I can't believe I'm a mother! Ever since I was a little girl I've wanted a baby. So after a lot of world travel and a few great careers, I'm now on maternity leave for a year fulfilling all my house wife fantasies. What I'd under estimated though was the profound effect it would have on how I look and interact with the world now. My focuses have changed, heart has swelled, fears erupted, muscles ached and inner strength been challenged. This blog is me detailing some of the interesting topics I have encountered or wished I already knew before motherhood while attempting to retain my sanity along the way. If there is something you think I'd be interested in please let me know!

October 11, 2010

Cradle Cap Cure

Odessa has had cradle cap on and off since she was born. It hasn't really bothered me so I've left it alone, only to moisturise and and brush off every now and then. However I read a wonderful article on the magic of bee's Beevibrant and thought I would try the cream on her. In just four days the cradle cap had completely gone and has not returned! I was really amazed. Apparently it's also great for eczema, nappy rash, burns and relieving the itching of chicken pox!

June 15, 2010

Life is wonderfully ridiculous!

Life with a baby is quite simply crazy in both a good and bad way! I've found myself as one of those mothers I swore I'd never be: dropping the contents of the bag, sweating, baby crying and in the middle of a zebra crossing with waiting traffic- argh! Sometime I just don't know if crying or laughing would best suit the situation.
To make the very early morning pram push a little more interesting I often listen to podcasts with the 'This I Believe' series on National Public Radio America NPR a favourite. On a morning I really needed to hear it Claude Knobler's words on 'Life is wonderfully ridiculous' really put things into perspective. This few minute short story details his life of gorilla suit jobs and adopted ethiopian children, all of which he never thought his life would entail.
So when I change a nappy after mushrooms or like today hold Odessa overhead and she spews up into my own mouth (!) I am reminded just when I thought I had seen it all- life really is ridiculous!

May 25, 2010

Amber Teething Necklace

As you can see all the drool in the photo, Odessa has started teething. No teeth have appeared yet but any day now I think! We recently purchased her an amber teething necklace online from Flower Child.
Baltic amber necklaces are used to relieve the pains associated with teething by releasing natural oils when worn against the warmth of the skin. Because teething is such a mystery, everyday is completely new and sometimes as a mother I struggle to know what works and doesn't, I can't say if the necklace is working it's so called wonders. Despite that we love it and thinks it looks really cute!
Odessa wears it everyday except when bathing and sleeping when I wrap it around my wrist and hope it's magic seeps into me. Apparently if I wear it as close to my breasts (ie around my neck) as possible then the healing can work through my breast milk.
The necklaces come in many sizes and colours. We chose the lightest colour of amber because it's said to contain the most succinic acid and thus the greatest therapeutic value. A fantastic natural alternative to drugs and teething gels.

Better World Books- The online bookstore with a soul.


We have so many books at home that I cringe at bringing more into the house. But I just love reading parenting books now so between my three council libraries I try and borrow as many books as possible. However many of the alternative parenting books I seek out to read can only be found overseas. Better World Books is a fantastic online bookstore which so far has had everything I've searched for. They also fund literacy initiatives around the world. Not only cost effective, really fast delivery, many of the secondhand books are ex-library so still with the old school library card pockets!

May 14, 2010

International Midwives Day 5th May!

Midwives are really amazing! Having never met one or understood what they did until we were pregnant I would never have imagined the impact a new woman would have on my life.
We were so blessed to get Janine as our midwife. With her alternative views on pregnancy and birth and her fierce belief in the power of women to have natural, calm births, she was the perfect match for us! She pulled a 20+hr shift to support us through the labour and 'catch' Odessa on the way out! To be so empowered by the birthing experience is a gift we will always be grateful to her for. Midwives really are amazing, especially ours!
The photo above is us at Steve's 40th birthday at our house just 3weeks after the birth!

Airplane travel with a Baby.

Our extended family lives interstate between Melbourne and Brisbane. As thus and because Steve and I are big travellers Odessa has already chalked a few up on the flights board! I usually fly to Melbourne on my own with her to see mum while Steve is working. The flight is only 1.5hr and we fly Qantas because it's often booked on frequent flyers. Following are a few tips I've learnt along the way. Some things I wish I knew before hand!
Flying longer trips, overseas and with someone changes the advise completely. This is my experience for short domestic flights on my own.

-Wear a scarf. This doubles as privacy for breastfeeding and as a blanket for baby.
-Dress in layers. Between sitting before take off in the heat and then the air-conditioning coming on having baby dressed in layers will help control her temperature.
-Eat first. If you have a baby on your lap it's exceptionally difficult to put the food tray down. So instead of the whole tray I often just ask for the easy to handle snacks if I'm hungry.
-Pack light. Keep your carry-on luggage as light as possible! If it's a short flight and your baggage is in the overhead locker you're not going to get a chance to get to it. Just pack an emergency nappy change.
-Get a trolley. Paying $4 for a trolley is usually something we hate however physically struggling with bags and a baby will only get me worked up when I need to be calm.
-Boarding pass. Your baby will get it's own boarding pass.
-Sling it. Wearing baby in the sling will help getting to the gate but just to let you know they need to scan it separately through the x-ray machine. Most airports will offer a padded mat to lay the baby on when you need to get back into the sling.
-The capsule. Every infant passage will get aprox 10kg of luggage so this covers the 6kg capsule we take. We have a large soft bag we put it into. An ikea large yellow bag might do too. Trying to wrap the capsule at the airport after using it to get to the airport is just a pain so the bag is much easier. Usually it's checked through as special fragile cargo and so far we haven't had any damage issues.
-Get an isle seat. This means you can get up if you need too. I have done a flight next to the window with two others next to me and I felt exceptionally confined. I just don't think she's old enough to appreciate the view yet!!
-Stay calm. Remember that your baby can pick up on how you're feeling. I know when Steve left me at the gate for the first time my heart was going a million miles an hour and I have plenty of flight experience!
-Infant seat belt. An infant seatbelt is supplied by the airline, this loops through your seatbelt. The best way to sit the baby is on your lap facing out however it is possible to lay them down or rest them on your chest.
-Baby's ears. I was a little paranoid on our first flight thinking Odessa would start screeching on take-off. However she was good as gold, in fact the vibrations put her to sleep. If you're concerned breast feed on take-off or use a pacifier to reduce the pressure in her ears.
-A pillow. A small flight pillow is usually supplied by the airline as cushioning for your arm if you're nursing.
-The toilet. I've had plenty of practice at home going to bathroom while still holding Odessa. This is no different on the flight!
-Nappy changes. Change tables are available on flights however make a change just before you get on board if you can.
-Breastfeed. I try to keep the feed until take-off. This keeps her distracted, happy and usually sends her to sleep afterwards.
-Crying. In the end if your baby cry's for the whole flight, who cares? We've all cringed sitting near the baby however a lot of people are parents and sympathetic and for the rest of them their is always earphones!
-Park for 10min. Sydney parking is free for the first 10mins in short term parking. Steve can manage to park and run into help me with the bags, install the capsule and get out of the car park. If we aren't so lucky it's only the minimum charge.

May 13, 2010

Sophie la girafe

Yum yum! Sophie's gangly legs are perfect for a teething mouth! The drool that runs down her neck and off her legs is incredible! Odessa loves her- thanks Nanna J!
Designed in 1961 France she is made from 100% natural rubber derived from the Hevea tree and apparently the only natural rubber teething toy in the world. She has also recently been joined by her champignon mushroom friends- Chan, Pie and Gnon!