{Our Nest} A new bird, a name thief and an elephant selfie

To say the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind is the biggest understatement since someone said Kimmy K might like a selfie or two.kim selife

We are overjoyed like a kids with wagon wheels to announce that we welcomed Charlotte into our nest. She is perfection. She eats. She sleeps. Repeat.

I do feel she is placing us into a false sense of security and in the not too distant future you are likely to find me hiding in the stationary aisle at woolies rocking back and forwards begging for a straight jacket but until that time I plan on absorbing all her newborn goodness.14

We had such an interesting long birth experience, I cannot give enough thanks to the maternity staff at the hospital that helped bring our little lady into the world. In particular, there are a few people that really deserve special thanks. There is the girl I knew from school who was full a humour and positivity. There was the girl who kept me calm and somehow instinctively knew when to talk and when to just hold my hand. There was the girl who was encouraging and patient. The girl who followed us up even after her shift finished and finally there was the doctor who believed in me and offered to give me a chance. A sincere-from-the-bottom-of-my-toes-to-the-tip-of-my-nose thank you to you all. P.S Happy Midwife Day to all the midwives out there for yesterday!midwife

In very exciting news I have discovered one very beneficial outcome that comes with delivering a baby that weighs over 4.5 kilos is that it is the bloody quickest weight loss regime ever! Literally nearly 5 kilos a gonski in less than 1 minute!

I have to admit the hubby-bird and I had this delusional romantic idea of the moment that our other birdies would meet their new little person. We were sure the birds would croon, the angels would sing and we would have a wonderful photograph of all the love. In reality, when the toddler-bird and kid-bird met their new little sister it was definitely less than a magical hallmark moment. Kid-bird walked in and spontaneously burst into tears because she wanted a brother NOT ANOTHER SIIIISSSSSTER! The toddler-bird didn’t care nearly as much. She was simply there for the hospital custard and free apple juice. When we asked if she wanted to kiss her sister we were met with a solid eye roll and a statement consisting of “She stinks weird. Maybe we should sell her back to BigW”. Such a solid family moment to remember for ever.

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They like each other now.. mostly

If you know me at all you will know that I am a complete tragic royals fan. They are just coolest and I am crushing hard. Well, this chick Kate (she’s like totes the duchess) is my unrequited best mate. We are BFF’s (but she just doesn’t quite know that yet). Anyhoo, she also had a bambino this week and it was PINK! Pink ones are the best, but admittedly I am a smidgeon biased because I am the mother to only pink dragons. BUT there is an issue in our wonderful imaginary friendship and that is that she stole my baby name. We both have new little Charlottes which is definitely going to be akws when we are at the park together sipping tea and one of us yells at our Charlotte to stop licking the slippery dip… Okay, princesses probably don’t lick stuff, I am sure she has people that do that for her and I spose probably thousands of other Strayans also have Charlottes, but you know that aren’t friends with my mate Kate. I like her, and she sent me this card with a virtual high-fiver so we have moved on and are BFFing all over the place again.

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I hope to be back on board and publishing on the blog again soon, just depends on the state of Mount Washmore in the spare room, ahem, I mean nursery and on how long the little birdie keeps me in this state of eat. Sleep. Repeat.

I do want to share that later we will be running a competition giving one very lucky nester the opportunity to win a photography session with the very talented team at No Added Cheese! This is a special competition for one very deserving mama. WATCH THIS SPACE!!

Thanks for all the well wishes you beautiful Nesters!

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{Raising Little People} Precious Firstborn Syndrome

Precious Firstborn Syndrome. Totally a thing. Like should have a support group with coloured ribbons or something.

If you have had a child, you have experienced at least a smidgeon of this syndrome.

I swear a girl I know may as well have been the founding partner of the syndrome. No shit, she used to sterilise her baby’s toys after every use. Gawd, I was lucky to shower once a day and somehow she managed to sterilise a zebra chew toy 4 times a day. Plus one time she rang maternity to ask if there was a particular sanitiser to use on her nipples before allowing her bambini to suckle..

Anyway, this article by Shauna Anderson ‘Precious Firstborn Syndrome‘ is an absolute riot. baby

Grab a coffee, read this and immediately feel better about yourself and your own parenting style.

Enjoy Nesters x

{Raising Little People} When labour just doesn’t happen..

Holding your precious new bundle of love is the most incredible feeling in the world. The sense of achievement, the sense of relief, the sense of family washes over you.

Image Source: Essential Baby (Getty Images)

Image Source: Essential Baby (Getty Images)

So does it matter how your new little one gets here? Each and every delivery is incredibly different. But, what happens if your little birdie doesn’t want to come on their own accord?

Recently, there has been a tendency to diminish medically assisted birth experiences such as inductions, in favour of ‘natural’ births.

Here one woman shares her story about the fact that a less-than-ideal birth can bring a sense of loss, even if the outcome is positive.

From someone who is 2 from 2 in the induced births department I completely agree with her sentiments. Whilst I happily cuddled into my new little people I did feel a certain sense of disappointment in myself for not being able to experience spontaneous labour, but then, you realise why does it really matter?

Essential Baby – ‘When labour just doesn’t happen’

Happy reading Nesters x

{Do This} Let PALS be your new friends..

PALSIf you are looking for somewhere to take the little birdies where they will be entertained, you can have a chat and meet other families, then look no further than Parents and Littlies (PALS).

PALS meet each 11.30am.

Welcoming all children (and parents and carers!) from birth to school age, there is plenty of fun including craft, playdough, toys, blocks, sandpit, bikes balls, morning tea, music and story time and more.

You can find PALS at Bathurst Uniting Church. Just head down driveway and you can see them in the kids playground. All you have to take is a hat, water bottle and a piece of fruit to share.

COST: Only $2 per family.

For more information call Robyn on 0400 475 660.

Happy playing Nesters!

 

{Raising little people} Top 100 baby names of 2013 – is your little birdie in the list?

So, its that time of year again – Kidspot have put together the top 100 names of 2013.

Whilst there aren’t a lot of surprise towards the top (hello Oliver and Jack) – names are getting a bit more unusual the lower down the list you go.

You can find the list here -> Kidspot – Top 100 name of 2013

Unfortunately I don’t envisage Kayana making the top 100!

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{Raising little people} Quote for the day

A sobering thought to be considered when a wave of frustration takes over.

No one said it was going to be easy.

Source: pinterest

Source: pinterest

Parenting really is the hardest job around but you are doing a great job. I promise.

{Recall alert} Angelcare Baby Monitor

As a parent you always try and do what is best for your baby birds which often includes using the latest in technology to monitor their safety.angelcare-300x0

If you (or someone you know) owns an ‘Angelcare baby monitor’ you need to read this article today published on Essential Baby.

It has been discovered that two babies have died as a result of strangulation caused by the cords attached to the cot monitoring system and a full recall has been ordered.

You can read more here -> ‘Angelcare monitor recall’

Please be safe Nesters x