Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Wooo Hooo!

I am not sure everyone would celebrate this, but for me, it is pretty exciting!

I have reached ... 500 VIEWS!!!!!

I know that many bloggers have their views in the hundreds of thousands, but it makes me chuffed that people have gone to the trouble of viewing my blog 500 times! It is not even fully formed and is a bit sporadic and over the place, but still people are reading. Not many, but there are some! I was super excited when I got 100 views and since then it just seems to have sky rocketed!

So thank you for taking the time to have a look!

It makes my heart warm and fuzzy and gave me the biggest grin!

Grins and giggles 

I dream a dream....

I was inspired by Louise at sprinkle of glitter and her post about "Mummy Dreams" she talked about all the wonderful things that she was looking forward to doing with her little girl as she grows up, and it made me think. What am I looking forward to? Sophia is only 11 months, so it is what I am looking forward to from this point onwards...
  • Watching her play dress up in my things and pretending to be me.
  • Baking with her on rainy afternoons.
  • Walking along the beach by our house, and waiting patiently as she tries to pick every little thing up or look at everything along the way.
  • Making her pancake breakfast every birthday (my decision for our birthday tradition)
  • Watching her twirl in the mirror when trying on outfits in a store.
  • When she can say "I love you Mummy"
  • When she finally kisses with her tongue in and her mouth closed (although I adore her spontaneous slobbery kisses too!)
  • Setting out milk and a snack for Santa on Christmas eve. 
  • Getting her to help in the kitchen and teaching her my love for cooking. 
  • Watching her at sports games/ dance recitals and seeing how proud of herself she is. 
  • Hearing the pitter patter of her feet down the hallway as she tries to sneak into mum and dads bed. 
  • Watching her be a big sister (one day...) 
  • Listening to her "knock knock" jokes and laughing with her (or at how funny she finds them)
  • Watching all the little 'shows' that children love to put on
  • Sharing some of my favourite books that I have kept since my childhood
  • Taking her to where I grew up, showing her the places that I loved to be
  • Writing her a letter every year on the eve of her birthday, and then watching her read them on her 21st birthday
  • Singing as loudly to the radio in the car, getting many words wrong and being completely off key (well I will be)
Louise was much more poetic and eloquent when writing her post, but it really got me thinking. Of course I am looking forward to the big milestones like her first steps and starting school, but there are so many little things. I love pretend play and dress ups and can't wait to share in these things with her. Being silly is my thing, and already I get a great kick out of being silly and making her giggle. I want her to have the same sense of fun in her life, a carefree attitude. 

Nick once challenged me to walk home from the supermarket in a thrusting action, I didn't make it all the way home, but I did go for about 3 blocks. I think he was more embarrassed than I was, but we were laughing and having a good time, and what was the likelihood of me ever meeting the people that saw me? Probably never. In fact, no one has come up to me yet saying "I saw you walking home laughing hard and walking like a weirdo" and even if they did, WHO CARES!

Right enough rambling, this started out lovely and nice and ended up with me talking about thrusting while walking (which by the way, I must add, is VERY difficult to do).

What dreams do you have for your children? What are you looking forward to?

Leave me a comment below, I am sure you will be more eloquent that I was and wont revert to talking about being a weirdo!

Much love and thrusting

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Autumn Bucket list, Southern Style!

Marie Bitsandclips has set up a bucket list for Autumn or Fall. I am going to do it southern style, southern hemisphere that is! Oh yeah, mixing it up with my Spring bucket list! Here is the bucket list that Marie set up, I will be doing all the same things but with a spring theme! 

So for the first one, Meal. When I think of spring, I think of lemony freshness flavours. Light and delicious salads and pastas. I think that I will find a few wee dishes that I want to prepare.
First off, in one of my magazine subscriptions I saw a delicious Salmon pasta, and although it seems a little heavy as it is made with cream I think the lightness of the capers and salmon will balance this. Plus it is still a little chilly in spring so can totally get away with a yummy pasta!
I will also find at least one other 'spring meal' and do it, but I have not found it yet, but it will be a recipe that I haven't tried.
All the rest I will post as I get around to them (and I hope I do, I have about a month and a half to get through them). However I wanted to add a few of my own in there.
  • Go on a family walk somewhere we have never been before.
  • Bake something new that adheres to the 'freshness' of spring
  • Buy at least one lot of fresh flowers (something I NEVER indulge in)
  • Do a little spring cleaning (but only a little) 
  • See the tulips at the botanical gardens ( we already done this because of a warm winter they bloomed early and I forgot to take a photo.. opps!) 
  • Go to the park, numerous times! 
  • Go to a school fair or some other outdoor community event! 
  • Do something a little halloweeny (its not very big here in NZ, so will just do a little something)
  • Spring snaps - photos of things that I think are spring!
OK, so there are a few things to get me started, as well as what Marie has prescribed on the list I will do a few extras. Spring is not as fun as autumn, I love the leaves changing and things like that, but I also love the new flowers and the sun shining more.

Lets see how my bucket list goes! 

Side note - when you are sitting on the computer or watching TV do you ever see something out of the corner of you eye and you think it is a spider or some other gross thing crawling on your chair. It happens to me ALL THE FREAKING TIME and it is just my crazy crazy mind! 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

A pintrest interest

I am thinking about starting a you tube channel. I think I would like to record myself doing some of the cool ideas that I see on pintrest and see how they turn out. Maybe people can request them too. It is just an idea in the making, but I see all these cool ideas and think that sometimes people would like to see how long they take or how they can be done and also what the result it like.

Let me know below if this is something that you would like to see.. 
I would try to do one or two a week, from crafts to cooking.. and we would start out easy ;) 

What do you think?

Bargain Vintage Books!

I am a book lover. Not just any books but children's books. Being an early childhood teacher by trade I just love a good children's book. Especially the ones that I read as a child. I often look around my local charity shops to find some really cheap treasures. Seeing as Miss S is only 10 months I don't see the point in spending $10-20 on a book when at this age it goes in the mouth and occasionally a wee accident happens and it gets ripped. I can pick up books anywhere from $0.50 - $3.00 and recently I have picked up some really good'uns. 

I just thought this book was too gorgeous not to get!

Look at the illustrations! 

A childhood favourite!

I never read "The naughtiest girl" series but I LOVE Enid Blyton so I thought I would pick it up!

Can't go wrong with a little bit of Noddy!

Love the illustrations!

OK. Can you tell who my favourite childhood author was?
 I just think all of her books were filled with mystery,
magic and imagination.

I think the most expensive book here was $2.00! I really want Sophia to grow up and read some of the books that I loved as a child. I love  these old books, for example, the far away tree book still has the original names, Jo, Fanny, Bessie and Connie. I think they changed them to Jo, Frannie, Beth and I am unsure whether they changed Connie. I used to giggle at the name Fanny, (and Dick which is in another of her books) and that is what gave them a little of their charm. So I refuse to buy the new 'updated' versions. Give me Fanny and Bessie I say! 

Comment below with some of your childhood favourite books? 
Or what bargains do you find in charity stores? (We actually call them op shops here!)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Becoming a Mother

Sitting watching One born every minute made me realise that I had quite a unique childbirth experience. Before I went into labour I had no expectations. When asked by my midwife what my labour plan was I was a bit vague. The conversation went a little like this:
"What is your birth plan?"
"To get the baby here safely, whatever it takes"
"What about pain relief?"
"I would like to try to go it without pain relief, but I am not sure how much it will hurt so I might need it, I just want to go with the flow"

That was all that was said about it really, I trusted in my midwife and her judgement completely. The other thing was that I knew I didn't want a water birth. Other than that I was pretty easy going. I just wasn't sure how you could plan for something when you had no idea what it was going to be like. 

On the 29th of November 2011 (my due date was the 23rd)  is when I first started getting signs of labour. I started loosing bits of my 'plug' throughout the day, it didn't come out all at once. So I wasn't entirely sure of what it was. I was out visiting a friend at her work and I  got a wee pain, nothing to bad and once again I brushed it off. My partner and I decided to go for a romantic drive, we drove out to the beach and watched the sunset together. It was so picturesque and the perfect way to spend our last evening as just the two of us (not that we knew it was our last evening!). I got another pain around 11, so I figured that labour was on its way, but they were so irregular and far apart I thought it could be days before I had the baby.

I tried to sleep that night. I really tried. But a mixture of fear and anticipation kept me awake. Just was I was dozing off I got another pain (it was 1.28am) then I woke a little while later to another pain (the clock said 1.38am). Finally on the third pain at 1.48am I realised that the last three had been ten minutes apart. I got up quietly as my partner was still asleep. I wasn't really quite sure what to do with myself, do I get up and wait for the next one? Do I try and rest? I did get back into bed to try and rest but every contraction I got out of bed to 'move' through it as rocking and walking really helped with the pain. Around 2.30 Nick woke up and it was then he started timing my contractions and recording how far apart they were.

We laboured quietly in my room as not to wake the rest of the house (we were staying at my mothers house at this stage). Nick was timing and I was pacing. In fact Nick got so good at timing that he would tell me when I should be having my next contraction. Around 4.10am my contractions were about 4 minutes apart and after a trip to the bathroom I discovered a little blood, being my first baby I was unsure if it was normal. I woke my mum to ask her and she was also unsure. I tentatively rung my midwife (she had told me not to call her until my contractions were 3 minutes apart) i told her my contractions were 4 minutes apart and that I had a little blood. She assured me this was all normal and to call her back when my contractions were a wee bit closer together.

I decided to jump into the shower to help with the pain and Nick sat on the toilet telling me when my next contraction should be! Within 20 minutes (4.30am) my contractions were 2 minutes apart. I rung my midwife and she arranged to meet me at my local hospital at 5.00am. Nick and I made sure we had everything in my hospital bag and made our way to the hospital. We got there before my midwife, and while we waited for her I fretted that I would only be 3-4cm dilated and that I would have got her out of bed for nothing. She arrived just after 5.00am and checked me about 5.15am. I was in a wee bit of pain but I thought it would get a whole heap worse, so I was considering pain relief.

When she checked me I was 9CM DILATED! I had stayed home until I was 9cm!! There was no time for pain relief for me! She broke my waters and put me into the birthing tub. She gave me the gas tube and told me to push down every time I had a contraction. Then she left me to it. She checked on me occasionally but pretty much I was left to it.

I couldn't work the gas right, I had been breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth at home and that was what I continued to do, so I doubt I got any gas. Nick was sitting on a stool with a cup of water and would give me a sip when I opened my mouth, but other than that he was quiet (which is what I wanted). From here I pretty much when into myself, just doing what I was there to do. I really felt like nothing was working and I voiced that to my midwife. Of course I was pushing the baby down (slowly, because if I am honest I wasn't really trying my hardest when pushing, it was like I was conserving my energy).

From here I lose track of time, I know I went into the tub about 5.30am and that I got out at some stage and went onto the bed. The midwife checked me again and told me that the baby was stuck on my cervix a little bit and she just had to help her shift. While she was doing this I was politely saying "Please stop. I do not like it. It really hurts I would like it if you would stop that now" haha! Then after what felt like about 15 minutes of hard pushing (it was probably much longer) Sophia Catherine was born at 7.32am! To which I said "Oh that wasn't as bad as what I thought it would have been!"

Baby Sophia minutes after birth
From there more was a blur, I held Sophia right up under my chin (where the skin was) so I hadn't really had much of a chance to see what she looked like. She didn't cry and all I could hear was her breathing. I had to get two stitches, that weren't essential but I had a wee graze and my midwife said it would just help it heal faster. Then while they were giving Sophia a good look over and measuring her I took a shower. It was all a bit surreal I got dressed in my pajamas and then WALKED around to my room. By this stage my mum was here and my brother and Nick's mum caught up with us as we were walking to my room.

That is my birth story. I was nothing like I expected. I expected so horrific, long drawn out, unbearably painful experience and I think I got the opposite. I know that everyone births differently and that some people find it very hard, but I feel often all we hear is the bad experiences, and not the good. I think I had a wonderful experience and it didn't put me off one bit. Although it was painful, don't get me wrong, it hurt like heck! I didn't have the choice of pain relief so I just had to deal with that.
I really think the key was moving, walking around and swaying during my contractions. I had one contraction during the car ride to the hospital (we lived really close!) and I was sitting down and that one was HORRIBLE! The same when I was being checked and I had to sit still, it was much worse. When I was in the water I swayed and pushed and I think that really helped with the pain. 

I hope my positive story helps someone else who is pregnant. It is nice to know that people can have natural, pain relief free (even if it was by accident) births. I have one piece of advice. Be prepared to change your plans, birth plans are a guideline and if you don't have a really set ideal then you can't be too disappointed. Also, expect the worst. Then, like me, you might be pleasantly surprised. 

Daddy and daughter
Catching up on sleep after a tiring night!
(Excuse my skin, pregnancy wasn't kind to me!)

Now I know that was a novel! But that was my story.
What was your birthing story, please share below or post a link to your blog post about it.
I love hearing about different people's experiences. Also feel free to ask any questions :)

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Full-time Freakout

I have made a decision to apply for a full time job. The position is somewhere I really want to work. Although I didn't want to go back to work until after the holiday period, I haven't seen a position come up here before. So I feel as though I should apply now in case there isn't an opportunity when I am ready to return to work.

I would love to stay at home with my baby until she starts school. Unfortunately that is not plausible for my family. My partner is just starting his career and although he can earn enough for us to live, it is not enough to save to buy a house or anything like that. So return to work I must. I am hoping I only have to for a few years, until we have our next child (which is probably 3 or 4 years away) and then I can stay home with the next child for at least a year.

I know that many mothers return to work, but I can not help but feel guilty. I always thought that I would be a stay at home mother until all of my children were at school. I do not think that will be the case. Although I would love to stay home with my children, for my family I need to work, so we can get ahead. Maybe in a few years I can reduce my hours to part time? I don't know. I am both excited and freaking out. I want this job. I do. I also want to stay home with my baby girl and never miss any thing she does. I am so TORN.

I will keep you updated, until then I shall silently freak out.
Feel free to tell me how it works in your household, or a simple, everything will be alright!

31 Oct 2012 - Update
I decided not to apply for the job, I just got incredibly sad about the whole ordeal. I love being home with Sophia and she is at an age that I really don't want to leave. She is so interactive and has a great wee personality that is beginning to shine! She plays games, sings and gives me spontaneous kisses and cuddles. Who could leave that? I might re-evaluate the situation after the holiday period.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Bargain Baby!

Today I went shopping with my mother in law. Of course we were shopping for Baby S (well it wasn't supposed to be, but that is how it ended up). We went to three different shops Pumpkin PatchCotton on Kids and JK Kids. We were just killing time but happened to stumble across some bargains that we just couldn't pass up. Baby S is 10 months old, and when she was born we were pretty much set for the first year of clothes. I have been pretty lucky and haven't had to buy her many clothes. But from the age of 1 we are pretty much starting over and that is (eeeeeeeek) 2 months away!

Anyway, onto the haul!

From Pumpkin Patch we got this cute wee cardi, its nice and light and perfect for those cooler spring and summer days (which was a bargain at $15.00 down from $32.99)

We also got this cream and red spotty top (for a tidy $12.99 down from $22.99)

From JK Kids we got these tights, which I think can go with so much because of the colours in them, plus great to wear until we really get into summer and they were only $4.20 down from $13.99

As well as this cute tea party long sleeved top which was discounted to $8.00 down from $15.99

Finally our last stop was cotton on kids, this is where i got the BEST bargain. My oh my, I loooove this wee coat, I fell in love with it and I wasn't sure we would get it, because its coming into summer and it was a size one, but at $10 (down from $54.95!!!) I just couldn't leave it behind and I am hoping desperately that she still fits it next winter, or at the very least autumn. *Crosses fingers for the next 6 months* Here is the coat, don't you just love the inside?

We also got these 2 pairs of leggings, which will be great for summer as they are thin. I particularly like the green ones, but then I have a fetish for pastels and floral patterns. These were two for $20 (usually $12.95 each).


Finally, we picked up another of these cute hoodies. She already has one of these are they are so so soft. They aren't too heavy for spring/summer and there are so many cute colours and patterns. This was a cool $10 down from $24.95.

I love shopping for wee ones, there clothes are always a much better bargain and sooo much cuter, plus they don't have to worry about whether their 'body shape' will suit it. 

What has been your best bargain of late? (Mine was definitely that coat! Squeee!)

Sunday, 7 October 2012


Over the weekend I was lucky enough to attend the World of Wearable arts show! When I heard that my father in law had kindly shouted my mother in law and I, I was grateful but honestly just thought it was a runway show of costumes and wasn't sure that I would truly appreciate it. Oh how wrong I was! The show was AMAZING! It wasn't just a runway show like I (and incidentally my mother in law!) had assumed. It was a 2 hour choreographed extravaganza!

The models costumes were AMAZING! The choreography was fantastic, I didn't know where to look. Also, I was treated to the 'star package' which meant that I got a programme and a goody bag with food and wine juice (bah-hum-bug to breastfeeding). We had seats that were so close to the stage that we could really see the detail on the garments. Honestly, if you ever get the chance to go I thoroughly recommend it! Unfortunately there were no photos or videos allowed so I could only find a few photos on google to share with you.

What festival/event in your country would you recommend people attend? This would deffinitely be in one of the top ones that I recommend. 

A xx

Friday, 5 October 2012

Pin Me Happy
Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter wrote a lovely post the other day about all the positive things on pintrest. We all have days where we aren't 100% and while I sometimes turn to chocolate, I also love looking at all the lovely images on Facebook and pintrest. Here are some of my favourites!
Some of them are serious and some of them are hilarious! 

If you want to share your favourites please link them below or if you write a blog post link it here (and on Louise's blog) so I can check you out! Sometimes its the little things that can change the course of your day, maybe they can cheer someone else up too?

A xx