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Water

Water by kehkat
Water, a photo by kehkat on Flickr.

We are down in Launceston for the weekend at Adam’s parents place on the Tamar River, for a belated Christmas celebration with his side of the family.

We were meant to come down over Christmas but the airfares were just too prohibitive, over 1k… For that we could fly down every month! It still wasn’t cheap but way more reasonable than that. Adam’s sister and nieces live here, just a few doors down so it’s a real celebration for us with all the grandkids in one spot… so our Christmas is tomorrow!

For now though, relaxation is in order whilst Sean’s cousins keep him amused. Crawling comps have been the order of the afternoon thus far 🙂

This photo/post are part of the 365 Project and the Photo a Day Challenge over at FatMumSlim.

 

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Today

Today by kehkat
Today, a photo by kehkat on Flickr.

New Years Day 2013…

What a year the past 12 months have been!

From an extremely difficult pregnancy where I dropped over 20kg and was basically living on ice cubes, to giving birth to this gorgeous little guy earlier than expected and then dealing with the sleep deprivation (Sean can last from 5am-midnight no sweat/sleep!!!) and everything else that goes with motherhood. Add returning to work to an unfamiliar position and juggling working with daycare and baths/dinner/breastfeeding, then starting 12WBT with Adam. This is just some of what 2012 was to us.

It has been a struggle and I’ve had to ask for help many times but I wouldn’t change having Sean in our lives. He is our little miracle baby… even if he is our one and only, he is ours xx

This photo/post are part of the 365 Project and the Photo a Day Challenge over at FatMumSlim.

 

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First Christmas

Christmas had lost its shine. Being a 38 year old, you forget what the joy is… You watch at the money flow out, get stuffed on food, drink a heap and shudder at having to return to work in a few days time with none of the long breaks of childhood away from school.

This year brought the joy back, if only in a little way. Sean is only 10 months old, but this was his first Christmas; and it brightens me up to think of how many more we are going to have together and what he will be able to experience on those magical mornings

His cousin Zara is now almost three, she gets the presents now. Whilst still not fully comprehending the whole Christmas deal, she knows how to tear open the wrapping paper…

Sean knows how to eat it.

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But getting the kids dressed up and in the Christmas spirit is fun again, things we will do together. I can’t wait to do an Advent Calendar with him in the future.

Until then, cheesy photos help bring the magic back.

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Originally posted on my other blog, here.
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Learning to Sleep – Part 2

Day 2 – Off to Work.

Today we wake at 6:30 am, I’m normally out of bed just before 7 am, but I had to get to work from a strange location and the new routine involves and early rise feed.

Kate jumps in the shower while I’m still here and I play with a grumpy little bugger, he did sleep through the night, which is not unusual for Sean.

I walk to Campsie train station to catch a ride into work, bit of a longer walk then I expected and Campsie is not an overly attractive area, but I get to the station in time for a 7:39 train and arrive into work at 8:10, not a bad trip, a 7:44 from home gets me in for 8:30.

So today is all about Kate following the plan with the help of the nurses, and an update at 10:30 tells me things are going well.
I struggle through the day at work wondering how Kate is coping but a few more calls assures me everything is working out.

I ditch the office early and get the train back to Campsie, cold, wet miserable Sydney weather is a great end to the week. Missing out on a night of fair well drinks is also a downer to the trip in, but Sean is my main priority.

I get back to Tresillian to find Kate relaxing on the bed and Sean asleep in his cot next to our room. All as it should be.

We get him up, have dinner, a bath and a bit of a play. Facetime with Brenma and Grumps down in Tassie for a bit of a surprise then off for a another sleep at 8:30.
I watch as Kate goes through the process, and it works after two visits for a pat and settle, our little man falls asleep…. for 45mins, we rinse and repeat but this time he gets the dummy.

The story continues…

Note: Originally posted on Adam’s blog here.

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Learning to Sleep – Part 1

Day 1: Tresillian – A Family Care Centre, here we have come to find out why our little man cannot sleep, or will not as the case may be.

We have arrived here for check in at 9 am, parking isn’t the easiest but the whole area around the facility is free unmetered parking. The  actual facility sits at the back of Canterbury Public Hospital and is an easy drive to get to from home. We have decided that I will stay for the entire duration apart from tomorrow when I will go to work for the day and return at night. Other wise it’s full days here trying to get Sean sorted.

First part of admission Sean is taken off by one of the nurses and weighed, measured and overall looked at, we go and do a little tour of the quite nice and fully stocked facility. our own private room with en-suite and separate sleep room for Sean, that isn’t used on the first night he is in a nursery where he will under go monitoring and settling by the staff. Night one is a night off for us.

Kate has an interview with admissions, going over family history, basic questions on expectations, daily routine and a bit of a psych evaluation, you know, post natal depression stuff.

We have determined that his sleep is an issue and a routine is sorted, but something that I have been thinking about for a while, and has been flagged by the paediatrician is that he is underweight, not a lot, but he should be a bit heavier then what he is, probably only about 500gm extra.

A change in eating habits is in order, breast feeding is still a go, add extra bottle feeds after midday and increase his solids, pear, apple, pumpkin has already been tested, rice cereal not his favourite, but mixed with some fruit he will eat it.

It’s not easy having to let him go off and be put down to sleep, especially as he fights it so much, and hearing him cry and not doing anything is difficult. Kate really struggles to let him go, but that’s why I’m here too, support for her and learning for myself.

First sleep, no dummy and he goes down pretty easily, we wonder who’s kid this is.

Second sleep, he’s back to his normal self and fighting the sleep waking up every 5 mins or so, glad we’re not insane and he is having issues for others.

Third sleep and tricks are back on again.

It’s now 6 O’clock and we have dinner in half an hour, Sean will be up soon for a feed.

Let’s see how the rest of the night goes.

Note: Originally posted on Adam’s blog here.

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