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Lovely, aren't they?



This has been our evenings for the past two days... I've been quite happy with that if the temperature in our house was upwards of 35 degrees!

On Wednesday night we had a blackout that lasted 18 hours into the next day. Then last night we had another blackout that lasted two hours. We're anticipating another blackout tonight...

This is all because they Victorian power supply is not up to standard for dealing with a stretch of 35+ degree days. The Government, of course, is saying they ARE able to deal with the increased demand for electricity, but at the same time, they've admitted to having to "borrow" supply from one area to get another area which has lost supply back up on the grid...

The lack of information to households is appalling.

On Wednesday night it took nearly 1.5hours to get through to the power supplier to report our outage, and then they told us it would be 5 hours until it was up again. It ended up taking another 15 hours…

Virtual window shopping...

Well the heatwave is about to begin today, andI'vebeen "struck down" with another gall bladder attack... Thankfully, panadeine has greatly reduced my pain, so Davewas still able to go to work this morning (we really need him to work as much as he can)... So anyway, to cheer myself up and while away a bit of time, I've been virtual window shopping (won't spend any real money, just day dreaming)...

I've come across Unfurl handcrafted clothing, and fallen in love! Oh, I'm dreaming about apron pants and wrap pants! I honestly wish I could sew!!!



I got some Teh pants and skirts a few weeks back, and I'm loving how comfortable they are with singlet tops in this heat - I may become a hippy chick yet, rofl...

One Whole Year As A Corporeal Being!

This was Ari exactly one year ago...



And this way Ari today...



Is LIFE completely AWESOME!!!

Ari also turned 13 weeks today, which makes him one quarter of a year old, or three months exactly, even though tomorrow is the 27th, when he'll be three calendar months old...

He's holding his head up nicely these day on his tummy, and when he gets bored doing that he's take advantage of his newest skill, rolling over onto his back! Ok, it might seem a bit trite that I'm going on about this stuff, but you have to understand my other three didn't lift their heads, or roll over, LOL... Ari is my first textbook milestone baby, rofl!

But more than that, it really just amazes me that he's developed from one cell to billions and billions of highly co-ordinated cells with consciousness as we can measure it! I told the other boys about this this morning, and they were in awe of how quickly he's grown. I told them we grow the most in our first year of life and then while we&…

Highlights from this last week...

Well, another week of the school holidays is over, and we're gearing up for the final full week... It's been a bit warm this week, so we've been stuck inside, and developing a case of cabin fever, but still managed to catch up with friends on the one cooler day the week had to offer...


I'm completely LOVING having garden furniture (even though it's not expensive, fashionable wood furniture) to sit on and enjoy the garden with! It's a bit harder this summer with Ari still being small and needing to be held all the time outside, but next summer it'll be EVEN BETTER!



The kids LOVE the swing seat, LOL. My nanna used to have one, I loved the sensation of slouching in it and rocking gently - which is basically why I got, hehehe, and now my kids are enjoying the same sensation!

Ari has really gotten into his toys this week, and especially loves his Happy Cow, which he got from Tabitha. This week he's progressed from "holding" things between his two …

Stuff Love!

As I posted on my Goals Blog while I was out today, I used my Baby Hawk mei tai with Ari on my back for the first time!

I was sooooo pleased with myself, rofl. I left the house with Ari in the Bug and the three bigger boys walking, and we got to the shopping centre and had a very early lunch. I had with us the Bug, with my SuzieQ I Love You Minaudiere Bag tied over the handle bar (this bag is just perfect for a quick trip out of the house with a pram because it fits all the essentials but I can adjust the strap so that it doesn't hang too low on the pram and it's also not so deep I have to dig around in it to get stuff), and I had the Baby Hawk stowed underneath.

So, we had an early lunch and then went and did some grocery shopping at Safeway. Bought a heap of fruit (canteloupe, pineapple, grapes, 2 mangos, 2 punnets of strawberries), some pita pockets, a loaf of bread, a litre of Skinny Milk, and a litre of No Fat)... All of that went under the pram, plus on bag hung from …

Warning, philosophical ramble, may offend...

I've been thinking about this for a few days, and now need to get this down on "paper", so to speak. I understand and accept that some of what I'm about to write might challenge common beliefs and accepted ways of thinking about stuff, and therefore might offend some readers. Also, I'd like to point out that I don't necessarily *believe* the stuff I'm writing either, I'm merely exploring some thoughts...

Ok, disclaimer dispensed with...

I participate in a number of communities that are constantly trying to get "back to nature" or trying to respect "natural processes", and it has often occurred to me that maybe we only respect those natural processes that suit us as individuals...

A recent discussion on following children's lead with regard to when they want to sleep and don't want to sleep was one such discussion that got me thinking about how we ignore a lot of what doesn't suit us in favour of just "picking and ch…

Some more photos from the last couple of days...

Another blurry headlifting pic, LOL!

Whose that handsome fellow in the mirror, then?


What's this?



Oh! That's funny! Do it again!


This is what he was laughing at...




George Clooney, eat your heart out!


Ah, the joy of back carry baby wearing while doing a quick tidy up!!! We've entered a new phase in this household; the "do everything with baby on your back" phase - FREEDOM!!!


Hello, Mum!


You're so funny with that thing in front of your face!


Me too! Take a picture of ME!!!


Ah, yes, I'm vying for "Lazy Parent of the Year 2009", already! I think I'm in with a good chance this year...


Not that they don't get enough exercise anyway... Here's our own person Whirling Dervish...

For my boys...

Desperation is the mother of "just do it!"

So, after a couple of hot Summer days, Dave and I thought Bryn was looking decidedly hot and itchy with his long hair, and we agreed that I should take the plung and give him a crew cut - the last one he had was 2 years ago...

I thought I'd take the opportunity to do the big boys as well before the new school year.... Meanwhile Ari - who no longer feels the need for anything more than a couple of cat naps during the day - was going to sit in the rocker and watch us...

Bryn went first and was fine until the last two minutes, when he suddenly - without warning, I will point out - decided the clippers made a horrible sound and he wanted to STOP NOW! So, Bryn screamed the house down for 120 loooong seconds while I got rid of the worst of the"leftovers" around his ears - I think his hair still looks a little "not perfect", but I wasn't prepared to torture him any longer just for my own sense of aesthetic - near enough was good enough this time around...

Luey went…

The making of little mates...

Here's Ari with little Odilio, a friend son... Both boys were born within a week of each other, and both births were attended by the same midwife :)... O's mum and I have known each other for years now, and more and more our paths cross... I feel that Ari is very lucky to have quite a few "mates in the making" amongst my friends babies, all born around the same time as him!

(Oh, and isn't Odilio gorgeous - the photo barely does him any just, he has such big, beautiful eyes!)...

Up, up and away!

Ok, first up, my apologies for the dark and blurry pics, but my first priority was to capture the moment, even if it was in a blur, hahaha!

Ok, so you might be thinking, 11 week old lifts head to 45 degrees, bit whoop! But, ys, in FOUR KIDS, I've NEVER had a child do this this early... Seriously, Erik, Luey and Bryn, didn't hold their heads up even this high in the prone position until AFTER they could sit up (which for Erik was when he was 7 months old, though Luey and Bryn were 5 months old when they sat unsupported)... And, all my boys - until Ari - would scream their little lungs out if put on their tummies, but Ari doesn't seem to mind it, even though he vomits the same amount that they do (a lot, lol)...





Ah, I'm a proud mamma this morning!

A Day in Daylesford...

Gosh, I´ve been looking forward to today for nearly two years, hahaha! I´ve never been to Daylesford, but had heard a lot about it. Also, having a friend living there I hadn´t caught up with in FOREVER, who had had a couple of children since last I saw her, just made it all the more attractive, so it was with great excitement that I hopped out of bed this morning and completely ignored my swollen and VERY sore right boob in favour of going on a short daytrip to Daylesford...

The boys also started their swimming classes this morning, so will include a photo of them just getting ready to go...

First off, goofing around in their togs...


Excitedly waiting departure for the swimming hall...






Wondering why he can´t go too...


At Daylesford, having discovered she forgot her sling, Leah educated us all in the making of a makeshift sling from a muslin wrap - Well, what a clever chickie!!!


Aw, kind of like the good old days at Richmond playgroup, hey? And nothing changes, Leah's still got a feed…

The big WDYT?

There is an ever fascinating question being circulated in our house these days...

What colour will Ari's hair be?

When he was born, we though it might be brown like Erik's or Bryn's, but then it all fell out and what grew back looked quite fair. I was hoping for blonde, but looking directly down onto Ari's head it still looks kind of brown, but quite light. Whenever we take a photo of him, his hair looks golden like Luey's, but this morning Dave was saying it might be more browny red, maybe more like the lovely Audrey's...

Really, it's anyone's guess, so I thought I'd put it to a poll... Have your say over there on the right...

Summer Holidays...

Dave and I just realised the Summer holidays are half over. Only three and bit weeks to go and the kids will be back at school. Dave goes back to work on Tuesday, and I haven't gotten any writing done! LOL.

Am off to Woodend on Monday, really looking forward to the "mini roadtrip" - as I'm imagining it in my head, LOL. The opportunity to catch up with a friend I haven't seen since Bryn was just a wee baby, probably about Ari's age!

The boys start their swimming lessons on Monday, they're so excited! After that there will only be two weeks left of the holidays... Luckily, we don't have much to organise for the new school year, so we don't have to think about that until the week school starts.

Dave has his learners permit now, and going to take his first lesson before the end of January. He's been making noises about having his licence by the middle of the year, he even joked that he could have it by his birthday (beginning of April), but I …

Might as well change the name of this blog...

To: Sif's Whinge Fest...

I don't know what I was expecting, really. If I'd thought about it, I'd have realised straight away that this is how things would be. I kind of thought that when I went to the GP yesterday with my scans, she'd tell me to go straight to the hospital, that she was ringing ahead, and I needed URGENT surgery. Well, that didn't happen, but she did refer me to a specialist at the hospital and had her admin fax over a request that they see me asap.

So, THEN I thought I'd probably get a call from them to come in and see the specialist asap... Well, that didn't happen either. So, this morning I ring to see if they got the fax, and find myself at the hospital switchboard, asking to be put through to gastroenterology, and find myself being put through to "out patient clinics". Eventually, I get a real person on the line, and she kinds of scoffs when I ask if they got the fax from my GP yesterday. She informs me they get hun…

Something Erik said, got me thinking...

It started with something Bryn said...

"Mum, Ari was in your tummy and now he is our of your tummy!"

"Yep, that's right Bryn"

Then Erik interjects, "He was in mums tummy but then he was forced out. He didn't want to come out but he had to..."

I asked him what he meant (because Ari was born from a spontaneous labour at 41 weeks and 3 days, not an induction of any sort)...

Erik explained that the space got to cramped and so he had to come out because he was getting too big. This, in a way, was a rewording of how I'd explained how babies know when to be born, and how part of that is that they've grown as much as they can on the inside and the time has come to grow on the outside, so they have to get out...

HOWEVER, I found myself thinking on how, at least when he first broached the subject, I couldn't help but feel that somehow he was connecting with his own birth experience. I had reached 42 weeks of gestation when my labour was induced. A…

Ok, now that we've established that I'm not enlightened...

Can we at least agree that I was RIGHT about having a gall bladder attack...

Had the ultrasound this morning and the sonographer was LOVELY, friendly, informative, witty, all the things you might hope from a medical professional when you're in pain, half starved and have had to leave your 10 week old baby in the care of another person TWO SUBURBS away (ok, so his own father, but still, I've NEVER left a child that young so far away before)...

Apparently, my gall bladder looks "far from normal"... Gosh where have I heard that phrase before. I mean, have I ever had a scan of any part of my body that came back looking "normal"? Oh well. Ok, so the lining of my gall bladder that should be "yay" thick, is 10x thicker than it should be.

Was told to go see my doctor today. Now, I knew that wasn't going to happen because I attend one of the few remaining bulk billing centres in my suburb. The earliest appointment I could get with my nominated dr …

If it doesn't walk like a duck, and doesn't talk like a duck...

Why CAN'T it still be a duck...

Seriously, the doctors I've been seeing lately all have Asperger's Syndrome or something. They certainly don't follow the same philosophy of looking outside the box that our dear Dr House does... (rofl, actually House might be considered a candidate of Asperger's himself, but I'm referring to his openness to accent that things may not follow a set of rigid rules)

Anyway, so called my medical centre this morning to try and get an appointment, at 8.45am, after keeping me on hold for 10 minutes, I was informed they'd *just* filled their last appointment for the day, argh! So, the admin lady referred me to their sister clinic a couple of burbs away... Oh well, no seeing the nice doctor I saw for Luey last time then...

Met the alternate doctor and briefly told him about the visit to the hospital on New Years Day, and he interrupts me to say I can't possibly be having a gall bladder attack because my pain was "on the wrong…

The Problem with Procrasting...

is that you just don't know what is around the corner.

Without wanting to seem over dramatic, I am beginning to understand why people who survive life threatening diseases or situations become the sort of people who live by the motto of "No better time than the present"...

While my life has not been threatened in the past few days, my activity has been severely limited and all of a sudden I'm way behind on a variety of jobs, projects and other matters I would have been getting on with in the past few days, but just didn't have the energy or mind space to undertake, and unfortunately the next little while may be just as tedious wrt get on with stuff I WANT to do...

Tomorrow I have to go see a doctor and get a referral for an ultrasound. On top of my suspect gall bladder symptoms, I've now developed some sort of subdermal blister that is particularly reminiscent of the ones I had when Bryn was five months old - which turned out to be shingles... Bloody hell! I …

Photo a day...

I've joined a photo a day challenge group on Flickr - to try and get me motivated again, and just for fun, and for me...

Anyway, didn't post my first photo until tonight because I haven't been feeling very creative or fun the last few days...

I just had to share two pics I took today of the loveliest little poppet...




Now, tell me, doesn't she just make you smile?

You know you're addicted to blogging, when...

Your worst nightmare is being lived and you distract yourself by wording your next blog post...

See this...



This is my New Years day in a photo...

I had planned to eat better in 2009, but now it seems that won't be a choice on my part, but rather a necessity...

On New Years Eve, I woke up with a milk stomach ache, which I put down to the pizza and licorice I'd scoffed the night before. As the day continued, the stomach slowly became worse. I started to think "gallstone attack"... I thought maybe if I took some panadol it might fade away... Yes, well, no, it didn't and into the evening of New Year's Eve, I slowly felt worse and worse. Still managed to sit up to midnight and toast in the new year with a mouthful of Moscato (Yum!)...

Suffered through the night, including getting up for a period of time because I just couldn't lie down (and also Ari was restless)... Really hoped that morning would bring some relief, and momentarily after I woke up I thought …