to go for your eyes, nose and mouth. Very, very, very irritating. The shop assistant seemed to think that just because they are black, they are ok and much better than khaki coloured ones (which they don't stock). I think they make me look very weird, like I'm going to a funeral with a black net over my straw net. Once again, you just have to get over this or put up with the flies ... simple as that. The gardeners wear these nets and you don't think it is odd so the same should go for everyone else.
Ah ha ... my princess has just woken up so now we can get going and go do some hard labour at the new house.
Even before I arrived here, I was very curious about how the births of babies are handled here ... partly because a small part of me would like to have another child. It is pretty much now or never for me to embark on that journey. I've asked around and this is what I have learnt: babies are either born in Perth or Port Hedland. The expectant mom leaves for either of these destinations well in advance of the anticipated birth (4 or 5 weeks). Mine-related moms take up residence is special confinement houses in these cities. Husbands join their wives in these houses 2 weeks before the anticipated birth. Apparently hospitals have special facilities for non-mine country patients. And then nature takes it course. It sounds a pretty daunting prospect to me having to leave home so far in advance of the birth but better than leaving it too late.