Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!

Hope your all feeling good and refreshed for the year to come

I have never really done new years resolutions but this year I thought why not, so these are my new years resolutions, I would love to know yours as well, ideas for next year!

Be a better housewife - start sewing and be more organised ect
Start studying a bookkeeping course, and
Organise some wedding details
Have another baby

The Year That Was 2011


Fun with a cardboard box





Great Nan's 80th





 E's first birthday




E's first snow trip





Mmmmm good food





Fathers Day





A new playground (that still isnt finished)





E started walking and taking herself to bed 





Growing up too fast!





My cousin's wedding





Christmas




First beach fun


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fun in the Sun

We went to the beach today and had some great fun! Hope you like my pictures!






Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Christmas Day 2011

Christmas is over, for another year.
Its always a busy day filled with family, good food and great gifts (as always).
The day started at N's parents house with a yummy breakfast (bacon, eggs and croissants) and presents, so many presents, E definitely got spoilt with presents from her nan and pa, Auntie S and Uncle A.
It was then time to head to my parents - we take it in turns with who we spend lunch with, this year it was my parents with my sister, her hubby and my beautiful niece. My niece just couldn't wait to her open presents under the amazing tree my parents had decorated, its all just too tempting. Again E got extremely spoilt from her other nan and pa, Aunty M, Uncle D and Cuz R! Everything is too temping about Christmas Day, for the kids its the presents, for the adults its eating and drinking too much, speaking of which once the presents were opened, our energy levels were low, definitely time for lunch!


We had all the trimmings - ham, turkey and pork - cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sauce, peas, beans and roasted potato. Mmmmmm bring on those extra calories! My mums sweets are the best though, nothing but the best - Lindt Lindor chocolates, fresh home-made ice cream and pavlova. Could not have been any more full, I thought I was going to roll home or to the beach since that's where we were heading.
We hit the road and hit with the thunderstorm and hail which was reported all around Melbourne. The hail we got was no where near as exciting as other reports, ours was about the size of marbles not even photo worthy however half way to the beach it just stopped raining, I was sure it was following us!



But it never came.
N and I finished the night off by watch FastFive (which he got from Santa) :)
Could not have asked for a better day!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This Sucks!

What was I thinking?
Yes, I'm pregnant again (if you didn't know already), as happy as I am, right now, I'm so not!
Seriously, what was I thinking?
The happiness of my current family status clearly clouded my judgement!
I do remember now (bit too late) how much a hated being pregnant with E. 

I knew I was pregnant this time when I 'needed' sugar. Great, lets pile that weight on. In stead of snacking like I did with E I'm trying to make a meal, even if I feel sick. I'm also hoping this tiredness and nausea will cease soon! Really soon!

The hair on my head is falling out and the hair everywhere else....lets just say is on steroids! Wooohooo!!

The head aches, the back aches and the aches in general...this is AWESOME...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Been A While

It has been too many months to count since my last post.
Its not something I'm proud of but I have been a busy busy girl. ;)
E has been keeping me a busy girl.

Be warned mums, as soon as they start walking any form of relaxation is totally over.
It's like a switch, 'hey I can walk now' 'oh hey look what I can do - everything' (From opening cupboards and doors to putting her (and my) shoes on to talking more to agreeing/disagreeing with what ever you say, the list goes on)

The transformation feels over night! I defiantly don't have a bubba anymore :( which is sad but on the other hand E has so much more personality and she is just absolutely beautiful! She is a big sweety and very funny. You mums/parents have so much to look forward to as frustrating as it can be!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Judgement Day

The one thing I hate about being a parent is the feeling of being judged ALL the time. From how clean/dirty the house is, to what E is eating, what E is wearing, what I wear or look like, my plan of attack towards discipline, what I let E do (ie. things she can and cant touch), and what I do with my 'alone time' (if I get any). But then again I feel people are judging me because I'd like to take some 'alone time' every now and again (so I don't take it) but I'm allowed to aren't I?
Ahhhh then there is not only the feeling of being judged but that look that I'm apparently doing something wrong...
Of course I want whats best for my child and maybe since I don't like being judged its making me a better parent...but who knows...I just put more and more pressure on myself.

Like this post? Also check out my post 'Just a Mum'

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Breastfeeding Can Be Tough

Can be tough? Is tough!


It can be great being able to breastfeed but it can also be tough. From the cracked nipples, to thrush, to mastitis, to your bubba biting you, to low flow. From feeling like Pamela Anderson to a Nana with boobs to your ankles. I had it all.
I breast fed E til she was about 8 and a half months old, I ended up stopping since she started biting me as soon as I put her on, man does that hurt when they have teeth!
Of course I started with cracked nipples as everyone does, babies suck hard when they are hungry. N was astounded, when trying to settle E while I got ready to feed, he put his little finger in her mouth, he thought she was going to suck off his finger nail. "Imagine that on your nipple" I'd say. My cracked nipples healed and it became a pleasurable and bonding experience between E and I.
A few weeks later I then got thrush however not knowing what it was. It felt like someone was scratching my boob from the inside out, extremely painful, I just thought it was something 'normal'. I just waited til I saw my maternal health nurse as I had an appointment with her anyway for a normal check-up on E. It ended up  being about 5 days before I saw anyone, I was in agony. I had to get drops for E and cream for my nipples. I think I used it for about a month worried it would come back (you have to use it a week after the pain has gone to make sure its all cleared up), then back to that pleasurable and bonding experience.
E was just over 6 months old when I woke up at about 1am shivering uncontrollably. I was shivering that badly I woke up N, he doesn't even wake up to E crying anymore. He just thought I was being silly and told me to go back to sleep. Got to 2am and I was still shivering, N tried calling C (my best friend who is a nurse) there was no answer so he called Nurse On Call 1300 60 60 24, she said I probably had mastitis and needed to see a doctor in the next 4 hours. N went and got E from her room and tried to get her to feed, she was too asleep so we just left. There were only about 2 people in the emergency room and got through pretty quickly. I got poked and prodded for blood tests and a drip (since my temp was so high). They confirmed mastitis and gave me antibiotics. I thought thrush was bad...this was nasty.
I got discharged from the hospital about 2 in the afternoon and was still really bad, went to my local doctors about 6pm. They injected my bottom with who knows what to try and help with my temp ect. I had to go back the few days after Christmas to get the same injection which they mix with a local anesthetic so it doesn't hurt so much (still hurt like hell though). Was getting a little better and went to the beach for new years, not that I was up for partying. I finished my antibiotics and thought it was all done with.
About 2 days later N was home to pull down our shed to make way for the new one (which still isn't up) and E and I were playing outside watching daddy work. I started getting hot again (thinking because it was summer) and sharp pains in my boob (thinking it was just something to do with feeding because of what I had just been through). Half an hour later decided something wasn't right and tried calling the doctor again, there were no openings so I just left it. N realised I was in a lot of pain and called them him self, 'demamded' for us to come down and get seen. I ended up with another week of injections and 4 more weeks of antibiotics (stronger ones).
Everyone couldn't understand why I got mastitis so late (usually you get it when your milk comes in and bubs isn't feeding enough). E was going through what I thought was a growth spurt, she wasn't sleeping through the night anymore. Each time she woke through the night which ended up being 2 hourly, I was feeding her. I let it go on for a month and decided a growth spurt doesn't go that long and started settling her instead of feeding her. Did that for 2 nights and she was back to sleeping through as was I, however my milk was still producing and basically becoming stagnant and going off, hence the mastitis. Because of the infection you feel like your boob is on fire, like you have been sun burnt really really badly. When feeding it hurt similar to thrush because of the inflamed milk ducts. Not pleasant at all! After the week and weeks of antibiotics it was finally done with.
I never had 'high' flow, could never 'shoot' someone across the room, not even E's face while trying to latch on. I think this is why I was more relaxed when it came to her sleeping through more and more, big mistake.
N has decided I just don't like having to do anything for Christmas (since it was now Christmas Eve and sick as a dog). Last year I was pregnant and had bad all day morning sickness, apparently 9 months was just too long to only get out of 1 day so I had decided to get mastitis, it wouldn't be such a commitment (according to N), hahaha. Wonder what the excuse will be this year...
E then started biting me. When babies do that its usually because they have had enough and are bored however when E was biting me it was as soon as she latched on. I got told to yell "ouch" to give bubs a fright with hope they wont do it again however this did not happen. I would latch E back on and she would bite again. I then got told to do the "ouch" and pop her on the floor for a few minuets as kind of like a punishment. Again didn't help, so for me, that was it.
It is now about 3 months since I have stopped feeding and I now have the pleasure of more and more excess skin every day. 'The joys' of feeding...

Blog Hop - Mel the Modern Day Melbourne Mum

For this blog hop feature I have chosen my sisters blog, Mel the Modern Day Melbourne Mum.
My sister and her husband have been through a lot but have come out the other side better people. Reading Mel's blog I am sure you will find out the past and present challenges they have faced and hopefully learn a thing or two. 
My sister is the wife of AFL's ex-demon player, Daniel Ward, which I am sure has had challengers in itself. Mel and Daniel have a beautiful daughter together who I adore and love spending time with.
Mel is a great mum but can also juggle work and study within her stride. She really makes it all seem so easy.
Her blog is definitely worth a follow! I always cant wait for her next blog post. Visit her blog here.

And don't forget to also visit my blog hop and link up your blog to become a feature.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Moulds

Decided it was time for a blog post but I just don't know what to post about. I'll think of something...

I was wanting to do E's hand and foot moulds when she was around 9 months, she is now about 10 and a half months old and we have only done one hand and that's about as far as it went. Apart from it being extremely cute I'm sure we would have to do it again if we get around to doing the rest. I can imagine in later years "mum why was one of my hands abnormally smaller then the other?"

It didn't turn out as good as I had hoped so I guess I'm glad I'll have to do it again. Maybe we will aim for 12 month moulds...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Blog Hop - Will Coupon for Shoes

Well keeping to my word this was the next blog to be added to my blog hop!

This weeks blog hop feature is Will Coupon for Shoes.
More coupon deals! This is another great page for more coupon deals and freebies, not just for shoes (which I was hoping for hahaha) but everything you can think of, all of those female indulgences really. A current deal; smores ice cream - YUM!

Dont forget to follow Will Coupon for Shoes and add your blog to next weeks blog hop

Monday, May 23, 2011

Whats on for the week?

This week is jam packed!

Monday - Puffing Billy
Tuesday - Mothers group and pram walkers
Wednesday - Catch up coffee with the girls
Thursday - Australias biggest morning tea at my local library/ rhyme time
Friday - N will be home to do footings for our new shed
Saturday - The first first birthday party from mothers group...and the 'season' begins


Somewhere in there I want to try make the present for the birthday party...if not need to go to the shops to get something...
Something every day, I'm going to be buggered by the time Sunday comes

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blog Hop - Coupon Saving Sista

I'm really sorry about the delay on this weeks feature. E is really clingy at the moment, I cant do anything without her crying so I have decided to write this while shes eating breakfast hahaha.

For this weeks blog hop I have chosen the Coupon Saving Sista.
This blog defiantly keeps you updated on current coupon deals. I think there is just about a coupon for everything, from automotive to baby items, to candy and hair supplies. Nothing like a good saving!
Take a look! Visit her blog here.

And don't forget to also visit the blog hop and link up your blog for next week.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Harden Up Princess!

Sometimes I think being a single mum would be emotionally easier!
There wouldnt be the pressure from your partner to make sure the house is spick and span for when they get home no matter what kind of day you have had.
There wouldnt be fights about money because it would all be yours to spend on what you want.
You wouldnt feel so crap when you cant meet their ideals of what should or shouldnt be done ie. getting bubs looked after so you can just have a day; we did originally agree to this but now in the situation, I need a day!
And there wouldnt be anyone to dissapoint you.

Blog Hop - Alissa Gillies

For this weeks blog hop I have chosen Alissa Gillies' blog.
Alissa has just had a beautiful baby boy, Hamilton, and blogs as much as she can about whats happening in her life, the good and the bad!
I have been reading further into her blog lately and found out some things about her life which is defiantly worth the read. Her motto is that she is an open book and after reading her blog posts I can agree, she defiantly is!
Although Alissa is 'younger' she has been through a lot but seems to be able to put on a brave face.
Alissa is a great mum amd her blog is definitely worth a follow! Visit her blog here.

And don't forget to also visit the blog hop and link up your blog for next week.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Godzilla!

E has decided it is great fun being Godzilla. I try building a block building and she comes over to knock it down. What a bully! It is quite funny and cute yet also maybe a little alarming. Should I be stopping her saying that's not very nice or will she just grow out of it? There isn't a lot of info on what I should do, but I might not be looking in the right places. Let me know how you dealt with this, I want a 'nice' girl.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Blog Hop - Non-Stop Mom

For this weeks blog hop I have chosen Non-Stop Mom's blog.
Amy is a single mum to 5 children. Wow I don't know how she does it!
Amy started blogging just before a few major events happened in her life which include getting divorced and her ex-husband passing away. Amy has found blogging to be therapeutic, a place to vent and a place to brag, essentially a place for her own where nothing else matters.
I met this 'non-stop mom' through a chat on Twitter hosted by @TribLocal about...you guessed it, blogging. I immediately felt a connection to her and her experiences and wanted to read more about her life and how she has dealt with so many ups and downs.
Amy's most popular blog post, called 'he didn't make it', is about the day her ex-husband died and the emotional rollercoster she was on; past, present and future.
It is a great blog and definitely worth a follow! Visit her blog here.

And don't forget to also visit the blog hop and link up your blog for next week.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Blog Hop - Amy Roach

For this weeks blog hop I have chosen Amy Roach's blog.
Amy is a mum to 4 beautiful children who have been adopted by Amy and her husband, Jerry. 
Amy's story is one of determination and perserverence through infertility and adoption in order to experience the wonders of motherhood.
A recent post, dedicated to close friends who were getting ready to adopt a child whom was unfortunatly born stillborn, is a poem about the importance and love for each and every child, even those who have been taken too soon, they still exist within.
It is a great blog and definatly worth a follow! Visit her blog here.

And don't forget to also vist the blog hop and link up your blog for next week.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blog Hop - Melissa Kelly

For this weeks blog hop I have chosen Melissa Kelly's blog.
Melissa is a mum to a beautiful girl Lucy and wanted to create a source of information, whilst still opinion based, that provides an overview of the products she had used, facilities found useful, family friendly restaurants or entertainment spots and links to services. All in one place.
Melissa also has created an outlet for her to write about her experiences as a new parent. She states she is definitely not an expert, but wants to share her thoughts in the hope that her posts would be useful for any expectant or new parents reading.
It is a great blog and definatly worth a follow! Visit her blog here.

And don't forget to also vist the blog hop and link up your blog for next week.

Monday, April 18, 2011

And there she was...

The picture above was taken 2 days before E was born

The day I went into labour was an ordinary day, E wasnt due for another 6 days so I wasn't overly expecting her since first babies usually come late, however she had been engaged since about 32 weeks so I had a feeling she would come early.
N and I had planned to catch up with some friends for dinner so I had a bath and put on some nice clean clothes (trackies and a jumper) and went to sit on our couch to wait for N to get ready. Decided I felt as though I had to go to the toilet, as I got up I was sure I was peeing myself (not a nice feeling at all!), got to the toilet and it was everywhere. I called for N, "I think my waters just broke" seeing the mess in my pants he was sure too. N looked down the hall and laughed, there was a drip trail down the hallway.
I cleaned myself up while N cleaned the hallway. I called the hospital to let them know my waters had broken and that I had a feeling there was a little bit of meconium aswell. They asked us to come in just to make sure everything was ok and that my waters had actually broken. It was about 6.30pm. I called my besty C to let her know what had happened as N and I had asked her to be there at the birth, we told her to stay putt as contractions had not yet begun.
N and I took our time to ge there, I wasn't having contractions and didnt feel there was a need to rush. We jumped in the car and was on our way. Silly us only thought there was the one gush and didnt put a towel on the seat. About half way there, I had another gush, my maternity pad didnt save much. We finally got to the hospital, N dropped me at the door, as I got out I asked him if he could tell really badly. There was a pause......"yeah, its pretty bad". I wrapped a jumper around my waist and headed to the birthing suite. We were booked into the Family Birth Center which is similar to a home birth but in a hospital, generally for low risk pregnancies. By the time we got up to the Family Birth Centre the 'water' was in my shoes, I looked at the clock and it was 7.30pm.
Thinking back now I might have had a contraction in the car. Waiting for the nurse, I was pretty sure I had a contraction, 5 minutes later another. Just felt like slightly painful twitch. The nurse finally came back 15 minutes later and popped me on the bed to see how everything was going. I decided to call C back since my contractions had started to become more apparent.
By the time C got there (maybe half an hour later) she started timing my contractions and they were about 3/2 mins apart. A new midwife had started and decided to transfer me to the general birthing suite because of the maconium in my waters, I remember walking across the hall in so much pain, I felt as though I was being ripped in half. I remember climbing onto the bed in so much pain, by this stage I think it was around about 11pm.
I was screaming and remember laying on my side pulling C into my belly for pressure (which seemed to help) while she, N and the nurse massaged my lower back, I couldnt hack it and tried the gas. I was in so much pain I couldnt suck on the hose properly and at about 1.30am, N was taken out of the room because they could tell he was distressed and asked him if he wanted to ask me about the epidural. The nurse said to me it would take about an hour for the epidural anethiest to get to the hospital (considering the time of night). I agreed to get her in and she arrived just after 2.30am.
It was like heaven as soon as there was no more pain. I had gone from a psyco devil with my head spinning on my neck, to a normal human being happily laying on the bed joking and laughing with N and C.
It go to about 6am and they decided to get me to start pushing, within 2 pushes my heart rate become too high and the nurses told me to take a break and relax to try and get it back down. From memory it was about 120bpm as a resting heart rate and up to 180bpm during a contraction. By about 7.30 my heart rate was still the same and the doctors decided bubs had to come out and fast. I rolled over to start pushing again while the doctor tried the vacuum however it wouldnt suction to her head properly and therefore tried the forceps. The doctor couldnt fit the forceps and E's head and had to make a small cut (ended up being a 2nd degree tear). At this point the delivering doctor told me if this didnt work I would have to go in for a cesarian. Going this far I was determined to push as hard as I could to make sure that didnt happen. During a break I looked over at N and he was as white as a ghost, I asked if he was ok, he had been holding his breath while I was pushing. It felt like only 5 contractions later with intence pushing and E had arrived, 7.49am.

She was 4.910gs (10lb 13) and 53cm long.

I lost a normal amount of blood however my iron was so low that I fainted. N and the nurse were dressing E at the end of the bed and I thought I was just dosing off since I had not slept. Next thing I knew someone had put an oxygen mask over my face as people ran into my room, in the background the alarm was ringing and N was sitting in the corner horrified, holding E for the first time thinking I was dead. I ended up with two blood transfusions and another cathita (I was sore for weeks because of this and the stichers).



My labour I think was quite eventful and I do wonder if they will induce me with my next pregnancy early since apparently babies get bigger...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Classic Pavlova

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 6 eggwhites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/3 cups caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 200ml pure cream
  • 250g frozen raspberries, slightly mashed

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Draw a 24cm (diameter) circle on a sheet of baking paper. Place, pencil-side down, on a baking tray. Dust lightly with 1 teaspoon cornflour.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat eggwhites and cream of tartar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating constantly until thick and glossy. Add remaining 3 teaspoons cornflour with the last tablespoon of sugar. Fold through vanilla and vinegar.
  3. Spoon meringue onto baking paper. Shape into a circle, using the pencil mark as a guide, with a slightly higher edge and a low centre. Reduce oven to 100°C. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until dry and crisp. Turn off oven and open oven door. Cool completely in oven (pavlova may sink during cooling).
  4. Slide pavlova onto a serving plate. Spread with cream and top with raspberries. Serve.
Thanks to taste.com

Easy Cheesecake

Ingredients
Packet (200g) of biscuits (I use rice cookies by Arnott's)
60g melted butter
2 x packets (250g) of room temp philadelphia cream cheese
Tin (295g) of condensed milk
1/2 cup of lemon juice (you can use less if you want it less lemony but it holds together better if you use 1/2 a cup)

Method
Crush biscuits and combine in bowl with melted butter
Once combined place and flatten in a dish or tin
Use another bowl and use an electric mixer to mix the philadelphia cream cheese until there are minimal lumps
Add condensed milk and lemon juice and mix until fully combined
Now place ontop of the biscuits and chill for atleast 2 hours

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday Blog Hop

I have decided to create a weekly blog hop. I hope you Enjoy!
For easy access I have created a page for you all to link up your blog and each Wednesday I will feature a blog on my home page and send out a tweet regarding it.
So lets get hopping!

Add your blog here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easy Pumpkin Risotto

2 leeks - white part only rinsed and sliced
1 cup of grated pumpkin
4-5 cups of chicken stock (can use Gluten-Free stock)
3 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups of arborio rice

Heat the chicken stock in a saucepan or in the microwave
While stock is heating, fry leeks and pumpkin with a dash of olive oil until the leeks have softened
Add the arborio rice and stir for approximately 1 min
Add 3/4 cup of chicken stock gradually and stir until absorbed
Keep adding the rest of the stock and stir until fully absorbed
Stir through parmesan cheese and serve

Thanks to the Best Recipes website

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Gluten-Free Saucy Caramel Pudding

This recipe is gluten-free, wheat-free and egg-free.


1 cup gluten-free self-raising flour
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
20g butter, melted
1/2 cup milk

caramel sauce
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 firmly packed brown sugar
30g butter

- Preheat oven to 180c/160c fan forced. Grease deep 1lt ovenproof dish
- Combine sifted flour, sugar, bugger and milk in medium bowl. Pour mixture into dish.
- Make caramel sauce. Stir ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat, without boiling, until smooth.
- Pour sauce slowly over back of spoon evenly onto mix in dish. Bake pudding about 50mins. Stand for at least 10mins before serving

Recipe from Womans Weekly - The Happy Baby Cookbook

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Nutella Cheesecake Layer Bars


- 8 Chocolate Ripple biscuits
- ½ Stick Unsalted Butter, melted
- 16 oz. Cream Cheese, at room temperature
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- ½ C. Granulated Sugar
- ¼ + 1 Tbsp. Heavy Cream
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- ¼ C. Nutella

 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Butter an 8 x 8 baking pan and line with parchment paper, making sure that the parchment is well pressed in the corners.  Set aside.
In a food processor, pulse chocolate graham crackers until they become crumbs (like bread crumbs).  Add in melted butter and pulse until moistened.  Press graham cracker mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.  Bake crust in the center of the oven until set, about 12 minutes.  Set aside and cool.
Clean out the food processor.  Add cream cheese, eggs, sugar, ¼ C. heavy cream, and vanilla extract.  Pulse until smooth.  Put 2/3 of the cream cheese mixture in a bowl and set aside.  Add Nutella and 1 Tbsp. of heavy cream to remaining 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture in the processor.  Pulse until smooth.
To assemble, spread the vanilla cheesecake mixture over the cooled graham cracker base, being careful not to disturb the crust.  Pour Nutella cheesecake layer on top of vanilla layer and spread evenly.  Bake on the center rack of the oven for about 35 minutes, or until the center jiggles slightly.  Remove from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
When ready to serve, lift bars out of the pan by lifting up the parchment paper (it should release easily).  Slice into 16 squares and serve.

With thanks to The Moonlight Baker.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

'Just' a mum!?!

So many mum's out there are a mum and something else. I'm not saying they are bad mum's at all but I guess it makes me feel like I'm not good enough as a person as I'm nothing more then 'just' as mum.Why is it that a mum can't just be a mum...?
Once you have a child you can or will be referred to as a mum or dad forever and this is has no effect on your participation in the childs life. A mum can palm off their child at every opportunity and still call themselves a mum, although not a good one in my books. I guess it is similar to someone who has a high profile job, but just because they have it, doesnt mean they are good at it.
Even I felt, for my twitter bio, that I couldn't just write "I'm a mum", I had to write "I'm a blogger AND a young mum" is it not enough to just be a mum?
Maybe I could say "full-time stay at home mum" but I'm still justifying that at the moment I'm 'just' a mum, by saying "full-time" I guess internaly makes me better then the mums who do just palm off their kids...why can't I just be a mum and feel like it's enough?

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Nursery

Setting up your nursery can be a lot of fun for everyone. But I have come across a few things that might help with the set up.
If you want to paint the room keep in mind it is a place where your baby should be relaxed and able to sleep. Too much stimulation in their room and they won’t be able to. Keep the walls and curtains soft flat colours.
When choosing a change table, try and get one with a padded over, side rails, and shelves. Covering the change table with a towel is a great idea (especially in the first few months, guaranteed bubs will 'go to the toilet' whenever you take their nappy off), towels are easy to wash and you generally already have quite a few of them. Stocking the change table is always fun as well but you might end up rearranging it once you have changed bubs a lot. Sections in the change table to hold all your lotions and potions are always handy. In terms of what lotions and potions to have it is really up to you but generally nappy rash cream (not baby powder, especially for girls, as it can get inside and just sits there and can create problems) and your wipes are the main ones. You may also like a moisturiser and/or baby oils. Don’t forget to have a large section for nappies ie. the shelf and maybe keep a change of clothes handy just in case the ones they are wearing get soiled while changing.
A toy chest can defiantly be kept in the room but again, try and keep it simple, and closed when bubs is sleeping.
A lot of baby monitors these days come with night lights, video monitors and exciting things but as long as it does the job for what you want it doesn’t matter on the brand. As long as your comfortable what difference does it make? We have a simple one with a night light and 2 handsets (one for our room and another to have anywhere else which can be worked on batteries, handy if you go outside).
Your baby will sleep a lot (hopefully) so make sure your get a cot which is safe with small gaps between the rails. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) can be very scary but reducing the risk is key. There are a few guidelines for safe sleeping you should try and follow. The below information is from the SIDS website so for more information check out the website.
- From birth sleep your baby on its back
- Keep the cot clear; don’t have toys, bumpers, pillows or doonas
- Avoid exposing the baby to tobacco smoke
- Keep the baby is a safe sleeping environment for the first 6-12 months next to your bed, either in the cot or a bassinet.
- Your baby should sleep with its feet close to the end of the cot (as pictured) this will avoid your baby wriggling under its blankets
There is a brochure you can download called Keeping Your Baby Safe which is designed to help make sure your child's nursery is a safe place.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gluten Free Pancakes

I havnt tried these but I found the recipe on the lifestylefood website and they just look delicious!


Ingredients

  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs white sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 cup gluten-free soy milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs oil
Method
  1. Sift the flours and baking powder into a bowl. Add the salt and sugar and make a well in the middle. Pour the egg yolk, milk and oil in and whisk well until just combined.
  2. Whisk the egg white until peaks form and gently fold into the batter. Let the batter rest for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and spray with oil. Drop tablespoons of the batter onto the pan. Cook the pancakes until bubbles appear on the top side and then flip it over. Cook for another minute or so until golden.
  4. Serve immediately with your choice of topping
Of course I'm sure you can subtitute ingredients ie. the gluten free soy milk to full cream or lite milk.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival

This festival is an annual community event in March.
This year the festival kicks off on Friday March 25th 7.30pm with a Talent Quest at the Mooroolbark Community Hall, tickets are $5 which includes a supper. Wanting to perform? Contact Jacqui Walker.

On Saturday March 26th, entry to the festival is free, there are stage acts, performers, competitions, rides and fun activities such as an animal farm which is also free! There is a market, information stalls, food and drinks, and local produce for sale. If your after more information and the program, visit the website.

Grab your picnic rug and make a day of it!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Moonlight Cinema




This is one of my favorite relaxing night outs with a group of my friends and with some great movies coming up in the program it's a win win situation!
Melbourne's Moonlight Cinema is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, on Birdwood Avenue in Melbourne.
Pack a picnic (including alcohol) or purchase food/drink there, hire a bean bag or bring cushions, blankets and rugs, you can even bring the dog. What more could you want?
Click my links above for more info.

The Library

My new best friend is the library. I know that might sound sad but I think it is the central hub for the community. The library generally holds information sessions and family events to get people involved in the community. Check out your library events calendar to find out more.
My local libraries hold events such as:
Computer Help
Beginners Internet Training
Multicultural Interaction Group
Chinese Friendship Group
Auslan Toddler Storytime
Bright Star for Babies 4-6mths
This is just to name a few. Many of the events are free or really cheap! For more information on the Eastern Regional Libraries events, go to the website.

And dont forget the lilbrary is a great source for ideas to entertain the kids while learning. Of course there are books but you can also borrow magazines, DVD's and CD's for both parents and kids. You can also borrow books/magazines/DVD's/CD's from other library branches just by placing holds on them and it gets brought to your local library.
You may also find your library will have local magazines (Mine has the Melbourne Child) and papers as well as pamphlets - generally just inside the door.
Dont forget about the library - its free!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Huggies Lounge


The Huggies Lounge is a place you can take a break from shopping and relax while the kids are entertained with story time along with lots of fun games and activities. While the kids are having fun, for you there are guest speakers talking about topics associated with child development, baby food, sleeping and more. There are giveaways and free gifts.
If you register at the event you go into the running to win a 3 month supply of Huggies products.
Each lounge session runs for approximately 40 minutes, there are generally 3 sessions per day and below are the dates and places.

Star bullet point  Eastland Shopping Centre VIC: February 16, 17, 18
Star bullet point  Westfield Fountain Gate, VIC: February 23, 24, 25
Star bullet point  Northland Shopping Centre VIC: March 16, 17, 18
Star bullet point  Werribee Plaza VIC: March 23, 24, 25
Star bullet point  Chadstone Shopping Centre VIC: April 4, 5, 6


I went to an Eastland session. The kids had story time and could play with toys. While the guest speaker was in the kids got given colouring in books and crayons. The information I got out of the session was quite good but fairly general. Once the guest speaker was finished they stayed back to answer any questions or conserns you might have had.
One peice of information I learnt was:
 - You shouldn't let your baby fall asleep with a bottle as there is sugar in formular it is bad if it just sits in your babies mouth for their teeth even if they havnt come through yet.
I dont do that but I do know a few fellow mums who do, so I thought I would pass on that tip.
A giveaway the Huggies Lounge also had was if you brought Huggies nappies and brought them a reciept you recived a free kids single sheet set, I'm not sure if they are doing that everywhere but if you purchase nappies the week of when the Huggies Lounge near you take it in and see if they have anything free for you.

For more info click here.

Disposable Nappies

Huggies? DriBots? Pampers? Babylove? Snugglers? Homebrand? Aldi? Woolworths?
There are so many nappies brands out there, it can be a little overwhelming. I started off using huggies and brought the boxes when on special (For newborns apparently they are the best).
I have tried about 5 different brands and from what I have noticed, there isnt much difference between nappies they all pretty much do the same thing. I found Aldi nappies were small so if you do want to try them get the next weight size up. I think I used the 4-9kg nappies and they were too small around the legs for E who was only about 6kg at the time.

My motivator is price. I work it out per nappy as there are different amounts in different packs. At the moment I buy the Woolworths unisex nappies. They work out to be around 27c (for 4-9kg) as apposed to 30-40c each for other brands and find the sizing great. Have a look around when buying nappies, try different ones and go with what works for you and what motivates you and your lifestyle. And don't forget to look out for the specials!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Warburton Fun Run Feb 2011

Sunday 27th of Feburary Warburton are holding a Fun Run at the Recreational Reserve.

There is the possibility of participating in:
- 2km Kids Fun Run (Under 16)
Start time: 8.30am
Online Entry Fee - $5 per child under 16


-5km Open Walk (Able to take prams however due to the recent rains may be rough)
Start time: 8.30am
Online Entry Fee - $5 per person

- 5km Fun Run
Start time: 9.30am

Online Entry Fees - $25 Adult
                                - $10 Child under 16
                                - $15 Senior (60+)
                                - $45 Per family (2-5)

- 10km Fun Run
Start time: 9.30am
Online Entry Fees - $25 Adult
                                - $10 Child under 16
                                - $15 Senior (60+)




More Info

Caribbean Gardens Babies to Kids Maternity Market

Babes to Kids and Maternity Markets run on the first Friday of every month. There is always plenty of activities to do and also free face painting.

It’s only $5 to set up a stall and you can sell anything from baby to kids clothing and maternity wear, toys, cots, prams, change tables, bibs, blankets and all types of accessories.

The Market is open all day from 8.30am-2.30pm with free entry, free parking and free train rides (between 9 and 11am), The Caribbean Gardens and Market offers a perfect day out for the whole family.


More Info

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mums and Bubs Movies

Yesterday I made my way to Hoyts Eastland Ringwood for the Mums and Bubs movie session.
It was nice to get out of the house and not feel too bad if bubs is crying. As the movie session is in a normal theater I would suggest to not worry about a pram unless your early or just leave it at the very front of the cinema - just remember to keep them clear of exits.
The only downfall I found was that the session wasnt just for mums and bubs there were people without babies there too which I think was ok but the website or when purchasing the tickets should let people so they can alternatively go to a different session if they dont want crying babies...I was worried those people might get a bit annoyed.
Mums and bubs sessions are the first session of the day fortnightly Thursdays (some places weekly) for specific movies for only $9, BARGIN! Check out here for the next sessions.
The lights were just dimmed for easy feeding, however I have been before where they have given me a battery candle to feed with which was a little difficult.
Definitely recommend for a mothers group catch up or just an excuse to get out of the house. The pancake parlor is also next door, so you dont need to travel far for a good feed too.

I have done some research and the AMC theaters in America unfortunately don't have this kind of program, the closest thing was a Sensory Friendly Film so check   it out here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Best Gluten-Free Choc Chip Cookies Ever!

Combine in bowl:
125gms of melted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
1 3/4 cup of gluten free self raising flour (of course you dont have to use gluten-free ingredients)

125gms of gluten free choc chips (more is good too and you can also use white choc chips or use both)
Roll into small balls and pop in 200degree oven for 10mins, cool and EAT

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blog Hopping Tuesdays

I love this idea!



A fellow blogger 'The Adventures of My Family of 8' invite bloggers to 'link up' every Tuesday (Wednesdays in Australia) and join them on their adventure of blog hopping to help try make some like minded friends and to have some fun.
Each week a blog is chosen at random using random.org to be a featured blog from the previous week.
Have you 'linked up' your blog yet? Click on the blog hopping link above to join the fun.