Tuesday, September 30

Back carry spit-up

So after wearing the Little Pear on my front for almost 6mths, I considered trying her on my back. What an experience!

I looked at the videos on youtube and the instructions on this site. I was theoretically prepared and full of casual enthusiasm. The women on the videos made it look easy, no problem.

Well! I fumbled, almost dropped her (I was on a bed mind you), got tangled, couldn't reach around properly, and strained my back. Little pear had a great time thinking the craziness was all a new game.

So I finally get her into the rucksack hold, look in the mirror and see she's about to topple out at any time. I also realise that my hair is in her face, and that I had completely forgotten she still has a runny nose (back mucus...ech).

We are both cracking up at the sight of us - she oblivious that it's not supposed to be like this. I had to take a photo. The light was bad and I was trying not to drop her so they are terrible pics, but a record of events nonetheless.

I put down the camera and before I could complete the sentence, "let's get you out of this munchkin." she proceeds to sick-up, and as she is toppled sidways it works itself neatly down my arm, torso and leg. That's what jiggling a baby for half an hour achieves.

On the bright side, the spit-up did not land right on my back and in my hair, and I managed to entertain a baby for 30 minutes.

I don't know who these mothers in the instructions are, but I'm highly suspicious of their successes. I say, they have someone hold the baby and help bring the wrap around, and then they take the photo to make it look like they did it alone. All just to make you and me feel like a right twit. Okay, perhaps just me?

Any tips?


Sunday, September 28

Cuppa wild peppermint

Up here, 700ft above sea level, it grows plentifully but not invasively. The wild kind in these conditions grows to a smallish shrub.

We strolled down the gravel lane, and after letting the little one choose the plant, I collected just enough for a cuppa.


Thursday, September 25

Mucus alert

Just when you think the baby can't possibly excrete anything else from any other oriface, along comes a cold. Mucus really has a lot to answer for.

Her first illness.

Just when you think that the lack of sleep couldn't get any worse. I stay awake to ensure that's she's comfortable. And her little hands claw for me even more.

A little eucalyptus essential oil burning in the house, lots of layers, fluids and cuddles, and it's almost gone.

Wednesday, September 24

Wednesday Wackiness

I have to get me one of these cats.

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Monday, September 22

Wild boars?

We think the local boars came scrounging on our plot. Would love to spot one in action... well, from a distance anyway. And a fence.

Saturday, September 20

Cultural Fights

In a list I belong to, the topic about culturally-defined gender preferences came up. While most parents are all gun-ho about stomping the socio-cultural influence on our kids, I’m a little more relaxed about it - from a parenting point of view. This was my response to one member who first brought forth this other pov.

When I was young(er) I butted heads with almost everyone. I was very unconventional and was very anti-anything that forced me to think or act
according to someone else’s ideas. While I’m still unconventional, and retain the stance that I will not be told what to think, I have mellowed out a lot. That is, I no longer see it as beneficial (culturally, mentally, emotionally, spiritually) to meet the world as if it is an enemy.
Yes, I am not content with how women/girls are portrayed in the media, or how labels are forced down children’s throats, or how we hold on to so many behaviours, attitudes and ideas that are really more banal than anything else. However, I AM still a part of this society/culture, and my child will be too (despite living up a mountain and home educating, etc).
I don’t want to raise a child that meets society with anger and suspicion. If my little girl decides one day that blue is for boys, I will share with her my thoughts on that. Yet if she chooses to retain that belief, I feel that it is her right to do so, but also that it isn’t a big enough deal to make it into an issue.

When my mum-in-law picked up a pair of Barbie shoes for my DD, I took the opportunity to kindly let her know that no Barbie or character merchandise would enter our home while I had a say in it. I detest Barbie! HOWEVER, if one day my DD wants one, I refuse to make it an issue, although I will share in her playing, keep an eye out for stereotyping, and use appropriate and gentle opportunities to discuss body image if I felt my daughter was interested.
Many parental experts suggest that we ‘pick our battles’ with our kids, well, I feel it is the same for society/culture. It seems to me that some parents get very hung up on the cultural issues, forgetting that, the fact that they are creating issues is an
issue! lol That is, they are imparting an attitude that may be more harmful than
a colour or doll.
If we feel anxiety because of a belief our child shares, surely that has an effect. Possibly a harmful one that the actual belief itself may never have had.
If my DD says that blue is for boys, I can choose to feel anxiety and make it into a lecture about how it’s for everyone. Or, I can choose to find it developmentally interesting, make a quick comment, and then allow my DD to keep it. Because perhaps the belief is a small way forher to make sense of her world, for now. It needn’t be a life-longbelief. If today wearing blue makes her unhappy, for me it’s moreimportant to allow her the comfort of not wearing it.
Isn’t bringing up a strong, happy, confident child, whilst they are so young, more important than individual issues?

Friday, September 19

Fact Friday


A preliminary study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found children who received the HiB vaccine … were found to be 5 times more likely to contract the disease than children who had not received the vaccine.


Tuesday, September 9

Tuesday's Words

“A good teacher knows that the best way to help students learn
is to allow them to find the truth by themselves.”