Saturday, October 27, 2012

Some things that make me happy

A little while ago I wrote about how I am struggling a bit with things.  Normally I do try to see the positive side of life, but I guess we are all human and things can get to us all sometimes when life gets too hectic.  So I have been trying to take a little time out to appreciate all the wonderful things in my life, no matter how simple they are, and trying to take a few minutes here and there to wind down my mind from the busyness of everyday life (or groundhog day as I call it!).  Sometimes it does take conscious effort to take a deep breath and feel happy rather than caught up in everything going on around you.  Here is a few of the things I have been doing:

 Sitting out by the pool and enjoying the sun when baby is having a nap.

Having a pedicure and putting on some bright nail polish.

Watching bubby sleep and enjoying the peace.

Looking at the beautiful jacaranda's in the park across the road from our house.

What do you do to make yourself feel better when you are feeling down?

Some other posts you may enjoy reading:

10 Things to do in the First Trimester
10 Things to do in the Second Trimester
10 Things to do in the Third Trimester
Your Cheeky Monkey Review at Hip Little One
What products do you really need for your newborn baby?
Baby Gift Baskets for delivery to Pindara Hospital

Monday, October 22, 2012

Visit to the Gold Coast 600

Last week I received a pretty exciting email - I won the V8 Supercars Giveaway over at the Mummy Smiles Blog!  The gorgeous Natalie drew me as the winner of this incredible prize, so I wanted to post a great big thank you and also some pictures.

The prize included tickets for the weekend to the GC600 event, merchandise packs, and early entry into the Disney Pixar Cars Experience on Sunday before it opened to the public.  As we have a little baby, I didn't end up going along, but my husband and sons had an absolute ball!!

Thank you again Natalie, it was an incredible weekend for my family xxx

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Baby Update: Six and a half months

I can't say enough how devastated I am how quickly time is passing right now.  I have said it before, but at the risk of repeating myself, I know I wished away my sons babyhoods because I just didn't know any better, so I wanted to treasure every second of this my third and last baby. 

At 6 1/2 months, there is so much happening in a little baby's life.  They are certainly becoming so much more aware of the world around them, coupled with the ability and desire to reach out and explore everything they can with their hands and mouth.  Teeth are starting to come through, crawling is not far off (we are at the rocking on hands and knees stage, doing face plants, and getting very frustrated because she knows sometime is supposed to be happening but it isn't).  I am finding joy in the smallest things, like the big open mouth bite kiss thing they do on your face, and the way they sit like a little bird with their mouth open when you are feeding them, and the knowledge that you are their whole world at the moment.

We had our 6 month check-up and immunizations the other day.  I sort of knew she was big, but at 70cm and nearly 9kg I now know why she is already out growing some of her size 0 clothes!!  It's funny, at the 6 week check-up at the paediatrician, the first thing he said when we walked in the room was 'well she is going to be taller than her Mum'.  I told the GP this the other day and she was amazed at the experience the pead has to make this comment at such a young age.  The GP also laughed at my little one, she does this pilates thing where when she is lying on her back she lifts her head and neck and shoulders and legs and just stays there, the GP said she has never seen a 6 month old have such amazing core strength to do that.  So, very happy we have such a healthy little Bub.

I'd also like to write about me right now.  I don't really know how to start or what to say, but I'm definitely out of mojo at the moment.  At the risk of sounding like a whinger, because I know there is heaps of Mums out there busier than me and facing much bigger challenges than me, I have pretty much hit a brick wall.  It's funny, I look back on when my sons were babies, and the 6 month mark was challenging for me then too, maybe its my breaking point.  When my first son was 6 months old I was 3 months pregnant, and I know I was doing it tough with morning sickness and pregnancy tiredness.  When my second son was 6 months old my oldest was 18 months and looking back I think I was definitely at breaking point.  I was working, taking the kids with me, and at this point I ended up putting my oldest in kindy because I just wasn't coping.  I sort of feel its happening again now, life is just so busy, especially in the mornings and evenings with not only looking after bub but school routines, cooking dinner, homework, housework, and trying to fit real work in around it all.  I have to admit, I have actually said to a couple of people I'm not coping very well at the moment, and its interesting to see how quickly they change the topic.  I don't blame them, what do you say to someone who says that to you?  I am a qualified professional counsellor, and I have to admit I wouldn't know what to say to a Mum who when you ask how is she going says not very well.  I remember reading or hearing once that when someone asks you how you are all they want to hear is good thanks.  No-one wants to hear the answer I'm not doing so well.  It's not their fault, people are just busy and wrapped up in their own lives.  I sort of feel really negative about the whole RUOK thing... I saw everyone posting it on their facebook pages a while ago, but I don't really believe anyone cares that much.  And I don't really even know what I want people to say.  Maybe just some acknowledgement of the hard job it is instead of the attitude they are your kids, you wanted them, so shut up and get on with it.  It also doesn't help that when I look in the mirror I know I look like crap.  I'm off for a leg and underarm wax tomorrow.... maybe that will cheer me up a bit?

Some other posts you may enjoy reading:

10 Things to do in the First Trimester
10 Things to do in the Second Trimester
10 Things to do in the Third Trimester
Your Cheeky Monkey Review at Hip Little One
What products do you really need for your newborn baby?
Baby Gift Baskets for delivery to Pindara Hospital

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Announcing the winners of the Mega Giveaway

What a huge number of entries we had for the Mega Review & Giveaway!  It was heaps of fun (and heaps of work to be honest) organising the products, writing the reviews and giveaways up, and picking the winners.  Many entries were unfortunately invalid for various reasons.  I'll definitely be doing it again in another couple of months (don't be shy, feel free to contact me if you would like to take part) and already have some great brands and prizes on board (have a read here why it's such a great benefit).  There was 19 winners of the Giveaway, all have been notified by email however there is still a couple I am waiting to hear from (if you think your name is on the list... check your junk mail folder hehe).  The winners were drawn as follows:

Hatchlings Cloth Nappy
- Liz

Joli Cuticle Oil
- Sarah R

i&u Breastfeeding Dress
- Pam

Papermate InkJoy Pens
- Alannah
- Michelle
- Eva

Chook Chook Mei's Secret Pets Book
- Fiona

Table of Plenty NoNo Bars
- Mel
- Amanda

Forever Clover Swap Cards
- Darya

Mindful Parenting Magazine iTunes Voucher
- Wendy

Grubby Bubby Bibs
- Cathy

Monkey Swimmers
- Christine

Nads Nose Wax Packs
- Rachel
- Sarah A
- Kell

Moonpig Voucher
- Yvette

Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil
- Lara

Chewable Bracelet
- Marita - Unclaimed - redrawn winner is Emma

Thank you all for your entries, and if you missed out keep an eye out for our next Mega Giveaway!