Monday, March 21, 2011

Maybe Kids are 'easy'

So, Yesterday I was thinking, lying on the bed, with my feet above my heart. You only ever seem to hear, or maybe you only remember, the really horrifying stories about kids/babies.
Example One: Childbirth.
I've been reading a blog that a friend of mine has, and recently a few people have sent in their birth stories (Maybe I should have sent mine in, it would have been half the size!) And it's so sad, how so many people seem to have horrific birth experiences, and some have trouble getting over those experiences.
My labour was 'easy' and quick, 8 hours from the first signs of any labour to the birth of Isaac.
Example Two: Toddlers transitioning to beds.
I need the cot 'soon' for baby #2, we have a bassinet for the first few months, but thought we'd get Isaac into a bed before baby comes, we didn't expect to leave it this late (2-3weeks prior to my due date), but we are a lazy family and that's just how it is. I know of some people who's kids don't stay in bed after they've been in a bed for MONTHS! Part of me thinks "why don't they just be consistent and hardarse about about it!" but then part of me knows how hard that actually is.

We have been so lucky, First night in his Big Boy Bed, Isaac LOVED IT! sure, he chatted away for a while, and ended up upside down to fall asleep, but he was in his bed and did go to sleep. We were prepared for a long night ahead... next thing you know, it's 6.45am and he's happy playing with his toys. We went in to get him at 7am, and he's still sitting up in his bed waiting for us to get him up. My angel child :) And the 3 nights and 2 day sleeps he's had so far in his bed have been really good. No dramas; it did take him an hour to go to sleep yesterday afternoon, but a few silent trips down to his room to lie him down again worked a treat eventually.

I think the areas we'll have trouble in are toilet training and speech! But I won't be posting on that for at least 6 months. With a baby coming, it isn't a good time to be toilet training, plus, pregnant me can't be bothered chasing Isaac around the house and physically putting him on the potty.

I had some preggy photos taken over the weekend, and I've seen 5 of them via facebook, I was worried about how I'd look, being a fatty, but they actually look really good :) I'm happy with them. I am looking forward to being not pregnant, but happy to have just one child still.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hormones, Tokyo, Birthday & Craftyness

It started brilliantly, I got into making my felt memory cards, I haven't worked on them for a few days, but I will today when Isaac is having his sleep. They are coming along VERY nicely, and I can't wait to show you all the finished product, hopefully before the end of the month. Then on Saturday I had my 30th family brunch (my family and the in-laws). It was really good, we went to The Library Cafe in Onehunga, it was good food, and the kids had a playground, as well as a little play area for really little ones. I will definitely be going back there for kiddie outings in the future.

How sad is this photo

Then on Friday night (the night before my brunch) my brother let us know that he had felt the massive earthquake in Tokyo. Which was fine, we weren't too worried, Tokyo is pretty earthquake proof, and wasn't in any tsunami danger. BUT then a few days later we find out that the nuclear power plant is on fire, they are evacuating areas, power plant workers are evacuated etc etc, then another fire, high levels of radiation detected around the place, everyone in Tokyo is moving south or going back to their home countries. My brothers guest house (like a boarding house) is like a ghost town, pretty much everyone has left. His boss is sending his own kids to USA! My bro is exhausted, from aftershocks, people evacuating, lack of food around the place. Me & Mum want him to come home, which he agreed to last night! YAY! But then at 3am this morning he had a Skype chat with the parents and he's decided to stay in Tokyo :( And of course there are a few extra complications with his passports and visas, but that's too much to go into! So we just hope since he's staying that he sorts those problems out NOW so if he does have to leave he'll have no problems.

So I'm really upset, I love my brother, and we get on really well. I miss him so much. And with this situation in Japan, I'm not sure if it's all preggy hormones, or if I'd actually feel this upset anyway. It's so hard to let him stay there, especially knowing he's exhausted and all his friends are leaving.

And on top of all this, I know the preggy hormones are starting to make me a bitch and I'm getting mad and angry at the husband! He's not helping out that much (in my 37 week pregnant opinion), and my 'cankles' are bigger than cankles! I can't keep my feet up all day, and husband expects food in the house, so I need to leave the house to the shops, he won't let me online grocery shop yet!

But today is St Pat's Day, and me and Isaac are Irish, so we are all dressed in green, and very festive :) Maybe I'll give Isaac some mouldy green bread for lunch.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Let the craftyness begin!

I was lazying around on the couch this afternoon, and hubby was playing with our son, and I thought, "STEPH GET OFF YOUR ARSE! AND SEW!" I was going to do my felt memory cards, but instead I procrastinated, to make a wrist pin cushion. Although this wasn't on my list from the other day, I have been wanting to make one. And I think it will be a helpful tool for making all the things I need to make :)
I even took photos as proof that I made it. It took me from about 4pm-7.30pm, in between finding elastic/ribbon in the shed, feeding Isaac and stacking the dishwasher etc etc. Not too bad methinks.

Friday, March 4, 2011

crafty blogs & inspiration

I have been following a crafty blog, and every Wednesday she gets 'everyone' to post a link to something crafty they have made that week (or month i suppose).
And every week I look at it and think "That's a good idea - I can do that" the only problem is, I say that to about 5 things each week. And I go out and buy supplies for 5 things a week, and end up with a whole lot of fabric, cotton, buttons, stickers and a lot of unfinished unstarted projects. (Slight exaggeration, but I do have lots of things on my wish list to buy, and have a couple of complete supplies for projects)
And I'll be lucky if I have time to do them in the next 4 weeks, never mind about when I have 2 kids!
So far I want to make:
- ruffle apron for me (I really want to buy fabric, but know I'll never get around to it)
- a painting apron for Isaac
- felt memory cards for the kids (I have EVERYTHING ready for making this, It even took 2 trips to spotlight and a trip to Geoff's Emporium)
- a bag to put my wrapping paper in
- a canvas with buttons spelling names (I have the buttons on my watchlist on trademe)
- a bucket hat for Isaac
I'm sure there are more in my Firefox bookmarks list, but I'm afraid to look for fear I'll end up at spotlight this afternoon!

That reminds me, when I'm rich, or when hubby is rich, I really want a Silhouette machine! Imagine the possibilities! they are endless. :)