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Growing up

photo (19)I’ve put it off for the last few weeks, but tomorrow I’m finally going to send the baby along to daycare. It’s a bit weird that I’m so reluctant, as the first three were sent off with no hesitation, and they’ve all (generally) loved it. I think that partially it’s the breastfeeding thing – this baby is still feeding several times a day at nine months (tomorrow!) and I know that once he starts at daycare, things will change. And he’s my last, so I know that once he stops feeding, that will be it forever. Which is, I guess, what makes me so reluctant. But I really can’t put it off any longer – I have to get the filing and tax done, the new journal laid out, and a whole bunch of marking will come in soon. I need a day or two a week just for work. So tomorrow is it. I’ll take him in for a few hours, and see how he (we) goes. Given he’s a little social butterfly and absolutely loves being out and about, I have very little doubt he’ll be fine and will have a ball. Me though? We’ll see…

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Um, where did that fortnight go?

That’s a bit of a rhetorical question I guess; I know where the past fortnight went. Down the rabbit hole of newborn baby/surgery recovery/being a mum in the lead up to Christmas! I was feeling pretty ordinary for a couple of weeks, but with a bit of help from daycare for the toddler, and my lovely family & friends, by the beginning of week three I was starting to perk up. This past week I’ve felt great, am coping well with the lack of sleep and starting to get a few things done that aren’t just taking care of baby/kids and trying to keep up with washing & tidying! Getting a little computer time, a little reading time, and a little socialising time too!

IMG_3127Started out last week by visiting my ex-work here to introduce the baby – Master Two was also popular, as he’d not been there either! Very pleasant, and both toddler and bub behaved beautifully.

Had Katrina visit Tuesday morning, and on Wednesday, Jo & I took the boys to the YMCA playgroup, which was really good – lots of programs there that we’re interested in, so will probably spend a bit of time there next year.

Spent the morning in the city centre on Thursday, but bub wasn’t impressed with a shopping morning – managed to achieve most of my goals anyway, which was good.

Susan & Nate came round Friday to tell us about their NZ trip, though for some reason the boys weren’t as good st playing together as they usually are.

Saturday, husband took the big kids to cricket in the morning (and did some sneaky birthday shopping on the way home!), then we all walked down to the swim school at midday for levelling assessment. And in amongst that week, we had lots of other visits too!

Bubbles10Yesterday was my 37th birthday, and along with lots of very kind good wishes via friends online, I was lucky enough to celebrate with old and new Tassie friends in real life! Tansy, Finchy & the girls came up from Hobart for the day (SO appreciate that effort, and the cakes!), the Flinthart clan (unfortunately sans Natalie) came in from Scottsdale, as usual bearing food, and cricket gear! Newer friends Susan, Paul & little Nate and Jo and John with Sophie & James joined us too, and we had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in the park, on a gorgeous Tassie summer day! Despite a cake mishap which saw a four year old charge straight through a platter of newly frosted cupcakes, and a few cricket related injuries (the worst being Mr Flinthart attacking a tree with his face – I think the tree came out of the encounter the winner!), it was a simply delightful day, and I’m so thankful for the company to celebrate with. Baby was AWESOME, sleeping almost the entire time except for two very mini feeds! A great day.

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And another enjoyable one yesterday – Susan & I drove out to Scottsdale to one of the last open Chickenfeed (cheap shop!) stores in Tassie to do a littleChristmas trinket shopping. We also raided Woolies, then called in on the injured Mr Flinthart, who promptly whipped up some exotic soup to charm Susan!

This morning I caved to three weeks of begging and took the baby in to the kids’ school. Miss Seven’s show & tell theme this week was “something precious” so I guess that was a no brainer 🙂 Teachers & kids were all appropriately impressed with bub, and Master Two enjoyed the visit as well – he quite liked hanging out in the Year 1 class doing drawings!

So in all, now I’m starting to feel normal again, we’re enjoying our end of year silly season lead up! Looking forward to the next few weeks (and I gotta say, glad NOT to be moving!) of the holiday season.

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A chance to rest, a chance to post

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week. I came home from hospital on Monday and haven’t been much with it since. Baby has been a bit tricky on night sleeping and has caused a bit of havoc with feeding. I’ve sleep with him on the recliner for two nights, but last night he slept for four hours at a stretch, and he’s been quite happy to go in the cot during the day, so we’ll try the cot again tonight. I also got the expressing machine out today and got three feeds ready in advance, as a start on fixing that problem – he’s taken the bottle no worries, giving my body a break!

And to top it off, Master Two and Baby both slept this afternoon & so did I! We went out this morning (to the Maccas up the road with friends – big outing!) and walked around a bit getting a couple of jobs done too. Baby had a big awake time while we were out, and we wore him out! It was lovely to stretch out in bed this afternoon. I woke up just as a friend arrived home with Miss Seven from school (so grateful!) and both boys woke up – timing!

Am only getting emails etc via phone mostly, and not responding to much just yet – once we get some routines established hopefully can start to get back to normal!

He’s a beautiful baby though 🙂

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Welcome to the world

On Thursday 8 November at 9.37am, we welcomed Daniel Rory Wessely to our family. Born by caesarean section at Launceston General Hospital, he weighed 4490g (9 pound 14), was 53cm long with a 38cm head circumference.

We’ve been getting to know our new baby over the last two days. He’s quite a lovely little fellow. Very placid, an excellent feeder, and he loves cuddles. His preferred sleeping position is on my chest 🙂 The big kids are quite enamoured and I’m looking forward to getting home so they can spend some proper time with him. Daddy is besotted, of course!

The hospital has been great – midwife for caesar was lovely, as are all the other staff. Even the food has been quite good! It’s luckily been fairly quiet for babies this past couple of days so I have had the shared twin room to myself.

We did have a few unexpected dramas – after four good pregnancies & straightforward caesars with the other three, we kept the excitement until last! I got quite nauseous during the op, which hasn’t happened in the past – this despite the anti-nausea meds prescribed by the doctor (first time!). Otherwise, all went well – uneventful day, but not long after the family all arrived for kids to meet their new baby brother (around 5pm), my heart started racing & I couldn’t stop it. Luckily a nurse was trying to take my stats at the time – she dashed for the doctor, who called a med-alert. There were about 15 people in my room within about two minutes! Apparently my heart rate went up to around 210, which is crazy. Things settled fairly quickly, but then I was on a monitor for the night (no further issues!). Doc thinks it may have been caused by dehydration (fluid loss from op) – have everyone a bit of a scare!

But that wasn’t all – bub also gave us a fright with a mucus issue which caused him to have a “dusky” event! Same poor nurse, but she was great and with some time hanging out with the nurses while I slept later on, he was fine. It’s fairly normal for caesar bubs to have mucus problems, but he was naughty & held his breath instead of getting things out! And just for one final bit of fun, after my good nap while bub was with the nurses, I woke up at 3am with a massively swollen arm! The fluids they were pushing to combat dehydration & loss caused “tissuing”, and the arm around & above the cannula puffed up crazily! They removed the line and Luckily they decided I could go without the fluids after that, and it was almost back to normal by morning.

So we had our bit of excitement! Bub and I are both fine now though. I’ve been up and about, a bit gingerly, but getting better quickly. He’s a champ – feeding well and sleeping (mostly on me but in the bassinet too!) beautifully, and wide eyed with interest when he’s awake!

We’ve had so many lovely messages from people – thank you to everyone who has texted, facebooked or tweeted – your thoughts are appreciated! And I’m taking loads of photos – thank goodness for iPhone! (Unfortunately, i can’t upload any here!) You’ll no doubt see lots more of him 🙂

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Well, this is it!

Today is our last day of being a three child family. Tomorrow, I will be holding a brand new PERSON in my arms, instead of in my body, and that is pretty darn cool! Big kids, particularly Miss Seven, are pretty excited, and we are too – can’t wait to see what this little person looks like, and start to get to know him. Will he look like his siblings? Will I get the red-head I’m hoping for? Will he be as good a baby as the others were (fingers crossed!)?? A new chapter of our family’s journey is about to begin. It’s very exciting.

I’ve managed to get just about everything I aimed to do pre-baby done, which is good. Have three books sitting next to me I’d like to get the reviews written for, and there’s a basket of ironing to finish this afternoon, but I’m fairly happy with what I’ve finalised in the past few days. I could have got more done today, but chose to hang out at the Treasure Island play centre with Master Two and two friends and their offspring for about four hours, which was very nice. Will no doubt be up late again tonight (midnight last night, and still wasn’t all that sleepy when I eventually went to bed!) and it’s a 5am start for medication pre-caesarean tomorrow, then hospital by 7am. Watch for baby announcement sometime after 10am I reckon! Look forward to sharing our new bub with you 🙂 And REALLY looking forward to being able to bend over, and tie my shoelaces, again!

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