Saturday, December 12, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
I think one of the reasons why 'A' has been a little bit out of sorts this last week and maybe sleeping less in the day is because of his teeth. At the ripe old age of 9 months he finally got his first tooth, (note: I was 13 months when I got my first tooth, I was practically bold and toothless, and the small amount of hair I did have was this ORANGE, how very sad) it was quite a non-event really other than 'A' drooling like a dog over a juicy bone, BUT then tooth numero 2 has started appear beneath the gum and it seems to be causing our little man some grief - and us for that matter!!!! Mum if you look really really really closely you might be able to see a tooth, it ain't easy trying to take a picture of it!!!
Anyway other than that little (or should I say) big 'A' is doing well. Still nowhere near crawling, he prefers toys and people to come to him, so very lazy.... Maybe one day, hopefully before school he will decide that getting around on your hands and knees or even your feet for that matter has it's perks. getting into cupboards, following Mummy and Daddy wherever they go, eating DVDs - the list is endless really. Gee I hope he doesn't read my blog to get all sorts of naughty ideas!!!!!
Friday, October 02, 2009
I am VERY excited and can't wait to meet this little person!
Please pray all goes well with delivery!
Not long now and we will! Praise God!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Anyhoo - I persevered with trying little tastes of food and then all of a sudden one day last week he starts eating me out of house and home! Well not quite but nearly ;)
Here is the photographic evidence!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Firstly the joys:
1. Being a big boy 'A' took a little longer than average to do the whole rolling thing! He can still only roll from front to back and he really doesn't care to do it very often! He still can't reach his feet to grab them to roll from back to front! He did his first roll with Nanny in England (Nanny was very very chuffed (pleased) - Mummy was in bed!) but just for Mummy he did another one when she woke up!
2. 'A' has just started to clap his hands and even more recently wave! Such cuteness and of course very advanced!
3. When Daddy gets home from work 'A' gets super excited and smiles and kicks his legs and flaps his arms - I hope he doesn't take off doing that! It is so cute to see him respond to his Daddy like this and his Daddy is pretty chuffed too.
1. Apparently solid food just isn't for 'A'. I tried him with some rice cereal when I was in England when he was about to turn 6 months - the first day he was a bit interested but thereafter he has not really given much time or thought to eating solids.. I have tried him with apple, pear, butternut pumpkin and banana but the kid is JUST NOT INTERESTED! It is starting to become a real area of frustration for me and I am not sure what to do. He is still at the top of the scale for weight, weighing in at just over (9kgs) 20lbs - so he isn't going to waste away any time soon. I know you shouldn't compare and it's dangerous business, but all my friends kids who are the same age as 'A' have taken to solid food and are going great guns. I have always had such a lot of milk - from day one (even the nurses mentioned how much I had!), 'A' has always had very big weight gains and I still seem to have so much milk - still leaking and still needing to wear those annoying nursing pads (hope that's not TMI but just wanting to fill you in on where I am up to)!!!!!! I have had a few successful mornings of shoveling some pear or rice cereal in - but he still hasn't been all that into it and I just don't think he is ready - he isn't opening his mouth like a little birdie greatly anticipating each mouthful. You hear all different advice, people saying if he doesn't start now he will miss the boat, but then other friends saying how many adults do you know who still only eat breast-milk - he will figure it out (so so true my friend!) So I don' know whether to keep on keeping on and trying him each morning or to wait a while until he shows more interest? Please let me know if you have any similar stories or any top tips! I was really looking forward to this time of steaming up veggies, trying different foods, nursing a little less, having someone else feed him for a change but it isn't all going as expected. I thought 'A' would totally love food as he is such a chunky monkey but I guess he is lovin his Mamma's milk too much!
I am going to try and drop the 3am feed I am still doing to see if that makes the munchkin hungrier for food!
2. Also at 'A's 6 month check (I took him today so I was a bit late as he is almost 7 months) they noticed that his fontanelle is pretty much closed - this is quite early (normal is 9 months to 2 years) so they want to check it again in a month. I stupidly looked up what this can mean on google and it's not very good - but as long as his head circumference continues to grow normally and he reaches his developmental milestones it will hopefully not be anything to worry about. It can mean surgery to allow the brain to grow but this is worse case scenario! Please pray it would all be fine!
Anyhoo - that's all for now folks. I am sure I have more joys and struggles to add but I will maybe blog again about them laters..
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
I leave in just over 4 hours and I am feeling a little nervous so thought I would ask you to pray specifically about these few things:
* That 'A's ears would be ok on take off and landing!!!
* That he would be settled on the plane.
* That we would arrive safely.
* That I would be relaxed and not anxious!
* I am starting to get emotional about having to leave SP - please pray that the time might go quickly and we might not to be too sad!
* That 'A' would stay healthy (no swine flu please!), that he might get some good sleeps and that it might be a smooth ride. Turbulence means you have to get the babies out of the bassinet ;(
* Pray for SP also, as he will miss us and we will miss him for just over 2 weeks until he flies out to meet us. Pray also for a safe flight for him.
* Please please please also pray for the adjustment for when we get the other end with 'A', his sleep and the time difference.
I will be in touch hopefully once I get to England!!! Which will be Tuesday night Aussie time and lunchtime UK time!
Adios - hopefully I will write more soon!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
As 'A' is such a big boy - like over 8kgs already at just 4 and a half months old - he is getting far to heavy to carry in the BB, even SP finds him heavy after he has carried him for a while.
So I did a bit of research and found out about the "Ergo Carrier' - you can carry your baby on your front, back and side and they can be in it until they are 3-4 years (up to 25kg) - not that you want to be carrying a 3 year old in it all the time but you can! You have to buy a baby insert if you want to carry a newborn in it.
Well I watched the 'instructional DVD' which came with - yes people you have to watch a DVD to figure out how to use this thing. I also made SP watch it with me again - he loved it but when I asked him if he wanted to watch it again he declined!
So far so good, it isn't as bulky as I thought it would be and while at first being a little worried that 'A' was almost doing the splits in it with his legs wrapped around me - I love it and I think he does too! Apparently it is much better for their posture as they are not hanging from their crotch (did I just say that?) like they do in the BB. And it is much better for me as all the weight is carried on the hips, so my back and shoulders don't hurt anywhere near as much.
'A' seems to love it and the few times I have had him in it he has gone to sleep within about 5-10 mins. I can't wait til he is a little bigger and I can wear him on my back! It also has a little hood to project from wind, sun and rain - no more carrying extra wraps around to cover him up!
I also think it is going to be really great for when I am traveling on the plane and around London when I am home. All in all I am happy with our new purchase I think I shall sell the BB and then when we have another little one buy a pouch or insert for the Ergo!
I highly recommend it - if you have or having a baby of course ;)
Friday, May 08, 2009
1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.I had most of it down back then and when I was skimming though Romans the other day it jumped out at me again, I could only remember a few verses but I thought what a great passage, and as I am doing this whole memorise scripture thing I thought it might be cool to go back and memorise it again.
Anyone want to do it with me?
Looking forward to meeting this little man and hanging out with friends from my old church!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
One of the things he has SP doing is memorising scripture. I think SP has about 20 or more down so far which is awesome. I too have decided to jump on the 'memorising scripture' bandwagon as I believe it is a good bandwagon to jump on. So far I have 3 down - I am going to try and write them out here to see how I go:
'had a blank for a minute'!
"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life" 1 John 5:11-12 (Assurance of Salvation)
"Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete" John 16:24 (Assurance of Answered Prayer)
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so you can stand up under it" 1 Corinthians 10:13 (Assurance of Victory)
I just checked them and I almost got them right, I just added one word to each of them - DOH! Guess I better keep practicing. I just corrected them so if you want to memorise them you don't start memorising my incorrect attempts!
I believe Aimee and Alison are also at it - You Go Girls!
Monday, May 04, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
I couldn't wait!- I had booked a delivery to arrive between 1.30pm and 4.30pm and at 12pm I was called to see if I was home and would except an early delivery - oh yeah I will!!!!
So the nice man delivered my groceries and I was very happy until Scott said - are you sure this is everything?!?!?!!?!
No milk, no bread, none of my weekly essentials - GREAT I thought and then I saw two packets of rice that I never ordered.
I was starting to think that my first online shopping experience had been a total disaster and that they had given me part of some other persons shopping - then it suddenly occurred to me:
"No milk, no bread - DOH". I know what happened - I created a 'Weekly List' with Coles, which is a list of items I get every week (milk, bread etc), BUT I had totally forgotten to add this 'Weekly List' to my 'trolley' - DOH!
And what about the rice and lotion??? On the bag they came in I saw a sticker 'Free Samples' - Yay for free stuff!
So even though it meant we had to go to the shops ANYWAY due to my boo boo which kind of defeats the point of online shopping, I was glad it wasn't because Coles Online are rubbish - it's because I am rubbish and am an amateur at this.
It was still fun to have the man delivery my groceries to my door - no lifting and no carrying heavy items up our stairs.
I have learnt much from my first shopping experience - sometimes those mistakes that you make mean you probably won't make them again
I have just placed my 2nd online order which is being delivered today, so I will let you know if this one is slightly more successful.
I fully recommend shopping online - I won't do it forever but it works for us right now!
Monday, April 06, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
pros of online shopping
- You get it delivered! Beauty!
- You can browse online and find the best deals.
- You aren't as tempted to pick up additional things that you don't really need.
- You get a running total of your bill - which is good for budgeting.
- I think they keep your previous shopping list which helps with the regular items that you purchase each week - makes life easier (at least I think this is what happens?!?!)
- If you forget something you have to make an additional trip to the shops (unless you can do without it for another week).
- You pay approx $9 for delivery. (that's not too bad really)
- It means I am going to have to do the fruit and veg shopping separately (Coles and Woolies fruit and veg are expensive and not as good as you get from the fruit and veg shops). I am hoping to find an online fruit and veg home delivery website - if you know any good ones let me know!
- Sometimes if you forget to write something on your list (if you use lists) when you are actually at the supermarket certain aisles can prompt you to remember that you needed something!
When 'A' is a little bigger it will be easier to take him, especially when he can sit in the seats but for now, especially with the the rain at the moment and winter coming up - I think shopping from the warmth of my computer at home will be awesome!
I will let you know if it's as good as I think it is going to be!
* No people I have not tried this!!!!!!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
- been busy
- more blood tests
- tests have varied considerably over the last 2 weeks
- going to endocrinologist tomorrow for more news
- looks like it's Hashimoto's disease (NOT a Japanese restaurant apparently )
- doc not even sure if I will need meds but will find out tomorrow
- feeling ok about it as I know it can be managed
- miss my family
- wish I had them around to help, to visit or to just talk too
- feel like we are doing it alone
- being a mamma is wonderful but it can be lonely
- managed to do the house work by myself last week
- managed to do the weekly food shop yesterday
- had 'A' in the baby bjorn
- shopping not as easy as it used to be
- might get SP to keep helping me until 'A' can sit in the trolley seat
- have a new respect for women with more than one child
- 'A' is 12 weeks this Thurs
- he has slept 11 hours the last two nights
- up until then he had been sleeping 9-10 hours
- feel like a very lucky mamma
- day sleeping not going so well unless I am rocking or walking
- although he is asleep now
- trying to keep him up a bit longer between feeds to see if that works
- I guess you can't have it all!
- he is now 6.5kgs (14lb 3oz)
- he looks more like a 6 month old
- went to visit SP's family in Canberra
- we have a new nephew called Jamal David
- he is cute
- my little man slept all 3 1/2 hours on the drive down there
- but didn't sleep all the way back
- got a bit grumpy about an hour out of Sydney but we made it home in one piece
- I was a bit sad cause I knew he was hungry but there was nowhere to stop
- but I don't think he was going to waste away
- he is now down to 5 feeds a day - yippee
- reading 'Changing Your World One Diaper (nappy ) at a Time!
- L.O.V.I.N.G it
- so relevant
- better reading it the second time after actually having a baby
- I think I might be quoted in it - unless that was some other chick who lives in Australia and has family in England?
- I love that I know so many of the girls who are in the book.
- that Marla chick sure knows what she is talking about
- blogging still sporadic and still haven't been able to catch up on all your blogs
- maybe if 'A' sleeps better in the day I will have time until then I will be thinking of you all
- hope you all have a great day
Friday, March 06, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
The pic of Oliver with the little girl (Amelia with her dolly 'Lucy') is too funny - I guess he just isn't into girls at the moment (I guess that by the punch to the face). Amelia is so little and dainty at 6 months next to my big man who is just 10 weeks. He is actually bigger than she is - but she is a little 6 month-er!