Thursday, October 30, 2008

6 more sleeps!

Only 5 more days until our big QLD trip. Luke is staying at home so I need to get my head around flying with the two girls plus bump and get some stuff organized.
I need some fun plane type activities for Tannah. Kate printed off some lacing cards which I'm going to laminate and punch holes in.Just need to buy the shoelaces. Might go to the cheap shop and get some stickers/stamps and a scrapbook too. Unsure what to do with Willow. Sitting still is not really her thing. She does like to eat play doh and I never let her (cause I'm so mean!) maybe lol... Seriously considering a trail run with an antihistamine in case things go pear shaped. But I need to know before I give it to her on a plane if it's going to hype her up. That would be BAD. I'm thinking sultanas might be fun and a little time consuming, I'm guessing ol'faithful boob will come into play.
My girls love the very plasticky and flammable looking My Little Pony's. My wooden and steiner toy collection rocks. The most fights are over those hideous ponies (admittedly it was I who introduced the first one! DUH) Am also seriously considering 2 brand new "emergency ponies" as bribery.

What's all this you say-Bribery? Plastic toys? Drugging kids? It all sounds very UN hippy-la-la no doubt.

Flying on a plane is not a normal situation. Taking two small kids alone is some sort of challenge for "who dares wins". All normal plans of attack go out the window in favor of not locking us in the toilet for the whole flight. I'm open to suggestion, consumerism, bribery, drugs and junk food to make it as smooth as possible.

What's a little hypocracy now and then huh??

Monday, October 27, 2008

Besties :-)

I have a few "best friends" which is kinda redundant when there is more than one but anyway..

I think I have made a new one as I approach 30 which seems a little funny as "bestie" seems like a high school word. But when you see someone usually more than once a week, send text messages and emails and even have the odd phone conversation (even though said bestie is not a huge phone fan) then I think we are entering that territory lol. We always seem to have loads to talk about and our kids love each other. Her man and mine even get along. She can overlook my gross hypocracy as I eat the animal kingdom and it's by-products through this pregnancy. We go on big adventures with families in tow in her "big white bus". She is even planning to be present to help with the kids when I am in labour-even though that is going to involve some serious kid juggling on her part if it falls at a bad time-not to mention having to see my big naked labouring ass moaning about the place.
It's just nice to have someone local to hang out with and just "be"-while the kids trash whatever house we happen to be at-and it's no drama :-)
So put a "bestie" badge on your Girl Guides sash Kate-and bring me some chicken.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Good Mama Karma

Some days don't you just feel like you have your shit together? And some days don't you just feel like you are doing a good job of the kids and not screwing them up too bad? That's been my last couple of days. Hurrah!
The kids were bored the other day and faced with having to take them to the park (not always fun when the older one still wants you to help her with everything and the younger one insists on doing everything alone) I used my brain ( I know). I got some packing boxes and masking tape and made a cubby house. And then I let the kids go to town colouring it and playing in it-for ages, together, with hardly any fighting.
Yesterday however I did get Luke to drop me off before work and we had a big walk home, stopping at the park and discussing flowers etc.
When I was cooking corn fritters for the girls I let Tannah help. She does love to cook. And I didn't even get the big bit of egg shell that went into the mix!
I remembered ballet shoes this week so Tannah didn't have to dance in her sneakers.
I figured out some of Willow's sleep issue. She hates disposable nappies. My kids have always slept in sposies cause they hold more wee and I hate changing nappies at night. Even (like now) when they feed less and wee less at night. She gets all squirmy and pulles at her nappy so the other night I put a cloth ( a new Bumgenius! ) on her. NO SQUIRMYNESS. MORE SLEEP. And I was pleasantly surprised at how dry it kept her. I have ordered another one. Obviously. So after having cloth bums during the day my whole parenting career we are now FULL-TIME cloth. Yeah baby.
I feel like I have answered most of Tannah's "why..but why?' questions instead of fobbing her off with "because" type answers. Now that is exhausting.

Now off to attend to the mountain of washing to fold that has accumulated while I have been such a good mama lol.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Do we NEED two cars?

We have been a one car family for the better part of 3 years and we have been talking of blowing some of the baby bonus on a second car. But the more we talk about doing it the more reasons we find for keeping one car.
If we keep as a one car setup we will have cleared some big bills by the time bubs arrives-as well as paying for the midwife. We should still have some of the bonus left. So why not buy a car?
Cause then there is the hassle of running (read paying for) 2 cars. Of course there will be a heap more driving on my part (read petrol) and less walking. It's been a little tough-the walking to and from the bus stop and I haven't done it nearly as much as I could but I got pregnant pretty much straight away after we moved back. Obviously once the bub is born I won't be pregnant anymore lol-problem solved.
Luke is home until 2 every week day so we are looking at a whole other car for the 3 hours in the arvo in between him going to work and me starting dinner-it sounds a little luxurious no? We would also like to think by running only one car we are being better environmentally as a family. And scoring tightarse points as well.

So now the plan is to stay as a one car household, put the wagon on gas and buy this fancy tandem stroller which is tiny and will not only fit easy on a bus but will take a skateboard for Tannah when bubs comes out of the sling. Greener, healthier, cheaper. It sounds like a plan.....

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rostered Day Off

I pulled an RDO from the family :-)
I really wanted to go to the Parents, Babies and Childrens expo at the Melb exhibition centre, but it is awfully busy and usually a nightmare with the kids. Too much going on, not enough room and a Dorothy the Dinosaur show where position is everything lol.
I asked (well begged really) Luke for a whole day kid free. I really needed a bit of space from my lovely girls. Just an hour without Tannah asking "why...but why" was in order. And more than 2 hours where my boobs are my own. *sigh* bliss. My awesome husband didn't take any convincing-even though he has been working hard and had a headache on the day. So I caught the train in-I'd forgotten how fun a long train ride with only a book can be :-)
I got to wander, peruse, stroll, inspect, touch and buy. All in my own time and without steering a pram through the masses. I took a packed lunch-which a didn't share with anyone. Not even the strawberries ;-) I bought 6 (yes SIX) new nappies for the baby-although because Willow is tiny and I bought mediums I suspect that she will get a bit of wear out of them.
I bought a Bumgenius, 2 Baby Beehinds Wonderalls and 3 Itti Bitti D'lish-2 all in one and 1 snap in one. Willow has the Bumgenius on as I write lol. She also got a new pair of Baby Legs that are plain-cause all those patterned ones are clashing with her tee shirts dahlink.
I saw 2 prams that I want(how did a sling slut also develop such pram love??) A tandem STROLLER and a fancy double jogger like a Mountain Buggy that you can put a seat on top! Not to mention the COOLEST baby bag ever. I think I may NEED the baby bag..... There really was a lot of "stuff" in general that looked cool. And I try not to...but I do love stuff.
I then took myself off to a cafe and had a hot chocolate and a snack(very fattening and also not shared) then home again on the train.

I really think I was more patient with everyone last night.....

Friday, October 17, 2008

Some photos :-)

Air Tannah
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Peek a boo!
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Loving the warmer weather
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Willow with another red head lol
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Tannah at the zoo
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This is old but so cute! Sleep my pretties!
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thanks Kev!

Who know the PM was pro homebirth? Cause the cash I'm gonna get in December will be just about what we will need to pay for the birth of this baby at home if we save the amount we're saving until it's born. Just very convenient!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tagging myself lol.

Attached or single? Attached :-) It's our 4th wedding anniversary next month
Best Friend? more than one-in different categories
Cake or Pie? either-as long as it has cream and/or ice cream on it!
Day of Choice? Sunday-if Luke is working he is home by lunch!
Essential Item? *blush* my mobile phone
Flavour of icecream? one with cruchy toffee or butterscotch in it-hard to find!
Gummy Bears or Worms? neither, not a huge lollie fan. Try chocolate.
Hometown? Melbourne is where I live, The Gold Coast is where I grew up and Sydney is where I was born!
Indulgences? Stealing a sleep in when Luke is home and home delivered thai for dinner on the sly.
January or July? January.. it's summer and my birthday! No contest!
Kids? 2 and a bit.
Last Movie I saw in a Theatre? The Simpsons movie when I was hugely pregnant with with Willow
Middle Name? nope
Number of Siblings? one brother
Oranges or Apples? oranges
Phobia or Fear? spiders! eeewwwww
Quote? "be the change you want to see in the world" Ghandi
Reason to Smile? Too many to count! I guess a recent one is I can feel the baby moving just a tiny bit.
Season? Summer, summer ,summer.
Unknown fact about me? I love Stephen King novels and re resd them over and over.
Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals? A tough one for me lol. It varies! Am currently a minimal oppressor of animals but have been vego for ages before and even vegan!
Xrays or Ultrasound? Ultrasound. Guess I've had more and looking at a baby is nicer than hoping a bone isn't broken!
Your favourite food? Kraft peanut butter-I can't have it in the house cause I can't stop eating it
Zodiac? Capricorn-but I'm crap with money lol

Tag yourself if you haven't done it yet!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Preggers news

Saw my midwife yesterday. All is well there and Tannah got to help with hearing the heartbeat and stuff-of course she loved being important :-) Having an independant midwife has perks-ours can do reflexology and bowen. Not to mention the lovely long appointments we have and being able to chat about all things birth and baby.
I'm 15 weeks now. It already seems like it's going fast eeeek! I am definatly visably pregnant, into maternity pants and stretching all my tops. Willow is still feeding as though there has been no change. Tannah definately dropped off a bit at the 12 week mark and was getting annoyed with the whole taste and supply stuff. There has either been less of a change or Willow doesn't care! Am going to have to come up with some more interesting ways for her to be at the boob as my belly gets bigger.
Tannah is really into the whole idea of another baby. She asks about it a lot. Of course we get- WHEN?? a fair bit lol. She is still sure it's a boy, still wants to call him Flora. She wants to cut the cord- I think the idea of the "strong scissors" from the book "Hello Baby" appeals to her :-)
I'm trying to enjoy this pregnancy as much as possible cause I know it's going to be my last one. Some days I'm happy about that and some days I wonder if you can ever have enough babies!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

cough cough cough

Willow has hayfever. Not surprising given that Luke gets it most of the time. She often has the delightful clear snotty nose that just runs and runs. I spend a bloody fortune on homeopathics which keep it in check when it gets bad. Presently she is just drowning in it though-the snot I mean. Which means it runs down the back of her throat and she coughs-like as soo as she lies down. We (parents) know that the cough is the natural enemy of sleep. The cough is to sleep as Darth Vader is To Luke Skywalker (hang on that might not be right-he was his DAD?? anyway) .
Willow does not need another sleep enemy-she has plenty. Like ummm breathing, or me needing to pee or me brushing my teeth down the other end of the house (she actually wakes up pretty much EVERY NIGHT) or it being too hot, or cold or whatever. Lets just say she has no trouble rousing herself from sleep regularly.
And now she has a cough. She looks sick too poor poppet-like contagious bubonic plague sick. Which isn't fair when you can't catch it cause I don't want to take her anywhere for fear of them spraying a black cross on our door. I'm sure she will sleep nestled in the crook of my arm all night again and I can sleep to the dulcet tones of her nasal breathing-with her dad doing the same on the other side of me. At least he doesn't bother me for breastmilk at all hours cause it makes his mouth dry.....

Monday, October 6, 2008

Labels

How many labels are there now in the world of parenting etc? Are you an Attachment parent? A Natural Parent, an Aware parent ? How about learning? Maybe you homeschool, unschool, radical unschool or use natural learning? How about Connected parenting and using Non Violent Communication (NVC)? Maybe you are "mainstream' or a little bit of everything.
I have always felt an affinity to Attachment Parenting-Just the basics. Like the co-sleeping, baby wearnig and breastfeeding. We (try to) use gentle dicipline and I love a lot of the NVC style stuff. I think that might come under Connected parenting.
Our diet is pretty healthy and we don't have a lot of plastic toys etc-So Natural Parenting maybe? We definatly homeschool but the kids do swimming and Tannah does ballet-not really unschoolers then I guess.

I love to read and I read tons of parenting books-most of them are from the kind of angle of the way we do things and there seems to be new terms popping up.

So who am I as a parent? What is my label?

I guess I'm a Natural, Attached, Connected, Gentle, Natural Learning homeschool Mama who is doing the best she can :-)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cause I know the world needs my blog

So Hi! I'm back.....Where am I at?

I'm 14 weeks pregnant with number 3 and I'm so glad that the 1st trimester is over. Can I just say yawn and blerg? This baby will arrive late March/early April. I'd like the 28th of March please baby-that works in nicely with Easter so Luke can have maximum time off work with minimum loss of cash :-) Having bubs at home again. Of course, homebirth rocks. Tannah thinks the baby is a boy and she wants to call him Flora hmmmm. Have decided recently that we're not going to find out the sex-sorry for all those interested, you'll have to wait! I just want that lovely surprise on the day and I just don't really want another scan. Have seen baby and convinced I'm actually pregnant so I'm good lol.
Tannah is growing up. She does ballet and just loves it. It's laid back so I'm happy but she gets to wear a ballet dress so she's happy-there is a concert in November which should be interesting. She is currently rocking out to Justine Clarke using her toy broom as a guitar. She is a love.
Willow is a pocket rocket. She's little for her age and never stops! She was well and truly walking by 11 months and now she climbs and runs and pushes etc. Taking her to the park is a test of nerves. Looks like she is going to have red hair-fiery little Leo girl. She's a lot of fun!
Luke is much happier back in Melbourne. He has an interview for his old leading hand position next week so hopefully.....

And life is busy for me. With playgroup, the BaBs (bellies and babies) group, ABA,spending time with friends and trying to suss out the local homeschooling group I definately use my calendar!
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