Subtle differences 

As much I told myself, “Do not start comparing your children,” it’s hard not to compare pregnancies. As this draft begins I’m 31 weeks, and doing my nails noticing that they were so much stronger for pregnancy #1, but then I have way more laundry and dishes in my life… A few weeks ago I actually glued fakes on for a special event. I’m trying to find time to paint my nails this weekend in an effort to strengthen them for another event next weekend.  I’ve decided that is not any harder this time around,  just my life in general.  I have a pretty intense workload to knock over before maternity leave which looked manageable back in March… keeping up with my “Mum life,” has been exhausting, and in that I do include laundry and anything kitchen associated. Hubby started a new job, so if he was inclined to cook, it wouldn’t be after 14 hours at work/on the road. We also have a very firm dinner/bath/bed schedule for the toddler and she sleeps, so any change in that is super rare. Our daughter rewards us for our diligence. 

…3 days later…

So, the start of this week took everyone except myself to medical care. Hubby and child both sick with fevers, and pup needed his annual check. Turns out he’s got allergies. The struggle is managing all this on broken sleep because coughing and “Mummy, hot, Mummy, thirsty, Mummy, cuddles.” She doesn’t want Daddy, maybe he’s too hot still……See, totally fits my conclusion: My second pregnancy isn’t any harder. Just my life 😂 
Good thing I have cute little helper 😉 She’ll be all the help I can stand in a few short months 😂 

P.S. still haven’t done my nails 😒


Good intentions

Well my menu planning for 12 days went on the fridge and per tradition life shuffled things around.  Funny shifts, forgetting to put the prepped bowl in the slow cooker and my personal favourite (also last night’s dinner) “No. I’m done. Get pizza.”

Here’s how my fortnight was planned out. Keep in mind that I have an almost 2 year old and still do 4 shifts each week.

As you might notice there’s already a bit of shuffling. Mostly to make sure fresh vegetables don’t become slime in the crisper.  The pumpkin in particular I almost lost but thankfully even though I forgot to drop the slow cooker in on Sunday morning it was fine to go ahead on Monday. My husband didn’t even pout when I announced meat-free Monday would simply transfer over to Tofu Tuesday. My fortnight has been a bit hectic so having plans that I can shuffle a bit has been sanity saving.

Here’s hoping I can keep it up. 




So if you’re not in Australia right now you might not know about our completely messed up weather.  I’m in Brisbane where we’re having a pretty feral summer. Actually most of the east coast is. Complete with fire warnings in NSW. Flooding in Perth, Snow in Tasmania and Dad mentioned above average rainfall in Darwin when he called last week. So yeah, #globalwarming and #climatechange.

Yesterday was pretty warm, but my day was red hot, like my nails.

I had an amazing morning catching up with my mummy friends, getting our nails done.  Relaxing afternoon with Daddy and bubby, then a swim and after dinner and bedtime I chilled out in the a/c watching “Suits.” So yeah, winning at life. Today is looking mighty fine too…


Since then…

My last post was in February… and honestly,  I haven’t slept much since then.  This post is being created from under Baby Ball who, with her first cold, likes to sleep elevated. She’s cute when she’s sleeping… if only she’d do it more often.  I keep getting conflicting advice from child health nurses about sleep,  but since I started ignoring most of it, she’s taking less day nap time,  but sleeping better at night, which is not all bad.  An hyperactive 10 month baby is a lot of fun.  She crawls really fast,  climbs everything,  and is amused at just about anything that makes noise. While she’s hell behind the wheels of her a-frame walker and she has taken all of two steps without it,  she seems content to just do lots of squats and not actually walk by herself, and I’m so grateful.

Hubby is away for work this weekend and I’ve been at home all week because you can’t take a sick baby out to play with healthy babies, and full time people can’t really visit during the dinner/bath/bed window while I’m trying to do it all myself, and the rest of the time they’re at work,  so I’m excited about having other humans to talk to,  whose vocabulary extends past “mumma,” “dada,” and “dag,(and she points at our German Shepherd)” which means I shouldn’t have been watching Snatch when she was so young… We expect her favourite colour will be “periwinkle blue,” and I’d best start looking for scatter cushions now… I must say, I’m feeling the love, friends and neighbours (even hubby’s boss) who have offered help and support while hubby’s away, having a sick baby complicates plans but it’s just nice that they offer.

I was hoping to blog more when I started maternity leave,  but my little energizer bunny cleary has other ideas!
Till next time hunnies!