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Ooh, I did it!

I finally managed to download a scrap kit, and use it!!! Much thanks go to Jayne for her info. on downloading and unzipping, and to Kate, for helping me figure out why my options seemed so limited (I was in imageready, not photoshop, duh!)...

Here's what I did this afternoon instead of the dishes...



Photo by me, papers and elements from the Brand New Day Multi Kit at pickleberrypop

Kicking more goals today...

Well, we all seemed to sleep a bit more deeply last night, and got up a bit fresher this morning, with not one feeling feverish for the first time in over a week (phew!)...

Being that today was the first day Dave was home in the past few days, and with the sun shining we decided to risk it and go out. We were headed to "The Good Guys" via the shopping centre. We decided to bus it, and despite the chilly wind, it felt so goooooood to be out in the fresh air, I felt my mood lift just for having fresh air in my lungs and a destination!

We got to the shopping centre and I took the opportunity to weigh myself as I felt I'd probably lost a little bit of weight thanks to have half-deadened tastebuds from the flu. To my absolute GLEE I weighed in at 79.8kg!!! Yay!, I've broken the 80kg mark!!! (no need for anyone to comment on this, btw, I realise I go on about this a bit, LOL, but to me it's like reaching sobriety milestones, or like climbing Mt Everest, I'm just …

The pestulence continues...

This morning Erik and Bryn both woke up with the same flu the rest of us having been experiencing for the past week. Erik's symptoms are hot flushes and a snotty nose (he's currently asleep on the couch next to me). Bryn, on the other hand, has had a fever, and projectile vomiting... As you can see, Bryn has also spent much of the morning dozing in and out... Right now, he is playing on the floor and seems quite chipper. He's been cycling between seeming quite sick and seeming ok like this all morning...

He's been having lots of booby, which is good, despite my almost phobic fear of vomit, LOL! I've never had a towel too far away from me this morning, just in case, but he seems ok atm. At least he is still able to smile - it always amazes me that my kids can smile even when they're obviously sick, they have such upbeat personalities!!!

All the same, there is only so much a sick baby will put up with having his photo taken! He looks so much like my dad in …

Something to smile about...

After my self-pitious post this morning, I feel the need to refocus on the things that make me feels wonderful... Like little Mister Buggy-boo here! This is a pic taken about two minutes ago of him cruising around the furniture! He is so intent on walking now! His absolute favourite thing to do atm is walk holding someone's hand - just one hand, so he can walk "forward" next to them! He's pretty unsteady still, but resists people trying to grab his other hand and "leading" him...

Oddly enough, he STILL won't sit himself down from standing, he'll stand and stand, and then start whinging for someone to help him sit. As soon as you have your hand on his arm, he'll bend his knees and drop, so he knows what to do, but he doesn't want to do it by himself, I suppose, because he doesn't want to risk over balancing and smacking the back of his head on the floor.

He has accidently plopped on his bum a few times now, without falling over, but h…

Ugh!

Not feeling well today...

Bloody hell, why oh why do I have to feel sick this week? This is the busiest week Dave has had in a while!!! He worked yesterday, is working today, has a table at a convention tomorrow, luckily nothing on Sunday, but then an H&R Block meeting on Monday morning and a MIFF session in the afternoon, working on Tuesday... So, basically the only day he'll be able to help me with the kids is Sunday, and we haven't done any shopping in over a week, so guess what we're doing on Sunday?! And he offered to stay home again today, but I really couldn't let him because it's still only his first week on this job.

He won't offer to stay home tomorrow because this convention only comes around once in a blue moon, and he and his mate have been planning to attend for something like three months. Honestly, I wouldn't offer to stay home either, if it was me, then again I also wouldn't expect him to stay home with three kids.

In fact, when …

What a sorry lot...

We're not well today...

I have a headcold and aches, Luey woke during the night with a fever and aching legs that Dave had to rub for him to feel better, though Bryn seems fine atm, he was definitely restless last night with what I assumed at the time was fluid running down the back of his nose and throat - his nose isn't running today though, so maybe I was wrong... Dave has been unwell all week but is getting better now and Erik seems ok...

Dave wanted to take today of work (he's the nursemaid in this house and quite frankly he is better at it than I am, especially when I'm also not feeling 100%), but today is only his second day at the new job, so I told him he had to go to work and I'd muddle through...

I'll get the boys to take a nap, and get Bryn down at the same time hopefully...

I had all these plans of cleaning up the house today (I want to get it back to its pre-Dave-not-working state, I'm sure he thinks he doesn't really contribute to the mess …

My little buddly-woo...

Isn't he a doll??? This is what I get to look at all day, while I'm feeding him. I wish I could freese time, sometimes...

I've been shopping for him, he's going to be one cool little dude this summer!

I've had to do most of my shopping online though, because I just can't find stuff in the shops that I like for him. Today a package arrived with two pair of Baby Paws in it that I ordered last week some time. By ordering them directly off the site, I got to choose the style and the colour. So I chose a pair of Jade green Wrap-Ovas (sic), and blue sandals. They're sooooo soft and gorgeous, and now that he is cruising the furniture (how did that happen so suddenly???!), he is so much safer wearing these because he really doesn't slip.

I've NEVER seen any store stocking these shoes in these colours, so I'm wondering if the manufacturers were there last week going, FINALLY! Someone ordered jade green suede (and we thought that would never be sold!

I…

More navelgazing...

To all you readers who so faithfully post comments, thank you for all your support and advice, it all gets read and appreciated, even if I don't answer!!!

Sorry for another self-indulgent post (hey, where else can you be self-indulgent if not on your own blog)...

How womens bodies betray us...

Having experienced my second period since Bryn's birth (and can I just say I LOVE my mooncup!!!), I've experienced some new and showing things in my own body. I know menstruation is a priveledge it is the sign we are (mostly) fertile, and it's the reason we can conceive those precious babies we adore, but I've never really been comfortable in the prociess myself. I got my first period when I was 13, I was lucky, my mum got her first at 9 or 10 I believe. For me menstruating was quick painful, but for her it was excruiating, I believe she had undiagnosed, oh shit, can't remember the name now, but the symptoms are excessive, prolonged bleeding and pain - she bled three week…

N ow I have no idea (TMI warning!)

WTF???

Ok, maybe i wasn't Oing on Monday afterall? Unless my body is seriously screwed... My nipples stopped being sore yesterday, but I've had persistent niggly abdominal aching, just niggly, not painful... Pair that with a SUDDEN and steep declining mood swing since Monday, and the slightest tinge of pinkish mucus just before, and now I have NO idea what my body is doing... Could this be some sort of non-period period? Hell, if I didn't KNOW I hadn't had sex this last weekend, I might be thinking I was implanting right now... Of course, without sex, that just isn't possible. So, what is this, an infections? No funny smells, or pain when urinating...

Big Change

Dave has a new job. A guy he used to work with at the Union had an opening coming up and offered Dave a job co-ordinating advertisements for University diaries - so, a lot like the job he used to do, only now he'll be co-ordinating ads for a number of diaries, instead of just putting together one diary, for one University. It's part time work, the only kind Dave would do now anyway. About 15-20 hours a week, depending on the season (we moving into the busy season now, so it'll be more like 20 hours a week, but by next January things might slow a bit)... I'm hoping though, as this is a private business and therefore always trying to grow, it won't just blow out, because my concern is that Dave will be asked to do a few extra hours here and there and before we know it, he'll be working 3-4 days a week, something that wouldn't suit this household at all!

I should be really happy that Dave has this job, tht he didn't have to go out and bust his balls com…

Sleep deprived and feeling yuck!

I yelled at Bryn at 6am this morning :(.

I've been suffering with sleep deprivation thanks to a combination of insomnia and a baby who only sleeps deeply in the first part of the night.

He goes to sleep around 7ish at night, at that point he's pretty shagged and there is no keeping him awake. He then usually sleeps for a couple of hours, wakes, feeds, goes back to sleep for another couple of hours, wakes, feeds, goes back to sleep for another couple of hours.

On evenings he's restless, he might wake every 40 minutes, but usually goes back to sleep either at the boob, or on Dave's shoulder. After about 1am, he becomes much more restless, wants to feed a lot more, I think he just gets to the end of his required quota of deep sleep is all...

The thing is, I can't seem to get to sleep before 2am myself. So, often he'll wake around 1am for a feed, but not want to be put back down, so eventually I'll take him to bed at 2am, but he'll feed for the next hour or …

O day!

Coz, I know you guys really want to know this...

Yes, I realised at lunch time that I've been ovulating today - first time since April, second time since conceiving Bryn. Unlike in April, this time I have no doubt. I was telling Amanda on Saturday night that I'd woken up that day with sore nipples, and thought Bryn grazed me, but there was no sign of it, so thought maybe it might be thrush???

Anyway, so then today I woke up feeling a bit achey and didn't think much of it, sometimes around midday this little voice in my head finally made itself heard in my conscious mind. Yes, I'm so definately ovulating...

This is so weird for me, I've never had this on again, off again thing before. Never had such STRONG symptoms before. Anyway, had to just write this...

Incredibly sad news...

I just got some incredibly sad news about a mum I've known on and off for the past three years. She is a lovely woman who I first got to know through our MAAP Richmond playgroup, later a bit more through a spin-off walking group (which only lasts a few sessions), and finally we renewed our acquaintence last year through homeschooling group, when she and her dh decided to homeschool their daughter in lieu of not being able to afford the school their heart desired.

Anyway, this mum was due to have her second child this winter, in the past couple of week, and her son was born on the 10th of July, but unfortunately, there were complications (I'm not sure if the complications were with the baby or the birth), and little Sam passed away a couple of days ago.

I don't know his mum that well, she is only an acquaintence I enjoyed good conversation with when we met socially, but my heart aches for her today. I can only begin to imagine what it would be like to go through 9 months of…

Let's cut the CRAP...

Crapism, that's my new word of the week...

I think a lot of people are devotees to this movement...

People just talking crap are really getting to me. There's something wrong with me, I'm sure. I've suddenly developed this aversion to it. I can't stand to hear people spouting self-serving or politically correct crap. Some of you know what I'm talking about, you've recently heard my opinions on the feminist view that men and women (boys and girls) are only different because they've been SOCIALLY CONDITIONED...

Sure, social conditioning affects us all, a lot deeper than most of us are ever aware of, BUT it doesn't CHANGE OUR DNA. Seriously, folks, boys do have higher levels of testosterone than girls, at birth, not just at age 3 or 15 or 34...

Women who have higher levels of testosterone also have differing physics, men who have heightened levels of oestrogen develop man boobs and can even secrete milk, and yes, it lowers their sex drive and can make…

This is for Jen...

Who saw my "grey" hair this morning...

Now it has golden highlights, much better hey? Should have just done it myself in the first place!

Silly little birdies...

Well, because I didn't specifically tell Dave not to tell anyone where I was if anyone called while I was out this morning, two friends were told I was at the hairdressers...

So, there goes my surprise, LOL... Not that it was anything spectacular, but the fun of seeing if anyone noticed is all gone now that people are pretty much expecting to see a difference... Anyway...

I didn't get my hair cut, only a very slight trim. What I did was have highlights put in my hair. I was considering going fairly blonde, but decided against that because Dave seems so worried about it, so when with a subtle lot of highlights (besides I can always go a bit blonder next time, and probably will)...

The difference is market, but not marked enough to be noticeable on a photograph, so I'm not posting one because, well, you can't really see anything once the flash has washed everything out...

The girl blow dried my hair super straight (despite me telling her I had it permed 10 months ago b…

My Erigo!!!

Had to post about my new ergo baby carrier! It's so cool!

I've been a confirmed sling fan for about 5 years or so, and carried Luey in his sling for 2.5 years solidly... With Bryn though I found I was starting to get sore. I think this is partly because I'm just getting older and more worn out (sleeping on a futon probably isn't helping, but Dave refuses to sleep on anything else, LOL, and besides I kind of love out extra wide custom futon, and we couldn't get that in an innerspring...)... Also, though, Bryn is a real leaner, so even when I put him on my back in the sling, he leans so badly that he puts my centre of balance right out and I end up with a sore shoulder...

So, I finally decided to pay out for an Ergo. I really only gave in to the Ergo because I've lost a heap of weight and now can do the hip belt up without an extension belt (at one point, the extension belt wouldn't even have fit)...

So, I got this on Wednesday and went for a walk with Jen o…
How are things going out there in blog world?

I've had a few cute stories to tell about the kids lately, but they don't seem to make their way onto here for some reason...

Erik got up in front of 100 people at the shopping centre the other week and twirled a plate on a stick, Chinese circus style, I was immensely proud of him, partly for being able to follow the instructions of the lady perfermer who transferred her spinning plate to his stick and then got him to stand on one leg while balance the plate on his plate, but mostly just because he put his hand up to be picked and when he was picked he didn't hesitate for a second to get up on stage in front of everyone! It goes to show that not all traits are inherited from parents. This isn't something either Dave or I would have done...

Even though I *know* my kids are doing ok, what with being completely mollycoddled with AP and then isolated at home with homeschooling (no, this isn't an admission, I'm just putti…