15 quick updates about the last two weeks

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It’s been a pretty crazy busy two weeks here at Kelly’s World. I thought instead of writing all of it in a long drawn out way (much like this sentence) I would write a quick bullet point list. After all, I freaking love lists (refer to my 52 list that I write every year, and have done so for the last 10 years). Then it’s time to get back to housework and mothering a 4.5 month old.

  1. Luca caught his second cold ever, only this one was way worse than the last. I’m talking lots of runny noses, wet coughs from the mucus running down his throat, and projectile vomits because of the stomach irritation caused by the mucus. It was not fun.
  2. One night we barely got any sleep because of how bad Luca’s breathing was. Mario even spent a couple of hours sleeping on the floor of Luca’s room just to make sure he was OK. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that the cold has passed now.
  3. Luca slept last night from about 6.30pm to 4.30am, with an involuntary wake up at 10pm. I woke him up to give him a “dream feed”, where you feed them but they’re still mostly asleep. It’s meant to help them sleep longer through the night, and it appears it worked. I am so thrilled he slept that long, and I’m praying he does it again tonight.
  4. If he does sleep that long, I’m also praying that my body will actually let me sleep longer than 3 hours in one stretch. I kept waking up to check on him last night, so I got about 2.5 – 3hrs at the most in one go. I don’t remember what it’s like to sleep for longer than that.
  5. The difference between 2 hours of sleep and 3 hours of sleep is insane. At three hours I feel human. At 2 hours I feel like I want to claw my eyes out. And Mario has to constantly take cover, because I’m irritable as hell. Even if it adds up to 8 hours of sleep overnight, if I haven’t slept for longer than 2 hours in a stretch, I’m horrible to be around.
  6. Luca is still attending swimming classes and loving it. In the past 2 weeks it’s clicked in his mind about how to splash in the water. He loves it! This week he absolutely coated both of us, it was hilarious. Thanks to Kyleigh for the video!
  7. I’ve started a new workout program with “The Bod Squad“. My friend won a 6 week pass to join them but couldn’t use it so offered it to me. They have full blown programs for weight loss with meal plans and more, but with the 6 week pass I’ve only got access to the workouts and the child minding. So far I’m loving it! I’m on my second week, and had a major legs workout yesterday. I can really feel it today! I was super nervous joining them given I’m at my heaviest and most unfit, but they made me feel really welcome. Now all that’s left is to tackle that pesky eating issue I have and start dropping the kilos!
  8. I’ve been taking Luca to “Rhyme Time” at the library, which is really fun. He stares at everyone while we’re there, but when we come home and sing the songs to him he’s full of smiles. It’s been great for me to learn all the nursery rhymes again.
  9. Have you ever noticed how horrible the backstories are for nursery rhymes? I’ve only just realised this as I’ve become more exposed to them in the past few weeks. If they’re not racist they’re about death. It made me wonder, can you imagine if there were nursery rhymes sung about recent events? 9/11? Terrorism? I googled the background and found this link, but in a nutshell some of what I’d heard:
    • Ring around the Rosie – Black Plague (debunked in that link).
    • Rock-a-bye-baby: about the child of royalty that’s not actually theirs.
    • Here we go round the mulberry bush: about exercising prisoners!
  10. Last night I attended a wordpress meetup group for the first time since Luca was born. It was amazing! It was great to see familiar faces and also answer some questions people had. The change from the usual night time routine of feeding and getting a baby to sleep was nice, as was the chance to use my brain again. When I got home Mario had everything completely under control, probably why Luca slept so well.
  11. I had some issues with my back that I had to see the chiro weekly for the last month. It was mainly caused by my scoliosis, and not having dealt with it since before Luca’s birth. The issues are finally under control and I’m feeling much better. I’m back to fortnightly visits for now.
  12. My running training is going slowly. I’ve had to pike out on a few runs either because I didn’t have time, or from Luca’s cold when I needed to be home and looking after him. I’m hoping to get some more time to run during the week but we’ll see how it goes. I did manage to clock in a Friday afternoon with Ness randomly last Friday, it was great! My pace is super slow but right now I’m working at just running 5km consistently without walking. The goal is to keep my heart rate at 141bpm, and for this run it averaged 139. Not bad! And we ran more than walked this time round, which is good (albeit slowly).
  13. I’ve started back at work but doing minimal hours. So far I’m really enjoying being back, although I’m working from home. My mum or Mario looks after Luca while I’m working, and I shut myself away in our study so I can’t hear him. I can already see how much of a struggle it will be for me when I go back properly part time and Luca goes into daycare. I’m only locked away for a few hours but I miss him quite a lot while I’m in there!
  14. I haven’t had much time to work on 52s this month. I’m going to start trying to tackle them in my free time (hahaha – what’s that).
  15. We’ve had so much rain on the coast recently, and apparently in the next few days we’re going to cop some more tropical low conditions with wind and rain. I daresay that’s going to be some serious time indoors! I’ve got plans to make some sensory toys for Luca to play with, so that should be fun! The last few days I’ve been scouring pinterest, and can’t wait to try out what I’ve found with Luca!

Well, that’s about it for my update. I hope everyone is well! What have you all been up to for the last two weeks? [...]  read more

Rude questions you were afraid to ask before becoming a parent (Part 1)

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When I was pregnant, all I ever heard was “you will never be fully ready for parenting”. I read everything I could find; my brain was a parenting sponge soaking it all up. Then I gave birth, and 4 months down the track I reflected, and understood the sentiment. Nope, you can never be ready.

There was so much that I had experienced, and yet hadn’t seen a single article online.

So I wrote this post.

And then once I started I realised it would become several posts, because there was so much to include.I wanted to share all the rude and offensive things, the gross things, and all the stuff I had wanted to ask but were too afraid to. [...]  read more

A crappy 48 hours

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It’s been a bit of an interesting 48 hours here at Casa De Kelly’s World. I got hit with a bug, and we’re still not sure whether it was gastro or food poisoning, but it’s not been pretty.

On Wednesday I spent the entire day out with the little man and his aunties at the zoo. When we got home I was exhausted, but felt OK. Mario got home from work, he took Luca and the next thing I knew I passed out on the couch for an hour. It was nice, extremely rare, but unexpected. I had developed a bit of a headache too, but at that point it wasn’t an issue. [...]  read more

February update for the 2018 52-in-52 list

Another productive month this month with some more items to tick off the list! Right now as it stands I’ve completed 15 items, with 37 left to go.

Have a bath

Obviously this wasn’t a challenge for my hygiene; I have a shower every day. Ok, I’ll be totally honest; on rare days I don’t shower, but that’s because I have a young baby and it can be a challenge! But I do shower at least every second day, never longer.

No, this 52 was about taking some time out of the everyday and relaxing in the bath. Time for me. [...]  read more

Back running again

Before I fell pregnant I was running a lot. Like “every morning” a lot. We lived near the beach, so every morning I would walk 2 mins down to the beach then set off for a 30min run. I would use it to de-stress and clear my mind. It was my “go to” for feeling relaxed. I ran in different events throughout the year, never competitively (I wasn’t that great) but for fun.

Once I fell pregnant I couldn’t run any more. First it was the nausea, then it was the discomfort. I ended up giving it up. [...]  read more