Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dear Winter

Dear Winter,

I love the sound of rain on the roof, wood fires, hot chocolate or hot cups of tea, hearty casseroles, warming soups, warm woolly jumpers, thick socks, and snuggling up in bed with a good book or on the couch to watch a DVD. But I think it's time to back off a little.

You're cold and wet, grey, dark and depressing and confining me to the indoors. I need more warmth in my life. I'm sorry but I like Spring and Summer much much more. The cooling sea breeze, the warmth on my face when I'm outdoors with the kids at the park or the beach, not shivering my arse off. I love the blue skies, the longer days, a BBQ in the backyard with a nice cold beer, icecream at the harbour, a glass of wine in the Valley, a cycle or run around the river.

Winter, you can not give me these things. Bring back the sun.

Yours sincerely,

Someone in great need of Vitamin D

Monday, June 18, 2012

It's A Revival!

Revival of the blog, that is. And of me, I guess. Thought I had better start writing here again because, well, I like to write even if I'm not articulate or know what to say. I've always written since I was a little girl, be it short stories in creative writing class in primary school or a journal throughout my teen years, which unfortunately, I never kept and sometimes wish I did!

Secondly, I thought I'd aim to write here regularly as part of the 12WBT to record my progress, keep me accountable and hopefully have some awesome before and afters to show off ;-)

So, into week 3 now after a slow start. I did the fitness test at the start of week 1 and couldn't walk for the next three days! Thanks to SPD. I'm only 4 weeks post birth of baby number 3. Since then, I've been too scared to walk or do any kind of exercise as I don't want to be in pain in the following days. Last night, I pulled out my postnatal pilate DVD's and I'm going to give those a whirl this week. I'm going to suck it up and walk the kids to the park this afternoon and see how I fare.

I'm following the nutrition plan as it is given, but the thing I struggle with most is the mindless snacking...and the chocolate habit...my first confession. I ate 6 Tim Tams last night. Yes, SIX. That's half the packet (hubby ate the other half). Right now, I've sat down with a cup of tea and I ate 5 Ferrero Rochers.

Oh. My. God.

What am I doing? I know full well that I shouldn't be eating this. I can not stop at just one. I need to break the habit of buying it. I don't buy it when I do my shop so it's not sitting in the house. I buy it when I go out. If I run out of milk and bread, I'll buy a chocolate when I pop down to the shop. Big Mistake.

Writing this down feels shameful. Why have a goal to lose my baby weight and regain some fitness, if I'm only going to put myself a step behind? Sounds so simple.

So, I'm recomitting again. Setting myself a challenge. I will not eat chocolate for the remainder of the 12WBT challenge!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Just Sayin'

Still no sign of baby. I'm 39 weeks and 2 days today. If baby doesn't make an appearance by Wednesday (my estimated due date), then I'll go into hospital to have my waters broken. Being my second VBAC means that they won't do any other type of induction (oxytocin, prostaglandins, etc) due to the increased risk of uterine rupture, which is fine by me. Because of the gestational diabetes I'm not really allowed to go past my EDD due to risk of the placenta failing even though I have kept my blood sugars stable. I have been taking Raspberry Leaf Tea, Evening Primrose Oil and have just started with the Clary Sage. Let's hope there's some movement over the weekend!!!

In other news, I have joined up again with the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation. To reduce my risk of developing type 2 diabetes, my dietitian suggested it would be wise to lose the pregnancy weight gain as soon as possible after the birth. I've gained 12kg. So, I thought why not, let's do the 12wbt again! So, here is my committment:

To lose an overall amount of 17kg.
By the end of this round, I will lose 8kg, return to aikido training and teaching, run 4km without stopping, regain my core strength.

...and I am committed to do the work to get me there!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Productive Weekend

Over the weekend I got a few things done around the house. With The Bear's help I relocated my sewing room into our spare open space to make a room for the nursery. Plus, I managed to spend some time sewing. I made myself a nursing cover for when little bear number three arrives and I finished off Miss 2's dress.

I started this last year and it was slightly to big for her so I put it away unhemmed and without the buttons on the back - procrastination anyone?! I'm glad I finally finished it even though it's still a little bit roomy for her it will see her through winter with a nice white long sleeve top underneath and a pair of tights.

My next projects are to finish a table tent cubby for my niece, a quilt featuring quad bike's for my nephew and some winter PJ's for my own little bears. All before this baby arrives! Wish me luck! :)

Monday, April 9, 2012


Apparently the Easter Bunny got in our house on Saturday night. Rumour has it, he knocked over a big tin of flour while grabbing a hot cross bun from the factory before he headed out to deliver Easter eggs! And that's how the paw prints through our house came about.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Not the Eyebrows!

After I picked up J from kindergarten this afternoon, I had to drop into the shop to grab some bread and a few things for dinner. It was raining very lightly. J came out with this gem which made me laugh so I had to share.

J: It's raining, Mummy. My eyebrows will get wet!

Friday, March 23, 2012


My little guy has been unwell all week. Coughing and spluttering, he is worse at night and I lay with him in his bed giving him cuddles, helping him sleep. Of course, being so close to him, it was inevitable that I was to catch whatever he's got. I woke up this morning with a head full of cotton wool and razer blades in my throat!

So we've spent the day lounging around, watching TV. I've done some crocheting and reading and facebooking while the kids chill out with some quiet activities like drawing and watching Play School. It's nap time now and they are all still asleep. I hope we are all feeling better tomorrow because it's my birthday!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

31 Weeks

I'm 31 weeks pregnant today. The time has just flown by, as it does I guess, when you have a 3 1/2 year old and a 2 year old to chase after. Throw in, birthdays, Christmas, moving house and before I know it, here I am. Only 9 weeks to go, although I'm suspecting maybe about 8 considering my first was born at 36+6 and my second at 38+4. I'm getting excited and nervous! :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Life's a Prick

I'm over the finger pricks and monitoring. I tested my sugar levels first thing this morning and haven't bothered the rest of the day mainly because we were out at the beach (see previous post!). I have been watching my food intake closely and have been writing it all down as the dietitian and obstetrician will want to see.

I've had a few sweet things in the last couple of weeks and my levels have stayed under the required limit which is good (I think). I'm just over it all. I'm worrying about everything that goes in my mouth and when it goes in and how much it's going to raise my levels and just how big will this baby get? And what if it needs to go to special care when it's born because it's sugars drop so low? What if it needs a glucose drip? Will it be ok? I don't want to have to think about all of this!

Hello Autumn...err, Summer?

Technically, it's Autumn now that we're into March. It seems Summer still wants to stick around for a little while longer! Today's temperature reached 38 degrees (celcius) and it's still around 36 right now. Tomorrow is forecast to be 38. Next weekend's forecast shows similar temperatures! Being 28 weeks pregnant, I was looking forward to a cool change in the weather. I love Summer, but apparently it's been the longest (and wettest!) Summer in years. I'm a bit over it.

However, today we took advantage and once the kids were up, we got ourselves ready and headed to the beach. We grabbed some breakfast at the boat harbour first, then spent a little while enjoying the cool water, splashing with the kids and building sandcastles. We topped our morning off having ice cream.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


So, I have a little Facebook page going called Where Dreams Are Made (or the URL refers to Handmade Dreams because Where Dreams Are Made wasn't available when I chose it). Not a great deal happens there, everytime I sit down to complete a project, something interrupts me and I need to put it aside. I post pictures of what I'm making or some new fabric I've bought or every now and then I'll write a post to say what I'm up to.

My intentions are to sell a few little handmade blankets on madeit. I've done a few but not as many as I would like to. So far, all my orders are custom requests from family and friends and lots of gifting so I never have anything left over for my madeit shop! I'm working on that though.

Anyway, getting to the point now....I'm a member on the Support A WAHP site and this month they have selected me to be in their poll. If I get the most votes, they will do an interview with me and put it up on their site. Very exciting. So, if you are reading this blog (I have no idea if anyone is reading....LOL) come and vote for me here http://www.supportawahp.com/2012/in-the-spotlight-competition-march-2012-poll.html

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I was at Spotlight this morning. It's one of my favourite stores. Sometimes I just go to browse the fabrics. My mind goes at a million miles per hour thinking of all the projects I could do and then I think to myself, "I must finish the projects I've already started or about to start first!".

Today, I picked up some buttons for Miss A to craft with, some boning for a nursing cover that I'm planning to make, some cotton thread and some fabric that caught my eye. I found this gorgeous jersey knit fabric in a beautiful navy blue with white/red swirls and butterflies on it which I am going to make myself a maternity skirt. And I grabbed a metre of corduroy, which had just arrived in store. It's a taupe colour with little birdies in pinks, whites, blues and greens all over. I am thinking I will make Miss A a little pinny for winter with that.

First things first, I need to get cutting and start on a quilt I have planned for my nephews birthday.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gestational Diabetes

Apparently I have it albeit very mildly. I did my OGTT last week and on Saturday my GP rang me to say my blood glucose levels came back "just a little bit high" and she wanted to see me ASAP. I asked if it could wait until my Obstetrician appointment in two weeks time. Apparently not. So off I went on Monday morning. Complete waste of time. She tried ringing my Obstetrician during our appointment but he was uncontactable. So all she could do was tell me my levels were 8.5 and the upper most range of normal is 8, so I'm only slightly over. She gave me some literature and sent me on my way. She did ring me later on that day to say she got in touch with my Obstetrician who had already posted me a letter and referral to a Dietician and he is happy to see me at my next scheduled appointment.

I've done some reading and feel it's something that's quite serious if I ignore it. But I get the feeling that friends and family don't realise the consequences down the track. I've had some just say "oh well" or "hahaha you can't eat chocolate now". It is amazing me how insignificant diabetes seems to be in the community. Or maybe I am just over-reacting (or over concerned because I don't really know how it's affecting me yet).

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

And Off He Goes...

To Kindergarten. My three and a half year started kindergarten last week. *cry* He's growing up so quickly. I thought I was going to be perfectly fine, the beaming, smily mum waving bye to her little boy. Maybe it was pregnancy hormones, but I had to fight back the tears welling up in my eyes. I'm sure the teacher and other mums notice the glistening moistness in my eyes on that first day last week.

He was so excited to be a big boy going off to kindy.

All the mums received this care package from the kindergarten teacher. I really welled up when I read the poem and had to fight the lump in my throat. I WAS NOT going to cry in front of all the teachers, parents and children, most of all my own little boy!

It came time to say goodbye for the morning. He seemed a little overwhelmed by it all but was ok. When the kids were all sitting on the mat, the teacher asked them to turn around and wave bye to their mums. When my little guy waved to me he had a worried look on his face and I noticed his bottom lip started to tremble like he was holding back the tears too but was determined to be brave and not cry! Bless him. That look did it for me and as I walked out the classroom door back to the car, the tears rolled down my cheeks and I cried all the way home.

When I picked him up three hours later, he was all smiles and very proud of the biscuit he had made at kindy that morning! I'm so glad he's settled in and yes I am a big sook!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Beginning of a New Era

We have just moved house. Finally settling in and finding places for all the bits and pieces, slowly settling into a routine and making plans for the future. This house is bigger, on a good size piece of land, closer to the city, closer to The Husband's work, closer to the beach, closer to shops, closer to family. The neighbours are friendly and it has a good feel which is nice. We used to live in a cul-de-sac and you would think that it would be easy to get to know the neighbours but we never really did. Our new street is more open and so far the neighbours seem lovely.

This house is an old house and it's liveable. We will only renovate the bathroom because the shower is unusable due to lots of broken tiles. Everything else we can live with for now because our 5 year plan (loosely 5 years, it's a guide) is to knock this place down and rebuild our dream home. It feels awesome to be here now because it's one step closer to one of our goals.

In this house this year we will see the arrival of our third baby. Quite disbelieving at times that I will be a mother of three when several years ago I never thought I'd ever have children after being diagnosed with endometriosis. I truly feel blessed.

My first born starts kindergarten this year. It's sad yet exciting at the same time. I can't believe he will be 4 soon. Time goes so quick! We must be having fun! And I'm ignoring the fact that I am getting older! Despite that fact, I am really looking forward to how this year unfolds.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's Oh So Quiet...shhh...

If you were to ask me if I had a label throughout my life, a word or phrase most often used to describe me, it would be quiet. On all my school reports and employment references, the most common term was "Lynette is a quiet acheiver". You wouldn't think that could be so bad, right? Well, I guess it's not really, especially in school. The teachers thought I was "delightful" to teach and I got decent grades.

Coming into the workforce, it became a bit of a barrier. Employers saw it as a negative so I always had to prove myself that even though I'm not the loud mouth chatterbox in the office, I can do my job just as well, if not better, than others.

Out of the workforce and into parenting life, it still has an effect. I start to talk and people don't hear me or when I do get a chance to get a word in amongst my talkative friends, I get interrupted too often. Even online, I'm quiet. I post in forums or on Facebook and it often feels that my comments are not even seen. Feeling ignored is something I feel often.

And that's mostly my fault. There is nothing wrong with being quiet (is there?), I just need to step forward and add some assertiveness and confidence into the mix I think. Stand up for me, put myself out there and not worry about what other people think.

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's All In the Planning

I tended to be more organised with my meals and food choices when it's all planned out and written down last year especially when I was doing the Michelle Bridges 12WBT and my plan was all set out for me! So I'm starting this year with the same methods. Refollowing a previous round and readding a few extra calories here and there for me as I just want to gain pregnancy weight, not any extra! My husband is wanting to lose a few kilo's as well so as he eats what I serve up, he should be pleasantly surprised!

Some of the things on this weeks menu include Char-grilled beef with avocado and corn salsa; curried egg sandwiches; baked eggs with spinach, feta and wholegrain soldiers; apple and cinnamon cous cous; strawberry bruschetta. Yum Yum!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

And so the New Year begins

The first day of 2012. A New Year. As most people, I have a few goals/resolutions/things to do that I would like to see happen this year. On Day Zero Project they have a 7 Things in 2012. I came up with the following:

Learn how to swim freestyle
Start a business
Stop the clutter
Take a vacation to the south west
Find me again
Try another triathlon
Be more relaxed

My initial list is...

  • Spend one-one-one time with the kids and with my husband.
  • Complete a Project 365 (or 366 for this year considering it's a leap year!).
  • Return to my usual level of exercise after having this baby and
    • Earn 2 black tips towards my black belt in Aikido
    • Jog 5km non-stop by November
    • Swim 300m freestyle by November
    • Practice pilates once a week
    • Lose the baby weight plus an extra 5kg (ultimate goal weight 52kg).
They are a few specific things I would like to achieve this year but overall I want to live a life full of true meaning and commitment.

Happy New Year and may 2012 be your best year yet!



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