Week in the life of…

January

What can I possibly say about the first weeks of life with a new baby? Life as you know it, has completely changed. Sleep is no longer a certainty, neither is having a shower or being able to just pop down to the shops to get lunch or dinner. Bringing Jack home, both of us had no clue what we were doing. Bringing Alexis home, I felt less confused as I knew that I had done this before. However, I don’t know why I thought it would be any easier. There is a fine balance of returning to ‘normal’ life for Jack, with the uncertain routine with Lexi. Thankfully James was around to help with the transition. Dad did a great job, shopping and cooking dinners (7 weeks on and it seems like a distant memory!). 

Week 1 Jan 6 to 12th – we travelled to Point Lonsdale to visit James’s grandmother. I discovered that I still loved ham (gosh I missed it during pregnancy) and there were lots of cuddles this week with family.

Week 2 Jan 13th to 19th – Nanny’s birthday. We survived dinner out (thank goodness for babywearing) and a trip to Hopheads Altona. Jack loves playing the board games at the Altona one, and he loves being the centre of attention with friends at the Point Cook location. He was convinced that he was celebrating his 4th birthday at Hopheads. He is also besotted with everything to do with his baby sister. He is fascinated watching her bathe, and will always want cuddles with her (while she’s quiet). 

Week 3 Jan 20th to 26th – We had a visit to Emergency this week. Alexis developed a rash that covered her little body. Doctors weren’t too concerned, but with the recent rashes in the house (Jack’s chickenpox) we thought it best to check that all was ok. James managed to convince me to leave the house, and we drove into Docklands. We enjoyed lunch and a quick trip to Costco. Love any excuse to visit Costco. I saw someone post in one of the fb groups that they sell Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. Fingers crossed that by the time I make it in again, they have some! 

Week 4 Jan 27th to Feb 2nd – Little Alexis is getting more and more awake and alert. The boys had a fun day out together, visiting St Kilda’s adventure playground, and Luna Park. Jack was so proud that he went on the Scenic Railway. He declared that when he grows up he wants to work at Luna Park. Even though he looks less than impressed in the photo, he went back on the ride again! Which, if you know Jack, he is extremely hard to convince to do anything, if he doesn’t want to. So he must’ve really liked it? 

Meeting Alexis

I was just reading over my birth story for Jack, and getting a little teary, thinking that I really need to get my act together and write Alexis’s story down, before I conveniently forget what had happened. I will clarify that my story will most likely be completely different to hubby’s. 

At times during this pregnancy, time would fly, and then completely crawl. How is that possible? After accidentally finding out that we were going to welcome a little girl into our family, I asked at every scan if that was indeed true! I was convinced that the blood test had got it wrong, and every scan until 34 weeks. This pregnancy, was different to when I carried Jack. Although not physically ill, I was a lot more queasy and the mere mention of food made my stomach flip during that first trimester. 

We had to have a few more scans with Alexis – the placenta was a little too close and had to be made sure it moved up before delivery (placenta previa). Then at 32 weeks they discovered that she was measuring quite large (98th percentile). Further growth scans at 34 weeks and 36 weeks indicated that she was still growing quite large (97th and 95th percentile).  Thus our obstetrician raised the idea of having an induction. We booked in Sunday night 6th Jan, however, we were then told that that night was fully booked. So we booked in the previous night, Saturday 5th January to start the induction process. Hubby had an extremely busy week ahead, as he had work at the Kooyong Classic. 

Saturday arrived, and we fare-welled Jack, knowing that I may not see him for a few days. In the lead up to all of this, Jack was diagnosed with a case of chickenpox, despite being immunised. Thankfully it was extremely mild, and only affected one arm. However, we were told to minimise the contact between Jack and the baby, until all the scabs had healed. Hubby and I rocked up to the hospital in the late afternoon, and we were eventually taken through to a delivery suite. I was checked for dilation, and administered a dosage of gel at 630pm. In the meantime, we kept ourselves busy and attempted to rest up overnight. James had enough of the fold out lounge, and left to go home after 1am. The nurse came in to check the dilation again, at 230am. She attempted to break my water, and then decided to administer another dosage of gel. 

James arrived back at the hospital, around 8ish, and bought a coffee for me. The nurse came in around 930am and broke my waters. She left me for an hour to see if labour would start by itself. Around 10:30 she came back in to start prepping for the drip to start contractions. I was experiencing small contractions, but could not see anything on the monitor. She left the room, to grab all the bits and pieces, and within that time, I had started pacing, and feeling like I needed to use the bathroom. 

The time between that, and baby’s arrival, is now a blur, but with lots of noise and possibly swear words. James told me I was making up swear words, I choose not to believe him. He was doing a great job, making sure my water bottle was full of water, and icy cold water at that. I clung to the bathroom door, as it had a nice cold frame, When they asked me to hop on the bed to check how far dilated I was, that was when they suggested that I start to use the gas. I’m still not sure if the gas actually helped, but it was nice to be able to bite down on the plastic to ride through the contractions. 

Bubs arrived around 12:47pm, with the help of forceps. She was looking the wrong way and needed assistance to turn to get down the last little bit. This ‘help’ left me a little bit sore and sorry for a few weeks after. The doctor wanted to get her out as fast as possible as her heart rate was dipping, which I think they said was caused by the cord being wrapped around her stomach.  Unfortunately for me, I lost a bit of blood along the way, which meant that when I went to sit up, my whole world was spinning and I felt like I was going to pass out. Eventually, with a blood transfusion, I felt a lot better and was able to get out of bed on Tuesday. We headed home on Tuesday night, This was the first time that both Jack and my mother in law, got to meet little Alexis.

We were still deciding on names, after Alexis had arrived. I think we had narrowed the names down to 3 the night before. I had always wanted to use Margaret as her middle name since finding out bubs was a little girl. Margaret was my mum’s name, and also my mother in laws middle name. 

Alexis Margaret Morgan
6 Jan 2019
3.69kgs
56cm long
34cm head circumference

 

Wye River

Located:

With Melbourne’s winter dragging on, I was reminiscing about the warmer weather and the places we visited. I realised that I hadn’t gotten around to adding the photos from our day trip down to Wye River! Wye River is a 2 hour drive from Melbourne, located just past Lorne and you get to drive the Great Ocean Road to get there! 
Hubby’s family used to frequently visit this area and enjoyed camping alongside the river. The day that we visited was one of those killer 40 degree days, where everybody was trying to escape the heat. With that in mind, Jack only had a very quick play on the playground, that sits alongside the Wye General Store, at the base of the entrance to the Big4 Wye River Holiday Park. We enjoyed lunch at the Wye Beach Hotel, before getting changed and heading across the road to the beach to cool down. 

 

Equipment:

  • Nautical themed playground
    • with boats
    • floating buoys
    • lookout tower
  • swings
  • timber climbing apparatus
  • 2 slides
  • balance step log walk
  • spinning pole

The jumping pillow that is pictured is part of the Big4. 

Jack liked:

Jack liked wandering along the rocky shoreline that leads up to and through the Big4 holiday park. He also liked the quick play that we gave him on the playground, but I didn’t want him in the sun for too long, and some of the equipment was hot to touch. 
After attempting to cross the main road to get to the beach, we realised on the way back, that it was easier to walk underneath the bridge, and along the cool, shallow water than try to cross over the main thoroughfare of the Great Ocean Rd. I’d love to head back there this summer and introduce camping to Jack! 

Village Park, Jubilee Estate, Wyndham Vale

Located:

Village Park is located in the Jubilee Estate, in Wyndham Vale. We had previously visited the playground located at the front of the estate, and if you are feeling adventurous you could walk between the two! There’s a large grassed oval, a funky flying fox, and enough climbing equipment to keep the kids busy for awhile. The BBQ and seating area are nice and clean as well. If you are feeling like a workout, there’s also outdoor gym equipment with extensive instructions dotted around the beautiful grassed areas. 

 

Equipment:

  • 1 flying fox
  • 1 nest swing 
  • large net climbing structure, leading to a slide
  • 2 large rubber mounded areas, joined with a playground structure. 
    • rope bridge
    • rope crawl through
    • bridge
    • fireman pole
    • ladder
  • 2 slides
  • basketball court
  • 1 large grassed oval complete with AFL goals
  • BBQ area
  • drinking water fountain

Jack liked:

Jack surprised me when we visited this park! He straight away headed for the ropes to climb up to the slide. He got more adventurous and even attempted some balancing while holding onto the rings! He was happy exploring the playground features, and after I went on the flying fox first, he happily had several goes, holding on all by himself.