Sleep: Something that I used to Know

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Remember Easter weekend when I said that we were going to have a cruisy weekend, take it easy, watch lots of telly and chillax? Well, our little lady had other ideas. Much like Christmas time, she decided that sleep was something optional, well, not entirely optional, just that she'd prefer if sleep happened while she was in my arms. Not in our bed, oh no, in the chair in her room - ugh. Every time I thought she was asleep and put her down inner cot, she woke up again. Until 3:19am when I did take her to our bed and she stayed asleep - yay! Until 5:54am when she did successfully transfer to her cot after waking. Nick managed to clock a big 2 hours sleep before his Easter Sunday mountain bike race. How's that for race prep? Needless to say we were both a wreck Easter Sunday and Easter Monday when she did the same thing.

Things went back to normal during the week following Easter. We are super lucky in that Zelda does sleep through some nights from about 10:30pm. So there is never really a sleep problem we can fix. We can be assured that there is something genuinely upsetting her if she is refusing to sleep. But oh it does get frustrating when you want to be asleep or at least lying in a bed!

Last Saturday night it all went south again with 4 wake ups before midnight. She did manage to sleep from about 1am until 6:30am in her own bed. But Sunday night, my goodness. She refused to let Nick settle her. He has been our saviour the past few weeks with her letting him put her into the cot but not letting me. This has all been upturned and now she won't even stop crying when he picks her up, which is heartbreaking. After a night of almost no sleep, I knew I was staying home from work to look after her. I went to pick her up so that we could take Lulu to school and when I got her up out of our bed (where she had slept happily from 6:30am but refused to sleep during the night!) she had conjunctivitis. Double whammy. A public holiday Tuesday is just what we need to catch up on everything. We have stoked up on eye drops, Little Eyes, and Nurofen/Panadol and we have her 1 year old needles this afternoon too. It can only get better hey?!

Premie Baby Tips

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Premie Baby Tips
All is on track for that planned (due to pregnancy previa) c-section when suddenly, just before dinner, at a friend's house no less, you go into labour. Not only is your evening cut short but so is your life. Your transported to the hospital where after a steroid injection and 18 hours of labour your find yourself having that c-section 3 weeks earlier than the planned 37 weeks. Because your baby was born at 34 weeks, they are now in the nursery (nicu) for the foreseeable future. Monday you were at work, Thursday you are visiting your baby in the nursery. The speed at which it all happens takes you by surprise and it's no wonder you're in a little bit of shock.

Then the unthinkable happens. You are 'better' and ready to leave hospital but your new baby has to stay. Stay there without you. It's torture.

Here are a few tips to help you through those shaky days:

1. Pack a day bag
Include snacks (wagon wheels are a good idea), a water bottle, a device to watch your own tv shows on or listen to podcasts, your favourite hand cream, a jumper/cardigan (it might be 35 outside but it is always freezing in the nursery)

2. Bring a few of your own 00000 clothes your baby
The hospital will provide clothes but it is nice to have a few of your own. You'll need the smallest of the small. Best & Less, Pure Baby and Target all sometimes have 00000 clothes. Zelda was in hers for a month or more so it was totally worth the purchase. She was three months old before the Bonds newborn clothes fit. You can donate any newborn clothes back to the Nursery.

3. Pumping in public
Bet you never thought you'd have to hear those words but yes. You'll need to pump in the special care nursery! There is no seperate space where you can go to pump. They have some privacy screens but they only really shield you from one side. Yes, the staff are professionals but it's still something to get used to. Muslin wraps work well as privacy screens while pumping.

4. It's ok to cry (and cry and cry again)

5. Listen then ignore advice
Every nurse will have a different opinion about what is happening and what you are doing. One midwife will tell you to feed one way then another will tell you the complete opposite. Do what you feel is right and wait until the baby has been weighed before changing up your system. One midwife told me I was tiring Zelda by boob then bottle then tube feeding. Number 4 happened, I felt guilty and horrible and then boom the next day she weighed in above her birth weight and we were home the following day. If I hadn't been trying the bottle as well we never would have come home. So go with your gut & ignore any advice that doesn't sit right with you, because there'll always be one nurse that agrees with you!

Stay strong, get girlfriends to pop by for morning tea and you'll make it through, one long weepy day at a time.


Premie Baby Tips

Link Love

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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Happy Easter Weekend! Have you many plans? After a few weeks of me being sick and Zelda teething (?) or just refusing to sleep (who knows?!), I am looking to chill out and relax! Nick is doing the opposite and taking part in the Easter in the Alice Mountain Bike Muster. The girls and I will be heading out to see him take part in some of the race but for the most part we'll be resting at home. Hot Cross Buns, chocolate and coffee, what more could you want? Other than some sleep.....

Catching my eye on the internet this week:
This post has changed my granola for the better
What the Love Actually cast look like now - spoiler alert - they all look older! Though I guess in Hollywood terms that is quite surprising.
This adorable DIY pineapple vase from Patchwork Cactus
The last tip is pure gold - Thursday night coming at ya!
Hot Cross Buns recipe - not something I'm going to be doing this easter.
4 Easter DIY ideas


4 Easter DIY Ideas

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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Ok so each year I post an Easter Egg DIY round up but i have to confess that i have never, yep, never done any of them. Why change the tradition now? Here is my Easter Egg DIY round up for 2017

Easter Bark - is there any chocolate better than Cadbury Mini Eggs? Mix them with more chocolate and salty pretzels and you just might have it.

Confetti Eggs - mix confetti with eggs and you are winning overtime

Pom Pom Eggs - enough said

Chocolate eggs filled with more chocolate - Bring it

Have a happy Easter, DIYing or Not, it's great to have a chunk of time off, isn't it?!

Ps DIY Painted Eggs, Painted Easter Eggs, Link Love - Makeovers, Bunny Ears and Love

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