15 quick updates about the last two weeks

Image of runnng stats from garmin connect

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

Weekly recap

I’ve not had much down time this week away from Luca that I could spend in front of the computer, hence the lack of posts. Right now we are in the car (Mario is driving), so I can write my weekly recap.

  • Saw the paediatrician on Monday for his 6 week appointment – all ticks of approval. It looks like he’s gaining between 200-300g a week, well above the required 150g. Not long and he’s going to have some substantial fat rolls! In a good way of course.
  • I’m focused on trying to get him some quality naps during the day. I’ve been working on recognising his sleep cues, which I think I’m getting better at. Now just to get better at actually settling him to sleep!
  • Thanks to some recommendations from friends I’m going to start trying white noise apps. The most success we’ve had getting him to sleep was when I held him while vacuuming, or when Mario was playing some music. Based on that it looks like noise is his friend, instead of a quiet room. The paediatrician said this week should be his worst week for sleep though, so hopefully it’s all up from here!
  • The little guy had his needles on Tuesday for his 6 weeks vaccination. He cried, but settled and fed straight away. The rest of the day he was quite drowsy, but back to normal by that evening. Champion!
  • He started smiling this week!! And I managed to catch it on camera after a not-so-great night

Last night was hard. Luca slept the usual amount of time but getting him down into his bassinet was difficult. He would wake and cry immediately. At one point I was so frustrated I woke hubby and asked him to do it. I was tired, hormonal and close to tears. From that point on whenever Luca woke to feed, I would feed him and hubby would put him down. At 4.30 I tried to put him down myself again, failed and asked the hubby. I fell asleep, and had no idea that hubby took Luca out into the living room to sleep. Hubby stayed awake holding him so that I could get some uninterrupted sleep, sacrificing his own at the same time. I felt horrible when I woke up, but grateful at the same time. He has to work today so it’s going to be a long day for him. But today….the smiles like this make the lack of sleep seem irrelevant. Luca’s finally cracking the smiles regularly, and every time it melts the heart of his father and I. Lack of sleep what now? I’ve forgotten already. #babiesofinstagram #lucamichaelangelo #6weeksold #babies #parenting #mumlife [...]  read more

Last day in the office (and they gave me boobies)

Well, that’s that; I’ve officially finished up in the office for the next 7.5 months. I’ve got another 2 weeks of working from home, before finally taking 2 weeks off before baby’s due date. it will be the longest break I’ve ever had from work since starting full-time work at aged 18.

This week the girls in the office threw me a baby shower, which was really lovely of them! They had asked me what we wanted in the way of gifts, which as you may remember from my baby shower weekend always makes me feel uncomfortable.  I just don’t like that people feel like they have to give us anything. [...]  read more

Getting it done…a rare work post 

Last year could almost be summed up with one word. 


I say almost because I married my favourite person in the world in beautiful circumstances. Of course, that makes him worthy of a mention. But other than that it was all stress. 

Today I started seeing so many positives at work, I finished the day with a smile. Things are slowly starting to fall into place, issues that have troubled me for years. Projects that I’ve dreamed of are starting to take fruition. I’m working with people that make me excited to come to work every day. Nothing is finished yet, and ask me even just a month ago and I would have said it’s impossible. But man, things are feeling really good right now.  [...]  read more

5 days to the wedding: fighting off tingly lips and fatigue

A crazy bride on the wedding day if I don't stop feeling worn out

I can’t believe how quickly this wedding has snuck up on us. I mean, we’re mostly prepared but it’s just 5 days away. Oh my god!

I’m feeling a lot of anxiety about the day, largely stemming around the fact that I’m not good at having the spotlight on me. I can handle doing presentations for work, and speaking in crowds when it’s business or factual. But when I’m having nice things said about me, or I have to speak about an emotional topic, I completely lose it. My throat closes up, I can’t breathe, I certainly can’t talk, and I cry. [...]  read more