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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Zalia is 6 months old

Zalia is 6 months old.
She can nearly sit up by herself.
She has started some solids.
She has gotten her 6 month vaccinations and weighs 6.8kg and has doubled her birth weight and is 66.5cm.
She is a happy little bub and always looks into your eyes.
I love my little princess so much. She loves her little brother and always smiles when she sees him.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

lovely week

Starting to feel much better with my life, and coping with the two little ones. Its friday and has been a very busy week for me.

1) I went to the movies Mums and Bubs on Monday with the mums from my mothers group. Saw Eat Love Pray, it was good, and Zalia was even better, she was so well behaved. It was her first movie and my first one in a long long time. I fed her, she fell asleep and I played with her. There were babies crying but Zalia was a good little girl.
After this went to the local Vinnies op shop with another mum, I ended up buying a black dress but there was a Jummy CHoo clutch (we think was the real deal) made in Italy for $25 but I did not buy it.
Also went to anther op shop on the way home, all was $5 on sale, bought a white shirt, a bit small but nice. In that shop there were more than 20 white wedding dresses on sale for $5 I am sure someone would have a fab time looking through them.

3) tuesday took Joaquin to the park, queenspark and met another mum and her 3 year old. Joaquin played a lot, we had lunch at the cafe across the road. Joaquin ate very well, a toasted ham and cheese sandwich and some muffin. We then went back to the park to play. Joaquin did a p and I had to clean him there, not a pretty site, but oh well. He is happy and eating well and has not been sick in over 2 weeks which is great. Zalia is always good, happy, sleeps, feeds and plays. She was not sleeping at night though and getting up every few hours for a feed and a talk. Drove all of us batty.

2) I also taught at uni on Wednesday, paleontology lab, that was good, i feel a bit rusty but was my first time teaching that lab, and first time teaching in over a year. jas did not go to work and he looked after Z and bonded with her. I fed her at 8.20 before I went to uni and then he fed her a formula bottle at 12ish after she woke up from her morning sleep.
Then they bothed picked me at uni, we then picked up Joaquin and walked home. Joaquin was over the moon to have his daddy pick him up. The teachers at his preschool are quite amazed at him, he knows all the dinosaurs bar one (the one with the funny head) and yesterday he suprised us all by telling us its name Pachycephalosaurus. Thats a mouth full for a 3 year old.
I love his preschool, it is connected though to the local church and I would like to him to learn a bit more about his other cultural background.

3) yesterday Thursday had a lovely day, went to the antique shop around the corner, and suprise suprise I bought 2 beautiful silver bangles, one was $120 and the other $30. I really like them and should take a photo. Also walked to BJ with Zalia and met up with a friend and her 20 month old newphew. The caught bus to Randwick and picked up Joaquin from preschool. He had a good time and is always happy to see me.
The went to a playdate at a friends house across the road.
Zalia is sleeping better, waking once or twice at night only. She had pureed carrot last night and loved it. Also eating puree banana

Monday, October 11, 2010

advice to new mothers

I love this advice to new mothers. Taken from Fabulous Kiddo
. It is advice from blogger Gloria Lemay who writes/blogs on on everything to do with birth.
The following was posted by Gloria Lemay on October 28, 2008:


“Let me know if I can help you in any way when the baby is born.” … “Just let me know if you need a hand.” … “Anything I can do, just give me a call.”

Most pregnant women get these statements from friends and family but shy away from making requests when they are up to their ears in dirty laundry, unmade beds, dust bunnies and countertops crowded with dirty dishes. The myth of “I’m fine, I’m doing great, new motherhood is wonderful, I can cope and my husband is the Rock of Gibraltar” is pervasive in postpartum land. If you’re too shy to ask for help and make straight requests of people, I suggest sending the following list out to your friends and family. These are the things I have found to be missing in every house with a new baby. It’s actually easy and fun for outsiders to remedy these problems for the new parents but there seems to be a lot of confusion about what’s wanted and needed…

1. Buy us toilet paper, milk and beautiful whole grain bread.

2. Buy us a new garbage can with a swing top lid and 6 pairs of black cotton underpants (women’s size____).

3. Make us a big supper salad with feta cheese, black Kalamata olives, toasted almonds, organic green crispy things and a nice homemade dressing on the side. Drop it off and leave right away. Or, buy us frozen lasagna, garlic bread, a bag of salad, a big jug of juice, and maybe some cookies to have for dessert. Drop it off and leave right away.

4. Come over about 2 in the afternoon, hold the baby while I have a hot shower, put me to bed with the baby and then fold all the piles of laundry that have been dumped on the couch, beds or in the room corners. If there’s no laundry to fold yet, do some.

5. Come over at l0 a.m., make me eggs, toast and a 1/2 grapefruit. Clean my fridge and throw out everything you are in doubt about. Don’t ask me about anything; just use your best judgment.

6. Put a sign on my door saying “Dear Friends and Family, Mom and baby need extra rest right now. Please come back in 7 days but phone first. All donations of casserole dinners would be most welcome. Thank you for caring about this family.”

7. Come over in your work clothes and vacuum and dust my house and then leave quietly. It’s tiring for me to chat and have tea with visitors but it will renew my soul to get some rest knowing I will wake up to clean, organized space.

8. Take my older kids for a really fun-filled afternoon to a park, zoo or Science World and feed them healthy food.

9. Come over and give my husband a two hour break so he can go to a coffee shop, pub, hockey rink or some other r & r that will delight him. Fold more laundry.

10. Make me a giant pot of vegetable soup and clean the kitchen completely afterwards. Take a big garbage bag and empty every trash basket in the house and reline with fresh bags.

These are the kindnesses that new families remember and appreciate forever. It’s easy to spend money on gifts but the things that really make a difference are the services for the body and soul described above. Most of your friends and family members don’t know what they can do that won’t be an intrusion. They also can’t devote 40 hours to supporting you but they would be thrilled to devote 4 hours. If you let 10 people help you out for 4 hours, you will have the 40 hours of rested, adult support you really need with a newborn in the house. There’s magic in the little prayer “I need help.”

Here is a list of what new mothers should eat.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Australian Design, Art Blogs

My life is at the moment full of baby things, breastfeeding, looking after a very curious and intelligent 3 year old, walking everywhere in the phil and teds pram, trying to do a bit of work, trying to eat healthy to get ready for summer.

I have managed to find some cool design, architecture and art blogs.

Australia ones


dear Olive


Come over Sunday


Sea of Shoes Judy Aldridge Daughter who is 18 years old from Texas and loves kitch over the top vintage clothing
Atlantis home (Beautiful blog belonging to Sea of Shoe's mother Judy Aldridge
Tales of Endearment

Beautiful photos from Beautiful Australian home, photos from Come over Sunday

Thursday, October 7, 2010

consignment clothing

Consignment baby clothes from Australian brand MAMAPAPA
Little pants and top for Zalia

Top for Joaquin

White top/dress for Zalia when she is older

Around the home

Made by Joaquin in preschool

Monday, October 4, 2010

lovely weekend

We had a lovely long weekend.
On Saturday I went to the races sans kids. I had some champagne, got my nails done for free and makeup touchup in the Yellowglen tent. It was fun. I still feel like a frumpy mummy though and feel so un attractive compared to others, but I went with an old school friend and won a few bets too. It was strange being without Zalia. Jas looked after her and gave her a bottle with expressed breast milk (100 mls) and another with formula (150mls). He tried to give her some baby cereal but she would not take it. Joaquin slept 3 hours while I was away!
When Jas picked me up it was raining and at home I fed her but she vomited everything, I think as she was still full from her formula. When she finally got to sleep at 8pm I had a very hot shower and also went to sleep at 8.30pm. I was so exhausted.

On Sunday we went to a model train exhibition in Liverpool. It was raining and we caught the train. It was funny trying to change Zalias nappy on the bus going into the city. She is always very placid and Joaquin always talking. On the bus was a man and his son going to watch the Dragons vs the Roosters. All the Eastern suburbs is going for the Roosters with Bondi Junction home to the Roosters.
We had fun at the exhibition, seeing model trains and so much detail, little people, and towns and cities and there was a thomas train. Joaquin rode on the thomas train with Jas and had fun. It was so lovely to see his little face light up when he saw the trains, he loved the legos trains so much.
On the way home from the exhibition we stopped at a Lebanese cake shop, it was amazing full of yummy lebanse sweets on Macquarie Street. We then raced to catch the train and made it by 1 min.

At home made some salads and had left over pizza watching the footy. Roosters lost.

Monday we spent at home, doing he laundry, Jas went shopping (spent less than $200 on grociers, and we are under budget, Jas did the tax, and I made lunch (salads and kranskys). Jas made dinner yummy spag bolaganase with mashed up veges. Tried to give Zalia some mashed bananas, baby cereal and breast milk. She was not too interested.

Now the two little ones are asleep and I will have a cup of camomile tea and some chocolates. I feel better this weekend.