Friday, 31 July 2009

40 minute catnaps

These photos will make more sense as the post develops - my skills in uploading photos are infantile and require more work at this stage.

Doo Dah - after frenulectomy                                                                                        Doo Dah- before frenulectomy

So we are 7 months in now. The Minx and Dew Drop are getting easier but life remains one big challenge. I took the bubs to the clinic for their 6 month check up on July 7th. All is well although I then had to take the Minx to see a paediatrician (July 14th) to check her hand movements out. She was doing everything backwards with her hands. The paediatrician wasn't concerned but when the Early Childhood Nurse mentioned "ruling out cerebral palsy" you find yourself worrying. A lot. Fortunately everything is okay but a little delayed. I think all of my children have been delayed in the movement stakes, so it just probably makes her part of the gang.

A summary of the last month:

Dew Drop - Sleeping through the night rarely. Mostly 2 night breast feeds (10ish and 2ish) and 4 day feeds. Eating 3 meals as well (he has hollow legs I think!). Catnapping in the day (only 40 minutes) although occasionally will have a 2 hour sleep in the middle of the day. Remains on the 25th percentile for weight. 75th for length. Still not rolling. No teeth. Rocks self in the rocker chair. Grips well and moves things from hand to hand. Social and chatty (no specific babble consonants, but squeals, giggles and changes vowel sounds).

The Minx - Sleeping through the night mostly. Sometimes 1 night feed. 4 day feeds. Eating 3 meals well. 3 catnaps per day - 40 mins. Impossible to resettle. 75th percentile weight and height. Rolling back to front. Improved hand function - grips well now and changes things from side to side (although not as easily as Dew Drop). Social and chatty (ba, da, gi). Bottom teeth through today!

Nugget - Sleeping in our bed most of the time due to sickness initially (he had a 7 day virus with temps over 40), now "growing pains". Working on getting him back into his bed! Starting to prepare him for school as we have decided to send him next year. Has learnt most of his letters now and mastering counting numbers beyond 20. Improved self-help skills although still needs encouragement to dress himself. Has been dealing with the testosterone influx. Describes himself as "angry" or "grumpy" much of the time. Has had lots of playdates and is playing well with other kids. Is quite delightful much of the time (albeit a little touchy-feely for my taste).

Doo Dah - Had his tongue-tie released at the dentist early in the month. Despite the worry building up to the day (mine not his) the procedure went very well. The worst bit was that he bit his tongue while it was anaethetised! He was a little sorry for himself for a few days afterwards; the fact that he got the 'flu didn't really help. Boys develop Manflu very early in their life it seems. He is still getting used to speaking with his "new" tongue, but I can already tell that his speech is clearer. He has also had a huge language burst in the past month and is now using conjunctions and comparatives. He is learning to dress himself, drinks from a "normal" cup and is very interested in helping me with the daily chores (this sounds better than it is!). He is still mostly playing on his own (except with Noah) but is starting to play games with other kids too.

The Geege - Has been working on the outdoor store business idea. Has now registered a company and thought of the name Camp, Hike & Climb. He is in the process of negotiating leases for a property in Turramurra. Still working for Helen doing the tours when he can.

Me - Just trying to keep it all together. The sleep deprivation is better but ongoing. It seems unbelievable that a person can endure so many years of sleepless nights and remain sane. This has made me think that maybe I am in fact insane? Recently have had the need to have some time to myself (surprise, surprise!). Had a bushwalk with a (chatty) friend yesterday which was great! So good to be out in the bush. The Minx came with me (backpack) so I wasn't entirely child-free but near enough! Am needing to do something about my stomach region. Hernias not going away on their own and the whole area is so weak, protruding and broken. Am going to try a physiotherapist who specialises in pilates first, but think it will be a surgeon who helps me in the end :(

Whole family - The good thing is we have had lots of time together. The bad thing, we have no spare money to do anything too fun. We got ourselves a new cleaner (K) after T broke her wrist. The girls are still coming Mon, Tues and Fri, so that is helping us keep on keeping on. Life is pretty good. Routine, but good. Groundhog day, but good.

'Til next time...

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Six months and counting

Everything has gone pear shaped this month. Bloody Dew Drop just won't sleep. He is catnapping day and night. The Minx is sleeping through the night from time to time now, but Dew Drop is up every hour! It is awful and I am ready to ... well I don't really know what to do!

It has been a pretty busy month. We finally had our day in court over the whole Big Red Bus business. The Geege settled with John Thomson for half-half payment of the new transmission, so that was a good outcome. It was so nice to get closure and especially nice to have our story listened to.

The Geege's tour work has died. There are no tourists in Sydney it seems! He has had to start working at Snowgum again to help us make ends meet. He enjoys the work, but not the pay! Retail is not really a very well-paid industry. I thought Tourism was bad! He has started thinking about opening his own Outdoor store, or maybe buying Adventure Outdoors (where C works). He has also applied for (and gotten into) university to do Teaching. I think the self-employed option will win in the end, but I can't help but wish that he would take up the teaching. You know, security, no weekend work, off for the school holidays... it doesn't sound like The Geege does it? We have already had a million arguments about all the stress associated with running your own business (especially one that is not profitable for the first 3 years!) - I hope our marriage makes it through all of this. Teaching just seems so much more suited to family life don't you think?

Mother's group has a ladies weekend away. I organised us a house at Mount Victoria. I was so looking forward to it! Six women, two babies (both mine). How good was it going to be? The house was pretty good (a little on the cold side, although there was that reverse cycle air-conditioner we discovered late on Sat night that might have improved the temperature of the house for the weekend!) But the babies were terrible. I had no sleep for two nights before we went and then they didn't sleep at all the two nights we were away. No sleep day or night. I was in tears by Sat afternoon - overtired and over it! I did get a couple of moments to myself including a walk in the bush, and we did have lunch out both days and yummy take away dinners, and the company was really good (except Lara who was obnoxious and showing concerning signs of PND) so I suppose it wasn't too bad. Just very different from the weekend I was hoping to have I suppose.

I started the babies on solids this month (one week before they were 6 months old). They have both taken to it like a duck to water. So far it has not made much difference to Dew Drop's sleeping, but the Minx has cemented her tendency to sleep through the night and is doing it 3-4 nights a week now (just not when we are away hey sweetie?). I haven't seen much reduction in the number of breast feeds either yet. We shall see...
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