Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Today Mr Duyvken is back at work and the candy cane stash is almost depleted but it still feels like Christmas.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
There is a 4 year gap between G and J not because we planned it that way but because we struggled to fall pregnant after G was born. We fell eagerly into parenthood and decided to add to the family when G was about 4mths old. Month after month passed with no sign of the baby we were hoping for. We were living in a perpetually recurring two week cycle of hope and disappointment. Time doesn't behave normally in that zone, it passes both quickly and slowly, speeding up and slowing down at intervals that are impossible to predict. Before we knew it a year had passed. We saw my ob/gyn and had some standard fertility checks that showed everything was as it should be which put us in the basket labelled 'secondary non-specific sub-fertility'. As infertility labels go this isn't a bad one to have but it also leaves you with an answer that is not an answer and fertility treatment options that don't offer any higher rates of success than just continuing to try unassisted.
So, we rolled on continuing to try every month, drinking horrific tasting traditional chinese medicine concoctions, tracking basal body temperature, taking vitamin supplements and trying to reduce stress. I even had a laproscopic endoscopy to figure out why I wasn't falling pregnant!
But, the months rolled on and one recurring image helped me to feel that it would all eventually work out and there would be another baby in my arms and a sibling for G to play and bicker with . I used to imagine lying in bed on a sunny morning watching the long shadows cast across the bed by the trees in the yard and then a toddler would open the door, come bounding into the room wearing airplane pyjamas and, giggling, jump into the bed with us.
I'd often question if I was comforting myself or torturing myself but it was an image that stayed with me and, even though I was never able to find airplane pyjamas these safari pjs that my mum gave J for his 2nd birthday reminded me of that image and of a longing finally fulfilled.
J, C and now JW have all worn these pjs and I had every intention of #5 wearing them too but when JW was taking them off a few weeks ago the fabric split. They have been worn and washed so many times that there are plenty of spots where the fabric has practically worn right through and I know that just stitching it back together won't mend it permanently. I bought some white singlets and am going to make some yoyos, some flutter sleeves and some piping with the cotton top so there will be a few new tops to wear with the shorts. Hopefully, it will survive for another few years and baby#5 will be able to wear them too. Otherwise, I might have to conquer my fear of garment making, find some sweet airplane fabric and attempt to make some dream-fulfilled pjs of my own.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
But space is really at a premium so I decided to make a jumbo drawstring bag. I have made so many of these now using the Happy Things tutorial that this came together in a snap and I used almost the last of my favourite Alexander Henry print, 2d zoo. The denim is from kelani fabrics and it is lined with an orange and white striped polycotton from Lincraft. For comparison, that smaller bag is one I made using the dimensions on the tutorial. J keeps his bakugan and tech decks in it.
The room looks so much neater and it doesn't take long to shovel everything back into the bag once the dress-up game is over. I luff it!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Yard tidied and wheelbarrow load after wheelbarrow load of angophora bark removed - check.
G to choir practice - check.
Final Christmas grocery lists written - check.
Complaining about being heavily pregnant and uncomfortable - check and double check!
We drew the giveaway winner today and it was lucky #4 - Stitching in Sydney will be getting the fabric stack from Alexander's quilt. Congratulations!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Gingerbread dough is chilling in the fridge ready to be rolled, cut, baked and decorated tomorrow.
PS I didn't get around to picking a giveaway winner today, we'll draw that tomorrow so don't forget to leave a comment!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This was such a simple quilt to make and I am very pleased with how it turned out. I like the warm toned binding against the cooler colours in the quilt, that was a nifty idea I picked up at Pink Chalk Studio and I hope little Alex gets lots of use out of it over in Atlanta, GA.
I'd love to be able to give it to him in person but getting it in the post today along with a parcel to my sister in Boston felt pretty good! The glow of achievement even made queueing at the post office in the pre-Christmas crush with C and JW bearable. And given that they like to discuss how old everyone in the post office is in their loudest voices that's quite a feat!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Tomorrow, Mr Duyvken and the older 3 children are going to the Opera House with Mr Duyvken's parents and some of the cousins to attend a Christmas Celebration concert and JW and I have big plans for finishing up Alex's quilt and knocking over a few other sewing projects.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
JW and I spent some time tidying up in the backyard which basically means that I spent 50% of my time raking and 50% of my time pushing JW on the swing. I enjoyed every minute of it! It has been such a wet week that seeing the sunshine come through and dry things up a bit was wonderful.
So, are we ready for 24 children to come over tomorrow? Well, the bunting is made, the party bags are finished and the cake is waiting to be decorated in the morning. As long as the skies remain clear we should be fine. And, just in case the rain returns, I've asked everyone to bring a raincoat and spent a small fortune at the Hot Dollar shop stocking up on rain ponchos. We're as ready as we'll ever be!
Thursday, December 02, 2010
So, although I can't share one with you please help yourself, in a virtual/cyber sense, to one from the plate above and imagine sharing it with us on mum's deck this afternoon as we watched the rain clouds roll away and enjoyed the blue skies and sunshine that were left behind.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
The kids came up with some great things to write on the leaves - music, outer space, trampoline, bedsocks, cousins and new babies. They had me giggling and getting teary all at the same time.
I hope that wherever you are you find lots of moments of peace and gratitude over the next few weeks too.