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The halfway mark

I still forget it's the beginning of the year. It's been a good start to the year with the birth
of my nephew and he's such a good baby. I think formula feeds have something to do with his 3-4hr sleeps. I've never had very sleepy babies.
This is me at 20weeks. I eat everything in sight and my back is starting to hurt. I'm getting baby kicks and we should be finding out the sex next week.
I can't believe I am pregnant with our fourth but I couldn't be happier or glad that I am pregnant now than later. I don't think I could cope if it was later.

In the meantime I made up this disappearing 9 patch block as part of the
Quilts for Queensland that Corrie of Retromummy has organised.
I'm not very good at preparing so the spare charm squares came in handy.
I'm not sure about my other blocks. I can't get my head around inches. I need a ruler with inches I think. Every block tutorial I've come across only has inches in measurements.
I am too pregnant to concentrate on these things.

I found this recipe for apple and cinnamon scrolls instead from Kidspot.
It's very easy. I love scrolls and these came out really yummy. I even used two plain granny smiths that I stewed in a pot with a bit of sugar and that was fine. Even Little Miss 4 stated she liked the apple bit. Wow! Bonus points for mummy then. Hubby liked them too and I beamed with pride as I told him I made them from scratch. I didn't let them prove for the second time after I rolled them up and they still came out fine. Next time I'll make up a double batch as these didn't last very long. Maybe I could make themn with ham and cheese?
If you have a good ham and cheese scroll recipe please let me know!
Why is it that when you start cleaning there seems to be more mess than when you started?
I'm sorting out my fabric stash into quilting, clothing and other categories.
I do have some fabric coming my way to make up some cushions so that should be my next entry.
In the meanwhile I'll be sorting out things as well as sorting out things in my head.
As part of a new goal for this year I want to be a better parent. A smarter parent who is less angry and frustrated. So I've been reading Steve Biddulphs book The Secrets of Happy Children. It's very good and has some great ideas on how to make life less stressful and how to deal with your kids. I wish he would write a book about The Secrets of Happy Parents! That would include getting more cuddles from hubby and cuddling the kids which in turn equates to less troublesome behaviour. I've been implementing some one-on-one time with them so the kids don't muck up too much.
I hope you're taking some time out to be a good mummy, wife etc and don't be so hard on yourself. It is a tough job but a bit of personal time for you and with the kiddies will make a big difference. Life could be worse so enjoy the good times and learn from the bad times.


  1. HI Kim!
    You look beautiful! :) Definitely baby formula has much to do with nice long naps... thank goodness! I love you color choices for your 9 patch block and the apple cinnamon scrolls are making me hungry. Mmmmm!!!

    Being a parent is the toughest job. You're only human, mama... keep up the good work!

    Hugs from San Diego!


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