Louisa Claire

Read more posted in October, 2007

Expo Anyone?

The Happy Husband and I had our first foray into parenthood yesterday…well, sort of. We headed into the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo in town and got way more than we bargained for!

The floor was filled with stands giving information on everything from PND (post natal depression) and mother-health, to cord blood saving (where they take the blood from your babies umbilical cord and save it in case they ever get sick; costs about $3K) to prams, baby carriers, nappies, Breastfeeding Association…anything and everything you can think of!

There were some cool things we found like this great baby wrap thing that is supposed to help your baby sleep through the night. While we were watching the demo two separate mothers who were walking past stopped, interrupted and told us all what a wonder this thing had been for them. Pretty good endorsement really! We also found out some interesting things – I am particularly interested in reading the information from the PND stand and the Breastfeeding people as well as finding out more about the cord blood storage. Ideally we would like to donate the cord blood but apparently very few hospitals do this, if we can’t donate we will consider storing it but really need to understand more about how and what it can be used for and for how long.

At the end of the day we left with 2 show bags full of reading material to get through.

Well I’m off to Marysville today – back to the site of our recent Parish Camp, where a pile of things have been left by various groups and people who attended the camp. Thankfully my friend Mel has agreed to join me for the ride so I am now quite looking forward to a day in the country!

See you all later,

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My Personal DNA??

I am not really sure about the results of this, but it was interesting to take!

about you

You are a Creator

  • Your imagination, confidence, willingness to explore, and appreciation of beauty make you a CREATOR.

  • You are independent, and you enjoy your self-sufficiency.

  • Defying convention, you are very innovative, and you have a vivid imagination.

  • The look of things is important to you, and you have a keen eye for aesthetic beauty in multiple arenas.

  • You have a strong interest in what is new and exciting—and that includes forging ahead with new ideas, not simply discovering what is already out there.

  • Your eagerness to seek new and varied experiences leads you into many different situations.

  • You’re not set on one way of doing things, and you are creative when it comes to finding novel solutions to complex problems.

  • You trust yourself to be innovative and resourceful.

  • Your confidence allows you to take your general awareness and channel it into creativity.

  • You’re not one to force your positions on a group, and you tend to be fair in evaluating different options.

  • You’re not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you’re generally considerate of others’ feelings as well.

  • Generally, you believe that you control your life, and that external forces only play a limited role in determining what happens to you.

  • If you want to be different:

  • Appreciate the earthly, practical elements of things—there is beauty in form as well.

  • While you are good at thinking abstractly, focusing on details a bit more may help you discover things about the world.

  • how you relate to others

    You are Benevolent

  • You are a great person to interact with—understanding, giving, and trusting—in a word, BENEVOLENT

  • You don’t mind being in social situations, as you feel comfortable enough with people to be yourself.

  • Your caring nature goes beyond a basic concern: you take the time to understand the nuances of people’s situations before passing any sort of judgment.

  • You’re a good listener, and even better at offering advice.

  • You’re concerned with others at both an individual and societal level—you sympathize with the plights of troubled groups, and you can care about people you’ve never met.

  • Considering many different perspectives is something at which you excel, and you appreciate that quality in others.

  • Other people’s feelings are important to you, and you’re good at mediating disputes.

  • Because of your understanding and patience, you tend to bring out the best in people.

  • If you want to be different:

  • You spend a lot of time taking care of others, but don’t forget to take care of yourself!

  • Sometimes you can get overcommitted, and when you sacrifice spending time with those close to you, it can make them feel unimportant.

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    God’s Plans for Us April 2008

    Ok, blah blah blah – what I’ve been doing the past few months…whatever. Though there were some fun times and I could write about them really it was just a ploy until I could give you the REAL update and REAL reason behind my absense. Yes, as many of your know by now, baby Rhas entered our lives and has been making his/her presence felt already by keeping my close to a bucket/bath/toilet for the past little (seems long) while!!

    As of today, I am 14weeks and 3days pregnant! Here’s a pic of our little jellybean at 13w3days (ie a week ago)…

    In case you are like us and have trouble reading these things, there’s a less pixilated section of the scan a bit less than half way down and the head is to the left and then the body goes to the right – the little one is facing down. It was pretty cool to see this scan and see the little jellybean looking more like a baby and less like a lizard! It’s incredible to think that there is a BABY growing INSIDE me! Pretty amazing really…

    We found out in late August when I was about 6.5 weeks – it was fun to find out that day as it was Dad’s birthday so Happy Birthday Day – you’re going to be a grandpa! The bub is due sometime around mid-April, though if he/she would like to join us sooner (but not too much sooner) that would be fine with us!

    That’s all for now – I am sure I will have lots of things to post about from here on in.

    love Lou


    2 months and 4 days….will you forgive me?

    2 months and 4 days. That’s how long it’s been since I last updated this blog. So much to say about the past 2 months…I hope you will forgive my absence as I strive to get back into the regular updating cycle! It’s going to take me a few posts to fill you in on the past couple of months so I might work backwards.

    Today is October 6 and HH is painting the town red. Well the hall anyway. He started on this about 12 months ago and is finally finishing it this weekend in preparation of Christos moving in with us for a month and my folks visiting for a few days next weekend.

    Looking pretty good hey?!

    In other ‘news’, I have been back from Malaysia for a little over a week. Had a great time with Penelope but did miss my dear husband. We had 7 days in total in KL + 2 days travel. We spent 4 days shopping and sightseeing in KL and 3 days at a luxurious resort in Pulau Pangkor.

    It was quite funny getting there. We had to catch a 4 hour bus from KL to Lumut and the get a ferry to the island. As we walked to the ferry pier we walked passed a security guard…asleep! Hmm…ominous start. Once we arrived on the island and were in the taxi to the resort we started to feel a little worried. It seems that the word ‘resort’ is used pretty loosely on Pangkor and as we drove past these rather dodgy looking places all proudly called ‘resorts’, sitting in the heat and humidity we were nervous! However it seems that we got what we paid for on this resort (which was a bit – $175 per night/rm) as we drove through the security gates (off to a good start – these guards were awake!) we drove up the lush path, past the beautiful gardens and into a true resort!

    This is us on the boat over…

    The foyer of our resort…(you can imagine our happiness arriving here!)

    The set up and view for Sat night dinner…

    We were also pampered with a 2+hr beauty session – full body massage, foot ‘experience’ and facial – gorgeous!

    I won’t bore you with to many other pics….needless to say it was a lot of fun; lots of shopping, eating and talking. Miss Awesome talks a lot! (ha ha! she will appreciate that comment)

    I’d better go and give the Happy Husband a hand now. Back tomorrow with more news on the past couple of months.

    God Bless,

    Thanks again for sticking with me!

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