Monthly Archives: January 2010

Welcome baby!

Today at 1.45pm, we welcomed into the world Max Oscar. He weighed 4kg & measured 51cm.

He’s doing pretty well, but has scrapes and bruises from forceps which struggled to get him out (big head!), and “wet lungs” which caused some concern for a few hours. He’s had a heap of tests and a chest x-ray but the paediatrician is pretty happy with him now. He’s being fed through a nasal tube for the night though, but has been sleeping wonderfully cuddled up to me for hours.

As for me, I’m sore across the incision, and tied to the bed til morning, but otherwise fine. Looking forward to the big kids getting to meet their new baby brother properly tomorrow!

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Penultimate night!

Well, this is it! The last day of being a 2 + 2 family ๐Ÿ™‚ Had a lovely surprise visit from one of the ladies from work this evening, just to wish us well, and lots of texts and e-messages as well. After two nights of shocking sleep, last night I zonked and got at least ten good hours (despite about a half dozen toilet breaks!) – must have been the weather keeping me awake, cos last night was much cooler, as is tonight, which is nice. Went up to the hospital this morning for the final blood test of the pregnancy (prepping for tomorrow’s procedure), and while I was there I checked out the maternity ward, which we hadn’t seen. There’s six single rooms, and the lovely admin lady said they do try to give them to caesar patients – there were a few empty this morning (and they don’t do scheduled caesars on Thursdays!) so fingers crossed I manage to get one.

Did a grocery shop to keep the family in food for the next week, and came home to an extra kid (Miss Four’s best mate again). Really didn’t do too much of anything else today and I’m feeling most gloaty that I’m so organised! I ended up mucking about on layout and something for   which I really didn’t need to do yet, but it was fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Who knows when I’ll have time again?!

So yeah, that’s it. We’ll head out to drop the kids off for the day at M4’s family at about 9.30, in anticipation of checking it to hospital around 10.30. Then sometime in the afternoon, barring unforeseen circumstances, there will be a new bubba! Already sounds like we have visitors lined up, which will be nice (so long as they don’t mind me being tied to the bed!). Heh, I have FOUR books in my bag (well, one in my handbag for the morning, and three others in my hospital bag – hey, I don’t know what I’ll feel like reading!), and I’m hoping   is bringing another one or two on Saturday if she comes to visit (and find out Aurealis Awards results by live tweeting! V. exciting). Addicted to reading? Me? Hoping to be home by Tuesday, but if I’ve got a single room and I’m sleeping okay when I get to rest, I won’t be rushing out ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll have my iphone, so will no doubt be reading and babypicspamming LJ and Facebook and Twitter fairly regularly, so long as they don’t confiscate it from me (and that the service is good!). Yes, I have the charger packed! So, look for news on social networks tomorrow afternoon/evening. Bye!

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I just had to say…

… that my reviews backlog is completely cleared. And I’ve not only written at least ten reviews in the past week (four for AsIF! – I’m neck and neck with Lorraine for the month, but have just sent in another, so might be pipping her! – and check out the cool new thing with the blurbies!, two for Magpies, and the rest for Fiction Focus), but also two feature articles. Wonders will never cease! The WASLA newsletter and most of Shiny 6 has been finished off today, so I’m cruisin’ and ready to rock when I feel like getting back onto the computer post-baby. Yay! Nice to start on the front foot, that’s for sure.

Of course, I still have a bunch of review books on my shelf that are yet to be read, but I don’t have to feel guilty about them yet. That’s a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s the final countdown…

B minus two sleeps to go! And you know what? I actually feel like I’m ready! The house is de-junked and clean, washing and ironing are up to date, the cupboards are stocked up on non-perishables, with a final grocery shop planned for tomorrow. My reviews backlog is cleared (my read-but-not-reviewed pile at least, but even the to-be-read is a lot smaller than I expected!), my edits for Worlds Next Door are exactly where I wanted them, and all but one story is out with the illustrators. Baby and my hospital bags are packed. The WASLA newsletter is all but laid out (waiting on minutes of the AGM, and I’ve got a little piece to write about the event that accompanied the AGM, but everything I’ve already received is in), and Shiny 6 is well on its way too. Kids are getting lots of cuddles and playtime, and husband is being lovely. In all, I’m quite delighted!

We had a good day yesterday – took the car in for a service, then just mooched around for the day. Cleaner came, which I was fully prepared for (having a cleaner, even once a fortnight, is an awesome thing – you get yourself more sorted out so that she can just CLEAN instead of tidy THEN clean…) and we had a short visit from one of hubby’s work mates to drop off his car, so met his wife and kids, newly moved over from QLD. In the afternoon we picked up the car, then Master Seven and I dropped in at my work to say g’day and see how things were travelling – lots of news, quite a few staff changes over the holidays, and LOTS of building stuff happening – I think this is a good time not to be there! Popped into the shops to once again take back a faulty DS game and post some parcels, then home and actually cooked dinner for the first time in a fair while!

Only downside of the past few days is that I’ve gotten very little sleep. Not sure if it’s the heat or something else affecting me, but I simply can’t fall asleep – have been wide awake til 3 or 4 am both nights. Still feeling okay, but eyes are very tired. Would love to have a nap now, but think I’ll try to avoid it and hit the hay early tonight. Fingers crossed it’s cooler…

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Four sleeps to go…

Highly productive today! Finished off last night by completing the ironing in front of Bones and Castle repeats. Not a great night’s sleep as it was pretty hot, but still up nice and early (to a little girl who asks the same question every day: "How many days til the baby comes now Mummy?"). Doctor’s appointment first up (all good, had to go to different side for bub’s heartbeat so the little wriggler has been moving about a bit!). Home to wait for Miss Four’s little friend whose Mum was off shopping for the day. Started by hooking in to some reviews and ended up getting three or four done today, much chuffed. I *think* I’m nearly at the bottom of my read-but-not-reviewed pile, so I’m really pleased about that!

Finally made a move into Master Seven’s room – one big bag of rubbish dumped, one big box of never-used-anymore toys into shed, and a clear out of his clothes drawer later, even he had to say, "Wow, this looks so tidy Mum!" ๐Ÿ™‚

Had a surprise visit from  which was lovely. No excuses now  , cos he knows where I live ๐Ÿ™‚ Paid some bills, including the very overdue rego which I was CERTAIN I’d paid, but turned out to have been a rejected bPay payment because of a stuff up of the Ref number on THEIR part! Gragh. Sorted now anyway. Then, as the cleaner is coming tomorrow, I decided I’d better hook in to M4’s room again – dismantled old broken bookcase and, with husband’s able assistance (and very little swearing), assembled the pretty new IKEA bookshelf. Looks very nice.

And now I’m very tired. Got a few edits returned today for Worlds Next Door, and also booked our accommodation for Worldcon in Melbourne. Forward planning is a must! Had a phone call from the staff at work (their first day back today) and will probably call in there tomorrow or Wednesday to see how they’re going. If the weather cools down! My aircon is awesome. Four sleeps to go!

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