Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I'm Besotted

To be accurate, 'we're besotted', that's Mr Mel & I, with our daughter, I don't want to turn into a gushing mother who is extremely blinkered by their child, but gee whiz she is a sweetie! 

Last Saturday, 1st Sept, was Mr Mel's birthday (happy birthday hubby!) and it was 4 months since our little bubba entered the world.

Time certainly does fly!  The first month or so was hard, dealing with an unexpected c-section, a bub with silent reflux, and no family living near us. Luckily my Mum was able to fly up from Victoria for a week and give me a break, as I was nearing kookoo area!  I can so understand why sleep deprivation was used as a torture technique in the wars!!!

But even though that time was hard, for the past 2 months or so, every day has been amazing, our little girl has been sleeping through, from around 7.30pm till 4.30/5am most nights, and every single time I turn on my bedside light when she's waking, she greets me with the most glorious smile I've ever seen, it honestly makes my heart swell and tears come to my eyes. I'm so loving the simple things of being a mum, they more than make up for the hard stuff!
The grin that greets me every morning :)
Enought of my gushing, but yes I'm besotted with her, and I thought I'd do a quick post before I hit the sack, as I've been a bit slack in posting, and couldn't resist a bit of a gush :)

Till next time,

Friday, August 10, 2012

My Ombre Attempt

Reading Chantelle's Fat Mum Slim blog just now, she has posted about her attempt at ombre craft, a 'genre' of craft/art/etc that is going like hot cakes on Pinterest (I'm a Pinterest addict, it's sad!)

Chantelle's post reminded me that I hadn't put my ombre attempt on my blog, I had added it to my Pinterest page, but not here, so here goes!

On the left is my inspiration (from http://www.norskeinteriorblogger.blogspot.com/), on the right is my attempt, for our daughter's nursery.

I decided to start this project 5 days before our daughter was born, which turned out to be the day before they admitted me into hospital, which we weren't expecting, luckily Mr Mel was able to finish the painting for me :)

Green is my favourite colour, and luckily the room was already green so we didn't need to repaint, I thought the greens I went with worked well with the wall colour.

The dresser was originally raw pine, so we painted it with a primer, then the front/back/sides/skirt in an antique white, then the drawers in the different greens, then replaced the pine knobs with crystal ones.  I love it and I hope bubs will too one day!

We have enought left over paint to do the pine toy box we bought also, the pine slats on that are vertical, so we're going to paint each slat a different green going around the sides, with the skirt and border around the lid in the antique white.

Thanks Chantelle for reminding me about my attempt!

One day when I get game I'd love to dye my hair ombre colours, but blonde would look a bit odd, so maybe when I get really game and try a brunette moment!

Till next time,

Monday, August 6, 2012

Birth Plan - Smirth Plan!

Oops, I know I said in my last post - Belated Birth Announcement - that I'd be back over the weekend to elaborate, but you know how it is, life happens, and with a 13 week old in the mix now, the computer is getting very minimal usage!

So where do I start?

After reading numerous 'birth' books and getting myself mentally ready for 'everything' (yeah right!), and attending birthing/baby classes, Mr Mel and I sat down and drew up a birth plan in early April, as we were due on 28 April.

The midwife at our class encouraged us to keep all options on the table, even if you have a birth plan, so yes I had all options in the back of my mind, but was really really really keen to go with our plan.

And let's just say our birth wasn't quite exactly to plan!

My birth plan was deliver naturally, no pain relief, quiet, dark room with music, and just Mr Mel and the midwife (unless other medical assistance required).

Well things kind of went awry!

In the last 2 weeks of the pregnancy I developed excess fluid so they said the wouldn't let me go much past due date.

On due date Saturday 28 April I went to the Hospital for them to kick off the induction, they were to insert a tape called Cervidil that helps the dilation kick off, then I was to go home, go back Sunday for a check, and if all going to plan go home then back on Monday for them to get the induction fully going.

On the Saturday the admin person at the delivery suite said 'so we're admitting you now', I said 'no just the 2pm appointment then I'm going home, back tomorrow', she gave me a funny look and said she'd be back, the OB came and said because of the fluid they were inserting the cervidil but I'd be admitted as they were worried if my waters broke at home (hour away) that the cord could come out before bub due to the excess fluid!

Luckily we had bags packed (due to earlier scare when bub was in transverse), so I was taken to the maternity ward after they did the cervidil.

On Sunday arvo they checked and weren't happy with the Cervidil so put in a balloon that's meant to take the dilation further.

On Monday morning 5am they checked and I was 4cm dilated, so they broke my waters and put me on a Sintocin drip to help contractions, horrible thing that turned out to be!

They checked throughout the day and still 4cm, so they put the Sintocin up to the max, but at 7pm that night I was still 4cm, I was exhausted, contracting every 15 mins since 5am, so they said they'd take the drip out, and start again the next day.

So Tuesday morning 5am they hooked up the Sintocin again, still only 4cm, by 11am the pain was horrid, so I tried the gas and quickly vomited! Then I started labouring in my back, so I tried water injections into the sachrial area, oh my god, so painful, like fire being shot into your back, but it gave relief of the back labour for a few hours.

At 2pm still 4cm, and they said if not further along by 5pm then c-section.

At 5pm I was finally 10cm, so started pushing, after 4 hours bub turned posterior and the OB said bub won't be able to be delivered naturally without an epidural, the pain in my back was ridiculous, can't describe how much it hurt!

So I had the epidural at 9pm, and after half hour they realised that it hadn't worked, the needle had turned upwards pointing to my head, they said it was too dangerous to try it again, and bub was getting into a worse position so only option was c-section.

So at 1030pm Tuesday they wheeled into surgery and Jessica was born at 1048pm, she was perfect, 3.42kg, 54cm.

We stayed in hospital till the following Monday, which looking back was a godsend. I was exhausted, both mentally & physically, and I think I was in a bit of shock with the whole situation, having gone in expecting a 'normal' birth I ended up with a myriad of very invasive procedures. 

Yes having our baby in our arms wiped it all from my mind at the time, but I can tell you even now, nearly 14 weeks later, I still get teary when thinking about the birth, it was traumatic, and I think it had a huge contribution to me getting a bit of the 'baby blues' in the first few weeks at home.

We don't have any family close by, all my family & family are in Victoria, and all of Mr Mel's are in Sydney, so it was just the 2 of us, with no real idea what we were doing, and without anyone to help us shine light on the 'situation'.

Mr Mel was an angel, he was so caring, loving and supportive, I could see him worrying about me, especially at 2am when I would be crying while feeding our daughter. 

At the time I didn't think I would be able to do it, she had silent reflux (we found out at 6 weeks) and would only sleep if we held her upright. So for weeks on end I would sit in the corner of our lounge with bub asleep on my chest, a blanket wrapped around us, watching rubbish TV, as I was paranoid of falling asleep and hurting her.

Adding to that the noises she made, NO ONE told us that babies are so bloody noisy! Where did the term 'sleeping like a baby' come from?  If it was true the people they're describing would sound like snuffling piglets while sleeping!

I will be forever thankful to the lovely midwife who visited us when bub was 2 weeks old (after a blubbering call from me to the local health clinic asking for advice on bub not sleeping!).

She reassured us that the noises were normal, that bub wasn't suffocating or choking, and that we were doing a good job.

Hearing those few sentences turned us around, gave us confidence in what we were trying to do.

I'll admit there were several times (mainly between 1-4am) where I didn't know if I was cutout to be a Mum, where I thought 'what the hell have we done', but I can honestly say that we have been truly blessed to have our daughter arrive into our lives, to look at her in her bassinette each morning when she wakes and have her beam a magic smile at me is just priceless.

We have been lucky really, she started sleeping 8-9 hours overnight at around 10 weeks, and for the past week she has extended her daytime catnaps to an hour here and there, which gives me a chance to get some stuff done.

She's laying in her bassinette beside me now as I type (11pm!), sleeping like a baby, and now that I know her squeals/grunts/snuffles are normal, I delight in every sound.

So that's the story of the birth of our darling daughter!
Happy Bubba :)
Till next time,

PS - The ladies in the Delivery & Maternity Wards were absolutely fantastic, there was a Lactation Nurse available who was great, and one of the midwives was definitely an angel in disguise. She showed me how to change a nappy (laugh away!), grabbed my boob to show me how to get bub to latch on, showed me how to express milk to help my milk come in (after a night where bub fed every 1/2 hour for almost 12 hours!).

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Belated Bub Announcement!

Um to say it's belated is a bit of an understatement!

Our precious daugher Jessica, was born on 1st May.

I promise to be back in the next couple of days to give a more in-depth post, but for now, a couple of pics of our lovely girl (can you tell I'm besotted?)

At 1 day old
At 5 days - with a touch of jaundice
At 7 weeks - one cheeky little bubba!
I'll be back over the weekend to update!

Till next time,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Good on ya Bubs

Apologies for the late update, back on 22 March I posted about wanting/needing our bub to spin - Spin Baby Spin - very happy to report that Bubs complied with our demands!

I woke up Tuesday night (3rd April) after midnight thinking I was having BH contractions, sharp painful tightening across the tummy on and off for about an hour, didn't really think much of it.

Went to the OB the following day (4th April) thinking bub was back in transverse (was in transverse for 2 weeks previous, then had moved to breech at ultrasound by Friday 30th March, then I thought moved back to transverse), ready for an ECV and possible C-section, spent the morning packing bags for me, DH & bubs and cleaning the house (crazy I know!).

Got to OB and she asked if much movements, I told her about the BH, she had a feel of my tummy, then got the ultrasound machine and a minute later says well it wasn't BH it was bub flipping, it's head is here (really low/bikini line/pelvis)!! I couldn't believe it, kept saying are you sure, are you sure, she showed me the screen and there was the bubs scone in full view!

So I asked well whats this lump here I've been massaging I thought it was its head, she put the scanner there and said thats the bottom. Yay, DH & I laughed and smiled and nearly cried. It was such a massive relief!

The OB said that bubs head was quite firmly in the pelvis, not 'floating around', and she was confident it probably wouldn't flip out, but I'm to go back for a weekly scan just to make sure.

So we're 37w4d now and bub is still in the correct position (had another ultrasound this afternoon), yay bubs, you rock!!!!

Thankfully, bubs is now in this position, yay!
And yay to Karen of Simple Savings website who recommended I visit the SpinningBabies.com website and try their exercises, can't say 100% it did the job, but it wouldn't have hurt! :)
Till next time,

Friday, March 30, 2012

New Obsession - Sarah Richardson

I, like alot of people probably, daydream about either building a home from scratch or buying an old house and doing a full on renovation.

Currently Mr Mel & I live in a gorgeous 100+ year old Federation house, at the time we bought neither of us were really ready to take on a reno, Mr Mel had just quit his job in Sydney and was starting his own business, from home, I was working 60+ a week, plus we were heading down to Sydney just about every weekend.

So finding our lovely home, fully renovated, with only a few tweaks required, was perfect for us.

HOWEVER, I still have my daydreams, well more than daydreams, I know we'll either build or renovate one day.

And until that day looms, my new obsession is

Sarah Richardson has a couple of shows on Foxtel's LifeStyle HOME - Sarah's House is the one I love, I've only seen half of the series where she has purchased a stock standard developer/builders house off the plan, and is upgrading, designing, decorating, as the house is built.

Of course the budget is way out of anything we could ever do, but the ideas and inspiration are endless.
Not the series I'm watching but typical of Sarah's style - love it!
LOVE this ensuite, the antique mirrors on the doors of the vanity are gorgeous!
In other news, we're heading off for an ultrasound now, to see if bubs has turned out of transverse, I'm not hopeful as I can still feel a head under my ribs, but we shall see!

Till next time,


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