Saturday, March 29, 2008

I can...

...still call myself a scrapbooker! Today I scrapped for the first time in months! All my scrapping gear was packed away when I got rid of my old desk last year in preparation for the room re shuffling that occured with the imminenet arrival of Jacinta.
Our new desks only arrived a month ago, but Ive not had much time to sort through everything. Slowly Ive been making my way through my stash, and packing it into my new desk. Yesterday I went through the box of stuff I won in the FK awards for excellence, that was enough to inspire me to actually do something! The fabric flowers are off a bib I got for Jacinta (I dont like the velcro on them as it digs into her what else was a girl to do but cut it up to use as gorgeous embelishments!)

I dont think Ive shared my entry in the awards for excellence yet either, so while I am in scrapping mode, here it is...

This first one is the LO that won the photography award. Funnily enough this is also the LO that I nearly didnt include in my portfolio!

Here are the rest of them...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

one month

Dear Jacinta (aka Jazz, Jazzy, sweetness, my girl, cinta, baby girl, sister, bubs)

Today is Easter Sunday, and as Christians all over the world celebrate and remember the death and reserection of Jesus Christ this weekend, we also celebrate you turning one month old.

Happy Easter my sweet little easter bunny!

You celebrated your first easter with brunch and an egg hunt at grandmas on Saturday with Mummys family,

and an egg hunt at Nannas and tea at our house with Daddys family on Sunday. We have our own little tradition of leaving our hats out for easter bunny to fill with yummy treats, so this year you left out your brand new pretty pink hat that Jim (Auntie Helens partner) bought especially for you, and this morning it was filled with special little easter surprises for you. These first four weeks have flown by so quickly. I know that they will continue to do so, and I am trying to cherish every single minute of these early weeks with you - even those long sleepless nights, that we still get on occasions. It is taking a while to get into a routine, but finally in the last week or so we have had more good nights than unsettled ones. We have moved from the feeding every couple of hours, to a much more workable 2 -4 hours during the day, and usually only one feed over night after 10/11pm somewhere between 2.30am-4.00am. You are also beginning to cut down the time it takes you to feed. 45 minutes is quite a long feed now, in the first couple of weeks it would take you a good hour to feed both sides...that didnt leave much time for me to sleep when you were deciding to feed every 2 hours! We have been to visit both of your great grandmas, and last weekend travelled to Horsham to attend Daddys cousins wedding and introduced you to your great Poppy. Your a lucky little girl still having three of your great grand parents. You travelled really well, and we only had to stop once each way for a feed.

The second and third weeks of your life were spent mostly hanging out inside in the airconditioning as we sweltered our way through a record breaking heatwave here in Adelaide. I think it was 15 days in a row of temperatures above 35 c, with the majority being 38-40. I was so glad I wasnt pregnant still!
Ever since our second night in hospital you have been a tummy sleeper, during the day you are happy to sleep on your back or side in the rocker, but if you are in your bed you will only settle on your tummy. Both Caleb & Nathan were tummy sleepers too. You sleep
You are also a very 'sucky' baby. To try and discourage you from using me as a dummy and snacking constantly instead of having decent feeds, I tried to get you to take a dummy. No funky and cute little dummies for you though, Ive tried the gorgeous little pink nuk ones I bought before you were born - no way would you take them. I thought I might give a cheapy from the suermarket a go, and you love it! Its a latex cherry shaped happy baby one, and Mummy thinks it is aweful! I dont like the look of the round happy baby dummies, I dont like latex dummies, and Im not a fan of the cherry shaped teats! I tried a silicon teat in the cherry shape but you wouldnt take that so I guess I will have to learn to like them!

Im loving be mummy to a little girl more than I ever imagined I would. I love being surrounded by all the pretty girly things, gorgoeus clothes, hanging a line full of tiny pink things out, sitting and cuddling you. I guess its a special bond that a mother and daughter share. Its definaltely no more important than the special bond I share with each of your gorgoeus brothers, its just somehow different.

I treasure these newborn days, and I will make the effort to cherish each and every one of them. Some days are hard, and everyday is definately so much busier than it has ever been, but we all love you so much, and are grateful and blessed that you have come along and filled that void in our family, that until your arrival. we didnt even know existed.

I love you my sweet little girl

Mummy xxx

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

so totally in love.....

...with my little girl.

How could you not just want to kiss, cuddle, love and protect this sweet little, 9 day old, divine bundle of cuteness (yeah I know Im probably a little biased!)
Even though she did decide that she needed to be fed at 11pm, 1am, 3am & 7am, and considering that she takes at least an hour to feed and settle, that didnt leave much sleep time for me. Oh well thats life with a new born I guess, I still love her to bits, and I wouldn't change a thing!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Pink, pink, and more pink....

Sorry its taken so long to get on here and officially welcome and introduce our beautiful little daughter (yes it really was a girl, despite all my doubts!!!). .........................

12 hours old 25/02


arrived at 7pm last Sunday, and has stolen all our hearts.

She is a beautiful little girl, and already we couldnt imagne life without her.

Its hard to believe that she is a week old .

She is feeding and sleeping well, although seems to prefer her big sleeps during the day!

She is a contented little baby, and is such a snuggle bunny!
She weighed 8lb 8oz, was 49 cm long and had a head circ. of 37cm!

all dressed and waiting for Daddy to pick us up and take us home 27/02


Her birth was a little dramatic. After waiting since 2am when I had my first leaking of hind-waters, I had managed to dilate to 6cm by 3.30pm with only mild pre-labour pains, and no very regular contractions. Ive never had to wait for my labours to kick in before, so it was a long day trying to get things moving. Our little princess was floating around in so much fluid, that there was no pressure from her head to start any 'real' labour happeneing. Too much fluid to attempt rupturing the membrains, so we had to wait for nature to take its course. By about4.15pm things finally started to happen! The contractions finally became regular and I was now actually in labour! By 6pm, the contractions were on top of each other, my blood pressure was through the roof, and after another internal I was still 6cm, she was still not engaged and so still wasnt putting any pressure on my cervix! I layed on the bed, and at 6.22pm my waters finally broke with a huge gush. The next half hour saw lots of painful contractions ( I did manage to do it with out needing any pain relief) I started pushing at 6.45pm and at exactly 7pm little Jacinta was born. Her extra long cord was wrapped tightly around her neck and twice around her body, so after a few scary seconds and one big hurried push, as they couldn't get it unhooked, she was born very blue, and whizzed off to the resus trolley for a few breaths of oxygen...they were the scariest few minutes of our lives, and the sound of her cries were the sweetest sound we had ever heard!

Jacinta & Mummy. 1 hour old 24-02-2008

The doctor couldnt believe the length of her cord, or the amound of fluid that a was wonder my tummy was so huge and felt like it was going to explode by the end of it all. This shot was taken on the Friday before she arrived. I was 39 weeks, and huge!

Im loving all these pretty pink clothes, and the pink cards, and the pink balloons, and the pink flowers. I never thought Id would be a mummy to a little girl. I was quite content with my three gorgeous boys, but obviously someone had different plans for my life, and Im so, so glad that we now have our little princess!


Caleb, Nathan and Isaac all adore their little sister. Isaac is always wanting to hold her, or "I hold him?" as he puts it, and is always telling me "cinta my baby!"

Caleb & Jacinta 27-02-08

Nathan & Jacinta 25-02-08

Isaac & Jacinta 29-02-08

Jacinta has been really settled since we came home, and Im feeling great. I guess thats the one good thing about feeling so crap towards the end of the pregnancy, once its over every thing feels SO much more comfortable, and even nights of broken sleep are so much more restful than the sleep I wasnt getting before.

Thanks so much for all the emails and messages of congratulations that have been arriving daily. We really appreciate them, and the fast that so many people have been thinking of us! By the looks of the hits on my blog over the past couple of days, lots of you have been checking in waiting for photos and more details LOL sorry I kept you waiting so long!