Friday, April 11, 2014

Snap! Pregnancy Album - Finally Finished!!

I don't know if any of you frequent my blog often but you may remember when I shared a post showing part one and two of my pregnancy album...well I have finally finished!! Now my boy is two months old and I have had spurts here and  there to sit and scrap!
If you didn't see the post you can find it here.

Today I'm going to share the final part of my album ... part three (the third trimester)
I also did a video flick through which you can watch here of the whole album.

So here is part three :)

So while I am so happy that it's finally finished and let's admit it...there's nothing better than finishing a scrapbook album, I am kind of sad at the same time that it brought an end to that chapter. If I was being totally honest I would say that there are parts of being pregnant that I really miss..a lot, especially when I see how quickly my little baby is growing into a little boy already!

I hope you enjoyed a look at my album and I think it's time for me to wrap it up and pop it in my boy's baby box with his other precious things. xx

Friday, March 21, 2014

Puppy Love

I thought I would pop in - even in my tired Mummy state to share a page I made last week using lovely bits and pieces from D-Lish Scraps.

This picture was taken of my niece while she was just a tiny baby. She celebrated her first birthday back in October..that's scary!

The last thing I will share is our gorgeous birth announcement photographed and designed by my sister Tamara.

I am working really hard on Elijah's Project Life album. I have completed the cover page and most of week 1 (which was 6 and a bit spreads long)


Monday, February 24, 2014

On motherhood...

What a crazy two weeks it has been since our son entered the world.
I think it's been a mixture of tears of joy, love, shock, a bit of frustration and pure sleep deprivation.
I feel like while we are totally head over heels in love with our new addition we have discovered the scary side of parenting early on.
From sleepless nights, shower lacking days, bottles laying all over the house, blogs opened everywhere on parenting advice, bibs and bits of baby clothing strewn over the house most often with chunks of baby vomit and two parents with baggy eyes and messy hair!
My Mum says it's only pay back as I was a horrible baby and never slept. Elijah was blessed with the same issues I had as a baby...bad colic/reflux. For the first week I swear we didn't get any sleep at all, well I know that I didn't. Luckily with a change of bottles, formula and some infants friend we are actually getting somewhere. For the last three nights we have finally had nights where Elijah has not only slept, but slept right through!

I think the hardest thing I have found is perseverance when he is crying his little lungs out. It's so easy to get so stressed and get to the point of crying along with him. I let myself get to the point of utter exhaustion and wanting to give up. I am so lucky and grateful for some awesome family and friends that helped me through. Thank goodness.

So two weeks (almost three) into motherhood and I have realised that I am on a massive learning curve. I am looking forward to getting back to Tasmania and getting ourselves into a better routine and enjoying these special new months with our son. 

I can't wait to share more of our growing family's milestones as little Elijah grows up.

p.s. thanks for all the lovely welcoming messages. We are delighted with Elijah and love him to bits.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Elijah Mason -The Birth Story

Elijah Mason Williams
Born: 6th February at 7.38pm
Weight: 9pound 9ounces (4.34kg)
Length: 52cm
Head Circumference: 37.5cm

We are so delighted to be able to post finally about the birth of our baby boy Elijah....or Baby E as we  so commonly referred to him as. 

He is now six days old! Feel like time is flying so quickly. It's been a rather exhausting and tiring week getting used to our new addition. A lot of learning curves but we are loving spending time with our little man.

Elijah's birth story:
I was really hoping for a natural labour but unfortunately things didn't happen that way. Elijah had other plans and didn't want to come out and meet us - it was obviously very cosy in there! So at 9 days overdue on the 5th of February we were admitted to the hospital to begin the induction process. At 8am they administered the first dose of Prostin gel and I was told to walk around the hospital. Adam and I may have been naughty and taken a trip to Spotlight...but hey...we got the walking part done! We arrived back at the hospital and spent the day waiting, waiting and waiting for something to happen. Nothing did so they administered the second dose of Prostin gel at 3pm. It felt like time was at a stand still and as I was hooked up to the CTG machine tracing the babies heart and any uterine contractions I couldn't move off the bed. All I was feeling were very mild tightenings. I was worried they were just going to send me home and we wouldn't be meeting our baby any time soon. It wasn't until after Adam left that night that I could no longer lay down on the bed. The contractions while still only mild were becoming uncomfortable. I was moved to the labour ward where I had a hot shower and used the fit ball to try and get some relief. I felt a bit disheartened when the midwife told me I was only 3cm dilated. It felt like we hadn't even begun. My back was in a lot of pain however so to get some sleep I had a dose of Pethidine. Best sleep ever!

The next morning I woke up and wasn't having contractions at all. I felt relatively ok. I was moved back to the ward and Adam arrived soon after. I barely had time to eat a piece of toast and the doctors came in. They had decided that the gel had progressed things far enough to begin the next stage of induction and so at 10.15 they artificially broke my waters and at 10.30 they started the drip. I must say if I have another baby I definitely do not want to see that drip ever again!!! It caused the most painful contractions. Thursday felt like the longest day of my life. Once again I was hooked up to the CTG machine and couldn't move from the bed. In retrospect I wish I had have asked for the epidural since I couldn't move anyway. I spent all of Thursday having regular and painful contractions. I think I made it worse for myself by watching the CTG machine because I could see the numbers rising and would prepare myself for the pain of another contraction before it happened. At one point they weren't getting a very good trace on the babies heart rate so they decided to insert a clip onto the babies head to get a better trace. The doctor tried four times and failed each time to get it wasn't exactly painful but definitely a very uncomfortable process. The midwife called another doctor in to try and do it (much to the other doctors disgust) and she got it first go! At 4.30pm they turned the drip up and this is where things got painful very quickly. I hadn't taken any pain relief up until this point and it was about now that I needed the gas! Our midwife had to leave between 5 and 6pm and said she would be back and that the baby wasn't close to coming yet. Well we proved her wrong! They actually had to turn the drip down while she was gone as I was having contraction upon contraction without a break and my body needed a break - I was exhausted.  By the time she came back I was 7cm dilated and my cervix was thin. To me this felt like I still had ages to go. Within the next half hour I transitioned into the second stage of labour and felt the need to push. It only took about 30 minutes of pushing for our beautiful baby to be born. When he decided he was coming, he did & very quickly! I actually much preferred the second stage of labour to the first because although the pushing was painful, it wasn't as long and as uncomfortable as the contractions. 

It was an amazing experience to be able to hold Elijah for the first time. We got so caught up in the moment that we actually forgot to ask whether he was a boy! Oops!
Unfortunately I didn't get to spend long with him after he was born because he is such a big baby and did some damage on the way out. They tried to fix the tear in the labour ward and I honestly could have killed the doctor that was doing it as she kept going even though the pain of what she was doing was unbearable. I sucked so much gas that I almost knocked myself unconscious and I lost my vision but could still hear what was going on around me. The tear was too off to theatre I went under a general anaesthetic. It was a bit heart breaking for me to be separated from my son that soon after meeting him but I am glad Adam was there to sit with Elijah while I was in theatre. I arrived back on the maternity ward at 2am and was able to spend hours cuddling my little boy.

We spent five days in hospital before being discharged. I have to admit that I found the first two days extremely hard. I hadn't slept in days and to be honest, the breast feeding thing didn't come naturally to me. In fact I am still having issues with breast feeding as my supply is just not enough to meet the demands of our big boy! So on day four we decided to top up his feeds with formula and try and express to build up supply. It wasn't exactly the way I wanted to feed my son, but I need to do what is best for both of us!

The first time holding my little boy. He only cried once and then he went off to sleep soundly. 

Our very first family photo.

Just to prove how big our bubba really was. He was double the size of my niece!

First bath with Daddy. Our boy LOVES his bath time.

He looks drunk after his feeds!

He loves sleeping with his hands near his face!

This first week has been amazing. We are both very tired parents though and are looking forward to relaxing over the next few days after Adam has a few days off work.

This mumma is off for some shut eye before our gorgeous little boy wakes.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Handmade Cards

Since I really only ever share layouts on my blog, I thought it might be fun to make some cards from scraps laying on my workspace and share them here. I made them to feature on the D-Lish Scraps blog & actually really enjoyed the process of making them.

I used some Crate Paper paper from the Flea market range by Maggie Holmes and a metal butterfly die cut that I have had in my stash for ages. I find that I rarely pull out my cuttlebug machine to use now that I have a Silhouette Cameo, but I may as well try and get use out of it when I can. I think every scrapbooker would have tools in their stash that they don't pull out near as much as they should!

Now the mission is to actually send these cards out! 
I am really bad at sending cards. I think I forget just about every birthday and special occasion. I need to be more like my Aunty who never forgets a single birthday! I think that is where Facebook has taken over these days ~ but nothing beats a card in the mail ... especially a hand made one.

Much love. xx

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Soon to be Parents

I am back to share another D-Lish scraps layout for the month. You can see my write up about the D-Lish Scraps products used on the D-Lish blog here.

I have seen a few clothesline type layouts around Pinterest lately and I must admit that it was my main inspiration for this page of Adam and I. I wanted to put lots of embellishments on the page and having the line of twine running along the page allowed me to have them 'hanging' somewhat down to create a clothesline effect.

I loved these pictures that Tamara took of us at 37 weeks pregnant. They feel like ages ago now that I am 41 weeks!! Hopefully by the time you read I will have had Baby E, because regardless of how comfy he is in there ~ he has to come this week!

I am really getting into the storytelling side of scrapbooking. I used to be really scared of journalling and not take the time to bother. Now I really see the importance of it because I know that our child will look back on these books someday and want to know what we were doing and thinking at the time - especially pages like this!

The journalling reads:
"Our maternity photos taken by my sister really capture who we are now. Soon to be parents to our first baby. I think we look both scared and excited about what is to come. It is going to be a fun adventure full of ups and downs I am sure, but as long as we are together, we have it covered."

Much love. xx