Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Tomorrow we are having a Howard/McLeod/Parsons lunch at Mum's.
Monday, December 17, 2007
On Saturday, Chris and I went along to the local ultrasound clinic for a scan of our baby to confirm dates. We had only told close family that I was pregnant. So there I was lying on the table and heard the words "I'm sorry folks, the news is not good". It was as if my life suddenly developed this huge crack in it, so that one side was my happy shiny life and on this side, one split-second later was a black void. We were told that there was no heartbeat and that it looked as if the baby had died one week before. I should have been 8 weeks pregnant. Instead I had a dead baby inside me.
So what that I am 44 and the risk of miscarriage is higher? So what that we already have a beautiful little boy? So what that 'it must have been for a reason'? All of that is utterly and completely irrelevant. We wanted THIS baby.
I am so lucky that I have such a wonderful man as Chris to get me through this hateful blackness. And Helen and Mum who know the power of family love. And my friends Rachel, Alania, Kate & Ruth who have reached out with words and hugs and love.
As I write this I am waiting to miscarry. I am torn between wanting this dead baby out of me and not wanting to let it go.
RIP little 'Leo'. Maybe your soul will return to us in another form.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Not much to report here. Both Chris and I got sick last weekend with some kind of tummy bug. I had a mild dose but he was quite crook. Luckily neither of the boys got it. Anton has just come back from school camp which he really enjoyed - lots of outdoor activities like kayaking. Tyler's latest favourite saying is "I'm gonna give you hand, Dad". The weather has been fabulous so we have been enjoying the farmlet lifestyle.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
And a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Stephen - 14 years old yesterday.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Chris is about to change crews at work for some specialised training. That will change his days on/off roster as well, so I will have to rewrite the calendar and change all T-man's daycare bookings. *sigh*
It's raining this morning and we are smiling because both tanks were almost empty. In fact we had resorted to taking the portable tank into town to fill at a friend's place so that we had enough water for the calves. The two lambs (Fluffy and Batty) are doing well, the little fatties.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Tylers' latest favourite saying is "Would that be good?" after setting out a proposed course of action. So cute :)
I had the first test for Commercial Law, it is worth 20% of the final mark. Unfortunately I was sick all the week before, so not only missed that week's lectures but also was unable to study. So I took a day to cram the day before the test. It was quite straightforward, but the lack of prep will definitely impact on my mark. I also had a mental block on the word 'plaintiff'. Weird and irritating!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
We had parent-teacher interviews for Anton on Thursday, and although were told that he needs to pull his woolly head in sometimes, we were quite encouraged by his overall achievement and potential.
My team lost its netball game today which means we probably won't make the semis. Damn. It's been fun though.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Tyler's latest favourite toy is....a plunger. It is very handy for shooting people, banging loudly on other objects and just generally swinging around. He accessorises with a cowboy hat. Naturally.
This second photo is the same plunger end-on. Kind of looks like some weird alien thing.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tyler is toasty warm thanks to the new 'jerwy' Granna knitted him. In this photo he's crying because he hates having his photo taken, not because he doesn't like the jersey!
Chris has been crook for the last 10 days with a cold which has turned into a full on chesty thing. Being a man, he won't go to the Dr and get something to knock it on the head. *rolls eyes*
I've started my last NZ Dip. Bus. paper - Introdution to Commerical Law. It should be quite handy in my present job.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
I took Tyler to East Road Pets on Saturday. He just loves the turtles and kept returning to their terrarium. Probably a bit young for his own turtle just yet - I suspect we would find it wandering loose about the house a fair bit!
I passed my Economics exam with an A. Didn't do as well as I'd hoped in the exam. Too many dang diagrams. I can haemorrage words but I just don't do diagrams. Not complaining though, pretty happy with an A! Only one more paper to go this semester - Introduction to Commercial Law - and then I will have my NZDipBus. 12 papers and one baby later, feels like I've been studying forever.
Anton is up at Bruce and Ali's for the week. Chris is supposed to be on days off at the moment but has a 2-day course. Never mind, ot means he gets an extra two days later on.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
We have all suffered from various forms of sickness over the last couple of weeks. Tyler got off lightest with just a sniffle but I had quite a bad head cold and Chris had a tummy upset which is still lingering.
We are relieved that it has rained at last (could have done without the hail, snow, lightning, thunder and gale force winds though) as now the tanks are full.
I have my final economics exam Thursday week, but have already got 50.88/60 for internal assessment so basically just have to write my name on the exam to pass. However, have decided to aim high and if I can get 86% for the exam, I will get an A+ overall. Wish me luck!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
"How about ....." (the most used version of that would be "How about some i-cream?") and "Just a second Mum". He also likes to announce what he is doing "Tyler's here", "Tyler's coming".
He is getting more independant with his clothes and I have we have just been through a phase of him insisting on wearing his PJ pants to daycare. We managed to knock that on the head by telling him he wouldn't be able to play outside with the other kids unless he wore trousers. He is also getting the hang of doing up a zip, but taking off his t-shirt usually ends in a knotted tangle.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Tyler has just been through a phase of getting very upset when I leave him at daycare. Of course as soon as I was out of sight he would be fine. As suddenly as it happened it disappeared and now almost as soon as we are in the door it's "Wave Mummy out the window". Sometime he's so busy playing with the plastic skeleton hanging beside the window he forgets to wave and I have to tap on the glass. (Yeah, bye Neil)
Anton has changed classes at school and is obviously agrees with him, because he is enjoying his classes, is learning things (always a bonus) and he hasn't been getting detentions - at least not that we know of ;)
Apart from that, life just chugs along. I have another Economics test this week so have Monday and Tuesday off to study.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
We had our monthly wine-tasting meeting later that afternoon and he ate his body weight in sausage rolls.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Chris played rugby for the Senior C's against Lumsden (at Lumsden). Despite having only 13 players they still won 49-0!!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
The following day we popped out to Rangiora and had lunch with Dad and Jan (who had hurt her back - hopefully much better now). We then took Tyler to Orana Park. We couldn't wait for him to see the lions, tigers, cheetahs, giraffes and monkeys. Guess what he found most riveting?......the ducks!! Oh and the planes flying overhead. Takes after his cousin :) Here's the wee dude on the (not real) baby elephant.
We picked up Anton and his mate Matthew and we all went out for tea at Jetts.
Tuesday we left early and had breakfast at Ashburton then lunch at Dave and Leona's. When we got to Dunedin, Tyler and I popped in to see Grandma who was looking well. Finally home at teatime, rather tired.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Because of the madness I have missed the last three Economics lectures. That's 6 hours worth of eye-crossing graphs, formulas and explanations I've missed. And we have a big TEST straight after the semester break. Looks like some late nights of study for me.
Tyler has had a bit of a sniffle and has been very tired....and chickenpox is doing the rounds. Hmmmm. *checks Tyler for signs of spots* Nope, nothing there *crosses fingers*
We are off to Oamaru and Chch on Saturday after Chris comes off nightshift. I will drive while he sleeps. We'll stay with Leona in Oamaru and then we have motel in Chch and will catch up with Rosina and Dad & Jan. Chris is keen to take Tyler to Orana Park, Willowbank and the Antarctic centre.
Today was a very significant day for my Mum - she retired. She was the subject of a feature article in the Southland Express and the head-note on the front page was "End of an era - Dot retires" She is so famous she is known by one name - like Pele or Madonna! I think her office was a florist shop by the end of the day and it'll take her months to get through all the choccies.
We now have some more calves, so 15 in total. They are very cute. I will consider them even cuter when they make us some $$. The three sheep and the goat got shorn the other day just in time for the weather change.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Tyler has had his final arm check at the hospital and was pronounced fit and well. The skin has healed well too, just very dry and scaly with a few scabs now. He is back on the trampoline which he is very happy about :)
Now for those who hadn't realised it, there is a link at the bottom of every post here where you can comment if you want to. Go on, you know you want to ;) Just click the word Comments.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Anyway they x-rayed his arm and said because it was healing so well that they could leave the cast off. So they cleaned his arm and put bandaging all over it. I have to soak it off in the shower on Friday morning and if it is healing, then all good but if not I have to go back for it to be re-checked. And then we still have to go back Friday week for a final check of the bones. Poor wee man, he was really good and only cried when they started sawing off the cast. The problem now is that they told me not to let him jump off things in case he broke the arm again! Helloooooo this is a toddler!! *rolls eyes*
Chris flew of to Aux today for Touch Nationals, so we are missing him already. But - it has been raining steadily all day, so our tanks are filling up again, yay!!!
Oh and I've got a solo to do for our next A Capella concert - Brindisi from Verdi's La Traviata. A nice high B to finish on.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Tyler managed to behave during the christening, although at one point he whispered loudly "Sing Happa Birthday now Mummy?" (it was an Anglican service with quite a bit of singing). He got to go to Sunday School too which he was quite impressed with because they got given Tiny Teddy biscuits!
Today we went back to the hospital to get his arm checked. Fortunately only there for an hour and a half this time. It was x-rayed through the cast and they said it was healing well, and that he was to come back again in 2 weeks, when they would remove the cast and xray it again. Hopefully he will not need another cast.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Rachel, Sam and Samantha visited in the afternoon. Mr Moo is so pleased with his pulling-up and cruising efforts.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Another hot day, although quite windy. Millie is back - she went AWOL two days ago and we rang the pound, who rang back today to say they had her. Looking a bit sorry for herself and covered with bidi-bids.
Tyler goes back to daycare tomorrow, so no doubt he will be tuckered out by the time I pick him up. I'm sure he knew I was going back to work today as last night he woke up 4 times, the little ratbag. He's been sleeping right through for a while now (although going to bed quite late).
Had a visit from an internet friend yesterday (Hi Tuppence! *waves*) We yakked for ages and she got caught up on our BB.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tyler has now peed in the potty two nights running - tonight he was crouched at the side rather than standing up. He was very pleased with himself (as were we).
This morning I cashed in my voucher to the Beauty and Beyond spa which Chris gave me for Christmas. Spent the first half hour soaking in a Cleopatra Milk Bath, then an hour of back massage and facial, including an eyebrow wax and hand massage. Oh bliss!
Sunday, January 07, 2007
I am enjoying the summer break although the weather hasn't been playing ball. Yesterday Tyler and I went to the annual Cromwell touch tournament. Chris couldn't come as he was working, but Tyler's cousin Stephen came with us and played. We did OK considering a number of our top players weren't available. We dropped Stephen back at Alexandra afterwards where the Howards are staying in the camping ground and had tea with them. So it was a long day, as we didn't get back till 10pm.