Monday, May 29, 2006

Moving on

OK Ive actually got something to share today besides the gripes about my lack of sleep. Kathies comment made me put it all into perspective a bit (in the nicest possible way!)There are mums all over the world who have got it so much worse off than me. I have a gorgeous healthy baby - so what if that means missing a little sleep. I will survive. It wont be forever. OK moving on from that topic.

YIPPEE!!! I got some scrapping done today. Had a little fun with this one. Tested out a new stitch on my machine, and tried 81/2 x 11. It was so much quicker, and used up some scraps - always a good thing. The stitched border is from my machine. Any other stitching is autumn leaves rub ons.

Journalling reads: When I look at this photo I see so much more than just a caredree day at the beach. Its really so typical of the relationships I have with my boys at the moment. Isaac is so totally dependant on me for everything. Calebon the other hand is searching for independence, pushing the boundaries, testing the limits. But there are still times when the only thing he needs is a cuddle from his mum! Behind the camera is Nthan. Always helpful, reliable, looking for ways to please everyone. Right in the middle is me. Juggling all of this, tryiong to treat everyone fairly. My boys are all so different, but one thing is for sure...I LOVE them all!

Hopefully I might get another finished tonight. Im feeling all inspired now.

Sunday, May 28, 2006


Well I thought that I was being a little optimistic hoping a bottle of formula might solve the sleeping problem!!! We didnt need a feed through the night, so I guess thats one good thing, but he still woke every couple of hours, and only settled when I got up, stumbled down to the other end of the house, and put the wreched dummy back in.

My other boys were fantastic sleepers. They were sleeping from 6pm - 6am by three months. Im running out of ideas. He does have bulging gums, so suspect that may be playing a part, but this was happening long before the teeth issue came up. If anyone has any 'in my experience' type of advice, Id love to hear it! He isnt screaming in the night (thank goodness) but he wakes and talks really loudly, eventually this turns to whinging, which continues until I go and put the dummy back in.

Tonight we are trying out bonjella, and another bottle of formula. Im actually coping quite well with the broken sleep, but its just getting annoying now. Id really like to try and get it sorted before Ive got a two year old waking all night!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Fingers crossed :o)

Ive just given Isaac his first ever bottle of formula to see if it helps him get through the night a little easier. he polished it off with no fuss at all and is now settled back into bed. Hopefully he might sleep better witha nice full tummy...well thats my theory for now anyway. Might have to go back to the drawing board if it doesnt go quite to plan!!! Its got to be better than last night though, he fed at 10.30pm, 1.30am & the time I get up, feed, and settle him theres not much time left in between. Ahh the joys of being the mummy of a six month old - I wouldnt swap it for the world though!
Night Night, keep your fingers crossed for me!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

knock knock

I'm going visiting in cyber space. Ive decided to go and check out some blogs that Ive never been to before, and make the effort to make a comment and say Hi. So watch out anyone that is linked from any of the blogs I frequent LOL. Not that any one will actually know who I am, but its kinda cool when a complete stranger drops by here and says Hi (although some droppers by are stranger than others LOL) so I thought Id venture out into the big wide blog world and do the same!

Back to something a little less uninteresting to everyone else (I know who cares whos blog Im viisting if its not yours!) little man...well I think he is really interesting anyway. After his yucky few days last week he seemed to be back to his usual happy self , he didnt come down with anything, so I thought it must be just one of those things...until last night. I was up most of the night with him. He just wouldnt settle, and when he finally drifted off it was only for 30min or so at a time. Its just so frustrating not knowing what the problem is. At about 3am I even resorted to a dose of panadol - this seemed to help a little, but he was still really restless. Hopefully tonight will be a better night.

Got to see my gorgeous little niece Georgia Charlie tonight when she dropped by with her Mummy and Daddy for a quick visit. She is just so tiny - Isaac looks like such a big boofer next to her. All is going well for them, and they seem to be settling in to parenthood really easily. It helps that she is such a good baby so far as well. In fact I think they are getting more sleep than me at the moment LOL.

Big Congratulations to Nat on the arrival of her precious little bundle, Elijah Christopher. Beautiful name isnt it.

I got a little more of Isaacs room done this afternoon. The lampshade is now covered in matching fabric. I should have everything finished by the time he starts school LOL. My next project is some art works for the walls, and the knobs on his chest of drawers. Cant decide between pics from his quilt, or painted canvases for the walls, and I want to make knobs in the shape of stars for the drawers.

OK must go wake my little precious (he is precious right now, but if Im up all night again I might have come up with a new name LOL) and give him a feed before I hit the sack and try for a good nights sleep - ROTFLMAO, whats that!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Six months old

19th May will see my little man turn six months old. Its hard to believe how fast time goes past. I took a few pics today for a LO, which I hope to do tomorrow, and I will use my letter to him on it as well.

My little Sweetpea…

A mere six months have passed since we were blessed with your arrival. That’s not even three quarters of the time I was pregnant with you, and yet, I couldn't imagine our lives with out you in it.

The last few weeks I carried you with in me, felt like an eternity. It seemed forever until I would finally hold you close to me, feel your soft newborn skin, smell your sweet scent, finally kiss you and tell you how much I loved you, face to face, for the very first time.

The day arrived. I was in awe. As they placed you on my belly, you looked so divinely perfect. The photos show your skin tinged with blue, your eyes puffy, and your body smeared with blood. But, in my eyes, at that moment in time, you couldn’t have looked more beautiful. As you suckled at my breast, instinctively knowing what you needed to do, you looked up at me. A tear welled in my eye, I knew that I would love you unconditionally forever.

As days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months, you’ve thrived. You have found a special niche in each of our hearts.

The bond of love between you and your brothers grows stronger by the day. They can always bring a smile to your face, or comfort you when you are tired. They rush to you when you ‘call’ offering a toy, a tickle or your dummy. They are surprising in tune with your needs. You are lucky to have two big brothers who love you so much. They will always be there to look out for you, and lead you on the mischievous path of childhood.

You have always loved to be held high on your Daddys shoulder. You see the world, and love to explore with him. As you walk with him, safe and content, you take everything in. You listen intently to every word he says. You listen and learn the ways of being a daddy, a man. A path you too will one day walk.

I watch you. Everyday sees something new. A new sound. A new reaction. You grow out of clothes that only weeks ago looked big & baggy. It all seems to be happening so fast. I tried to hold on tight to those new precious new born days, but they are well and truly past. I must now enjoy these fleeting months of you being a baby before they too become just treasured memories. I nurture you, tend to your every need. I hope and dream that your future is filled with love and happiness. I know that one day you will grow to be a strong and able man, but for today I will hold you close, love you, guide you, and cherish this special time we have together.

You react to everything with intent. You show, joy, sadness, surprise, contentment, happiness, anticipation, tiredness, recognition and joy. You have definitely started testing out your range of vocal sounds. You goo and gah contentedly as you play after a feed, you squeal with delight, giggle with anticipation, grunt for attention. You occasionally cry out when you are tired, hungry or just want some attentive company. You purse your little lips to blow the cutest, sloppiest, little raspberries, and suck in your voice to make a funny high pitched playful noises. You are not yet able to speak any words, and yet you say so much.

Your smile lights up your little face with the sheer joy of everything around you. Your wondrous blue eyes betray your emotions instantly. They smile that tiny fraction of a second before the corners of your mouth begin to curl, and they laugh before any sound comes from your rosy lips. They can also show your uncertainty. You gaze cautiously, momentarily assessing new people and situations before that tell tale twinkle can be seen, or before you sheepishly bury your eyes into my shoulder and feign shyness for a few seconds.

No longer do you move with the jerky involuntary actions of a newborn. You reach out to grasp objects. Your chubby little fingers manage to hold on so tight. You see a toy, turn and twist, and eventually roll over so your outstretched arms can reach it and pull it to your mouth. You pat your hands on the water in the bath, knowing full well the resulting splashes will make me react with delight, as that cheeky giggle fills the room with the joyous sounds of a happy baby. You are beginning to revel in the predictability of games such as this little piggy, and round and round the garden. I pull you in tight and blow raspberries on your cheek, or plant noisy kisses on your neck. As I let you relax you strain to lift your head and pull your body back towards me. Your eyes are twinkling and you’re ready for more.

You love being outside, swaying rhythmically back and forth in your swing, or going for walks in your pram. Perhaps it’s the feel of the gentle autumn breezes tickling your face, or the beauty in the colours all around you, or maybe its the warmth of the morning sun enveloping your body. These are the times when we are unhurried, content with each others company. Time just for us. Moments to treasure.

Like your eyes, your body language gives so much away. I see you suddenly stretch out and stiffen your arms and legs, they begin to shake and kick, almost as though you have little control over them—something has caught your attention and it is very exciting. You begin to make the tell tale noises that I recognise as a sign of tiredness. I gently scoop you into my arms and put your dummy in, you immediately turn your head to the side, shaking it gently, nuzzling into me like you do your teddy in bed. Your eyes flutter closed and often by the time we walk to your cradle you are already beginning to drift off to sleep. I place you down and gently pull the covers up over your sweet sleepy body. I put teddy next to you and you wrap your arm around him and draw him close, burying your button nose in his soft fur as you snuggle down to sleep.

Each morning as I pull back the curtains on a new day I am greeted by your precious smile and reminded how truly blessed we really are. I love you more than I could have imagined my little sweetpea and I will be forever grateful that you are a part of our lives. You help make our family complete. You fill a void in our hearts we didn't realise existed.

I will love you with all my being—forever


Luckily I started this letter a while ago. My little cherub has had a few unsettled days and nights. Im not sure if its something he is eating (one bad night after trying peas in his tea) or if his teeth are getting ready to cut, or if he is coming down with something..but the grizzling is starting to drive me crazy. He only slept for about one hour all day today, and was grizzly unless I was holding him, or walking him in the pusher of pushing him in the swing. He wasnt even contented in the bath!!! Very unlike him. Hope we get it sorted soon though. If I had of written this all tonight, in my sleep deprived state, it may not have been such a sweet and rosy veiw of motherhood six months on LOL

Monday, May 15, 2006

Welcome to the world....

I went to visit this afternoon, and Georgia is SO tiny (especially compared to my boofy boy LOL) She weighed 6lbs 10oz and is the sweetest little thing. Its almost enough to make a girl want another baby!!!

Vic is looking great but they are both really tired though so I hope she lets them get some sleep tonight.

I got this shot of both my sisters and I with our latest additions. Riley is 9 months, Isaac is 6 months and Georgia is just six hours old (aawwww)

Before I sign off I actually managed to get a LO done on Saturday night. Its of my little sis with Isaac the other day. All Basic grey stuff.

ITS A GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Georgia Charlie was born at 10.38am today!

All I could get out of my sisiter is that it hurt like hell, and that she was born in the bath cause once she got in there she wasnt getting out for anything LOL (- how cool a water birth...I really would have loved to try the bath, but my labours progressed too quickly to even think about filling it LOL.)

I will post a pic and more details tonight after I visit!

SO excited I cant sit still!!!

Today is the day

Well my little sister is in labour as we speak!!! Good luck blic!!! I will update once she has the bub! Im VERY excited!!!

OK Happy Mothers day to everyone for yesterday. I hope you all had an awesome day and got spoilt rotten - thats what its supposed to be all about isnt it (did you catch the hint of sarcasm in my voice there!) I don't think I even got a cup of coffee made for me yesterday, it was about the farthest from being spoilt Ive ever been. The kids did give me some lovely pressies and cards from school. I even printed out a really cute card for Isaac to give me...but no one even bothered to write in it. We did have a yummy lunch at my mums though - loud and chaotic with the six kids, but nice to all be together. Vic popped in after lunch for one last pat of that gorgeous bump of hers, before having to go in to be induced last night.

I wanted to give my mum a copy of one of the photos of my sisters three kids and one of my three for mothers day. Of course I left it till yesterday morning to try and take the photos of my lot. What a debarcle. You would think Id asked them to chop their heads off or something, not just get changed and tidy up for some photos. After much carry on, I managed to get some pics, but Im far from happy with them...I think I might have to update them really soon!!! They were rushed, not even close to being nice and crisp and clear, Caleb refused to wear anything but an un ironed pair of jeans (in the end I just took the pics cause I was so over arguing about it all...what happened to giving mum a break sionce it was mothers day????) I then realised I still had no editing programme that I actully know how to use - GGGRRRRR what a morning. Here is the one I ended up with. Mum loved it, so I guess thats the main thing!

My neighbour popped in, as her kids were watching this all happen (another part of the saga, cause they had all been outside playing together) and I got her to take a shot of me and the boys. Unfortunately its out of focus, but at least I have something to remember the day by LOL!!!

I got the wall in Isaacs room finished on Friday and put the cot up Saturday. I just love the linen that Ive got for the room, and the paint on the feature wall matches the curtains exactly (quite by accident). I will take some pics of the room when Ive finished adding all the little bits and pieces. Ive always wanted to fully decorate a babies room and Im having heaps of fun doing this. Ive picked a theme that should see him through for quite a while. The cot set etc is in blues, greens and a touch of deep orange, with an outerspace theme. Its an old pattern from pumpkin patch. After many phone calls last week I managed to track down two cot valances in this pattern as well. Ive never really been into these and was going to cut them up and use the fabric for other trims in the room, but I tried one on the cot, and I really love it!!!! I will still cut the other one up and use it to trim the curtains, lampshade, and a blanket for the single bed thats in the nursery. I think I will use stars to accessorise for now, after all he is still just a baby, and then as he gets older we can change elements to show more of the little spacemen/aliens etc from the quilt. I want to get a heap of those stick on glow in the dark stars, but do you think I can find them anywhere atm...always the way isnt it...the cheap shops always have them..till you want them LOL.

OK Im off to sit and wait for THE phone call - I so want to go visit my new niece or nephew. Ive got my money on it being a boy...but you never know!!! I have three boys, and my middle sister has one girl and two boys, so for Jessies sake it would be lovely to have another girl. It would also be nice if it was a boy though, so Isaac & Riley have another little mate to grow up with. Time will tell!!!!

PS THANK YOU all so much for dropping me a note on that last post. Its awesome to see who is dropping by, and please dont appologise for not leaving comments, its just nice to know that you bother to come see whats happening in my little world. So if you havn't added your name to the last post please do, I want to see how long I can get the list now LOL!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hark - who goes there???

Ok like everyone else who has a counter on there blog, that ticks away steadily each and every day, Im really starting to become curious as to who it is that comes to visit me in my little blog world. Please , please, please if you are reading this and it is somewhere between Wednesday 10th - Wednesday 17th May, could you leave me a quick message - just a simple Hi will do! so I can satisfy my curiosity.
Nic xxx

PS No scrapping done again today, started cleaning out Isaccs room ready to paint the wall, and do a little decorating before I make the big move into a cot!!!

***Edit - Thanks so much for those of you who have left a message. Im looking forward to visiting some of your blogs soon (if I dont already) Ive extended this for the whole week, Im loving finding out who is popping by.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


I went to visit my little sister yesterday and wanted to share this pic of Isaac and her.

Im sure the babbling coming out of his mouth can be translated to " hurry up and come out of there so we can play"

She is 40 weeks pregnant (she was due on the 7th) and so over being pregnant. She looks absolutely gorgeous though, I wish my bump was a nice neat little package like that at term!!!

I spoke to her today and she is booked in to be induced Sunday night if bubs hasnt arrived by then! This is her first baby, and Im SO excited about becoming an auntie agian, and seeing her and her DH finally become parents- they will make a fantastic mummy and daddy!!!

I took a few other shots of her and her belly - what a task - she hates having her photots taken. Ive been trying to edit them, but Im struggling big time even trying to resize or recolour a pic in photoshop...Ill keep on plodding away, surely it has to get easier! I even hit the point today of trying to track down the disc of iphoto express that I had on here before - it couldnt do much editing wise, but at least I knew how to use it LOL.

Isaac has taken to solids like a duck to water. In just two weeks we progressed from a few spoons of rice cereal to a decent serving of pureed chicken and vegies. Ive only found one thing so far that he refused to eat - chicken livers. they were mixed in with vegies, but there was no way he was eating more than the very first taste!!! He has pureed fruit and natural yoghurt for breaky and mixed vegies, somtimes with pureed chicken or beef or ricotta cheese, for dinner.

I had forgotten what a delightful age this is. He is such a happy baby and is becoming so responsive to us now. His brothers have him in absolute histerical laughter sometimes. He is becoming more aware of other people too. a friend dropped by this afternoon - there was no way he was going to crack a smile for her. His little face was so serious - till a gave him a little tickle LOL it didnt take much for his eyes to light up and a gorgeous grin to appear. He has started blowing rasberries too. Caleb is sure it was him who taught him how to do it LOL. It is so cute EXCEPT for yesterday when he decided to try it while eating his dinner - YUK what a mess - how do you convince a 5 1/2 month old that its not OK to do that to poor mummy?!?!?!

(Touch wood) we havnt had a regular night time feed since last Wednesday. I just get up and put the dummy back in. He is feeding at 6-7pm and then going through till about 5-6am This morning it was about 4.15am though,(thats not morning, definately a night feed!) and we had a really unsettled night too - teeth maybe???? cant feel anything though. Who knows, hopefully tonight is better. Im knid of past worrying about the slepp deprivation thing now. I think Im used to it - I never thought I would ever say that LOL

I just love reading Kathies blog. Isaac and Jamie are very close in age, and she has such an amazing way with words. Its almost like Im reading about what my own little angel is going through. She has really inspired me to take the time to try and become a better writer. Ive decided to lift her idea of a very simple LO with a letter. Kathie writes to J every month, but I think once every six months will be a big enough challenge for me for now. I will share my six month letter and LO once its finished.

I finally got around to using the voucher I won ages ago in the aus scrap idol contest and had a hundred of Isaacs pictures printed up. It was actually quite bizzarr seeing 'proper' pics again. Many of these Ive never printed up, and have only seen on the computer screen. For some reason I decided to get them done in 5"x7" though, so now I have to track down an album that they will fit in.

I havnt got any LOs to share cause I havnt scrapped a thing in about the last two and a half weeks. Ive got one on my desk 3/4 finished but havnt had the time or the inclination to get to it. The last day or so Ive been getting itchy feet and wanting to get back to it though - hopefully tomorrow I might get a chance. I found that its just not worth even trying to scrap when the motivation isnt there.

Friday, May 05, 2006

To all my friends - thank you

I was sent this email today - how true is it!!! So just in case I havnt told you how important your friendships and support are to me lately -then thankyou all for just being you and keeping in touch!
Love Nic xxx

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back.

From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed ? Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, " How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain." And my personal favorite: "It's Monday." .She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids off our hands.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older.

The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer.

One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things have settled down a bit.

"When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day.

Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list.

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why a re you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch?

Let a good friendship die?

Just call to say "Hi"?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

It's Friendship and FAMILY WEEK Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND. If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends.To those I have sent this to... I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you do.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!"

Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Day In My Life

Be warned this is VERY long. I really wanted a detailed look at our day to tuck away for Isaac to look back on and I only wanted to type it all out once. Sorry thats its not really all that exciting either!
A record of a typical day - Mummy & Isaac (5 1/2 months)
Wednesday 3rd May 2006

4.00am Get up and breastfeed Isaac.
Ive already had to get up a couple of times in the night to put your dummy back in

4.20am - 4.30am Im back in bed listening to you talking loudly to yourself.
I hope you dont wake everyone else. I pulled your door over, so its not as loud

4.30am We both fall asleep

6.00am Im woken by the sound of you talking loudly again!
Daddy is getting up anyway so I stay in bed till seven, hoping to get a little more sleep. I dont know why I bothered, you are talking loudly still and so is everyone else. I lay there anyway.

7.00am Shower for me while Dads still here

7.15am Pick you up out of your rocker for good morning cuddles and kisses. I smell straight away that you need a nappy change.

Why is it that no one else noticed that??? I put on a clean nappy and get you dressed.

7.30am Put a muffin in the toaster, while it cooks I wash a few dishes left from last night, pack the dishwasher & put away everyone elses brekfast stuff. I remind the boys to finish getting dressed and put their lunches in their bags.

7.45am - 8.00am Eat my breakfast while Nath sits with you to keep you amused. Have a quick flick through the paper while I eat.

8.00am Breastfeed
I know its supposed to be a nice peaceful time for the two of us, but I find Im nagging the boys to finish getting ready..still!

8.20am I lay you on your playmat with your toys while I get my shoes and jacket. I walk past the boys room - that was supposed to be cleaned up..WHAT A MESS..let them know we are not going to school till its cleaned up.

8.25am Check emails while the boys get their room tidied. There is some sort of altication and Nathan ends up in tears - what else is new. I send Nathan out while caleb does his side first. If they just went in and did it, it would only have taken them about 2 min. GGRRR Hurry Up!!!

8.35am Its done. Caleb carries Isaac out to the car for me while I help Nathan pick up the last couple of things.

8.40am Drop off boys at school

8.45am Home again. Make a quick phone call to the caravan park to book an extra night- get the answering machine, leave a message...again. I rang them yesterday and they still havnt called me back.

8.50am Make your breakfast. Pureed pear, rice cereal & natural yoghurt.

9.00am Feed you. Of course my call is returned today while Im feeding you. At least our extra night was available.

9.15am Kisses, cuddles and songs. You love twinkle little star, hey diddle diddle, galumph, round and round the garden & this little piggy

9.25am Bed time for bubbies! Put on your washing. How does someone so little have so much washing??? I have to pop in and out twice to put your dummy back in so you can settle off to sleep.

9.35am You are asleep. Time for a coffee - finally. While I make my coffee I put away the few dishes I washed earlier, put your breaky stuff in the dishwasher, put away the newspaper, placemats etc and wipe down the table and benches, put the toaster away. At 9.50am I finally sit down to actually drink my coffee. I flick the TV on to watch a bit of 9am.

10.00am Sweep floors & do a quick pick up arpound lounge/kitchen. Get side tracked in the office - check emails. There is a flash of excitement as I see an message from SM -short lived - a rejection for my little princess LO. Go back to picking up.

10.20 You cry out - dummy back in and you settle straight back to sleep. Put on some potatoes to boil. Im going to make tuna patties for tea. The boys have football training tonight so if I get organised you and I should have a couple of hours of peace and quiet. They have jumper presentaions after training so they will be gone from about 4.45pm -7.15pm. They can have patties if they are still hungry when they get home. Must remember to take out a bit of potatoe for you to have with your tea.

10.30am On the computer...again. Need to burn a heap of photos to disc to get printed. You stir again and I pop your dummy back in.

10.40am GGRRRR computers. I have new versions of all my programms and Im still learning how they work. You are talking to teddy - loudly..I try your dummy one last time, but Im not hopeful.

10.50am Give up on you going back to sleep, and get you up. you sit on my lap in the office while I still try to get this disc done.

11.05am Lay you on your playmat while I turn off the potatoes and get a cover for the disc that is finally done. Your NOT impressed, and want to be picked back up. You stop crying and lugh the second my hands start to lift you up - cheeky monkey. You sit on my lap while we finish sorting out the photo order. Whata saga...its finished when I realise the order form is over a year old. Back online to dowload a new one, get stuck checking out their site and you fall asleep on my knee - you wake as soon as I try to put you down though.

12.oo Cook up some mushrooms, tomato, capsicum soy and garlic with rice left over from tea lat night YUMMO. You sit in the beanbag and watch. I talk to Toni on the phone while I cook.

12.20pm eat lunch with you watching, grunting and reaching for my plate.

12.35pm Breastfeed. You finish really quickly and dont seem all that satisfied. I think it it might be nearly time for something a little more substantial in the middle of the day as well. We have playtime - singing songs, giggling, tickiling, laughing - you are so precious!

12.50pm We go out in the fresh air and pick up the mail. More cuddles before your sleep. Read the mail.

1.15pm Sleeptime. You settle straight away. I check my emails, and try downloading some songs Daddy bought online. The first one is fine, but it wont let my do any more...same as last night GGRR

1.25pm Tidy up lunch stuff & make tuna patties & a pot of vegie soup. Put wood on the fire.

2.25pm - You stir -put dummy in, it lets me download one more song.

2.30pm Finish chopping soup vegies. Wash dishes again.

2.45pm Your still not settling so I get you up. Sit and have a cuddle. As I sit a million things are running through my mind. I still have to..... get washing out of the drier, fold the other washing, give the bathrooms a quick clean - the cleaner has hurt her back and cant come till next week (I have a cleaner come in and do my bathrooms once a fortnight - LOVE IT!!!) cook the patties - oops forgot to take some pototo out for you, post off photo order...

I plant another million kisses on your sweet smelling head...

...get Nath a mouth guard for footy,, pick up Dillon from school as well, get milk & lunch meat...the list doesnt seem to be getting any shorter !

3.00pm Jackets on and pick up the boys. Buy Naths mouthguard.

3.40pm Home. Check diaries, read newsletter, remind the boys to hurry up and get out of their uniforms and into their footy gear - which of course they cant find because they didnt put it away in the right place!!!

4.00pm Breastfeed

4.15pm Grandma & Grandpa call in for a coffee. I have to get G'pa to run me down the street to get milk, and a few other bits and pieces. You stay and have a cuddle with G'ma. Craig and the boys are leaving just as we get home again.

5.15pm I get your tea ready - chicken, carrot, peas & sweet potato. You are just loving your food. While its heating up I finish packing the diswasher& turn it on, pack away the dishes that I washed earlier, get your clothes out of the drier.

5.25pm Tea time for you.

5.35pm Cook the patties - so much for being organised - while you sit in your rocker and play with a toy. I move you into the kitchen because you start getting cranky when you cant see me. I realise you smell again. Turn off the stove, change your nappy and lay you in front of the fire for a kick around. Put more wood on the fire, put the second lot of patties on. Your sooking again. I pick you up and hold you while I finish up.

5.55pm I run your bath and you cry again cause I left you on the floor. Your so not used to being left by yourself. usually one of the boys come running to amuse you, as soon as you call!

6.00pm Bathtime. and a massage in front of the fire. You cry as soon as I put you down, very unlike you to be so clingy and cry this much. I tidy the kitchen, sort the recycling and dish up my tea while Im holding you.

6.25pm We sit on the lounge together while I eat tea and watch the weather. You seem really tired. I realise why, and why your a bit out of sorts - you didnt have a late afternoon nap because G'ma & G'pa were here

6.35pm Breastfeed

6.50pm I put your sleeping bag on, big hugs and kisses and into bed. Nighty night sweetpea!

6.55pm pack up your toys and playmat

7.00pm sit down to watch home and away

7.05pm remember I havnt emailed through my fruit and veg order. Go and do it.

7.10pm Boys arrive home from footy. Caleb comes home with out his BRAND NEW footy boots :( someone else picked them up. I take a deep breath and remain calm...and no they didnt have his name on them - so of course that would make it my fault!!! Hopefully they are returned on Saturday.

7.25pm The boys are showered and hungry. Get them some eggs and cheese on toast

7.35pm Put the patties on to warm up. Make school lunches - Pita pockets with corn relish dip, grated cheese & grated carrot. Give the boys a pattie to try. Let Craig know his are ready.

7.45pm Wash dishes, stack the things that go in the dishwasher, in the hope that the dishes fairy might come and unpack the dishwasher and put them in! Wipe down the benches/table etc. Put soup away in the fridge.

8.00pm Sit down to watch the end of beyond tomorrow with Caleb & Nath. I would rather they went to bed, but Craig had said they could watch it.

8.15pm Craig wants help with something on the computer. Help him then manage to download one more song LOL thats three for the day. It will only take a couple of days to get his 12 songs at this rate!

8.25pm Just as I sit back down Craig wants to know how to lsten to the downloaded tracks. get up and show him, lay back on lounge.

8.35pm Boys brush teeth, kisses and off to bed. they both go straight to sleep. I sit down to watch Prison Break

9.05pm I boil the kettle, sterilise the new non spill spouts for Isaac to try tomorrow. Fill a bottle with boiled water and put in fridge. Hopefully you will drink some water tomorrow after you meals.

9.25pm Check emails, blogs, do a tag, manage to download one more song.

10.40pm Time for bed.

Have to search for clean PJs cause I didnt get the washing folded.

Kiss Craig goodnight xxx

have a peek at the photos I printed yesterday.

Get an idea for a LO - jot down some notes.

Brush teeth and check the kids

mmmmmmmm its 11.00pm - lights out!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

tagged again! and a challenge for you

Just doing my usual round of blog checks LOL and saw Kathie has tagged me - there is no time like the present!!!

In my Fridge left over rice and one tuna pattie, milk, juice etc that I went and got tonight, two bottles of boiled water - for Isaac to try, a big pot of vegie soup that I made today, 1/2 a small bottle of soda water thats been there for yonks!!! the kids school lunches for tomorrow - grated cheese, grated carrot & corn relish dip pitta pockets.

In my Closet precious little!!! I had a big splurge on maternity clothes last year - they have all gone to my neighbour now; some T Shirts that are to tight for me atm while Im still feeding; a couple of pairs of jeans; trackies; my new brown jumper with fake fur trim that I bought a couple of weeks ago.

In my handbag ..that would be the baby bag! Nappies, wipes, chuck rag, nappy sacks, mobile phone, change of clothes for Isaac (which are probably too small now - must see to that!) lip balm, rattle/teether toy, brush, nappy cream samples, my purse and keys.

In my car Pram, empty drink bottles, entertainment book, car seat, chuck rag, baby toys, kids clothes, socks etc, mine & Nathans rain coats and the big golf umbrella, green shopping bags

In my video/DVD player ????????? dont remember the last time I used it - I think the kids were watching a cartoon DVD

I am tagging Katie Rozzie (since she is back in computer land again!) and Kate - in your spare time LOL. Sorry if youve already been tagged ladies!

The kids have only been back at school a couple of days, but I still feel like Im achieving nothing during the day. Today I kept a bit of a diary of exactly what, when, how and why of my day - after reading back through it I realised that I actually do achieve heaps in a day!!! Its just a lot of it is the unseen stuff, but stuff that needs doing never the less! and LOTS of my time is taken up with Isaac and his needs atm too. I needed to do this I think, just to validate me to myself, and to reinforce that being a mother is one of the most thankless, neverending, worst paid BUT BESTEST most rewarding and important jobs in the whole wide world!!!!

I will share my day when I get time to type it all out and Id love to challenge you to all record a whole day in your life. Just an ordinary day, doing ordinary stuff. Im sure it will make cool journalling for a LO and that you will love to look back on it in the future. Id love you to share it on your blog too!!! leave me a little note if you do, cause Id love to come take a peak at a day in your life!!!