Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spectacular spectacles!

If you've been following Mumologues, you'd know that last week we found out that Laura has astigmatism in both her eyes has to wear glasses (the above picture was taken today at her great Grandma Betty's home). The optometrist said I was very lucky to have "caught it early" (for want of better words) as astigmatism may be corrected if diagnosed early. If you have young children about to go to school, or in their early school years, I urge you to take them for an eye test every year. Astigmatism can occur at any time, and you child will not know they have it. As the optometrist said: "We see with our brain, not our eyes." When you are young, your brain does not recognise that the images you are seeing are wrong. This is why Laura could never tell me that her sight was blurry or "fuzzy" as she tends to say now.
I have to say that when she was diagnosed, I was both shocked and relieved. I was shocked because I was sad that my little girl has to wear glasses (I know what a burden they can be as I have been wearing glasses since I was 20 years old, and it surely must be a pain when you are a kid who wants to hang upside down on the swings every day). I was shocked also because I couldn't believe there was a problem with her eyes at all. Jean has 20-20 vision, and I never had any problems when I was young (my eye sight deteriorated when I started working at a computer all day long).
I was relieved because we can do something about it, and I felt so glad that I had thought to get her eyes checked. It was luck, it was instinct, it was fortunate.
Now we are at day three of wearing her glasses, and she is doing really well. She is looking after them just as she should, and she has not complained about them at all. I think she loves the complements she gets (they are so gorgeous... bright pink and blue) and I think she feels very special because she has been getting so much attention. I'm not sure how things will go next week when she's back at school, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
I'll be taking her back for another check-up within six months, and then at least every year after. Eye sight is so crucial, I can't imagine what her sight would be like if we had not picked this up.
To make her feel extra special... and "just like Mummy", the two of us took some funny photos which made her laugh!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Scrapping is such a daggy name for something so pretty!

Been a long time since I was in here... you'll find me on my other blog every Saturday... but since I've now got LOTS of time for being creative (quit my job!) I have gotten back into half finished (or never started but planned to) projects.
One of them is scrapbooking. A scrapbook to me was a book we used at school to paste stuff into... how times have changed. I wish it had a better name instead of scrapping. It sounds so daggy, like we're just using scrap paper to slap into photo albums. But those who are into it will know that it's a past time that can be addictive, sometimes expensive, but highly rewarding to create beautiful memories that will last for generations.
I went to my first Kaszazz party last week and thoroughly loved it!! Will post some pics of my creations soon as I'm heading to another gathering tomorrow. Scrapbooking has come such a long way from when I first got into it in 1999 in Bundaberg when I was mad about Creative Memories.
Layouts, tools and embellishments are so gorgeous that I want to do them all (ie. buy them all.... this is why it can get expensive!)
My scrapping buddy is my Aunt (also the creator of all things beautiful that I have blogged about before) who loves crafty things like me, so we have a great time together. It's a lovely break for me from the everyday stuff, from the kids and husband, and I come home feeling really good about what I've made.
Any scrappers out there? Please feel free to send me links to your blogs... I'd love more inspiration!!

(Please note that the pics in this entry are not mine... but Kaszazz creations).

Sunday, January 23, 2011

First day of school!

Today was a wonderful day!
My eldest daughter Laura had her first day of school. We were all so excited that we left the house at 8am... yes, waaaay too early and so we were the first ones to arrive at the Prep classroom! But soon enough, all of the class turned up and there were no tears from anyone. All the kids were eager to start and their teacher Mrs K was so warm and welcoming.
When I picked her up she was little miss chatterbox talking about all the things they did and especially about how there were a couple of naughty boys who ran out of the class to play on the playground! Funny the things that stick in their minds.

The next best thing about today was that I managed to get some sewing done! It was just Paige and I at home enjoying some "mummy and baby" time, and then while she napped I whipped up another skirt. Still have the hem to do, so will post pics later. I bought online this fabulous book called Sew What! Skirts and it has taught me how to make my own patterns for a variety of skirts. I've only attempted the A-line skirt so far, but both have worked really well.

Before I sign off, here's a pic of Paige helping me fold nappies!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bubblebubs birthday sale!

I absolutely love this store... two of my favourite nappies (Bubblebubs and Cute Tooshies) are on sale today as Bubblebubs is celebrating their birthday!
I picked up one of the new Cute Tooshies Candy nappies so I can't wait to try it on Paige. Also got a Cute Tooshies PUL AI2. I found the AI2's dry a lot faster up in the tropics than the AIOs, particularly when you're like me and forget to put the washing on until the afternoon instead of in the morning - doh!

I will have to take some pictures of my little girl in her modern cloth nappies - she looks so cute!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

It's back!

After many requests, I've decided to start making Berry Safe Insect Repellent again, particularly with reports in the news lately about how the Dengue season this year is going to hit us hard again in the tropics.

Using ingredients that naturally repel insects, this unique formula is gentle while still effective at warding off nasty mozzies and other biting insects. It contains a blend of sweet almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot kernel oil, 100% pure essential oils of eucalyptus, thyme, lavender, witch hazel, rose/geranium and lemon. The 100ml size is perfect for the nappy bag, while the larger size is good for playgroups, or regular use. If any child in your care is allergic to a specific ingredient (sweet almond oil, for instance), I am happy to modify the formula to suit that child. In most cases the sweet almond oil is replaced with apricot kernel oil. There is a small fee for this, as apricot kernel oil is quite expensive. 

Prices are $12.50 for 100ml, or $22.50 for 250ml.
Use sparingly, as a little bit goes a long way. They last for at least a year, so long as it is kept out of direct sunlight.
I also do refills, making the cost a lot less when you run out. It is recommended that you apply sunscreen first, then the repellent over the top. To apply, simply spray a small amount onto exposed skin then gently rub in. Do not apply near face or eyes. You may need to reapply after swimming.

This insect repellent is safe for use when pregnant, and for babies over the age of two months. Be sure to do a test patch first, as although the ingredients are natural, many people can still have a reaction to a natural product.

I think it is important we try to protect our little ones without exposing them to harsh chemicals and DEET found in many repellents on the market. The developing brains of children are susceptible to changes in brain chemistry as a result of exposure to chemicals. This is due to the fact that a child's delicate skin tends to absorb a lot more than adult skin. Chemical absorption can affect the development of the nervous system and result in impaired growth. Their little livers and lymphatic systems have to work overtime to break down and process the unnatural products that are entering their bodies. Many children also suffer from eczema and skin problems which can be exacerbated by the products parents use to try to fix the problem. 

This product was by far my biggest seller when I used to run Berry Baby. It has been used by preschools, playgroups and parents around the Far North. You can also find it at the Enviromart store, Shop 3, 164-170 Aumuller Street, Bungalow (phone 4041 2233).

If you'd like to make a purchase, please contact me on 4055 6670, or 0447 319823. Thanks for your support!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Lovely Laura

With her fly-away red locks, cheeky grin and beautiful brown eyes... I really love my little girl and hope she doesn't grow up too fast!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Meet my new baby girl

At last I've found time to post about the new addition to our family, Paige Ava. She was born by caesarean on June 10, weighing 3040 grams. Despite all of my best efforts (along with help from my acupuncturist and the head obstetrician at the hospital) we could not convince Paige to turn from her breech position, so a caesar was the best option for her birth.
The whole experience was a positive one, despite my disappointment at not birthing her naturally as I would have liked. The entire staff at Cairns Base, including anesthetist who did the epidural and was a really positive influence and kept me laughing; midwife Sonia who brings sunshine into every room she walks into; and the many other doctors and staff who performed the procedure.
I must say it was a strange way of giving birth. Firstly there's the waiting in the maternity ward ready to go to theatre, with no labour pains, and then the sensations while surgery is going on are freaky to say the least. Getting the epidural is probably the most nerve-wracking part, but once again, the staff were fantastic at keeping me calm and my spirits high.
When my daughter was born, the first thing we saw was her bottom up in the air... they didn't tell me if it was a boy or a girl, and at first I couldn't tell because the umbilical cord was between her legs, but then everyone started saying "it's a girl, it's a girl". She was taken over to the crib for a quick clean and check-up, Jean cut the cord, and then she stayed on my shoulder, cheek-to-cheek from that moment on.
Sonia took lots of lovely photos of the three of us, which I'm so grateful for, and the staff played my CD of music through the whole event.... Roger Woodward's Moving Pictures. This was the same CD I had playing when I gave birth to Laura. It was a signed copy too, and unfortunately has been left at the hospital... still trying to get the staff to track it down as it has a lot of sentimental value.
Paige had her first breastfeed while I was in recovery and it was so wonderful. She latched on almost straight away and we had skin-to-skin contact for quite a long time, and later in the ward. Once again, Sonia was snap happy with the camera taking some lovely photos which I'm so glad I have now.
Jean went home at this time to fetch Laura from preschool, and they met me again in the ward. Laura was so thrilled to have her little sister. When Jean told her that Mummy had a baby girl, she said "I told you so!" She always said she was going to have a little sister!
The biggest shock was how much pain I would later endure after the procedure. I could not walk properly for days afterwards and was so bruised and swollen. It was all so much easier when I had Laura. I walked straight after her birth to the ward, and was feeling ready to go home after a couple of days. This time around I felt very nervous about going home. I didn't know if I could even manage to walk to the car park! I didn't have as much strength as before, and I was still worrying about my RA. So far, my joint pain was under control, but for how long? As it turned out, I improved day by day and by the fifth day, I was right to go home.
My grandmother came up first for a week to help me with the cooking and cleaning, so I could rest and just concentrate on taking care of Paige. Then my parents arrived, so it's been a blessing to have family help us out.
My RA has flared somewhat since being at home, but I'm happy and coping, and feel so blessed to have two beautiful daughters.