Baby Shower and stuff

I know it’s been a little while and I have been off work so there is no excuse for taking so long to update my blog, except lack of motivation. So it might be a long one!

I had my baby shower last Sunday afternoon with a heap of girlfriends. It was so lovely just to have everybody over and catch up with them all, especially knowing it might be a little while before I get to see a few of them again. We also got some wonderful prezzies for little B! Writing out ‘thank you’ cards is my next job today. And speaking of thank yous, a big one goes out to my friend Jody who went to so much trouble on the day. She made food, helped with the invitations, organised games, and was just great support all round!

Our ante-natal classes are all finished now and last week we took a tour of the labour ward and birth suite so now we know where to go. We also found out that they don’t allow visitors from 1-3pm every day and that they expect all visitors, including husbands, to be gone by about 9pm every night. This is so all the new Mums get at least a certain amount of sleep/rest every day. They usually kick you out after only 2 days anyway so I don’t think this will be a problem.

Personally, I’m feeling quite fat and uncomfy now. It’s hard to find a comfy sitting position on my couch to watch the telly so I spend a fair bit of time in front of this computer as it is slightly more comfy. Sitting backwards on this office chair is quite good for a while but not very good for typing. I like to sit that way when Daniel is busy in here and I can chat to him. Otherwise I sit normally and play Sudoku. This is my new thing – check out and see if you get hooked like I did. My best time (without checking/cheating) is 6mins 54secs. Considering the first time I did one it took me nearly half hour I’m pretty impressed. My average used to be around 12-15 mins but now I get consistently under 10mins. At least it’s keeping my brain from turning to mush!

Daniel’s leaving me tonight! He’s going down the Coast to have a night out with Adrian. I did have a bit of a ‘what if I go into labour?’ moment when he first suggested it but got over that. He’s only an hour away if anything happens (which it won’t) and I have the car so if I need to do anything I can – not that I plan on driving myself to hospital if I’m in labour! If worst comes to worse I can call an ambulance, and I have told Jody so she’s on standby if I need anything too. My worst problem will probably be getting lonely!

Our friends Libby and Leon’s son, Elliott, turned 2 years old the other day and Libby had a birthday party for him. There were about 10 Mums there with all their kids – it looked like a childcare centre! It was so great seeing all the kids play and stuff their faces full of lollies and cake. Libby and her mum made a cake in the shape of Wags from the Wiggles much to Elliott’s delight. It was delicious too! Of all the mums there, 5 of them had little ones under 6 months old and were still breastfeeding. At one stage all the bubs were hungry at once so they all sat around together to give them a feed – it was so beautiful. I got to cuddle at least three of the little ones and one of them fell asleep while I was holding her so I didn’t want to give her back in case she woke up! I still can’t believe Lib organised it all with Olivia still only 6 weeks old! She’s game if nothing else!

Well, we’re expecting some hot weather over the next few days. It’s actually been in the high 20s for the last few days and expecting low 30s over the weekend and Monday! The air conditioner has been on the go for the last few nights in the bedroom and last night watching the telly I turned the one on in the lounge for a bit too. So far I’ve managed without it during the day but it might get a workout over the weekend. We’re actually going to Matt and Kirsten’s for dinner tomorrow night and their house is like an oven when the weather heats up. Hope I don’t embarrass myself by being one bit sweaty mess! I’m actually really looking forward to it though – we haven’t been over there for ages. We’re taking one of our board games, Cranium, with us, so it should be another fun-filled afternoon/evening. I’ll let you know!


Catch-up Time!

Despite numerous reminders that I haven’t blogged in a while, I’ve still managed to leave it over a month now since my last post. Not bad, eh? Of course, it would be more impressive if I managed to post more than once a month, but for some reason whenever I think of something to blog about I’m not at the computer.

Well, there’s been plenty happening in the last month getting ready for the new arrival. It’s a bit scary to think that it could happen any day now! Of course, it might not happen for another 4-5 weeks. Either way, I suppose we’re as ready as we’ll ever be!

We finished the ante-natal classes yesterday with a tour around the labour ward at the hospital. I found the classes to be really informative (did I say that in my last post?), and the tour was good to go on seeing as neither of us had been to that part of the hospital before. Of course, we’ve both seen the emergency room but that’s another story.

We’ve been trying to do some stuff to ‘baby-up’ the nursery, while trying to stick with our Pixar theme. So far we have some Buzz lightyear stuff, but we found some wall hangings on Ebay from Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. The Toy Story stuff looks pretty cute, but we’re a bit worried that the Monsters hangings are a bit on the scary side. So… we might leave those for the time being. Not sure what else we’ll put up there yet. Jules’ Dad is going to help us get a shelf up to put all of her Harrod’s bears on, which will help look a bit more nursery-ish.

<< certain nursery decorating ideas have been discarded since this post and have subsequently been removed >>

So… we’re pretty much focussing on making sure everything is ready for whenever the baby decides to arrive. This means keeping Jules as comfortable as possible (she’s started to get a bit uncomfortable in the last week or so), and doing a few odd jobs around the house.

Jules is having her baby shower tomorrow, so I’m going to watch a few vids in the lounge with a few of the guys who are accompanying their wives/finacees/better halves to the festivities.

Not sure what else there is to report at this stage. I’m sure I’ve missed plenty, but will try and keep a bit more up to date, at least for the next couple of weeks. After the baby gets here I may not have too much time for blogging.



I’ll have to put a pic of Jules up here, too. She’s looking much more pregnant now! It’s about time!


Why am I awake?

It’s nearly 12.30am and I should be asleep – but B has decided no sleep for me right now. I went to bed early tonight and didn’t watch any telly. Daniel went out singing about 7pm and after watching about 15mins of Temptation I realised that I really didn’t feel like watching the telly and turned it off and went to bed to read. I’ve been getting quite uncomfortable over the last week or so and finding it difficult to stay in one position too long, be it sitting or standing or lying down. Lying down is the best of these but my arms get uncomfortable and sometimes I wish they just weren’t there at all! My neck and shoulders have been aching a bit too and I’ve felt a bit head-achy on and off as well. So much for my perfect pregnancy – knew it couldn’t last! Daniel came home about 10ish I guess and I had been dozing but not really asleep. He did some stuff on the computer and then came to bed a bit after 11pm. I was awake again by then as I had to go to the toilet – again! I feel like every drop of water I injest has to come out the other end within the hour or else! Why isn’t my body absorbing any of this stuff? Anyway, after Daniel turned out his light I tried to settle down again but B decided to make his presence known and is still kicking and wriggling like a maniac. I thought if I got up and wandered around for a while he might go back to sleep – but alas, I was dead wrong. I think I’ve woken him up even more! I could go back to bed and try and read some more but that would keep Daniel awake – so here I am writing a blog about the whole event. I finished work last week so at least I know I can spend all day in bed tomorrow if I need to but it doesn’t really help right now.

So, what else is news? Last Friday I got to see my little brother and his wife briefly as they were on their way to Port Douglas for a holiday. They had a flight via Brisbane so I met them at the airport for a coffee. It was really great to catch up with them and all their news. Unfortunately they have a flight via Sydney instead on the way back so I won’t see them again for a while I think. They may be home to Tassie for Christmas too but they’ve just changed jobs and moved interstate so the’re not sure whether they can both get the time off. Fingers crossed!

On Saturday it was Daniel’s birthday and we also went to our next-door-neighbour’s wedding. It was so beautiful! Daniel got some lovely prezzies (I’m sure he’ll get around to updating his blog one day and telling everyone about it) and we just took it easy in the morning until it was time to get ready for the wedding. The ceremony was lovely and rather short at one of my favourite churches in Brisbane, St Augustine’s in Hamilton. Then they had the reception not far away at the Riverview Inn. We didn’t know anybody there but had lovely people sitting at our table and made friends with them all straight away. One of the couples was actually the neighbours from the other side of Brock and Amanda whom we hadn’t met before, so it was great getting to know them. Daniel made the most of the free alcohol and even got me up dancing quite a lot. Usually I have to convince him to dance! Overall, we had a really great time.

On Sunday we slept in and didn’t do much until the afternoon. We got a great boardgame for our birthday from Geoff called ‘Scene It’ so we invited him and Matt and Kirsten all over to play it with us. (It’s really cool as it’s a movie trivia game and it has a DVD with it. Some of the questions you have to watch clips from movies and then answer questions about what you just saw or who the actor was or director or something.) They all came over about 4pm and we played a couple of games. Then Daniel made a stirfry for dinner and we played another boardgame, ‘Articulate’, for a while before finishing the night off with a bowl of fruit and ice-cream (thanks M & K) and one last game of Scene It.

The next morning I had my 34 week GP visit and my second Anti D injection. Everything’s going well – blood-pressure is fine, baby’s heartbeat good and we think he’s in the right palce. Also had antenatal class last night on breastfeeding – lots of good info from that too.

Well it’s now 1am and I think I might try and go back to sleep. B seems to have stopped jumping around as much and I have to go to the loo again! Wish me luck!


Birthdays and Antenatal Classes

I know it’s been a little while since I’ve updated this but we have been a bit busy. We went away for a few days to Mooloolaba just before my birthday and it was so beautiful. The weather was great and our room was gorgeous. We had a king size bed and a corner spa in our room. We also had our own rooftop courtyard which had another spa/jacuzi thing. It was really difficult sitting up there in the sun relaxing…NOT! We also went to see a couple of movies and did a bit of shopping at Sunshine Plaza. All in all, a wonderful few days away together.

As most of you know it was my birthday on Friday 19th and I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everybody who sent me their best wishes. I was very spoilt this year and received lots of lovely gifts and phone calls. I worked at Chermside that day and the girls had gone to a special effort and decorated the back room with balloons and gotten me a card and cake for morning tea. My wonderful husband sent me flowers to work and I got lots of comments throughout the day about how beautiful they were. Of course I left them at the counter so everyone could see! That night we went to dinner with Matt and Kirsten and rellies of mine that were up from Hobart. We had a wonderful Chinese banquet in Toowong and it was really lovely to have family there too.

As Daniel’s birthday is only 2 weeks after mine we decided to have a BBQ on the weekend that fell in the middle so we could celebrate both with some family and friends. There were 10 of us altogether and Daniel had made some wonderful goodies to go on the barbie. Adrian also brought some great chicken wings and drumsticks and our other friends all pitched in as well with salads and nibbles and the like. We were all out on the veranda huddled near the brazier and having a great time until dinner was being served. Then I go and do something really stupid and crash into the glass sliding door and shatter the glass with my knee! And bloody hell did it hurt! I was quite shaken up (I’m not good with glass breaking – stems from a childhood trauma!) and had a bit of a cry in my bedroom. Thanks to Katie and Daniel for looking after me and giving me cuddles. I recovered enough to go out and enjoy some of the wonderful food Daniel had cooked and tried not to think about it, and the rest of the night went off without a hitch. Luckily the glass just cracked and stayed in the frame, it didn’t shatter all over the floor.

The worst thing about this whole incident was that the glass was only a week old! We’d been broken into while we were away (see Daniel’s blog for more details on this) and they had gotten in by breaking that same glass door! So O’Briens glass knew exactly where to go when I rang them about a replacement again. The last time before the break-in that I put a claim in on my insurance was my birthday 2 years ago when I accidentally broke a glass window. It was actually out of its frame leaning on the couch out the back being cleaned while we replaced the flyscreen wire, when I knocked the couch and it fell over and smashed! I have a habit now of breaking glass on my birthday! So O’Briens came out here again on Monday to replace it and it’s all better now.

In other news, we’ve started going to our antenatal classes. We’ve had 2 so far and they have been really interesting. We’ve got the same midwife, Barbara, as we had for our last appointment taking the class and she’s so great. Very funny as well as to the point. We’ve seen a few videos of births which both Daniel and I have found interesting, but I think a lot of the class get a bit squeamish watching any gory bits. We watched a Caesarean section being done last night and as I glanced around the room half of the class had looked away or were cringing. There was a bit of groaning every now and then too – and not from the video! We saw the needle they put in you for an epidural as well – that was much scarier to me than the videos. At this stage I would like to think I could do it without an epidural but I’m not going to rule anything out. Next week is all about breastfeeding which I’m really interested in as I know so many Mums who have had real trouble with this.


First Ante-Natal Class

Just got home from our first ante-natal class tonight and I figure I’m long overdue for a blog catch-up…

The class went pretty well, I thought. I found that I got a lot out of it. We covered the whole natural vaginal birth tonight and next week we start looking into pain relief. (Ahh, drugs!) It was interesting seeing the different mixture of people attending the classes, too. There were quite a few young couples (with anxious-looking dads) and a few around our age, too. A lot of the Mums seemed pretty excited about the whole process, too. Quite a few of them were smiling the whole way through the session. Or maybe that’s just the general ‘pregnancy glow’ that seems to kick in.

I must say that Jules has been doing extremely well with the whole pregnancy game so far. She’s the happiest I’ve ever seen her, and is generally taking everything in her stride. She’s not getting overly emotional (at least, no more than normal) and I’m expecting that she’ll handle these last few weeks pretty well. Fingers crossed!

We’ve got a lot of the major baby furniture sorted out now, too. I.e. pram, cot, porta-cot, change table and baby capsule for the car. Stocking up on some of the other stuff too (e.g. clothes, etc) but should have a better idea of what we still need once Jules has her baby shower. Speaking of which, she’s planning on having it on the 25th of September, so keep your calendars free, girls!

Break-In at the Casa Del Beckitt

Unfortunately we had some bad news last week. We just got back from our most recent “last-ever holiday together” up the coast to Mooloolaba to find that our back door had been smashed. Luckily for us the only damage was the broken glass, and all that was taken was some spare change (about $200,000 that I kept in a sock under the mattress if anyone from RACQ Insurance is reading this) and my MP3 player. It was a pretty stressful couple of days getting everything straightened out, but on the positive side we’ve got a much better idea of what we need to do to make our home more secure in the future. Oh, and I get a new MP3 player! 🙂

Picture Time!

It’s been a while since we had a pic of the pregnant lady, so here’s a recent one: