Tummy time!!

Holy smokes I am proud of this girl. In the last two or three days her tummy time has gone from licking the carpet to this! [wpvideo xCYrFxG1]   I usually try not to post twice in one day so I have material the next day, but sheesh I was… Read more

A night of lovely moments

Last night the Peanut and I had a late one. My usual bedtime of 8.30pm was pushed out to much later. No I wasn’t out drinking or partying or even at the movies. I was at my school’s senior prize giving. On this night, the year 11s, 12s and 13s… Read more

As long as it’s healthy

“Do you have a preference for a boy or a girl?” The pregnant woman pauses. Considers her belly and gives the typical answer. “I don’t mind, as long as it’s healthy.” It’s the standard response. I know I gave it myself many months ago before I knew the Peanut was… Read more

As long as it's healthy

“Do you have a preference for a boy or a girl?” The pregnant woman pauses. Considers her belly and gives the typical answer. “I don’t mind, as long as it’s healthy.” It’s the standard response. I know I gave it myself many months ago before I knew the Peanut was… Read more

Wordless Wednesday

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Rocking the patch

In time to step out with her newly coiffed mother, the Peanut’s eye patches arrived. We’ve only tried the leopard print so far, but I’m already a fan. Cute. And a chance to accessorize. If babies with no hair can justify wearing hair clips and head bands, this little pirate… Read more

The tug of expectations

Today is a good day. A great day, even. Today we had the Peanut’s Visiting Neuro Developmental Therapist (VNDT) over to see us. She has been over the last two weeks but the Peanut has chosen that exact day and time to nap the morning away. She is normally a… Read more

Wordless Wednesday

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When are you an adult?

When do you feel like an adult? I’ve always considered myself a late bloomer. My first kiss was at 16, where lots of my friends crossed that threshold at 12. I’ve been undecided on my adulthood and leap frogged around careers and gone from writer to public relations to teaching… Read more

Ignoring the whirring of the blades

I remember hearing about parents who didn’t have a break from their baby until they were many months old. They didn’t trust a baby sitter, or their baby was a bad sleeper, or they were exclusively breast fed, or the parents just weren’t ready. I thought to myself, bugger that.… Read more

One thing at a time

Twelve days and counting! We’ve been hospital free for 12 days, with the Peanut’s health getting better each day. For the first couple of days she still seemed unsettled and cried in the breathless way that makes me panicky to calm her down. In my head an imaginary oxygen saturation… Read more

She comes from a long line of pirates

The Peanut has doctors confused on a number of levels. A key disagreement is between Plastics and Opthalmology over her left eye. The Plastics doctors think it’s a hemangioma (a kind of birth mark) and the Opthalmologists think it’s a cyst. Both doctors know what the other thinks, but neither… Read more

Not the way you figured

“Life’s not gonna go the way you figured.” I’m 31 years old and I feel pretty priviledged to only just be figuring this one out. I heard this gem while watching Third Watch, a 90s emergency services drama featuring ridiculously good looking New York firemen, cops and paramedics. During the… Read more

For the win

The Peanut and I haven’t experienced many wins recently. And if we have there always seems to be a lose just waiting for us around the corner. We were told the Peanut would be able to see with surgery only to be later told the surgery wouldn’t happen as it… Read more

This too shall pass

Two weeks in hospital has made me acutely aware that I would not thrive in prison. Not that I’ve ever thought prison sounded like a good idea, but I guess I hadn’t really thought through the mind numbing boredom and stagnancy that must permeate those walls when they you know… Read more

I’m sending back the soup

I have never been good at standing up for myself. I avoid conflict wherever possible. I apologise when I know things aren’t my fault just to settle arguments. I’m a people pleaser. I don’t complain when my coffee is too cold, or there’s a fly in my soup. I defer… Read more

I'm sending back the soup

I have never been good at standing up for myself. I avoid conflict wherever possible. I apologise when I know things aren’t my fault just to settle arguments. I’m a people pleaser. I don’t complain when my coffee is too cold, or there’s a fly in my soup. I defer… Read more

Milestones!

The Peanut has a big question mark hanging over her in terms of milestones and whether she is delayed, or whether she will ever meet some of the major milestones. While it’s something I think about a lot, the Peanut just gets on with her day. Oblivious, and mostly happy.… Read more