Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday gratefuls

It's a tough one this week. B's away at the moment and he just came off 6 x 12-14 hour days at work so I've had very little adult time lately and very little help in the way of parenting BUT you gotta look on the bright side to get through sooo..

1. Caden and Mahli both did really well at their sports carnivals last week and I'm grateful that I could be there to see all of their events. I can only be there because B works those long hours, if he didn't I'd have to work too and I'd miss out on a lot of time with the kids.

2. Darcy's smile- I mean who can be in a bad mood when a baby grins at you from ear to ear and shows so much love to everyone.

3. Sunshine- It's something else that lifts my mood. I've been struggling lately. Forgetting things and just being generally run down. But sitting in the sunshine is good for the soul. Now if only I could throw in some sleep for the next few nights on top of the sunshine I'm sure I'd feel on top of the world. But 3:30am wake ups seem to be what I'm in for at the moment.

What are you grateful for?

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Monday, August 24, 2015

monday gratefuls

1. E finally sleeping in his own bed *touch wood* I hope I haven't just jinxed it but after months of him sneaking into my bed at night he is finally starting to sleep in his bed again. Yay for no more getting kicked all night.
2. Sunshine
3. B was home for the weekend- That doesn't happen a lot anymore due to his roster change and we all enjoyed having him home.

What are you grateful for today?
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Taking Care of YOU

How do you take care of yourself when everyone needs something from you but there is nothing left to give?

Sometimes we just can't get a break from the kids and sometimes we need just that. It doesn't mean that you love your kids any less, but to be there for them and be the best mother you can be you NEED to do things for yourself occasionally (or often!)

Some things you can do that don't require leaving the house are:

  • Read a book
  • Make a cup of tea/coffee and drink it in the sunshine
  • Simply go outside- As above, sunshine will help!
  • Call a friend
  • Put on some cream/lotion- You'll be surprised how much this simple thing helps lift your mood.
  • Turn on some music
  • Take some time to enjoy your hobby- Lately for me that means picking up my crochet hook and making something. I'd like to be sewing but right now crochet is the most portable of my hobbies and I can do a little bit without having to pull a heap of stuff out. 

And above all please remember that you do not have to compare yourself to anybody else. It is OKAY to feel broken and defeated. We are only human. Just because someone appears to be managing it all, doesn't mean they are. 

Because honestly, at the moment I am more than tired – I am parenting on empty. I'm forgetting things like there is no tomorrow and my temper is shorter than short. But there are no sick days when you're a mum, there’s always more to do. But it's times like these when I really need to step back from a few commitments and take some time for me. Because if I don't everything WILL fall apart sooner rather than later. 
Have you been there too?  At that point when you finally break and see that you MUST take care of yourself?
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Monday, August 17, 2015

ASWC Creative Retreat

In June next year I am off on a weekend FULL of crafting!

After years of talking about it all of us at ASWC are organising a weekend long craft retreat in QLD and I really can't wait. Yes June is a long way a way but you'd be surprised how early weekend at retreat locations book out.

If you'd like to join us you can find all the details here.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

So is this it...

...are you finally stopping? Is 4 it? Are you done having babies?

I don't know about you but I find that statement very personal and not one I like talking about much with other people besides my husband.

Yet I've been answering it a lot lately, mostly with a shrug of shoulders and a vague response because I'm really not keen on the further questions or strange looks when I say the truth.

And the truth is that I don't think I'm done, but it is something B and I will discuss at a later date and not something I will air to all and sundry because like Jim Gaffigan says,

"Large families are like waterbed stores, they used to be everywhere but now they're just weird."

And that's pretty much how we felt for most of my pregnancy with Darcy's- instead of just being met with congratulations when we announced my pregnancy there was an overwhelming wave of uncertainty from people about how they should respond, many questions of was he planned and the like.

Don't get me wrong, many people DID congratulate us and to them I am forever grateful that they could share our joy without judging us on the size of our family. But the others that had to question our pregnancy, well I'm still holding onto that disappointment that they couldn't just be happy for us. But that's not something I can help, well it is, I can let go of the disappointment, but I can't change their views on the number of kids I should and do have. After all they aren't the ones parenting my children, I guess I just don't understand why how ever many kids I have bothers some people so much. Just because they personally wouldn't choose to have four or more kids doesn't mean that I shouldn't.

Do you get questions about the size of your family? How do you respond?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Celebrating MY breastfeeding success

So if you spend any amount of time on Facebook you would have noticed by now that it was National Breastfeeding Week last week and if you didn't, well then you must have been hiding under a rock.

But anyway, it's made me look back on my breastfeeding journey so far and take a second to celebrate the fact that my breastfeeding journey with Darcy has been my most successful to date.

With Caden I only made it to about 8 weeks when the pain of my letdown and cracked nipples got the better of me and we switched to formula and pumping. I think I managed to pump until he was 3 months old and then we switched to formula full time.

Fast forward 15 months and my journey with Mahli started, this one lasted a lot longer and she was breastfed until 8.5 months when she started to refuse breastfeeds. I had started work when she was 4 months old so I think we both did well to get to that point.

And well my journey with Ethan was a completely different story. He was breastfed until 6 weeks of age when I was diagnosed with postnatal depression. I was put on medication that wasn't compatible with breastfeeding and that was that.

So this time round I was determined to give it a red hot go and Darcy seemed to be on the same page from the get go.

He had a pretty perfect attachment right from the very beginning and I had enough confidence in what I was doing to correct it when it wasn't 100% right. The only issues we have had in our breastfeeding journey was unbelievable painful letdowns until he was 12 weeks old.

Yep, you read that right! Even with perfect attachment there was pain. So many times you hear that breastfeeding SHOULDN'T hurt if you are doing it right. But I want to say that it can and does, it is something that both you and your baby have to learn and get used to.

After speaking with a few lactation consultants and lots of support from B I managed to overcome the painful letdown when he was around 12 weeks old and it been pretty much smooth sailing from then on.

I'm not sure how long this journey will last, but right now we are both happy doing what we are doing.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

{Getting Around} Monkey Mia 2015

 WARNING: This post is EXTREMELY photo heavy!

Last week we ventured to Monkey Mia for a few nights in the caravan, the first two days were cold and wet, but that didn't stop the kids swimming. Pilbara kids NEVER pass up an opportunity to get in the water when we are away.

But the last two days were beautiful and warm, perfect swimming weather! Well at least for the kids, the water was still too cold for me.

Monkey Mia is a beautiful place, even if the dolphin interaction is a bit too hyped up for my liking. We seen more dolphins just out the front of our caravan then we did at the interaction. There was no chance for photo's of them, but we seen up to 6 dolphins swim less than a meter away from us. The kids couldn't believe their luck.

And now they are asking when we are going back again... We will go back, but I'm not looking forward to the drive. It was LONG.
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Saturday, July 4, 2015

9 months

Well actually he is 9 and a half months now but he coincided turning 9 months with three weeks of screaming so I've barely had time to shower lately let alone write a blog post.

He now has 2 teeth and taunts me by sleeping through the night (wakes at 5ish) a few nights then has a week of nights full of overnight wakings in a row. Those nights wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't dwelling on the times when he did sleep through.

He loves to laugh at his siblings and adores them all. The feel the same about him, I am sure that will probably change when he starts getting into more of their stuff.

He isn't crawling yet, but has been rocking on his hands and knees for a few weeks. As I said, he likes to taunt me a lot :P

But even though he isn't crawling he does manage to get around by just rolling about the place. He is pretty fast too.

And that's pretty much what 9 month old Darcy is like- happy (apart from those hellish three weeks of screaming), full of laughs and interested in the world.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Alphabet Tracing Printable

The other day I shared a 1-20 tracing sheet that my almost 5 year old uses to get familiar with his numbers. So today I thought I would share the Alphabet version.

 You can download a printable copy here:

If you have any trouble printing it can you please let me know.

A x
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