Hello Nixon | 3 Weeks Old

{Posted 1 week late lol}

I have started so many posts in the last three weeks, trying to convey the wonder of our new baby or the little hardships of life with a newborn…..but they all remain as drafts. There are now so few hours in the day and most of them are spent with a dollop of delicious baby snuggled into my neck. Motivation to blog is still here but doesn’t really seem to stick around long enough to finish a post. And so it goes.

Nix seems to be over his early struggles with feeding which saw us back in the hospital for 3 days last week due to continued weight loss. As much as that sucked, it gave me the opportunity to rest and heal from Nixon’s traumatic arrival (10lb 2oz / 4.59kg, posterior, forceps, vaginal tear, episiotomy, 3rd degree tear). After a fairly standard delivery with Ethan, I was totally unprepared for the horror (truly that is the best word to describe it) of birthing our second son. Unfortunately there will be no lovely birth story posted here, but there is a lovely bubba!

We have had good days and bad days this week. We attempted to head down to the river so E could fish for eels, it took so long to get ready that by the time we tried to leave Nixon was a screaming mess. He was crying, I was crying because I felt so sorry for my big boy who was also crying because I was crying and he felt bad for even suggesting we go in the first place. It was a disaster.
But then, we had a good day. A visit with the boys Great Grandparents, a trip to the barber (with no-one waiting huzzah!), a prescription pick up, icecream, a library visit and a quick peek in the $2 Shop for E. Our confidence was somewhat restored.

Our days are a juxtaposition of slow and hectic. I remember asking two of my girlfriends how they’d lost their baby weight so quickly after their second and third babies and the response was that they were just so damn busy that there was barely time to sit down. They spoke the truth! Between 2 hourly feeds I have to do everything at pace to keep up with life in general, there is a constantly updated to-do list in my head. Standard mummy protocol really.

Nixon you are a delightfully easy baby really. You only cry when you’re hungry (or if you realise I’m no longer holding you!), you sleep like a champ at night, you have big blue eyes which follow me around and focus on stripes and the panda bear beside your changing table. You love to be held and are very happy in your Ergo carrier. Surprisingly our four dogs and their barking don’t bother you at all and you are just as happy being snuggled by Nana as by me.
The best thing about your arrival is seeing you be loved on by your big brother. Ethan is completely enamoured with you and so, so proud.

We love you so much.



Aquisitions | Auckland Art & Craft Fair

A couple of weeks ago I popped into the city to visit the Auckland Art & Craft Fair {the next one is 30/11/2013} held at the Aotea Centre.  Entry was a gold coin donation and this event was well worth trying to squeeze my big truck into the teeny Civic parking spaces.

It was definitely a super-hipster craft fair, there were two stands that didn’t quite fit, one was the man who takes pics of the moon from his backyard and puts it on t-shirts etc and the other was a stall of very traditional hand knits, unfortunately for this lady this was just not the market for her.

I picked up a few cute things but my favourite purchase was this whimsy world in a jar from Pietje’s Cupboard.  We love Schleich figurines in our house and now I have one just for me!

Tip:  If you attend the next fair in November, take cash.  There is an eftpos facility there but you receive ‘craft bucks’ which can’t be exchanged for cash if you don’t spend them all.

First Days {or daze?} | Newborn Nixon

Everything is measured in 2 hour increments in our house at the moment.  Life revolves around our sweet little alarm clock who is always hungry and not too fond of sleeping {or of me putting him down}.

I had forgotten how long it can take to get anything done with a new baby in the house as previously simple tasks such as vacuuming can now span multi-feeding/napping cycles.  It’s 12.53pm, Nixon is eating and I’ve been trying to get in the shower since 8.30am.  My last window of opportunity was stolen by a rain shower forcing me to rush out and move the washing from the big line to the covered one.  At least the washing got hung out right?

I am tired.  I just about hit the wall yesterday afternoon and remembered to do that thing that everyone tells you to do before baby is born – sleep when baby sleeps.  I had not allowed myself this luxury yet, not once.  Nix and I napped and woke up to to super happy Dave and Ethan.  They had been to the pub to get a special ‘Spider’ icecream soda to celebrate Ethan’s selection in his clubs Rep rugby team and had together cooked the most amazing dinner of shrimp risotto and gurnard.  It was delish, and just what I needed.

This afternoon we are Leaving The House.  For the first time.  Dave is at the office today and E has a make-up swimming lesson.  I’m pretty darn excited to tell you the truth!

Things I’m Loving | The Newborn Edition

What an amazing, {traumatic}, and very wonderful 10 days our family has had.  Baby Hippo finally arrived and we named him Nixon.  We are all so in love with him, it’s hard to believe we could be so lucky.

After 5 days in hospital I am loving that we are home.  Nix and I are taking it easy as my recovery isn’t going to be particularly swift, but I have no desire to take our precious newborn out in this freezing weather anyway!

So much loving all the lovin’ on his little brother that Ethan is doing.  He has surprised me with his complete adoration, patience and concern for Nixon – he has waited so long to be a Big Brother!  I have loved this kid for eight years now and somehow I love him even more as he grows into a new role in our family.

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LOVE busting out my Maya wrap again!  E lived in this wrap until he was too chunky at 18 months old for me to manage him and Nixon loves it too.  It was so nice to be mobile {I may indulge my children with cuddles on demand when they are this little and cute!}.  Would you just look at that sweet dollop of baby in that sling?  I die.


Finally, LOVING this amaze prize from the delight that is Sophie Slim and Ecostore.  It’s so awesome to have such beautiful products to use with our teensy little man, thank you so much xx


Maternity Leave | Day ………….

All the people with all of the places to go have left.  Dave has gone to his new office on the second day of his new contract, Mum has gone to work, E has gone to school – excited about the Matinee performance of the Operetta in which he has a starring role!

I’m still pregnant.  About to start my daily routine of cooking dinner, cleaning the house, yelling at the dogs, cursing my girth and seeing as it’s Tuesday I will visit my midwife.  Again.

Yes, it’s a bit of a pity party around these parts today, I’m so tired from carrying this gigantic bump around but I can’t sleep.  I dread bedtime with a passion as I have to roll from side to side quite frequently and I really need a chain & tackle system hanging from the roof to complete this awkward shift with ease.  It’s a miracle Dave hasn’t been bounced out of bed yet.

Nothing works to get a baby out that doesn’t want to come out people.  I have given up on all of your remedies, expensive natural therapies and suggestions, because the kid doesn’t care.  The only comforting thought is that there is an end date, I just don’t know when that day is.  Every day I am one day closer.  I feel shit complaining, I’ve had an easy pregnancy, had only two sick days off work in 38 weeks and have enjoyed this second go around for the most part.  At this point it’s just the physicality of actually carrying this baby around that’s getting me down.

And I’m done.

In other house-wiferly news;

  • The Potato, Bacon & Leek soup I made yesterday was amaze {recipe here}.  I’m a recipe meddler, so I just did everything in the one saucepan, never removed the bacon, added more potato, left out the cream, completely pureed it and added a splash of milk to blend at the end.  Delicious.
  • Dave split his shin clean open on Saturday whilst skateboarding.  Every morning he has to rip a massive dressing off his HAIRY leg.  It looks the worst leg waxing experience ever.
  • I washed the exterior windows
  • A big box of Ikea amazingness plus quilt #2 arrived from Tara last week!!!!!  Hello ranch dressing.
  • Tonights dinner is roast chicken with Pea & Feta Risotto {recipe here}