Saturday, 30 January 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
I can't even begin to consider the idea!
In fact, Boo is just old enough to go to big school this year if we decided to send him, but he would be among the youngest, and isn't yet ready in so many ways. In these pictures he was simply playing dress ups in Rory's school clothes, ready for a game of 'big school' with Grandma as the teacher.
In reality, Boo will begin preschool on Tuesday (again -- last year he started but was unhappy there, so he stopped and has stayed home with me for the year instead).
My little man has changed and grown in so many ways in the past six months -- his attention span, confidence, willingness to be without Mummy, self-care, and enthusiasm for other children's company has skyrocketed -- that I'm certain preschool will now be a success, and hope to increase his attendance to two days in June (which will also make it easier for all of us when the baby arrives in July).
I am so grateful that Jumps shares my values and has given Boo and I the opportunity to slowly 'let go' of eachother, so that I was able to keep Boo at home with me until he really was ready, rather than forcing him into a role before time.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
It happened to Boo almost three years ago when he met Courtney; the little girl who lived down the road and had a birthday within a month of his.
Courtney is a tomboy, with a will of iron and unwavering self-confidence. She's a self-starter, and the instigator of games and pranks. The kids simply like eachother, and although they bicker and disagree at times, they seldom actually fight.
Last year Courtney and her mum moved away, and we somehow lost touch. Boo asked about her at times, but we never seemed to manage to catch up.
Then today we finally had a long-awaited playdate.
The kids may as well have seen eachother yesterday -- they seamlessly slotted back into the games and dialog they have always shared, and enjoyed eachother's company as always.
We have another playdate organised already. It would be a shame to lose something as good as this.
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Jumps rows and picks, and Boo has the delicate job of holding the beauties. (I sit on the shore and watch.)
As a thank you for sewing my curtains and covers, I'd bought my mother a pink waterlily plant called Sunset. These first two blooms were picked for her bouquet.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Well, the girls have certainly grown!
They won't be laying until they're 20 weeks old or so, and they've still got some growing to do, but they certainly are handsome birds. Not at all friendly, though. And definately at the bottom of the pecking order in the henhouse. I guess once they're fully grown that might all change, but for now it's definately a case of "the old girls" and the "interlopers".
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
My endocrinologist (who is the undisputed Australian specialist on pregnancy and Type 1 diabetes, and the woman who guided me successfully through my pregnancy with Boo) is Sydney based, and so in order to have her involved in my care I need to deliver at RPA hospital in Sydney. It will involve plenty of travelling, as I need to go back and forth at least once a month at the moment, then every 2 weeks later in the pregnancy, and for the final two or three weeks I'll have to be city based. But it is all worth it -- after all, nine months is not a very long time, and I certainly don't trust anyone else to care for me and my baby as well as she can.
This week is my first booking visit -- it's very exciting as I'll meet the midwives and obstetrician, and finally get my "yellow card", which is a record of this pregnancy and somehow makes it all real!
Thank you for all your kind comments and wishes -- it's lovely to hear from you all.
Monday, 18 January 2010
This little person has been a long time coming -- we had been trying almost two years for another child, and had given up hope that a second pregnancy would happen naturally, especially since having Type 1 diabetes for 10 years I am considered a "high risk" patient for pregnancy.
About six months ago we began the process of seeing fertility doctors and specialists, having tests and learning more about our options, while always hoping that something would happen in the meantime.
But finally the week we were due to begin treatment drew near, and I emailed my doctor, stating "I am anxious to get everything underway!". But there was a little PS added to the end of the email: "Come to think of it, I haven't done a pregnancy test this month. I will do so tomorrow, but given my history I think it's incredibly unlikely that I would be pregnant, and I certainly don't have any concommitant symptoms."
I can't help but include the next email I wrote, which was later that same day: "Surprise! That definately-not-pregnant pregnancy test has come up positive. It looks like I won't be needing to try the Clomid after all!"
Those elusive pregnancy symptoms did soon appear, and I've been unexpectedly nauseous (I was barely sick at all with Boo) and tired so far this pregnancy, which in part accounts for my 'no show' on the camping holiday. But on the plus side I've been managing the rigours of diabetes more easily that before, my endo is pleased with me, and the three-month scan went well and showed that baby looks well.
My baby belly is staring to show a little already -- at the moment most of my clothes still fit (just!) -- although I have been eating for more than two and really need to pull back on the treats and increase the exercise! But given that this is likely to be my last pregnancy (for all sorts of reasons), I'm planning to enjoy every minute of it, and glory in my expanding belly and the excitement and wonder of bringing a new little person into our family.
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Almost a whole week, infact, to do just as I please, with no interruptions at all.
How did I manage this? By sending the family off camping without me!
I've never been a camper, but was willing to have a try -- then few days of incredibly hot weather, a bout of feeling unwell, and 6 hour drive (coupled with four young boys and an unpowered tent site) convinced me to stay home.
What a lovely time I've had! And now it's almost over, as the mob are due home in a few hours.
They've had a perfect holiday from all accounts -- catching and cooking shoals of fish, swimming, boating and adventuring. And I've the perfect holiday , too, in a very different way.
Rach is also one of the easiest, most relaxing people to be around -- there's never any fuss or hurry -- and Tilda is a delightful bundle of smiles and busy energy, so I knew there would be plenty of fun. In fact, I think I was ready for some company, as I'd spent the previous day watching television and eating icecream! (I don't think I'd be any use living on my own for long -- my standards slip terribly.)
We popped to the markets, (attempted to) watch movies, went for walks, cooked, shopped, read books and chatted endlessly. And found some time to take snaps of this beautiful brown-eyed girl.
Friday, 8 January 2010
Another goal for the coming year, then, is to potter along the seashore at least once a week. It always makes me happy when I'm there.
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
It was lovely to catch up with everyone -- especially those ladies who now live overseas or interstate and were down for a Christmas visit. It's also fascinating to get to know their children and partners -- although we all keep up throughout the year it's a loose network, so while I see some of the kids a few times a year, others I only see in the occasional photo.
Boo had a marvellous time swimming, playing and running amok, especially with Nicole's girls, Violet and April (the cherub above).
Then we travelled back to the city where Jumps and I went to the Sydney Opera House to see Peace Train -- the Cat Stevens Musical (a Christmas gift from my parents). It truly was a toe-tapping, entertaining, interesting and thought-provoking evening, with wonderful music and performances.
And now home again -- where the cousins await for a week of fun! I'm sure it will take me most of February to recover from this month!
Monday, 4 January 2010
... camping in the garden ...
... beautiful children ...
February brought us ...
March brought us ...
... mini-monsters and pjs from my sewing machine ...
... a visit from an echidna ...
... our baby turns four ...
April brought us ...
... the big birthday bash ...
... hot-cross buns and easter eggs...
June brought us ...
... cardboard castles and cousins on holiday ...
August brought us ...
October brought us ...