Sunday, May 9, 2010

Les Marchés au Puces - { The Market of the Fleas }


Oh what a serendipitous find on the eve of Mothers' Day! I have been hunting for a toy cot for my little poppet for quite some time now and when and where I least expected to find one...I did. Such a tiny little bed evoked hazy memories of those first few nights home with our little bit of magic. She slept so wonderfully right from the start and my most treasured activity in the blur that was her first few months was to swaddle my dark haired angel in a muslin wrap and lie her down in her vast cot like a peaceful cocoon.



To a brand new Mumma, such small triumphs like a perfect swaddle, a breast feed without having to remove all of my top half clothes, having a nappy at the ready to catch that scary, squirty pooh (yes....we learnt the hard way!!) were little deposits into my motherhood bank of confidence. There were also many withdrawals such as cutting her precious little skin with the clippers when I first cut her nails (pause in typing while I beat myself about the head for the umpteeth time!) , running out of t-shirts as all the others were covered in either vomit or pooh and wearing just a maternity bra all day, scary veiny boobs...ok I'll stop, I'm scaring you now!




But oh the joy!! How can one little squirmy bundle evoke feelings so new, raw and utterly overwhelming? How can the smell of skin be so intoxicating? How can you love someone so much that it hurts? I'm not for a second saying it's an easy job nor one to take on lightly but if you choose or have chosen this profession be content in the knowledge that there is NO other job so well paid! For me, I have found my calling!
Happy Mothers' Day all you gorgeous Mummas out there. May your tomorrow be filled with empty washing and ironing baskets, clean floors and sinks....and an abundance of heart fluttering, sigh inducing cuddles!
For more lovely thrifty finds please pop over to Sophie's delectable blog.


24 comments:

Me said...

i love the x-stitch!!!

Catherine said...

What a beautiful find Steph! Your post is just lovely, I too accidently cut my first little, now big, one with the clippers. I felt so bad about it too and never used clippers again on her little nails. I hope your day was special. Happy Mother's Day!xo

Jennie said...

oooh yes, those early days. Even when it was tough going, you know its all worth it and would do it all again for them. The only 'problem' now is that they are growing up way to quick!!
Loving your finds as usual!xx

CurlyPops said...

Awww how adorable. That was such a sweet find!

Renee said...

Gorgeous little dolls bed! Hope you had a wonderful Mothers day!

beck said...

This is adorable! I actually had a bigger version of this cot that I borrowed from a lovely family friend when my children were babies. They looked so sweet in it, all tucked up and cosy. I hope to see a little dolly in yours one day, I'm sure it will be played with over & over. Hope you had a happy day today, thank you for your sweet message xo

Susan L (lily40au) said...

there is infinite satisfaction and payment in being a mother ... happy mother's day to you too.

My Flea Market Find

Claireabell said...

You've summed it up so perfectly! A happy mother's day to you too.

m.e (Cathie) said...

fabulous find! my mum must have some of these somewhere, they remind me of my childhood.
hope you've had a happy day Steph

Heidi said...

Oh what a lovely find her babies are going to be so sweet sleeping in there....You always make me laugh what a gem you are.
Happy Mothers Day!

marian said...

oh Steph what a beautiful post, thank you so much for sharing.
what an adorable little cane cot it's just too cute for words! x

Christina said...

Such a lovely post. Hope your mother's day was special.

Love the doll cot too. Great find. :)

Cotton Kiwi said...

Gorgeous post Steph. I remember it all so well even though it was three years ago since my youngest was so tiny! The little cot is beautiful. I was given exactly the same table cloth as an 18th birthday present. Mine was handmade in Portugal I believe. I wonder if yours has travelled that far too? Hope you had a lovely day.x

Nick and Lou said...

What a lovely cane cot. I am sure your little one will get hours of enjoyment out of it.I think you will have to build a little minature house for all of the miniture furniture and accessories you have been collecting for her!xxNick

Little Ted Canvas said...

Lovely post. It's true, there is no better job in the world than being a mum & being rewarded with all these precious moments. I couldn't want for anything more...

wendy said...

Love the cot nearly as much as your sweet post, Steph...

Those early days are as challenging the 4th, 5th, or 6th go-rounds as they are with the first. And we won't talk about the scary, veiny boobs...

Tinkerbell's Treehouse said...

What a lovely little doll's cot! Your words were beautiful, you took me back to when my kids were tiny babies and I too, was utterly hopeless with the clippers!! So many special memories!! Hope you had a very special Mother's Day!

Mira Narnie said...

Hi steph, always so lovely to stop past and say hello! Thankyou for such lovely comments - you bring a tear (and smile) to my face! I love your tablecloth - the detail is amazing! I am sure your Poppet will love playing with her new (old) dolls cot.

Au revior et merci

xx brenda

Kylie said...

How cute is this. Well done - you find the best stuff (I am sure I left a comment - if I have and you just have not published it please delete this one!)

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

thanks to all of your lovely comments, i will most certainly pass a good week. amazing vintage embroideries there...!

dintas said...

Everything you said resonates so deeply with me. My little one is not yet 3 months old, but my cup is full and overflowing. A beautifully touching post.

Penny said...

Oh Steph - I just had to stop and share. I did the same as you with my first baby. Made the tips of his fingers bleed! I've never met anyone else who had done that, but have to tell you that as a MIDWIFE (yes, very embarassing), I used to tell new mums just to pick fingernails to avoid this very thing. Shame I didn't follow my own advice!

mylittlebirdie said...

what a beautiful post, tears in my eyes as i reminisce of my poppets early days. sweet sweet memories already seem so long ago : )

Rosalind said...

Oh I can so relate - especially at the moment :-) I have been looking for a little 2nd hand cradle too. My Nanna who is 86 actually has one (that I secretly have my eye on ;) but don't like to ask for it! My daughter loves playing with it when we go over!

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