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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Point and Shoot: Back to School Eve

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Yes, the time has come! Tomorrow morning I head back to work, back to the classroom and 24 little six and seven year olds. This time I’m sharing the job with another teacher, which is a whole new ballgame, and is so far going really well.

Today it was 43 degrees Celsius, so what did Paul and I do? Drag the bub and ourselves into the classroom to put up curtains. As you do. They’re very basic, but they do the job, which is cutting out glare but still allowing in natural light. Did you know that teachers (in public schools anyway) buy (and install) their own curtains. I’m just sayin’, y’all.

Pebble thought the classroom was great fun. Unfortunately it is the least toddler friendly place I can think of, and she proceeded to destroy the joint like a little tornado on legs. I tried putting on the interactive whiteboard with cinema screen style videos from ABC Kids. Alas, this was not nearly as enticing as rolls of sticky tape and glitter pens. In the end we got the job done, and no glitter pens were harmed.

Technically I’m only dropping in tomorrow for an hour or so to help greet the new arrivals. My official work days are Wed, Thurs, Fri. That’s when the real fun begins!

I better go and get some shut eye.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Point and Shoot: Magpie Chasey

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The full birthday party update is coming soon… ish! Did I tell you that I officially return to work on Thursday? Aaaaaarrrrrrrgh!!!!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Yippee!

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I've been too busy to write a proper post, but I will say that I'm excited to welcome a new little niece to the world today AND be putting the finishing touches on the party prep for Pebble's birthday party tomorrow! What an exciting weekend!! What have you got planned?

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Point and Shoot: Gardening

I am failing dismally at growing a herb garden. I’ve heard that water is good? Perhaps I’ll try doing that more frequently. Pebble is doing her best to help out, bless her.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Let’s Party!

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It’s only six sleeps until Pebble’s 1st birthday party!!!! We’ve planned as a little afternoon tea gathering at our place. We’d love to host all our family and friends (all 120ish of them) but instead Pebble will be welcoming her immediate family, grannies, grandads, aunties, uncles and cousins, and a couple of close friends. The menu is simple, just a few nice nibbles, and the family is rallying around to bring along something each, so that’s a big help.

I’ve been busy putting together the banner, the cupcake toppers are already done, and I’m practising my cake making skills today. I’m not known for being the best baker but my mum always made us a birthday cake, one of those Women’s Weekly kids birthday party ones, and I’m determined to embrace that tradition for Pebble. The duck theme is going to be really cute, I think, and not too over the top. I’m going for a simple number 1 cake with some blue icing and ducks swimming across it.

Hopefully the weather stays good, about 30 degrees is the forecast, which means 35 degrees under our veranda. Oh, how I’d love to tear it down and build a nice peaked roof to welcome the breeze, but alas it’s just not an option at the moment. Certainly not by next weekend, at any rate! We have air conditioning though, and plenty of room inside too. The blow up pool will be full and ready for a splash, the bubble machine will be bubbling away (one of Pebble’s Christmas presents), and we’ll all have a merry time celebrating.

All this hooplah is distracting me from the matter at hand…  my baby is turning ONE! It’s gone so fast, but it’s been a long time since I felt that I had a baby. Our toddling Pebble seems to be ready for her second birthday, forget about being one! She’s always been determined to get to the next milestone, especially physically, and she’s quite the tall girl. I don’t really feel very nostalgic about the big ONE at the moment, but maybe it will all hit me on the day.

Fingers crossed that Pebble is awake to enjoy at least a little of the party, and that she has lots of fun with her family and friends. Stay tuned for a full report next week!

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Roseola Infantum!

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Doesn’t that just sound like some magic incantation? A little bit bed knobs and broomsticks, perhaps? Well that’s what Pebble has officially been suffering for the last week, and it’s something of a relief to know what it is. The rash appeared yesterday, following four days of fever, which is pretty much a text book case. Now I can stop trying to catch her wee! The doc said he thought it was Roseola Infantum, but that I should try and get a urine sample to rule out urinary tract infection. Well, that’s easier said than done! I had to attach a little plastic bag to her ‘mons’, as the doctor said, and hope for the best. All efforts so far have resulted in wet nappies and an empty bag.

So, now we’re just waiting out the rash and still giving Pebble lots of cuddles and little doses of Panadol when needed. She’s still like a Jekyll and Hyde character, at times laughing and singing, then in a millisecond she’s crying and whingeing. Poor poppet.

Fingers crossed that she’s all cleared up for the weekend, we have a little 1 year old friend’s birthday party to go to. Thank goodness this all happened this week, and not next week when it’s PEBBLE’S FIRST BIRTHDAY! Aaaaargggggh! Don’t get me started on that business! So much to do, so little time…. for another post.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Call the doctor to come quick, quick, quick

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I am in day three of nursing a feverish, grizzly baby. Pebble has had a low-grade fever since Monday, with pretty much no other symptoms except red ear lobes for a couple of hours on Monday. I guess that may mean an ear infection? In any case, Pebble has been at times happy and cheerful and playing, eating all her food, drinking her drinks…. and at other times just plain grumpy, sooky, and needing mama cuddles. She has slept laying on top of me at all her naps, and some of the night, and she feels like a little hot water bottle. Any attempts to move her away from me are met with grizzles and screams. Panadol has been our friend.

After two days of patiently waiting out this sickness I am now ready to take the little one to the doctors and get her checked out. If anything she seems worse today. She woke up with a higher fever, grizzly and crying. She ate her breakfast, sucked down a bottle, then promptly passed out on my lap. I’m sure the doctors will say she’s just fighting a virus or infection and there’s nothing they can do, but I feel the need to hear that.

In other news, Pebble totally used a spoon to feed herself last night! Clever little rock star. It was messy and…. messy, but she was so proud of herself.

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I have been vainly trying to get work done ready for the new school year. Tomorrow I am due to go into school and set up the classroom with my co-teacher, I’m hoping that Pebble will be all better so that I can let that happen.

I hope you and yours are well! I hear a baby stirring… gotta go.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

We Love Family

My family is growing. There seems to be more nieces and nephews arriving in the time, always a newborn to snuggle, and lots of opportunities for little cousins to play. The little ones are bringing the oldies together more often, giving us all the more reason to smile.

Here’s Pebble playing with her cousin and her Aunty the other day, all of them completely immersed in the moment, bouncing, singing, dancing, laughing – or interrupting a spot of mirror licking to check out what your cousin is doing. Pebble loves herself some mirror licking!

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Family, you gotta love ‘em!

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Friday, January 7, 2011

This Moment: Sleep

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. {via FatMumSlim - via Soule Mama}

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Back to school

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Today I went into my school to meet up with my co-teacher and make a plan for setting up our classroom. It’s all feeling very real now, only three weeks until I’m back officially and thrown into the deep end. I’m trying to get as much organised now as I can, so that I can swim rather than sink!

I love this photo – way over there in the background is little Pebble, waving her arms at me as if to say “Hey Mum, don’t forget about me!”.

Trust me little one, I won’t forget you. Far from it.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Reflection

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We had a bit of a fright yesterday. Paul’s mum (let’s call her Grandma, because everybody does) was taken by ambulance to hospital for severe back pain. At 70+ years old she’s a vibrant, healthy, fit and active woman, and yet, when you get a call that your 70+ year old mum is in hospital it makes you worry. Really worry. Thankfully it seems that the pain was caused by an infection, which is now being treated with antibiotics. The pain is still there, but not as bad. Time will tell.

It’s moments like these that make you realise how precious your time with your loved ones really is. Of course it does. It’s also times like this that, selfishly, Paul and I started to think seriously about our child care choices for this year. Grandma has very happily volunteered to care for Pebble two days a week. We are so grateful to have this help, and Pebble love, love, loves her Grandma. It couldn’t have worked out better really…. but. But.

What if Grandma gets sick? What if Grandma get’s really sick? Apart from being awful for everyone, not least Grandma herself, after all is said and done our little family would be up a shitty child care creek without a paddle. As I already know, sitting here on a looooooong wait list, good child care is not easy to come by, and certainly not quick. So, what do we do?

We’re still thinking about it. We’re thinking about child care two days a week. It’s a hard decision to make, because we know that both Grandma and Pebble will love their time together. However, if something were to go wrong we don’t have a back up, and neither of us has jobs that we can just up and leave until it gets sorted.

We’ll keep thinking. But we will need to make a decision. Soon.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy Monday

Happy Monday to you. It’s been a while since I had a Point and Shoot, I can’t think of a better way to start the first Monday of the new year.

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Here’s a little bit of Pebble singing (perhaps Happy Birthday to her Grandad). All the grand kids employ the same microphone technique at Nana and Grandad’s house. One hand on the keys, one hand on the mic, and a full mouth embrace with a big “ahhhhhhhhh”. Can you just imagine the germs. That’s the life of a kid though, and hey, it’s family.

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This keyboard has been in our family since it was gifted to my now 21 year old sister when she was a toddler. And it still works! How’s that for a family antique?

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pebble – 11 months

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heart-BulletNew  Pebble is now a toddling toddler. At 10 months and 10 days old she took her first lot of steps (on my birthday, hip hip hooray for me!). Since then she has been determined to be the best walker that she can be, and even if it takes her twice as long she will walk from one end of the house to the other. I should say took her twice as long, because already she’s walking faster than she can crawl. She’s a blur of arms and legs, staggering around with her bow legged gait, always in a hurry to get to the next amazing thing in her life.

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heart-BulletNew Pebble is delighting in the world around her, and particularly loves dogs. She has a little ‘woof woof’ sound that she makes whenever she hears or sees a dog. Even as she falls asleep, if she hears a dog in the distance she lets out a little ‘woof woof’ and a smile. Birds continue to be a firm favourite, she especially loves going outside with Daddy at dusk and whizzing around the back yard flapping their wings, and staring wide-eyed at the swooping cockatoos.

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heart-BulletNew  Tantrums have started as well as whingeing. I’m not sure how to change the whingeing, but I’d really like to find out! How do you encourage a child from “meeeeeeehhhhhhhh, meeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhh, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah” to some simple pointing and grunting, at least? Ball stuck under a table? Whinge. Can’t open your book? Whinge. Can’t make your singing teddy sing? Whinge. I’m guessing that at first this communication tool was successful for her, so she continued to use it. Recently I’ve been trying to ignore the whinge, and/or provide a different dialogue, eg. “Is your ball stuck? Please Mummy, get the ball”. I’m not sure if it’s helping, but it’s worth a try.  P1140054

heart-BulletNew  Sleep is going well. I shouldn’t really talk about it, you know that’s just the way to jinx things, but suffice to say that we’re all sleeping all night and Pebble still has two naps a day. Enjoy it while it lasts!

 

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heart-BulletNew  Eating is going very well, Pebble chows down on chicken, cheese, coarsely mashed veg, any fruit that isn’t a banana (what’s with that?!), cruskits, ricotta, bread, vegemite, pasta, natural yoghurt, and most recently a little cows milk and weetbix. Oh, how very grown up! My favourite part of the eating routine is that more often than not Pebble let’s me know she’s hungry by giving me big wet sloppy kisses and cuddles. I think to myself “awwww, how sweet, she’s cuddling me…… oh wait, she’s just hungry”. Now that’s a good communication tool.

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heart-BulletNew  Basically, having an 11 month old rocks (with the exception of a little whinging). Pebble cracks us up and cracks herself up. She performs for the crowd, waving, clapping, singing, dancing, sharing her toys, showing you what she’s discovered, and chatting away all the while. Each and every day only gets better, and I feel very lucky to be living this life.

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