25 May 2007

My baby boy is 3 today!!

THis is My ZAC :)

TOday is the 3rd anniversary of his birth....
I remember it SOOOOO well ;)
just before 3 in the morning, I was in hospital, having been induced, and the doctor had gone home, and Brendan the dad had gone home, and I was having a bath when all of a HOOLEY DOOLEY! sudden Zac wanted to come out! I was screaming out to the midwife (an ancient "battle-axe" who I'd been warned about, and told "whatever you do dont get HER!")
I was in tremendous pain, the midwife hadnt given me any painkillers, and was desperately trying to get out of the bath without slipping over. Eventually she heard my cries and helped me out and back to my room. I was begging her for something for the pain, and all she did was tell me I was not to PUSH! How do you not when the whole of your body is trying to???
So I clenched and "crossed my legs" as hard as I could, but I knew it was no use... I have never been in so much pain in my life!!!! even with the other two, it wasnt as bad.
The midwife eventually let me have some gas after I started screaming from the pain. Yay
It didnt do much. she left me and called the doctor and brendan. Brendan arrived 10 mins before he was born, and the doctor arrived only 3 mins before Zac was born.
I could feel him turning the baby inside me, to get him out.
THen he was born.... what a relief!!!!!!!
THen the doctor wisked him to the table with all the machines... they were quiet.
Zac wasnt crying.
I asked what was wrong.
The doc said that the cord had been wrapped around Zac's neck and they were giving him oxygen.
Then The cry came :)
and Zac was placed in my arms.
Oh what Joy after so much pain!
The first photo is of zac only 10 mins after he was born.
He was beautiful, My son, A beautiful Gift from God!
Zac William we called him, why you may ask...
Well we had used up all the cool names with Robert Bruce, and Sean Liam, and we got to the end of the baby name book, and the last name was Zac. Brendan Approved.
But what was even more special to me about the name was its meaning:
"God remembers"
I knew straight away that this was the right name. I knew that God was saying to me that He remembered my first pregnancy, which didnt last very long, only six weeks, but I had still deep down grieved, and blamed myself for.
God was saying to me that He remembered, and that Zac was His gift to me, so that I should grieve no more.
Zac has been a pleasure, he nearly always has a smile on his dial!
He was the one that slept!!!!
Even when Brendan left when he was only 6 and a half months old, he was a comfort to me. My boys have all been a comfort and joy to me!
And now He is three!
He was born
at 2:53am Tuesday 25th of May 2004
he weighed 4.33kg / 9lb 9oz
He was 51 cms in length.
and His feet were huge! they were just over 10cm long - 4inches.
Now He is 99cm tall!!! and Beautiful!

this wednesday gone tho, he had a little accident while mucking around in the lounge room with Sean....
He managed somehow to smash his mouth on the arm of the couch!
My stomach still churns at the thought, emergency, EMERGENCY!!!! I rang his dad and he came rushing home from work to help and see what to do.... He is always much more sensible and level headed when disaster strikes - me, well I was a mess... which didnt help Zac much at all. It seemed like his whole mouth was full of blood. I praise God that A special friend of mine was here at the time, and she seemed to cope much better than me! She took sean with her and picked up Robbie from school for me.
Brendan arrived, zac had stopped crying and had settled quite comfortably in my arms. Brendan checked him out, and said there wasnt much we could do, he tried to push zac's tooth back into its socket but it wouldnt go. It was still in place, but was hanging a lot lower than the other teeth. Brendand didnt want to cause Zac anymore pain than neccessary. Luckily it is his baby tooth, so hopefully his adult tooth will come through properly :)
We had soup and bread for tea.... and zac complained a bit. I put him in my bed for the night, so I could be near him, to hear him if he needed me.
the Next morning he didnt want breaky because he thought that he would hurt his tooth, but I managed to get him to eat it. We went to playgroup, and it was hurting him, and appeared as if it was dropping further from the socket, so I thought well, it is not going to stay there. So I asked Zac if He wanted me to take it out, and he said "yes please mummy" so I got some paper towel, and gently pulled it out... it came out extremely easy and Zac didnt cry once! My brave little man! I felt a bit queasy after that ! and Zac was the happiest he'd been since before he hurt it!
So all is well now, we just have to wait for his gum to heal and the big bruise on his bottom lip to go away. THere is a very happy smiling face of Zac, above ^ with his little gappy smile :)
Then a little after we had a birthday song and Cake for Zac and Mallory (she is 2 days older than Zac and her mum and I were just down the hall from each other at the hospital).
THe photo above shows mallory and Zac blowing the candles out, along with a very enthusiastic 1 yo boy - Travis, who was determined to make sure the candles didnt stay alight for long!!
Very cute!
So today is His special day and he's currently enjoying it quite well... playing trains on the lounge room carpet.

22 May 2007

The quiet revolution has begun...

The light has been turned on!!...

I have decided that it is time that I begin a healthy eating revolution in my home and kitchen, for the sake of the kids and my health, and wellbeing.

I have previously made the stand to avoid buying white bread, and full cream milk, this has been happening since B left us, and I am sure that it has benefited us all... despite the odd complaint or two from Sean and Rob about the seeds, or comments like "white bread tastes better mum". But I have persevered and now the kids have accepted that mum is trying to help them get healthy.
Anyway, I realise that changing bread and milk types is not enough...
But, for me to jump in the deep in and go all radical all at once, would probably cause me to have a nervous breakdown, let alone the mutiny that would occur from the lads :)

We have had a constant supply of apples in the house, "to keep the doctor away" ;) and this is great, except for when the boys get a loose tooth and can no longer bite into one without the tooth hurting, and no amount of their begging me to "pull it out" will work.

Two weeks ago I introduced Organic Wheat Bix into the house (and havnt told the kids - they look and taste exactly the same) purely for the benefit of knowing that there wont be any hidden chemical nasties in them. I also did this as I realise that wheat bix plays a big part in the boys diet.
Any items that play a large part in our diet, I am investigating ways to substitute for a much healthier alternative.

A few months back I went hunting for a healthier tomato sauce. The reason being that the boys and I often tend to "paint our food red before we eat it", and the amount of salt, sugar, preservatives, and colouring in the stuff is phenomenal!
I discovered that Heinz Big Red Lite was the best of the bunch and it was also approved by weight watchers as a zero point per serve food. It had 60% less salt and 25% less added sugar than the rest that I looked at! It had no artificial preservatives or colours or flavours... according to its labelling. So we did the switch. Then it was suggested to me recently that I go the real natural way and buy home made sauce from the local "women's work depot". I kinda balked at the idea as I have had an aversion to home made sauce since I was a kid. I think my step mum made the worst tomato sauce ever, not to mention the chutney and relish that she forced me to eat!!!
Yes I balked, but then I thought, well, who am I doing this food revolution for?? Im doing it for my kids, so knowing that they had no aversion to the home made stuff I was willing to forgo sauce for them. I went to the WWD and purchased two 900ml bottles of home-made tomato sauce (made without ezisauce - blurk!) for $3 ea. and stuck them in the fridge.
Tonight was the big test.... Meat pie for tea... You CANNOT have PIE without SAUCE!!!!

Out came the pie and out came the sauce... the kids thought it was great, and, yes, I tried it too, and it wasnt too bad ;D

One step at a time one or two foods at a time, we will have a quiet but determined food revolution in this house!
I have to sign off now, part of this healthy living thing is going to bed earlier! and it's past my bedtime!!!

I will keep you posted as we travel the road to good health....

night night