• Little Mister

    So I didn’t really think that through…

    Pic So on Wednesday, we took the Little Mister to have his 12 month immunisations (having a birthday isn’t always that fun). As usual we rocked up to the local family health clinic where we waited to have his name called out. Of course, just like every other time, the little man was super happy, talkative and cute. I was feeling guilty (and dreading the days ahead) and my husband was…well, he was there. He knows I need my support person 🙂 On that day, three needles were to be administered. “Would you like two in the arms and one in the leg, or two in the legs and one…

  • helping others,  just some thoughts,  Little Mister,  Uncategorized

    It was just one of those days.

    Pic Do you ever have “one of those” days? The ones where strange things keep happening and you start to take it all a little personally? As a parent, I have those days on and off all the time. The exact same events could play out on any given day and you can laugh it off and think, “Well, that was hilarious! Carry on, then!” and on another day those same events can feel like utter crap, making you doubt everything you believed about yourself as a parent. A couple of weeks ago I noticed on my twitter and facebook feeds that other baby mamas like myself were struggling from…

  • Little Mister,  milestones,  Uncategorized,  Useful Stuff

    The Little Mister’s first proper sleep over.

    Pic: Yes, it was! Last weekend something big happened. Well, it was big for me. That’s what she said. Oh. Ew. Let me start again… Last weekend was a significant event in the Little Mister’s life. Actually, it probably wasn’t really a massive deal to him, but it was to me! Last weekend was the Little Mister’s very first proper sleep over at the grandparents’ place. We didn’t pick him up at midnight, we didn’t come back to stay the rest of the night in the next room just in case. We went to our house and slept in our own bed and picked him up in the morning. AND…

  • Uncategorized,  Useful Stuff

    Baby shopping. Baby product shopping. Not shopping for actual babies…

    Pic: These signs lead to stores full of baby things Following some recent conversations with friends (both pregnant and yet-to-be), I had memories flood back to me about those first months of (first time) pregnancy where everything was so overwhelming! I remember thinking, wow there’s going to be a real life human baby in my house at some point – what crazy nonsense is this?! I’m going to have to buy it stuff and I don’t even know what all that “stuff” is!!! Oh, God help me! OMG! ZOMG! OMFG! (yeah that’s right – I can abbreviate with the best of the cool kids) I remember going “shopping” for the…

  • getting silly

    We had weather. We never have “weather”.

    Pic So, we’ve had a recent bout of stormy weather in my corner of the world the last week or so. In other parts of the country, hell even in other countries, this would just be something that I imagine you hardy people would just take in your stride. However, where I live this kind of weather (or any weather at all) is just unheard of and we all lose our shit minds. We like to think that we live in an eternal summer where all we need are shorts, tee-shirts and a bit of sunscreen to protect us from the elements all year round. As soon as it rains,…

  • just some thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Back in MY day…

    Pic I can’t believe how far the world has come with technology and social habits since I was a little kid myself. It’s crazy, really. Mobile phones used to be the size of bricks and only fancy business people had them. The internet was not all that exciting, except for the thrill of giggling with your 14 year old friends as you snuck into chatrooms your parents would be having a heart attack over if they knew. Computer games had graphics with square pixels the size of small countries and if you wanted to listen to music you had to use a cassette player, rewinding and fast forwarding until you…

  • just some thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Remember back in the days when we used to sleep?

    Pic All my life I’ve been a good sleeper. Apart from a bit of the “I’m Scared of Monsters” childhood period and the “Teenage Angst is Eating me up Inside” period, I’ve done fairly well. I loved my eight hours of sleep a night and thrived on the occasions I could get ten! A bad night? Six hours. It was enough to make me a little bit homicidal. A night out on the town? Look, I’d need the usual eight, plus a few more to get me less…drunk and grumpy. Oh how things change! At the moment, we’re dealing with the Little Mister’s recovery from his four month old immunisation…

  • Uncategorized,  Useful Stuff

    Useful Stuff for an Awesomely Unprepared Mother.

    Pic I recently went shopping for a friend’s baby shower gift. While I myself am a fairly green mother (four months in – he’s still alive – yay!), I thought back to when the Little Mister was so brand new and I was so bewildered by all that baby stuff everyone (parents/friends/magazines/books) told me I’d need. I thought to myself, what would my friend need to know/have? I then had to restrain myself (it didn’t get physical but it was quite the warzone in my brain) from buying the poor mother to-be the entire local baby store (and every baby department in the bigger chain stores). Oh, also I haven’t…

  • just some thoughts,  pregnancy,  Uncategorized

    Getting reflective before giving out some unsolicited advice.

    As I reach the pointy (stretchy, bumpy, achey) end of my first pregnancy, I am feeling a little bit reflective. It has been one big journey both physically and mentally. When talking to friends who are in the earlier stages of gestation, I realise that I have come a long way. It feels like only yesterday I too was overwhelmed and felt entirely clueless about the whole situation and now I am doling out advice (hopefully the useful and welcome kind) and trying to reassure others about the process – not that I’m some big ol’ expert know it all or anything. I guess I’ve just learnt a lot along…

  • just some thoughts,  Uncategorized

    This is totally worth it.

    Pic I admit it. I’m impatient. I’m in my 29th week of pregnancy and I am already excited about meeting my baby. I want him in my arms NOW! Well, maybe not quite yet…that could be a little crazy – my bags aren’t packed!!!…but I do admit that I am starting to see light at the end of the gestational tunnel (wait that could be a gross analogy – don’t go there) and there are so many things I’m looking forward to – besides cuddling my beautiful baby, sharing him with my loved ones and feeling that overwhelmingingly mushy bunch of feelings people go on about. However, I am wary…