Thursday, July 31, 2008

How to wake up a baby

Heres my list

1) Decide to have a rest or
2) Decide to have a rest and lay down, get comfortable, close eyes.
3) Change the tv channel or
4) Change the tv channel to play video games.
5) Talk excitedly.
6) Start cooking dinner or
7) Serve dinner.
8) Arrive home from a walk in the pram that put them to sleep.
9) Sit down to blog, read email, write email.. anything to do with contact with the outside world lol.
10) Place the baby in the cot and take 2 steps towards the door

Saturday, July 26, 2008

whats normal?

For 2 weeks now we have pretty much;

woken, started the day at 10am, breakfast from 10-11am
had lunch anywhere from 1pm-5pm
dinner (altho sometimes just desert as in icecream or a snack as in tim tams) anywhere from 7pm-10pm
sleep for me starts at 10pm-1am depending on Alyssa, whats on tv and what naps ive caught thru the day

For 2 weeks james has had off work, he has made me countless breakfasts, lunch, dinners, drinks and always happy to. For 2 days solid he changed all the nappies (hehehehehe)

we have managed to go out to the shops on a few occassions, ah what fun! Alyssa loves being in the pram, she has looong sleeps in the pram while shopping. However our first time out was a bit of a refresher.. as in babies can sleep and poo/wee at the same time.. never thought of changing her. was glad to get home!!!!

Tia had her last day at little school, i bought chocolates and flowers for her 3 teachers/carers shes had for the past year.. lots of tears!!! Worried and excited that Tia will be getting into a preschool (yes even tho its called 'kinder' down here, this is kinder but the centre is called ... preschool) hope that made sense. I think its just as well that was her last day as sad-to-say there was a absolute horror of a kid who started that day, a young boy maybe 3years old who was nasty to all the kids, pushing them repeatedly and stuff.. just awful (very sad) ive seen bad kids, but this lil bloke takes the cake (in a big way!) Tia actually attempted to spit as we were walking to the shops today, i was shocked!!! Needless to say i told her princesses did not do that, yukky people did or if u swallow a fly perhaps.. and that people who smoke spit in public coz they are sick.. Considering this is a girl who loves to eat toothpaste and not spit it out.. im not sure where she got it from or what she thought it would achieve!

my preggy belly is all gone, totally deflated... however all the sweet cravings have done damage and i'll have to work it off to get back to where i was..

Enjoying this song lately...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Our new lil girl bub Alyssa

Born on monday 14th july (1 day early) at 4.23pm. 6hrs 40-something mins labour.. no drugs (until after the placenta delivered naturally), no stitches, delayed cord clamping, 2nd bub born on the floor (lol) bean bag this time.. interesting..
8lb 2.5oz, 35cm head circ. 50cm length (not tall apparently, lol) 7.5oz or 225g lighter and 2.5cm shorter than tia.

got 2 hospital via taxi.. arrived at hosp & got asked lots of questions while in labour, was examined 2 find i was 8cms dilated!!!!

bub poo-d n wee-d when she came out (and screamed) we then got a private room (lucky lucky) which was right near the nurse/midwife desk & the front doors (boo hiss!!! way 2 noisy) stayed 24hrs in hospital went home 2 a quiet house & my comfy bed and slept!!!!!!!!!!

typed 1 handed, hope every1 is well.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Lets start with the obvious.. no baby! ;) Due date is on tuesday (2 days to go!!), next appointment with the hospital is not till the 22nd of july, same day (but at night) as the information night for the primary school i want Tia to go too..

I think the baby is training for the olympics!??!! As it sure hasnt stopped kicking me or seem to have 'run out of room' at all..

Been getting alot of cramps, pains... same result as the past 2 sundays, just add saturday and this sunday and thru the week ive had days of pain... no show, no baby. Ive worked out that i will know its the 'real thing' when im in pain, puking and with the show.. until then we will just all be kept waiting!

*fingers crossed NOT A 1AM-6AM surprise*

Tia cannot wait to see her grandmas again! We hear all about how grandma will be visiting and come to see her :D

Nori has been farting really bad lately!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Double standards.. fallout 3 rant **warning drug content**

ugh! Fallout 3 the much awaited sequel in the fallout series.
I remember playing one of the fallout games, it was a turn based action, rpg? Fallout- being whats left of the world after a nuclear fallout, so rats, bandits, pubs and travelling... everyone for themselves.
Fallout 3 would be a R18+ game, which arent allowed for sale in Australia. Only games M15+ can be sold? I remember back in the old days, where the latest tekken, thats right a playable tekken demo in a video shop had curtains around it, just so the lil kiddies didnt see.. fair enough, not that i can remember whats in tekken that wasnt in Dead or alive or something..
All this because of realistic drug use.. Im sorry??? what???
I can play the games;

Saint Row, i can walk into a shop and buy bongs and smoke them (the character not me) from memory there were other drugs and alcohol you can buy in game as well..

Bioshock M15+ (British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Game of the Year, 2007. ), how can i paint the picture for you? well u can see for yourself, its 34secs into this you-tube vid

hmm nothing quite realistic like a huge needle *shudders* I did enjoy that game a bit.. being a hero! :D

thats only 2 i could rattle off the top of my head..
Double standards no doubt..

1) gamers are mostly 30+ year old males..
2) what parents buy their kid(s) a M15+ game?
3) Its ok for movies to have sex scenes, ok for brothels, ok for all those naughty adds right next to the garage sale adds in the newspaper, ok for music vids 2 have half naked booties... but not ok for a game to have a sex scene, pixels people! its just pixels!! :) and it shouldnt be a game that a parent or anyone would buy for a child!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

the midwife booking appointment

Monday i had the midwife booking appointment. The appointment where they figure youre to lazy to read the pamphlets they give you to read while you wait in the waiting room to see the midwife... the appointment that you go to where they also point out and circle in pen the phone numbers you need in call, in case something happens, in case your in labour, in case you have a question...
the appointment where they ask you 40 questions, that no doubt get asked at every appointment..
It went well, she said something bout being a bit late.. i shrugged it off saying something bout can never be to late to which she said something bout those who never see midwives and come in and deliver bubs in a tsk tsk naughty mothers tone.
I took in my birth plan, i winced at how many bits of bold text i had used, perhaps i should have done the same and circled the 'assuming all goes well', 'id like the option too'.. as the midwife hmm-ed thru it.. and then said id have to sign a consent form about not getting the synotocin jab to deliver the placenta *groans* i didnt want to do that, i wanted the option to decline it if all is well and to have it if it wasnt going all well..
The next point was that with a IV the tube bit that goes in, i would be better mobile if it was in my hand.. as opposed to it being in my arm.. which i had heard makes you more able to walk around etc.. ive never had a IV drip, so i have no clue.. if they put one in me and tell me i wont be able to walk i'll be very tempted to take it out and walk.. (during labour)
the next point she bought up was "hmm they wont be too happy about that" oh? "during a emergency cesear at frankston hospital. they dont want the hubby/partner in the same room, its too traumatic", Hubby who was there said that he had seen worse.. Which had me thinking.. whats more traumatic being right next to me, holding my hand (whether im awake or not) or more traumatic watching behind glass.. i mean come on.. and what bout me? if im awake, all by myself with alien looking doctors how traumatic is that going to be to me!??!! "they" dont have to like it, they just have to make it happen the way i want it! :D

So i went home, took out some lines, changed others, reduced the amount of words in bold..
Birth Preferences
(using a template from

We’re hoping for a natural childbirth without unnecessary interventions or the use of drugs. We appreciate your support with our birth preferences.This plan represents our preferences; however we recognise that in the event of unforeseen difficulties it may need to be re-negotiated. Please discuss all options with us.
We would like the birth experience to be respectful and private as we know this is conductive to a successful birth, with minimal interruptions, quiet voices and dimmed lighting.


§ I’d like the freedom to choose positions and walk around in labour as desired.

§ I’m happy to have intermittent external fetal monitoring unless continuous monitoring is medically necessary.

§ Please don’t offer drugs; I am aware of the options for pain relief and will ask for it if needed.

§ As long the baby and I are fine, I would prefer to be free of time limits and not have my labour augmented.

§ I would like to deliver in any position that feels right to me at the time, including on the floor. I wish to avoid being on the bed in a back-lying position.

§ I’d only like an episiotomy if there is a genuine medical emergency. Please allow time for the perineum to stretch naturally. I prefer a small tear to an episiotomy.


Presuming baby and I are well, we’d like:

§ The option for my Husband or myself to ‘catch’ our baby

§ To discover the sex of the baby ourselves.

§ The option for my husband to cut the cord

§ To hold our baby immediately after the birth. (We'll cover the baby with our own blanket that we'll bring from home.)

§ For all newborn procedures (weighing and measuring) to wait until I have had time to bond with and breastfeed our baby at least an hour

§ Assuming blood loss is acceptable. I’d like the option to have or not have the routine Syntocinon injection to help deliver the placenta & in the event of declining the Syntocinon, no controlled cord traction. Please let me have half an hour to a hour to deliver the placenta naturally if I decline.

· To wait until the umbilical cord stops pulsating before clamping (or at least 3-5mins), to allow my baby to receive the valuable blood and iron stores.

§ For baby to be given only breast milk – no water or formula.

§ That the baby has Vit k and Hep B shots shortly after bonding time.

§ I would like my husband to stay with me for as long as possible so that the baby has time to bond with him


If baby and I are well, I would like my baby to decide his/her own due date. Should labour induction become necessary at any time, I'd like to start with the least artificial means first - i.e. nipple stimulation, massage or a stretch and sweep before a medical induction. I would like time to allow the natural inductions work.

If this is unsuccessful and a medical induction or augmentation becomes medically necessary I’d like:

§ To only have my waters to be broken at first instance if my cervix is open. I would like to be given a generous amount of time for labour to establish upon rupture of membranes before other forms of medical induction / augmentation. I would like to go home if all is well, until labour is established.

§ If I require Syntocinon, I would like a very low dose, to be increased gradually and slowly. Once my labour is established I would like the option to choose to stop the dose being increased, lower the dose or stop the drip to allow my body to continue to labour without artificial oxytocin.


If a caesarean becomes medically necessary I’d like:

§ For my Husband to be given the option to be with me regardless. I believe he can make his own decision on if it would be traumatic for him to be there or more traumatic being out of the room watching.

§ For discussion to be respectful and minimal - only what is required medically and to inform me of what is happening

§ For the screen lowered so we can witness the birth of our baby

§ Unless prevented by medical emergency, I would like my baby to be placed on my chest while you complete the procedure

§ To be sure that a double layer suture is used and not a single layer in order to improve my chances for a future VBAC

§ For the cord to stop pulsating before clamping for reasons mentioned

§ I would like only my husband to hold our baby until I am fit and able.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Still here

Still waiting for bub to arrive.
*sigh* got crampy feelings down there, but doubt anything will happen today... bub is still so very active, kicking, moving.. my first appt with the midwives tomorrow (that is if they havent screwed me over again) Not much longer to go now! :)

i have been getting some more decent sleep, partially due to my cold getting better.. i still have it but loose my voice less often now. Better sleep being yes i first wake at 1-3am and then every hour or two after that.. but im falling asleep faster after waking that im not minding it too much.

Hubby made brekky this morning, scrambled eggs with fried up bacon and onion on muffins (had no bread) He was going to make a omelet, but im not a omelet person....

Tia has been playing in a big box for the past 2hrs, sounds as if she was tearing it apart from the inside and having lots of fun. LOL! (fine if she cleans up afterwards)

Friday i packed all the bags ready for hospital.. and realised i had no newborn socks (the new bonds wonder suits dont come with feet..) that i had 1 bib and 1 girly hat. So i found 4 pairs of white socks, 3 white bibs, 1 white hat and a marked down cute pooh bear singlet at target yesterday.

I also now have to unpack my hospital bag, as the plan is to stay overnight (if all is well) and come home asap.. (so i dont need 7 t-shirts now, lol.. etc etc) which i dont mind, altho i did keep hearing about how lovely the rooms were.. but knowing my luck id probably end up in some shared crappy room!

hope everyone is getting over colds or not getting sick! :)