Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sunshine, Smiles and Flowers

I woke up squinting this morning to SUNSHINE....hallelujah!!!....The kids actually got to run around outside and use up some of their seemingly endless energy.

There were tears and tantrums amongst the smiles and laughter but hey, we weren't in the house so it wasn't nearly half as bad...:).....I tried out the new camera and everyone is going to get so sick off all the pictures I will posting, lol.

While we were out the back I was drawn to this little flower poking over the neighbors fence.....perfect time to try out the Super Macro function on the camera, lol.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Hair Cut for the Kids

Liam has been wanting a hair cut and rather then have DH just shave it off to one length I thought I would take them all to the hair dressers...crazy me...

So heres Liam....he was a champ, sat still, chatted nicely

Nate has only had one hair cut when he was maybe 12mths, I loved his long hair but I think it was time to cut some off and let him be a boy (rather then being called "she" all the time)...he was a challenge but we got there...

Beth cried, tried to run away, she refused to have a hair cut....UNTIL...she saw her brothers get a treat after theirs LOL. So she stood (would not sit) and held my hand and we got about 5cms taken before pic but it looks much neater now.

New Camera

I went to K-mart yesterday and they had 40% of digital cameras and I ended up getting a new camera...nothing super flash but better then my old one thats for sure. It ended up costing $180 so I am stoked.

It has 10x optical zoom and a macro function which means I can take close up pictures without them being blurry, it is also 8MP. It should be really good for photoshopping as the lines are so much clearer. So here are a few pics :)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sleep According To Ari

You may of noticed from the photos you have seen of Ari on this blog that he has certain sleep requirements....

Generally right beside mum and her boobs is the best place, be it sling, wrap or pouch.....this is how he sleeps best some days and it works OK most of the time.......but sometimes I like to put him down for a break (how mean, lol)

Now the only position for sleep in that situation is apparently on his tummy. His cradle works sometimes but the best place of all seems to be mum and dads bed :).....

He spends all night there so why not ;)

Nanna Knits almost 1 year later....

My nanna knitted this for Nate in May 2007, he was 14mths old, about8kgs and it fit him like tights and a short vest....a bit small but so cute and special :)

Now Ari is wearing it at 5 weeks and 5-6kgs. The leg cuffs are folded twice but it is a nice loose fit and oh so cute and extra pic of his smiles and strong neck...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ari's Birth Story

Saturday 15th March 2008

The in-laws took the kids to a family party in Sydney just in case I went into labour while they were gone for the night, I didn’t really want to go on the day before my EDD, so for the first time in a long time Scott and I had peace and quiet with nothing to do.....fabulous.

We decided in the evening to take the dogs for a walk down the beach so I walked the dogs down while Scott had a swim. It was lovely, water was cool and refreshing and the feeling of the water splashing around my legs was relaxing.

Went to bed a bit late, about 11pm. I felt really good, if a little impatient to get this baby out.

Sunday 16th March 2008 .... my EDD

5:30am – I woke up needing to go to the bathroom, I had a good nights sleep so was feeling good. Went to the toilet, got back onto bed, started dozing and felt my tummy pop...I thought it was maybe my waters but there was no more fluid after that so in hindsight it may have been bubs doing a big movement and some cervical mucus.

Cleaned toilet, packed bags, folded clothes and many random things, just in case this was IT.

10am – I was having very mild contractions, I figured it was either more braxton hicks or the start of pre-labour. Told Scott we might have this baby tonight or tomorrow.

12mid – I went to bed to get some rest before the kids came home, fell asleep and then was woken shortly after by the kids arriving home. The in-laws brought lunch so I had some lunch and sat around chatting for the next 2 hours.

2pm – I was starting to think that this could be it....I was having contractions that hurt but were not overly painful or regular. In-laws left and the kids went out the back yard to play.

2:30pm –I decided to hop in the bath to see if it stoped the contractions as they were becoming regular and were starting to hurt more now....mostly in my back. The bath didn’t stop the contractions so I started thinking this really is it....

3pm – got kicked out of the bath by Liam who needed to get in as his neck was sore, apparently he slept funny, could of laughed but once out of the bath the contractions ramped up.... YEP THIS IS IT!! I moved to lying on the bed as all of a sudden getting dressed seemed like hard work.

3:20pm - Woke Scott, who had somehow fallen asleep on the lounge, with my moaning, sent him running for a bucket as I had the urge to throw up. He checked on the kids who were still outside playing and Liam in the bath and told them to get ready as they were going to Nan and Pops...then rang them to come.

3:45pm – Father in law arrived to get kids. I think I scared him with my moaning; kids were watching me, now dressed, as I walked around the house moaning and trying to figure out how all of a sudden I was in full blown labour. Nate and Beth kissed me bye, Liam just said bye and off they went.

4pm – Get in car and head for the ride was horrid. I moaned and gripped the seat asking Scott if he could hurry up PLEASE....kept getting small urges to push which freaked me out no end.

4:20pm – Arrived as hospital and tried to work out how I was going to get from the car to the delivery suite. Walked very quickly....all the while in my head staying OH MY GOD, OMG, OMG, OMG.......was concentrating on not moaning like a banshee while in public.... OH MY GOD, OMG, OMG, OMG....

Scott said I will get a wheelchair.....ok.......wheelchair is padlocked......I’ll get the key......STUFF THE WHEELCHAIR I’M NOT for lift......scared people hold door open and tell us which number to press and leave us alone in lift......doors close and contraction hits OH MY GOD, OMG, OMG, OMG........doors open and I burst out doors......get to delivery suite and another contraction hits......MOANING so load now, stuff being polite in “public”.....

Hear a voice and open my eyes to see midwife Caroyln......thankyou god.....did you call ahead?....oops no.....wheelchair comes and pushed me quickly to delivery sorry not that one, I had my other sons in that room, bad taken down the hall to another room....jump out of chair and lean on bed as another contraction hits.....

Carry on leaning on the bed.....having urge to push but nothing is happening and I feel as though something isn’t right.....pain is still in my back as bub is posterior......I get the gas....its not working...they turn it up....ahhh that’s better.....

Midwife examines me after a few contractions and finds me 9.5cms dilated with just a small cervical lip but bub is nowhere to be seen, he is floating high and my waters are bulging through the cervix.....cannula is put in to give antibiotics for Group B Strep...

All fours position is assumed to try and turn bub around......I carry on.....tell Scott he is having the snip....ask them to pull the bloody baby out......demand all types of drugs.....

The urge to push still there and eventually my waters break with a HUGE noise and gush everywhere, baby stays happy despite being so high which indicated the cord has not prolapsed (thank goodness)......

I say that I must lie down and Carolyn convinces me to try another position first so I turn around and squat on the bed........after a few contractions I could feel Ari’s head moving down the birth canal..... Scott is gloved up and ready to assist...........

I close my eyes....

I feel the burning and the midwifes fingers trying to ease the head and help me stretch.....OH MY GOD it hurt.....I ROAR as his head comes out.......and then go quiet.......I hear Scott comment on how warm his head is as he supports it (with the midwifes hands over his), I would of laughed but well you know, lol....eyes still closed I am quiet, so quiet, scared as I know the shoulders are next........Carolyn is talking to Scott, I hear her say “its amazing isn’t it”...deep breath....more ROARING as I feel his shoulders stretch me open, the midwife is telling Scott to hook his finger under bubs last roar and he is out...thank Christ...

I opened my eyes...........

My “little man” laying between my legs........perfect.......

I did it!!

I cut the cord myself.....

His first breastfeed was wonderful, I literally riped my top off and he almost crawled up my chest in his eagerness.......

9lb (4040g)......52.5cms long......36cm head

5:37pm – Ari James came into this world, with a little gas and a lot of roaring...I had some grazing but never felt it.....

The placenta didn’t want to come hour later, after a catheter, drip and lots of pushing it came.....I made Scott take a photo of the offending placenta but wont put that here as some people might find it a bit full on. Scott does , lol.....

My thoughts on my 4th and final birth..........


We had an amazing midwife who made our experience even more beautiful with her words and encouragement. That Scott was encouraged to help me bring Ari into this world and that we were helped rather then directed was empowering and so special.

Itti Bitti D'lish

I never got around to posting photos of the six lovely IB D'lish nappies I bought for Nate, and of course the lovely gift from Sue of a small one for Ari.

So heres my littlest man laying in a pile of fluff :)

....and my gorgeous little man doing his "show us your nappy" pose...

The Aqua one Nate is wearing was another gift from Sue....a sewn in IB!!. I love that the nappy is all finding little bits and pieces. I am not to big on microfibre generally but so far so good with this compression leaks or smells and it dries pretty quickly still. That and it looks fabulous!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Baby Wearing - Newborn


1...Cradle Carry
2...T2T smiles

3...T2T sound asleep

Ring Sling

1...Cradle Carry

2...T2T sound asleep


1...Sound Asleep

2...All wrapped up - feet in

I do feet out now that he is getting bigger/older but when he was 1-2weeks I preferred him to be all tucked in :)

Saturday, April 12, 2008


The title is said with a sigh, a wink and a half smile, lol.

I love them to death and don't anyone dare harm a hair on their heads....but.....sometimes I could throttle them ;) so today I took a photo of them being beautiful and sweet to remind myself that they are beautiful and special and best of all MINE

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Personality Test

You Are An INTP

The Thinker

You are analytical and logical - and on a quest to learn everything you can.

Smart and complex, you always love a new intellectual challenge.

Your biggest pet peeve is people who slow you down with trivial chit chat.

A quiet maverick, you tend to ignore rules and authority whenever you feel like it.

In love, you are an easy person to fall for. But not an easy person to stay in love with.

Although you are quite flexible, you often come off as aloof or argumentative.

At work, you are both a logical and creative thinker. You are great at solving problems.

You would make an excellent mathematician, programmer, or professor.

How you see yourself: Creative, fair, and tough-minded

When other people don't get you, they see you as: arrogant, cold, and robotic

Some Photos ......