Been a while, eh?
So here I am nearly 9 months after pregnancy and childbirth. I'm still carrying lots of weight, and sneezing when I need a wee is dodgy, but on the whole I think I'm pretty much back to normal.
My skin has cleared up.
My hair has grown back.
My feet and neck and back no longer ache for no reason.
My boobs fit back into my pre-preggy bras.
The extra pigmentation and linea negra have almost faded away.
I'm feeling strong and well and slightly fit - and it's fantastic. I'd forgotten just now good it is to feel normal.
I feel... ready to do it all again. We've actually been "trying" for a few months now, but each failure has been greeted with an overwhelming sense of relief from me! I wasn't ready. Now I think I am... and of course it also helps that the bank has approved a further loan on our mortgage which means we're back in the black. Phew
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Been a while, eh?
Monday, 24 May 2010
Hard to believe Princess has been in the world about as long as she was growing in my belly!
Current weight: 8.5kg - still right in the middle of the normal zone.
Teeth: 3! Two bottom and one top, and I reckon the other top one is imminent.
Mobility: Rubbish. Which is actually nice as she is always where I left her! Princess is not quite sitting unassisted, can't roll from her front, and is showing no sign of crawling.
Feeding: 2 or 3 solid meals a day, and 3 bottle feeds. The bottle feeds are getting smaller and the solid meals bigger. Princess eats just about anything of any texture.
Vocalising: Lots. And lots of mimicking of tongue clicks and raspberries.
She's chatty and happy and inquisitive and robust. It's awesome.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Milord is giving the Princess her bedtime bottle and I have 15 minutes free to sit at my computer. I used to sneer at stay-at-home-mums who couldn't find the time to do more than look after the house and baby. Surely that only takes a couple of hours of the day?
Turns out babies don't like being ignored. Princess is perfectly happy provided I am pushing her in the pram, or holding her, or talking to her, or cooking and cleaning while she watches. Sitting still with a book or in front of the computer is not acceptable!
Recently her naps have become very short - she snoozes for only about half an hour 3 times a day. Where I used to have at least an hour several times a day to sit down with a cup of tea and my book (or update my blog) I now have barely made a piece of toast before Princess is calling me again.
Also, for most of this week Princess has been very clingy. She cries inconsolably for no reason at times which is most unusual. I think she may be teething again. Oh well, in general she is the most delightfully cheerful soul so I shouldn't complain about a few brief abberations. And our nights are pretty good - she goes to bed around 7pm and gets up around 7am.
We've had some screaming during the past few weeks. Princess has lost the knack of falling asleep easily and we went through a couple of weeks of unbelieveable screaming at bedtime and during the night as she got super-tired but couldn't drop off. Luckily (for us), being picked up made the screaming worse so in the end we just closed her door and turned off the monitor and waited it out. 2 hours of screeching became 1 hour of screeching became half an hour of screeching... and now it's quite rare. Phew.
So my house is clean (because she doesn't mind watching me clean) and I'm clocking up the miles with the pram. Meals happen. Laundry is up to speed (provided I move Princess to where she can see me hanging out the washing).
My brain is beginning to atrophy though. I really miss book reading! We do have cable TV but that's not a habit I want to get into during the day. I have now started listening to audio books which is a brilliant solution - and in fact I find that I am getting more detail than when I read the books myself. I'm a skim-reader, and it's amazing how much more there is when a story is read to you word-for-word! I'm on the 4th Harry Potter book, and thoroughly enjoying having it read to me while I walk, feed and bath the baby!!!
One upside of all the walking is that I am now back in my pre-preggy "fat pants". I don't muffin-top over them, and when I stand tall with everything sucked in I think I look pretty good. However.... when I relax, my "mummy-tummy" oozes over the front of my trousers. Ick. Lots and lots of situps are called for, methinks!
Righto. Princess has been put to bed by her dad, and I need to get the dinner together. Chat soon - when I get the chance!
Saturday, 8 May 2010
It has been chilly lately. Well..... chilly for us and Princess isn't used to it! We've had lows of 10 and highs around 20, and her hands, feet and face go icy if she isn't well rugged up.
Kat, your awesome hand-knitted blanket is my pram blanket ;-).
Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie!
What is this thing called camera right in my face?
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
So I haven't been posting much. You know that thing where a friend goes really quiet and after a while you start to wonder if something is wrong?
Well, in the grand scheme of things my life is fabulous, but I've been stressed. Might as well tell the internet, eh? (ps. Dad, I'm fine really, just feel the need to share what's keeping me awake in the small wee hours)
1. Milord's new salary doesn't quite cover our normal monthly expenses, even when I trim us down to beans on toast every night.
2. We have over $30K in credit card debt. Which is growing.
3. Our mortgage repayments are almost 50% of our income, and the interest rates keep rising.
4. What about random expenses like car and doctor and so on? We have no safety net!
5. I may have to go back to work.
6. The only work that would be worth it would be full time, it can take months to get a daycare placement, and I don't want anyone else looking after my baby!
7. We are supposed to be trying for our next baby but I can't see how we can afford another one - and I don't have that much ticktock time left to stuff about with babymaking.
So here's my happy list:
1. At least I can consider going back to work for good money.
2. Milord occasionally picks up extra work that lifts us over the breadline.
3. We probably have enough equity in the house to move our credit card debt into the mortgage - we are talking to our bank right now.
4. My little family is healthy and - apart from financial stress - happy.
5. I live in a fab part of the world, in a suburb with everything within walking distance.
6. Princess has got to be the happiest, easiest baby on the planet. And she's cute.
7. With the cooler weather we've been having I've been doing lots of walking and my weight is slowly coming down.
8. My husband is awesome. After 2 years married he still acts like I'm special!
Overall, the good stuff wins. It's only money. We'll manage somehow...
Thanks for listening to me vent ;-)
Saturday, 1 May 2010
Princess is 8 months old today!
If you look closely you can see the tips of her 2 new bottom teeth. She is no longer allowed to chomp on my fingers because those tooth nubbins are sharp!
Been a bit busy this weekend - this post has been in draft for more than a day! Will write more soon ;-)