Sunday, 8 May 2011


A big congrats to Nat, Gary and Sophie on the arrival of baby Ruby, can't wait to meet her today!

Mothers day...

I love mothers day, it is the one day of the year we can sit back and really appreciate what we have done for our babies and its only dedicated to mums!

This year we spent the weekend at Tweed Heads and I can tell you it was one weekend away that we really needed. The last few weeks have been really tough for us and it was nice to finally relax!
We didn't just go for mothers day but was combined with my upcoming birthday.

We spent Friday at Currimbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Bailey loved it! Such a great way to spend a beautiful sunny day. We arrived just before lunch time and spent the afternoon wondering around watching presentations and talks, saw the biggest croc I have ever seen and feeding the kangaroos (Bailey's favorite).

After a fun filled afternoon at the sanctuary we had a short drive to our hotel 'Twin towns outrigger resort', while it was nice it was not overly child friendly. It did have indoor and outdoor heated pools so we were able to go swimming, the beach was a little too cool. It was very convenient to Coolangatta and surrounding shops, parks, restaurants and beaches. We didn't need to take the car out (which I love).

Bailey seemed to attract a lot of attention with his ear to ear smile from the older women, he loved it! Especially at twin towns where we went for dinner on Friday night...

Saturday was spent with a lazy breakfast followed by a swim, a snooze and a huge walk around Coolangatta, spending hours at the parks. Some great 'jungle gyms' finished off with dinner at a little Thai restaurant.

Then Sunday..... mothers day, I woke to a beautifully wrapped present from my boys, a gorgeous 'mum and me' photo frame and a voucher for 80mins worth of anything I like from a massage parlor...Heaven!! I can't wait to use it! We walked to the beach side markets before leaving our hotel and heading out for a mothers day lunch with both our mums.

Again, it was a nice relaxing day, in fact weekend which never seems long enough.....til we had to go grocery shopping on the way home : ( 

How do you like to spend your mothers day, and there any tradition you stick to?

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


I am finding Bailey can be so hard to deal with regard to his sleep... Especially after night duty when I have not slept and I am home alone with him. He can be so defiant, for example someone came to the door just as he fell to sleep, this woke him, then it was a screaming match to try and get him down again, as he is doing now. See the thing, if he doesn't have some sort of sleep in the afternoon he is captain cranky pants and completely unbearable come 6pm. Catch 22 really. I suppose since I have had such little sleep then I get a little more frustrated.

It took Justin and I a lot to change our bad habits and those we got Bailey into. To change these we were admitted to "the Ellen Baron Centre" (AKA - sleep school). It was here that we were taught how to undo all of the bad habits we had so easily go ourselves into, thus making life so much harder than it needed to be in the early months of Bailey's life. Our biggest mistake was that we would let Bailey fall asleep in our arms then whilst asleep place him into his cot, every so gently so as not to wake him. It was always a big accomplishment if we could keep him to sleep.... we probably only had a 50% success rate!We spent countless hours trying to put him and to keep him asleep. This was so exhausting, but still it was easier for us to do this than listen to him scream!

I am sure as much as the staff at the centre wanted to ignore the fact that we were actually practicing controlled crying with him, in my eyes it was. We said good night and he was put into his cot - left to attempt to self settle, when he started screaming then we would go in and settle him, not removing him from his cot. Once the screaming and crying had stopped we would leave again. This process was repeated until he was finally asleep, sometimes taking up to 1.5hours.... Sound like controlled crying?

We were also taught that babies need structure and should not be demand fed but fed in routine.... this completely contradicting what any midwife or child health nurse would tell you.... Babies in fact need routine! From the time of waking they must be put down again only 1.5 hours later, in this time we would feed and play (bath if needed).

After doing these (what seem like simple) things for a whole week we were mentally and physically drained and were well and truly ready to leave the place! Did it teach us anything? Hmmmm maybe, maybe not, we still cannot put our fingers on it. Can Bailey self settle? Hmmmm on occasion and only when he wants to. Is our bad habits and possible laziness what got us into this never ending sleep issue problems now? Hmmmmm Most certainly!Mental there is every to be a baby Fox no. 2 - we will not make the same sleeping mistakes again!

Friday, 29 April 2011


Isn't this time of the year great? So many holidays giving us the most wonderful long weekends....What more could we ask for, time with family and friends, and the weather has just been amazing!
I would love to know where families go with young children, family friendly hot spots. It can be so expensive to go on holidays, sometimes I guess it would be so hard to entertain the children. I am sure we will get to that as Bailey grows. I would like to find a place that is somewhat close but somewhere we could go to every year just as a mini get away. Suggestions very welcome!
We are off to the Gold Coast in a couple of weeks just for a two night stay. It may be a little chilly for the beach but we thought (providing the weather is nice) a trip to Currumbin might be a nice idea, I am sure Bailey will love the animals and all of the birds at feeding time!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter!

Well I have had the most rough couple of weeks of my life. Today I have tried so very hard not to think about it...I will explain later!

Its Easter, and happy Easter to everyone, I hope unlike me not too many people had to work. I don't mind going to work cause when I get home I am greeted with the biggest smiles and cuddles from everyone in the house. Every time I see my boy he melts my heart!

Justin took Bailey to his uncles house for a BBQ breakfast, there he met Dakota and Riley, Steve's niece and nephew on his wife's side of the family. He had a great day getting to know them. Nice to hear, so far he has a nice little stash of chocolate and more to come, we decided we would have our Easter tomorrow... eggs and may be a trip to the beach!

Isn't it funny, the older we get we still enjoy Easter eggs just the same?? Big kids at heart or just can't give it up, and it's the only time of the year that its acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast   : )  I am a sucker for an elegant rabbit...oh but it must be red tulip. They are the best!

We have a well stocked fridge which I am sure will take us a while to get through....

What eggs did you get and what are your favorite?

Friday, 15 April 2011

Quick and easy quiche...

I find sometimes life is just so hectic (especially with little ones at your feet)  that I thought I would share some quick and simple recipes with you. Life shouldn't be spent in the kitchen. Tasty and healthy food (that I guarantee the family will love) does not have to take hours...

This is such a simple quiche that can be served as a meal (lunch or dinner) with a side salad and some crusty bread....or a nice change from a sandwich in the lunch box.... a great summer dish using fresh ingredients!

I have kind of made this recipe up using bits and pieces of others I have come across in the past, so, I never really know quantities.... my measurements are usually a bit of this and a handful of that, so here goes!

4 Sheets filo pastry
6 eggs, beaten
100-150g fetta cheese, crumbled
250g spinach
150g ham, shaved
5 asparagus spears, blanched and finally chopped
5 shallots, chopped
cherry tomatoes, halved

Grease pie dish with canola spray and line with sheets of filo pastry, spraying with oil between each layer.
Wilt spinach in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove from water and set aside on paper towel to drain, squeezing out excess water then roughly chopping.
Blanch asparagus, chop finely, chop shallots and halve cherry tomatoes.
Roughly chop shaved ham.
Layer ingredients in pie dish, I like to layer first with ham, asparagus, shallots (reserving some for the top) then the spinach.
Crumble the fetta over the other ingredients and decorate with cherry tomatoes, pour over beaten eggs, sprinkle with remaining shallots. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook for 180degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until egg is set.
Serve warm or cold.

Enjoy : )

* If you would like to swap the ham for bacon I would recommend sauteing and cooling it before adding to pie dish. I also find this helps if using onion, capsicum or any other vegetable to start the cooking process. You could also replace the fetta cheese for regular tasty cheese!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

NIght Terrors

Last week we had Bailey at the hospital as he had an episode which really scared Justin and I. He displayed very odd behaviour not long after we put him down for the night. After review at the hospital the Doctor told us it was possibly a night terror.... OK I’ve heard of these but never really looked into them, who they effect and why. I never in my wildest dreams even thought about it when Bailey was having this episode nor did I ever think my child would have them, therefore there was never anything for me to worry about.
Wanting to find out more about night terrors I went to trusty old google and I found some quite disturbing information and scary re-enactments on utube!

Night terrors can be very serious in nature and parents are advised to understand the importance of safety when a child is having one.  There have been a few theories which have been thought to have an impact on night terrors, some of them diet, it was thought to have been believed that if a child was having night terrors they may be lactose intolerant, or there was a closely related link between the two.  Sleeping patterns were thought to be the cause at one stage, it was believed those children who had irregular sleeping patterns were at higher risk of having terrors, this, was found to be false.

It is now believed that night terrors are related to traumatic childhood memories, so traumatic that the only relief of night terrors is psychosocial therapy. A bit extreme?? I guess it would just depend on the traumatic event I guess...
I find this theory a little odd as Bailey is just over 13 months; I can be assured that he has had no traumatic event in his short life. There seems to be no definition of a traumatic event documented (which I can find) so....asking myself would a traumatic delivery or a night of controlled crying be classed as a traumatic event and if so would this even be remembered by a 13month old child? I found night terrors tend to occur in younger children (4-6yrs) and are usually outgrown by the end of primary school age. 5-15% of children have these. 

The only treatment for night terrors seems to be prevention.... I read that if they are happening frequently and at the same time every night then it is worth waking the child 15minutes prior to the usual time of the event and then put them back to sleep.  Also a trip to the GP is encouraged to rule out anything more sinister. It is stated that terrors occur in non-REM sleep so by waking them prior to an event you are starting the sleeping cycle over again, in hope that the child will avoid the terror. A consistent night time (prior to bed) routine should be encouraged. Quiet story time is a good idea and avoiding T.V and too much excitement is a must. There are usually no long-term psychological effects.

Safety is a great concern and parents are urged to lock all doors (as the child may run around in the event) sleeping on the ground floor is also recommended. Parents are encouraged to divert the child from harm’s way; it is advised that parents let their child ‘snap’ out of the terror on their own accord as the more they are disturbed the longer the terror could go for. Generally terrors should only last for a few minutes and following that the child should drift off to sleep with little or no recollection the next day.

I was told (at this time unable to find written info) that night terrors are genetic and can be indicators that the child may sleep walk etc in later life. I found this point funny as both Justin and I do some strange stuff in our sleep..... He likes to drive his truck, yep, he would sit up, steer like he had a wheel in his hands and use the foot peddles, and at times it would appear as though he is abusing the person in the car next to him, which is really me. By the time it gets to that I have woken, laying there looking at him, giggling, he snaps out of it. He says that he knows he does it but cannot stop himself from doing it (he would kill me if he know I posted this about him hehehe). I on the other hand have been known to sleepwalk, I have in the past locked myself out of the house all hours of the night and knocked on the door to get back in, apparently I have made coffee or sat in the lounge and read a magazine, I have absolutely no recollection of ever doing these things.... 

It is strange the way our minds work. I guess there is no hope for Bailey if both of his parents have sleeping issues? 

There is soooo much info out there on night terrors I could go on forever but I put it out there -Please post your thoughts and ideas, I would love to hear what others think or know about night terrors....

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Sunny days : )

Finally we have a Wednesday where we have sunshine! King country was great today, even a little on the warm side, for weeks we've been trying to get there but have had such little luck with good weather.  It's such a great, safe place to catch up, a bonus they sell great coffee!

It was nice to see some new faces, Gemma and Summer, Holly with little Asher and our regulars Natalie and Sophie, Anita with smiley Huon and myself and Bailey.  All of the kiddies seemed to play nicely together.... always nice to see! Unfortunately we missed out on meeting Belinda and Robyn and Mandi and Sharee had prior arrangements with their crew!

Maybe we should head to King country for our weekly dates? If not every week every 2nd with a park or play centre thrown in on the other weeks? Should we use play centres as a back up on a rainy day? Nat came up with an idea of a visit to the Springwood hotel (they have a great indoor play gym there) perhaps another great wet weather place to visit?? Might just get over that way one day soon and check it out!!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Butterfly tree markets

On Sunday I dragged Justin and Bailey off to the butterfly tree markets on the Gold Coast. It was a bit of a struggle for me as I had just done a night duty but nonetheless we went and they were lovely....

Again, more pretty things for girls but this time there were some stands selling boy's shirt and pant sets and the most funky little hats and shoes. I guess they were a little on the expensive side but divine!!

All up there were about 20-25 stalls, worth a look, I'll be heading back there : )

I ran into Dani who had a stand there, she does the most amazing photos of newborns, she is the most creative person I know and what a kind, caring gorgeous woman she is! If anyone is looking for some portraits of their babies or children I highly recommend her, we had some done when Bailey was just 15 days old and they are just superb!! She does live on the coast but is more than happy to travel to Brisbane! Her link 

  Here are some of our fav's of Bailey!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Change of plan!

After a rush to change plans for our meet up today thinking yet again the rain Gods were working against us, not with us it turned out to be the most delightful day. It would have been nice to spend some time outdoors after all of this up and down weather we have had in recent weeks! 

I don’t think today was a complete fail, we have enough toys at our place to fill a childcare centre (perhaps not the space) and I think the kiddies enjoyed themselves, I know I did....with all the yummy food that was baked, quiche, loads of yummy cookies, pumpkin scones and of course some healthy fruit! 

It was also nice to meet Anita and little Huon, what a cute smile that little boy has! I could see the envy of the other kids playing in his eyes; you could just tell that he wanted to be running around too! It’s so hard to believe our babies were that small? It only seems like yesterday that I would get so excited when Bailey would smile at me, or when I could make him giggle.... now 13 months on I can’t wait til he actually realises he is brave enough to let go and take those few steps that he needs to get going. Every day he makes me smile and every day he melts my heart, I love watching him grow  : )

I miss the weekend sunshine and wish more weekends had weather like this.... how nice to finally after 10 years of shift work to actually get some time off when everyone else gets time off? I can now actually have a semi normal life and spend time with my family and friends. I love it!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Markets here I come....

Such a full weekend of markets, come to think of it for the next few weeks, I can't wait but already Justin is not looking forward to it before they even start!
Since becoming a mum I guess our weekend entertainment has changed dramatically, no more nights out spending a stupid amount of money on alcohol and getting up to all sorts mischief then feeling like you have been hit by a bus the next morning! Oh not to mention those Sunday afternoon sessions at quaint little pubs by the bay (Redland Bay hotel was always a favorite of mine : p).  Our nights out are fish and chips at the beach or take away but nice the arrival of Bailey, we are always home by 7pm, and our Sunday afternoon sessions have turned into a raspberry lemonade and a walk in the park, a day at the beach or checking out some markets!!  I guess they have become a part of our lives now not only to kill the boredom and get us out of the house but to entice us to spend money on things that we probably don't need but can't resist (I am a sucker for anything cute!). Mind you I do love to see peoples creativity and only wish I too were like that...

I thought I would share a few of the markets which I know of and will probably go check out....If you manage to get to any of them let me know what you thought and if there was anything that you particularly liked!

If you know of markets that I have missed please post it, I would love to check them out!

Enjoy: )

Little feet baby markets
Next market 26/3/11
Logan West Community Centre -
4 Wineglass Drive Hillcrest

Mummy tree markets
Next market 27/3/11, 9-2pm
River Park Place, (Hockey Qld) 400-420 Lytton Rd, Morningside

Boutique markets
Next market 27/3/11, 8-1pm (held every 2nd and 4th Sunday)
Portside wharf Hamilton

The butterfly tree markets
Next market 10/4/11, 9-2pm (held every 2 months)
135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

The hand made expo
Next market 16/4/11. 8-2pm (this is the last date advertised for this market)
Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Rd, Bundamba

Poppyseed markets
Next market 7/5/11
Gold Coast (These markets are fairly new so I am not sure of the exact details at this stage)

Eumundi markets
Every Wednesday 8-1.30pm and every Saturday 6.30-2pm
Memorial Drive, Eumundi town centre

Byron Bay markets
Next market 3/4/11, 8-4pm (held every 1st and 3rd Sunday)
Butler St Reserve Byron bay

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Wriggle it!

So, yesterday we had another meet up, this time at 'wriggle it' located in Kingston (a little far from Redlands, however was a request by one of our mums which very welcomed!).
Surprisingly it didn't all that long to get there, just seemed like it was miles away. It was good to catch up with the girls while our little ones played. They all seemed to have a great time, some in tears as they were dragged home : )
It was also lovely to meet Leiza, her twin boys, little girl and their friend Sara.  Welcome to the group!
Here is hoping she would like to come to future meet ups, I know I am looking forward to next weeks catch up at King Country Nursery!

 Bailey getting lost in the ball pit!

 Mums and bubs catching up!

 Cheese Sophie!


 Smile Patrick!
 Mmmm babaychino and fairy bread : )

 Giddy up Amelia!

La la laaaaa....

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Welcome : )

Since having Bailey I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mum. I threw all my energy into getting to know him and raising a happy and healthy little boy. I feel very blessed that I have been able to do this and have had such a generous husband who has let me take control. I love spending time with my boys, yep all three of them (yep, including Leroy our ever so forgiving puppy) but have found that as Bailey grows older, maybe he needs more?
Whilst Bailey is my world, he is all I think about every minute of every day. I have found that being a mummy can sometimes be socially challenging, not just for myself but also for my husband.... Especially if you don’t know many people or have friends with children, regardless of age....
So.... I open this blog to anyone (mums, dads, aunts, uncles and grandparents) who share a similar story (or who just want to join me) who are interested and looking for social interaction with a bunch of new people. Together, we can share in new and old friendships, some good laughs, great coffee, sharing stories, giving support (even in those times of parenting where you just want to pull your hair out!) and making new memories....
Since having started a mothers group on ‘meet ups’ I have had the pleasure of meeting some other mums in the same situation, I have also really enjoyed catching up and rekindling very old friendships. Without the support and help from Mandi and Nat this blog would not be here, nor would our play dates be as enjoyable as they are. For this I thank you girls’ ox