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Our struggle with nappy rash

Early on this year, our baby returned home from daycare with a nasty red rash beginning all over his bottom cheeks. We weren't sure what could be causing it, and could see daycare had put their cream on to try to help (it's a zinc based cream so leaves white traces on the skin folds). The rash got worse and worse until the red spots turned into open sores. From Googling and our carer's suggestion, we sent in our own cream and wipes, and soon the rash was better. When our wipes ran out, we started back on daycare's wipes but continued supplying our cream, asking daycare not to use theirs on him at all. All seemed fine.

Then at the end of June, he came home with red spots and traces of white on his skin. Odd, i thought, since they knew not to use it - must have forgotten that time. The next day was fine, then the day after - i was so mad. His nappy area was completely covered in the daycare nappy cream and when i popped him straight in a bath and gently washed it off, th…

Building our home: Finals!

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While we were away on holiday, the lower floor was rendered, windows and entry doors put in and the house went into lockdown. We were really excited to hear this as it meant there wasn't much left to do before they finished! We needed tiling, electrical and plumbing, sanitary fixtures in (e.g. sinks), cupboards and fixed kitchen appliances in, balustrading, all doors in, drainage, flyscreens and then the garage door, and it would be complete and ready for our final inspection and rectification of any faults and we can then collect the keys!


This is what the house looked like when we returned. The scaffolding from the top floor had been taken down and a smaller scaffold put up for the tilers on the balcony.


Within three weeks, the tiling and balustrades were complete and so the scaffolding was taken down for good, which meant the render could finally be completed. The render looks great - i love how the garage emphasises the blade wall colour.

Now, the gas plumber and electrician h…

Tupler technique for diastasis recti

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I'm now 19 months postpartum and still have this darn diastasis recti. Right from the beginning we had decided we wanted kids about 2 - 2 1/2 years apart, and i decided on 2 1/2 as it was a nice gap, not too close but not too far away that the kids wouldn't want to play together. So that means that we'd be looking at TTC again when our toddler was around 22 months, give or take. So, in my head, i set 21 months pp as the absolute deadline for having my tummy back in order to hopefully keep the next babe head down, or at least in a less worrying position than oblique footling breech.

That 21 month pp deadline is rapidly approaching.
I gave it a good effort on our recent holiday, trying to go through all the exercises in the book (elevators, contractions, pelvic tilts) but they were taking me ages. I couldn't actually fit them all in in one day, except the very first day i tried, whilst trying also to catch trains and planes, or walk around a city exploring, or while wra…

Ideas for toddlers on long flights

We're heading off on a long haul flight soon to go to my sister's wedding in the UK. Everything's sorted here, hubby has booked the flights and hotels, i've organised our housesitter, but i just had a thought today - what are we going to do to entertain a 17 month old for two long flights (6 hours then 13 hours) with a 3 hour layover in an airport?

Physical activity to tire them out: The layover is fairly easy to handle - lots to look at, coffee for mum and dad, and big open spaces for toddler to run and hopefully tire himself out. Our first flight is a 'red-eye', ie in the middle of the night, so hopefully he'll sleep for part of it, but the 13 hour flight is daytime the whole way. I think though he'll be far too excited to sleep, with the new environment and lots of people around, so i'm planning on getting him to bed extra early so he can have a few hours sleep before we leave, and won't be so crabby even if he doesn't sleep.

Books: I wish …

Building our home: ceilings and plaster

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The day after i posted about the render on the outside walls, which was three days after the render had gone up, the undercoat was painted on. This seals the walls against damp and provides a base for the coloured render.


Then the ceilings went in!


Bit of a difference from the previous photo of our bedroom, with no ceiling or plaster!


The day after the ceilings and cornices went in, the plasterers started work. So far they've done about two thirds of the walls. The glazier was also on site around this time, just before the plasterers, and fitted all the windows and doors on the first floor in one day. Looks much more like a house with windows in.

Yesterday, the most exciting part happened - the outside painted render went on. We're so pleased with the colours we chose.

That's Dulux Bearsuit on the blade wall to the left of the balcony, and Dulux Taupe White on the rest of the walls. Looking forward to seeing the scaffolding come down once the plasterers have finished, so w…

Cherry Ripe slice

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All I can say to this is... yum. If you like Cherry Ripes, you'll love this. It's like a cakier, very dark chocolate version of the chocolate bar.


I took half to work and it was gone before lunch.

These also freeze quite well, but if you've already iced them you will get a chocolate bloom on the icing (doesn't affect the taste, just the look).

Recipe from My Kitchen Stories.

Cherry Ripe slice

Ingredients:

Base:
1 cup self raising flour (or 1 cup plain flour plus 2 tsp baking powder)
4 tbsp cocoa
1/3 cup caster sugar (i use raw caster)
150g butter, melted
100g plain sweet biscuits (i used Arnott's Shredded Wheatmeal)

Topping:
1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
300g glace cherries
400g tin condensed milk

Icing:
150g dark chocolate, chopped
50g butter, chopped

Method:

Add the flour, cocoa, sugar and biscuits to the bowl of a food processor and process until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Pour in the melted butter and pulse until well combined. Press into a greased and line…

Building our home: render started

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As we're having our exterior walls rendered rather than having face brick, we got to choose the render colour during the selection stage. Our walls will first have grey render floated over them, then they have a thin layer of painted render, which I understand to be render mixed with paint. We've chosen neutral colours as I like to be able to change colour with plants, furnishings etc so neutrals mean it will never look out of place or dated. We went with a colour scheme similar to a house we saw in New Zealand while on holiday, different style to ours but we loved the colours.


All the outer walls will be Dulux Taupe White. We chose Dulux Bearsuit as our feature colour which will go on the garage face and the blade wall.


Inside walls we'll probably do in our favourite neutral, Wattyl Scallopini (which we usually put in a Dulux base). Haven't really thought much yet about feature walls or if we want any particular rooms to be a different colour.


The rendering was starte…

Building our home: roof is up

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The roof carpenters started shortly after the brickies had finished. They worked over the weekend and had it all done within a few days. The gutters were attached and then the electrician came by to chase cables down the walls. The plumber was also supposed to be by before the roof went on, but he didn't turn up until a few weeks later.


Didn't take long for the roof sheeting to arrive. We went with a Colorbond tin roof painted in Dulux Surfmist.


Once the roofies started it was up within two days. I could see it as I drove up to the corner on my way to take a photo that night, so exciting to see!


This is also the point at which we needed to get our light fittings to the electricians, but we did that earlier.

They've now started getting ready for the render, so have dropped the scaffolding down to the first floor level (from the roof) and a pile of light yellow sand has been delivered. We're looking forward to seeing them do the outside render, it will really change the …

Building our home: first floor brickwork complete

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The house is rapidly growing right now! I keep in mind however that once the roof is on and render down, there probably will be no apparent changes from the outside for long periods at a time.


Two and a half weeks after the slab was down the door and window frames arrived on site, and the sand, cement and bricks. The brickies were on another job the next week, so they started ours a week later, and had the first floor up within a week. They are really fast, we've been so impressed with them.


Someone we're not impressed with is the plumber, and in turn the building manager, who did not pick up on an error before the slab was poured. Not sure if the plumber made mistakes or if he was given the wrong plans, but the front toilet drainage in the floor is too far to the left, probably by 10cm or so, and in the second toilet the drainage is actually in one of the bedrooms! Its at least 15cm into the bedroom where it should be in the centre of the toilet floor! You can see it in the …

Our birth announcement

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Going back through some old posts, i realised that with the advised c/s i was too exhausted and pre-occupied to actually write up the post on our babe's birth announcement. Prior to his birth, i'd written up a post on our Facebook birth announcement plan. Like all plans, it didn't go exactly to plan, but we came pretty close.

Firstly, hubby's ex never did find out before bub was born :) He called his son a few days after, who immediately asked if he could come see his new half brother in the hospital, which was lovely. As far as we know, he also didn't mention it to his mother, but rather it was hubby's bio mother who spread the news (huge gossiper). We didn't tell her directly but i think she found out from hubby's half brother. And as it turned out there was nothing to be concerned about - the ex didn't harass either of us on hearing the news.

I had posted up my maternity photos on fb (taken at 7 months pregnant), hidden in a folder that was viewa…

Pureed fruit mix - nutrition for toddlers

We use this for both breakfast and dessert. It's a mix of different fruits, usually with a banana base, which is then pureed (chunkily) and frozen in individual servings, ready to be defrosted, a spoonful of yogurt or kefir stirred in, then served. Our toddler loves them, and it's an easy way to get fruits that he wouldn't normally eat into his diet. (eg For some reason, he won't eat strawberries - but has no problem with them when in this recipe!)

I do mix the fruits around a lot. A popular one is banana and mango. This one is using banana and peaches as i had some in the fridge.


Ingredients

2 bananas
1/2 tin peaches
1 apple
4 Weet-Bix
1 tbsp chia
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
12 tbsp kefir or plain yogurt

Method

Place all ingredients except the kefir into your food processor or blender, and blend to desired consistency. Spoon into 12 containers (i use silicon cupcake moulds) and freeze. Defrost individually as needed and stir in a tbsp of kefir before serving.

Below are t…

Broccoli, cheese and salmon soup

This recipe is high in calcium and vitamins A and C. I generally either serve a whole portion for dinner, or half a portion along with another food for dinner. Soup is particularly good for teething babies who find chewing to be painful.

Ingredients:

2 (250 g) heads of broccoli
4 cups water
3 tsp chicken stock powder
1 onion, chopped
1 cup cheese, grated
415g can salmon

Method:

Chop the broccoli and place into a large pot with the water, stock powder and onion. Bring to the boil and boil for a few minutes until the broccoli turns a bright green. Drain any water from the salmon and add it to the pot, then turn off the heat and stir in the cheese. Continue stirring until the cheese has melted, then let the soup cool.

Using a blender, puree the soup in batches until smooth, then divide into 10 portions (around 250mL each) and freeze whatever will not be eaten in the next three days.

Makes 10 toddler size portions.



Nutrition Facts Serving Size 209 g Amount Per Serving Calories   128 Calories…