Tuesday, March 31, 2009

She's here!!

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An amazing thing happened at our house on Saturday night.
Our third daughter Harper Bliss entered the world. It was fast, intense and incredible. I was surrounded by my husband, midwife, children and best friend as I birthed my baby girl into the water and scooped her up into my arms.
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She is so much her own person...and so much like our other two.
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I am resting and feeding and babygazing...just blissed out and feeling blessed.
Welcome earthside Harper.
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I promise to be back with more at some stage :-)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Offline

I have been offline a bit over the last week. There are a few reasons.
-our computer sucks and is prone to bouts of moodiness where it doesn't work.
-I am in the last bit of pregnancy and I am feeling quite hormonal and cranky. Which can be translated as "I can't be fucked"
-I have actually been pretty busy with the kids and stuff on.

So I still love youse all lol. I haven't had the baby (please soon OK?? I need the hormone transfer form grr to bliss) and I haven't decided to give up the old puter again. Just trying to get some space and not get uber frustrated when the stoopid thing doesn't work.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Unpleasant encounter

I have been thinking about this all day and I'm really annoyed.

We went to a big shopping center today-it has a kids playground thingo inside. Tannah and another little girl of about the same age were having a lovely play up in a high part. A family arrived and their little boy (about 2ish) climbed up and started getting in the girls faces. Shouting at them and giving them little shoves. The girls did REALLY well to put up for as long as they did but finally the other little girl pushed him back and he went over on his bum. Now the little boy didn't cry and was in no way upset by this-he was wanting to play rough by the looks and got the desired response. But the kids father stuck his big head in it.
He turns to me and Luke (and had it been Tannah I reckon this tosser would have actually had a go at him)and goes "is THAT tall girl YOURS?? she just PUSHED my kid!" Very confrontational like. I said she wasn't and before I could say anything else he stormed off to find whoever she was with. He found her Mum and started having a go at her. Big tough guy verbally attacking a woman on her own while his partner sat and watched. I was about to say something (you know-hormones and all) when his strutting and storming around led him over to where Willow was and he literally kicked her feet out from under her and sent her face first into the step of the park.
Now all the hoo-ha about his kid and Willow was SCREAMING. Anyone who knows her in real life knows it takes a lot for her to get that upset about hurting herself. I scooped her up and went into helping her and seeing how badly she was hurt. He didn't apologize, check if she was OK or anything like that. He was too busy STILL having a go at the woman who's kid pushed his over! So I'm hugely pregnant and trying to hold my screaming child-who is really hurt. Luke is getting Tannah ready to leave cause it's all going a bit ugly and we're worried about how this nutter dude is losing his mind.

The things that bother me most about this are-
-Does he have no idea about how kids play?? Keep out of it if everyone is happy!
-I really think he may have tried to hit Luke if Tannah had been the "pusher"
-He was very threatening to the mother of the other girl-and she was on her own
-He really didn't give a shit about how hurt Willow was. She was really screaming and had he not been strutting around like king turd of shit mountain she wouldn't have been hurt at all.
-His partner (or whoever the other woman he was with was) was NOT mortified by his behavior. To Be honest their kid was not nice to any of the other kids and I'm sure they wonder where he learns it, or they think it's OK.
-His carry on freaked Tannah out and injured Willow. The Mama lion in me HATES that but I was too scared to tell him so-I was literally afraid for my unborn baby and Luke (he's a lover not a fighter)

So poor Willow has a very nasty bruise on her chin and keeps saying "mouth face ouch"
Poor poppett. All because of some macho wanker. Grrrrrr

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Blessingway

Yesterday I had my blessingway. If you are unfamiliar with the idea it's kind of like a mother, baby and birth blessing for the Mama before her baby is born. Think hippy-la-la style baby shower ;-)
Instead of gifts (although I did get some lovely ones!) you usually get people to bring beads for a necklace or similar. I got people to bring images/affermations for a wall in my birthspace-so I could be inspired by all the women that have birthed before me.
Here is how it's coming along
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I also did a belly cast (which the lovely women contributed to buying for me) and we painted it. After everyone left Kate and I painted it some more. There is still some room for more painting and a special place for my baby's footprint-the girls put their handprints on my boob.
Here is how that is coming along
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All the lovely women who came went home with a candle to light when I'm in labour and some string around their wrist which "ties us together" until birth time.

And last but definitely not least I had my big and gloriously round belly painted with henna. Hopefully the stain will last until the baby is born.
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There was much delicious food and catching up. Lots of laughs-did I mention the food? Some of my guests traveled a long way. All of them did some kind of juggling with kids and partners on a weekend day to be there.Lovely Kate did a lot of organizing and really made my day super special. I feel so grateful to have such wonderful friends.

So baby...anytime you are ready now would be fine. I'm ready to meet you my love :-)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thankful

Here are 10 things I'm thankful for. I don't give thanks enough-there really is much in my life that is awesome!

The kids-no brainer. I can't believe how blessed I am at times to share my life with my girls (and the belly baby of course!)They do drive me crazy at times and as well as being my biggest gift they are also my biggest challenge-mainly cause I really want to do right by them. Hurrah for kids!

Luke- who knew that I would find such an amazing man while I was mindless drunk in a nightclub! He is awesome and I love him so much. Can't imagine life without him.

Friends and family- too many special people to mention! Their love and support is priceless. You guys rock!

Music- It has been such a big part of my life forever. Going to live gigs was pretty much my whole social pastime there for a while. I haven't been to an actual gig for quite some time but I still have music in the car and listen to it at home..and a few choice songs on my iPhone. The kids are music fans too.

Centrelink- might sound like a strange one but we depend on the family payment as part of our wage and if Luke get's made redundant then we will be living off benefits.The baby bonus is paying for our homebirth. Lucky for us that it's there!

Freedom of choice- I (at the moment) have the right to choose where to give birth, whether to send my kids to school or not and what religion (if any) we teach to our kids. I won't be thrown in jail or set on fire or stoned to death for having sex before marriage and my daughters won't be circumcised (nor will my boys if I have any for that matter). I think we can take our choices a little bit for granted at times.

Communication technology- the net, my phone, home phone, snail mail etc. Nice to keep in touch with everyone near and far, In real life or not.

Stephen King- still my favorite author hands down. I have read and re-read his books many times. Always keeps me entertained.

Household labor saving devices- I love my dishwasher, washing machine, vacuum and dryer. Politically incorrect as that may be....

Summer!- I love the heat. Really. Maybe not like all those 40+ degrees days we had down here in Melbourne in a row but usually the sunshine and longer days is a big winner with me. I sleep better and get more done when it's warm.


I think that's 10 lol. There are many many more things that I am thankful for in my life. Many people I am thankful for individually but that is a short list.


What about you??

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ready to rock and roll

I'm organized.
All the tiny baby stuff is washed, all the homebirth stuff is where it should be, the birth pool is blown up, I've done the belly cast and I've read "Hello Baby" to the kids like a million times lol.

Baby has it's big ol' head way down in my pelvis.
I'm seeing my Midwife tomorrow for the "birth plan meeting" with my backup Midwife, Luke and Kate-the whole team labour. I'm having my little blessingway on Saturday with some lovely women friends.

So all I'm ready to go anytime after that thanks :-)

I just feel lucky that I am able to access an Independent Midwife (even if at my own cost) without it being underground or illegal. The government has released it's Maternity Review and if all the recommendations are passed in July next year things could be very different and women's choice to birth their babies at home with an independent midwife could be very well taken away. I am crap at links and stuff so I'll give you a link to a blog with some good ways to get involved.
www.ilithyiainspired.com

Sunday, March 8, 2009

simple pleasures

I have finally cracked the easy veggie pattie thing! Woo hoo! It has taken me ages and many stuff ups to come up with a tasty, easy and nearly no preparation pattie that we use as "rissoles" or veggie burgers.
We like it anyway :-) Here tis-

I tin butter beans
1 grated carrot and zuchinni
1 egg (can use egg replacer and water for vegan)
some crushed garlic and salt and pepper
some crumbs-we use white rice crumbs (from health food bit of supermarket) cause of wheat issue but any old bread crumbs will do. Use enough to make the consistency right.
Some pasta sauce. We normally have a jar of some kind of tomato-ey pasta sauce opened for some reason. Use about a few tablespoons, again go for consistency.

Bang all ingredients into food processor and whizz. If too gluggy add more crumbs, if too dry add more pasta sauce. It should look like rissole mix that dear old Mum used to make.
Roll out small handfuls into patties and roll in the crumbs and then cook in a fry pan with a bit of the oil of your choice. Cook until golden on each side.

My kids like them with hommus and salad, or veggie chips (homemade oven cooked chips from different veggies), or on a burger.

I like them cause they take no time at all, are cheap and seem to be a winner :-)

And of course the simple pleasure of enjoying a yummy home made meal with the family.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My belly

Here are a couple of the photo's that lovely Kate took last week. Warning-almost nudity involved
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