10 blogs I discovered in 2018

I love reading blogs, almost as much as I enjoy writing on my own. There’s nothing better than sitting down with a cuppa, putting my feet up and starting to read through the latest (courtesy of Feedly I can subscribe to blogs and just browse through the latest posts on all the different sites, right from one place). There’s something so enjoyable about just observing someone else’s life and learning through their experiences.

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March update for the 2018 52-in-52 list

I didn’t do as well as previous months this month in ticking off completed items – in fact I only completed 2 for the month. But I’ve made progress towards some of the bigger ticket items – the ones that need to be continuously worked on.

There’s 35 items remaining to go.

Let’s take a look.

Completed:

Go camping

I haven’t had time to write a post on this yet, but we went camping with the little one and some friends. We had a great time, and can’t wait to go again! It was our first trip with our new camping trailer and uh, let’s just it was a toss up between being glad we were only gone for a night, and wishing we could stay longer.

We discovered the canvas has aged and needed some waterproofing stat. It was leaking through the seams, and puddled on the ground during the overnight rains. However we all still stayed warm and dry, and that’s the main thing! It was a great trial run for us to learn about unpacking and packing, and what material we need.

We also learned about camping with a baby. Equipment wise we did really well – there wasn’t anything missing that we needed. However it was difficult to gauge what to dress the baby in overnight. When he went to bed it was warm, but due to the overnight rain it cooled things down rapidly and he got cold. I’m not sure of the exact solution yet as we don’t want to overheat him when he first goes down on the off chance it rains. As he gets older it will become a lot easier when we can just add blankets (right now he sleeps in a sleeping bag to avoid smothering risks).

Bathing Luca while out camping was a highlight – look at these awesome pics!

Since we came back Mario has already painted the canvas with some waterproofing stuff, and from what I’ve been told it’s almost solid when you try to fold it! He doesn’t know how to do things by halves that boy.

Write a list of 52 reasons why I love my husband

I completed this one just the other day actually, which you can read here. Bear in mind that since I completed that I could write an equally long list on why he’s a pain in the ass too! He’s not perfect (none of us are) but I love him.

I’m planning on writing a more in-depth article about how I feel our relationship has changed since giving birth. I think it’s something I’d love to get feedback on how other couples cope, as well as do a little analysis on my own behaviour. I’ve got a lot of room for improvement, I’ll leave it at that.

In progress

The items that I’ve managed to make some progress on during the month are:

  • Take baby for a walk in the pram in a new spot 7 times (we visited Noosa randomly one day)
  • Write a blog letter to the baby each month (see the March/5 months old post here)
  • Run 5km (I’m back training with running, and have signed up for a 5km event in August)

I’ve got a lot in store for April already, so it’s going to be another good month there. Commonwealth Games, mole scan, and my healthy eating plans to start with. Add to that working towards the bigger items again, and that list is going to come down quickly!

52 reasons why I love my husband

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You guys, I’m going to state the obvious here.

Babies change relationships.

To be clear, neither of us have any regrets and we’re absolutely in love. But right now our lives are dedicated towards Luca, and not enough towards each other. I’ve let the affection drop, and I need to get that back. We need to prioritise time for each other at the end of the day, and I need to make sure that he knows how much I love and adore him.

This 52 in 52 task couldn’t have come at a better time. The task was to “write a list of 52 reasons why I love and am grateful for my husband”.

So without further ado.

52 reasons why I love and am grateful for my husband

  • He gave in and let me eat my chocolate Easter Bunny while I’m writing this list (he doesn’t know I’m writing this list)
  • He’s so considerate of Luca and myself, always thinking of what he can do to make us happy
  • He enjoys the outdoors
  • He cooks for me so I don’t have to
  • He does all our budgeting so I don’t have to
  • He deals with me breaking the budget and hasn’t yelled at me yet (his disappointment is way worse anyway)
  • He surprises me sometimes with preparing breakfast for me so all I have to do is put it together in the morning, making it so much easier for me when I have to attend to Luca in the morning
  • He’s a great father
  • He’s a great husband
  • He helped me to change my life around substantially and turn me into a responsible adult (I still love fart jokes though)
  • When I decided I wanted to do a triathlon he was my biggest supporter, and was there waiting for me at the finish line when I completed my first race
  • He rode in front of me for 95km of a 100km bike race, taking the brunt of the wind to give me an easier ride (or he just wanted me to have a good view of his butt, which did also make the ride better)
  • Speaking of which, he has a great butt
  • He has a great smile
  • I love sitting down and having conversations with him about anything and everything
  • When he gets on his soap box about something it’s highly entertaining; I tease him about it but I secretly love his passion
  • His ability to make things (other than food) – a shoe box for the front door from the wood from the balcony at our old unit, repairing our camping trailer seams, the retaining wall in our backyard, all the other odds and ends, all the renovation work he did to our house, the various bits and pieces of LED lighting….the list is endless
  • His gardening skills
  • His ability to plan for things
  • His sense of style – he has a much better fashion sense than I do
  • His sense of humour
  • His willingness when we discuss our relationship and areas of improvement
  • His patience
  • His intelligence
  • His hugs
  • His kisses
  • His *censored* (bow chicka wow wow!)
  • His encouragement of my 52 list every year, and working towards some of the goals with me
  • The thought he puts into things, like my engagement/wedding ring that he designed
  • That he sometimes puts his own interests aside to give me the time I need to do something that makes me happy
  • He doesn’t complain about doing housework
  • He doesn’t complain when I haven’t been doing my own unofficial chores (we never actually divided anything up, we just naturally took on certain roles)
  • I have a phobia about people hearing me go to the toilet; I’m pretty sure he would have heard me making some rather crude noises in the toilet and he’s never said a word
  • He has absolutely no problem with going to the shops and getting feminine products for me. In fact, before the birth of Luca he had stocked up on probably 6 months worth of maternity pads (I still haven’t gone through them all)
  • He puts the toilet lid down and doesn’t complain
  • He encourages me to do the things I want to do
  • He encourages me when I’m doing something I don’t want to do (read: any time I’m attempting to cook something in the kitchen, I always get grumpy because I hate cooking and I force myself to do it on the odd occasion)
  • He supports me when I’m dieting/eating healthy and tries to keep me on the straight and narrow instead of falling off the wagon
  • He does the grocery shopping every fortnight
  • He’s extremely hard working
  • He doesn’t run away when I’m grumpy – he stops and tries to find out what’s going on and then tries to fix it (sometimes I don’t love this fact because I want space, but I admire his desire to make me happy)
  • How frequently he tells me he loves me
  • He never makes me feel ugly, even when I’m at my worst and struggling with my body image
  • The sourdough that he bakes is amazing to eat (and responsible for about 50% of my pregnancy weight gain)
  • We planned our wedding together – it wasn’t all on me and made things so much less stressful
  • He doesn’t complain when I ask him to get up in the middle of the night to help with the baby
  • I enjoy hanging out with him, whether it’s exploring or doing nothing at all
  • In the next fortnight I’ll be spending a lot of time on the Gold Coast to attend the Commonwealth Games; it’s inconvenient and time away from him and our baby, but he’s stepping up and taking over so that I can achieve a dream to attend the games
  • He’s a wonderful host when we have people over for dinner
  • The cakes he has made over the years are just incredible
  • He has surprised me with some wonderful gifts and treats, most recently a massage and facial package that was divine
  • He loves my dog, and respects the love that I have for her (although he can’t always understand it)
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    February update for the 2018 52-in-52 list

    Lush bath bomb dragon's egg

    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.

    Earlier in the month we visited the Gold Coast for our first family trip. During the long weekend we went shopping, and I spoiled myself with some bath bombs from Lush. I only got a chance to use one of them, but it was heaven.

    The one I used was called Dragon’s egg, which is described as:

    Dragon’s Egg makes bathtime exciting as it fizzes and crackles and changes the colour of your water to a gorgeous citrusy gold. Its scent is reminiscent of lemon sherbet, with a hint of jasmine, leaving you feeling great and ready for a good day. Its citrus scents leave you feeling transformed and invigorated.

    All I know is that it felt awesome to relax. I even dozed off for a bit as well. The plus side is that I now have another couple still here at home to be used; now to just find some more time for myself!

    Have a cocktail/mocktail

    I treated myself for my birthday, and organised a dinner out with friends to my favourite Tapas spot, The Piano Bar. They make amazing espresso martinis here, so I decided that’s what I would treat myself with. The reason for it being a treat?

    • I barely drink anymore since I’m breastfeeding, and in order to drink I have to pump and save breast milk
    • I’ve gone off caffeine since we’ve found that Luca seemed to be sensitive to it

    This meant it was a double whammy. However, what I neglected to think was:

  • Since it had been over a month since my “last” taste of caffeine (I’m not counting the bits in chocolate) I didn’t take into account how wired I would be. I couldn’t get to sleep until midnight, super super late for me nowadays.
  • The breast milk that we had stored for Luca was back from when I was still drinking caffeine – whoops. So even if I’d used it he would have gotten a shot of caffeine. The fresh stuff we had been using to allow myself time to visit the gym so we didn’t have any on hand.
  • I waited until the alcohol was out of my system before I fed Luca for his overnight feeds, but of course the caffeine hit meant that he became restless for the rest of the night
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    January update for my 52 list

    First ever swimming familiarisation class

    Nearly one month down for the year already! I’m a broken record when I say how fast time is going, but it really does fly by! I’ve had a good start on my 52 list, which means it’s time for a recap!

    Take Luca swimming

    I couldn’t wait to get this one done. I have been really looking forward to the little man being old enough to go swimming, and it was everything I hoped for. He loves the bath at home, and he loves showers as well, so I felt relatively certain he’d be OK in a pool. And sure enough, he was. He happily floats around with us, and has even done the odd kick here and there!

    You can read my post about the water familiarisation classes we’re doing with him here.

    Visit the library

    This was a pass, but I can’t say the typical goal was achieve i.e borrow a NEW book to read! In a nutshell:

  • I got there and signed up (good thing)
  • The book I had reserved wasn’t on the reservations shelf (not a good thing)
  • Luca decided that the silence in the library was a good time to make loud grunting noises (not a good thing, but freaking hilarious). I couldn’t help but laugh, and try and say “shhh” like he knew what that meant
  • Because of his grunting I was getting flustered when looking for a different book to take home instead
  • The book I ended up getting, was because I picked a random aisle to choose a book from. I chose “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”, which clearly I was attracted to because I’d already read it! I got home and within two pages knew I’d made a mistake. Next time I will consult my GoodReads app to see if I’d read it.
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