Today most of my family is in Bali for my cousin Mandy's wedding. Earlier in the year I mentioned that I was working on some wedding invitations that I never got around to sharing. These invitations were a lot of fun to design, and were not usually my 'style' of designing so they were also a real challenge. Mandy is an effortless creative with really fantastic ideas (if she had her own blog it would be an overnight hit), and her 'travel' themed wedding is going to be amazing. Mandy & her partner Ben travel a lot, and Ben is a pilot - hence their theme. The wedding invitation was inspired by the Australian passport with the identification page displaying all the official details of the wedding. Their wedding logo is two lady beetles that is explained on the second page of the invite with a cutesy poem which Mandy's sister Sophie wrote. She also wrote a couple of other little poems to dress up your standard information. Mandy wanted the passport invitation to be a keep sake and have an accompanying form of invite that you could rsvp with. For this part of the invite a boarding pass was the inspiration - which I thought was absolutely brilliant! Another really neat aspect to this wedding package was the little business card which you could hand to your taxi driver and it has the wedding venues directions on the back in Balinese. I'm really excited to see photos from the wedding as Luke & I weren't able to go as Romy's due date was the 21st of May. As sad as I am that I can't be there today, it's nothing a big bear hug from my daughter won't fix!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Last week Luke, Romy & I ventured out for our first family coffee date together. It has been a good couple of weeks since Luke & I have had the time to go out and just sit and talk over coffee without having to rush off to work or an appointment. And because Luke knows me so well he also ordered lemon tart for our afternoon tea! Romy was very well behaved and slept soundly in her pram. The cafe we went to is a five minute walk from our house, however we took the walk at a snails pace and got there after fifteen minutes. I'm still not feeling so fantastic after having a caesarean and didn't want to push myself too far, but I needed to get out of the house. I'm not used to being house bound for such long stretches, so the past two weeks have been a frustrating in that regard. Before Romy made her early arrival we had only been living in our new house for about three weeks, and hadn't done any wondering in our new area so I didn't know just how close we are to a decent cafe. So when I've made a full recovery it will make for a nice walk to grab a coffee. I've been itching to leave the house especially the last couple of days, and can't wait to have adventures with my new little family!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Enjoy your week!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hot, hearty breakfasts
Morning meals with Luke
Getting organised with lists
Constant time keeping
And looking at this little face
It has been just over a week since we brought Romy home. Our first night was a little rough, the complete darkness & silence at night unsettled her as our bedroom was unlike the noisy nights in the hospital with the fluorescent lights. I woke up to find her in our bed snuggled up to Luke, which has been one of the best things I have ever woken up to by far. Our days together have all been much of the same thing, only we get more organised each morning. Our house is two stories, so while I'm still on the mend I'm keeping my trips upstairs to just one a day. In the mornings Luke brings everything we'll need for the day downstairs and we set up our lounge room ready for a day of napping, nursing, expressing & feeding. After we've dressed for the day, fed Romy her breakfast & bathed her, Luke makes us breakfast and we sit down together and enjoy our first quiet moment of the day. During my stay in hospital by the time I got around to having my breakfast it was generally cold and I was constantly being interrupted by nurses, so I either had to eat it super quickly or not at all. To say it has been really nice to just sit and enjoy a meal eaten off a plate with someone at a table, would be an understatement!
Monday, May 6, 2013
It has been two weeks since this little delightful bundle came five weeks early. I was at work on a busy Saturday morning when I had to leave mid morning rush to go to the hospital because I had heavy bleeding. For the past couple of weeks I had been joking with my boss about going into labour at work and feeling slightly anxious about that actually happening - and it did. My Mum picked me up from work and after picking up my extremely worried husband, we drove to the nearest hospital. After half an hour in the emergency department and not a single doctor being able to help us or tell us anything I was transferred to another hospital. As soon as we got to the hospital I was hooked up to a machine to monitor the baby's heartbeat, which was beating away healthily. I was told I would be staying in the hospital for observation for the night until they could determine what had caused the sudden bleeding that had started to ease off in the afternoon. Things were starting to look okay so my Mum went home, and Luke & I were left to it with a Bryan Adams marathon on the radio which became less funny as each song started. Around 7pm the bleeding started again and the doctors had decided that it would be best to perform an emergency caesarean, which completely freaked me out because I was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. It wasn't until a theatre freed up around 11pm that I was wheeled off to have my baby. After surgery I was told I had a giant blood clot that was the causing my placenta to tear and it was lucky they decided to operate or things could have got really bad.
At 12.04 am on the 21st of April - exactly one month before her due date - Romy May was born. We have had her named picked out from the very beginning. I have loved the name 'Romy' ever since Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion, and am particularly sweet on shorter names. We had just one other girl name picked out that I was leaning towards, but decided against when I found out it was going to be the name of an old friend's daughter. We had the same name picked out (first & middle names!) & the same due date! So it was a sign that she was supposed to be called Romy! Luke picked her middle name as I'm not really fussed on middle names and if it was up to me I would have not given her one. My Grandmother, Sister & Mum all have the middle name 'May', so it was especially nice that Luke chose May.
Romy & I spent a week in hospital so I could recover, and she could put on some weight and learn to feed on her own. We've been home for just over a week now, and every day things are becoming a little more familiar and we're both getting the hang of breast feeding - which is a lot harder than I expected! Luke & I have adjusted to the broken sleep, but I'm yet to get used to the 3am feeds which are going to be even more enjoyable when Winter is in full swing next month! These past two weeks have just gone by so quickly, and I really don't mind if the next four go by just as fast. A c-section recovery period is around 6 weeks, and I've already got two down. I can't wait to feel better and to be able to do things for myself and to really enjoy the new addition to our family!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
My 'Start Your Week Off With..' & 'Fancy Folk' features may be a little scattered and inconsistent over the next couple of weeks while I adjust to having all these new changes. I managed to steal half an hour this afternoon to quickly read a couple of blogs and take my mind of feeding schedules. I was really excited to see one of my favourite bloggers Erica from Caught On A Whim was featured in a magazine! And Chloe from Lazy Explorers was also featured in a different magazine for her creative blog header. I get really excited for other bloggers when wonderful things such as being featured in magazines happen for them. It's really inspiring to see what wonderful things come from their dedication.
Have a great week!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
I've had to have an unexpected little break from this blog because two weeks ago my daughter decided to arrive a little early. Five weeks early, in fact! We've been home since last Sunday after a delightful week long stay at the hospital. I hadn't even got around to posting about my lovely afternoon baby shower yet! Even though I am definitely not in a routine, or really that organised, things are starting to get a little more familiar and I'm working out which parts of my day I can use the most and when I should look for cat nap opportunities. I'm hoping to share some baby love over the weekend with you all.
Have a great weekend!