Monday, 29 August 2011

Cherish Your Cherubs Project: Remember

This is Week Two of the Cherish Your Cherubs Project. This time it is to REMEMBER. It is to spend some time remembering a special moment that relates to your cherubs. A time that touched your heart and helped you to feel closer to your children. It could be a birth story, something they accomplished, or a moment your shared together. I thought I would write a paragraph on each of my wonderful children.


The smallest of my babies, at only 2.9 kg, you were petite and lovely. I was overcome with emotion with the enormity of the situation. I had this very important little person, who was totally reliant on me for everything. You weren't a very settled girl, and you did a lot of crying in those first few weeks. Looking back it was probably my fault. I was stressed and worried and wanted so much to be the perfect mum. I realise now that 'the perfect mum' concept is a fallacy, and to be 'the best mum that you are able to be' is what I should have been aiming for. You smiled at your Daddy on your first day. He mentioned it to the midwife and she scoffed at him. But as she was carrying you away to be weighed you gave her a smile too and she was amazed. She said She's smiling at me! I tried so hard to breastfeed you. But because of my stress and the fact that, let's face it, you weren't very good at it, I couldn't keep it up. I lasted for 12 weeks. Then I gave up and felt like like such a failure. I shouldn't have been so hard on myself. I switched to bottles and you started thriving! I remember checking in the milestone book when you were 11 months old and it said you should know about 5 words by now. We added up the words you knew and got to over 200. We knew then we had a very special little girl. You were just beautiful, like you are now.


You were in such a rush to get into the world. You picked a stormy, wild night to do it too. We called a ambulance, as the contractions were coming every 2 minutes. It was the first time I had ever been in an ambulance, but I didn't really have a lot of time to look around. I remember the paramedic timing the contractions and she kept asking me do you feel like pushing? .... how about now?... Looking back I actually think she may have been a bit disappointed that she didn't get to deliver the baby herself. It must be a wonderful experience. Labour was relatively easy and you had arrived. You were so different in temperament to your sister. You worried me greatly, because you slept a lot of the time. I had a hard job even waking you up for your feed. I remember lying back on my bed, at one stage, and crying and crying. The very stern, matronly midwife tut-tutted at me. I remember being so angry, but I think it was what a needed to get myself back on track and focused on the job at hand. Anger is needed sometimes. You were a clever girl too. Just amazing with your hands, very, very dexterous. Your scissor skills even at 2 years old, were just amazing. You are just amazing Hannah. A very special little girl.


You were in such a hurry too. But like your sisters, you were very late. I was 8 days overdue and was booked in for an induction at 7.30pm that night but thankfully, like me, you didn't like that idea you came all by yourself at 7.00pm that night. The girls got to see you a few minutes after you were born and that was very special. For the first two months, whenever we were out, you would be in the sling. You loved it in there. I remember going up to the school, with you in the sling and the mums there would say, I don't think you have a baby in there at all. If you were ever unsettled and crying, I would pop you in there and you would go straight to sleep and I didn't hear another thing from you. What a smile! Your whole face lights up and it blows me away every time. With your blonde, curly hair and blue eyes you are gorgeous and the girls are going to like you a lot when you get older. I will need to get my stick out.


You were probably the most painful birth. But still relatively easy like all of my children. I have been very fortunate. You were the biggest, at 3.8 kg and I felt it. The similarities you share with your big sister Bethany are just amazing. You have a certain empathy with your sister and I think you will be close all of your lives. Just after birth , the nurse put you on my chest, you looked at me, with your beautiful eyes and smiled at me. I remember not being at all surprised, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world. I realised about 30 minutes later that it usually isn't done that early. But you were never one to follow the crowd. You are bossy and very loud, such a temper and a bit of a bully to your big brother Angus. But you are incredible. You give great cuddles. You are volatile, and what you see is what you get. You are 'out there' and I love you for it.

I am so proud of all my kids. They are so special. They teach me about life, just as much as I teach them. They are all such amazing little people.


Sunday, 28 August 2011

Growing Up

I can honestly say I feel the same now as I did when I was 21 years old.  I can only hope that I look the same too ;) lol


Saturday, 27 August 2011

Nuffnang Blog Day 2011

Blog Day was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest, and Nuffnang is proud to be celebrating the 6th Blog Day anniversary on 31st August 2011!

Nuffnang have asked us to spot 6 blogs that interest us the most, preferably those which are different from your own culture, point of view and attitude. Then we share why we like and recommend them.

I thought I would start off with one of my all time favourite blogs.

Be A Fun Mum

As the lovely Kelly says her blog is all about reclaiming the joy of motherhood in a fast-paced world. It's about loving the little moments which are like pieces of a puzzle, together creating a beautiful masterpiece. Kelly has a Love the Moment Challenge each month. It’s about capturing, noticing, celebrating and enjoying moments as they happen. I love this blog. It is positive and encouraging and helps put things back into perspective for me. It is all very do-able and a lot of fun and my kids love all her wonderful ideas.

Seven Cherubs

Naomi is absolutely inspiring! Her blog is a very happy place to be. She loves to inspire women to create happiness in their daily lives. As the blog name suggests she has seven gorgeous children. Naomi likes to keep it real and her blog is very true to her life. She is genuine and very likeable. Her focus is on inspiring, creating and believing. Her blog is so positive and her style of writing is just beautiful.

This blog is very close to my heart. Books are a passion of mine. I love them and I hope that I can instil my love of them for my children as well. So far so good. The Book Chook blog shares snippets discovered from the wonderful world and words of kids’ literacy, learning and literature. Susan is passionate about helping kids read, write and create, and she loves to find and share useful educational resources with parents, teachers and librarians. The very accomplished Susan is a writer, editor, teacher and reviewer. This is a wonderful blog for all things relating to children's books.

Styling You

This is an awesome blog. Nikki Parkinson, the creator, is the one, who knows all the great styling tips and information. As Nikki says Styling You is your online passport to looking and feeling your VERY BEST every SINGLE day. Her blog makes it that much easier to find which fashion and beauty trends are right for you. If there is a new product out there that you need information on or perhaps need someone to try it and let you know if it is good value or good quality then Nikki will do that for you. This blog is jam packed with info and it is just wonderful.

Wildlife Fun 4 Kids

Penny makes learning about Australian wildlife a lot of fun. She is a Wildlife Education Officer at a zoo and has been a Zookeeper too, so she knows her stuff. As Penny says our first and most important task is to instil a love of wildlife in our chil­dren. This blog will show what every­day par­ents and teach­ers can do to encourage a love and under­stand­ing of wildlife. She shows us what we can all do to help our wildlife. Penny has a cute blog post each month called Fauna Foot Friday. She posts a picture of a cute animals foot and some foot facts. Penny has some great ideas for activities with children, toddlers and soon babies too. This is quite new but it will soon grow in popularity as it is a great blog.

Three Li'l Princesses

I love this blog. It is well written and very welcoming. Kellie (or Princess No. 1) is a journalist of 15 years. As she says Step inside Three Li’l Princesses’s palace, where you can curl up with a good ebook, maybe some baby knitting, tinker away at winning cool stuff, cooking or photography. Then again, you can just pop in to catch up on the news, share stories or be reminded why you became a parent in the first place in this virtual mum's group. The Shed is where daddy blogger Julian hangs out and shares his views on life with his three li'l princesses.

I love this idea Nuffnang! Thank you for the opportunity to share some Bloggy love and let others know what wonderful blogs there are around.


Friday, 26 August 2011

Lifesavers at the Kingston Food Bank

There are some volunteers that I would like to thank. They give their time and effort to selflessly help others.

I guess I am not ashamed to say that there are times when we need some extra help to feed our family for the fortnight. Hey, we have four very hungry, growing children. Trying to feed them on my Family Tax Benefit and my husband's $400 a fortnight is difficult. Life occasionally seems to come up and slap us in the face! When that happens we go for a trip to the Kingston Food Bank. They are wonderful! They have been there too. They have struggled and they understand. They are kind and non-judgemental and always seem to have something nice to give the kids when we are there. Last time it was a big lollipop and both the boys went into sugar rush heaven. This time Josh was asleep but they gave Angus a bouncy red ball for, as the lady put it, being so cute!

I show them our Health Care card, and for $40.00, they organise a food parcel for us. Within about 3 minutes they come out with a shopping trolley loaded with goodies. Today we got a box of fruit and vegetables with potatoes, shallots, sweet potato, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, avocados, broccoli, carrots, celery, corn, oranges, apples and pears.

A box of frozen food, with pies, garlic bread, chips, bread, hot dogs, cabanas and more.

Six 2 litre bottles of milk, teabags, pasta, rice, apple juice, tomato juice, eggs, pesto, tins of veggies, biscuits and packets of jam rollettes . As well as about 10 big bags of chips and corn chips and popcorn.

The girls eyes light up when they get home from school! So many things to eat! It is very rare that I buy them a packet of chips or cake or that much fruit.

That should keep us going for a while.

It makes me feel warm inside. These lovely people get enjoyment from helping others. I feel that you have been a great parent to your children if you instill in them a desire to help others. Gently let them understand that there are people who are struggling, people who need help. Teach children that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving.

I send a big, warm thank you! to all the kind hearted individuals who volunteer their time to help. You are great people and may you be blessed for your efforts.


Sunday, 21 August 2011

Are you stressed?

My thought for this week is a simple one, but one that I really need to take to heart. I need to remind myself that I am very blessed indeed!


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Cherish Your Cherubs

I have been inspired by the lovely Naomi at Seven Cherubs.

She is starting a Cherish Your Cherubs Project. Every Monday for the next six weeks she will be posting an idea to blog about or an activity to do at home. This is to help us appreciate the wonderful treasures and blessings that we have in our lives.

The first week's theme is Record. I thought I would start off with Angus. Three year olds can change so much in a short amount of time. So I thought I would take a snapshot of him now, to remember my gorgeous boy at three.

At the moment Angus loves diggers and fire engines, Thomas the Tank Engine and anything Chuggington. He loves to sing. His rendition of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' makes my heart melt and brings tears to my eyes. He has a great voice and can really hold a note. I asked him what his favourite song is at the moment and he said Mister Maker. Hmm. He loves the drums and gets out all the pots and pans when I am preparing dinner and I have a musical accompaniment when I am cooking.

Angus can talk, and talk and talk. There are times when my ears start buzzing and I have to tell him to stop for a little while!  He likes his food and it is not unknown for him to ask for lunch, within five minutes of finishing his breakfast. He has a real sweet tooth, like all my kids.  He loves cake and chocolate and fruit. He also loves salad and can finish off all the pieces of lettuce in the bottom of the salad bowl after our dinner. He loves it outside, playing with his older sisters and likes to keep his shoes on at all times, so he is ready just in case they want to go outside.

He give wonderful kisses and cuddles. His favourite toy of all time is his Tigger. He loves to say, 'I know! How about we can  .....< insert latest plan > .... that's a good idea!'

He can throw a ball really well, and has been able to since he was about 6 months old.

He is such a sweet natured, loving little boy. He loves his family. He has an incredible smile. He is a very special little soul.


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Believe in Yourself!

I have been sick with a cold this past week. Just when I think I have escaped it; when all the kids have had it; that is when my body succumbs. It creeps up on me, the nasty thing. Of course being a mum means that even though your body is yelling at you to rest and stop and sleep... you just keep going, because you have to. I know that all mums understand that one. Anyway, I am feeling a whole heap better now and ready to tackle the new week! How about you? :-)


Sunday, 7 August 2011

Dream, Love, Believe

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do
than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines,
sail away from the safe harbor,
catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover. 
- Mark Twain


Saturday, 6 August 2011

Warning! Raging Toddler - Approach with Caution!

Tantrums are very big in our house at the moment. I am not sure if it is just because we are living it, but I think that my 18 month old Joshua's tantrums are bigger and more spectacular than my other 3 children's tantrums combined. His temper is something to behold.

He does the usual lying flat on the floor, kicking his legs and waving his arms around. I can deal with that. But he has this high pitched scream that he assaults our ears with and he seems to take great delight in lashing out at his three year old brother, Angus. This morning he even head butted him, before hitting him a few times. Angus is a sweet heart and he doesn't retaliate at all. Such a gorgeous little man. He understands that Josh is only very young.

Look at this face. Apart from being incredibly cute, you can see the cheekiness there.

At the moment I am dealing with it, by getting down on his level, holding his arms and saying a firm No. (which he laughs at) Phfft! lol. If he does it again he gets a time out, aka Supernanny style, one minute for his age. He hates it. He is a sociable little munchkin and despite hitting them occasionally he loves his brothers and sisters a lot. Especially his oldest sister Bethany. They seem to have a connection there and I think they are going to be very close, firm friends all of their lives.

I know that, this too shall pass. It is his age and he needs to learn what is acceptable behaviour and what isn't. He will get there. We have travelled this road before and with a lot of love and a bit of guidance he will turn out ok. ;-)

He is an adorable little guy and he is enriching our lives so much, by being here. I love him with all of my heart. I think that goes without saying. We can see that he is very intelligent, quick to pick up new things, very lovable, happy, and he gives great cuddles.

How do you or did you deal with tantrums? What has worked and what hasn't? What about when you are out at the shops and you have to deal with one? Did you get the terrible twos or threes or did they start earlier?


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