Saturday, September 29, 2012

Good news, 3 months and a long weekend

So the latest on my cervical cancer scare is that the results have come back and my OBGYN confirmed the lesions were Cin3 invasive being the worst possible however he is satisfied they removed all traces cleanly and he doesn't expect to find anything at my next checkup. Scary but positive definitely! Thankfully my doctor is confident it will not affect my fertility or pregnancy options and I will have nothing to worry about if I am diligent with having regular pap smears - 1 every 6 months for two years. I can tell you now, those appointments will not be ones I will put off and I suggest you all have the same attitude towards your checkups if you don't already - early detection is key as I have learnt.

On to brighter things, my beautiful baby is already 3 months old and an absolute joy and delight to observe. He is now laughing and so interactive, finding his voice and letting us know what he thinks of his surroundings. It also appears he is determined to skip crawling and go straight to walking with his favourite position being standing with one of us assisting - he actually bears his own weight for quite a long time and uses us for balance. After a whole day of holding him standing, I figured now was a good time to put together his Fisher Price rainforest jumperoo. It didn't take too much struggle and the smile on E's face was priceless - he loves his new big boy toy!

Scanning some of my usual mummy websites turned up thus brilliant little must have for me ... A family master plan diary - probably a little early for one of these but given how organised and over prepared I like to be, it can't hurt plus E already has appointments to track like swimming lessons, playdates and daycare with his Grammies.

It's been a busy long weekend for our household with S' parents returning from a month in Europe. They missed the birth of my sister in law's baby girl, Mollie, but only by a few days do their return was made even more special. E and his new cousin got very spoiled with lots of new clothes and bits. One of E's outfits was a Team GB Olympic team onesie which I thought was pretty great.

We entertained of course for the NRL grand final with my sis, sis in law and my older baby niece joining us while my brother, brother in law, father and uncles were all in Sydney at the game. We had a good mix of storm and doggies supporters including my gorgeous little niece dressed in her doggies pup singlet.

The viewing got pretty rowdy, particularly when the ear incident occurred and I was very happy the Storm won. It was good to see them win after all they went through with the cheating scandal and stripping of their premierships. I always felt sad for the players and coach about this - nobody discusses their salary with their workmates so I don't see how a football team would be any different.

Moving on, we are having some friends for a BBQ lunch, I still have to make a batch of lactation cookies and dye my hair before the day is over so I'd better get on to that!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Birthday wishes

It's that time of the year again ... My birthday! And here are a few things on my wish list:

Glasshouse Coney Island candle - if you haven't smelt this yet then I suggest you make it a priority and do so. Available at DJs FYI.

Country Road neon pink backless dress - love the colour and cut of this one.

Running shoes - Nike free trainer type shoes to be exact. I've never worried too much about what type of exercise shoes I buy or wear and my aasics have lasted forever but now I am walking and training a few times a week I really need a good pair. S had me try on some Nike free runners last week and I'm sold on the lightness ... And the colours.

An Oroton day bag ... Something new and low key to take to work and out and about when I'm not toting bub and my baby bag.

This one is a longshot given its from a million years ago, but I would love another Alannah Hill I love you frock in navy or ideally the Phillip Lim lantern dress it was ripped from.

Im a huge fan of the Women's Weekly cookbooks - they're how I learnt to cook - and need to add Little Squares and Slices to my collection.

Some well cut navy shorts - yet to find a pair.

Some more perfume is always nice and I have wanted Viktor & Rolf Eau Mega forever now.

Best of all, I would love cuddles from my boys and a nice pic of bubba and I.

Etsy comes through again

As I've mentioned here before, we are having bubba baptized in the Catholic faith.

Of course this means I need to find the perfect outfit and accessories. Having had wonderful success with the invites from Etsy, it made sense to browse the site for suitable attire as well and of course, it didn't disappoint.

I love these ones:


I also have to source a candle for the ceremony and found this on Etsy..,

Isn't the text beautiful!

Now, is anyone here familiar with Catholicism? I was baptized etc but not up on the 'rules' and my question is, would the Church accept 5 godparents rather than the standard 4? There is another person who has become a very big and special part of E's life that I think would carry out the role very seriously and I would love to include them. I know celebrities have more than 4 regularly but not sure if this recognized.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

When did TV get so good?

There are some fantastic new tv shows I am loving on both Foxtel and regular TV...

GCB - i have just fallen hard for this show and am devastated to hear it has been cancelled after one season. Apparently it received quite a lot of US bible belt backlash as it focuses heavily on devout christian Texan women taking revenge on the woman who made their school days hell. Kristin Chenoweth is brilliant as a devout Christian torn between punishing the girl who made highschool hell and doing Gods will plus the rest of the cast is pretty great also - really well cast for their characters.

Up all night - too funny as its scarily accurate. S and I both watch this alternating between fits of laughter and knowledgeable nodding. I think every parent will be able to identify with this show! Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph make a great team for laughs along with Will Arnett. Unfortunately it's on at 10:30 so I recommend downloading the season or IQing it.

The B in apartment 23 - sharp, witty and great for laughs. I've only seen a few episodes but it's good entertainment.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bargains and baby buys amongst other things

First of all let me start by saying thank you to everyone for your comments, emails and well wishes on my last post. Your kindness and thoughts mean a lot to me. I'm especially glad to read though that my post has inspired others to have regular checks and not put off their pap smear. I will share any updates as I get them.

Now on to the fun stuff...

My wardrobe has a severe lack of breast feeding friendly dresses as I discovered last Sunday when trying to find an outfit to wear to my niece's baptism. With this in mind I dragged S from store to store yesterday looking for suitable dresses to add to my nursing wardrobe.

I love Target for toys, homewares, DVDs etc but have never really bought a lot of clothing there for some reason. So you can imagine my surprise when after a quick scan I found 4 perfect dresses with stretchy or buttoned necklines. Even better, there was 20% off so I got all 4 for just $110. I know, crazy!

A shopping trip wouldn't be complete without purchases for bubba also of course. I loved the Target winter line of Eric Carle's Hungry Caterpillar outfits so imagine my delight when I saw the summer range! Bubba now has two new lime green summer suits - much to his Grammy's (my mother) disgust as she hates the colour green (so much so that she switches his dummy if he wears the green one around her.

E and I have a little morning play time ritual followed by story time before his nap and while our favorites are 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and 'Love you forever', I love adding new books to his collection. I came across two gorgeous series by Trace Maroney - 'Things I love about...' and 'When I feel ...'. They have a thoughtful message, colorful illustrations and even a notes section for parents to discuss the theme. I bought a few to get E's collection started given they are just so cute as well as practical.

eBay is still my friend of course and I picked up a new Kiddopotamus change mat wallet from a UK online store for just $12 including postage. Perfect for on the go I figured.

It was a productive day all round with S and i also getting Bubba enrolled in swimming lessons. He can't start till he is 4 months old but being an overplanner and organiser, I feel more comfortable having the arrangements made well in advance. Lesson is a loose word for what is actually 30 minutes of water play with daddy for bub to increase water awareness and get him used to water going over his head etc. Either way, confidence and safety in the water is a major priority for us given my parents have a pool and we spend a lot of time at the beach.

My bargain photo book from Cudo also arrived today and I can't believe the quality! For $25, it is a brilliant keepsake and I can't wait to get the others I ordered. Such a great way to display and keep holiday, event and family photos. I can see us ending up with an encyclopedia style set of E in no time.

Here are some recent pics of bubba for fun...

sorry some of the pics are up the wrong way - blogging on my iphone :)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Frivolity and a serious note

I have few new purchases I need to share...

I popped up to harbourtown last week to buy S' fathers day present and randomly found myself in the Royal Doulton store - particularly dangerous to maneuver around with a pram! As soon as I walked in I spied a stack of nativity sets with a big sale sign. Now if you have read my old wish list posts you will know I have been lusting after one of these for a long time but $300 is a little steep for a nativity setting in my opinion. Well unbelievably, these ones were reduced to just $49.95! I know, ridiculous! I'm kicking myself for not buying a few as gifts or even for eBay resale. Knowing my sis and mum had also been interested in one previously, I did the right thing and tried to call them both but neither answered. Of course when my mum finally got in touch, she decided she wanted one so I called the store and 3 in NSW only to discover they were unsurprisingly sold out! Out of desperation I called Cairns and an amazingly helpful shop assistant confirmed they had one left and that she would do a phone order for me. These sets have got to be without doubt one of my best bargain buys.

Heading back to work soon a few days a week also means I need to invest in a quality breast pump in order to keep nursing bubba as I intend. My Tommee Tipee one has been great for the single occasional express to have a night off etc but it's not going to cut it for several times daily to feed bub and keep up my supply. Medela was recommended to me by both the ABA and many other mothers who had had success exclusively breast feeding once back at work. I bought the Swing model and so far so good, it's brilliant! Halves my expressing time thanks to its two phase action.

In other baby buys, I also invested in two Medela calma teats - bub had better love them at $25 each! They are supposed to mimic breast feeding in that baby has to suck to release the milk and it wont flow if bub isnt latched. I thought they might limit the air E gulps as he is quite a windy baby and I obviously want to limit any possible pain he gets as a result.

Still on baby buys, we bought a Tomy bath dam this week as bub has outgrown his baby bath and we have a big deep bath tub that will send us broke if we fill it every night. The idea of the dam is to allow you to fill only a section of the tub thus saving water but still giving a deep bath. I was so excited to try it as E loves bathtime but Unfortunately it didn't work for us. The bottom of our tub has little bumps (to provide some no slip I guess) and as a result, we couldn't get a seal for the dam base - so frustrating!

Another important purchase was an engagement present for M. M and I are both firm believers in traditional engagement gifts of crystal (she bought me a beautiful Vera Wang crystal centerpiece bowl) so when I spied the Waterford Vera Wang 'lace' toasting flutes, I knew they would be perfect. I was right, she loved them! I also bought her the Kikki K wedding notes book as I found it invaluable in keeping track of plans and details.

It hasn't all been frivolity and shopping in our household though. A few weeks ago I received some very sobering news that reiterated the importance of getting proper health checks regularly.

I had my 6 week check up after bub's birth with the usual pap smear. The Ob Gyn told me I was a model patient and I thought nothing more of it. A week or so later, she called me to advise that my results had come back with abnormalities and I would need to come in promptly to investigate further as they were high grade and certainly precancerous requiring surgery. There was also a chance the further investigation may show cancerous cells as well.

I was speechless, it certainly wasn't what I was expecting and came as quite a devastating shock. The C word scared the hell out of me - this couldn't be happening to me, I've just had a baby and he needs me, I can't be sick! S was very upset when I told him about the call but we agreed not to worry until we knew more. As it was through the public system that my results were found, i had to wait for them to set the further appointment and finally got notification of it for two weeks time. I couldn't put the C word out of my mind, particularly as both my mother and grandmother suffered from cervical cancers.

The week before my appointment I received notice that it had been cancelled and reset for three weeks forward - so four weeks after my results. I was advised my matter was urgent but this was the earliest they could see me. Understandably upset, I just wanted to know what was wrong with me. Meanwhile I had a call from the receptionist of the private Ob I saw throughout my pregnancy to remind me of my follow up checkup with him. I explained that I had already had a checkup and told her about the results came back. I advised that I didn't know what the next step was but that I had a future appointment to investigate further that had been put off. She advised the next step was a colposcopy and if I didn't want to wait, my Ob could carry it out as part of my checkup tomorrow.

My Ob went over the results with me, explained them in context and then advised the treatment steps depending on outcome. He then carried out the colposcopy and advised that it was unnecessary to wait for pathology in his opinion as I would need surgery regardless from what he could see. He recommended surgery for removal of the lesions and further treatment to be determined based on the pathology results from those after. He felt it was imperative to attend to the surgery as he knows we hope to have another baby and in his opinion, if not already cancerous, the lesions had the potential to turn very quickly. With this in mind, he scheduled my surgery for 9 days time through the private hospital he is affiliated with.

Still fearful I also felt relieved knowing we had a plan, action was being taken quickly and I was in the very best hands. My Surgery was Friday and according to my ObGyn, it went very well. I have a checkup next week to get my pathology results however he will get me in sooner if indicated. Fingers crossed my results come back with nothing more to worry about.

I wasn't going to post about this as I don't really cover the serious stuff too much but then I realised it was a good way to highlight to others the importance of regular pap smears. Im sure We are all guilty of putting them off but my results show that we really can't afford to. I'm only 30 and far too young for cancer I thought but turns out, maybe not. The good news is though, if the lesions did have cancerous cells, they were found early and treated quickly.

Part of me hasn't stopped freaking out since that very first phone call and I have shed more than a few tears in the privacy of my shower particularly for how cruel life can be in giving me the blessing of a baby then threatening my health so seriously. I am thinking positive thoughts though and am feeling confident for my appointment tuesday. In the meantime ladies, don't delay and put off your health checks - make an appointment with your doctor today if you haven't been for a while.