Friday, October 21, 2011


So what can I say... Pregnancy and working full-time are incompatible with blogging... With both of us working there hasn't really been a lot of chances for us to do anything blog worthy - especially when we don't always get the same days off. Now that there is a baby involved I'm sure I can find heaps to blog about but I don't know how interesting of a read it would be for anyone else!

My mum has been here since the beginning of September so that's been a lot of fun. The first month she was here we spent a lot of time going on walks and things trying to spur the baby into coming on time. The baby had her own plans and ended up coming two weeks late! If we would've known that we could've done all sorts of things and gone on even more day trips and things (near the end I didn't really like going too far from home just in case!).

So yes, the baby is here! Born a full two weeks late (born Oct. 4th) and having to be forcefully evicted (they broke my water and I had a surprisingly quick labour - 6h 25min - drug free and as natural as an induction can be!). Despite being two weeks late, she was a petite 6lbs 12oz and 19.6" long. She was pretty tangled in the cord so we think that's why she didn't come on her own and possibly why she didn't get very big in the last few weeks.
We are of course biased but think she is the most gorgeous baby ever!

Aurora Elizabeth (11 days old)

I hardly did any knitting while I was pregnant and only managed this set along with a few other things:

Coming home from the hospital (3 days old)
(A pattern from Pattons Heirloom Knitting)

And I managed to get the Puerperium Cardigan done just after she was born (I had the sleeves left to do and knit most of them while I was at the hospital being induced. I think I had about 2" left on one sleeve to do when we came home):

12 days old

I knit a few vests but I don't have pictures of those yet because they're slightly too big still (they won't be for long, this baby is an eating machine! She's gone from 6lbs 12oz to 8lbs 4oz in two weeks!)

Glen goes back to work next week and before that we're trying to cram in some touristy things with mum. We just got back from driving The Great Ocean Road and next week we're going to Wilson's Prom and Philip Island.
I'm still doing my Project 365 photos but haven't uploaded them onto my computer in months (see above re: lazy!).

So yes! I don't know how good I'll be at updating now that the baby is here but I'll really try. Once things settle into more of a routine things might (maybe?) be easier.

Temperature: +14C
Sunrise: 6:28am
Sunset: 7:43pm

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I am probably the worst blogger around at the moment!

I don't know if I can really blame pregnancy on not blogging or if it's just laziness. I can tell you though that I spend a lot of time THINKING about blogging and the longer it's gone between posts, the guiltier I feel and the more it feels silly to come back and do a post like this. All the things I was going to talk about after the last post are kind of old news and no one probably cares about a trip recap from a trip that happened 5 months ago!
Another thing is not a whole lot has been happening! We haven't gone on any other trips, gone on any long weekend excursions or day trips. We're both basically working (virtually opposite days off), coming home, sleeping and going back to work again. There's the occasional midwife visit thrown in there and the regular Sunday dinner at Glen's parents and really... That's as exciting as it's gotten around here!

With regards to the pregnancy, everything is moving along as it should and I've had a pretty boring and regular pregnancy thus far. I'm incredibly thankful that my only major complaint is being so incredibly tired (the major reason I haven't done much of anything - my days off are basically spent in bed asleep). The baby (as far as we can tell, it's a girl!) is growing as she should and has looked and sounded good at all our appointments. I'm edging up to 29w so only 11 to go until my due date! It's coming up VERY fast! I've definitely moved passed the "is she fat or pregnant?" stage and am enjoying being visibly pregnant. I'm also enjoying all the kicks and flutters and things. A lot of people find it weird or don't enjoy the kicking but honestly, I love it. Sometimes it's a little uncomfortable but I think it's pretty cool.
We have my mum's plane ticket booked and she'll be here two weeks before the baby is due so as long as I don't go early we should be ok! (the baby can come early as long as it's after September 7th!).

I'm still doing my project 365 photos but taking actual photos with my camera has taken a bit of a backseat - mostly due to not being able to get out and do things. The weather here has been pretty cold and miserable and like I said before, Glen and I haven't really had any days off together -- the days we HAVE had off together have been due to one (or both!) of us being sick - so we've spent the day in our PJs watching TV.

I kind of wish I'd kept up a bit with blogging during the pregnancy but honestly there hasn't been a lot to say. I'm going to make a concerted effort to keep up with things - and even post about the baby knitting I've done.

This is pretty much how I feel most days!
Koala at the Koala Sanctuary on Philip Island (Feb 2011)

Temperature: +11c (windchill +9c)
Sunrise: 7:36am
Sunset: 5:12pm

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Time for an update!

My poor blog is being neglected! I've still been taking my project 365 photos and I've had a bit of exciting news to share I've just been... Too tired!
I actually have a pretty legitimate reason to be so tired and it's not laziness or working too much...

Yup! I'm pregnant! It was a bit of a surprise and not something we were really planning but we're pretty excited.
So I'm due September 20th and I've just ticked over to 13 weeks and the second trimester. I got to celebrate hitting 13 weeks this morning by throwing up. Lovely. So far though, that's only the second time and both times seem to have come after a busy day at work where I'd been quite tired. I've had nausea on and off the whole time, more so when I'm in the car (curse you motion sickness!) so I think I'm pretty lucky I've actually only barfed twice.

Other big exciting news is that Glen and I got engaged in February! I should write a proper post about it since he was sneaky and arranged for me to have time off work and arranged for us to spend a few days in Philip Island.
We had a really great time and Glen did a great job planning the trip - and the proposal. He managed to arrange to get my mum's wedding rings (so he's had them for almost two years!) and he proposed on my dad's birthday. It was such a nice way to incorporate my family into the moment.

One more exciting thing is that I have my paperwork for the second stage of my visa (getting permanent residency). Thankfully it's not as much paperwork as before but as always there's a little bit of stress making sure you get everything right!

When my energy picks up a bit I hope to do an update of my 365 photos and write a proper post about our Philip Island trip.

Sorry I've been so slack!

Temperature: +17C
Sunrise: 7:18am
Sunset: 7:40pm

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Project 365 - January 30th - February 11th

January 30th - It didn't quite hit the +40C that was predicted for the day.
January 31st - I asked Glen what I should take a picture of and he suggested the coaxial cable he just bough... ok?
February 1st - The drive to work.
February 2nd - Petrol prices (the guy was in the middle of changing the prices - putting them down a few cents thankfully!).
February 3rd - Fruit Salad mmm!
February 4th - The slow drive to work. The freeway was like a parking lot.
February 5th - Laying in bed and realised I hadn't taken a picture for the day. Lazy day!
February 6th - Pretty chilly today! I had to break out the hand kits!
February 7th - Random yarn.
February 8th - Books from home.
February 9th - The penguin parade at Phillip Island. No pictures allowed where the penguins are.
February 10th - Koala at the Koala Conservation Centre.
February 11th - Breakfast in Rhyll. The view from our table.

Temperature: +17C
Sunrise: 6:46am
Sunset: 8:23pm

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Project356 - January 23rd - 29th

January 23rd - Christmas put away for another year.
January 24th - Gummy Snakes!
January 25th - The tile in our kitchen.
January 26th - Happy Australia Day!
January 27th - Petrol prices again. A little more reasonable this time!
January 28th - Random living room picture.
January 29th - A bit of knitting (finally!).

Sorry this has turned into a project 365 blog, we haven't really been up to a whole lot in the last few weeks. Work, home, work, home. I haven't really had the energy to do too much after work so we've been keeping it pretty low key. We've been watching a lot of tennis (or as much as we can) since the Australian Open is on (ends today) but we didn't manage to get to any actual games (besides the Rally for Relief) this year.

Temperature: +34C
Sunrise: 6:30am
Sunset: 8:36pm

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Project365 - January 16th - 22nd

January 16th: Rally for Relief. Rod Laver Arena
January 17th: The drive home from work.
January 18th: Our mailbox.
January 19th: Random flowers in the yard.
January 20th: Not even 9:30pm and I'm exhausted! Time for bed!
January 21st: Outrageous petrol prices today. $1.42/L. Ouch
January 22nd: Petrol prices again - still outrageous ($1.36/L) but not quite as bad.

Temperature: +25C
Sunrise: 6:23am
Sunset: 8:40pm

Monday, January 17, 2011

Project 365 - January 8th - 15th

January 8th: Woke up and discovered my glasses were broken. gah!
January 9th: Playing Mario Kart.
January 10th: My aloe plant is loving the new pot - its sprouting all over the place!
January 11th: Rain, rain, rain. Taken from work.
January 12th: More rain...
January 13th: And more...
January 14th: Flowers in the front yard (they are actually purple in real life).
January 15th: Relaxing in front of the fan and watching tennis (yes our Christmas decorations are still up!).

Temperature: +16C
Sunrise: 6:16am
Sunset: 8:43pm

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New lens & Birds

We bought my mum a new camera for Christmas (we = us and my brother and his wife) and a few days ago I picked up a new lens for her from work. The camera that we got her came with an 18-55mm lens which is a pretty good little lens but she's used to a lot more zoom so I picked up the 75-300mm for her.
Before I could send it to her I figured I'd better test it ;-) haha so a few days ago Glen and I went for a walk to take some pictures (part of testing this lens is to figure out if I could live with that lens myself or if I should shell out the big bucks for the 100-400mm).


Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Superb Fairywren

It was a pretty hot day so most of the birds were hiding so I didn't really get many shots. I was pretty impressed with the range since my longest lens only goes to 135mm. I think I'd still like the extra reach of the longer lens and the extra crispness of good quality glass. We'll see though!

Temperature: +18C
Sunrise: 6:08am
Sunset: 8:45pm

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Project365 - Jan 1st - 7th

I've decided to give Project365 a go. I've wanted to do it for a while not but had missed out for some reason or another (I suppose I could've started it in the middle of the year). I figured the best way to actually get this done would be to use my phone to take the pictures - I love my SLR but there is no way that I'd actually complete this project if I had to lug it around with me every day all year. Another thing to keep this convenient is that I've downloaded an app on my phone so I can upload the picture straight to the website I'm compiling this all on.

Once a week on my blog try to I'll do a roundup of the photos from the week and if you're interested in seeing the photos before I upload them here, you can view my calendar here.

January 1st - New Years Day at the beach in Torquay
January 2nd - Twenty20 Cricket at the MCG
January 3rd - Quesedillas for dinner
January 4th - The drive home from work
January 5th - Glen has his nephew over for games night. The view from my laptop
January 6th - A walk in our favourite park on a warm evening
January 7th - Skating at the new rink in Docklands

Temperature: +29C
Sunrise: 6:07am
Sunset: 8:46pm