Saturday, 24 November 2012

Baby Name Tag!

This is originally a video tag, but as I don't have the face for videos I am going to do it here on my blog! This tag was created by ObbsandLala and you can check out her video here. I am in no way pregnant but I love thinking about names and baby names! 

Here are the questions and my answer to the questions:

1.List your favourite and least favourite names from the SSA 2011  Baby Name List. (Why you like or dislike them and would you use a nickname)

Ok, well for a girl my favourite is fairly obvious. Sophia is my daughters name so that is my favourite girls name (but it is not quite as popular over here in New Zealand). My favourite boys name, I think out of that selection it would have to be William or Noah, they are probably tied. I once would have said Alexander but for some reason (not really sure why) I am not as fond of this name any more. The nicknames for those two would be, Loaf or Lulu for Sophia (which is what we call my daughter, long long story but that is what has stuck!) and Willie for William. 

Right, dislikes. Now if you have any of these names then I am sorry if I pick yours, I don't really dislike any of these but I have to pick one. For the girls it would have to be Emma. It is just a bit plain Jane, run of the mill stock standard name for me. I don't really have anything against the name but just not my favourite! Boys boys boys, I would probably have to pick Jayden. I am not sure why, I think its because it sounds harsh when you say it and doesn't run of the tongue well. It also really doesn't go with my last name! 

2.If you had twins what would you name them? (G/G, B/B, B/G)

Ooo this is hard. Really hard. I am going to TRY to come up with different names every time. Two girls, I really like the name Rose, so on that note I think I would pair that with Poppy, both flower names which I think is cute, but they are different enough from each other. Two boys, I ALWAYS have trouble with boys names, I am not a fan of starting with the same letter so will steer clear of that! I think I like Samuel and Lucas. Finally a boy name combination, Joshua and Emily. I think you can tell that I quite like traditional names! 

3. If you could change your name to anything what would it be?

It would be Sam, not Samantha, Sam. This is what my mum wanted to call me, after her own father who sadly passed away before any of us got to meet him. My father and grandmother both put their foot down and said it was not appropriate. I would love to have that name, the one that meant so much to my mother. 

4. You have 4 children. Any Gender. Their first names have to all start with the same letter. What would their names be? 

Well I already have Sophia so I will keep going along that line. Sophia, Sadie, Samuel, Sonny. 

5. Favourite animal inspired name.

My Friend named his son Drake, I quite like that. 

6. Favourite colour inspired name. 

Mauve, I love that name! 

7. Top three boy names.

Thomas, Isaac and Max.

8. Top three girls names. 

Sophia, Olive and Madeline.

9. Favourite Celebrity baby names. 

I really like the name Sadie or Hattie. If I had to choose a boy, maybe Flynn? I always find boys names so much harder to choose! 

10. Ultimate guilty pleasure name. 

Oooo this is hard. Being such a traditional girl it would probably be Sadie, I love that name but I don't think I would ever use it! 

11. Most hated baby names. 

I think ones that I consider made up, or too different. I am a traditional girl. I also really hate weird spelling, my cousin called her child Wryan (Ryan) and I just think the W is unnecessary, but each to their own.

12. Choose a name based on food/drink.

A girl, Olive. I adore that name and I wanted to call Sophia that. 
A boy, Barlett. Which is a type of pear and I don't think sounds like food at all!

13. Choose a baby name based on a month. 

I think that I would call a girl April. I kinda like that. 

14. Choose a baby name from Twilight. 

Oh dear, I have never read these books or watched the movies (well not sober, I watched it when I was drunk one time but only the first one.) I think I will need to consult google for this one. 

Ok, there was a Charlotte, which we were considering for Sopiha, with the nickname Charlie (which also happens to be in the book *bonus points*). For a boy there is Harry, I like the name Harrison, so I guess I could use that as a nickname! I think I may be the only female ever that has not read twilight! 

15. Choose a baby name that is already in your family. 

Easy, Olive was my Great Aunts name and for a boy, Liam, which is a cousin-in-law? Do you even say that?!?

Ok that tag took FOREVER to type out and think of! I love so many baby names and I bet that I will think of many names once I have published it to the world! Those are just some of the names that I love, hard to pick just one or two sometimes! 

I would love if you did this tag, either on youtube or on your blog. 
If you do, please put it down below so I can have a looksy!
Or if you can't be bothered with that, just comment below with your favourite girl and boy names! 

p.s If you like what you read, maybe you could follow my blog? I try to write about twice a week.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Fitness fakeout!

Ok, according to my BMI I am obese. I am not going to sit here and pretend like that is shocking, I do have a little a lot of extra junk in my trunk, and you know what I would love to blame it on having a baby, but the truth is I did not put on ANY weight with my pregnancy, not one kilo or measly pound. I stayed exactly as I was before I had baby. Although I will not stop people from assuming that it was due to having a baby, assume away people! 

I would love to lose weight, but I have two problems. 1, I hate working out. 2, I love food, I love good food and bad food. All food is good to me. So you can see my dilemma  Although one evening while you tubing I thought I would look up easy home work outs. Now I am not going to tell you I do these every day because that would be lying. However, if I eat that last chocolate biscuit and feel guilty this is what I do to ease my guilt. 

Firstly when my podgy tummy is getting the better of my I do this quick but what seems effective (makes my abs hurt a little) workout. It is 5 minutes and it relieves a little bit of guilt or makes me think that I will be a Slim Jim by tomorrow. 

If I am feeling extra enthusiastic then I add in a little cardio, and by a little I mean a little! I think this video only ends up being about 6 minutes, just enough to get my heart rate up but to probably not be overly effective. It makes me feel better and my theory is that any exercise is better than none right? 

It totals to being less than 15 minutes workout, and less than 20 minutes video all up! For a lazy exerciser busy mother like myself it is perfect. I try to do them as often as I can, and I can just watch them whenever I feel the urge. So that is my fake-out workout, although it does get my heart pumping so its better than nothing right?

What do you do to workout?
Comment below if you are a fitness bunny or a fitness fakeout like me!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Got Milk?

Disclaimer: What I am going to talk about it a very sensitive subject for people. This post is about my personal experiences, my thoughts and my opinions. What I do may not work for anyone else. I am in no way judging the choices you make. 

Before I had Sophia, I was thinking I would probably breastfeed. I was not adamant,  I knew it was something I wanted to do, but I also didn't want too much pressure put on me after she was born. I had told all my friends and family that asked "I plan to breastfeed but if it isn't working out for us then I am not worried if she has to be on formula."

That statement is only partly true. I really did want to breastfeed and did not want to use formula. I knew that breast milk was best for my baby (not to mention free, and I love a bargain!). However, I did not want to be at home at 2 O'clock in the morning, Sophia and I both crying and being miserable because I had put all this pressure on myself. Even though I was willing to entertain the idea of using formula I did not buy any bottles or formula 'just in case'. I thought it would be too tempting to give up that way.

After Sophia was born she latched right away. I was ecstatic  This breastfeeding thing was going to be a breeze! Right? Wrong. In the hospital it was fine, I had midwives that came at the touch of a buzzer to help Sophia latch. I had meals bought to me and nothing else to focus on except my baby. My milk came in a couple of days into my hospital stay (I think the Friday, and Sophia was born on the Wednesday) and that is when the trouble started. It turns out I am a really good cow. Like too good. My breasts we HUGE! Like woah mama they are giant knockers and if I jump I might give myself a black eye big! Not only that, they were rock hard and Sophia started having trouble latching.

I had to express a little off before every feed and because she was trying really hard to latch but was having difficulty I got cracked nipples (and that REALLY hurts!). But I carried on, the hospital where Sophia was born really pushes breastfeeding and is very reluctant to give formula, they even make you sign a piece of paper stating that they tried to help you breastfeed and you still chose to use formula!

I carried on breastfeeding though, and I was pretty determined to carry on a home as well, the hospital gave me nipple shield to use while my cracked nipple healed and that was a godsend. I am not sure I could have just fed through the pain like some brave mamas do! Also before I went home the midwife hooked me up to an electric pump (and yes, I felt like a cow) to help relieve some of the pressure. I am not sure how successful this was, after I was done I had nearly 200ml of expressed milk (which is a lot for someone whose milk has just come in) and my breasts had not softened one bit!

At home it got a little worse, I had great trouble latching Sophia and also had overly helpful mothers and mother-in-laws asking if I needed some help, all I wanted was peace and quiet to concentrate on what I had to do. People checking on me just distracted myself and Sophia and we had to start all over again. To be honest sometimes when I heard them coming I would put Sophia close to my breast and pretended like she was already latched so I would be left alone. 

Although it was hard at first, I feel like breastfeeding came pretty naturally to Sophia and it was me that had to learn about it. She was such a good baby, if she wasn't latched properly she would stop sucking and wait for me to realise and re-latch her. It probably took a week before we both had it down pat and my nipple was on its way to being healed. After that we had pretty much smooth sailing. 

We are still breastfeeding today, and Sophia is a year in just 10 short days! I am not sure how much longer my breastfeeding with last, I am not sure I am ready to give it up and 'lose' my baby. I actually really enjoy breastfeeding most of the time, and I know it has lots of nutrients that she needs and that she really enjoys it too, it is great when we are out and about, I can feed her and I don't have to worry about taking bottles and formula. 

I know feeding has become a real comfort thing for Sophia now, and although I am introducing cows milk after her birthday I am worried about how I am going to get her to give up nursing. Although I am not wanting her to give up instantly, I am starting to feel like I want my body back. I have a breast pump but I can count on one hand the amount of times I have used it. I am always there when Sophia needs a feed, or I am not far away. Nick and I have not had a proper night out since she was born (but that is partly due to not having family where we live and me being an over protective mother).

My top tips? Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Ask for help (from professionals). Allow friends and family to help out round the house so you can focus on you and baby. If they get sore, get them out in the sun, sunshine, lanolin cream and your own breast milk really helps heal any ouchies. If it really isn't working after a week go get your baby checked for a tongue tie (a piece of skin under the tongue that can prevent them from latching properly). 

So that is my breastfeeding story so far, its not over, and I am not sure when it will be. 
What was your experience? I would love to hear it, comment below!

P.S I hate posts without pictures but I was unsure I had any appropriate ones that related to the topic!

Monday, 19 November 2012

TAG: $200 Santa Wish list

Sam Schuerman did a blog post about what you would wish for if you had $200 for Christmas. I already know, and I have already been onto my partner about getting it for me. I want this bad boy here:

Oooo Camera sexiness!

Now I have a camera. But it is TERRIBLE. Well that is a lie, it is kinda cool. It is blue, that's nice. It is waterproof which is a really cool feature, but I have no need to take it underwater... It just doesn't take very nice everyday photos. Nick has an amazing DSLR camera, however, I am soo hopeless with it. I just want a snazzy point and shoot that is easy for me to handle. 

My old point and shoot was a Sony and it was AMAZING! I had it for years, it went around the world twice, took some breathtaking photos and then one night out it met a watery grave... the toilet in fact. NO, I was NOT taking a photo, I was in a bar and didn't want to put my bag on the floor and there was shelf behind the toilet but my bag wasn't steady, my bag fell over, and my camera fell in. Gross? Yes! But I had flushed and the barkeep kindly gave me a ziplock bag so no further contamination, just a few (wine assisted) tears!

Technically I am cheating at this tag. Twice. The limit is $200, but the tag I saw was by someone in the US, so I thought 'Well that means I can spend 200 US dollars right?' Fair enough, so I went over to the Sony website to find my baby I have been salivating over. Its $229.99. I am just going to assume that somewhere else has it cheaper or will do before Christmas. 

So Santa, I have been extra good this year. I hope I am on your nice list!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

To crunch or not to crunch... the tale of the soggy cracker.

I would love to be a crunchy mama. I would love to follow all that is crunchy and be the most crunchilicious mama out there. I am not. I am more like an old cracker that got left in the bottom of the packet, there is still a little crunch there but it is nothing like the other crackers. I am OK with being that cracker. I do not feel the need to be overly crunchy. I like my crunch, even if it is a little soggy.

Right, if you don't know what a "Crunchy" mama is then read this is what Urban Dictionary defines it as a

Mother who supports homebirth, breastfeeding,babywearing,
cloth diapering, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. 
One who questions medical authroity; tends to me vegetariean
 and/or prepares all-organic foods.

I think that pigeon holes the "Crunchy Movement" (if you want to call it that?) too much. I think it is about parents who follow their instinct and try to do the best by their children using the most gentle and natural way possible. 

I do some things with 'crunch'. I use cloth nappys (or diapers to you lovely Americans), I try to only feed my girl healthy fruit and veges and no processed foods. I  baby wear (the Ergo is my carrier of choice, but I LOVED the Moby until Sophia was about 4-5 months old). I kind of co-sleep, Sophias cot is in our bedroom and she starts the night in her own bed, and I try to settle her and put her back in there whenever she wakes, but more often than not she will spend half the night in with us. I am still breastfeeding and she is almost a year old, I am going to introduce other milks after her first birthday but I am not sure when I will wean her from the breast. I try to use all natural things on her skin, and I am a gentle parent and I try to never raise my voice or be harsh towards her. 

Now here is where my crunch gets a little stale. I don't buy organic food. In New Zealand organic is expensive! We are a single income household and if I want to continue to stay home with Sophia then I have to make some sacrifices. Organic food is one, I know that many people would not compromise that, but it is just too expensive for our limited budget! We buy plastic toys! I use disposable nappys overnight and also a lot of the time while we are out! I use a pram (stroller), a lot, Sophia likes it and it works for us. I have vaccinated Sophia and will vaccinate all my other children. I know this is a HIGHLY debated topic, now it is not that I am trying to start a debate. I am doing what I think is right for MY child and am in no way judging what people this is right for their child. Every family is different! 

These are just a few wee things. I am proud of the mother I am. I think I am a great mother, and I do what works for me and Sophia. She is loved and happy. I am not someone who thinks about the environment all the time but I like to try and do my bit. I like to be natural, and not eat too many processed foods, however I am not a health nut. I bake brownie. Regularly. (I may also eat half the pan... regularly). I just know that my baby is happy and healthy. Everyday I see her learn and grow, it is then I know that I am O.K. with being that soggy forgotten about cracker.

What kind of mama are you? 
What makes you proud to be the mama you are?

Friday, 2 November 2012

What we did for Halloween!

I wanted to do something small for Halloween as a part of my bucket list. I guess I achieved it, as it was super small! We had a fun day though!

Where I live Halloween is not a big deal. In fact it is almost non 
existent. All the 'young'ns' use it as an excuse for a party and to drink but the general public doesn't get overly into it. When I was a kid I went trick or treating with a friend. We were literally the ONLY children out trick or treating, in fact so many people were not prepared that we got more cash than candy!

For my bucket list I said I wanted to do something really small for Halloween. It turned out that Halloween was such a beautiful day (it is spring here) that we spent the day with my neighbour. She had her paddling pool out for her daughter and the kids just played in the water and ran around (well Sophia crawled) nudie for the afternoon. I do have pictures of that but I am sure you can understand why they are not being put on the internet. So really the most scary thing about our Halloween was the chance of sunburn (not really though because we used sunscreen!).

I didn't put Sophia in a costume as such, however we did give out candy to the 3 or 4 groups of children that came to our door. I did make Sophia wear these for most of the day though!

I tried to teach her to say RAAAH when I opened the door but she was not having a bar of it. I know compared to Americans that this will look a little lame! However, at least Sophia was happy to keep those ears on for most of the day!

What did you do for Halloween?
Comment or leave a link to your blog post below..

Spookiness and Sunshine

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Overdosing on Love

CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION: This post is a little mushy, I have been thinking a lot about being a mother lately, and this has got me all emotional over the fact, so I have poured my wee heart out xx

Are you a mother? Or a father for that matter? 

Before I became a mother I never really understood the whole parental love. I thought I did. Oh I really thought I knew what unconditional love was and just how much love I had to give. Then I had Sophia. Now don't get me wrong, I was not one of those instantly 'head over heals' in love with my baby people. It took time for me. Sure, I loved her from the beginning, but I feel like that my love has grown beyond what I ever imagined I was capable of.

If you are a parent, then you know. They smile - you melt. They laugh - you melt. They cry - your heart breaks for them. They fart - you think its cute. They say 'mum' (or dad) - your heart overfills and starts filling you with love from your toes (it needs to start here because there is sooo much love coming your way).

Recently Sophia has become so interactive and I just know she loves me as much as I love her. She has started crawling over and putting her wee arms up when she wants up. She randomly gives me cuddles and kisses when sitting on my knee. And one of my favourite ones, is when we sing the Barney song.. 

I love you, You love me

We're a happy family
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too. 

Yes that nightmare song that I had to listen to many times as a tween because my little brother was obsessed with Barney. The cute bit isn't just me singing it. The cutest part is that when I sing 'with a great big hug' I get a REALLY big cuddle from Sophia, she comes up and flops her head onto my chest! Also with the 'and a kiss from me to you' I get one of those super adorable open-mouthed slobbery kisses that most under ones love to done on you. 

Now if that isn't enough, she is just all round adorable. I know I am probably a little biased, but she is just too darn cute. I will let you form your own opinion... 


Argh, I just love that little face soo much!

Mushy mama out