Monday, November 30, 2009

A short birth story

A short version of my labour day :
As this was my 3rd baby I was quite curious as to how it was going to happen. I've heard both the horror and the good stories. My last one was very fast and drug free so I was hoping for the same.

My 39th week rolled around and I was getting a few pains and Braxton Hicks during the day. I didn't think anything would be happening until 4pm. The pains were getting strong and I had to stop for them. After 45mins of this I call the labour suite (sounds glamorous, doesn't it?)
The midwife said I could come in so I kick hubby into gear, who took his time getting ready.
It only took us 15mins to get there and didn't have one contraction the whole way. Once I got out of the car though I had to breathe and swing through one leaning on the back of the car.

We got up to the reception and after sorting out our files our midwife Stephanie takes us to the labour room. Our hospital (Westmead) is state of the art, has a brand spanking new labour ward and maternity ward. However, I just wanted to jump into the shower. I was surprised to hear that I was already 9cms dilated. I wanted to have a hot shower but there were other plans in store for me.

I stood in the shower waiting for the hot water but all I could feel was cold water. It was doing nothing for my pain relief. Steph had warned me that it would take it's time. She had left the room for a minute when I had a contraction and felt this pressure down there. I immediately hit the CALL button and a student midwife came in asking what's up. Hubby was standing there watching me, not believing what was happening.

"The baby's head is coming" I almost shouted. Steph came in and asked the same. The student midwife gave her the news and Steph confirmed it. "Turn off the taps" she said.
"Do I have to?" I thought in my mind. I really wanted the warmth of the water to alleviate the pain. Reluctantly, I turned it off and began to groan with each contraction, clutching onto the hand rail. I felt every sensation of my baby making her way down. To be honest it's like giving birth to a watermelon.

"one more push for the nose" Steph said. I complied and waited for the next contraction. Then out came her head. Steph has pushed my leg to the side. I gathered myself up and tried to breath deeply and slowly knowing that the next part would also be intense. This will end soon, I told myself. Be brave. The shoulders started to come out and I was asked to breath through them. The stretching was intense but I just let my body do what it needed to do.

"You're doing great Kim" Steph said. Words of encouragement that was definately needed and appreciated at this time. I felt my body push her out and finally my little baby girl came out screaming to the high heavens. I looked down to see a tiny little arm. How beautiful and gorgeous. I reached down to hold her. I was happy to announce that it was indeed a girl. Hubby got to cut the cord after I stepped forward onto a clean towel.

Speaking of her.. she's calling out to me so I must be going.

Thanks for your kind words and congrats. I've read them and been so happy to know I could share this with each of you. Children teach us a lot about ourselves. Our limits, our pleasures in life, how to cope with ups and downs and what happens when we don't cope.

Take deep breath. This too.. shall pass. I will get more sleep, eventually. I will take time out for myself without guilt. I will make time to connect with each member of my family. She'll go to school soon. He'll go to school soon. He'll be out of nappies soon. She'll grow out of her reflux. Do I have a grey hair yet? Haa haa. LAUGH. Because if you don't. You'll certainly cry.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FMF Giveaway

I've never bought any of the Flea Market Fancy range. I discovered it and then it went out of production :( There's a petition on trying to get it printed again. Click HERE to sign up.

If you head on over to Sew Take a Hike you can enter into another great giveaway.
I am really hoping they do print Flea Market Fancy again cos it's just a wonderful selection of yummy prints. My favourite are the seeds and I would just buy them in all the colours.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Soul food

Hello people. I'm still here. Still sane. Not much to show though I did try to make a camera cover and failed miserably. If you know of a good tute let me know.
Hubby bought me a new toy. It was on special so he decided I should have it.
When I saw how shiny and black it was I was in love. Now I can blog in bliss.
On the kiddies front I am doing well. We've reached the magical 6weeks and settling much better. Bub was colicky but is doing better since I've been watching what I've been eating. No acidic foods, less caffeine and stuff that gives you wind.

I took them all out yesterday to a community expo and it was heaps fun. It was easier than I thought. Craft tables do keep them busy. We had the good 'ol sausage and bread and I caught up with other mums who freak out when they meet all my kids. So nice to connect with others you know. Good for the soul.
The boy had fun running away from me in the school play field. Luckily I had Little Miss go fetch him which she delightfully did and called out "I got him" when she grabbed his hand. She'a gem for sure. I won a lucky door prize too which makes me feel special.

Oh, I may have hidden my giveaway in my last post. But you had to be a good reader to see my paragraph about it. I'll have none of that skimming blogs thankyou! Hee hee.
That being said.. thankyou to my TWO commenters: Melinda and Cherri! It's too sad to just pick one so you BOTH win. I'll see what I have in my stash for Cherri so please send me your addy's so I can post out goodies for you!

Life is soo busy but really good. Retail therapy helps! Hope you're ticking things off your Christmas list.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Madison Lamp Review + giveaway link

This is one part of my creative space. It's newest addition is my new lamp.
I was sooo excited when Buyster Lighting sent it to me because I find it quite hard to sew with the eco globe in the ceiling. As I try to do some sewing in the evenings I really needed good lighting.

The Madison lamp is a one light desk lamp in a black finish.
It uses a standard (not bayonet) bulb up to 60W.

The best feature for me is it's spring-reinforced adjustable arm.
I can bend the head and the arm so it shines directly at my needle so I can see where I am sewing. This is particularly great when I am doing appliqueing.

It has a heavy desk mount is not too heavy and not too light :: so it stays in place where I need it.
The only thing that it needs is an extra tightening screw for the head so it stays firmly in place when you twist it to shine where you want. I found that it would not stay where I wanted it to and adjusted the arm to accommodate.

It would be even better if it came in other colours, as black is the only option.
Other than that it's terrific, affordable and compact.

Now back to daydreaming about my hand-made Xmas list... speaking of which I will be giving away some of the fabric below.

One lucky reader will recieve half a metre of each of these fabrics (not the skirt) and little goodies. Just leave a comment and I will draw one winner out on the evening of Sunday, 22nd Nov EST. Everyone welcome to comment.

There's also a Mega Giveaway over at *Make it Perfect*.
You better get in because you'll serious regret the chance to win fabo prizes!

Better go, screaming baby in the background. You know how it is...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Seeing the Light

Meet Madison.
She's coming my way to show me the light at the end of my blurry tunnel.
I'll be reviewing this lamp very soon thanks to
Buyster Lighting.
They have a huge range of lighting ranging from various lamps, ceiling fans, downlights, and wall lights. It would be a great Christmas gift for yourself or a friend.

It is very important for sewers and crafters to have the right
Especially when I (use to) have time in the evening to sew. I can't tell you how much I need this lamp. Those free bulbs we have just aren't bright enough and I have to squint to see the needle.

Speaking of lights at the end of tunnels I have decided that instead of pencil cases, I would make Nintendo DS cases for my nieces and nephews. These game devices seem to be the third arm they are always carrying around and they are always being misplaced.

Must go browse for fabric, methinks there'll be some extra for a giveaway next post.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Plans for Xmas

Gratuitous baby photo.
I noticed little curly eyelashes this week.
Are you all busy preparing for Christmas yet?
I know that if I don't start now I will be doing late night shopping and last minute things.
So far my head is just a jumbled list of "little projects that could"
This year I have decided to make pencil cases for the young kids. Last year it was pencil colour rolls. I might even get around to making some coin purses and Amy Butler bags. It means I should gather up supplies and scrummy fabric.
Little Miss decided she wanted a little red riding hood so that's added to the list.
Litte Boy has no idea about Christmas yet but we'll get around to something for him.

The little koala is just loving being snuggled in this easy to make sling.
All you really need are medium or large size sling rings and about 2metres of fabric.
Sew up one end into the pair of rings and voila, the most comfy sling for bub and mum.
Stay tuned. A little birdie told me there's a giveaway coming up!
So what are your crafty plans for Xmas???