April 19, 2011

A very important update… Part 2: the details

Filed under: Children, family, Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 7:15 pm

Some people have asked for the back-story behind the arrival of LiberryBaby – with a minimum of gory details, here goes.

Visited the doctor on April 5th. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’ve got high blood pressure and it’s been on the watch-list for the last few months, and it was a little elevated so some tests were requested which came back negative. I was told off for not monitoring my blood pressure regularly, and told to repeat the tests in 3 days time.

The next day, Wednesday 6th, I guiltily checked my blood pressure when I woke up – 151/105. Not fantastic – checked again at about 10am – 153/108. Also not fantastic. About 1pm a third check revealed the same elevated readings, so I phoned my doctor’s practice. 3.30pm she came on duty, returned my call and suggested I go to hospital for observation.

I phoned my husband to suggest he come home, and phoned my mother, who revealed same thing happened to her and that she was kept in hospital on bedrest for a few days. I grumbled at the thought of this, packed an overnight bag, stuck my maternity hospital bag in the car just in case, and waited for hubby to return.

Once he got home, we drove leisurely in and headed down to the pregnancy assessment unit, with me moaning the whole way about how boring bedrest was going to be. We arrived, waited an hour as my doctor’s receptionist had not, as promised, phoned to let them know we were coming, then got to see the doctor who luckily was on call for the evening. She took my blood pressure, felt my stomach. Then dropped a bombshell on us.

“It’s a good night to have a baby. Let’s not risk anything, let’s take you down to theatre now.”

Then in a blur I put on my anti-clot stockings and theatre gown, nodded dumbly at the anaesthetist’s explanations of what was going to happen, waddled down to the operating theatre and watched my husband go off to change into scrubs.  And promptly burst into tears. What the hell? Three hours previous I was watching the X-Files, eating macaroni and telling my cousins that I’d only go to my grandfather’s birthday party if they went. Why was I having a caesarean? I didn’t want a caesarean. I wanted blood pressure drugs and a ride home!

Hubby came back, I finished my cry, we went into theatre. I had my spinal, lay down, and about 30 minutes later I had a baby brought over to me. All of a sudden, with very little effort on my part, and pretty much zero mental preparation on my part, I had a son.

Holy crap…

Anyway, from there it was a hour of recovery and then five days in the post-natal ward, which were kind of crap for a variety of reasons and I don’t feel like whining about now. We’ve been home for just over a week, and it’s still a big adjustment, every day feels like a step forward and a step back at the same time.. Nothing is like it is in pop culture. Nothing is much like it is in the specialist baby books, pregnancy books, breastfeeding guides or mother and baby magazines either. But I love the hell out of my son and we’re making it work so far, so we’re going to be okay.

I am not doing any of this again for a very, very long time…

Let’s finish with another baby shot. Because he’s cute as, and he’s already starting to change his features and the faces he pulls, and I’m taking any opportunity I can to share these early pictures.

If you think he perhaps looks a little goblinoid here, it's okay. We think so too... it's the ears...

April 12, 2011

A very important update…

Filed under: Children, family — liberrydwarf @ 9:06 am

Apologies for the missed posts, but I have been doing something very much more important since about 7.30pm last Wednesday evening…

LiberryBaby, AKA Eric, is here!

We’re home but in heavy-duty ‘adjusting’ mode, so blogging might be a bit more sporadic for a bit. But I’ll try to keep bringing you the fun things I find (they may now have a decidedly 3am slant) and memes here and there. Occasional cute baby news is probably inevitable, but I don’t want to turn this into one of those blogs!

April 1, 2011

Friday Wrap-up: Surprises, Silliness and Sauce

Filed under: Children, family, Food, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 2:02 pm

The week that was!

One Good Thing: Made it through March without surprise baby showing up! Yay!

One Bad Thing: By not being at work, I will have missed out on all the university April Fools Day jokes. In the past we’ve had some wonderful things, from reported “loose animals” to fake voice-recognition on photocopiers. No giggles for me…

One Thing I Learned: How to make bechamel sauce. And, having stuffed up the original Italian recipe from the Margaret Fulton Italian cookbook utterly, how to cheat on bechamel sauce

March 4, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-up: Buying, Breeches and Bloomers

Filed under: Children, family — liberrydwarf @ 8:44 pm

One Good Thing: I now have pretty much every large expensive item for LiberryBaby. (We just won’t look at credit card statements for a while…)

One Bad Thing: LiberryBaby is the wrong way up. This means either acupuncture (weird), turning physically (uncomfortable) or hacking me up (worst possible outcome). Husband’s suggestion of hanging upside down from light fitting met with all the scorn it deserves…

One Thing I Learned: A story from my mother about my grandmother – she had twins, who were toddlers at the time of said story. She was crossing the street, one four-year-old holding each hand, and an elderly gentleman was coming the other way. In the middle of the crossing, my tiny innocent four-year-old uncle reached around with his free hand, yanked up my grandmother’s skirt, and shouted “look Sir, my mother has new knickers”. This goes a long way towards explaining many of the slightly strained relationships in my extended family…

February 18, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-Up: Heroes, Herbs and Hairdresser Gossip

Filed under: Children, Health, Librarian, Nature, Scouts, TV — liberrydwarf @ 4:52 pm

The (2) week(s) that was! (Or were, rather. It’s been an exhausting fortnight. You can have a double concentrated dose.)

1) Two Good Things: Rediscovering Heroes: Season 1. And watching it with hubby this time (rather than alone) and he’s really enthusiastic, it’s kind of cute… 🙂

On the other hand, it's really going to suck when it gets crappy and breaks his heart...

Also got to attend a follow-up session for a conference I missed (apparently big fat preggos don’t fly interstate real well) and catch one or two of the presentations I was really sore about missing. Of course, with one more week of work there’s not a whole lot I can actually DO with all these cool new ideas, but at least I now have them. Fodder for daydreaming, at least.


2) Two Bad Things: All my lavender has, through a combination of drowning and drying out, died horribly. 😦

Was aiming for this. Needless to say, do NOT have this.

Also, apparently nobody makes children’ s face paint anymore. It’s impossible to get. And despite one’s best efforts to improvise with water-based acrylics and baby lotion, apparently today’s children are far too fussy to have their faces painted, delicate little flowers that they are. What is this sad world coming to?

3) TwoThings I Learned:

Pretty much every intimate detail about the shopkeepers who were flooded out at our dearly-departed local shopping centre – who was insured, who’s coming back, who was going bankrupt anyway. Apparently dog groomers are much like hairdressers are in the human world, and know EVERYTHING.

Nothing like what actually happens. Nothing to do with this story at all, really. But amuses me nonetheless...

Also – Do not wear Mary Janes when you’re pregnant, or a Sumo Wrestler will swap feet with you when you’re not looking and you will end up with scary jelly ankles and be forced by your colleagues to lie down with your feet in the air for most of the afternoon.

December 10, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Classes, Crashes and Crunchy Stuff

Filed under: Children, Food, Librarian, Scouts, Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 3:23 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: not only did I teach an unplanned IL class because the students pestered their lecturer non-stop until we organised one for them, but they actually all showed up! And stayed an extra half hour! And clapped at the end! (Non library people – this never ever happens usually. None of it. Hence a good thing!)

2) One Bad Thing: One of our little Scouts tripped and fell at the Sleepover on the weekend, gashed his head and needed 3 stitches. Thank goodness for Army-trained parents, because I just sort of froze in horror at the blood and shrieking. And thank goodness next week is my first aid course!

3) One Thing I Learned: That children do not, repeat NOT, eat salad by choice. And that salad you made for 15 children and 5 adults takes a looooong time for two people to eat… *burps*

December 1, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Children, movies, music, Trivia, TV — liberrydwarf @ 3:34 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!



New historical epic movies set to hit our screens soon (bit of a mixed bag here. But hey – Rome: The Movie, hello!)

Dan Akroyd throws around some more Ghostbusters 3 casting rumours. (A couple of which I’m less than thrilled about, to be honest…)




Very cute! (The music. I meant the music. Sheesh!)


Waste the whole day away on trivia quizzes at

Made me smile…

November 24, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Children, Comics, family, movies, music, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 2:53 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Daniel Day Lewis + Steven Spielberg = Abraham Lincoln. Ohhhhh yeah!

The 10 Nerd Movies Most Superior To Their Books


Six plot staples of Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV. Aah, can’t beat a classic, can you?


Had never come across this band before, but their music video made me smile…


Herge-Lovecraft Mashup (AKA “Tintin and the Tentacles”!)

A colleague set me onto STFU Parents, where bloggers showcase some really REALLY awful Facebook updates from oversharing parents. “Don’t ever be like this”, she pleaded. I will endeavour not to. At least now I have a benchmark.

September 3, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Conferences, Classes, and Conjurers

Filed under: Children, Food, I.T, Just Plain Weird, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 12:20 pm

1) One Good Thing: Gave excellent and exciting conference workshop presentation with @katiedatwork and @andvanessa. Everyone muchly impressed. @NaomiDoessel is the best facilitator/organizer ever!

2) One Bad Thing: Taught my first tutorial as a sessional academic on Tuesday. I was brilliant – but where were the students? So few people showed up (out of the 40 or so meant to attend, there were 12 all up) we ended up combining our tutorials and team-teaching. And it was the world’s most boring tutorial material. We do what we can, people…

3) One Thing I Learned: several new magic tricks. On account of how small children can’t keep a secret to save their lives, and we had Magician night at Joey Scouts. (I performed the famous Pre-Cut Banana trick to thunderous applause and wild-eyed amazement – or maybe they were just happy because they got food.)

June 10, 2010

Blogging Month Day 10: Relatives, Refec Food, Referencing and Ron Weasley

Filed under: Children, Food, Librarian, movies, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 3:40 pm

One more day til the long weekend…One more day til the long weekend… (chant over and over mantra style…)

1) One good thing: found out my lucky cousin and her husband are expecting their first child. (To tell the truth, not sure whether I’m excited or jealous right now… this could go equally in the good and bad things category) As I found out via Facebook, I assume it’s reasonably developed at this stage and probably expected around Christmas. As my cousin’s in England, she’ll be perfectly within her rights to rug up, stay inside and put her feet up under a doona towards the end, which sounds lovely. It (he? she?) will be the first of the new generation in our family, and as such will be absolutely spoiled rotten!

2) One bad thing: apart from feeling like a bit of a cow for being jealous of my cousin? A bad lunchtime thing: since it’s SWOTVAC, the campus noodle and sushi bar was closed. (Though why I don’t know, it’s not like campus is deserted, far from it!). And they’re selling noodles in the refectory, but not sushi. Could not get sushi for love or money on campus today, and I had had a sushi craving all morning. Booh!

3) One thing I learned: Our resource discovery system has the ability to mark items, get a short list, select your style and cut and paste this “reference list” into your assignment. But I did a Twitter search for our organisation, and found out that a student had done this and failed her assignment because her referencing was wrong! So I did a bit of a performance test for the system. Basically, my tweet sums it up – “The verdict? Summon + citation exports in Harvard Style = #fail but #notyourfault.” (Some “mistakes” are entirely due to bad data entry right back at at the original database, so not Summon’s fault). There’s a message in all this – don’t put in a feature that won’t get 100% results, developers. Or at least make your “check your references” message bigger. (And let’s face it, if they have to learn the referencing style so they can check and fix their references, then they aren’t saving any time and may as well not use said feature, right?) And librarians, don’t spruik a feature that you haven’t tried yourself!

4) Today’s link: shamelessly pinched from kalafudra – first official trailer for Harry Potter 7.1 – Deathly Hallows (since they’re splitting it in two, how they title the parts is anyone’s guess…)

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