Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sleep like a baby

'Sleep like a baby' found on Pinterest with link to http://www.someecards.com

‘Sleep like a baby’ found on Pinterest with link to http://www.someecards.com

Whoever coined the term ‘sleep like a baby’ clearly never had a baby! We are going through a rocky patch at the moment with a sick, teething child who has now taken to napping during the day rather than the nice 2 long sleeps he normally would have! What the?! Please, little man, no!!! Any other mum who is often home with a child during the day will no doubt sympathise when I say that sleep times are the times that you can get stuff done! You can eat, shower, go to the toilet in peace, put the washing out on the line, bring the washing in from the line, tidy up or just.sit.down.for.a.second.of.peace! So when your child, or children, don’t follow their ‘regular’ routine (shhh, don’t say the ‘r’ word!!), you start to feel yourself going a little batty! Perhaps I was just batty before, in fact I’m sure those around me would definitely say that I was, but right now I feel particularly batty. I’m forgetting things, lots of things, and only seconds after I thought those things. And not in the baby brain way, but in the exasperated, I AM TIRED, I AM MENTALLY EXHAUSTED and SICK OF CRYING kind of way! I love my son, he is honestly the most adorable, loving, happy little dude, but on those days where you think that there are many more tears than laughter, it can really get you down. You wrack your brains trying to think of all the possible reasons why they might be so upset – hungry, thirsty, tired, hot, cold, wet nappy…what ever it is! So you go about trying to ‘fix’ it! But let’s face it, we all have those days where we got up on the wrong side of bed, so why should babies and children be any different?! That thought doesn’t help when your child is hysterical, throwing themselves backwards and narrowly missing the door frame, or arching their back as you try to console them in your arms! I know that I could be heard saying to my son once or twice ‘Mummy will sleep then and you can do the housework!’ I don’t know what the answer is to any of this, it’s just a phase and it won’t last for ever. It’s just a reflection of where we are at right now, we’re riding the highs and lows of parenthood!

Some other thoughts that I have on this: is Mr H ready to go to 1 sleep? I’ve tried this a few times, but he still only sleeps for an hour and is super grumpy in the afternoon, rubbing his eyes and yawning…so I don’t think that he is ready just yet. I also use The Wonder Weeks app (and have the eBook as well) but right now it’s meant to be a sunny, happy stage…hmmmm!!!! The sun ain’t shining in this house!!

We’ll just ride it out and get through one day at a time…with lots of coffee and chocolate (I must be desperate to go for the chocolate because I don’t normally eat it!) to go with it!

What are your tricks for keeping sane when you have these days with your little one(s)?! I’d love to hear them!!

Project Veggie Garden Week #2

It’s time for an update on Project Veggie Garden. It’s been just over a week now since I planted my garden up, and I was so excited yesterday to see that the seeds are sprouting and they’re looking good!! I planted strawberries as well, even transplanting some from another part of the garden. I wasn’t sure how they would go, but they are doing marvellously in their home, so much so that the fruit on them has ripened and ready for picking…yum!

strawberry plant

I’m often a bit sceptical when sowing straight from seed because my experience hasn’t always been good in the past. The first year that we planted from seed we had some mixed results, so last year we decided to try using a mini-greenhouse seedling tray arrangement and we did very poorly!! We decided to go back to sowing directly into the prepared veggie beds and so far it looks like it’s the best option for us.

I also planted some basil which is great for companion planting with the tomatoes. Previous to having a veggie patch I had tried to grow basil with dismal results. Whether it’s the tomatoes or the great composted and fertilised soil, or perhaps both, I have had a bumper crop of basil over the last few years and I love using it in cooking and to make pesto with it! I didn’t bother with seeds for this, I just went straight to the good old seedlings.

basil seedling

My goal for this week is to get in and weed the beds a bit as we are starting to see the dreaded weeds come up, along with the beginnings of the pumpkin plants. We have chosen not to grow pumpkins due to the space that you need to grow them in…we just don’t have it and would rather try other things in our space instead.

beetroot coming uplettuce

One of the most exciting parts about having your own veggie garden is picking the produce once it’s ready to go. This morning I got our first batch of strawberries – something that I haven’t been able to do for a LONG time because of the birds getting to them first! It was a very exciting moment, let me tell you!!

strawberries

How are you going with your veggie patches this year?! Have you got some tips for natural or organic pest control? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Mission Impossible

Trying to reason with a 15 month old is mission impossible! I find myself explaining to my son, mid tantrum, why it is that he can’t have my mug full of hot coffee or why he can’t push the metal firewood holder around like a trolley (because serious, it will scratch the tiles), and then follow it up with a comment out loud, to myself, along the lines of “as if you can understand me or care”!! I can’t be alone in this scenario! I’m certain others must have found themselves negotiating with the impossible! And what’s even worse is that I look at this divine little boy, as he’s having said tantrum, and have a little shake of the head and silent laugh as I look at my little self…I can imagine that I was the same when I was that age – strong willed and unwilling to negotiate, or heaven forbid, share!!!!! Everyday I gain a new appreciation for my mother and what she had to contend with…sorry Mum!

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Project Veggie Garden – Week #1

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a veggie garden. I remember my mum, an avid gardener, putting together a herb garden when we were younger, and I was disappointed that there weren’t any planned veggies in there. I say no planned veggies because the odd potato or tomato bush appeared care of the compost soil that mum put into the herb garden. I do remember her quickly ripping them out when she realised, but I was quietly devastated that we didn’t grow our own veggies. I am not sure where the fascination came from, perhaps it was hearing of other kids at schools having them (though I don’t remember anyone saying that they did). Or maybe it was that my grandfather grew his own vegetables, and I loved eating the fruits of his labour – most notably the stewed rhubarb he used to give us that we lashed on top of our ice-cream! When my husband and I moved into our first home we set about making up our vegetable patch, starting with one bed and then working our way to the 5 that we have now. The last 2 summers haven’t seen the most amazing crops; last year I was battling the heat with a 5 month old and the year before that I was pregnant and sick most of the time! This year I am determined to make a good go of it and nurture it so that we can have some delicious summer veggies! My husband was ready to give up on the veggie patch as he’s not consistently around over summer so he was starting to feel like he just wasn’t able to commit the time to it. I on the other hand was keen to get the passion back, and have a project for myself to focus on – because, like seriously, I don’t already have enough to do?!!! Anyway, true to form and just like my mum, I can’t sit still for very long, so Project Veggie Patch is happening for the Summer of 2014/2015!!

On the day that sees most of Victoria glued to a television watching the Melbourne Cup, I got about planning the layout for the veggie patch. I have a notebook dedicated to the task, so I drew up a plan of the veggie patches (I am not an artist so when you see my drawing don’t laugh!!) and where we would put the seeds or seedlings. I also did some research on making my own cover to go over the strawberry plants to keep the birds away! I then set off to the local Bunnings to collect the things that I needed and came back all gung-ho and ready to go! I spent a solid hour with my head down and bum in the air planting the seeds and seedlings, and then laying down the sugar cane mulch to go on top. I was so impressed with my efforts! I particularly love the contraption I have over the strawberries, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it holds up and if it does in fact keep the birds at bay.

Veggie Garden photos Week 1

The Plan      Veggie Garden Planner

So because of my excitement at this little project, and as a sign of my commitment to keep it going throughout the Summer and into the Autumn, I thought that I’d try to regularly blog about it. Feel free to add your comments as I go along, and any advice that you might have for this novice veggie gardener. Any questions are also welcome! I’m not an expert, and I rely on many websites and books to get me through, but I am happy to share to my experience, and even perhaps inspire a few of you to get involved and start your own!! Don’t forget to follow the blog so that you can get the updates. I hope to blog once a week about it, including any photos that I might have – don’t worry, I won’t bother with a photo if I haven’t seen anything sprout!! IF anything exciting happens in between the weekly posts, I might pop something up, but I’ll try not to go over board! I am using this as a means to keep the excitement up and be accountable to making a good go of it this season!

I look forward to sharing the journey with you!