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02 March 2007 @ 03:39 pm
14 weeks 2 days.

On Wednesday night we met our midwife for the first time, and we didn't have any doubts about hiring her at all. She's a totally awesome, reassuring, caring, and competant woman. We were so relieved that she turned out to be so great, because there is only one other midwife in Canberra that does homebirths. We spent about two hours discussing her experience, her philosophy surrounding labour and birth, and want we wanted from her. She's youngish, in her thirties I guess (Evan was picturing her as a Sheila Kitzinger-like woman in her 50s), but she's had a lot of experience working with women in both their homes and in hospital settings. She had been working as a midwife at the Canberra hospital as well as doing homebirths until recently, but she decided to quit the hospital because working within the medical model (which she agrees appears to offer women choices, but really gives them none) was making her too depressed.

I got a job working in a call centre - yeah, not exactly exciting, but I don't plan to be there long term. At least I'm making some money and I can spend my day sitting down - which I'll be greatful for once I get bigger. It's an information and referral line for the Jobsearch network, so basically I answer the questions of unempoyed people all day. Most are great, but I do get some people who are just really pissed off at the world because they've been unemployed so long. I think it's understandable really, but they're still not nice to deal with.

Canberra had an insane hailstorm on Tuesday night - we didn't get any hail in our area, but the city centre was pretty smashed up. The hail was knee deep in some areas, and quite a few buisnesses are closed because of hail damage, whilst the Australian National University has $7 million worth of damages and is closed for the rest of the week. The next morning, passing the city centre on the bus on the way to work, the streets looked like it had snowed overnight - there was still hail frozen into 6 inch sheets of ice covering a lot of the ground, and many of the roads were closed. The hail stripped all the trees of their leaves, so there were also huge piles of sodden green leaves all over the footpaths. The unpaved ground looked like it had been ploughed after having been pummelled with hailstones the size of cricket balls. It was bizzare, and so unlike any weather we usually have. Apparently it was a 'supercell' storm - which it seems is very rare and is the type that also causes hurricanes.
Current Location: canberra, australia
fox in socks
14 February 2007 @ 03:25 pm
I'm feeling happy and excited today because I have found myself a midwife. I've only talked to her on the phone, so I can't be sure that it'll work out until we meet it person, but she's happy to take me, and she sounded great when we chatted.

I've been so worried that I wouldn't be able to get a midwife and that I'd have to go to hospital. (To be honest, I'd much rather birth unassisted at home that expose myself to unnessacary medical intervention at the hospital.) But now it seems everything is falling into place and I'll be able to have the birth I want, providing my pregnancy goes smoothly.

I'm twelve weeks today, so I've just entered my second trimester. I haven't been feeling naseous at all for a while now, although I'm still getting quite tired some days. I have a hint, a small hint, of a baby bump appearing. As in, most people would never notice, but I've definately devloped a little bit of a pot, and it's got a definate pregnant belly shape to it. In a few weeks I think I'll really pop out. It's so exciting!

Evan has started work and is enjoying his new job - I'm job hunting and being a housewife for now. I need a job so that I can meet some people here and make some friends. Evan has invited a few people from his work around for dinner on Sunday night, so hopefully we'll get on well together. I'm going to start pre-natal yoga next week, and am hoping to meet some younger mothers-to-be to hang out with. I don't think 23 is that young to be having a baby, but it seems all the mothers I see are in their 30s (or 16!, there's no middle ground!)
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Current Location: canberra, australia
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
fox in socks
01 February 2007 @ 05:48 pm
We're moving to Canberra tomorrow. It feels surreal, remembering that this is my last day in Melbourne. Now that I'm leaving, there seems to be so many things to do here that I haven't had time for. I guess there will be new things to discover in our new city.

We've got a place to move into - it's got a huge tiled, enclosed balcony and a very yellow kitchen. Two bedrooms, third floor. More steps to deal with!

I'm ten weeks along and feeling so tired. I feel like I haven't rested in months - there seems to be so many little things to get done that have been filling up my days since before the wedding. I need to sleep for about three weeks.

Evan's department has paid for our move, so yesterday the removalists came to our house and packed everything for us and took it away. It was really nice to not do any work. We just sat on the floor and watched the removalists struggle down our stairs with all my books.
fox in socks
12 January 2007 @ 04:57 pm
I'm 7 weeks 2 days now.

I'm feeling so great - actually healthier than before I was pregnant. Last week I had two days where I felt a little queasy when I woke up, but that went away as soon as I ate something. Apart from that, no morning sickness to speak of!

My breasts seem to have taken on a life of their own, and actually seem to be bigger every day, which is kind of cool, cause I've never had much more than a handful, and now I'm starting to look quite busty. :)

I haven't been to see a docter and probably won't, I don't really see the point. I'm starting to look around for a midwife in Canberra, who I'll see once we move in February. I definately want a home birth. The only reason I'd decide to go to a birthing centre would be if we end up renting a place that I didn't feel comfortable birthing in. But really, I just can't picture myself giving birth any place but at home.

Haven't actually announced to my parents my pregnancy yet, but we're planning on telling them tomorrow night.
Current Location: back in Melbourne
fox in socks
22 November 2006 @ 09:14 am
Evan keeps suggesting that I should really be a nutritionist since my interest in healthy eating tends to border on the obsessive these days. My problem would be that I think that much of what is taught as conventional nutrition is a load of crap. As in, never-scientifically-proven-crap.

Take saturated fat, for example. Everyone knows saturated fat is bad for you, right? And how do we know that? Well...maybe we read it in a magazine? Maybe we were told that by a food corporation? The interesting thing about our obsession with eliminating saturated fat from our diet (and cholestrol for that matter), is that there is no evidence that it is bad for us. In fact, studies conducted since the 1950s show that a diet lacking saturated fat is positively correlated with depression, weight gain, immune system problems, behavioural problems, and functional problems of the liver and kidneys. Every traditional society consumed saturated fat as one of the major components of their diet, whether this was as meat, dairy, or blood. In traditional societies, heart disease was virtually unknown. In fact, in America before 1920, heart disease was exceedingly rare. By the 1950s, it had become the leading cause of death in the country. During this time, consumption of saturated fat actually decreased, while consumption of polyunsaturated fat (including trans fats) increased by nearly 400 percent.

Saturated fat is used by the body for cell renewal and hormone production. Many of the vitamins our body needs to absorb from our food are fat-soluable, which means they cannot be absorbed without the consumption of fat. Saturated fat is essential for brain development in infants and children - breast milk contains 50% saturated fat and is high in cholesterol. Children on low-fat diets have been diagnosed with failure to thrive. Diets low in saturated fat have been linked to lactation problems in women.

Contrary to popular opinion, it is not saturated fat that causes you to put on fat. Trigylcerides are formed by the body from excess glucose which usually derives from consumption of refined sugar and flour.

I've been reviewing my diet over the last few days. I guess I eat pretty well by most people's standards, but I've been feeling like I've been slipping a bit lately, feeling a little more sluggish. There's also the fact that I've been re-reading Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions, which has really reasserted to me just how unhealthy just about every modern food really is.
Current Mood: healthy
fox in socks
16 November 2006 @ 12:46 pm
The weather has been so weird this week. Unseasonably cold. In Melbourne it was 14 degrees and poured all day. The wind was icy.

Yesterday it SNOWED in Ballarat! More than they had all winter!

We're only two weeks away from summer, remember.
fox in socks
14 November 2006 @ 12:28 pm
Evan has a really important interview for a graduate position with the Federal Department of Health and Aging this afternoon at 4.00pm. Everyone send him good vibes, because if he gets this we'll be moving to Canberra in January! I'm so excited and nervous for him - there is so much competition for these jobs, and he's done so well to get through to the final stage.

I took him suit shopping on Saturday and he's looking sharp. Men's tailoring is awesome.

It's truely strange to have finished my degree - especially as I'm not planning on doing much with it. The knowledge that I can now do whatever the hell I want is pretty liberating. It's a struggle to keep reminding myself I shouldn't get pregnant before our wedding. However, it's less than six weeks until our wedding, and hopefully we'll conceive fairly soon after that.

Celeste is six weeks old already!
fox in socks
13 November 2006 @ 03:45 pm
I just printed out my final assignment, I'm off to hand it in.
I'm finally finshed my degree after five years!

Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
fox in socks
19 October 2006 @ 04:27 pm
Man Puts His Elbow Through Picasso's 'The Dream'

This happens all the time, especially in auction houses, where they usually repair the painting before the owner can find out...
fox in socks
19 October 2006 @ 11:59 am
I'm starting to get so, so excited about our wedding and honeymoon. I can't believe it's coming up so soon - it really doesn't seem that long ago that we got engaged! Plans are coming along pretty well - Anh sent us the designs for our invites and we bought paper and envelopes last week to print them on last weekend; we should be able to print our invites tomorrow night and get them posted out. (I'll post a picture once I've sent them out to the people we're inviting - that includes you Cate!)

As far as my outfit goes, I now have:

And I still need to buy:
Dancing Shoes
Jacket or something similar
Hair accessories

We had been so slack about planning the honeymoon because we just couldn't find the time, but now that Evan's parents are back from overseas Denise has taken over and planned us a wonderful itinary, and has been booking in all our transport and accomodation. It looks like its going to be really wonderful - we're going to do things like swimming with seals and sea kyaking. YAY!!