Sunday, 4 October 2015

You've got the best of my love

I'm finally taking a moment to write a quick post to fill you in on our vintage baby bean news. This  has taken so long to write! Such is the busy schedule of a newborn!
Our sweet baby boy Tobias Josiah arrived a few weeks ago.

We were all booked in for a cesarean section due to happen at 38 weeks. That was decided long ago because of my complex health issues. So I wasn't at all expecting to go into labour even earlier at 37 weeks. In fact I hadn't even read about labour, nor had we done the usual antenatal classes, as the sessions were simply too long & exhausting for me. So when I started having contractions every 5 to 10 minutes at 6pm as we started dinner one night, I had no idea what they were. We spent the night googling contractions, labour & braxton hicks. After 3 hours we called my obstetrician, who told me to take some pain killers & go to bed, because he doubted it was labour. We tried that, but over the next 3 hours the contractions got stronger, every 5 minutes or less for 40 seconds or more. At midnight we called the hospital, & they told me to come on in & get checked out. At that stage I'd gone through 6 hours of labour. I wasn't at the hospital for long when my waters broke rather dramatically. It felt like a warm Niagara Falls. There was no doubt by then that this baby was on it's way. I was finally prepped for my c-section, which got started at 2am. So after 8 hours of unexpected labour, our wee 7 pound boy was born at 2.12am. It was an unreal experience, I kept on saying "I'm not ready!" We didn't know whether we were having a boy or a girl, so it was a lovely surprise

I spent a full week in hospital, with the Captain by my side every moment. My recovery was slow & challenging. I live with chronic pain most of the time to some degree, but the pain from surgery was very intense. Getting upright again was huge for me, & having a heartless midwife getting me up didn't help matters. The other big issue was my ongoing insomnia. I had 5 nights in a row with 1 hour total sleep over that time. After 5 sleepless nights I thought I might go mad, between that & the crazy hormones before my milk came in.  I found it impossible to switch my brain off with our newborn bub in the room. Finally the doctors decided to bomb me out on sleeping & pain meds, & the Captain was sent off to another room with Tobias for a couple of nights so I could sleep for as long as possible uninterrupted.

That first week is one I wouldn't want to do over. It's such an all consuming, overwhelming time in every way. Full of so many emotions as well as the physical changes and recovery, and so much to learn. It was good to finally be home, but once there our wee boy started to become very sleepy. I was having great trouble waking him for feeds, and he would barely cry at all. He had lost weight, and after a day of fruitless hours trying to feed him, we were advised to go straight to the emergency department at our local hospital after midnight one night. Tobias was admitted and checked over. It seems he was in a cycle of not feeding well due to being so sleepy, which then became a slippery slope where he was too lethargic to feed. The nurses got him topped up with some formula, which seemed to strengthen him to feed again. We were so thankful to avoid a naso-gastric tube, and grateful it wasn't anything more sinister.

As you can imagine it's been a busy time. The newborn schedule doesn't leave much time for anything else, let alone blogging or treasure hunting. And any spare moments seem to be spent having visitors who want to meet the newest member of the family, as well as me trying to factor in some essential rest.

I questioned becoming a mum for so long. Now I wonder why I did. It's already so much more then I could imagine. This new little life has brought us so much joy and laughter, and our hearts feel so full they could burst. We sit and look at our baby in awe and amazement. Of course it's challenging, especially physically when living with a chronic illness, but so far it's been more then worth it. We'll no doubt be living in our baby love bubble for a while longer, so forgive me if my posts aren't as regular as usual.

Here are some pics of the first weeks with our Little Bean. I'll try not to flood my posts with baby pics all the time!

Finally out of my PJ's!

I hope to catch up with you sometime soon! I've got some serious blog reading to do when I've got the brain capacity to take it in. Thanks for all your congratulations and lovely comments on Facebook and Instagram. We appreciate it! Xx

Friday, 25 September 2015

Mississippi moon won't you keep on shining

I almost didn't buy this handmade dress at one of my local op shops. It was a weird mid-calf length and kind of shapeless on me. But I had a feeling it would look alright if the hem was raised, and that would give me some extra fabric to make a tie belt. Now I love it. It's so comfy in a light stretch poly fabric, and it's been so wearable during pregnancy.
The brown leather bag was a gift from a friend who volunteers at a local church op shop. She figured it was my kind of thing so she delivered it to my door. It's a gorgeous cosmetic case with pockets inside. Thank you Leslie for thinking of me!

36 week Bean belly! 2 to go!

 Weirdly this little jacket showed up really light in the pics. It's actually more teal like the tights.

Outfit Details......

Handmade vintage dress - Op shopped & altered by me
Teal 3/4 jacket - Op shopped & shortened by me
Vintage bling star brooch - A birthday gift from my bestie Miss J
Little frame pendant - Made by me
Sarah Coventry brown ring - Op shopped
Embroidery hoop bird brooch on jacket - Made by me
(I AM getting rather crafty aren't I?!)
Leather beauty case - Gifted by a friend
Brown sandals - Op shopped @ Endos
Tights & sunglasses - Retail

Friday, 18 September 2015

I built me a raft and she's ready for floatin'

I bought this handmade vintage frock at one of my favourite K-Road stores when we were in Auckland in June. I've worn it heaps since then, as it has lots of belly room and it goes with a variety of cardigans. The dress cost me $10 and the jacket/dress thing was $1. It's the perfect light weight over coat for Brisbane. We took these pics on a dim old day by the bay. 

35 week Bean bump

Outfit Details.....

Handmade dress - Search & Destroy vintage store on K-Road
Jacket/dress - Op shopped
Embroidery hoop brooch - Made by me
Wooden cotton reel necklace - Made by me
Fabric button ring - Made by me
AAI vintage charm bracelet - Garage sale find
Huge Granny rug bag - Gifted by dear Trudie
Boots, tights and sunglasses - Retail

Friday, 11 September 2015

$3 Nana Nighty

I bought this cotton zip front dress years ago at a church op shop. I think it's probably a nighty, or a house dress. It reminds me of the kind of thing my Nana used to wear. I discovered this vintage cardigan that I had tucked away in a space bag at the back of my wardrobe. It's probably the first vintage cardigan I ever bought, from a vintage store in Melbourne. I've worn it maybe once or twice in the past 5 years. I think I thought the stripes were unflattering somehow. I'm glad I didn't get rid of it, as it's grown on me since I last pulled it out. 


 34 week Bean belly....not long to go!

 Outfit Details....

Cotton house dress - Op shopped
Vintage cardigan - Vintage store in Melbourne in 2010
Button necklace - Made by Kellie Christie
Enamel flower brooch - Etsy or Ebay?
Cartoon bracelet - Myclectic
Vintage green bracelet - Op shopped
Plastic beaded bag - Mid Mod Oz @ the WAC
Tights, boots, ring & sunglasses - Retail

Gratuitous Captain shot 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Vintage Baby Bean Preparations

I can't quite believe our Baby Bean is going to be in our arms within the next couple of weeks! 
I have so many emotions running through my head. Still utter amazement that we've made it this far, when there were so many odds against it. I am in awe of the love that I feel for this little wriggly being in my belly. Although those kicks are uncomfortable now, they are reassuring. 
It feels strange standing on this side of the abyss of parenthood, knowing everything is about to change, yet not quite understanding how. After 21 years of it just being the Captain & me, I can't imagine there being someone else with us all the time. It's exciting and absolutely daunting all at once. I kind of wish babies came with the ability to zip them back up in your tummy when it all gets too much! I have no idea of what it's going to feel like to hold my own flesh and blood in my arms....I guess I'll soon find out.

Here's some pics of Bean's room. Most of which has been bought secondhand or passed onto us. 

A hand me down bassinet for those early weeks

A second hand cot, along with vintage linen

Vintage pretties on the wall

Renting our unit/apartment means the bed had to stay due to space restrictions. At least I can recline here when I need to. The dolly is one of my beloved childhood toys.

The made over change table drawers with vintage wallpaper.