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Feeling better... and OMFG, what WOULD they do without me???

Today I've surfaced...

That is, the antibiotics have finally started doing their job and the pain has receded enough that panadeine is ACTUALLY being effective and so I'm able to notice more than just the haze of endless pain and the dire needs of my four month old (OMG, he's FOUR months old already, he's growing so fast, and so much of this precious time is being coloured by this stupid gall bladder of mine, it's just cruel!)...

I have to say, coming out of the haze hasn't been a pleasant experience...

I woke up to much bitching and whinging - and that was just Dave... Poor guy, I know he's had a lot on his mind, what with me being sick, him not being able to go to work on Friday and leave me with two kids, having to go for his first driving licence (OMG, AGAIN!!! Can you believe it!!! It finally happened, he DROVE!!! There should have been fireworks!!!)... But, sheesh man! I realised this morning that should the VERY UNLIKELY happen and I died during o…

New Tag Bog...

The rules..

1. Go to the section of your computer where you store all of your photos.


2. Select the 6th folder.

3. Select the 6th photo from that folder.

4. Post and explain about that picture.

5. Tag 6 other people


Ooops, nearly forgot to explain this photo. This is Bryn, obviously... He must have been about a year old, and sporting his then new dalmation Jamtots minky! Gosh I loved that cover!!! It has since been sold to someone else.

I tag...

Azure

Spiralmumma

Picklebums

Juniper

Ramamama

Kate's Ramble

Upright boy...

Ari, like most "younger siblings" is gungho about getting in there with his brother. If he could walk right now, he would! He LOVES to sit upright, but of course, I can't sit with him on my knee all the time...

So, I splurged and got him a Bumbo with a tray. I got it for a great price on ebay.

It arrived in the mail today and Ari gave it a whirl!


King Muck surveying his kingdom...



And with a tray, he can play!



And true to all child tradition, Bryn occupied himself with the box!!!

Colourways...

Just noting today how similar Erik and Bryn and Luey and Ari are in colouring...




No-Man's land...

Ok, no one really wants to see a baby crying, but isn't he beautiful, even when he cries??? This isn't really a cry, this is "The Grizzle" and came at the end of a little photo shoot I was doing of him because, basically, he was bored having his picture taken and wanted to be picked up so he could survey his kingdom. His absolutely fave thing to do is be carried around the house so he can see stuff. The child would walk now, if he could, poor thing...



Oh, but look at this face, the hint of a smile in his eyes.


His eyes are no where near as dark as Erik's but Dave and I have noticed he has the same penetrating gaze. As if he's scanning your soul to make sure you're a good person...


I'm in a mild state of panic atm. I've been in pain for the past two days because of my gall bladder. I started taking antibiotics last night and am waiting for them to kick in, hopefully soon! Last night was horrendous, like New Years Eve. Part of me wants to go t…

Crikey, I think I FINALLY see it!!!

For the past few weeks, all I've heard is how much Ari looks like Bryn, and for the life of me, I just could not see it! To me, Ari looks like Luey, not Bryn. Then tonight, I had reason to go through some old photobucket pics of Bryn as a baby, and all of a sudden I SAW IT!

Bryn...

Ari...


Bryn...


Ari...


Geez, my memory's not so good though, hey...

Never let the details get in the way a proud moment...

Luey came home from school absolutely BEAMING the other day...

L: Mum, guess what! I've got a RESPONSIBILITY at school!!!

Me:: Really?

L: Yes! I'm the kidsnet monitor!

Me: WOw, a lidsnet monitor!

L: It's a big RESONSIBILITY!!!

Me: And what does the kidsnet monitor do?

L: ...um... I don't know (goes to his room still beaming with pride)

My first ever operation...

Some time in the next 6 weeks...

Gosh, I REALLY hope it's not IN six weeks time, because I have non-transferrable tickets booked to fly to Adelaide in 6 weeks time! Rofl, Murphy's Law and all that, hey?

So, went to the gastroenterology outpatients clinic for assessment this morning. The lovely Jen took Erik and Luey to school and then took Bryn to her place for a play. Thank goodness Bryn is so very comfortable with her, it was the third day in a row he'd spent time with people other than Dave or myself - Erik and Luey NEVER spent this much time away from us, it's strange to think that Bryn isn't at all bothered by it, then again he's always with someone he knows well, he's really experiencing the "village life" that I'd hoped for all my children... I digress...

Saw a young woman doctor who was lovely. She seemed to really listen when I told her about my mum having all this happen last year and having her gall bladder out in October. She sa…

I had a feeling...

When Erik was a baby, he quickly developed very precise fine motor skills. His hand-eye co-ordination was amazing to say the least. His gross motor skills, on the other hand lacked finess. When he was four and Luey was 2, Luey took great pleasure in flaunting his ability to somersault in front of the less well co-ordinated Erik.

When the boys started school a couple of years ago, after the first term, the PE teacher sent home a mini dvd of each child going through their paces with several activities that had been practiced in PE. These included catching a bean bag, throwing a bean bag over arm, hitting a tennis ball with a racket, kicking football and so on. Luey should a natural ability to co-ordinate himself to do these things, but Erik looked all goofy and un-co with his long calf-like limbs...

Then, on the DVD, the boys had to run across the synth grass. Oh my, even in that short a run, Erik fell EASILY into a great rhythm and motion. When I saw that, I said to Dave, "E…

Tuesday Goodness...

Today was a fun day!

I went for a power talk (or rather power talk that also involved walking, LOL) with Jen. Then came back settled Ari for a sleep and took a nice looooong (yes, I know there are water restrictions but our household uses far less water than the average 3 person household anyway) shower - O M Goodness, running water should be sold as a natural healer! I always feel so good after a dousing with negative ions!

Then at lunchtime Jayne brought Bryn home from creche, and dropped Sienna off for a playdate while she went off to her course for a few hours.

Bryn and Sienna just get along so well! It makes my day so much easier to have S here! They hung out, ate popcorn, jumped on the trampoline, watched a couple of cartoons, and showed me how they could hop on one foot (Sienna can, and Bryn can with the support of the coffee table, LOL)...

Then they showed me their best "lizard faces", LOL...


After that we all practice winking. I'm totally hopeless at winking, an…

Ok, I don't need a lecture...

about not going to the dentist regularly...

I just broke another tooth... That makes three, three in the last 18 months! Before that, I'd broken 2 other teeth over the span of a few years and had each extracted in turn...

What is happening to me???

It's getting kind of scary!

My gall bladder, then mastitis, now a broken tooth, and that after a week of hay fever symptoms (and I NEVER have hayfever)...

This last broken tooth is closer to the front of my mouth, as well, it's the second molar from the front on my top right hand side - the back has broken off the tooth. I can't afford to get the tooth fixed, so extraction would be my only option.

Why do my teeth keep breaking though, that's what I don't understand...

Feeling a little under siege atm (Ari is also quite sick with a head cold, poor little baby)...

I need a hug...

The things they say...

Leah likes to keep count of the various missayings of the lovely Miss A, and I don't usually do this, but the other day, I realised Bryn is consistently transporting "n"s found in the middle of words at the end of the word he's saying...

For example, "poisonous" becomes "poisedon", everything he doesn't like the taste of is met with a, "I tan't eat that, mommy, it's poisedon!"

And the other day, he was telling me how at creche he shared an "oragen" with another child (that would be be an orange to regular folks)...

For those of you wondering when your three and four year olds will stop TALKING SO MUCH, let me tell you that, at 9.5, Erik is still suffering the dreaded "verbal diarrhea". Mind you, now the conversations are getting FAR more interesting. Today it was, "Dad, what's enlightenment?" Cool, answer that Dave, in 25 words or less (i.e. before his eyes glaze over and he asks you if it…

We meet again, Lads!

Leah and Kate brought their gorgeous little boyos over for a Great '08 Boys reunion - and, of course, we had to have out Bonds photo shoot moment...


From left to right, Little, Little Little, and Tiny - aka; Tom, Owen and Ari. There's 6 weeks difference between Tom and Owen, and Ari (O and A being two days apart).






Oops!


Meanwhile, Bryn decided to get nekkid in the yard. The more modest Emma thought taking her shoes off was plenty...


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And here is Bryn in his waistcoat of many colours! He got this for Christmas, but I hadn't had a chance get a shot of him in it until a couple of days ago... Isn't it perty?


Bits and Bobs...

Much like my week, this blog entry is going to be a bit bitsy and scattered - so fair warning...

Health

One week to go until I get assessed by the outpatient clinic for my gall bladder. I'm fed up and nervous. Fed up worrying about this, eating a virtually vegan diet (if I ever doubted my compatibility with veganism, I've now truly discovered that I'm incompatible with that lifestyle - certainly the fat free variety of that lifestyle)... I REALLY want this gall bladder out so that I can stop worrying about triggering another attack. I'm nervous because I keep thinking the Drs will tell me it's going to be a long wait and there is nothing they can do to expedite the surgery. I'm also just plain nervous about having surgery.

I've been feeling fairly depressed and "little" this week, which is probably mostly just about the diet and about all the rubbish dealing with the gall bladder attack and then the mastitis. Watching endless footage about the bushfi…

2 pix, by and of Luey...

There is so much sadness around, atm, with the Victorian and New South Welsh fire storms, I've felt very overwhelmed by it all, and just don't know what to say...

So, rather than blogging about that, I thought I'd focus on the things that make my heart sing atm.



Luey took this photo of Ari feeding yesterday, I thought it was a lovely photo and a perspective I never get to see. I don't have a lot of pictures of my babies feeding from an outside perspective because Dave won't really take them and I never feel comfortable asking any one else, so now having Luey or Erik to take these photos is great, and this photo, taken by Luey is lovely!



Then I took this photo this morning of Luey reading nursery rhymes to Ari in our bed. Every morning after Ari and I have woken up and I've fed Ari, I get up to go to the loo, and Luey comes into the bedroom and chats with Ari for a while before I change his nappy and bring him out to the loungeroom. It's their very special…
Ari has started the long, slow journey of teething (I say long and slow because for my boys it seems to take about 5 months from first signs to an actual tooth being sighted and felt)...

Unlike Luey and Bryn, Ari seems to be unsettled a bit by his budding teeth moving around in his gums and almost as soon as the dribbling started (1.5 weeks ago), so did the grizzling "hold me upright all day long" mood. When I can carry him, it's all good, and when he's asleep, it's all good, but as I spend a good deal of my day seated in front of this computer or at the dining table, doing boring work that happens much more efficiently if I have two hands free.

So, I'd heard good things about the analgesic affect of amber necklaces on teething infants and thought I might give it a try (quite a departure from my usual coping method - panadol)... The necklace arrived yesterday and despite my own scepticsm, Ari does seem more settled. I'm hopeful that this is not just coin…

Bryn models the future of baby wearing...

Lots of little goodies this week!

Well, February really DOES seem to be kicking off to a more positive note than January did (for me, personally)...

So, here are a few of lovely things that have revealed themselves just since Monday...

Bryn has gotten a place in his old Tuesday creche session, which means he gets to see Sienna at creche again (he is soooo happy!).Bryn also got a creche placement at the creche in the neighbourhood house where we run BaBs on Wednesday, so that I can take him with me and he won't be bored silly and disruptive (and Dave doesn't have take Wednesday off when there is work available).Bryn is sleeping in his own bed (and all night long too!), so Dave is back in our bed with Ari and myself!Erik and Luey are going to drama and pottery classes (respectively) AND someone is picking them up from school, taking them there and then bringing them back home again for me!Erik's best friend has also enrolled in the same drama class (did so after finding out Erik was doing it).There is a possib…

And here we go again...

O M Goodness, the holidays are OVER!!! Seven weeks ago, I was wondering how I was going to cope, and now we're at the other end, and I'm beginning to wonder how I'll cope with being on the go (go, GO!) again!!!

Today saw Dave taking Bryn to his first Monday session at creche before heading off to work. Bryn coped ok, despite his beloved Sienna not being there. Apparently, he did seem to be looking around for her a bit before Dave had to leave. Then around an hour into the session he seemed a bit sad and Monica noticed a tear rolling down his cheek, so she went over and jollied him a bit and got to go outside and play and then he seemed happy (so good to have people I can trust there!)... Next week Jayne will be filling in, so he'll have someone else he knows while he's getting to know the new group of kids.

While Dave and Bryn were out, Erik, Luey and I tidied the house and I did the dishes. Then the boys and Ari and I went to the shopping centre to get a coupl…

TV Tragic...

Ratings season starts again tomorrow, and I have to tell you that TiVo is back on my radar!!!

I'm excited to see "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers and Sisters" back in their regular time slot, but "Eli Stone" has been shunted to a 10.30 time slot, and "Dirty Sexy Money" will be on at 11.30pm! I mean, it's bad enough that we're a season and a half behind for ER, but they put that on at or after midnight!!!

As a mum with young children, I can't be sitting up in the wee hours to follow the storylines! And what's more, the prime time slots are filled with tripe like The Biggest Loser, ergh *vomit*...

So, yeah, I'm going to have to budget myself a Mother's Day present of TiVo, I think...

Celebrating the good of January!

Well, by the clock it's now February, and I've been thinking how January 2009 was a bit tough, tougher than I anticipated it being - I was so very much looking forward to this year starting with so many plans and things I wanted to get on with, and then I had a few hurdles throw in my direction and it's so easy to want to get all negative and "can't do"... So, I thought that for the beginning of February, I'd have a little reflection on how I was blessed in the midst of it all in January!

Thanks to mum having been through her gall bladder attack and operation in the last half of 2008, when I had my attack on New Year's Eve and going into New Year's Day, I had a fairly good idea what it was. So, even though the doctor in the emergency department didn't believe I was having a gall bladder attack, I knew to go to a GP and insist on an ultrasound. The ultrasound revealed my inflamed gall bladder that I might otherwise have gone on to ignore (put…