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August 19, 2011

nappy-changing lullaby

Beautiful and funny lullaby written by a fellow mummy blogger, it really tells it like it is (in the nicest possible way) Nappy-changing lullaby.

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August 10, 2011

the three month mark

After what seems like both an eternity and a blink of an eye, Charlotte is now three months old.  And just like everyone said, it has gotten a lot easier.

That being said, I estimate that Ive done around 800 feeds, 800 nappy changes and close to 100 baths in these first three months, so I should be getting the hang of some things by now!

It seems like she is getting so big, but while she has doubled in size since birth she is still a wee little poppet.

While I love putting her in the 000 outfits that were way to big for her as a newborn, I also feel a little sad that she is growing so fast – almost makes me want another baby already (almost, but not quite).

So what have I learned?

I’ve learned you can wake a baby up in a number of ways – sit down for a minute (especially if you sit down with a coffee/tea/glass of wine/piece of cake).  Put dinner on the table. Try and have  a nap (although I must say despite everyone telling me to ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’ Ive managed three naps during the day since she was born).

Conversely, if you want a baby to go to sleep the best way to go about it is invite visitors over who want to see her awake. Or have a doctors appointment that requires her to be awake.

Perhaps, like her mummy, Lottie is just a contrary little thing and wants to do what she wants, when she wants to.

More importantly Ive learned a lot about patience (doing stuff quickly, especially getting out and about, is a thing of the past).

And Ive learned, more than anything, about the joys of putting someone elses needs 100% before your own.  While this can be testing at times, there is definitely a certain joy in how motherhood forces you to become less selfish, and more tolerant.

Ive learned that while Obama et al might survive on 5 hours sleep a night, I do not (not well, anyway).

These days I dream not of shoes and handbags, holidays in exotic locations or a night out on the town, but of more than 3 hours sleep in one block.

Ive also learned, for future reference, not to plan on doing renovations with a newborn baby in the house.  Or at least six months either side of the estimated due date. Living in a construction zone/campsite did not make the first few weeks any easier.

All in all this has without a doubt been the hardest three months of my life, but also the most beautiful.  Now, when will I get my sleep?

May 31, 2011

loving little lottie!

A long break from the blogoshpere for me.  Excellent excuse though! 

A little over three weeks ago I gave birth to the divine Charlotte (or little Lottie as she is nicknamed).

She came a wee bit early – not being due until the end of this week, but is doing well despite a hugely traumatic birth for the both of us.

Many, many posts to come re the birth experience and the first few weeks enjoying our darling early bird (and also a few about the not so enjoyable bits – WHY didnt anyone feel the need to warn me about the extreme sleep deprivation?!)

But for the next little while am just going to take some time learning about the whole motherhood thing with my beautiful little girl.

Ciao for now.

April 20, 2011

off air

I’ve been a bit quiet on the post front lately but this time it’s no fault of my own – my laptop has finally died.  Boo hoo.

So this being my last day of (paid) employment I thought I’d take the opportunity to get online and let my dear readers know Ill be back soon – or at least as soon as I get the computer up and running again.

6 weeks to go!

April 12, 2011

why do pregnant women always touch their bellies?

Like the author of this piece, I always thought pregnant women rubbing their bellies was a bit, well…annoying.  But her list sums up my (new) feelings about the issue.  Pretty much sums it up, really.

http://chasingamiracle.com/2010/08/day-324-the-top-ten-reasons-pregnant-ladies-have-a-thing-with-their-bellies/

March 24, 2011

a little perspective… (via the rigneys)

not sure if this should make me feel better, or if it’s a bit depressing, but i like it all the same (and certainly empathise with the poor fishers)

a little perspective... The next time I find my pregnant self complaining about the exhaustion, the nausea, the backaches, the muscle cramps, the bloating, the stretch marks, the insane amount of heartburn, the restless legs, the lovely lack of bladder control, etc… I'm going to remember this sign that I saw at the zoo the other day… …and then I'm going to thank the good Lord above that I am not a female fisher. Nothing like finding a little perspective on your li … Read More

via the rigneys

March 4, 2011

picture perfect pregnancy fashion (via B.J. á la mode)

Picture perfect pregnancy fashion Half of Hollywood is preggers and looking delightful, might we add. They're strolling the red carpet, street and airport terminals looking amazing with they're growing baby bumps. Being pregnant doesn't mean letting go of that fashionista bottled up inside. It just means learning how to work that belly, and new body and look as fabulous as you must feel as you await your new bundle of joy. We're not pregnant, so we don't know the oooey gooey deli … Read More

via B.J. á la mode

January 20, 2011

PREGNANCY Q & A (via Reflection)

A little bit of light pregnancy humour (although I’d advise dad’s to be to avoid repeating a lot of these jokes – it’s like family, you’re allowed to criticise them but noone else can!)

PREGNANCY Q & A Q: Should I have a baby after 35? A: No, 35 children is enough. Q : I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move? A: With any luck, right after he finishes university. Q : What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex? A: Childbirth. Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational. A: So what's your question? Q : My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labour, but … Read More

via Reflection

January 18, 2011

doing a demi – pregnancy photos

Before getting pregnant, I never thought I’d get a pregnancy photo done. Firstly, I don’t like getting my photo taken at the best of times and secondly, I assumed I’d feel like a water buffalo.

While both of those points might still be true (and am sure the water buffalo feeling is set to reach dizzy new heights soon enough) my BF brought up the issue and thinking about it now, I’d be quite keen to get one done.

Why the change of mind?  Well, even though I do feel somewhat rotund, I quite like it.  Besides, the big belly makes my thighs look slimmer (kind of).

Pregnant bodies are beautiful in all shapes and sizes and I would like a decent photo (ie not an iphone snap in semi-darkness) to capture this time.

Also, I know I would have loved to have had a preggy pic of my mum – such a shame they didn’t happen so much in those days of muu muus and giant smocks!

photo courtesy of Shannon Elise Photgraphy

To figure out what to do and when to do it, I had a chat to the delightful Shannon of Shannon Elise Photography, who has been photographing babies and pregnant women for 10 years.  Here’s what she had to say:

“Pregnancy is my favourite time to shoot as it’s such a unique and spiritual time. I get satisfaction and enjoyment being able to capture this time in a creative and artistic way.

It’s so nice to create images that become a record of a special time.  Making the pregnant women feel comfortable and still sexy in front of the camera also makes me happy.”

Why do you think it’s a good idea to take pregnancy photos?

There is an increase in pregnancy photography, due to well known photographer Annie Leibovitz photographing Demi Moore in 1991 for the cover of Vanity Fair.

Cindy Crawford soon followed in 1999 for W Magazine.  At the time, Demi’s shot created controversy, but since then the trend has taken off.

Women and society in general are far more open and comfortable with being photographed at this stage in their life.

It’s common to walk into someone’s house and see a pregnancy portrait hanging as a piece of art.

Also, it’s just a lovely thing to do, and recorded forever for the next generations to keep as memories.”

How do you like to photograph pregnant women?

“I love natural light and find this to be the most flattering, or if I use flash light I still use it in a way that produces a natural look.

Using different fabrics, beads, backdrops and angles makes every woman s photographs different.”

Do you have any tips for preparing for a pregnancy photo shoot?

“Just try and relax as much as possible, where possible discuss ideas and props with the photographer beforehand so you both know what’s going on.

Don’t wear too much make up & bring clothes and items that make you feel good, or that have sentimental value.

A good photographer will be able to hide any imperfections such as cellulite, veins and stretch marks with good lighting so don’t let those things worry you on the day.”

When is the best time for a pregnancy photo shoot and why?

“I would suggest around the 7-8 month mark but this comes down to the individual, you want to be still feeling energetic and comfortable. In terms of time of day, probably mornings would be better when you’re not as tired, but again this is a personal preference.”

If you fancy skipping the pregnancy shoot but want some extra special portraits once bub arrives, Shannon has some additional advice for newborn/baby photography:

“For newborn shots, up to about six weeks is best, once you’ve settled in at home and have relaxed into the role of mum!

If you want to pass on the newborn look, around six-eight months is a great time to start.  Eight months is a fantastic time for a second shoot, after your newborn shots, as your child will be full of personality and character!”

Thanks Shannon for your excellent advice!

Shannon is based in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.  Her contact details (and a sample of her stunning portraits) can be found on her website, Shannon Elise Photography.

January 14, 2011

does my cat know I’m pregnant?

Cats often get a bad rap.  Not from me, mind, I love them.  But from dog lovers and anyone who just, well, doesn’t like cats.

I’ve never really understood how people can say they’re unfriendly, aloof, selfish etc etc but maybe they’ve just never met the right cats.

I grew up in a cat household, and since leaving home have had a succession of cats come into my life. My current feline companion, Rocky, has always been a wonderful boy – friendly and full of personality.

But throughout my pregnancy he seems to have become even more affectionate, loving and sociable, loving nothing more than to rest his head (or whole body) across my belly while gazing up at me with adoration in his eyes.

So is he giving me some extra cat-love and support through the pregnancy?  Or does he just like the extra warmth from my belly (and possibly the vibrations from baby’s heartbeat)? Or am I imagining the whole thing?

Nikole Gipps, an animal behaviourist writing for babycenter.com  (she writes about dogs and other pets too if you dont dig cats) says there’s no scientific evidence either way, but she does believe cats (and dogs) can be become more responsive and even overprotective during an owner’s pregnancy.

She does also warn that cats can ‘turn’ at the first sign of change or neglect and start acting out – hopefully this doesn’t happen to me!

I’d love to know if anyone else thinks their pet changed during their pregnancy, or maybe you think I’m just a little bit crackers.

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