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Goal Met...

Weighed in at 89.6kg today... Not on my regular scales though, so will double check tomorrow. However, by that weight today, I've met my end of March goal of breaking the 90kg barrier :D...

I bought two size 16 tops this week. One fits great, the other is a little tight. My size 18 skirt that didn't quite fit when I bought it 3 years ago, is now starting to get loose.

My next goal is to get down to 76kg by Bryn's birthday, in 19.5 weeks time (hey, that's about 1/2 a pregnancy, not even that for me...). If I get down to 76kg by then, I'll have lost 30kg in one year!

Erik's hat instructions

Erik came to me before and ask me to knit him a hat, and then we discussed what he wanted and when we'd done that he offered to write out the specs of the hat for me so I woudn't forget. He got his textas and a sheet of paper and then asked me to spell out the words. Below is the resulting list :)... He started the list at the bottom of the page and worked his way up, so that is how you should read it...

Blogs in my head...

Anyone else write blogs in their head, throughout their day?

I've written about 5 in the past couple of days, but then I don't find the time to actually put them up, so here is a kind of synopses of each of them...

Strong Opinions...
Someone commented to me yesterday that I have strong opinions. The way it was said was sort of part, "Yeah, that's what I thought about you, and I'm right" and part, "Strong opinions are synonomous with ignorance"... I just smiled and said that, yes, I do have strong opinions, in a "yep, that's me, great aren't I" kind of way... I couldn't help but ask myself if maybe having strong opinions WAS a bad trait?

Having reflected on this for a day, I can say that I don't think having strong opinions is a bad thing at all. My opinions are most often based on a lot of information gathering and reflection. I don't tend to just take on other people's opinions as my own, and I do acknowledge that…

My new little cousin!

Oh wow!!! He's here, and I was right, she was having a boy (that's the third right baby I've predicted in recent times, so maybe it's all coming back to me :D)!

He was born early Sunday morning (Icelandic time - that would be a Monday baby here, but well, they don't go by this time, do they, so he was born on the 26th of March)... He was born at 4.50am, weighed 4140gr, and measure 53cm.

He's a little blondie (of course, they all are up that way)... He has the same head shape as Bryn, which surprises me because I thought Bryn looked most like my dad's side of the family but my aunty Helga is my mum's youngest sister (and sibling for that matter)... In the picture above you see my aunt with her older daughter Bylgja, who is 13, holding The Baby (Helga has one other daughter Heiddis, who is 10, I think).

In Iceland the baby's name isn't made public until his Christening which happens some time in his first three months of life - so we may not h…

A Quiet MOMENT... (and a note on comments)

Well, I WAS going to come in here briefly and blog on the marvellous event that had just happened in this house - I got all three boys to sleep and had the house all quiet and relaxed while Dave is off battling with the printer guy in the city over a job dodgily done...

However, I went and spoiled it for myself by insisting on having photographic evidence... I went in and took a pic of the boys, and then took one of Bryn and thought I was very clever in not disturbing them, that is, until I sat down and heard the unmistakeable titterings of the Luey Blue in the next room... He'd been waiting for me to check in on them, and then thinking the coast was clear had decided to climb up into Erik's bunk and niggle him...

Ok, so a trip to the toilet later (he had to prove to me he had a legitimate reason for being awake still), and they're all settle back, and hopefully it'll last this time...

Ahhh, but that MOMENT before I disrupted them, when the house was completely still and …

Paging the toothfairy!

Several weeks ago Dave told me that Erik had his first loose tooth. Now, at the age of 6 3/4 years, it's been a long time coming, but then Erik didn't get his first tooth until he was 10.5 months old.

I'm really squeamish about teeth (having had some traumatic experiences with my own over the years) and so I didn't really encourage Erik to share all his tooth wiggly stories with me (especially as he seemed determined to share them over the dinner table)... But I was aware that as time passed the tooth was working its way out because Erik preferred soft foods to hard foods, and was attempting to eat apples and hard pizza crusts with his molars :D...

So this morning he shyly comes up to me and tells me to look at his hand and there is the tiniest little white tooth! His cheeky smile now sports a large gap right in front on the lower gum...

And he informed me that the going rate with toothfairies these days is $2...

I have a photo, but I'm going to have to add it later b…

First Bath

At 7 months and one week, Brynjar Jonas Dal had his very first bath!!!
I tend not to like to bathe my kids much because they are very prone to eczema, so Bryn had had a few showers with me, and cat washes everyday with a flannel, but hadn't yet been "steeped" in water. I was waiting until I was confident about his confidence in sitting up by himself :) ...

It didn't take him very long at all to decide he loved the splashing effect he could create by slapping the water with his hands, and our kitchen floor got a good wash as well!

Yup, he's a waterbaby just like his brothers!!!


Also, here is a pic of the pants I've gotten for his first full winter (minus a red/white and a navy/white striped pair, that are in the mail still)... Stripes are definitely a Bryn thing. I just love stripes on him, the brighter the better! Most of these are off ebay, though a couple are from Myer and a couple from Cotton On... Leggings are excellent for sling babies because they don'…

Writing days are here again...

I've decided to do what I do best, and jump on someone else's bandwagon, LOL...

Jayne has enrolled in a writing and editing course at the local TAFE and I've decided to join her. Now, I did a Professional Writing degree as my undergraduate degree, but well, Canberra Uni doesn't exactly have a great reputation in publishing circles when it comes to it's Pro. Writ. degree, and the degree itself didn't focus on editing much at all (if any, I really can't remember learning the ins and out of editing, either computer-based, or otherwise)... So, I'm thinking this course could be great for me to a) learn how to edit properly, b) build my writing muscle (which is well and truly atrophied) and c) have some pressure on me to PRODUCE...

So, sometime next week we're going to go and enrol...

Yk, I know I want to writie. I know I could write well. The thing is I just don't know what I want to write about... Actually, maybe the opposite is true... There are a lot…

God, I'm a dick!

I've been feeling all alone in the world - ok, not ALL alone, but well, I'm embarrassed to admit I was missing the comments here from you guys - yeah, it's nice to know someone is listening to the sad ramblings of a self-obsessed suburban housewife...

Then I was reminded this evening that I put my comments on moderation after receiving some unsavoury comments from some weird-arse stranger...

So, I go look, and find 16 lovely comments from you guys!!!

Yay, now I'm all smiles again, though kind of embarrassed still that I'm sooooo in need of a cheer squad, rofl!!! Thanks guys!!!

Lost 10 Kilos!!!

I weighed myself today and I'm down to 90.7kg!!!

So, I've lost over 10kg this year, over 15kg since Bryn was born, and almost 22kg since just before he was conceived. That over 3 stone since October of 2004... I can't tell you how thrilled I am with those numbers!!!

I'm getting pretty excited about getting below 90kg, and am still hoping to achieve that goal by the end of March. Once I hit 88kg, I'll be the same weight I was just after Luey was born...

I can almost fit into the faux leather jacket I bought that winter (2001)... AND I wore my red velvet coat to homeschooling group on Monday, that was the first time I'd worn that in 3 years!!!

So, anyway, sorry for this totally self-congratulatory post, I'm just so pleased with myself!!!

Feeling a bit out of touch...

With my friends...

Hi guys, I know you're all out there, I saw Jayne on Saturday, and spoke to Jen yesterday, and spoke to Leah on msn on Friday or Saturday, I think... But I feel like it's been a while since I spoke/wrote to the rest of you, so just want to send a big Hiya! to everyone else out there!!!

It's funny, now that I have the laptop, I'm just not on the computer as much (hahaha, which makes me wonder if I can justify the outlay, but I'm sure this is just a temporary phenomenon)... It could also be that Dave is home all the time now too, which, while it means I can go out more freely without the bigger boys, it also means I'm less inclined to hope on the computer...

Been busy rearranging the house and that too, and then today we just got back to homeschooling group for the first time in a long time (a month, I think), and that was excellent! Such a lovely group of parents. Had a new mum today who just pulled her three boys out of school last week (in…

Busy Day

This is my first opportunity to get on the computer today... We've had a big day!

The plan was to put the shelves together for the boys' room, then clean the house and then go do a big shop... Well, we tried, that's all I can say...

The shelves look fabulous, but bloody hell, they were hard to put together!!! Dave and I huffed and puffed over the shelves for something like three hours, can you believe it??? At one point I really thought Dave was going to just give up on them! Don't know how Jen's Steve and Hamish managed to put together three without having to be committed, LOL...

Anyway, we finally got them set up , and then moving them into the boys' room was comparatively simple. Boy do they look good!!! The boys' stuff is all sorted, for the first time in a long time, there is room for everything, without having to pile things on top of one another...
Then we put the boys' old bookshelf in the loungeroom, and put all of Bryn's books and toys in it, …

Try, try again...

Ok, if you've been checking out my blog over the past couple of days, you'll have seen posts appear and disappear with no apparent rhyme or reason. I've been experiencing some issues with blogger, at first I thought it was just my laptop. but now I definitely think it was just blogger having a nervous breakdown...

Anyway, I had wanted to brag about my new laptop (pictured above), I'm loving having it. I love sitting in amongst the kids doing my thing, I actually feel a lot more present in their lives, and Bryn is loving being in the living room instead of the dim, small study... I'm also not on the computer as much, oddly enough, I find I'm far more willing to put the laptop down, than I was to walk away from the PC...

Another thing I blogged about, was Bryn has started on solids this week. He is currently having one rice cereal meal a day. I would have started him on something else, but everything else makes him gag. So, now I express into a bowl (hand ex…

Minor and Major Annoyances

Well, here is my new tv cabinet, pretty sleek isn't it?! I'm very happy with it, BUT it didn't turn up this morning like promised, AND only ONE guy delivered it, despite us paying $60 because apparently - being big as it is - it would require two movers... So, Dave ended up having to help the guy who delivered it... So, I'm demanding either a $30 refund, or $30 store credit, thank you very much!!!

That was the minor annoyance of today...

The MAJOR annoyance was that Dave's redundancy DIDN'T show up in his bank account this morning... He ended up calling around to try and find out why not, and got three different stories, so he decided to go into work to sort it out person to person... The money will be in his account first thing in the morning, now. Bloody hell, it seems the students held up the payments so they could fine tooth comb them, but no one bothered to tell the staff that their money was delayed, which is just symptomatic of the lack of respect the staf…

Kicking Goals

Ok, first and foremost... I weighed myself today... Yes, it's only Tuesday and I don't usually weigh myself until Friday, but well, Dave wanted to weigh himself, and I'd been feeling a bit deflated by the 300g gain last Friday, so I thought I'd double check that eating more salads was working... Yes, it is! I was down from 93.1 last Friday to 91.9 today - which tells me there definitely was some fluid retention from the pizza last Thursday night... So, all is right with the world in that respect. However, I have decided to also keep and informal log of measurements for those times when the scales are being discouraging... So, my waist is 103cm, and my hips are 122cm... I won't bother with boobs (all that gravitational pull has sorely distorted those measurements...)...

Ok, what else (please excuse my ramblings today, btw, and all the talk about spending money)...

Right, I went and checked out Gizmo, the laptop I'm thinking of buying TOMORROW!!! Here are …

Ok, moving right along...

After my hissy fit in the last post... I've decided to gear it back a bit... Other people's lives are their business, not mine...

So, right now I'm doing all my research and counting down to R day - redundancy day!

I can't wait, Dave has agreed to give a fixed lump sum from his redundancy (which is partly what he owes me for all the money I put towards our debt last September, and partly just because, well, I earned that money right along side him, by listening to all his troubles at work, rofl)...

So, I've spent the money in my head already (wouldn't you know)... Here's my plan of action...

* Pay off my credit card, and reduce the limit from $2000 to $500 (and they'd better not try and tell me I can't do it all at once, or I'll go to a current affair show and expose how the banks are trying to keep people in debt)...

* Buy a laptop computer and a router so I can be wireless within the house (ok, so I have to plug into a power connection once the bat…

Can't say what I'm really thinking right now...

This was going to be a blog railing at people moaning about their lives, but even as I wrote I realised I could hurt or offend people I'm not actually talking about. Horrible things happen in people's lives and I'm not talking about those people or their lives...

But I'm soooo frustrated at people who moan and complain about their lives and AREN'T willing to do anything to really make a change... I've had a gut full of people saying, "Don't judge me"... And I'm not just talking about the obvious people who actually SAY that... I'm talking about the people who don't necessarily say it, but spend a lot of energy getting upset and defending every microcosm of their thoughts and activities, because obviously they feel judged.

We are our own worst enemies when it comes to the judgement stakes.

We judge ourselves the harshest, and see judgement everywhere, even when none is actually there...

I'm sick to death of not being able to have an…

Fine tuning the weightloss thang...

Ok, well if you look at my graph over there on your right you can see that this week, I didn't actually lose any weight. In fact, I gained 300g. Ok, 300g isn't a lot and I'm not panicking about it, I suspect some of it is muscle gain from all the walking I've done this week (muscle weighing more than fat), and some of it is water retention from the takeaway pizza we had last night, and then some of it is because most of our meals this last week consisted of rice, bread, or pasta based dishes.

So, this coming week, I'm going to make sure we eat a lot more salads and vegie based meals again, because it seems to me that I'm sensitive to carbs, in that even if the meals are low in fat and immediate sugar, I will dramatically slow my weightloss by consuming even moderate amounts of carbs.

I have this mini goal in the back of my mind (well, now it's in the front of my mind because I'm putting it into words) of getting down below 90kg by the end of March. I h…

OMG! Kaeden is sooo beautiful!!!

Haven't got long until ER starts, but couldn't end the day without a rave about the truly beautiful Kaeden!!! Just briefly dropped by Laura's today to drop of some food and got a peek at the two day old Kaeden!!! Hey, they say all newborns look alike, and perhaps that is true because Laura and Rog don't look anything like Dave and myself (lucky them), and Elijah doesn't look like any of our boys, but Kaeden just reminded me so much of my boys, his headshape, and the colour of his skin, and just generally really, though nothing specific... He's sooo lovely, Laura! You did a great job growing him, and even though he was a very healthy nearly 5kg, he is sooo well proportioned (being 59cm long at birth, probably the longest child I've ever heard of!)...

I didn't have my camera with me, and besides he was feeding and it wouldn't have been right to disturb him with a flash, but really he is so very beautiful, I just had to have a rave!!!

Bake Day :)

Yummo!!! My house smells DIVINE right now...

I have wholegrain bread baking in the breadmaker (with two and a half hours to go)... And I have raspberry and white choc muffins on the rack cooling!!! The bread is a premix from a packet but the muffins were from scratch :)... I'm feeling very domesticated today!

ETA: a photo, and I have to admit, the bread is already gone!!! Dave came home just as it finished and was all tired and emotional - it really struck him today that the Union is closing down forever - and he just wanted something quick and simple for dinner so I made cgeesy doorstops out of the loaf for everyone (thickly sliced multigrain, buttered with grated cheese and sweet chilli sauce (optional) on top and under the griller for 5 minutes)... Not overly healthy, but a hell of a lot better than takeaway pizza...

Exercise... Compromise...

Ok, so I had a think, and decided to do the following... I'll still count up to 1000, BUT I'm only going to set the goal of AT LEAST 500 minutes, and anything over and above 500 will be bonus minutes! I've changed my pie chart to reflect this, and I did another walk at lunch time while Bryn slept which meant I was able to power walk, instead of just a fast pram walk. I have to say, just like when I was doing walks before I conceived Bryn, I'm really enjoying feeling my body work, and pushing myself (I'm hardly a commonwealth athlete, LOL, but I'm actually enjoy the challenge)...

I had a bit of an extra spring in my step today though because just before i left I found an sms from Leah on my mobile saying Laura was in labour! Baby K was born at 4,30pm-ish, and entered the world weighing over 10lbs! And that is about all I know so far, and the suspense is killing me!!!

What a beautiful, sunny Melbourne day to be born on, little heart!!! Welcome Earthside, and …

Hey, wait a minute... or 1000...

I was having a think about it...

As mentioned a couple of blogs ago. I've taken on the challenge of doing 1000 minutes of exercise this month... Sounds reasonable enough, doesn't it? Well, hmmmm, I just sat down and calculated what that entails. Basically, it's 1000 divided by 31, which is 32.258064516129032258064516129032... In other words, EVERYDAY I would need to do 32.5 minutes of exercise (rounded of to the nearest half minute)... Hmmmmmmmm... Maybe I should be aiming for half that, then I'd only have to do 32.5 minutes every second day, which is far more within my capability, LOL...

Noooooooo! I'm not ready...

I read a couple of posts today from people describing their babies growing up and not being babies any more, these "not babies" were only 5-8 months older than Bryn... I'm so not ready for him to grow up! I've never enjoyed the "baby months" as much as I have with Bryn, he is so adorable (not that the other weren't, I was just in a "it's soooo much work" frame of mind, too much so to enjoy them like I do him :(...).

Bryn is definitely in the seperation anxiety stage now, he can't stand for me to be on the other side of the room and NOT holding him, even if Dad is showering him with affection and attention. With the other two, I really found this stage hard. With Bryn there are certainly times when I kinda wish he'd be happy with Dad, just for a little while longer, but I view his anxiety so differently this time. For some reason I can see the great love behind it, I can SEE that he is literally in love with me and just wants to be r…

Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can...

Here's our very own little Spiderman :)...

Breastmilk Donation

Belinda came over this morning with a pump and I was able to pump about 80ml to be taken over to Laura's for Elijah (who is sick with croup)... I've always said I was happy to do this for anyone who needed it, but this is the first time I've had the opportunity. I hadn't actually expressed in six years before this morning, so wasn't sure how I'd go. 80mls isn't a lot, but a good start I think, I've kept the pump here and have some storage bags, so I'll pump again and store the milk in case Laura or anyone else needs it...

My cleaning effort

Well, I've gotten some cleaning done - it's not perfect (haven't dusted and no floors washed), but at least it not feral. I also did the toilet and bathroom. I need to get some sort of cleaning routine going to maintain it, and I'm feeling the need to go through everything again with a fine tooth comb and get rid of stuff... I hate clu…

Na na na na na na na na.. Batman!!!

Here is the big boy wearing the new pjs Dad bought him today, complete with detachable cape!!! Cool, huh?

Dave isn't one for buying the boys clothes, that is almost always my job, but he has bought them stuff off his own bat... When Erik was one, he bought him a black tshirt with the Bat signal on it. When he was two, it was Spiderman pjs, when Erik was 4 and Luey was 2, they each got tshirts with Batman and Spiderman respectively, this last spring (aged 6 and 4) they got tshirts with the Batman emblem and The Incredibles, and today it was Batman pjs for Erik and Spiderman pjs for Luey (who was feeling off colour and was asleep when Erik modelled his)...

See any pattern???

Anyway, there were a hit, and I'm sure they'll be worn almost everywhere, except to bed, hahahaha!

Also got the boys some runners. Was going to get them sandals, because their old one are falling apart, but there wasn't a sandal to be found in Target, only winter shoes... Have to take Erik's b…

I NEED to organise...

Do you ever feel like if you could just get the house sorted, and a plan for your future sorted, life would run on rails???

Whenevr I feel overwhelmed, I have this feverish urge to just "clear a path" through the chaos that is my life. I feel like that at the moment, though I'm seriously suffering from lethargy too...

I'm going to REALLY put this out there and say, "Look at the state my house has gotten into" over the past week... This is partly due to being in and out a lot. Partly due to starting a cleaning process one day, but not finishing it, and so things end up looking twice as bad as before (the pile of dirty clothes that was just by the loungeroom door has since been strewn all over the loungeroom), and partly because I cannot be fagged dealing with it until Dave is home to support me in facing it (good to have an ally in the war against household chaos)...

I'm vowing right now, to report back here during or after the weekend with photos of a pris…

Hello March!

Well, my new exercise plan kicked off to a great start today! I took the boys to playgroup this morning and decided to sling Bryn instead of pram him... This made it a lot easier getting on and off buses, by I have to admit by early afternoon my left shoulder was a bit sore... Anyway, I walked from Chadstone shopping centre to the park, which was about 10 minutes, then back to the shopping centre, then all around the shopping centre for about 45 minutes (had a look through Toys'en'masse and found a freestanding, height adjustable to 6', basketball hoop for $70 - will go get one for the boys soon)... Then had lunch, then walked around (at a faster pace) for another 40 minutes, then took the bus to our shopping centre and another bus to a block away from home, then walked... All in all, I reckon I walked over 2 hours with Bryn as a 9+kg balaste, so I've rounded it to 100 minutes, and superhappy with that!

Luey was nearly run over today!!!

We were nearly home, and I wa…