Friday, October 31, 2008

mmmm... cookies and cream ice cream. It's been an odd morning and I needed something sweet and decadenty this afternoon. I had my first pregnancy related fall this morning whilst walking George. Annoying - although the good part is that Dr-Mr is now officially also on leave for the next 2-3 MONTHS and he said he would come dog-walking with me every day now (and take George on the lead, so I can focus on keeping my SURE FOOTING). Didn't fall on the belly, more ungraciously knees and hands first, which slid out to ALMOST belly. We saw a massive dog wandering on his own off lead further down the road, so we decided that was an indication that the walk should be cut a little short and we went home. And because I am lady hormones, I cried when telling Dr-Mr that I fell over. Bah! Or that should be WAH!

That was followed by an Acupuncture/Cupping session with my Chinese Medicine Doc (supposed to create shorter, easier labour -worth a shot!), some spicy noodle stir fry and a midwife appointment at the hospital (baby very healthy, unphased by earlier gravelly mishap and measuring spot on, I just wish she was closer to COMING OUT). Then quick supermarket trip and home. Now I am tired and it's NAPTIME.

But briefly, I wanted to say that the feedback we have received on the new Georgie Love site is so AWESOME! I have been so excited about it all week and have had nothing but the loveliest, most supportive emails. So thank you all very much. Yay! We've also been mentioned around the traps a bit too, including:

Australia's own Indie Blog, run by the ever lovely Carolyn gave us a lovely big write up, and if you go and nominate your favourite Georgie item, you can easily win a $50 gift voucher! It's worth a crack. I have a collection of stuff for a giveaway here, but I am holding off until MORE REST is forthcoming. More rest = more coherent conversation.

And quite seriously, one of our other favourite indie-related blogs is the US-based Indie Love (have to automatically love that name too). Run by another lovely craft lady, Kristen, who I swear has such similar taste to me that for me visiting the site is a very dangerous and expensive operation. But for our US friends, with the US dollar so strong again against the AUS one, it's a good shopping move, particularly in time for Christmas.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yep, new site is now online!

Is there anyone left to tell? Check it out!

Yes, I am an over-sharer

Well, I am hoping today will be the BIG DAY where (& I was about to say Georgie takes off his pants to reveal what is underneath, but GOD what am I thinking with such an analogy?) the new website is revealed. Fingers crossed, these things are never as uncomplicated as they appear to be. It's all looking good so far anyway, so more news is forthcoming.

The delightful Veronica Darling tagged me for the 6 facts about you thingy, which I answered with mostly verbose oversharing a few months ago, so I thought I would do it again with other random weekly posty things I THOUGHT about answering, but laziness prevented me. And also shame, you'll soon see why. Although obviously not ENOUGH shame, surely some of these facts should be kept secret.

1. The first album (on cd) I ever bought was New Kids on the Block's Funky, Funky Christmas.

Let's all go back and enjoy that time together... LIVE!

2. The first concert I ever went to (& band I ever loved) was Bros. Just so there is no confusion between you and I, I totally loved LUKE. I still secretly love them a bit and am dancing to you tube clips while writing this. I could also absolutely and TOTALLY challenge you to an "I'VE BEEN TO THE WORST AND MOST EMBARRASSING LIVE CONCERTS TO ADMIT TO" play-off. They include, in no particular order: Bros, NKOTB (twice), Debbie Gibson, MC Hammer, Indecent Obsession, early days Kylie (also twice before she was ironic and cool), I have a vague feeling I might have gone to Tiffany as well... but I am uncertain. I have a TERRIBLE memory, it drives Dr-Mr nuts, something that happened 5 minutes ago is as confusing and vague in my head as something that happened 5 years ago. I am sure there are some other pearlers I have forgotten, but that IS enough to win, right?

3. I have already admitted in the last 6 things that I am totally afraid of the dark, but when I was little I totally LOVED and wanted to BE Punky Brewster (it's a wonder that I don't have a dog called Brewster), but the Halloween special for Punky Brewster terrified me and I couldn't sleep for a week after it.

4. My favourite album or band is REALLY hard to pick. My three favourite bands are:

Maximo Park (their first album A Certain Trigger is sheer brilliance, it's never fails to make me completely happy). The song above Apply Some Pressure is possibly my favourite off the album and despite listening to this song 1001 times, I STILL LOVE it every time. I first heard this album in a weird time of my life and it's one of those albums that gets you through those times, yeah? Fortunately the album endured beyond it!

The Mountain Goats. I HATED this band when I heard their first single on the radio (This Year). John Darnielle's vocals are a little hard to get used to... I had a group of friends who loved them and I would hear the album at everyone's house and it grew on me bit by bit and now I am obsessed and everyone else has moved on. I am a lyrics person (Dr-Mr is a music person), and they write these incredibly melancholic and sad songs, but perform them with such JOY that it is ridiculous. They are the only band that I am gutted to miss seeing at Meredith Music Festival this year (am not going for the first time in a long time, as I will be with new bub). But it's ok, I have seen them 3-4 times before, so that is a small consolation. They just write beautiful songs.

Of Montreal. They are just starting to get a little known in Australia (I was a little sad to hear them on JJJ earlier in the week), they write dirty, catchy, intense and sometimes depressive pop music, that NEVER FAILS TO PUT ME IN A GOOD MOOD. Ok, now days, after the pop-misadventures of my youth, I kind of like darker music.

5. I am surprised to find that I like Kanye West, camping, broccoli, cleaning the bathroom, flat heeled boots, Marian Keyes novels, Antiques Roadshow and going to watch the cricket.

6. My favourite movie is a toss up between the Labriynth (DANCE MAGIC DANCE!), The Goonies, Swingers, Me & You and Everybody We Know, Brick and.. um... Bring it On.

Now who am I tagging? YOU, yes you, if you haven't done it yet, get to it!

ALSO, a MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to JULIE KNOBLOCK, as while her baby was due pretty much on the same day as me, her intuition was spot on and baby-girl Stevie Nell came a couple of weeks early. Check out a brief run down and some amazingly gorgeous photos in her blog. So exciting!

(and no, I am no closer to popping this baby out, she is super-snug and settled, even though I secretly shout COME OUT BABY when Dr-Mr isn't looking, he's happy for her next week, I would have been happy YESTERDAY)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sing along with me, IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! DO DO DO DO DO DO DO DO DO DODODODOOOOOOOOOOOO! *punches fist in air along* Woooooh!

Ok, I just realised that this could totally have two meanings, I am now 38 weeks barefoot and pregnant (literally, NONE of my shoes fit anymore, Dr-Mr calls them my giant clown feet, they are just HIDEOUS), so yes, we are definitely in the final countdown for that... weird to think that it could sort of happen at any time. Already starting to get emails and calls from folks checking I haven't gone into labour yes, because they had a feeling I had. I am certainly hoping that I will be the first to know when it happens.

ANYWAY, we've been hinting about it for weeks, months even, but the new Georgie Love site is due to go live very early next week. I will post again to prompt you go have a look-see (it's totally worth it) when it's up, but we're on the FINAL COUNTDOWN! I sort of feel like I have been having two babies - the Georgie one and the other one who is sitting like a rock on my bladder, forcing me to get up in the middle of the night literally every 90 minutes to wee. BABY, I NEED SLEEP.

It's the end of week 3 of maternity leave... Am in the swing of things, I think I LOVE not working, although the tiredness can go and get stuffed. My days are Georgie Love, naps, baking (I have even had friends over to bake with me, perfection!), cleaning, reading, some shopping... I would consider this RELAXING. Dr-Mr is not convinced I have totally got the hang of it yet. I made wholemeal pancakes with grilled cinnamon banana and maple syrup for breakfast the other morning, how is that NOT relaxed? :-)

It's 30 degrees today, I have not gone to my Saturday morning Preg fitness class so that I can reserve all energy to hang out with Dr-Mr and Georgie in the sun today. Not sure what is on the cards, but his manic work phase has eased up a little which means a no (or very little) work weekend for both of us. Am excited about the prospect!

Hope yours turns out a winner too.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Yummy things

I love these kind of Spring days! The sun is out, it's warm, I am at home and don't have many cares in the world - had a lovely quick visit to Misa and her adorable boy Milo from OlofsDaughter - there are some very gorgeous new products that will be online shortly (lovely things for little people!). It's all good.

Oh, and other GOOD news - baby has turned! They did her manually at the hospital on Wednesday and it was quick and easy, far less uncomfortable or stressful that I thought it would be, so I am relieved, obviously. The Dr who did it gave her only a 4% chance of turning back. I like those odds.

Am getting into the routine of maternity leave, but of course being at home makes me see and think about all the things I SHOULD or WANT to be doing....

Like clearing a years worth of cobwebs from the windows! Yuck! I want to get a window cleaner out, but Dr-Mr is insisting he is going to get the ladder out and clean it out when he is on leave from November.

and WEEDING. I just can't imagine getting on the ground and into that right now! I think our house is starting to look like a hobo house (from the outside anyway!)

We haven't spent much time in the garden recently - weather has been bad and our weekends have been filled with catching up with everything we don't get time for during the working week. Everything is overgrown and seems to be green and healthy despite us, not because of us! Stuff is blooming everywhere.

I know it's not the best use of space, but I love keeping things a little overgrown and wild. When outside, all I can hear are little birds chirping, the wind and occasional bleats from local goats, sheep, doggies barking and the free range chooks scratching next door. So peaceful. It's a different world.

Yes, it's beautiful outside, but it's time for Georgie and I to have an afternoon nap. If you are loving of the dogs and want to meet some new adorable pups, check out the new blog The Adventures of Vance, Fletch, Me & Captain Sensible! Is it just me, or does everyone love cheeky whippet stories?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Baby still naughty and upside down. Well, not upside down, she is bobbing her head just under my ribs and everytime she kicks I try and give her a little nudge to the left or right in encouragement, but no... stubborn lady. I keep telling myself that she has time as I sit in odd and awkward yoga positions to encourage her to ENGAGE. Bah.

No one told me how emotional that one gets in the last month - I fortunately have been very un-hormonal and crazy through the pregnancy (Dr-Mr claims that it settled me down and made me more sane), however that is all out of the window for now. So far this week I have cried at lame and stupid things. I started listing them as usually I am not at all shy in showcasing my shame and stupidity, however my hormones ARE PREVENTING ME. Even I am too ashamed at how far I have fallen. Ahhhh...

Not much other news, am slowly, slowly updating Georgie Love with some lovely new things in the background and keep getting distracted by these guys squawking on the balcony behind me.

Look at their overall cheekiness!

In non-baby making news, Georgie Love will have VERY, VERY SOON the big changes/announcements/big time news that we have been alluding to for a while now. SO EXCITING.

Friday, October 10, 2008


I went and saw a Chinese Medicine Doctor today, who came very highly recommended and was indeed awesome. He uses something called Moxie (god knows the spelling) sticks which can have up to 70% effectiveness in turning babies. He gave me a set and a board to use at home - with strict instructions to nap after (she won't move while I am doing it, but relaxing after apparently). She moved a lot this afternoon after the session, so I am sure a few more goes will HOPEFULLY put her in the right place. I just haven't napped yet, but I need to. Dr also said mum and bub were very healthy and baby would be very smart. I hope so, she can take after her super-brainy dad in that way.

Other hot tips from the Dr:

1. use a heat lamp after the birth to shrink the uterus and promote healing

2. drinking any soup made with pig trotters (as a stock, I had clarified, I won't be munching on piggy toes) will bring the milk in abundance

3. He also talked about a tea he would give me that helps with the healing stuff after the birth, which I won't go into any detail here for those who don't need to know at this point in their lives, but instead of 6 weeks it makes it 1 week. Much more convenient.

I of course asked what the hot tip was for a quicker and less painful labour and he said to come in for acupuncture a week before I am due. For $50, yes, I can certainly make that investment.

Two tiny Vietnamese ladies there both made the comment "OH MY GOD YOU'RE HUGE!" which was empowering, uplifting and delightful. I honestly didn't think my belly was THAT big, but even my mother who saw it yesterday questioned whether they had possibly dated me wrong. THANKS LADIES, I DIDN'T THINK I COULD POSSIBLY FEEL ANY HOTTER THAN I ALREADY DID. Turns out I was wrong.

Love to you all,
The Massive Waddling Caucasian Belly-Beast with Swollen Hands and Feet

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Ok, this is the cutest thing I have seen for weeks - a baby panda PLAYING like a fool, but it also in a far less cute way, looks like me getting out of bed in the morning.

Overdue - update, that is

Blogtoberfest has kind of passed me by. I was totally keen to join Big Cat's wonderful month long commitment to daily blogging (I was sure I had the time and commitment), but it's now 8 October 2008 and this is my first post for the month... and maybe two weeks? Man, have I been SLACK. My time has been otherwise occupied with the following:

1. Finishing up at the day job and finally joining the league of maternity leave. Woo! It's actually a weird adjustment actually, I am not a person who does nothing very well. To be honest, one of the biggest fights Dr-Mr and I have had is over the word "relax" and my interpretation of it. It's the end of day 3 and I am starting to get in the swing of things. My routine currently contains dog walking, occasional yoga, house cleaning type things, naps and the Ellen show. Oh and Location, Location, Location and the Antiques Roadshow in the late afternoon. I am attempting a visit to the local cinema and perhaps shopping centre later this week.

2. Georgie Love has been busy both with new things, packing orders and we are in the midst (or start?) of a (not-so) secret update. AM EXCITED and will tell you of the news of it soon!

3. A naughty breech baby. She was supposed to be turned manually today, but the Dr didn't turn up. Which I was a little relieved about, I can't imagine that's going to be that comfortable for either of us, so we saw another Dr and had an ultrasound this afternoon. She might not have enough time to move herself in time, so it looks like MANUAL MOVEMENT TAKE 2 could happen next week. She's in the frank breech. Dr-Mr is convinced that this is to be expected, since baby is obviously naughty and with a mind of her own, like her mother. It doesn't fail to make me laugh at his shouting "TURN NOW, BABY!" down my belly button. Baby of course, like mother, has selective hearing. She is otherwise fine and healthy, there are no reasons other than her naughtiness for being in the position.

4. Being very almost 36 weeks pregnant is so freaking TIRING. I feel like a giant revolting blob of waddling baby belly, foot swelling, indigestion and crankiness. I am the hottest woman in the universe and no one shall take that title from me. When I lie down in bed, I lay there panting for a good minute or two until my lungs figure out a new way and space to breathe into. Nice, nay SEXY.

5. George is bossy and put out. His routine is all messed up with me being home and not walking him at 6:30 in the morning. You think he'd LOVE the company, but no. He wants breakfast and he wants a stroll NOW. Ok, now leave me alone to nap, fatty.

6. It's been so cold in the hills, looking forward to the sunshine later this week!