Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Easter Show

I was looking at Danielle's blog and pictures when I realised I hadn't yet posted my pictures of our day at The Sydney Royal Easter Show!

For those of you who don't know what the show is about it's an annual event that has a lot of agricultural components plus music, performances, entertainment, sideshows, food, rides, and shopping! For kids the rides and showbags are the highlight - plus the baby animals!

Maddy brought along a friend to keep her company and to go on rides with her, which was a good move seeing as none of us grown ups are into rides!

Maddy and her friend Abby about to take off on a ride!

Mason tucking into a piece of corn (it was Danielle's but he wanted it as soon as he saw it).

Abby and Maddy decorating eggs

One of my favourite sections; the fruit and veg display

Another display made from fruit, veg, rice and grains

How cute are these guys? They made noises like a cat meowing!

Yep, that's me under the hat and glasses patting the pigs with Maddy.
Seriously, how could anyone eat these little cuties!

Noel took Mason through the petting zoo while Danielle and I took a well deserved rest (us pregnant women need to sit day occasionally). By all accounts Mason had a ball and wasn't frightened of any of the animals, including the cows - pics here

While Mason always enjoy cuddles with his Mum he was also happy to be able to walk around by himself ( he didn't realise he was attached to Noel via the cute little backpack).

I've 'borrowed' this pic from Danielle's Easter Show blog

It was a long day - we arrived at 9.30am and left at 6pm - but a fun day was had by all! By the end we'd seen the dog judging, woodchopping, the dairy pavilion, rides, the Australian Masterchef cook-off, stalls, animals and of course the showbag pavilion!

I certainly slept well that night!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

I can't see a willy...

Aaron and I went for the 19-week ultrasound today and thankfully everything with the baby looks good! I haven't allowed myself to get too excited, until now, as I've been with someone when they had their 19-week scan when they were told things with their baby weren't good. I'm also aware that my age is against me as the risk of genetic disorders increases significantly after 35 - and I'm 39.

I breathed an audible sigh of relief once the lady doing the scan said everything looked 'as it should'. The kidneys and bladder have started to function and we even saw bubba drinking some of the amniotic fluid - it's all pretty amazing to see.

Just like at the 12-week scan bubba decided to be naughty (I'm hoping this isn't a sign of things to come) and refused to lay in the right position for the scan! After 30 minutes of prodding we finally got results - and a comment from the lady performing the scan... 'I can't see a willy'! I guess we're having a girl!

Bubba's toes!

feet and legs

doesn't this look like a dinosaur skeleton like you see in a museum!

After the scan was over Aaron and I had a nice lunch together - and then I splurged on a couple of baby outfits - in pink! I have been fortunate enough to have been given so many outfits already, in mostly yellow and white, so I thought it would be nice for me to buy something for my baby.

I felt the baby roll over last week and since then I have felt small movements every day - I can't wait for Aaron to be able to feel the movement as well as he feels like a spectator at this point. One day at a time!

Friday, April 24, 2009

8 Things

Thanks Demara for tagging me!

Here’s how 8 THINGS works:

1. Mention the person that tagged you.
2. Complete the lists of 8’s.
3. Tag 8 of your wonderful bloggy friends.
4. Go tell them you tagged them!


1. The baby being born
2. Leaving work
3. Finishing the renovations on the house
4. Putting the house up for sale
5. Finding somewhere else to live
6. Having another baby!
7. weekends!
8. Being a Mum


1. Worked
2. Had lunch with Danielle, Maddy, Mason & Michelle
3. Worked on a cross stitch for the baby
4. Read a chapter of 'what to expect when you're expecting'
5. Put in my footy tips for our competition at work
6. Housework
7. endured a two and a half train ride to work
8. Ate a lot of food!


1. Retire
2. have a pain free labour and birth
3. spend more time with the animals
4. sleep in later than 5am on weekdays
5. wave a magic wand and have the housework all done
6. drive
7. go on holidays (overseas of course)
8. set up the baby's room already


1. Project Runway
2. Next Top Model
3. Masterchef
4. Top Chef
5. Selling Houses
6. Location, Location, Location
7. Property Ladder
8. Build A new Life In The Country


1. Danielle @ Braveheart
2. June @ Infusion
3. Kelly @ crazy. beautiful. life
4. Robyn @ Buds From The Blossom
5. Amanda @ A Matter of Feeling
6. Corinne @ Corinne's-A-Ranting

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Child Restraint Laws

Noel and Danielle Broadhead, with their children Mason and Madeleine.

Family's fight for new child restraint laws

30/03/2009 3:00:00 AM

The Broadheads' fight for new seatbelt laws, which began after the tragic death of their daughter Isabelle, may soon be victorious.

Noel and Danielle Broadhead were told by NSW Roads Minister Michael Daley on Thursday that the introduction of new child seatbelt laws was imminent.

The Broadheads have been fighting for tougher child restraint laws since three-year-old Isabelle died due to seatbelt injuries sustained in a low-speed car accident on April 13, 2006, in Mt Kembla.

The family's fight made national headlines in May 2007, when the National Transport Commission released new guidelines which, if enacted by State Governments, would force families to change the way they restrain their children.

Under the new rules, a rear-facing capsule would be required for babies up to six months old, a rearward of forward facing child seat with an in-built harness required for children from six months up to four years of age, and a booster seat for children aged between four and seven.

But almost two years after the guidelines were released, the NSW Government has failed to enact any legislation.

Mr Broadhead, of Mount St Thomas, met Mr Daley on Thursday and said he had been assured the announcement of the new laws was "imminent".

"We envisage that the legislation will be enacted this year and the promotion of the new laws will start shortly after the announcement," he said. "But people don't have to wait for the laws to act on them, they can go out straight away and make the children safer."

Mr Broadhead said the pain of losing Isabelle was still raw.

"We think her short life will have an impact on other families and children for who knows how long. The positive out of her life is greater than what most people can expect to achieve in a full life," he said.

Mrs Broadhead said she would continue to monitor the Government's efforts.

"For us the aim will be to make sure that (the Government) stay on track and that it doesn't become something that drags on," she said.

Mr Daley described the Broadheads as "admirable ambassadors of child restraint safety" and said he would be working with them to promote the new child restraint laws.

A guide to helping parents choose the right restraints is available from the RTA on 132 213 or via their website.

Original article from The Illawarra Mercury

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bowling for Isabelle

Three years ago today my darling niece Isabelle left us to become an angel; she was only 3 and 3 quarters.

All Isabelle wanted for her 4th birthday was a bowling party, sadly she didn't live long enough to get her wish so this morning we went bowling for Isabelle!

Maddy looking pleased!

Even Mason had a turn...

... and he sometimes did better than Aunty!

A worn out Mason

As expected Noel was the winner, by a country mile!

I miss you Bella-Boo

Monday, April 6, 2009

Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace... Redux

On Sunday morning my friend Belinda dropped by bringing her hubby Shane and children Sienna and Jarvis with her.

Sienna discovered a dolls house in the baby's room (it was recently given to me) so I opened it out for her to play with... and that's when I realised I didn't have any dolls for her to use.

After some quick thinking I handed her my Star Wars figurines and suddenly the The Phantom Menace was reborn.

Obi-Wan Kenobi & Darth Sidious kissing? What a different movie that would have been!

Obi-Wan Kenobi & Darth Sidious - looking more like Romeo & Juliet than Star Wars

Queen Amidala: about to undertake a death defying leap!

Mr Jarvis; what a cutie!

I'm off for a scan in a few moments; hopefully I'll be able to find out the sex of the baby. Neither Aaron or I have a preference, we just want a healthy baby, but it would be nice to know what we're having. If I find out I shall let you know - even if I wanted to I couldn't keep it a secret.