Resurrection

I have been seriously thinking about pulling the plug on this site.

I rarely find the time or the motivation to blog.

I don’t exactly have many followers so I doubt anyone would miss me if I left the blogosphere. But it has never been about that for me. This has always been a bit of a hobby and creative outlet for me to write about things that interest me.

So anyway I have decided to soldier on. However, moving forward I won’t be posting monthly updates because lets face it, they haven’t exactly been happening on the regular. Moving forward I plan to write more solid articles, the occasional book review and some life updates from time to time.

To anyone who actually reads this blog, thank you! I hope you continue to visit 🙂

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Life Update

My poor neglected blog.

It has been a long time since I posted any thing on here. Life just took over and I just haven’t had the motivation to blog.

Anyway here’s what has been happening over the last 8 months.

Had a Baby

I gave birth a few days before Christmas to a healthy baby boy. He arrived 2 days before my due date and weighed 3.74kg! It was a natural delivery with the aid of an epidural. I’m quite a petite person so my mid wife and the nurses were impressed that I was able to birth such a big baby lol. Labour was incredibly painful, OMG! Especially when the contractions were just a few minutes apart. Thank goodness for pain relief medication!!

Packing Up the House

If you have followed my blog you would know that my family is planning to move overseas to Sri Lanka for a few years. So we slowly started to sell all our furniture and clean up the house to be rented out. I’m happy to say that we successfully sold or gave away everything we wanted to and we also found tenants.

Moving Overseas

One of the most chaotic times in my life. Trying to clear out the house and pack up to move overseas while juggling two small children, including a newborn is no easy feat. I look back and I don’t know how I survived the madness.

Settling Into Our New Home

The first two days were chaotic to say the least. Since then things have slowly settled down. We have been here in Sri Lanka for over 3 months now but I still don’t feel like I have completely settled as yet. I have my good days and bad days. Packing up and moving overseas 2 months after giving birth isn’t the most ideal thing to do, hence it is still taking time to settle. I have definitely struggled postpartum this time around compared to last time.

I’ve basically summarised the madness of the last few months in a few paragraphs. It’s definitely been the most challenging period of my life. I can’t say that I’m happy about where things are right now, but hopefully we do eventually settle down in the next few months.

September, October 2018 Monthly Recap

As I’ve been slack on the blogging front, here’s a recap of what’s been happening the last 2 months.

September

Happy spring!

Although the weather was very erratic and horrible. Warm one day, cold and raining the next. As a result, we as a family got pretty sick and the inconsistent weather was a contributing factor for sure.

My husband returned from his business trip earlier in the month and we were continuously getting sick since his return. Munchkin recovered after about a week and a half but I haven’t been able to shake it off. My husband still has a cough which just won’t go away.

Decluttering

After procrastinating for a while, I finally decided to start selling some of my clothes online. I have never sold clothes or shoes online and these are items that are still in good condition, some hardly worn and just don’t fit me anymore as my body has changed since having my first child.

So far it has been good. I have managed to sell several items and I still have more items listed. I haven’t made a large sum of money from these sales and most of my pencil skirts have been selling for around $5. But that’s fine by me and I am just happy to be offloading these items and getting a small amount of money in return.

Reading

I managed to read one book this month. It was a very short book about positivity.

MINDSET: How Positive Thinking Will Set You Free & Help You Achieve Massive Success In Life By Benjamin Smith

mindset

This is a very short book which gives some decent advice on how to change your mindset to think more positive. It’s not groundbreaking and doesn’t really offer anything new. However, it does serve its purpose as a quick reminder and inspiration to change our outlook and be more positive in our lives.

October

The sickness in my household continued in October. It took me a while to shake it off and just when things seemed to settle, munchkin got really sick 2 weeks ago with a bad virus which involved him getting high fevers in the middle of the night. My husband left for a business trip 2 days before munchkin got sick so that was even more stressful for me. Luckily I have my parents to help me out.

We had a long weekend at the beginning of the month and I was able to meet up with one of my dear friends for a day out. I haven’t seen him in the flesh for over 2 years and a lot has happened in his life during that period, most notably a divorce. But he has picked himself up and achieved so much since that horrible time, including getting promoted at work and buying a house so I’m very proud of him.

Pregnancy

I had my 28 week scan at the start of the month and I’m happy to say that the baby is on track and growing well.

As I write this I am 33 weeks pregnant and I cannot believe how fast this pregnancy has gone. As munchkin came early at 37 weeks, I am almost expecting this baby to come early as well. I would like to get to 38 weeks this time however, fingers crossed.

Other than that we packed up 15 boxes with loads of baby items and other necessities and shipped them off to Sri Lanka. We will most likely be moving there in February.

I have also continued to sell items online. I managed to sell several more items of clothing and shoes and have also sold our IKEA shoe cabinets. There’s still plenty more to sell before we head off overseas.

Final Thoughts

Well the last two months have been busy but have also been consumed by sickness in my household. I really hope there’s no more plagues of sickness in November, however I have already managed to get conjunctivitis in my right eye 😦 I’m hoping that clears up in a few days.

November is going to be busy as need I to get as much done as possible before the baby arrives. I will also be going on maternity leave at the end of the month. Here’s hoping for a productive and sick free month!

August 2018 Monthly Recap

August was a busy month.

At the very beginning of the month I had my 20 week scan. We saw our little munchkin moving around and being a champion. The baby was on track in terms of growth and the results showed that everything was moving along very well. Far cry from the ordeal I had to go through earlier in the pregnancy.

To celebrate our good news and to treat ourselves for the rough few months that we have had, we decided to go on a short getaway. We decided to visit the Sunshine Coast in Queensland as we knew the weather would be nice and the flight time was just over one hour. The weather was beautiful and we had a really nice break. We visited Australia Zoo which was beautiful, although I think my son is still a bit young to truly enjoy the zoo. I did feel like the food was average as was the hotel we stayed at. However, overall it was nice to get away and munchkin had the best time so it was well worth it. This trip was our “baby moon” 🙂

Australia Zoo

Taken at Australia Zoo

I feel like I have only really started to enjoy my pregnancy this month. As I had to go through a few pre natal tests and wasn’t sure of the outcome, I didn’t want to get too attached. Although had the outcome been bad, I would have been devastated nonetheless. Detaching yourself completely is truly impossible in my experience.

So as we started to announce our pregnancy to our friends, I found out that one of my oldest friends is also expecting. This is her first pregnancy and I am so thrilled for her. She is due about 2.5 months after me and our babies are the same gender. I still can’t believe we are both pregnant at the same time.

At the end of the month, my husband had to go overseas for a business trip. Of course this always leads to me being more busy but I had my parents to help me out which was great.

Just a quick update for August. I’m looking forward to spring and the warmer weather. Hope you all had a great month!

July 2018 Monthly Recap and a Special Announcement

July 2018 Monthly Recap and a special Announcement

July was the month of stress!

Getting Organised

I seem to write something about getting organised almost every month. It’s so hard to keep on top of, especially when our home keeps shifting. This continues to be a work in progress, that’s for sure.

I have decided to use an app called Wunderlist to help me with my quest. It’s free and has a desktop version as well which is useful. So far it has been working reasonably well.

I have to give a shout out to Sherry at Spend Save Splurge who’s organisation posts I have found motivational and inspiring. These two posts in particular were very helpful.

July was reasonably productive and I managed to complete the following tasks.

  • Decided on an organisational tool to use and get started ie: Wunderlist
  • Updated my laptop. It was so out of date, I hadn’t even setup the wifi on it since getting back to Sydney. It was also behind on several OS updates and I also had an issue in Chrome, which was not allowing me to click on links in Hotmail. Resetting Chrome back to its default settings fixed the problem. I also installed Wunderlist, uninstalled unrequired programs and organised my desktop.
  • Setup direct debit for my internet bill and also switched to having email bills instead of paper for this bill.
  • Did a heap of laundry. Aside from the regular laundry I also washed all of our dirty bedsheets, pillow cases and quilt covers which had been piling up over the last few months.

Special Announcement

I am expecting baby #2!!

The baby is due at the end of the year. We are all excited and looking forward to welcoming the newest addition to our family. The age gap between my son and the baby will be 2 years, which is what I always wanted.

My pregnancy journey so far has been quite stressful unfortunately. At 12 weeks one of the prenatal tests I was asked to do returned a high risk result for a chromosomal abnormality. I also did another test around the same time which gave me the all clear. However due to the discrepancies between the two tests I had to undergo further testing.

The genetic counselor and doctors that I consulted all told me that I was a low risk candidate which was reassuring, however it did leave a small doubt in our minds. So at 17 weeks I underwent an amniocentesis prenatal test and it took another agonising 2 weeks to get the full results back from that test.

The results from the amniocentesis were good and we got the all clear for everything. It was a huge relief and we could finally tell our family and close friends that we were expecting. Yes we kept it a secret from everyone for nearly 19 weeks! The only person I told was my manager at work at the 17 week mark. I told him because this whole process was taking longer than expected and I wanted him to be aware that I was going through some health issues. Telling my manager relieved my stress levels too as I had to take some time off and I didn’t want to feel judged and guilty as a result of this.

Other Life Stuff

Munchkin finally settled into day care this month. He has stopped crying during drop offs and he generally seems content and happy whilst he is there, based on the photos I get of him throughout the day. He received his mid year report card (so cute!) and it said he was settling in well and learning to become more independent.

The government also introduced a new child care subsidy in July. In the new system we are getting a bigger discount compared to before which is nice. This is mainly because our incomes have dropped. I don’t know how the whole thing works, but I am happy to get any financial assistance with day care as it is so expensive.

In the end, July ended well for us. I am carrying a healthy baby who I cannot wait to meet at the end of the year. Hope you all had a great month!