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 11, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-up: Fantasy, Frozen Treats and Family

Filed under: Books, family, Food — liberrydwarf @ 8:27 pm

The week that was!

One Good Thing: I have rediscovered and started re-reading Jim Butcher’s “Harry Dresden” books. I’d have to say, for my money, definitely best paranormal/urban fantasy books out there, haven’t yet disappointed by devolving into the usual pornographic drivel that these things usually do. And laugh-out-loud-awkwardly-on-the-bus enjoyable!

One Bad Thing: They’ve closed the Cold Rock Ice Creamery near my place! And in summer! Booh, shame on  you!

One Thing I Learned: My awesome mother-in-law was back in the country for a whirlwind 4-day visit, so we caught up and I learned lots of things about my husband as an infant – you know, the kinds of things that are probably very genetically relevant that men have absolutely no clue about? It was good to clear a couple of things up and get some idea of what to expect from that side of the gene pool. (Plus, she bought little vests, hooray!)

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…

January 7, 2011

Friday Wrap-up: Horticulture, Hamilton and Hot Air

Filed under: Books, family, Nature — liberrydwarf @ 6:08 pm

The week that was! (And I’m enjoying doing very little at the moment, so it’s a bit tricky!)

1) One Good Thing: We’re not under flood waters or anything here on the outskirts of Brisbane (though we’re at the bottom of an easement so the front yard does become a bit of a lake at times!) but we finally had 2 dry days in a row and got the front lawn mowed. For, like, the first time in a month. I no longer expect Tarzan-yodeling neighbours in loincloths every time I go out to take the rubbish to the bin 🙂

2) One Bad Thing: I guess it’s my own fault, but I keep reading Anita Blake novels and being morosely disappointed by the complete lack of character progression and anything interesting happenning at all. (This week it was The Harlequin, which someone else swore to me was “kind of a bit cooler than normal”.) Maybe I should go back to Harry Dresden novels. I’d welcome any suggestions!

3) One Thing I Learned: my aunt taught my brother and I a different diaphragm breathing technique (she said as a punk singer and a pregnant lady we’d probably both benefit for different reasons!) It was funny, but all of a sudden it WORKED, where years and years of singing lessons hadn’t taught me a thing about breathing. Now if only they’d taught me decent pitch…

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.

November 12, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Haircuts, Hidden Secrets and Hell Broken Loose

Filed under: family, Fashion, Scouts, Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 3:38 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Cut off all my hair. Well, not all of it. It now sits about a half-inch to an inch above my shoulder, rather than halfway down my back. It no longer weighs a ton, but I can still clip it up out of my face. Plus, now it looks lighter without having to fork out for more highlights. Score!

2) One Bad Thing: I’ve been helping my Mum pack up her house to move from the country to the city my siblings and I all live in, so we can be one big happy neighbourly family. Anyway, I was packing her bookshelves last weekend and came across her wedding album from when she married my Dad. Some perspective – my parents have been seperated for 17 years. And it wasn’t pretty. And you know how many couples mellow into a somewhat-friendship, or at least tolerance, over time? Not my parents. The bitter hatred ferments like a fine wine and only gets more refined with age. (In a way my parents are like Scotch. Which would please my Dad. But might explain a lot of why they broke up in the first place.) Anyway, she came over and saw me with the album, and then there was this awful tense awkwardness where she pretended like she wasn’t upset I’d found it, and I pretended like it’d never happened in the first place, and now she’s going to want to unpack and throw it out but can’t do that because I’LL KNOW! Or HE’LL WIN! Or something. *sighs* Parents…

3) One Thing I Learned: Having gone to visit the scout section above mine, that my kids are ANGELS and my behaviour management/time management/genera child wrangling skills are AWESOME! Because that other meeting was an absolute shambles – kids tying other kids up, card-games going on at the back of the room, more squealing than I thought possible outside a piggery, and all the while adults ignoring it and talking louder…

October 1, 2010

Friday wrap-up: Crashers, Colds and Curtis

Filed under: Celebrities, family, Health, Humor, Travel — liberrydwarf @ 12:10 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Mum’s back, and she brought with her an awesome story of her mistakenly gatecrashing an official OPEC function while holidaying in Europe. Told in fits of laughter while proudly wearing her OPEC cap and polo-shirt received in the press-pack she got because they thought she was a journalist, instead of just a tourist who can’t read timetables properly…

2) One Bad Thing:  Have dreadful head-cold. Facing weekend filled with working and marking. Sleeping poorly as a combination of the aforementioned. Not fun.

3) One Thing I Learned: That Tony Curtis died. Made me kind of sad. Vale, sir…

September 24, 2010

Friday Wrapup: Secondments, Scammers and Single Ladies

Filed under: family, I.T, Librarian, music, Travel — liberrydwarf @ 1:36 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Got a lunch invite from an old boss trying to poach me for project work with his new team. I said I wouldn’t commit to anything without doing it all properly (i.e. not annoying my current boss!) and that if anything came up for me we’d sort it out then. But it’s very very nice to be wanted!

2) One Bad Thing: Got a scam email – and then a panicked teary phone-call – from my mother in Hungary; she’d used an internet cafe and they’d stolen her email account and changed her password. The email said she was in trouble in Scotland and needed money, and she was terrified people would have actually sent it over. (Don’t think she realises her Gen Y children are used to that sort of thing. And it was typed in complete coherent sentences, so of course it couldn’t have been from her, my mum emails like a tipsy 15-year-old texts!) My mum almost never cries, and it was awful to hear her do so when she was over the other side of the world. Can’t wait til Sunday morning when she’s home for a big hug!

3) One Thing I Learned: all the real words to “Single Ladies” at last, thanks to The Pigs (see Wednesday’s Post)…

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