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Needing to vent… be warned!!

Thought I’d better warn anyone not wanting to hear my rantings before I start.

It’s been a rough couple of months. I’m super relieved SENZ is over but since then Joshie has become a demon, I’ve been really sick with a never-ending headcold and generally things just could be better. Yep I know it’s just a rough patch, but sitting in the middle of it all gets a little overwhelming at times.

We’re having issues with Joshie, I’m not sure if he’s just playing up because he knows that Lucas is on the way or whether it’s the testosterone burst they get at this age but he’s been playing up something chronic. He’s just been SO naughty, yelling in my face while he’s holding my arms, saying no to everything, throwing his stuff around, tantrums and generally being a little S*&T. At a time when I’m really wishing this pregnancy was over and am needing him to be good, he’s being the complete opposite.

Aside from this he’s still not eating properly, he’s so fussy and has a fit if there’s anything new on his plate but I’m persisting with trying to introduce him to vegetables (he wouldn’t know what one was despite my best efforts). It’s so disheartening. On top of that we also have an issue with the toilet training. He’ll do No. 1’s in there no problem at all, but try and get him to do a No. 2 and he’ll whinge and say he can’t, it’s too hard and that he doesn’t need to. 5 mins later he’s done it in his underpants – the other day he even went to hide in the bathroom while he did it! I’m at my wits end and have reverted to pull ups in an attempt to show him that’s he’s being a baby by not using the toilet. It doesn’t matter how I approach it he just won’t even try.

There’s nothing wrong with Joshie, he’s just a very pedantic, hard-core kind of kid that does things his own way and always has. I just don’t know what to do next. I feel like the worst mother on the planet to have an almost 4 year old kid that won’t eat anything but chicken nuggets (he’s ok with breakfast and lunch but dinner is completely limited) and refuses to leave the nappies behind. He’s a kid that still gets up in the morning and wants his teddy, pillow, blanket (must be in that order) and a drink of milk… We’ve tried humouring him thinking he’ll grow out of it. We’ve tried being strict and dealing with the tantrums. We’ve tried coercing him with bribes. We’ve tried punishments like losing toys and time outs. NOTHING is working.

Is it just because Lucas is on the way? Will it change when he sees Lucas in nappies and eating better than he does? I so hope it does. We’ve talked to Joshie about being a big brother and showing Lucas how to be a big boy. We’ve tried stepping back about Lucas arriving thinking he was playing up because of feeling pressured to be a big boy. What do we do? I just don’t know. I’ve read the books. I’ve watch the Politically Incorrect Parenting Show but although I love it and it’s full of great advice, so much of it just doesn’t apply to a kiddo like Joshie. Normal ways of doing things just don’t seem to be working. All I can think of to do is carry on with the discipline and trying to encourage him to eat new things and use the toilet, and hope he decides he needs to be a big boy when he sees Lucas in nappies and eating baby food.

I’ve recently resigned from my position on the Rasberry Design Team as well. The products are lovely and it’s a great team to be a part of but with only 5 weeks to go before Lucas I needed to step back so I can concentrate on stuff that I can do from the house instead of having to go down to the office. I’ve pretty much moved all my work up onto my laptop now (thank you so much mum!) so at least I can work a little more comfortably now.

I’m back for another round of blood/urine tests tomorrow too. I’ve been really sick for the last 10 days with a horrible headcold I’ve not been able to take anything for and ended up with a trace of protein with my last midwife test. I suspect it’s the antibiotics I’ve been on (the only thing I could take as I also ended up with a respiratory infection) that affected the result but my blood pressure was up a little (no idea WHY Joshie… I say with sarcasm) but of course they’re all signs of pre-eclampsia. I’m not thinking there’ll be anything turn up in tests but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I also have to get another growth scan this week which I’m looking forward to, it’ll be nice to get a good look at Lucas before he makes his debut.

Other than all this I’m sooo over this pregnancy. The headcold has made it harder but Lucas is a busy wee fella and I’ve been so uncomfortable that I’ve not slept properly in months. He kicks a lot (nice and reassuring) but my hips are so sore all the time that I’m just done with it all. If I ever think of doing this again just shoot me.

The house is also getting me down, we’ve been living in a semi-renovated, tiny house now for almost 5 years and I hate it. I mean it could be worse but I just feel like we’re never going to get it finished so we can get out of here. And with the housing market like it is we’re stuck for now anyway. What I want to know is who I have to sleep with to get a house makeover… seriously thinking I should run my own telethon…

Ok… venting over… it’s pretty much all out. Of course there’s always more I could bitch about but now I’m just feeling like a big whinger and hate feeling so negative. I should be excited (which I am) but it’s all just a bit on top of me at the moment. All this and I feel like the goodyear blimp. Most pregnant women have gorgeous hair and glowing skin, I get hormone spots, greasy folicles and am generally at my most unattractive. I’m grateful that Lucas is ok, that Joshie is healthy (despite the fact I want to kill him right now) and that I only have a few weeks to go. With Mum and Dad in Cairns at the moment I’m totally grateful for the break I get on Kindy days.

On a lighter note I’ve just had my first layout published in Digital Artist Magazine, it was this one:

spring layout

Nice to see something different of mine in print (or in digi anyway). I’ve also been working on a new kit for Eidou and am loving how it’s coming out. Sales in the digi industry have slowed down as much as they have in the traditional scrapping industry and I’m wondering where to head next with the business. I’ve put in so much work in the past year and have a great group of people together on the site, but it’s just gone very quiet out there. I have a couple of ideas I want to implement as soon as I get chance but it’s disheartening. Serves me right for starting it up at the beginning of a recession (which hadn’t hit here when I did it)…

Oh well, on the upside we’ve upgraded our modem to a wireless router so I can surf at the same time as Steve and from anywhere in the house without cables everywhere – sweet! Some things are looking up anyway! LOL

Ok, so apologies for the venting (but you were warned), but sometimes you just gotta get it out. Roll on Spring. I’m ready for the sun, for playing with Joshie on the deck, for the end of being cooped up pregnant with a bored almost-4-year-old.

L x

Seriously… you’re missing A LOT

Ok so I’m on the team of Scrap N’ Art but it’s truly an amazing ezine! I subscribed long before I joined as it’s such a great online magazine so have you checked it out yet?

You’re seriously missing out if you haven’t! This latest issue is full of amazing layouts, I’ve not been this inspired in a long, long time and that’s the truth. The Jan/Feb issue is over 100 pages long and chocka full of great info and free downloads for the digital amongst us…


How cool are they?

Over at Eidou we’ve had a great start to the year with a sketch and swatch challenge, and shortly a template challenge too… lots to keep digi and hybrid scrappers alike busy!

On a personal front I’ve been amiss at keeping in touch lately, I’ve had computer issues and have reinstalled my whole system 6 times this week!! don’t ever think that upgrading your system software is a good idea. It’s not. Ever.

Sooo here’s catch up time. Joshie’s had a great break from Kindy and we’re making progress with the toilet training! hooray! thought the kid would be going to college in nappies… no changes on the bottle front and he’s still getting me up umpteen times a night to be retucked in (he’s a mobile sleeper!) but he’s a little sweetheart and his behaviour really turned a corner when he hit three. Hence trying for another. Wouldn’t have happened otherwise! No news on that front yet but it’s early days…. you know I’ll keep you informed! LOL

Ok… so Christmas was great, we did the family thing with ALL the rellies a week earlier so it was nice and restful on the day. Joshie spent the morning before we went over to my cousin’s house on the trampoline…


Then played Santa’s helper, delivering (and opening) everyone’s presents.


Now a question… why on earth are there so many of those damned tags holding kid’s presents together!?! don’t they want the kids to ever get IN to them? I feel a page coming on…


this one’s just because I love his smile, he’s doing the ‘grin for the camera’ bit… there goes the end of the natural smile shot…


A day before Christmas Eve we decided to do some last minute shopping so went to Borders… I found my boys around the music section…


And then onto Christmas morning… Joshie was in fine form with present opening this year. We had a rough night on Christmas Eve and he didn’t want to get up in the morning as he was tired… until he came out and saw all the presents. To quote “wow, so many presents”… hehehe


And then Christmas Dinner over at my uncle’s house where he has a gorgeous pool area. My brother Mark took Joshie in for a swim and had a great time…


and finally, look what Santa brought for Joshie


Yep, a bike with no pedals. It’s called a Glide to Ride and teaches them balance before you add the pedals on later. So there he is, two feet on the ground and worried he’ll fall off. 10 mins on the bike and it’s been lonely ever since… I’m sure he’ll get into it and once he does we won’t be able to get him off it. And yes, Santa did go a bit mad on presents this year but me thinks he knows that it’s probably the last year we’ll be able to afford to do it (or he will) if we succeed in having another baby…

Sooo New Years we headed up North to Whangarei and spent the evening with the lovely Janine and Ruth and fandamily. Unfortunately Joshie didn’t make it until midnight and was begging to go to bed (I’d already tried to get him to sleep earlier but he wasn’t having any of it). Soooo 11.45pm we head back to the hotel (sounds flasher than it was!) using Steve’s new Navman (for the 100m journey back… LMAO). We got Joshie settled and then the fireworks started. Yep, my 3 year old didn’t go to bed until 12.30am and didn’t sleep late, didn’t have a nap the next day and still was up at 9.30pm the next night. This child is a vampire. He doesn’t sleep. I swear. Should’ve known that from his first night after being born. The only newborn on the planet awake for 6 hours and 2 feeds before deciding to sleep. Briefly. I might sleep when he leaves home…

As for scrapping I’ve been busy doing digi and class stuff so can’t share yet, but I’m working on a few mojo-boosting things to get myself back on track with it all. After doing 3 albums for Christmas the mood’s kinda left me but I’m starting to feel inspired again so stay tuned…

I should’ve warned you this one was a novel!

L 🙂

Quick Christmas Freebie!

These frames are super cute and just in time for Christmas! Download them here.


Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for your support of Eidou this year. 2009 is going to be huge and we’ll be bringing you so many exciting things so stay tuned, keep safe and have a wonderful holiday season!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Told ya I was in the christmas mood…


This HUGE collaborative kit from the Eidou designers is amazing value and chock full of christmassy goodness! Everything is 300dpi PNG or JPEG files.

This amazing kit consists of:

12 x papers
3 x ornaments
1 x rubon word sheet
1 x star rubon
2 x coloured berry branches
1 x holiday topper
1 x vintage christmas bird
3 x curled ribbons
3 x journalling blocks
3 x tags
1 x bear art
1 x candy cane
1 x dove
5 x flourishes
1 x frame
3 x holly sprigs
2 x poinsettia flowers
3 x stars
1 x wordart
2 x gold snowflakes
2 x white snowflakes
FREE co-ordinated glittered alphabet

And here’s a wee sample:



Hear, Hear… or not as the case may be

I took Joshie to the doctors to have his ears checked out and it’s not looking good. I’ve noticed his speech has become a bit unclear in the last couple of weeks and although he seems to hear us ok it was a concern so I took him back. Apart from a lot of wax in both ears it’s looking like there’s fluid in there too, so he’s on drops to get rid of the wax and then it’ll be back for another check to see if he’ll need grommets too… *sigh*…

On another note:

With the recent passing of my grandfather, it got me thinking about what an incredible marriage my grandparents had. Over 60 years together, even at the end my grandfather didn’t want to leave my grandmother. Just awesome and so inspiring. So in honour of my grandparents I’ve created the Vintage Wedding kit, and here’s a sample including a photo from their wedding day…


Think laces, florals and aged elements, all mixed in soft hues of blues, pinks and creams. Just gorgeous!

This kit has 8 beautiful papers, all distressed for the perfect finishing touch. Also included are two frames, two shaped elements, two flowers, a gorgeous crown, 4 different laces, a sprinkle of bling, a beaded ribbon and a gorgeous distressed curled edging. This one would make a stunning mini album and looks just amazing with my crackled paint alphas.

All papers are 300dpi jpeg files and all elements are 300dpi PNG files, checked for stray pixels and ready to go!

And keep an eye out for this weeks challenge in the Eidou Forum… ;)