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Muffin Break Black Forest Velvet muffins

Last year, when I was still pregnant with my little girl, I took the boys grocery shopping and decided to give my feet a rest, sit down for a bit and eat a muffin. The boys aren't always that fond of baked goods, but I can usually get a few minutes of peace while they decide they don't like the food.

We stopped at Muffin Break for a coffee and they had a new limited edition muffin, Black Forest Velvet. Now, I like red velvet and I love black forest so this seemed like a winning combo. It sure was. I gave the boys a taste and that was it - little mouths were open clamouring for the next piece, one after the other, and I had to quickly pop the final third into my mouth so I could actually taste it myself!

So I was delighted when Muffin Break released a calendar this year which has the recipe. Black Forest Velvet all year round!

Black Forest Velvet Muffins40 mins
Makes 12 Texas size or 20 regular muffins


1/2 cup (115 g) butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 …

Toilet training - regression

Ah, nothing like the fun of thinking your toddler is now out of nappies for good (daytime anyway) ... until the regression hits.

We're now in it. He's gone from taking himself to the toilet, and saying yes or no when you ask if he needs to go (if he hasn't been for a while, not being pushy), to leaving huge puddles on the floor. Sometimes several minutes after I've asked him if he needs to go and him saying No.

I'm so sick of washing dirty items today. We had a dirty night nappy this morning (really unusual), which took about 5 rinses in the machine before I would put the rest of the wet stuff in. Bub had a nappy blowout which went all through her clothes and on her bouncer so I had to wash the cover. Then G jumped into her bouncer while DH was watching him, while I was changing bub and before I'd taken the cover off, so his fresh clothes that he'd had on 5 minutes after the last accident had to be changed again and put in the machine. And no sooner had the…

Toilet training - week 4

We're now into the part of toilet training that is the longest, but easier than the first few weeks - where the child practices their new found skill. We have some days with no accidents and some with several (particularly in the afternoon and if he's refused to nap that day). We've had a #2 accident, but many more successes. The most important skill he's learnt - he's pretty much taking himself to the toilet now when he needs to go rather than me needing to ask.

So I probably won't update now for a few months. By then, accidents should be fairly unusual and hopefully he'll be learning to wipe successfully. From experience though that can take years.

Toilet training - week 3

Day 1, he was overdue for a #2. He had a wee accident in the afternoon and I took him to the toilet, asking him to see if there was any more to do while I cleaned up. There was a tiny #2 in the bowl so he got praise and chocolate and I made a big fuss about how poo in toilet got 2 chocolates. After I put the boys to bed I was downstairs feeding the baby and he called out from upstairs, "Mummy! Poo!" so I assumed he'd done it in his nappy and took my time going up. Unlatched bub, took G from his room telling him to go to his mat and reminding him that poo in nappy was yuck and it belonged in the toilet, to which he agreed. Well, I got shown!

Nappy was clean, so I asked him to sit on the toilet. No wee, he exclaimed after 2 seconds and got off so I put him back on and asked him to try a bit longer for a poo. Gave him a book to read... and success! Bub and I were sitting on the rug just out of sight so he wasn't pressured with an audience but could still see my legs. So…

Toilet training week 2

We've had a better week this week. I did timing for most of the week, that is taking him on waking and before sleep, plus 3 hours after the last visit. We had no successes with #2 but very few accidents with #1.

On Thursday I stopped taking him at the 3 hour mark; instead I just asked if he needed to go. Also asked if he was showing any signs of needing to. He did very well with this and is reliably saying yes when he does need to go.

Strangely enough he's had a wet nappy overnight more often than last week. Has stayed dry during his nap.

Steps learned - he can hold his urine, during the day and sometimes during sleep.
    - he can hold until he can get to the toilet (just the time required for a short run to the toilet and taking clothes off)
    - he is learning when he needs to go for #1 (he calls 'Ow! Hurt" and I ask if he needs to go, he replies with yes. He doesn't yet just take himself there each time)

Next steps to reach - he needs to learn when he needs t…

Birth story - baby #3

I had never been pregnant for this long before. I’d always gone past 40 weeks, but never 41 and yet there it was staring me in the face. I had made my next appointment with my midwife for 40+6, laughing as I told her I didn’t expect to still be pregnant at that point… but there I was. My previous pregnancies had had warning signs of the impending labour several days before, but I had had no signs yet of anything happening. On the morning I reached 41 weeks, I messaged my midwife and birth photographer to let them know nothing was happening yet. It will come, my midwife messaged back reassuringly, unconcerned.

She was right. That night after I went to bed, there was a sudden sharp pain, I rolled over and realised my waters had broken.
I was not having any contractions so texted my midwife to let her know and tried to sleep. My last labour (first VBAC) had gone for nearly a full day so I wanted to get as much rest as possible. After an hour, I started getting discomfort across my stomac…

Toilet training - reminders for next time

The toilet familiarisation we did with E (placing him on the toilet at strategic times during the day from just over a year old) really helped speed up the actual training. With G we placed him on before shower most days - it wasn't enough. Before and after naps and before nappy changes seems to work the best.

Leading up to the training week, letting them run around in the nude outside, and taking them to the toilet when they go or even just pointing out what they're doing, may be enough to help them learn to recognise the signs that they are going/need to go.

Get daycare to help if possible!

Toilet training results

Day 1, halfway through first day of Hell Week (aka toilet training week):
Hits: 3   Misses: 5
He's not getting it yet. He is pretty pleased however when he does go on the toilet, but he's not yet twigged that all need to go on the toilet, and he can't just go anywhere like he could with a nappy. I suppose 2 1/2 years of training that he can go anywhere doesn't disappear in 4 hours. But I'm an impatient person, so it's hard to think that this is going to work when it doesn't immediately. I follow him around, watching him like a hawk (as difficult as you'd think when I have a babe trying to breastfeed at the same time). Every half hour I take him to the toilet. I gave up on undies after he wet through 3 pairs in an hour, so now he's running around nudie bum. Hubby keeps popping outside to do things so it's pretty much me doing the watching. Taking a break now while G naps... then on for the second shift. We haven't had a #2 yet so I'm thin…

Toilet training

G is now 2 and a half, and we're about to start toilet training tomorrow. E was trained at 2 years 3 months, but we had done more prep work with him, by sitting him on the toilet regularly since 14 months, and he would go when he was on if we had the timing right. But I'm now changing two bottoms and would really rather just change one - plus we don't have enough cloth for 2 bums. He is ready - he tells us when he has done a number 2, will sit on the toilet without complaining (most of the time), and just this last week, when I've been putting him on regularly and talking up the training I've managed to catch 3 number 1s.

So last weekend he picked out a pack of undies (dinosaurs were his choice!) and I've been talking it up, he's been rewarded with a happy dance, lots of praise and a piece of chocolate each time he did a wee. I've cut up an entire family block of chocolate into half pieces ready, his new undies are in his drawer (I do need to get out so…

Week 41

Can't quite believe I've made it to 41 weeks! So glad this is a third baby as the questions are starting to be asked on my FB page... for a first baby that's super stressful. By now I'm used to dealing with it. But really - when you see an announcement, that means baby is here. Until that announcement... no!

Here's my 41 week photo compared with the 40 week. It looks quite different but I think I had the dress seams twisted a little in one of them.

Still have a lot of energy for this far along, but can't do much. The leg pain is coming back, and I just feel so heavy. I've managed to keep the lounge pretty tidy during the day but I have to wash up before dinner, as I'm too tired afterwards, so there's always a few dishes left and things like that.

So still no labour signs... now it's just a matter of waiting. I can't imagine it will be too much longer... but if it does go beyond 42 weeks I guess its then time to revisit things. I doubt I'…

Labour watch

As per my first and second pregnancies, I'll note down any symptoms that I think could possibly be early signs of impending labour.

39+0 - had some slight niggles in the morning, and a stomach and back ache in the evening. Pelvis feels heavy, like baby's head is lower.

39+1 - slight niggles.

39+2 - a stomach ache a bit like a constant cramp, morning and evening.

39+5 - heavy pelvis and cervical twinges.

39+6 - heavy pelvis, cervical twinges, lots of Braxton Hicks.

40+0 - 40+3 - same as yesterday.

40+4 - same as 39+6, plus some intestinal 'clearing out'.

40+6 - still no change.

41+0 - waters broke! Contractions started an hour later, at 41+1!

Week 40

So much for my (hopeful) first guess date of 39+6! Still pregnant and no signs of baby preparing to make an exit. No show, no niggles, just Braxton Hicks that push baby down into my pelvis and contort my belly with no letting up for ages at a time.

My second, more likely guess date, is 40+2. This number is purely because it happens to also be my firstborn's birthday. This is also my midwife's guess date, as there is a storm predicted, and bub #2 was born during a storm. Can't say I'm looking forward to having two kids with the same birthday 5 years apart. We knew it was a strong possibility though, given my previous labour gestations (40+5 then 40+3). I'll have more of an idea tomorrow at 40+1, if my show appears, which would point to labour beginning the next day. If my pregnancy goes beyond that, maybe the 16th? 40+6?

But ignoring my grumbling, all is going well. Baby has quietened down the last 2 days but is still moving lots. The shooting pains down my leg have…

39 weeks pregnant

Managed to weigh myself this week, so have copied my format from last pregnancy just to add it in.

And my 39 week photo! Pregnancy 2 on the left, 3 on the right.


How far along:39 weeks.

How big is baby: mini watermelon

What is baby doing this week: It's all about watching and waiting now, as your baby could arrive any day. Your baby could be up to 50cm long, and weigh about 3kg. But that's only an average figure. As soon as your baby is born, your midwife will weigh him, and it's only then you'll know for sure how much he weighs.

Your baby is shedding the greasy, white substance (vernix caseosa) which has been protecting his skin. This turns the amniotic fluid, which was once clear, pale and milky. The outer layers of your baby's skin are also sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

The hair on your baby's head may now be thick, and his fingernails extend beyond his fingertips. They may look long when he's born. Your baby's skull bones are …

38 weeks pregnant

And almost ready. My pool has arrived and I've got most of my birth kit together.

There's just a few more things to collect - namely a sheet of plastic and some hot/cold gel packs, plus an ice cream container in case I'm sick again at this birth.

And then also perhaps some snacks for the birth team? I was thinking crackers and dip, and a fruit and nut energy mix. I know my photographer brings her own, and we called the midwife after dinner last time (and hubby cooked dinner for himself and my doula - I was throwing up by that stage so not eating). But the energy mix doesn't need to be refrigerated so pretty easy to handle.

So, a few lists to help those who are also planning a homebirth:

Homebirth kit:
Pool and pump
Hose and fittings (make sure it can reach a warm water source)
Lots of old towels
Plastic sheet/shower curtain to cover the sofa (if you're planning on birthing in your room just use a waterproof mattress protector)
Old fitted sheet to go over the plastic…

36 weeks pregnant

That really did come up quickly.

Far more so than with the first two. An indicator, I think, of just how busy it is with two kids under 5 and another on the way.

I've finished work - started my leave just after I turned 34 weeks. I'm now doing the school runs morning and afternoon for my big boy who has just started full time school (after part time kindy last year), and looking after the increasingly difficult (terrible 2s anyone?) but happy 2 year old the rest of the time. It's not so bad during the day, especially as I have got his day naps back to normal after a brief period of him refusing to nap, but if hubby is out in the evenings it's a real struggle for me. He's out regularly twice a week but often will have something on on an additional day, which means mealtime, shower time and bedtime are all mine and it takes all of my energy to get this all done by about 8pm. Then i try to ignore the chattering coming from their room unless it goes longer than half an…

Diastasis recti update - third trimester

Have just come back from my final antenatal appointment with my physio at 33 weeks - next one will be after bub is born. Have been doing pretty well with my exercises - probably managing them 6 times a week. She wasn't able to get a passive measurement this time, due to baby now filling my belly, but she was very pleased with my active measurement - 3-4-3, down from 4-4-4 last visit!

So plan is to continue with my exercises until baby is born, at which point I am to stop. Then I'll visit within a fortnight after bub arrives and she'll check me and give me some (possibly) new exercises to do. Fingers crossed we'll be able to close the gap this time! I'm quite hopeful.

Bub has been head down since 31 weeks (yay!!), but is slightly oblique with head in my left hip. Will be trying a few Spinning Babies exercises to encourage him/her to move into my pelvis, and also have made an appointment at the chiropractor to see if they can help align everything (and also help with…