30 March 2012

Perking up

For the last few weeks, I've been grumpy. Short fuse, no patience, completely uncreative in dealing with the kids. I recognised this and decided that I would try to have more patience with the MissyMoos for Lent. I tried for a little while, but lost my way about three weeks ago. I was moody and beginning to feel resentful of having no time away from the MissyMoos.

A few days ago, Hubby and I had a little chat. After 11 years together, he knows me so well. He said just what I needed to hear to get me back on track.

Since then, my mindset has completely changed. I'm happy being with the MissyMoos so much again. I'm not worrying about the washing, cooking or ironing - they still get done - but focussing my energy on enjoying my children. And I'm sure my attitude has rubbed off on them. Their behaviour and moods have improved. We have a happier home. Rather than rushing around to try to do it all and barking out orders, I'm trying to more consciously take time with each of them, really look at them, speak to them, be there for them, understand what's going on in each of their worlds. I have, in just a few days, reaped the rewards of connecting with them a little more deeply, in ways tuned to each of them as individuals. I've relearned lessons I learn everytime I get a bit of sleep and perspective.

And the biggest lesson of all from the past few days?

Smiles are contagious!

27 March 2012

Training wheels

MissyMoo1 (5)

You couldn't wait to have your training wheels taken off, as you're such a big girl.
Daddy and I were worried you wouldn't be able to ride, as we haven't given you much practise lately.
You were a bit scared too, we could tell. But you were brave and excited.
Daddy held onto the back of your seat, just to be sure you'd be okay.

Sometimes Daddy and I feel like we're wearing our training wheels too.
You're our firstborn child, when you're going through something new, it is new for us as well.
But this is the real thing, there's no rehearsal.
We're being our best and riding along.
Sometimes we might wobble, or even fall down.
But we get back up again, and ride some more.

But even with the training wheels off, we don't have to ride alone.
Not you, nor I, nor Daddy, nor your sisters.
We can hold onto each other's seats, to make sure we're all okay.

21 March 2012

Winning on the weaning!

After day three, we hit a stumbling block with the weaning. MissyMoo3 (5 months) was just too tired to learn a new skill at night time and the 6-month teats I was using were making the milk flow too quickly for a poor little breastfed baby.

So I moved the bottle feed to day time and switched to the 1-month teats which came with the bottle. Yesterday she drank 140ml before wanting the breast. Yesterday's feed was funny (funny weird, not funny haha). I could feel my milk coming in while MissyMoo3 was drinking from the bottle. I don't remember that happening before. Has that happened to any of you? I know things get a bit leakier with each subsequent child, but that is ridiculous!

Today she filled up on the bottle. Check it out:

Tomorrow I'll buy the 3 to 6 month teats and try to push the bottle feed to the evening. We're getting there, bit by bit!

16 March 2012

Weaning? 3-day update.

Well, three days in and we haven't had a full evening bottle, but we're on our way ... slowly.

Evening 1: MissyMoo3 (5 months) wouldn't have a bar of it. She gave me a filthy look when I put the bottle in her mouth (yes, 5-month-olds are capable of those!). She worked herself up and cried, then launched herself at my chest (hint much?). She had a big breastfeed after that!

Evening 2: MissyMoo3 realised that she is supposed to suck on the teat. She drank about 20 mls and then launched herself at me again.

Evening 3: Woohoo, 80 mls and proper sucking! Then back to a breastfeed.

Getting better every day!

15 March 2012

Liebster blog award

I've been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by my friend Miss Holly at Monstercake. Thanks Holly! And thanks for your beautiful comments about my blog.

I'd never heard of this award before today, so I was very surprised and intrigued when she notified me. I've since learned that:

"Liebster is a German word, meaning dearest or beloved, but it can also mean favorite. The idea behind the Liebster Blog Award is that it is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers in order to create new connections and bring attention to these wonderful blogs!"

The rules of this award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!
I've been blogging for a little while now, but I don't really find the time to be a huge reader of blogs. I follow a few blogs, mainly written by people I know in real life and a couple I have stumbled upon along the way. To be honest, I thought I might struggle to find five.

Here are my top five:

  1. The Baynhams: written by my good friend Gina, a seasoned blogger, this blog is a great record of her family establishing a new life for themselves in a new country. She's a great writer, a great friend, and sure to be a great wearer of green this weekend!
  2. Lil and Hubby: written by a friend of mine from life before children, this blog is a look at her life as a mum of one very cute baby boy.
  3. Shepherd Wants a Wife: my gorgeous, adventurous lawyer / traveller friend. And Shepherd now has his wife!
  4. Dialogue of a Wallflower: a blog I stumbled upon, and one which I enjoy reading. The writing is honest, refreshing and down-to-earth.
  5. Making Each Day Count: another blog I stumbled upon and another which I enjoy reading.

14 March 2012

To wean or not to wean...

Well isn't this blog coming of age? I had a post with this title for MissyMoo2 (2) back in 2010 and now we're here again with MissyMoo3 (5 months)!

So my plan with MissyMoo3 was to breastfeed her exclusively until 7 months and then slowly wean so that she would be fully on the bottle when I return to work.

Thing is, she's ravenous.

She already eats three meals of solids per day and she's drinking milk a lot in between. She barely sleeps during the day and now she's waking for a 2am feed again.

I have been running it through my mind over and over for a week or so now.

To Wean:
  • I don't think my milk is filling her up enough
  • A formula bottle might help her sleep through the night (would help me too, as I don't get a break during the day)
  • She always falls asleep before finishing a breastfeed (then wakes up when I put her in her cot!)
  • I don't know how much she's getting
  • It might put her in a routine with her milk feeds instead of just feeding in dribs and drabs
  • Hubby could feed her sometimes and I could have a break
  • I'm tired - less draining on my body
  • It's only a few weeks before I was planning on doing it anyway
  • She's biting now and those gums are hard!
Not to Wean:
  • "Breast is best" guilt
  • Convenience - not having to organise bottles for outings
  • Cuddles - breastfeeding cuddles are a special kind of cuddle
  • This is it, once MissyMoo3 is weaned, I won't be doing this again. Another last. Is she ready? Am I ready to say goodbye to this stage for good?

So, with a bit of struggling in my head, this morning I bought bottles and formula and decided that tonight I will start a formula feed. I'll see how it goes. Stay tuned...

09 March 2012

Homemade cards

The MissyMoos have some big girl friends who they love playing with. Their lovely big girl friends are very creative and have made them cards a few times on special occasions.

This week, one of their big girl friends turned 14, and MissyMoo1 (5) wanted to make a birthday card for her. So MissyMoo2 (2) and MissyMoo1 made these:

MissyMoo2 made the blue one. MissyMoo1 made the pink one and the Humpty Dumpty.

08 March 2012

Blogger's block

I can't think of anything to write. I have a few little wisps of ideas floating around in this mushy brain of mine, but the actual thought of trying to arrange them into a coherent piece of writing causes them to immediately dissipate and scurry to unreachable recesses of my mind.

Life is still busy. Stuff is still happening. And yet, here I am, blogging about not feeling able to blog.

I think I need some sleep...

02 March 2012

Waiting game

MissyMoo2 (2) had her appointment with the hip specialist a couple of days ago.

It had been six months since her last check at which the specialist had said that she would need surgery if things didn't improve and this appointment was to check if there had been any improvement.

The experience was irritatingly ambiguous at its best and infuriating at its worst. The good I can take from it is that, given the slight improvement, the specialist didn't straight out say that surgery would be required as he had done six months ago. He did, however, say that he would need to do more research on her case before he could come to a conclusion.

So now, I wait. Sometime in the next two weeks I will receive a telephone call which will determine my daughter's fate. Well, no, that's a bit dramatic. I will receive a telephone call which will determine whether we go back to Sydney to seek a second opinion again! And then, it's our decision.

It's a huge decision though, and one I'd rather not have to make.

So keep up those prayers please. It may make me sound like a crackpot to some, but in recent months I have really felt that prayer does have power - MissyMoo2's hip reprieve last year and MissyMoo3's birth being two major examples as well as a number of minor examples in day-to-day life, where I've felt that, without prayer, I may have had to be carted off to the loony bin.

Anyway, I found a couple of prayers which I will be keeping in mind - a prayer for a sick child and for special intentions.

St Gerard Majella - For Special Intentions

Almighty and loving Father, I thank you for givig St. Gerard to us as a most appealing model and powerful friend. By his example, he showed us how to love and trust you. You have showered many blessings on those who call upon him. For your greater glory and my (my child's) welfare, please grant me the favours which I ask in his name.
(Here mention them privately)
And you, my powerful partron, interceded for me before the throne of God. Draw near to that throne and do not leave it until you have been heard. O good saint, to you I address my fervent prayers; graciously accept them and let me experience in some way the effects of you powerful intercession. Amen.

St Gerard Majella - For a Sick Child

St Gerard, who, like the Saviour, loved children so tenderly and by your prayers freed many from disease and even death, listen to us who are pleading for our sick child. We thank God for the great gift of our daughter and ask him to restore our child to health if such be his hold will. This favour, we beg of you through your love for all children and mothers. Amen
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