Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Boy or girl

Some people are ADAMANT that they know what we're having! So here's a list for bragging rights:

A million random people


Here are some words that we want for our child for the future. We consciously conceived this baby and we want to consciously parent as well - so the first part of that was to work out what that meant!

  • Happy
  • Thriving
  • Cherished
  • Loved
  • Time
  • Play
  • Learn
  • Talk
  • Love
  • Hope
  • Learn
  • Sleep
  • Eat
  • Walk
  • Run
  • Swim
  • Free
  • Best
  • Fair
I then want to use Wordle to make some word clouds - I may have to cheat to get the effect that I want though, by repeatedly saying Puggle's name (or I could just put Puggle Puggle Puggle Puggle Puggle Puggle Puggle Puggle Puggle Puggle Puggle!). We want this colour too: #80F6C3

Might have to go and paint some with that colour now!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Things to do this week

Post letter and receipt to landlord
Make apple pie
Buy yeast
Make bread
Register for Easterfest
Fold up gazebo
Put away pool
Fold clothes
Shave legs
Paint toe nails
Print stuff out
Craft declutter
Call Centrelink
Update FB train details
Email committee with newspaper details
Burn dvd of big love
Pick up portfolio
See Rachele
See KT
See Lucy

Monday, February 22, 2010

Destitute gourmet - not quite

I've been looking at destitute gourmet, as I've got a lot more time on my hands at the moment to cook and think about food and shopping. Plus I'm on annual leave at the moment, and will then be on maternity leave and then on Centrestink payments (ah - must call them to work out how much that might in fact be). So $$ is a little more steady but also a little tighter, and TheHusband and I need to get over our 20s mindset of "yummo food!" and more into "can't be bothered going out - what's to eat here?".

I've spoken earlier about default shopping and destitute gourmet sort of steps that out further. She recommends that you look at basic pantry essentials and then indulgences.

So building on her list, our basics would be something like:

  • Fresh fruit and veg – onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic, apples, bananas, whatever is cheap and in season*
  • Staples – plain flour, vegetable oil, olive oil, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, milk, butter, butter-like spread, baking powder, salt, cheese, white rice, brown rice, pasta, pulses, dried beans
  • Baking stuff – coconut, vanilla, sultanas, cocoa, yeast (MUST BUY YEAST!)
  • Spreads – peanut butter, honey, jam, vegemite, promite
  • Cereals – Weetbix, muesli, rolled oats, steel cut oats
  • Canned food – tinned tomatoes, pasata, kidney beans, white beans, tuna, peaches, mango, apricot
  • Sauces – tomato sauce, sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, kecap manis
  • Seasonings – all of them!
  • Frozen food – peas, corn, beans, spinach, pastry sheets, berries
  • Meat – mince, chunks of kangaroo and beef, boneless chicken breast, bacon bits
  • Cleaning products
  • Toiletries
  • Pet supplies
Which is not the most exciting list of course but it's not supposed to be. I could cook for approximately 2 months out of our pantry alone, as we have lots of carbohydrate staples (polenta, cous cous, flour, pasta, rice) and lots of proteins. In fact, the staples above are similar to that post though cream isn't.

Her 2nd piece of advice is to eat healthily, and eat in season. I had a craving for chocolate the other day (probably the first time in my life I've ever NEEDED chocolate!) and there was none in the house. Nada. No sweets either. It was horrible when I'm 36 weeks pregnant and so not wanting to walk in 41C heat to the servo to get some chocolate. So I settled for a hot cocoa instead. The only thing we deep fry is papadums when we have a curry. We don't over eat because the yummy things we make are leftovers destined for lunch the next day. We eat a lot of what is in season because it's cheaper, and if it's not in season or is quickly perishable we buy it frozen - such as spinach now that our silverbeet is done, and berries.

*Food that's in season in Australia

Our plan once Puggles arrives is to go to the Farmer's Market here in Adelaide each Sunday, and shop locally and in season. We'd like to eat to the 100 mile diet but it's a little harder to apply without effort, and the time to do it. The Farmer's Market is kind of this by default as it's local produce and in season produce. We do shop at the Central Markets here in Adelaide as well but being pregnant has put me in a bit of a mind set of "too much effort", and a small amount of trauma as I hate people touching me or bumping me and a busy market - not the best place for that.

Thirdly - and this is the one I like - is to know what to do with leftovers. My favourite ideas:
She has a great page on freezing things and I'm borrowing this list for future reference:
  • Fruits can be stored for 12 months,
  • Vegetables 6-12 months.
  • Roasts and whole poultry 6 - 12 months
  • Steaks and chops 4-6 months
  • Minced or ground meats or stewing meats 3-4 months
  • Cured and processed meats lose quality more rapidly than fresh meats because of the presence of salts so don’t store luncheon meats, franks, ham or sausage longer than 1 or 2 months. Thaw frozen meats in the fridge, thawing at room temperature gives surface bacteria a better chance to multiply.
  • Baked yeast bread, scones and rolls are best used within 3 months. Unbaked yeast bread dough within one month or less – Unbaked doughs may require more yeast than usual as freezing will damage some yeast cells.
  • Un-iced cakes also freeze well, but storage times vary. Store angel food, chiffon or sponge cake 2 months. Store cheesecake 2 to 3 months, chocolate 4 months, and fruit cake up to 12 months.
  • Nuts also freeze well; salted nuts from 6 to 8 months and unsalted from 9 to 12 months.
Her advice about having a whiteboard with an inventory - has been applied here and it is working well! We have for example a large amount of mince, but only one lot of chicken. I've also taken to sticking ads for butchers on there for reference for when we do the meat shopping. We have 3 bulk butchers around here - the gourmet butcher on Magill Road, Austral Meats on Main North Road and also the Gawler River Cattle Company. Lucky us!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

36 week update!

Wow I can't believe that I've reached 36 weeks already. Here are 10 things I want to note about this milestone:

1. In 1 week, or up to 7, we're going to have offspring. I'm going to miss having a Puggle under my heart but I am keen to meet them. Not so keen on the regular back ache and slight cramps and other feelings I'm having. Another 7 weeks of that, plus the agony of waking up with sore, will make me a very unhappy person.
2. I have started a "sentence a day" journal for Puggles. This is part of The Happiness Project Toolbox, which includes a Happiness Manifesto:
  • To be happy, you need to consider feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
  • One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
  • The days are long, but the years are short.
  • You're not happy unless you think you're happy.
  • Your body matters.
  • Happiness is other people.
  • Think about yourself so you can forget yourself.
  • "It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light."—G. K. Chesterton
  • What's fun for other people may not be fun for you, and vice versa.
  • Best is good, better is best.
  • Outer order contributes to inner calm.
  • Happiness comes not from having more, not from having less, but from wanting what you have.
  • You can choose what you do, but you can't choose what you like to do.
  • "There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy." —Robert Louis Stevenson
  • You manage what you measure.

3. I am having my 2nd 30th birthday tonight. My birthday is actually in a month's time, but that of course is roughly when Puggles is due, so I celebrated early.

EDITED TO ADD: Kate from Craftastrophies completely and utterly outdid herself. She organised my friends (which is probably similar but a lot less fun than herding cats or nailing jelly to a tree) to buy me a Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer:

This is completely blowing me out of the water. I have a freakin' KITCHENAID in my kitchen! And I'm not afraid to use it! There will be LOTS more baking going on here!!

4. I have my blessingway next weekend. I am excited about this but it also feels a little like all my women friends are coming to wish me farewell and good luck on a journey only I can go on, alone. Oh wait - that's exactly what I'm doing.
5. Puggles is growing apace, bobbing in and out of my pelvis depending on what day it is, which is all kinds of fun.
6. My plan is to insist on a 10 day baby moon, where I stay in bed and not a lot else goes on. Gloria Lemay suggested how to ask for help during this period for this but I'm lucky to have friends who are not that intrusive!
7. I've been having some issues with my (low) blood sugar so my midwife encouraged me to get a blood glucose monitor. Easy done - just go to a chemist and buy. Or so I thought. Found the one I wanted and nope, the $35 prices was actually $65. Not ok in my book but my midwife is going to buy it off me so it's not really a matter of $$ at this stage. The consumables though - $55 for a box of 100 test strips!!! SHEESH! Then to get home and test drive it before I have to do a fasting one (first thing in the morning) only to discover that I was sold the wrong test strips. So now I'm waiting for the pharmacist to open so I can go back and sort this out.
8. I'm looking forward to my new body. Soft, squidgy, booby and stretch-marked.
9. The next set of 10 will be "10 things pregnant women won't tell you" because there are some lessons I want to share in the last few weeks of this pregnancy.
10. Happiness is handmade pasta and meatballs.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cloth nappies!

I sorted out Puggle's room today and the nappy stash. We have:

- 14 pocket nappies
- 5 all in ones / snap in ones

- 25 terry toweling flats
- 10 pink liners
- 12 bamboo prefolds (smaller)
- 20 hemp prefolds (larger)
- 5 white nappies to put in covers
- 16 covers (1 Cutie Tooshie, 6 Baby BeeHinds, 9 misc) (different sizes!)
- 1 wool soaker

That is a LOT of nappies and way more than recommended but it was hard to decide which method to go for and then when we'd decided on pocket nappies, people gave us heaps of things! And those things included nappies and the covers.

How many pockets? 7-10 changes, washing every 2nd day, so 20 is the aim and 14 the minimum... ish. So we're not doing too badly there. The AI1s are also there as the second preference at this stage as they have to be washed entirely after each use, though some of them have removable liners that will allow us to get more than 1 change out of them.

Then the prefolds and covers, and the terry toweling flats of old.

Here's a photo!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The manifesto of an idle parent

From here:

We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work
We pledge to leave our children alone
That should mean that they leave us alone, too
We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children from the moment they are born
We read them poetry and fantastic stories without morals
We drink alcohol without guilt
We reject the inner Puritan
We fill the house with music and laughter
We don't waste money on family days out and holidays
We lie in bed for as long as possible
We try not to interfere
We push them into the garden and shut the door so that we can clean the house
We both work as little as possible, particularly when the kids are small
Time is more important than money
Happy mess is better than miserable tidiness
Down with school
We fill the house with music and merriment

No idea what took me in this list the most but not being uptight which is my response to stress) is going to be our focus I guess!

My list to compile, arrange and purchase for the birthday:
- plastic drop sheets
- icecream tubs
- lip balm
- massage lotion
- bendy straws and plastic cups
- heat packs
- cord ties, newborn clothes, newborn nappies, blankets etc
- birth certificate to fill in (made myself at home!)
- prefolds and terry flats
- tea lights and matches and some essential oils
- witch hazel to put on pads to put in freezer
- squeezy bottle for peeing afterwards
- electrolyte packets (cause I struggle with low blood pressure and with vomitting at the best of times and this won't be !)
- fit ball
- notebook and pen
- towels
- colander and bowl for placenta
- colander/scoop
- garbage bags
- placental remedy bottle
- placental slice receiver for the freezer (ie a freezer-safe container!)
- epsom salts
- rescue remedies
- ice
- juice
- mint leaves (lollies)
- camera
- video
- support people

Friday, February 5, 2010

Birthing from Within coming to Australia!

If you're interested - PLEASE email Mara to let her know! Especially that we want it here in Adelaide and NOT to have two workshops on the east coast.

From: Mara Dower []

Sent: Thursday, 4 February 2010 9:22 AM
Subject: Birthing From Within Team Come to Australia: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Dear Family and Friends

Sorry for the duplicate email but for some reason, the text that was originally attached to the first email, mysteriously disappeared, so there was no content but this flyer. So I do apologise.

So let me try to relay what was first written.

I have the pleasure (with others around Australia I believe) in assisting the Birthing From Within Team in coming out to Australia. It's their first time to Australia, and not sure when they'll be returning so it's an opportunity not to be missed!

To make this viable for them, they're interested in knowing who would like to attend their 3 day workshop. They're also trying to decide what State to run the workshop and whether more than one workshop in different States is viable. (Obviously, I'll be cheering for a Melbourne workshop :-))

For those who don't know Birthing From Within, you can get more information from Pam England has written a book based on her classes that presents a beautiful way to assist mothers in their birthing journey. Birth Art is one of the components of the class, with other gentle and very practical philosophies for mothers & their partners. The Birthing From Within book was the only resource I used for my 2 births (thanks Jacinta for passing this on) and think it's just wonderful.

So this email is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST and it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED IF YOU COULD FORWARD TO ANY FAMILY/FRIENDS, INTERESTED CONTACTS/NETWORKS, etc. It would be a wonderful gift for any woman that's pregnant.

I would need to know who would like to attend by the end of next week. PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: or phone/text 0403 290 414

Here's some further information the 3 day BFW workshop and approximate cost:

  • The Birthing From Within Introductory Workshop runs for 3 full days, generally Friday morning until Sunday evening (9:00-6:00 each day).
  • The registration fees are as follows:
  • Registering 60 days before to the workshop is $350 USD/$396 AD*
  • Registering 30 days before the workshop is $399 USD/$452 AD*
  • Registering within 30 days of the workshop is $450 USD/$509 AD*
  • *AD - based on current exchange to Australian Dollars
  • The registration fee includes participation in the 3-day workshop, materials and light snacks each day. Participants are responsible for their travel, food and lodging expenses.
  • There is excellent and detailed information about our intro workshop on our website at:
  • The course is for anyone who cares about birth in our culture and is especially focused for birthing professionals, educators, nurses, doctors, midwives, doulas, yoga teachers, holistic health professionals, therapists, lactation consultants, mothers and grandmothers. And, YES -- natural therapists would LOVE the content of this workshop!
  • We would absolutely entertain the possibility of offering two Australian events in Melbourne and Sydney. It just depends upon interest. If there is enthusiastic support for two workshops, we'd be delighted to do them!

For further information, feel free in emailing me and I can get Amanda in the USA to answer any questions.

Your assistance in passing this on is greatly appreciated. I look forward to sharing the BFW workshop with you.

Much Love and Thanks


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

General life update

  • I hate this weather. It makes me misearble. I am trying to stay on top of it with Plans For The Day (PFTD) but at 34 weeks pregnant I just want to rest.
  • PFTD:
  1. Make wall buttons to decorate the bedroom
  2. Paint piece of MDF
  3. Make cord ties
  4. Go to Motor Registration and change address on license
  5. Go to post office and check mail - and do ID check for ING
  • 34 weeks today. Pelvis is really playing up - can't sleep on my side, can't sleep on my back. Ugh. Am therefore tired and grumpy.
  • Got a quote on an antenna for the house yesterday. $205 and we'll have tv reception! Woot!
  • Should be able to get our chest freezer this week.
  • Will be sending a letter to Radio Rentals - SA explaining that we are disappointed that we had to practically beg to buy the freezer we wanted on Sunday, as no salespeople were around. Then were told it would be in on Tuesday "definitely". Called up on Tuesday at 4:45pm to ask where it was. It wasn't in. But might be on Wednesday. I should call about midday to see where it was. I suggested that feedback be given to the salespeople that telling me it's available one day, and then not letting me know, and that it may be in tomorrow but that I should follow it up - doesn't inspire me to buy through you again.
Right now I'm going back to bed.