Daytime tv

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I saw an ad for Hormel Compleats when I was feeding JW this morning and I just wanted to mention how disturbing I find it when not even the food dresser on set can make the food look good. Seriously.

Silver Shoes

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Retro Mummy shared a photo of her daughter's silver flowergirl shoes a little while ago so I thought I would share a photo of the shoes that my sister bought for G. They were $6.97 at a Gap sale in Boston and she couldn't resist, I wouldn't have been able to resist either so I'm thrilled she bought them. They're a little big for G still but we're both hanging out for when they fit - me because I think they're so cute and her because she feels like Glinda the Good Witch when she wears them.

Expect the Unexpected

I finished the quilting on my mother-in-law's quilt last night. So now I just need to sit down and made the binding and then sew that on. It's always a quick finish and because it's just table runner sized it should be particularly quick this time. I'm thrilled that I've been able to get it quilted so soon after JW's birth. I really thought it would end up hanging around uncompleted for months and once a project hits that stage I find it very hard to regain my enthusiasm for it.
JW is doing so well, she's eating and sleeping well and settling fairly well although she does have her day and night a little confused. I remember the other 3 all went through the same thing for the first couple of weeks and I am hoping that JW will also get the day/night thing sorted out fairly quickly. I'm a bit of a brute about getting my little ones into a routine but it makes for a happy mama when the little one starts sleeping through so I'm working towards that again this time around.

Here she is!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

We had another beautiful girl on Friday evening and have named her Juliet Willa. She weighed 3.66kgs, measured 51cms and has a head full of stunning dark hair, I hope she keeps that. I'm totally smitten with my new darling and have already (repressed) forgotten how much I despise being pregnant to think about having a 5th. Mr Duyvken is more than a little concerned about that, let me tell you!

J is over his initial disappointment at not having a brother and is enjoying taking his turn to hold her, C also likes to hold her and give her kisses but she's been getting quite upset when Juliet is crying. I remember J being the same when C was born but it only took a few days for him to get into the groove. We've been telling C that Juliet's not hurt she's just trying to tell us that she's hungry or needs to sleep and hopefully she'll feel more at ease with it all soon.
The weather's been so wet and we're all stuck inside but it's just blissful around here at the moment. However, school goes back on Monday. That should be... interesting.

Bloody Barbie

Monday, April 14, 2008

Barbie and Mattel, a plague on you and both your houses! We might just have a problem in the baby name department. A new barbie movie has just been released the synopsis of which is breathlessly described as an 'exciting journey taken by the beautiful Mariposa™ and her butterfly fairy friends as they try to save Flutterfield and the poisoned Queen. Will they make it back in time? Or will Flutterfield as they know it be gone forever?'

I'd like to introduce you to Willa.

Yes, that's right, in the new barbie movie (aka cinematic detritus) there is a character named Willa. And, of course, there's plenty of Willa™ merchandise available to purchase as well. Suddenly the name I considered to carry strength, femininity, literary history and beauty carries a trademark and makes me think of the purple-maned atrocity above. The ™ is just soul-crushing because I know that when I look at my beautiful newborn girl I won't be able to get that Mattel '™' out of my mind.

What's a 40wk pregnant girl to do? I guess there's always a chance that it's a boy.

Slow and Steady

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Mr Duyvken and the kids went to the North Sydney Markets yesterday after G's soccer game to collect a street sign. Yes, a street sign. The council is replacing all the street signs and they've been up for sale for the past few weeks and we bought one. Hopefully it will look like a funky and quirky piece when we hang it and not give off a '14 year old boy lives here' vibe. I don't know where we're going to put it yet so it's currently leaning against the wall under the hall table where it's all shimmering yellow and red and full of possibility.

While they were there Mr Duyvken spotted this dervish dancers bowl and bought it for me, isn't it divine? The porcelain is light, the colour is vibrant and the dancers are amazing, each one has it's own pose and expression. It's sitting on the sideboard and I'm hoping it won't be knocked off and broken anytime soon. J has taken to kicking a ball up and down the hallway when we're trapped inside on wet days and it's only a matter of time before something bites the dust. I've lived long enough to know that the cheap crap you didn't like in the first place has a force field that will withstand wmd but anything expensive, cherished or just new is a magnet for destructive accidents. Let's hope my bowl makes it through it's first month unscathed. I won't breathe a sigh of relief until mid-May and then I figure it will be in the clear.

Mil's quilt is actually looking quilted, almost half quilted in fact - yay me! Mr Duyvken and I are going to stay up to watch Paris-Roubaix tonight so there should be a lot more completed by tomorrow. I am not expecting to have it finished and bound by baby's arrival but I will be a lot closer than I had anticipated. There have been a few gentle nudges from my mother that she would also like a table runner so the kids and I picked up some teapot fabric with her in mind when we were at Lincraft a few weeks ago and she's next on the list. One day I WILL make a quilt that is just for me :-)

Current top names for those still keeping tabs are:
GIRL - Willa Juliet or Juliet Willa
BOY - Max Robert

Why do I not have any matzohs in the house?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Probably because I'm not jewish and the only way I ever buy matzoh is in bread crumb form which is awesome for crunchy toppings. I'll be in St Ives tomorrow morning and matzoh are on the shopping list! I also want some ouma rusks, some jelly tots and some white grape juice - I've only been married to a South African for 8yrs but it's really starting to rub off :-)
Anyway, why do I need the matzoh? Because I need to make these and I need to eat them, right now! This is not a good blog for a sweet-addicted, pregnant woman to be reading late on Saturday night.

Can't wait to see what #4 looks like

Wednesday, April 09, 2008



There's a definite family resemblance, don't you think? I am just itching to meet this little one and see if s/he shares the 'look' that all our babies have had so far. I'm terrified about giving birth again though, damn that hurts.

Induction Date!

Monday, April 07, 2008

I saw my darling ob this afternoon and we booked in for an induction on the 18th if the baby hasn't arrived before then. My official due date is only the 17th but my previous labours have been so fast he doesn't want to leave me hanging out too long. None of my babies have arrived early so I am fully expecting to be heading up to the hospital on the morning of the 18th. Of course, now that I have a definite end date for what is almost definitely my last pregnancy I am feeling nervous, unprepared and a little sad. Some would argue you just can't make a 39 weeks pregnant woman happy... and I wouldn't disagree.

Current top names:
girl - Willa Juliet (how's that for compromise?)
boy - Max, Miles, Nate, Daniel
I am so sure it's a girl I find it very hard to turn my attention to boy's names so I think that will end up being Mr Duyvken's decision if we end up with a boy. J is so sure it is a boy and he wants to call him 'brother' which could be interesting :-)

I'm so tired that I've done zero quilting, not only is mil's table runner not going to be completed before the baby arrives but I also doubt that I'll get around to making a stroller quilt for this little darling. Such a slack mama!!

iinet rant

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

We use iinet as our isp and voip provider and whilst we didn't have any issues with them at our previous address we've had so many problems since we moved in here. It took a ridiculous length of time to get internet and phone access and we've had so much down time since we've been connected. Of course, there's no billing provision to get credit for time that the service is down, we have to spend a ridiculous amount of time on hold before we can speak to someone who invariably has excellent english but a shockingly thick, impenetrable accent and because we have voip for our home phone we have to use our mobiles for all this time spent on hold and repeatedly spelling out our username and password details. And that gets expensive which kind of negates the savings we are making by not having a landline! They're all small, regular frustrations and generally we can stand back and recognise that life is bigger than that and keep it in perspective. Today, however, is different. Today, for the 3rd day in a row, on the few hours that the iinet connection is working the voip line is so bad it is impossible to understand or to be understood. I mean, impossible! The line is crunchy, it breaks up constantly, the sound is all distorted, etc... I feel like a mobile phone pioneer who battled black spots and crappy reception for years before everyone else adopted the technology and the service improved. I'm seriously considering getting a land line again, and giving iinet the flick. They need to spend LESS TIME AND MONEY ON ADVERTISING (I vote that they ditch the leprechaun wannabe) and MORE TIME AND MONEY ACTUALLY PROVIDING THE SERVICES THEY CLAIM TO PROVIDE.
I think I need chocolate.

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