Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This time last year...

It was winter- cold, not much rain.

Shaan was just starting to learn to walk annd was also teething.

Kalyani was almost 4 and halfway through her last year at home before starting school.

I had just found out I was pregnant with Dhiraj and was feeling very nauseous.

I was getting up at night to a baby.

Some things have changed, some haven't!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Am I a Hippy @ Heart?

Since the winter weather is finally here I have been wearing my hair down a lot instead of up in a ponytail which is my default position for my hairstyle in summer. Wearing it out keeps my head warmer though I then have to think about how to keep my hair out of my face. What I do is pull it all back with a headband. Recently I got a few new, funky, hand made headbands online.

One of the ones I like to wear is this hand stitched one I got from Hippy @ Heart even if hubby makes fun of me for looking like a hippy. I love the creativity that has gone into making it and also they are very reasonably priced. It almost makes me feel like getting into long, flowing skirts and giving up wearing jeans... almost!

Oh and because hubby has been teasing me about my hippiness I suggested that I should do a post on the head gear he wears during winter. Look forward to that!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

No more swinging on the clothesline!

The kids got a new swing set and slide on the weekend. It meant, as I explained to Kalyani, that she now had a legitimate place for swinging and so she wouldn't need to get into trouble for hanging off the clothesline any more. The only downside about it is that there's a weight/age restriction. No adults allowed! So tempting though just to have one go on it. :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Our Terrific Toddler

Hmm- this is what happens when of the kids is quiet for too long. But since it was our second child we probably left it longer than we normally would to check on him. The result as you can see- MESS!! and that innocent "what have I done wrong?" face. As you would be hard guessing what he's covered himself in I'll tell you. He has spread nappy rash cream all over his face. Nice and sticky and hard to wash off. On top of that is oat bran from the kitchen cupboard and we caught him just before he started sprinkling chocolate powder from the little containers in front of him. I remind myself its a sign that he's developing by becoming more curious and testing more boundaries. Sigh-almost two!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Night Waking in Toddlers is Common (according to Google and us)

Phew I say, my toddler is normal! But still something to work through and as it has become obvious through chatting with my local child health nurse maybe not the way we have been doing it. That is, Shaan (23 months) gets out of bed, I put him back to bed, he gets out of bed, hubby puts him back to bed, he cries lots, hubby sleeps next to him in his bed, he wanders into our room leaving hubby in his room and has a wrestling match with me trying to get into our bed, he wins and ends up sleeping next to me. One of the main reason this isn't working besides us not getting a lot of sleep is that if he's in our room he wakes up when I go to feed Dhiraj (4 months) and comes and looks for me. So he's not getting a lot of sleep.

According to this article, he needs to be learning how to self settle. It has also helped me to understand that toddlers sleep much lighter than adults and so wake more easily in between sleep cycles. My child health nurse did suggest moving back him back to a cot where he can't get out (hopefully). She thinks he's too young developmentally to be in a bed and is not able to exercise the self control needed to decide to stay in bed like Mum and Dad have asked him to. The getting out of bed (multiple times) is also a problem when he first goes to sleep.

From reading online forums it seems the age at which parents move a child from a cot to bed varies a lot. Anywhere from 18 months to 3 years old. Some kids cope great with the change and some don't. Kalyani was 2 1/2 years old when she first slept in a bed and she had no problems. Obviously the longer one leaves it the better!

So yes Shaan was probably too young to move from the cot to a bed (about 21 months old) but we wanted to use his cot for the baby. So considering all these factors we have decided to stick with the bed for now and instead try to be more consistent with putting him back to bed. Even though I was up 3 times to him last night (as well as Dhiraj) having a strategy helped me cope with the interruptions better. I have hope that one day I'll get a longer night's sleep! :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Winter is here! and Cooking for a non-Indian Vegetarian.

The rain has finally arrived and we are nearing the end of one WHOLE week of it! Appropriate considering today is officially the first day of winter. So far the kids haven't been going too stir crazy. We have a fairly large verandah which the they can play under and also covers half of their sand pit. The main thing challenging my sanity is getting washing dry and oh Shaan's insatiable need to play with water in any form- puddles, drains etc. Still I am thankful for the rain especially as our city's dams and main water supply are very low. In that respect I hope its a wet winter.

I also had the privilege this past week of having one of my closest friends come and stay. It was really encouraging to have some practical help as well as someone at home to natter to. Hubby reckoned that helped him too! I am finding out more lately that the I am not up to coping with the demands of three young kids and all the other stressors life throws my way, all on my own. I need help! How good it is to have people who know me well and care about me to do just that. Consequently, meaning I have got up the courage to ask for help- not my strong point.

Another aspect of having someone stay with us for the week was that I got to cook for a fair dinkum vegetarian (and she's not even Indian). Though she doesn't like anything spicy. Or as comedian Russell Peters would say, is not into "food with flavour!".

So the vegetarian menu I planned for the week included:

* Spinach and ricotta pasta (My first time making it. The adults liked it but the kids thought the texture and taste of the spinach was awful.)
* Tofu stir fry (A regular family meal.)
* Pumpkin soup and warm crusty bread. (Yum!)
* Couldn't help doing at least one Indian inspired meal. Dhal, rajma (both with no chilli) and rice. The meat eaters had chicken curry as well.
* An impromptu vegie and egg stir fry with Lebanese bread.

I enjoyed the opportunity to eat less meat and am trying to continue that with future meals.

And leave you with this article I read on MomLife Today; Motherhood: A Small Life? Could really relate!