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Winter Warmers...

Well, I think the time has come to conceed that Winter is upon us. Just last week we were still in the midst of an Indian summer (as we SHOULD be at the end of April, imho)... But this week we've had quite a cold snap here in Melbourne (and I've been dreaming of living in far north Queensland, hahaha)...

I made these hats for Bryn and Ari a couple of months ago, but this morning Bryn pulled out Ari's hat from the hat stand because it was so cold, and that reminded me that I hadn't finished off Bryn's hat yet... So, I did! Finished it off and got the obligatory photos to prove that I really AM a good little wifey and mother who knits (or in this instance, crochets) winter woolies for her kids - even though they generally only wear them once...




For some reason they LOVE to ASK for knitted/crocheted stuff, and then they are very excited to try the finished item on the FIRST time, and after that they have absolutely NO INTEREST in wearing the made-with-love (and, wit…
Master's Thesis = Aspirations + putting off getting a REAL job - foresight

Large family = Wouldn't that be cool! + fertility - long term memory

Enlightenment = 20/20 hindsight - the past

6 months old - yesterday...

So, six months ago I had a one day old baby!

The last six months have definitely gone a lot faster than the six months before that. What a busy, busy time it's been! Ari is well and truly into the baby stage/phase that I love! He's so interactive, LOL. I'm not into newborns at all... In fact, I'd have another baby if I could just skip right to this stage! He's sitting up - which makes both of us a lot more happy than just a month ago. Right now, he's sitting on his mat on the floor next to me, playing with his toys. Mornings are definitely the best time for him. He's generally a very content little baby up until around lunch time - happy go lucky, so to speak...

These days he's not sleeping much during the day at all. For the past few days it's all been about the power nap. 20 minutes is apparently well and truly enough for a 6 month old to keep motoring for a few more hours. I guess when you can finally sit up and play, sleep becomes a wa…

Oh dear, 20/20 hindsight...

Hmmmm, sent Dave out into the garage to retrieve some old toys for Ari (who is getting bored with his current crop VERY QUICKLY)... Dave, suffering male patterned blindness, could not find the toys I sent him for, but DID find an old bag of bits and pieces belonging to me (from ca. 1995)...

Amongst the, erm. "treasures" were two pair of glasses... I won't show you the second pair, because they're so appalling I can't even bare to acknowledge I ever wore them, but this pair made me laugh...



I honestly thought I looked GOOD in these, not only good, but STYLISH... Yes, these black, round framed glasses were "all the rage" in the mid-90s, and I LOVED these...

My sight has definitely changed since I wore them though, because now they actually make print look smaller and MORE blurry, rofl...

GI Sif...

Low GI that is...

This is not in an attempt to lose weight, believe it or not (I see a whole bunch of you sniggering at me, but read on...).

Since the whole gallbladder sage of the first quarter of this year, I've been very aware of my own mortality - well, ok, that's a tad dramatic... Let's just say I've had my eyes opened to what my future might look like (what I'll inherit from my parents) if I don't start to make some significant changes to my lifestyle now.

My mum has diabetes type II, high cholesterol, arthritis (there may not be anything I can do to prevent getting that), and asthma. My dad probably has diabetes (undiagnosed by there are signs of it), and high cholesterol - though, Dave doesn't have high cholesterol despite looking like he might be a candidate for it, so you never know...

Anyway, I DON'T WANT diabetes!!! I definitely don't want to have test my blood sugar levels several times a day - O M G, having to DRAW BLOOD several times a…

Ginger White Tea and other goodness...

After enjoying some amazing, freshly brewed tea at Rach's the other day, I've been convinced to forego the humble tea bag and invest in a proper teapot (albeit a modern twist of the hot variety) and invest in actual tea leaves. Knowing absolutely nothing about proper tea, I went to a local tea shop and sought some advice. Based on my personal preferences, I came home with a two cup pot, some ginger flavoured white tea (as opposed to black tea) and some Chai tea. White tea is apparently more subtle than other varieties of tea, and somehow "sweeter", not sure what that actually means. Because white tea is subtle, I have to be careful not to pour boiling water over it (good thing for me as I use an urn that doesn't reaching boiling). Boiling water can "scorch" white tea and make it bitter... Interesting...

I've tried the white tea and really like it. Haven't tried the Chai yet...


Here's yet another picture of Ari "sitting up" wit…

Lily...

Since changing her name from Jaime, Lily has become a lot easier to get to know.

Lily is one of those people that other people quite like, but who really only has a couple of close friends she feels comfortable hanging out with. Lily like time to think about things in peace and quiet. She likes the quiet, especially in the night, but also on very hot summer days when the wind blusters about kicking up red dust and making the windchimes on the back porch dancing about in a frenzy.

One of Lily's closest friends is Nana Walker. Nana Walker isn't her "real" nana, not a blood relation, but is her nana in every other way that matters. Lily spent much of her week at nana before she went to school. Since her mum had died when she was just a baby, and her dad needed to work to support them, Lily would spend her days next door with Nana Walker and Otis and his brothers and sisters. It was like have a big family, only not really...

Otis was Lily's other good friend. He …

Going against the grain...

Term two starts tomorrow. A lot of parents I know are either dreading being made to get up and get their cherubs off to school and then clockwatch to make sure they rush back to pick them up on time in order to ferry them to various extracurricula activities, OR are looking forward to having SOMEONE ELSE entertain their kids for a bit each day...

I'm looking at it in a different way again...

While I'm feeling a bit trepidacious about the onslaught of activity coming our way, both with the boys schooling and extracurricula activities (just one each), as well as my own commitments, and also am feeling a sense of relief that the boys will be constructively occupied by someone other than myself - BREATHE - I'm also just really looking forward to... Wait for it...

Some STRUCTURE!

Unlike many of my carefree, love life in the moment, Se La Vie friends, I'm really a bit fond of structure. Structure really helps calm me. I quite like routine, even when the monotony of routine t…

Dazed and confused...

Pretty much describes how I'm feeling...

Have been feeling very much out of harmony with everything lately... At first, I thought it was just the acti-climax after the operation finally came and passed... Then I thought it was because I'd been over in Adelaide and was still a bit hyped up about all of that... Then I thought it was because Dave hadn't been paid yet and so everything was still "unfinished" and we hadn't had closure on all of that bizzo...

We still haven't had closure. Dave still hasn't been paid, but I've come to realise that is not the root of my unease...

Basically, I'm just having trouble living in the moment. I'm having trouble being happy with life just as it is. I'm scouting for new "adventures", new stuff to be excited about.

At the same time, I'm putting off important stuff, like writing my novel

It's really hard to get any headspace when the big boys are on holidays and Dave is home all the ti…

Really Erik?

So, Erik asks us who invented electricity and Dave explains that no one "invented" electricty but a one man thought it might be a good thing to be able to harness electricity. That man was Benjamin Franklin...

"Oh, I KNOW him!" says Erik...

Fear and Love...

There are, essentially, two emotions that humans feel and these are the basis for every other emotion we feel.

Those emotions are FEAR, which underpins anger, sadness, cynicism etc.

and LOVE, which underpins happiness, hope, and all things positive and life-affirming...

I travel in circles where I often feel the balance has shifted way off-centre into fear based emoting. People seem to be actively seeking out all the negative and hateful in the world and wooing sadness and anger and fear - or fear-mongering - with all their energy...

Let's redress the balance! You need to be the change you want to see. If you want to see more love and respect and generosity in the world then you have to be that love and respect and generosity (of spirit, not just chattels)...

It's kind of very simple really, you just start with a smile. Smiles are contagious, even to the person producing the smile... You take a deep breathe and then breathe out all your frustration and as you get to the end of…

The Feast of Chocolate...

This was the scene outside our house on Friday morning. We live across a quiet suburban street from a Catholic church and it's adjoining school (which is shut and only used for extracurricula activities after 4pm)... So, on Good Friday we were sitting here when suddenly we heard what sounded like Franscecan Monks singing outside the front yard... Turned out to be the annual Stations of the Cross assembly in the car park across the road...

The boys were pretty patient this morning... They did get up at about 6am, but it was 9.30am before they finally got their eggs - after hot cross bunz!

After a few years of trial and error, we decided on one smallish M&M egg each. Erik managed to down his entire egg in about 30 minutes. Both Luey and Bryn ended up eating about 1/2 and 1/3 respectively and popping the rest in the fridge.


Even though there wasn't a torrent of chocolate, all the boys went all giddy and giggly and silly pretty quickly, thankfully the side effect subsided w…

The Information Fallacy...

Shae's blog post about the birth debate got me thinking...

When I was doing my communications degree in the early 90s, we were told, not infrequently, that we were living in the Information Age. Thanks to the emergence of the internet, information was becoming global and people would have the information of the worlds libraries at their very fingers, in their homes, via their personal computers. What a wonderous world we lived in!

That was 17 years ago, and 17 years on, all the wonders we heard about have come to fruition. In under a minute I can google and find out all about almost anything that takes my fancy, and in fact, I've spent many entertaining hours doing just that!

Thanks to the internet, I found out about attachment parenting, extended breastfeeding, homeschooling, co-sleeping, babywearing, and the vaccination debate. I also found out about homebirthing and freebirthing. I found out that many of the "facts" given to me by hospital staff when I was havin…

Gastronomic Delights...

In this household, we've long been great fans of the ABC's "The Cook and the Chef" which airs at around 6.30pm on Wednesday nights.

Just recently, my stepfather discovered that the Cook (Maggie Beer) in fact lives not far from my parents in the Barossa Valley, and has a wonderful farm/restaurant business there.

Last Sunday, after the exciting Graduation was over and done with on the Saturday, I was driven out to Maggie Beer's farm/restaurant as a surprise!

It is located in amongst the vineyards and on a fabulous lake, which there is was walking trail around. In the restaurant are shelves of Maggie's various delicacies, including her signature Verjuice, as well as a variety of scrumptious pat├ęs and pastes, and extra virgin olive oil and wines and her books and the list just goes on and on...

At 2pm on Sundays guests can watch a cooking demostration which is often done by Maggie herself, but last Sunday was done by one of her staff, and her granddaughter, Lily be…

I wonder...

How much of having no antenatal care and no trained care provider at the birth, is about being able to plead ignorance in the event of injury or death to the mother or child?

If evidence based care is the best antenatal and labour care, and some evidence based care leads to interventions, and intervention - any intervention - is perceived as a terrible thing, then if no one checks you or you baby, and no one says, "Hmmm, there is evidence of a problem here...", then when a problem does arise, you can say, "Well, there was no evidence - to my untrained eye, so I didn't know to seek assistance..."

That way you avoid intervention AND you avoid responsibility for something going wrong, because you didn't ignore medical advice by refusing intervention...

Or am I being cyncical?

Five months old already...

Actually, he turned 5 months old last Friday, but my head has been all over the place, so only just getting around to this now.

At five months, he now is 63cm long (10th percentile), 7.02kg (30th percentile) and has a 43cm head circumference (50th percentile)... I acknowledge that I'm overly pre-occupied with these stats, but he was so little when he was born, and I think that will always stay with me, and my boys all drop on the charts as they get older, so he started out small and might just get smaller (relative to other children), eeek...

So, yay for growthage!

His gross motor movements are becoming much smoother, and he's putting everything in his mouth.

This last month saw him having a little formula, which is something that really does rub me the wrong way. It irks me that we needed to "go there", even just for 1.5lt of the stuff, but I guess I'm going to have to build a bridge. It was necessary at the time, and it's well and truly behind us now.

He laug…