Saturday, July 23, 2011

I heart iPhonography

So I love linking up each week (well, most weeks) to Scavenger Hunt Sunday with Ashley Sisk.

Recently I discovered something new, iPhonography
So I decided I'd try to combine the two this week and link up to a few new blogs in the hope of finding out more about the art of photography on the humble iPhone 4! 
Here's my attempt!

Baby Boys

Well, something super exciting happened yesterday!
                              My little nephew decided he'd like to come 4 weeks early! :)

With so many sewing projects waiting on the benches I decided to quickly make up some of these cute little things... perfect for little boys.... any guesses?


Funnily enough when we arrived at the hospital today, Mr D was getting his nappy changed and promptly weed all over the nurse and his blanket... perfect occasion for... 
the wee wee tee pee!! :) 

I found the idea over here at Make It and Love It (a fabulous blog!) and have a few other friends in mind for one or two of these! 

Looks like a useful little addition to change times when you have a boy!



Congratulations to the proud parents and big sister! He's adorable... I hope I get to take some newborn photos soon!! 


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Microwave Playdough Recipe


Being a teacher I've had my fair share of Playdough batches to make (well, sometimes my mum did it for me but I've done a few!) Usually making Playdough requires lots of stirring and when you're making multiple batches your arm can get really sore!


Here's the solution - microwave playdough! 
My mother-in-law gave me a cookbook years ago from a local church. All the women (and perhaps men) in the congregation had shared their recipes and it was collated into quite a useful cookbook. Think homestyle cooking and baking! :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rainbow Layer Cake - My way!


Miss Daisy's Rainbow Party - Part 2 - 
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Here's a little before/after shot of the inside party table where I had the cake and other sweets - we have an older home and our kitchen/dining area is the last 'original' space. The wall used to be green and I painted it white when I was 37 weeks pregnant! But it has some holes still there from some shelving which we pulled down. I made the rainbow from some rainbow muffin cases my mum had picked up. Since they didn't cover the messy wall, I later added some crepe paper streamers to finish it off. We added a balloon banner along the top and I was quite happy! :)


Rainbow Party



Well, the big day has come and gone! Our little Miss Daisy has turned one! 

We celebrated with some of our family and close friends at home. The theme? Rainbow! I've always had a fascination with rainbows and what a beautiful theme for our little girl's first party!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

"I've loved every minute" - well, let's clarify that...

Today was Miss Daisy's 1st Birthday! We had a wonderful party full of Rainbows, Sugar, Family & Friends! More about that soon! :)

Miss Daisy's Rainbow Party! :) 16-7-11

First of all, after reading some comments from people and receiving other feedback about my birth story I thought it necessary to clarify the statement, "I've loved every minute." In truth I guess I haven't loved every minute. So let's elaborate on that!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Miss Daisy's Birth Story - Part 2

Continued from Miss Daisy's Birth Story - Part 1


After having an internal, Shondelle said I was 5cm dilated and that I could hop in the bath if I liked... "Yes, please!" It was 8:15pm and she said we'd be holding you within a few hours! Yay!

The bath was amazing - a great relief when the waves of contractions came along. It made them very manageable and we just took them one at a time. We hadn't entirely 'planned' to have a waterbirth. We had always discussed this as an option that we like though. 
Chris said to Shondelle, "Does Bek have to hop out to have the baby?" When she said "No." we figured we'd stay in as long as possible, and birth in there if we could too!

I stayed on my hands and knees most of the time and found that swaying my hips like I'd done at home was the best relief. We have a funny video of me sucking on a juice popper and saying it was my 'gas'! :) Such a happy time!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Miss Daisy's Birth Story - Part 1

This was one of the first things I wanted to do when I started a blog. I'm not exactly sure why. I think it might have something to do with how much inspiration, information and encouragement I received from watching videos and reading stories of other women's birth experiences. It was my initiation into the world of blog!


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Miss Daisy was due on July 19th 2010. She arrived at 11:45pm on Friday 16th July. Born in the bath into her Daddy's arms. Our beautiful midwife Shondelle was amazing - we love her to bits and are thankful for her love and care throughout our pregnancy, birth & beyond.


So here's the story!... 



What you can do for a friend after the birth of their baby!

Well, it's fast approaching Miss Daisy's first birthday! And that means I'll be publishing our birth story!

This week in my travels I found this fantastic list of ways you could help a new mumma... Or a mumma of many when a new bub arrives! Take note, it's a good one! :)

Lots of love, hugs and kisses to those who did all these things for us last year! Seems only yesterday!

The following text is taken from http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=34 -
please visit for other amazing insights.

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“Let me know if I can help you in any way when the baby is born.” … “Just let me know if you need a hand.” … “Anything I can do, just give me a call.”
Most pregnant women get these statements from friends and family but shy away from making requests when they are up to their ears in dirty laundry, unmade beds, dust bunnies and countertops crowded with dirty dishes. The myth of “I’m fine, I’m doing great, new motherhood is wonderful, I can cope and my husband is the Rock of Gibraltar” is pervasive in postpartum land. If you’re too shy to ask for help and make straight requests of people, I suggest sending the following list out to your friends and family. These are the things I have found to be missing in every house with a new baby. It’s actually easy and fun for outsiders to remedy these problems for the new parents but there seems to be a lot of confusion about what’s wanted and needed…



1. Buy us toilet paper, milk and beautiful whole grain bread.
2. Buy us a new garbage can with a swing top lid and 6 pairs of black cotton underpants (women’s size____).
3. Make us a big supper salad with feta cheese, black Kalamata olives, toasted almonds, organic green crispy things and a nice homemade dressing on the side. Drop it off and leave right away. Or, buy us frozen lasagna, garlic bread, a bag of salad, a big jug of juice, and maybe some cookies to have for dessert. Drop it off and leave right away.
4. Come over about 2 in the afternoon, hold the baby while I have a hot shower, put me to bed with the baby and then fold all the piles of laundry that have been dumped on the couch, beds or in the room corners. If there’s no laundry to fold yet, do some.
5. Come over at l0 a.m., make me eggs, toast and a 1/2 grapefruit. Clean my fridge and throw out everything you are in doubt about. Don’t ask me about anything; just use your best judgment.
6. Put a sign on my door saying “Dear Friends and Family, Mom and baby need extra rest right now. Please come back in 7 days but phone first. All donations of casserole dinners would be most welcome. Thank you for caring about this family.”
7. Come over in your work clothes and vacuum and dust my house and then leave quietly. It’s tiring for me to chat and have tea with visitors but it will renew my soul to get some rest knowing I will wake up to clean, organized space.
8. Take my older kids for a really fun-filled afternoon to a park, zoo or Science World and feed them healthy food.
9. Come over and give my husband a two hour break so he can go to a coffee shop, pub, hockey rink or some other r & r that will delight him. Fold more laundry.
10. Make me a giant pot of vegetable soup and clean the kitchen completely afterwards. Take a big garbage bag and empty every trash basket in the house and reline with fresh bags.
These are the kindnesses that new families remember and appreciate forever. It’s easy to spend money on gifts but the things that really make a difference are the services for the body and soul described above. Most of your friends and family members don’t know what they can do that won’t be an intrusion. They also can’t devote 40 hours to supporting you but they would be thrilled to devote 4 hours. If you let 10 people help you out for 4 hours, you will have the 40 hours of rested, adult support you really need with a newborn in the house. There’s magic in the little prayer “I need help.”
First posted online August 2001@ Gloria Lemay


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