Friday, 22 March 2013

Love Where You Live: Ten great things about Canberra

In no particular order...

  1. Parklands - so many amazing places to walk and ride, open spaces all over the city.
  2. Autumn - such an amazing contrast of clear blue skies and changing foliage on beautiful sunny days.
  3. Cool nights - you can always get a good nights sleep.
  4. Free attractions - Always something to do, amazing galleries and museums.
  5. The National Portrait Gallery Gift Shop - privately owned and run but has the most amazing range.
  6. Getting places fast - as long as it's not during the small window of peak hour in the morning and evening.
  7. Questacon - for children of all ages.
  8. Markets - such variety and on every weekend.
  9. Question time - who doesn't like a good comedy?
  10. History - Love retracing the steps of the people who have made Australia what it is today.

What do you love about where you live?

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Single Parent Survival

It's been said before, but I gotta say it again: How do single parents manage? My husband has been overseas for work for two weeks now and we still have a week to go. His new job will be taking him on many business trips (lucky him) and it is my intention to not only survive these trips, but to thrive. The problem remains though, how on earth do you do it?

The day hubby left on his exciting trip I started getting flu symptoms (may have been the start of some mastitis - but that's another story) but of course I couldn't stop and rest and ended up getting bronchitis. It can generally be agreed that it takes the same energy to run a house for two adults and a baby as it does for one adult and a baby, except there is no one to share the work with. The same amount of dishes, the same amount of household tasks but the only time you have to achieve these jobs in when the baby is asleep.

I've been lucky enough to have my dad come and stay since the end of last week which has enabled me to have some sleep ins and to get on top of the house chores. But, how do single parents do it? I have one baby and my husband is away for three weeks. I can't begin to imagine how single mums do it 24/7 with more than one child.

So, I salute you single parents of the world, whether you be full time or part time as I find myself now. I hand it over to you, how does one thrive being a solo parent?

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

To Wean or Not to Wean

Is there any right answer to that question? The whole issue is causing me grief at the moment so I'm putting it out there: I think I want to wean my baby. He's almost 9 months old after all and is combination fed at the moment since I couldn't keep up with a growth spurt at the start of the year. I'm producing next to no milk, yet I still feel this horrible pressure to keep feeding him!

At a recent weigh in, baby Jack had dropped from consistently being on the 50th percentile for weight to the 25tth. Meanwhile he is still consistently 50th for length. I know the percentiles are only a guide, but a 25 drop is a worry to me. Add to that I'm coming out of a sinus infection a couple of weeks ago and currently have bronchitis - all contributing factors to perhaps why I'm not making much milk.

Mothers today have information overload. There are too many forums and webpages all telling you conflicting 'facts' and stating that their way is the only proper way to parent. I think it's important to switch off the computer and google search, and just ask your inner mothering instinct 'What will be best for my baby?'.

The answer for me? Wean. It is time.