The Dark Door

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Aidan is amazing. Honestly somedays (even the tough ones) it's hard for me to believe I'm a Mumma, especially Aidan's as he's the coolest dude on the planet. I may be biased. There will be a moment everyday, without fail, when I will whisk him up into my arms, smoosh my lips into his chubby cheek and tell him how smart / clever / handsome / kind / funny he is. I sometimes wonder if he's missing out by not having a sibling. Aidan is three years old. He's curious, loves to dance and likes to ... [ Discover More ]

Monica’s Quigo Nursery Part Two

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I didn't think I'd be talking about babies anytime soon on my blog but as it turns out, for the last month I've been consumed by the plans, thoughts and little cute things all revolving around them... I blame Monica. This is her sweet little two week old "Skyla" and below are the finishing touches that Monica and I added to the nursery before she was born... ... all thanks to Bosch Quigo. After the LAST POST all there was left to do was add the finishing touches and install the shelves. ... [ Discover More ]

Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Day In My Life

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On Tuesday 15th May 2012 I decided to film everything I did that day for my entry in this weeks Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50 Bloggers Competition prompt "Day in my Life". It was a huge day but an even bigger drama trying to get the video uploaded. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek into my life and yep, this was all done in one day. I love my life. VOTE HERE ... [ Discover More ]

Monica’s Quigo Nursery: PART ONE

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When I received an email from Bosch I wasn't even sure I should bother opening it up, but I did because I was curious and I'm so glad I did. That one simple yet personal email has offered me more than an opportunity to work with a new brand, it's helped a friend in need, become a bonding project between us as well as given me an outlet to work on some feelings I'd been repressing... PR to the rescue! Bosch wanted me (and fellow blogger Belinda from The Happy Home) to review their fancy pants ... [ Discover More ]

Distant Love

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I was in Melbourne when I got the call, standing in the middle of the apartment wearing only stockings and a bra, curling wand in my hair, getting ready for Fashionopolis. The nervous voice of Monica's mother gave me shivers. She sounded scared, which made me scared, which made me want to run home immediately. Monica and I are close, really close and if anything happened to her... I hung up the phone and my whole body shook with hard sobs. My roommate Hayley held my shoulder as I composed ... [ Discover More ]

Rainbow within Reach

Aidan is a colourful character and when he's not being a mr-bossy-cranky-pants like his mumma he's a lot of fun. He's not even two yet and he's morphed into a little boy I hardly recognise. I've been stopping a lot lately, pausing to smell his hair as we rock gently in the rocking chair reading his favourite books. Gazing at his tiny clothes and socks which seem to get dramatically bigger every time I do a load of washing.BabyLegs sent me some goodies in the mail a few weeks back, I'd always ... [ Discover More ]

Lady Business

 {image}It might not be interesting to a lot of people but for me it's monumental... I had a 28 day cycle!For newer readers you may have missed out on a rather large and constant issue on my blog regarding infertility. Obviously it all worked out well in the end but there were almost 5 hard years of hoping, wishing and swearing my head off and sleeping on tear soaked pillows. It was hard on my self esteem, my marriage and my waist line.Just as a bit of a recap for the newbies:Diagnosed with ... [ Discover More ]

Worth Every Moment

When I have moments to ponder (like now) I like to think back to how we got here. How we became parents. Aidan is 6 months old now and he didn't exist to us 12 months ago. I only found out I was pregnant because I was randomly sick one morning and Steve suggested I do a test. That man always had more hope than me. I'll always remember sitting on the toilet waiting for the result to appear, then finding it really hard to breath when it did. I remember excitedly looking at the monitor at the ... [ Discover More ]

We’re Parents!!!

It's pretty bad when you've just had a c-section, learning to breast feed, haven't had lunch yet and in desperate need of a nap... that I make my way down to the hospital internet cafe with baby and Steve in tow... to blog. Aidan Ryan Melnyczenko was born via c-section at 7:42 am on Tuesday the 25th of August. We had planned inducement with my Ob for Thursday but due to blood pressure complications, swelling and other factors, I was admitted to hospital on Monday afternoon with an overnight stay ... [ Discover More ]

welcome baby

Hi Everyone,I'm Danielle from over at Hello Owl. I'm Danielle's BFF and guest blogger for today.A few weeks ago Danielle asked me to do a short post when the time came to let you all know that LM had made an appearance. {I know it sounds totally weird doesn't it, like there's too many Danielle's rolling around in your head}Well today is my lucky day because this morning Danielle gave birth to a healthy baby boy, both of them are doing well and having a nap as I type.She'll be in hospital for a ... [ Discover More ]

We are Family

Christmas 2008 was the last time my whole family was together. Stephanie and her boyfriend Joshua flew down from Townsville to celebrate with us and Mum & Dad drove over from Newy. It was nice and casual and really special that we were able to host a family Christmas for the first time. I dragged us all out onto the front lawn on the last day of their stay and took this photo as a lovely reminder... little did we know that Little Mezza was only a couple of weeks at the time.After the passing ... [ Discover More ]

Light & Fluffy

I have a busy out and about with Steve today who's taken time off to hang out with me. We have an Ob appointment that I hope won't throw us any surprises and maybe a little shopping to prepare for my family's arrival on Saturday. Steve and I are also making time for another date tonight (two in one week... woohoo!) to go to the cinema and see Inglourious Basterds, by Quentin Tarantino and maybe grab some Thai food for dinner. So I'll leave you with some light & fluffy images collected from ... [ Discover More ]

Clever Contrast

My lovely sister bought me the one thing I coveted for the nursery but couldn't seem to get my hands on... an alligator clip mobile. Wherever I looked they were sold out but Stephanie found one, bought it and shipped it down to me. I really wanted a mobile hanging over the change table but I didn't want anything too bulky. This is perfect as you barely even notice it hanging there and doesn't clash at all with the room.I hung it using a trusty 3M hook and some invisible sewing thread. My ... [ Discover More ]

38wks

Isn't it gorgeous. I'm so in love with my bump and "my little squishy" aka: Little Mezza. After going to the Birth Suite and seeing all the squishy newborns it's all I can seem to call him now days. I can't stop dreaming of what he'll look like and what features he'll have. This is going to be the longest 2 weeks of our lives, it's already started to draaaaaaaaaaag...Everything is done. Everything. Even my assignments are being ticked off quicker than expected. The house is spotless and Steve ... [ Discover More ]

Nappy Novelty

Today I got so many things ticked off my check list, must have been the brilliant sleep I had last night thanks to the acupuncture. One of the things I managed to get done was the first wash of LM's new nappies.The microfiber boosters are so soft and really absorbent.I'm so happy with the colours we picked, so fun.They looked so sweet drying in the sunshine. It's hard to think I'll get sick of washing nappies every day and seeing them on the line... but I guess I also forget what they'll be ... [ Discover More ]

Acupuncture

I've never had acupuncture before but only ever heard good things about it and now that I'm in my final DAYS of this pregnancy I thought it couldn't hurt to try. I chose to go to the same place where I had my massage and reflexology last week at Rouse Hill. Lovely people and the atmosphere is really nice. The photo is a bit shaky because Steve didn't want to stand outside a shop with a lady taking a photo of a shop... but that's the way I roll and that's what he signed up for lol.The acupuncture ... [ Discover More ]

Drive @ Dawn

Last night I treated Steve and cooked him dinner. I cooked a real "Man Feast" of Taco's with all the trimmings and I could tell by his saucy grin he appreciated every bite. Then I whipped up some fresh diced strawberries with icing sugar and a little strawberry ice cream for dessert. I totally won that guys heart. My heart however burned all night long...I took my beloved Ranitidine pill as usual but still found myself waking every half hour. At 3am I'd had enough and took some liquid Mylanta as ... [ Discover More ]

Thanks Grandpa

As soon as we announced to our families that we were expecting Little Mezza my Dad had already picked out the name he wanted LM to call him, thus "Grandpa" was born and a very excited Grandpa he is! Every time I call my parents he answers the phone "Is it time?" and it's so very very cute.He wanted to give LM a gift that was substantial and would keep on giving. We'd already purchased all the furniture so I asked him to pitch in for BumGenius nappies. Something he'd use everyday for months and ... [ Discover More ]

37wks

Before I left to have my blood pressure test this afternoon I snapped this weeks bump pix as I'm sporting my new green cardi from BigW of all places. I also have it in black lol. I also wasn't sure how the test would go and if it would eventuate to a C-Section and I really wanted to make sure I had a record of this weeks bump. Obviously LM is quite happy where he his and no one wants him out of the oven just yet although as of today I'm officially full term and he's welcome to vacate whenever he ... [ Discover More ]

Blood Pressure Test

My Ob ordered a 4 hour blood pressure test at my last appointment and I had to done today. Seriously a great way to spend a perfect sunny Saturday... not. In the end it took 5 hours and was so boring I had a nap. The best part was the trace and hearing LM's heartbeat and having to press the button every time he moved. A fun game. Thankfully Olly was in my handbag and kept me entertained for awhile.This is me, don't I look sexy sprawled out on the bed with my huge belly bulging about. I knew I ... [ Discover More ]

Mask of Pregnancy

I'm lucky enough to have it... awesome! In the last 2 weeks I've noticed a change in the pigmentation of my skin on the bridge of my nose between my eyes and either side of my mouth. It's not pretty and no amount of concealer or foundation can hide it as it's dry and patchy. Basically it's made me feel very self conscious and down in the dumps. The "baby glow" has definitely stopped and I've entered into a new "I've got the plague" phase.I've also been breaking out all over my neck, shoulders ... [ Discover More ]

Just a little Thank You

I love giving. Making cards, buying and wrapping presents, I'm in my element. So I really wanted to have a small gift ready to give the midwives who will help me bring Little Mezza into the world. I wanted something small but enjoyable and I instantly thought of chocolates so I bought a box of Cadbury Roses. They're individually wrapped and perfect for sharing in the tea room. I'm going to get Steve to bring it to the hospital the morning we discharge.I bought this cute little red & white ... [ Discover More ]

Addictions

This has been my addiction for the last several months. Do you remember eating these as a kid, biting a small hole near the top and spiraling the cheese out like worms? That's how I've eaten every single one. I pop one in my bag if we're heading to the shops, going to Ob appointments, rides in the car... anywhere. Love them.Another addiction is the brand new KitKat Chunky with Caramel. I was describing it to Steve as a "Caramello Koala on Crack". It was heaven. Hmm... think I might just duck ... [ Discover More ]

Snug as a Bug

Last Thursday I went and got the car seat installed and I must say it was a definite highlight to my week. I was so excited to see it go in and then drive about town sneaking a peek at the proof we'd be bringing Little Mezza home with us. I know I'm having a baby, that part is obvious but it's after the labour, after his birth, after the days in hospital, when we finally bring him through our front door and realise he's ours and... now what?We've planned for everything leading up to him coming ... [ Discover More ]

36wks

Doesn't he look just like a big juicy apple in these photos! I'm not sure I could manage being pregnant without being able to wear an assortment of cardigans! Steve and I took the opportunity this brilliant Sunday afternoon to wander about our lovely little town and snap a few photos of local attractions for one of my photography assignments. It was nice to feel like me and I looked quite cute with my Niki strapped around my neck, resting comfortably on my bump. LM and I are show stoppers that's ... [ Discover More ]

Peek a Boo

Little Mezza and I have graduated to weekly Ob appointments this week and I've been told due to his growth and wellness scan that any time from now could be "go" time, very exciting! He's measuring really well and even had a growth spurt which is all good news. He was head down during today's ultrasound and I really hope he decides to stay that way. He's still laying on his side, his spine is along my right side with his feet crossed and on my left side. I'm happy with that but I know a lot can ... [ Discover More ]