Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas pics :-)

Ok our computer is old and sick and giving me a fair bit of grief about working all the time. I'me going to post our chrissy pics and hope I have enough time before the screen dies on me again.....

Here is Luke and Willow enjoying his birthday lunch-my lovely man is 30!
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Tannah at the Myer window in the city
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All too much for Willow
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The new Antarctica exhibit at the Melbourne aquarium-complete with PENGUINS! It is awesome and I highly recommend it.
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Xmas morning-playing in the new cubby house
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Opening presents at home
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Yes I dressed them the same-feel free to give me shit-but I think they look cute!
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The best pic of them together lol
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Luke and I awww
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Phew so there is xmas eve and xmas day in pictures!
Tannah is still stoked with the My Little Pony and lollipop she got above all others lol and Willow was just stoked to eat all day. I had a lovely time and am looking forward to doing it with 3 kids next year!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

*yawn* recovering.

I have lots to blog about-and lots of pics to upload. But I'm going to give a quick update.
We did the city on xmas eve-which was lovely Luke's 30th birthday. Brekkie at Maccas, the train, the window at Myer, lunch at the pancake parlour and the aquarium. We had the family round for dinner as well. It was lovely but I ate too much and did WAY too much. I have been struggling to catch up ever since.
Xmas day was fabulous. Again I ate too much (do I learn? Lol) but the kids had a blast and the company was great. I'm so glad we do the whole "christmas thing"- it's really lovely.
Today we went to spend our voucher at the camping shop cause the sale was on. We got an ACE tent and then hit a shopping center to see if any other good stuff was on sale. Needless to say we were out for most of the day.

So this is not a complaint post, just letting you know I'm around but spending a lot of home time on the couch getting over the festivities!! I swear I've put on 5kg in the last week lol.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Simple pleasures

I'm going to try and include in my blog some of the simpler things in life that bring me joy-and there are so many little things! I'm not going to start a huge list now but I'm going to blog (with pictures!) from time to time some of these simple pleasures that I can overlook.
The first- and one of my favorites-is clean sheets. Clean sheets that have been dried in the sunshine, not in the drier. The anticipation of getting into bed at the end of the day to sweet smelling, crisp, clean sheets is just lovely. We have a "family bed", and to accommodate us all it is a queen and double pushed up together. It often has My Little Ponies, books, rocks and leaky breast milk patches in it-it just makes you appreciate lovely clean sheets that much more :-)
Of course a newly made clean bed is just too inviting and must be bounced on.
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Another simple pleasure is watching my children and their Dad together. I love the bond that they have and marvel at how it is so very different to mine. Luke is a fantastic Dad-much more patient than I am-and the kids adore him. He works shift and the girls favorite part of the day is when it is time to wake him up. They both go in and jump and roll all over him and all I hear is giggling and Tannah saying "How's your work Dad?"
Here is Tannah and Luke putting the final touches to our Christmas tree this year.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Look at the sun!!!

Well look outside Melburnians-that is sunshine, and that weird sensation that makes you want to take off your jumper-that is called being warm.

I feel like going outside and doing a little happy dance cause I'm so that summer is finally showing herself around here a little. I do understand that we could be back to freezing and wet next week but I'm going to enjoy the moment for as long as I can.
I don't cope very well in long term cold, dark and wet-the Queenslander in me says NO. I get a bit of that SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and I used to cure it (before kids) by having a solarium a couple of times a week (I know...not very good. But a great mood improver!) but now I plod along and get cranky and pine for the sun.
I don't mind so much in winter-it's WINTER. But I just lose it more when it's cold and miserable for ages in summer. It's one of the few things that makes me truly miss QLD. A guaranteed warm day regardless of rain etc from about October til March.
But this isn't meant to be a whine post-I'm so excited that the sun is out. My sheets are currently washing and we are meeting a friend at the park later. We went to the zoo yesterday (I love the yearly pass!) and wore hats AND sunscreen ;-)

Ah a burst of warm sun-how my mood loves it.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Approaching Critical Mass.....

The neat little bump I've has growing in front of me has suddenly (it seems) turned into a huge ball.
The baby is starting to kick enough to keep me awake and getting comfortable in bed ain't what it used to be (read strategic pillow arrangement). Bending over to pick something up is often accompanied by a grunt or groan. I've lost a fair amount of my usual (stifle the urge to laugh please) grace and I'm definitely getting heartburn a lot more. The peeing in the middle of the night is more often and getting out of bed to do that (we have a couple of mattresses on the floor so we all fit!) must look oh so hilarious lol.
You would think I would find all of this irritating but I'm actually getting quite excited by it all (ask me again in 2 months lol) cause it means that our baby is getting bigger and it really isn't that long until we get to meet him or her. And with all that we have going on in between now and then (which is only 15 weeks eep!) time is just gonna fly.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas countdown

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Only one week to go! I'm so excited! Lucky that I'm married to someone sane or all the presents would be opened by now. This year is going to be so ace cause Tannah is so into it this year. And Willow like to rip paper so everyone wins. I'm really happy with the gifts the girls are getting- I think I shopped well :-) My family gave money to spend on the girls (and us) so I was able to get some really nice gifts that I might not have been able to afford-though the K-Rudd bonus helped out there too. The big pressie from us to the girls is a little cubby house-am dreaming of hours of friendly, imaginative play. Yessss dreaming...... Looking forward to putting that together as well.

So my next week goes like this-
Thursday-This morning I'm hitting Coles and doing a shop to last us until in between xmas and new year. Am going to get some fruit and veg and also pick up a couple of things at Big W. Need to get Luke a nice xmas and birthday card at some stage too.
Friday-The girls have their last swimming lesson in the am and planning a cruisy afternoon-DVD's are on the cards.
Saturday-Luke may or may not be working-If he's not, maybe take our new zoo pass and go there.
Sunday-no plans. Sounds like a housework and catch up day. If it's warm enough (ha!) I'll wash the sheets.
Monday-Top up fruit and veg and anything I have forgotten.
Tuesday. Luke doing day shift and having break up party. Having morning tea with a friend and her kids. Might make Luke's birthday cake in the arvo with kids when Luke gets home.
Wednesday-Luke's 30th birthday!! Take him to his fave "restaurant" for breakfast (think golden arches...) . Go into the city and do all the xmassy stuff. Visit the aquarium and see the penguins and have lunch somewhere nice (I'm voting for the Pancake parlor mmmmmmm) and fuss over my lovely birthday boy. Home in the arvo and make spaghetti bolg for the family who are coming over for dinner. IF the kids can stay awake (again HA!) we'll take them to see the lights up the road. Put pressies under the xmas tree and set everything up-possible "birthday one" for the birthday boy lol. Sleep!

I think that's everything??? It might sound a little stressful but I love xmas and birthdays so I'm actually really into it all. 7 more sleeps people!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A painty afternoon

It's no secret that my lovely girls are fighting sisters-they like to fight about lots of things. It is just a crappy ol age gap right now. Tannah is into setting stuff up and playing games and Willow is, well, into wrecking stuff. Tannah has just learned the magic of possessions that are HERS, and while I don't expect her to share her special things, I also hate that her sister gets beaten up for touching. We are working on solutions that work for everyone but it is tough and I am finding it a real challenge-and I hate to say it but I'm not winning the battle of being respectful a lot of the time. But I am trying!!
So yesterday it was fight club all day so I thought I'd set up some painting and maybe they'd "get creative" and burn some energy that way. It was messy and there WAS fighting. But it was also a lot of fun-and the clean up wasn't as bad as it looks :-)
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Next year.....

I have been inspired by Kate at www.pickelbums.com to create a theme for next year. Which is probably a fluffy way of saying-"oooh that's a good idea, I'll pinch that" lol. Thanks!
Anyway I have procrastinated on a lot this year and made a lot of excuses-we're moving, we're moving interstate, I'm pregnant, we're going on holiday and now-it's nearly christmas. So next year I'm going to commit to some things and recommit to some things that I have drifted away from.
So--2009 is COMMITMENT TIME!!!
Some things will be quite challenging and (I'm hoping) that some things will be easy. Here are a some-
-Willow and I will be wheat and dairy free to see if this helps her sleep and snot.
-reduce our insane consumer ways and try not to buy anything new (need to tweak the rules of this before we start). Thus saving money :-)
-stop buying meat and dairy and only using local free range eggs. Back to super healthy eating.
-put into practice a daily rhythm, steiner style. I have some great books on ideas around his and I really think it will help our day run smoother. But I do want it to be flexible....
-connect with other homeschooling families and start to make contacts there
-get the playgroup running as we imagined it would
-no more take-away! not only is it expensive it is rubbish food and I do admit that is is usually at my suggestion cause I can't be arsed.
-learn to sew, find a sewing machine and overlocker somewhere.....ebay??
-work on my "community" network and how to make it stronger(for everyone). Thinking of organizing a pot luck dinner once a month, a womens circle, a fruit and veg co-op, a clothes swap co-op and so on.......as well as staying involved with Babs and playgroup.
-and of course-STICK TO THE BLOODY BUDGET WE SET!!
-not to mention some regular exercise, time and love for me-and some husband time......

It sounds like a lot-especially for a women with 2 little kids and one on the way (looking forward to meeting my little one next year!!) but some of it won't pan out for a bit and some of it os just a matter of shopping differently and being prepared.

My mantra for 2009 will be "I Nurture". It can apply to so much. I nurture-myself, my family,my children, my community, my planet, my relationships etc and the list can go on....
I just have to COMMIT to do it :-) and I am absolutely capable of that.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Homeschool.

Yep-we plan to. But it's one of those emotive topics that I find myself skating the edges of with people at times if I can't be bothered with the "why???" You don't have to have a million reasons for choosing what kind of school you send your kids to-public, private, steiner, boarding etc, but when you choose homeschooling you seem to get a lot of people getting their hackles up.
I get the impression that some think I am trying to keep the kids at home with me forever and not let them experience "the real world" or that I just can't let the control I have (ROFL!!) over the kids go. In reality it is far simpler than that.
My husband and I just think that home is a better place for kids learn and thrive.
But saying that brings up images of keeping them away from the population at large and having weirdo shut in kids. Anyone who actually knows what our life is like and how much stuff we do-with other people!-knows that we would all go crazy living like that.
But I do understand it isn't a decision that a lot of people make. Super cool with me. As a parent it is your decision as to how your children are schooled (or unschooled lol) but sometimes walking the road less traveled exhausts me with the explaining. And some topics I can talk about til the cows come home and some I have to be in the mood.
I never shut up about homebirthing, co-sleeping, breastfeeding and other topics-even though some may not agree or think I'm strange. But homeschooling, vaccination and diet are some of the ones that people seem to get their knickers in a twist about and instead of agreeing to disagree want to challenge your choices. I'm all for a conversation about different views on things but I really hate it when people take how we are raising our kids personally-so sometimes I just don't have the energy to go there and I skirt the topic, or change it.

So if you see me next year and ask when Tannah is starting kinder.....the answer is, she isn't. She's homeschooled. Say it proud sista!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Summer??

I love those cold and rainy nights when you can put your long PJ's on and snuggle into bed with the kids (they really do warm the bed up nicely lol). Listen to the rain outside and be thankful that I am warm and cozy under the doona. And when I wake the next day I tey to bargain with the girls for 5 more minutes in the nice warm bed before we're up and searching for ugg boots and jumpers.



But I really do prefer these nights and mornings in winter. I kinda like summer to be, well-HOT.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hairtrigger

Tannah is not in a good way at the moment. All the excitement about xmas and the new baby and she is still coming down from the big trip to QLD makes for one very hyper sensitive girl. Dear Tannah is a sea of emotion at the best of times, she really feels things-always has-but she is out of control lately!
All the little things are turning into BIG things. Like not being able to find her shoes in 5 seconds is a disaster. Cutting her toast wrong-disaster. Serving up something that she asked for but changed her mind about eating. Major disaster. The tears are a flowin' and I can't help but feel sorry for my lovely girl who is just like a pane of glass-fragile. But on the other hand guess who is copping the very worst of her mood? Willow.
Willow ADORES her big sister and wants to do everything that she does and be near her at all times. Problem is that Tannah sees Willow as one sees a mosquito-annoying and to be slapped at! Willow is being screamed at, pushed, hit, snatched off and generally treated like dirt by Tannah. She slammed her fingers in a drawer so hard today that Willow was doing that crying but no noise will come out thing. *sigh* I'm struggling to find solutions or even just keep Willow safe and out of the firing line cause she follows Tan around!
I'm trying to be all zen mama about it and "this too shall pass" but it gets frustrating!! I can deal with the tears and sadness and frustration of Tannah-she's 3, I'm trying to help her through it. But I hate seeing Willow constantly hurt-and not just physically, her little face drops every time Tannah takes it out on her. It must suck when your hero is so downright mean to you!

So I've got some Bush Flower Remedies coming, they seem to work for us. And I'm trying some Indigo Essences for something new. And I'm trying to just BE. Pay attention to them both and spend some time. As well as get some time for me and the belly baby. Limit the sugar and increase the sleep is always helpful. And just let both of them know that I love them, all the time.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The name game

We have names picked out for this baby and just like other times I hear them everywhere once we decide(and agree!!) on a good one!
When we picked Willow I was all smug in my originality. It was all I like in a name. Beautiful, a little different without being downright odd and bit earthy. Perfect. So I take my baby belly off to an ABA meeting. Wher I met a mum with her baby. Yep WILLOW. Which started a lot of mums talking about how nice a name it is....and how many they know. But hwen I looked at Miss Willow it was just her name so no choice there. When we had Tannah all ready to go there was a contestant on "The Apprentice" called Tana. And when she did playgroup at steiner school there were 3 other Tannah's involved in the school. Also A LOT of people think we got Willow from Buffy (we didn't) and some of Luke's rello's actually think that Skye (Tan's middle name ) is because Luke is into Star Wars-get it, SKYEwalker (it isn't).
And of course people hate what you call your kids. When people say "oh that's unusual" It usually means "what a freaky name-weirdo's". But you can't please everyone.

So now to this baby's name. We have settled on Harper Bliss for a girl and Zen for a boy. Zen will either have Bodhi or Phoenix as a middle name-undecided. Feel free to give me your opinions-but we are happy with these names and you may just have to hate them or say "oh that's unusual" lol.
And for those of you who read the lovely soulemama blog-she has just had a baby boy HARPER.
*sigh*

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Getting organised for Xmas

Presents are all bought (just need to pick up and pay for a couple), tree is up, cards are written, and we've been to our first xmas party. Have some baking to do and need to figure out what the girls will wear (I know-so important lol) on the day. Apart from that I just need to sort out something from the girls for Luke's birthday. I'm thinking about getting them to make a big card with their handprints and stuff on it. We are giving each other cash to go towards the new camping stuff we'll need for our extended family :-)
Definitely planning more trips in 2009 of the camping variety-and we are going away for 10 days next xmas to Echuca woo hoo. We just need some extra bits and bobs, not to mention a bigger tent.
Anyway, back to xmas... I'm looking forward to it that's for sure

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A tale of 2 births

I was putting these photos up on a forum as "first pics with you child" and I loved looking back at the pics of my girls on their first days. Obviously their births were polar opposites (and I think the pics tell that story on their own!) but that awesome feeling you get from meeting your child for the first time was the same.
Even though Tannah was literally dragged out with a ventouse as soon as she was in my arms and looking into my eyes she stopped crying and looked THROUGH me. It was the most intense thing. Like "I know you-Hi, here I am" and as out of it as I will remember that moment clearly for the rest of my life. It still upsets me however that that moment was so short and she was whisked away to be prodded at. Willow did a similar thing but it was all much more real and I was blissed out on hormones as opposed to zonked out on pethedine lol. I did however get quite some time to bask in that moment of meeting and really check her out and have her do the same to me.
Becoming a parent is such an amazing blessing (and challenge!) and the moment after that "whoosh" as they leave your body and join the outside world is just amazing. Holding that new little person that is from you and your man and yet all themselves is (for me) what life is all about. It still staggers me that immediate love I had for both of them-even though their births were so incredibly different. Tannah made me a mother and Willow made me a goddess.

So here are my first photos with my girls (there is some well placed towel action going on in Willow's lol)
This was a couple of hours after Tannah's birth. Unfortunately that very first cuddle isn't on the camera and I was finding it hard to hold her cause I felt to dopey-plus being stitched up etc. Her Daddy looked after her for that first bit.
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This is about half an hour after Willow's birth-again I can't find the disc of the very first cuddle but there is quite a bit'o'boob showing in that one so I do prefer this one! Check out that post birth glow!
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Aww I am so looking forward to meeting this one that is growing in my belly! And I will get to have the added surprise of finding out the sex.......

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Challenges.

Hello my name is Shae and I'm a consumer!
I love "stuff" and I do buy lots of it-more than we can afford I hate to say. I am often inspired by people who take challenges to not buy anything new for a period of time and I'm toying with the idea (after xmas of course lol). I do try to consume form nice and ethically happy type places-but in the end a lot of it is still buying stuff we really don't need. Even if it is wooden, fair trade, organic etc.
So maybe I will take the challenge for January and see what happens. Try to source some items second hand. We need a wooden change table thingo with the levels to store nappies in (and change babies on) and I would really love an old school desk with storage so Tannah can have access to her drawing things. I'm pretty sure that I can source these things second hand-well I have no choice with a school desk....

As far as food and what my family eats we need to get our bums into gear there too. Willow needs to go dairy and wheat free. The rest of us were healthier when we were vegan if I'm going to be totally honest-but I'm not sure I am ready to give eggs up just yet-especially if they come from Kate's happy chooks. But the dead animal I can do without. We spend a lot more money on the weekly shop with animal product-even if we are eating mostly organic and buying healthy snacks (making them is WAY cheaper). So come new years I'm taking that challenge again too. No dairy or meat and only eggs that are organic free range-or from the Pickle farm :-) And if Willow is off wheat the I am too cause having it in her breastmilk is not a great idea lol. And as I do the shopping I imagine that all of us will be wheat free to avoid argument.

We have put the TV back in the cupboard-we have been without TV before and it was lovely. We have a portable DVD player so if I'm desperate or Tannah really needs to sit still and chill out for an hour I can use that. TV use always seems to creep up on us. We only watch a little, then a little more and so on and soon I'm watching hours at night and the kids are watching it all afternoon. And I have issues with what TV is and how bad it really is for kids-even if it buys some peace and quiet from time to time. So we have taken on the no TV challenge!

I just feel it's time to be more true to things that I believe in and walking the walk as well as talking the talk...Wish us luck! (in the new year that is)

Friday, November 28, 2008

These are a few of my favourite things

Here is my love list at the moment-

-Natures Path Corn Flakes-no wheat or sugar and Willow loves em. It takes her at least 45 minutes to eat 2 bowls in the morning (read my internet time lol)
-Itti Bitti D'lish Nappies- I bought some for the baby and cause Willow is such a pocket rocket they fit her. How good are they? So plush and lovely and they really do the job. I want MORE.
-homebirth-I just love the care I get from my midwife as well as the excitement about doing it again. Birth is just so normal...and so amazingly special :-)
-Alfie Kohn- Unconditional Parenting is the most challenging and best parenting book I've read since Robin Grille. I'm going to get my own copy!
-Mangoes-seriously, what's not to love?
-My friends-I've had some lovely times with them of late
-Internet shopping-Not having to hit the shops at xmas yay! Sites I love are Dragonfly toys, Spiral Garden, Natures Child and Eco Toys.
-Hello Baby- It's a book about a homebirth for kids. Tannah likes to have it read to her over and over and imagine what this birth will be like. She is quite keen to be there (and cut the cord!) and I'm sure it feels like an elephants pregnancy to her
-My Hip Bubby Baby Sling- I've had it since Tannah was a couple of months old and it has been used and used and it still fits around the bump.
-Hommus with chilli- try it.
-Criminal Minds-I'm totally addicted to this show and the last 2 episodes were great! I love Spencer....
-warm weather-bring more on please universe.......

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Baby stuff.....

So I'm just past the halfway mark-woo hoo! I'm so excited about this baby despite the close age gap between it and Willow. Not sure what's going to happen with the breastfeeding. I assume I'll feed both cause Miss W shows no signs of being at all interested in slowing down-hoping to wean her overnight before bubs arrives...but no pressure lol. Tannah is super excited and talks about it all the time. Has decided that she wants to cut the cord, hope she is patient enough cause it might take a few hours to get around to that. We are reading the homebirth stories a lot- "my Brother Jimi Jazz" and "Hello Baby". Getting the kids in the zone too.
I love my midwife :-) You wouldn't get reflexology in hospital! I really feel we picked the right one for us. Nice and laid back and hands off. I'm hoping for another ecstatic birth like Willow's but they are all different I guess. I can hope though lol. Getting into gear finally and eating better. I have some nice relaxation/hypnobirthing CD's that I'm going to start listening to, as well as practicing yoga more regularly that I have been. I'm trying to do my bit to look after my baby and make the birth as awesome as possible.
My belly baby is busy, kicking and moving around lots. And growing......

Monday, November 24, 2008

Xmas is coming-Yay!

It's not that long until xmas and I'm starting to get excited. We're pretty much organized as far as presents go- I have a list of online orders to do over the next week so they arrive on time and I'm going to email cards to as many people as possible so taking the work out of that. The girls are getting a fair bit this year but it is mostly wooden and steiner type lovely stuff so I'm telling myself that that takes the crazy consumerism out of it lol. We are borrowing a tree-another dilemma solved and picking up our decorations on lay buy this week. Tree up Dec one hopefully! I want to sort out some xmas craft for Tannah to do.....that can be a job for closer to the big day. The only spanner in the works is Luke has changed his mind and now doesn't want a hot lap at Calder park for his birthday (Xmas eve) so I have to think up a present. It's his 30th too so I want it to be nice, I have no idea.
Planning a day out to see the window at Myer in the city closer to xmas as a big family event.

Fa la la la la etc.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

4 Years!

It's our wedding anniversary today-4 years. I still feel really lucky to have such a wonderful husband who is also a great Dad. I never imagined that I would meet the man of my dreams who I would spend the rest of my life with on a drunken binge at the local nightclub! But our blurry eyes met and the rest, as they say, is history.
We have had tough financial times but our marriage has stayed rock solid. We have been blessed with 3 (well 2 and a half really lol) kids and he is such a hands on Dad. He puts up with my moods and is bossed around from time to time- I mean I have been pregnant A LOT of our marriage thus far! He always takes the bossing with good humor and has been known to do a chocolate run to the local milk bar when the kids are in bed. He is very capable at the housework and changes yucko nappies. He eats my cooking-even the experimental vegan stuff-when I'm sure he longs for a chicken parma and chips. He is more patient with the girls that I will ever be-not to mention patient with me! He tried out QLD even though it was WAY out of his comfort zone. He has the day off when I come back from holidays exhausted. He works hard so that I can stay home with the kids. He is open to listening to all the "crazy" alternative ideas on parenting and schooling-and he usually agrees! He makes me laugh a lot and while he is quiet at first he is strong and never lets himself be walked over.

I just love him and I'm glad he's mine :-)

Here's a lovely photo of us on the big day
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Home!

So we're back from the not so sunny QLD (well not this trip anyway-it rained pretty much the whole time!) and we are all buggered and in need of some back to normalness.
Was lovely to catch up with my family and friends-I even had a few meals out MINUS kids. Very civil indeed.
One thing the trip revealed to me was just how settled in Melbourne I am. I really had that sense of missing home and was really happy to see it when we got back. Luke didn't come so I imagine that missing him was a part of it.
We shopped and played and talked and ate and even scored free tickets to Hi-5!

Now we're home I need to get my head around the next big thing at hand......baby number 3!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Holiday time!

Looking out on this cold and dreary Melbourne morning makes the idea of 2 weeks in warm and hopefully sunny QLD seem so much nicer that it already is!
Luke isn't coming with me-so I'm flying with the girls and a big bump of a belly baby alone, which is kinda scary. I have a back pack filled with all sorts of fun stuff for the girls to do-including emergency ponies lol. I caved. But when we get up there it's going to be ace! I haven't seen my parents since June and there is much chatting and going out for meals to do. My niece will have grown a heap and my SIL is pregnant again so it will be nice to chat all things baby with her and my brother-and maybe have a turn of their Wii fit hehe. Mum and I can talk (no kidding to those who know either or both of us huh?) so I imagine that we will chat up a storm and do some nice big walks along the beach-while talking. The kids will have a wonderful time and swim heaps in the pool at my folks place-hopefully making them fall into bed without issue each night-hear that Willow? This means you!
Willow has woken up with a runny nose so poor baby will be on some hardcore herbs and vit C today so she stays in the land of well for the holiday. Might give some to Tannah for good measure too.

So I'm off to wash and pack and get organized. We'll spend some time with Luke today too cause I miss him when we go away. Catch you in a couple of weeks!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

6 more sleeps!

Only 5 more days until our big QLD trip. Luke is staying at home so I need to get my head around flying with the two girls plus bump and get some stuff organized.
I need some fun plane type activities for Tannah. Kate printed off some lacing cards which I'm going to laminate and punch holes in.Just need to buy the shoelaces. Might go to the cheap shop and get some stickers/stamps and a scrapbook too. Unsure what to do with Willow. Sitting still is not really her thing. She does like to eat play doh and I never let her (cause I'm so mean!) maybe lol... Seriously considering a trail run with an antihistamine in case things go pear shaped. But I need to know before I give it to her on a plane if it's going to hype her up. That would be BAD. I'm thinking sultanas might be fun and a little time consuming, I'm guessing ol'faithful boob will come into play.
My girls love the very plasticky and flammable looking My Little Pony's. My wooden and steiner toy collection rocks. The most fights are over those hideous ponies (admittedly it was I who introduced the first one! DUH) Am also seriously considering 2 brand new "emergency ponies" as bribery.

What's all this you say-Bribery? Plastic toys? Drugging kids? It all sounds very UN hippy-la-la no doubt.

Flying on a plane is not a normal situation. Taking two small kids alone is some sort of challenge for "who dares wins". All normal plans of attack go out the window in favor of not locking us in the toilet for the whole flight. I'm open to suggestion, consumerism, bribery, drugs and junk food to make it as smooth as possible.

What's a little hypocracy now and then huh??

Monday, October 27, 2008

Besties :-)

I have a few "best friends" which is kinda redundant when there is more than one but anyway..

I think I have made a new one as I approach 30 which seems a little funny as "bestie" seems like a high school word. But when you see someone usually more than once a week, send text messages and emails and even have the odd phone conversation (even though said bestie is not a huge phone fan) then I think we are entering that territory lol. We always seem to have loads to talk about and our kids love each other. Her man and mine even get along. She can overlook my gross hypocracy as I eat the animal kingdom and it's by-products through this pregnancy. We go on big adventures with families in tow in her "big white bus". She is even planning to be present to help with the kids when I am in labour-even though that is going to involve some serious kid juggling on her part if it falls at a bad time-not to mention having to see my big naked labouring ass moaning about the place.
It's just nice to have someone local to hang out with and just "be"-while the kids trash whatever house we happen to be at-and it's no drama :-)
So put a "bestie" badge on your Girl Guides sash Kate-and bring me some chicken.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Good Mama Karma

Some days don't you just feel like you have your shit together? And some days don't you just feel like you are doing a good job of the kids and not screwing them up too bad? That's been my last couple of days. Hurrah!
The kids were bored the other day and faced with having to take them to the park (not always fun when the older one still wants you to help her with everything and the younger one insists on doing everything alone) I used my brain ( I know). I got some packing boxes and masking tape and made a cubby house. And then I let the kids go to town colouring it and playing in it-for ages, together, with hardly any fighting.
Yesterday however I did get Luke to drop me off before work and we had a big walk home, stopping at the park and discussing flowers etc.
When I was cooking corn fritters for the girls I let Tannah help. She does love to cook. And I didn't even get the big bit of egg shell that went into the mix!
I remembered ballet shoes this week so Tannah didn't have to dance in her sneakers.
I figured out some of Willow's sleep issue. She hates disposable nappies. My kids have always slept in sposies cause they hold more wee and I hate changing nappies at night. Even (like now) when they feed less and wee less at night. She gets all squirmy and pulles at her nappy so the other night I put a cloth ( a new Bumgenius! ) on her. NO SQUIRMYNESS. MORE SLEEP. And I was pleasantly surprised at how dry it kept her. I have ordered another one. Obviously. So after having cloth bums during the day my whole parenting career we are now FULL-TIME cloth. Yeah baby.
I feel like I have answered most of Tannah's "why..but why?' questions instead of fobbing her off with "because" type answers. Now that is exhausting.

Now off to attend to the mountain of washing to fold that has accumulated while I have been such a good mama lol.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Do we NEED two cars?

We have been a one car family for the better part of 3 years and we have been talking of blowing some of the baby bonus on a second car. But the more we talk about doing it the more reasons we find for keeping one car.
If we keep as a one car setup we will have cleared some big bills by the time bubs arrives-as well as paying for the midwife. We should still have some of the bonus left. So why not buy a car?
Cause then there is the hassle of running (read paying for) 2 cars. Of course there will be a heap more driving on my part (read petrol) and less walking. It's been a little tough-the walking to and from the bus stop and I haven't done it nearly as much as I could but I got pregnant pretty much straight away after we moved back. Obviously once the bub is born I won't be pregnant anymore lol-problem solved.
Luke is home until 2 every week day so we are looking at a whole other car for the 3 hours in the arvo in between him going to work and me starting dinner-it sounds a little luxurious no? We would also like to think by running only one car we are being better environmentally as a family. And scoring tightarse points as well.

So now the plan is to stay as a one car household, put the wagon on gas and buy this fancy tandem stroller which is tiny and will not only fit easy on a bus but will take a skateboard for Tannah when bubs comes out of the sling. Greener, healthier, cheaper. It sounds like a plan.....

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rostered Day Off

I pulled an RDO from the family :-)
I really wanted to go to the Parents, Babies and Childrens expo at the Melb exhibition centre, but it is awfully busy and usually a nightmare with the kids. Too much going on, not enough room and a Dorothy the Dinosaur show where position is everything lol.
I asked (well begged really) Luke for a whole day kid free. I really needed a bit of space from my lovely girls. Just an hour without Tannah asking "why...but why" was in order. And more than 2 hours where my boobs are my own. *sigh* bliss. My awesome husband didn't take any convincing-even though he has been working hard and had a headache on the day. So I caught the train in-I'd forgotten how fun a long train ride with only a book can be :-)
I got to wander, peruse, stroll, inspect, touch and buy. All in my own time and without steering a pram through the masses. I took a packed lunch-which a didn't share with anyone. Not even the strawberries ;-) I bought 6 (yes SIX) new nappies for the baby-although because Willow is tiny and I bought mediums I suspect that she will get a bit of wear out of them.
I bought a Bumgenius, 2 Baby Beehinds Wonderalls and 3 Itti Bitti D'lish-2 all in one and 1 snap in one. Willow has the Bumgenius on as I write lol. She also got a new pair of Baby Legs that are plain-cause all those patterned ones are clashing with her tee shirts dahlink.
I saw 2 prams that I want(how did a sling slut also develop such pram love??) A tandem STROLLER and a fancy double jogger like a Mountain Buggy that you can put a seat on top! Not to mention the COOLEST baby bag ever. I think I may NEED the baby bag..... There really was a lot of "stuff" in general that looked cool. And I try not to...but I do love stuff.
I then took myself off to a cafe and had a hot chocolate and a snack(very fattening and also not shared) then home again on the train.

I really think I was more patient with everyone last night.....

Friday, October 17, 2008

Some photos :-)

Air Tannah
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Peek a boo!
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Loving the warmer weather
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Willow with another red head lol
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Tannah at the zoo
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This is old but so cute! Sleep my pretties!
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thanks Kev!

Who know the PM was pro homebirth? Cause the cash I'm gonna get in December will be just about what we will need to pay for the birth of this baby at home if we save the amount we're saving until it's born. Just very convenient!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tagging myself lol.

Attached or single? Attached :-) It's our 4th wedding anniversary next month
Best Friend? more than one-in different categories
Cake or Pie? either-as long as it has cream and/or ice cream on it!
Day of Choice? Sunday-if Luke is working he is home by lunch!
Essential Item? *blush* my mobile phone
Flavour of icecream? one with cruchy toffee or butterscotch in it-hard to find!
Gummy Bears or Worms? neither, not a huge lollie fan. Try chocolate.
Hometown? Melbourne is where I live, The Gold Coast is where I grew up and Sydney is where I was born!
Indulgences? Stealing a sleep in when Luke is home and home delivered thai for dinner on the sly.
January or July? January.. it's summer and my birthday! No contest!
Kids? 2 and a bit.
Last Movie I saw in a Theatre? The Simpsons movie when I was hugely pregnant with with Willow
Middle Name? nope
Number of Siblings? one brother
Oranges or Apples? oranges
Phobia or Fear? spiders! eeewwwww
Quote? "be the change you want to see in the world" Ghandi
Reason to Smile? Too many to count! I guess a recent one is I can feel the baby moving just a tiny bit.
Season? Summer, summer ,summer.
Unknown fact about me? I love Stephen King novels and re resd them over and over.
Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals? A tough one for me lol. It varies! Am currently a minimal oppressor of animals but have been vego for ages before and even vegan!
Xrays or Ultrasound? Ultrasound. Guess I've had more and looking at a baby is nicer than hoping a bone isn't broken!
Your favourite food? Kraft peanut butter-I can't have it in the house cause I can't stop eating it
Zodiac? Capricorn-but I'm crap with money lol

Tag yourself if you haven't done it yet!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Preggers news

Saw my midwife yesterday. All is well there and Tannah got to help with hearing the heartbeat and stuff-of course she loved being important :-) Having an independant midwife has perks-ours can do reflexology and bowen. Not to mention the lovely long appointments we have and being able to chat about all things birth and baby.
I'm 15 weeks now. It already seems like it's going fast eeeek! I am definatly visably pregnant, into maternity pants and stretching all my tops. Willow is still feeding as though there has been no change. Tannah definately dropped off a bit at the 12 week mark and was getting annoyed with the whole taste and supply stuff. There has either been less of a change or Willow doesn't care! Am going to have to come up with some more interesting ways for her to be at the boob as my belly gets bigger.
Tannah is really into the whole idea of another baby. She asks about it a lot. Of course we get- WHEN?? a fair bit lol. She is still sure it's a boy, still wants to call him Flora. She wants to cut the cord- I think the idea of the "strong scissors" from the book "Hello Baby" appeals to her :-)
I'm trying to enjoy this pregnancy as much as possible cause I know it's going to be my last one. Some days I'm happy about that and some days I wonder if you can ever have enough babies!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

cough cough cough

Willow has hayfever. Not surprising given that Luke gets it most of the time. She often has the delightful clear snotty nose that just runs and runs. I spend a bloody fortune on homeopathics which keep it in check when it gets bad. Presently she is just drowning in it though-the snot I mean. Which means it runs down the back of her throat and she coughs-like as soo as she lies down. We (parents) know that the cough is the natural enemy of sleep. The cough is to sleep as Darth Vader is To Luke Skywalker (hang on that might not be right-he was his DAD?? anyway) .
Willow does not need another sleep enemy-she has plenty. Like ummm breathing, or me needing to pee or me brushing my teeth down the other end of the house (she actually wakes up pretty much EVERY NIGHT) or it being too hot, or cold or whatever. Lets just say she has no trouble rousing herself from sleep regularly.
And now she has a cough. She looks sick too poor poppet-like contagious bubonic plague sick. Which isn't fair when you can't catch it cause I don't want to take her anywhere for fear of them spraying a black cross on our door. I'm sure she will sleep nestled in the crook of my arm all night again and I can sleep to the dulcet tones of her nasal breathing-with her dad doing the same on the other side of me. At least he doesn't bother me for breastmilk at all hours cause it makes his mouth dry.....

Monday, October 6, 2008

Labels

How many labels are there now in the world of parenting etc? Are you an Attachment parent? A Natural Parent, an Aware parent ? How about learning? Maybe you homeschool, unschool, radical unschool or use natural learning? How about Connected parenting and using Non Violent Communication (NVC)? Maybe you are "mainstream' or a little bit of everything.
I have always felt an affinity to Attachment Parenting-Just the basics. Like the co-sleeping, baby wearnig and breastfeeding. We (try to) use gentle dicipline and I love a lot of the NVC style stuff. I think that might come under Connected parenting.
Our diet is pretty healthy and we don't have a lot of plastic toys etc-So Natural Parenting maybe? We definatly homeschool but the kids do swimming and Tannah does ballet-not really unschoolers then I guess.

I love to read and I read tons of parenting books-most of them are from the kind of angle of the way we do things and there seems to be new terms popping up.

So who am I as a parent? What is my label?

I guess I'm a Natural, Attached, Connected, Gentle, Natural Learning homeschool Mama who is doing the best she can :-)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cause I know the world needs my blog

So Hi! I'm back.....Where am I at?

I'm 14 weeks pregnant with number 3 and I'm so glad that the 1st trimester is over. Can I just say yawn and blerg? This baby will arrive late March/early April. I'd like the 28th of March please baby-that works in nicely with Easter so Luke can have maximum time off work with minimum loss of cash :-) Having bubs at home again. Of course, homebirth rocks. Tannah thinks the baby is a boy and she wants to call him Flora hmmmm. Have decided recently that we're not going to find out the sex-sorry for all those interested, you'll have to wait! I just want that lovely surprise on the day and I just don't really want another scan. Have seen baby and convinced I'm actually pregnant so I'm good lol.
Tannah is growing up. She does ballet and just loves it. It's laid back so I'm happy but she gets to wear a ballet dress so she's happy-there is a concert in November which should be interesting. She is currently rocking out to Justine Clarke using her toy broom as a guitar. She is a love.
Willow is a pocket rocket. She's little for her age and never stops! She was well and truly walking by 11 months and now she climbs and runs and pushes etc. Taking her to the park is a test of nerves. Looks like she is going to have red hair-fiery little Leo girl. She's a lot of fun!
Luke is much happier back in Melbourne. He has an interview for his old leading hand position next week so hopefully.....

And life is busy for me. With playgroup, the BaBs (bellies and babies) group, ABA,spending time with friends and trying to suss out the local homeschooling group I definately use my calendar!
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