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Hello! I'm Caris. I can be a little crazy, but also a little shy. New mum to a beautiful boy. Learning how to juggle!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


onto a quick catch up for November!

november so far has been super fun. ive had both my baby showers and got absolutely spoilt rotten and treated like a queen by my family and friends and ive finished work for maternity leave! yay for 4 weeks off to nest and prepare for baby. its been great, getting organised (well at least trying to) and kicking back and trying to relax.

table decor at my 1st baby shower in my home town with family
my mum threw me an amazing baby shower at home with all my family invited. the above pic does not do justice to the amount of work and effort she put into the deocrations, and of course the food is always amazing when mums catering! it was a wonderful afternoon and we all had a really great time.

bub got spoilt! we got some amazing presents and some really thoughtful handmade treats too.

including this box of treats! a close family friend put this together for us, its indivdually boxed "baby cupcakes" in each cupcake there were bibs, socks, singlets and a few muslin wraps. all neatly rolled up and pinned so carefully and beautiful displayed in a colorful box. i was really touched at the amount of time and effort that she put in to make this for our baby. its wonderful.

these are seen everywhere, i think even most florists sell them now. its a nappy cake! my "work mum" (haha close friend that ive worked with for several years) put this together herself though, buying all the supplies and making it for us. its incredible. the bottom layer is two layers of teeny tiny nappies, wrapped with 2 muslin wraps, then the next layer is more wraps, singlets, booties, mittens, socks and bibs. plus theres a few baby toiletries and of course a rubber duckie! i love it so much i havent been able to bring myself to pull it apart just yet!

pedicure time! for my birthday, Z bought me a voucher to get an "Ultimate Pedicure Package" at a local day spa. what a great gift! i very very rarely go and get my nails done, let alone my toes, and a whole package at a fancy day spa is just not something i even think of, so this was a real treat! Z thought itd be nice for me to have nice toesies for when i got to hospital for bub, and shes right, who wants to be looking at their manky toes while trying to give birth?!? shes also a nurse, so sees manky feet all the time, so maybe she was just making sure mine were nice for the nurses who will be looking after me. haha! whatever her reasons, it was absolute bliss. they really looked after me and my feet feel and look amazing. unfortunately, they didnt have any blues to paint my nails with, so ive got glittery pink. but its a beautiful colour by Butter London and i love it.
2nd baby shower! the food was incredible!

my hosts H and Z! my amazing friends put together an even more amazing baby shower then i thought possible! we had the best time, and the girls did a wonderful wonderful job. i really couldnt thank them enough! we had a fun afternoon of games and food and presents and love.

this is everyone! im so thankful for everyone that could make it and celebrate with me. it really was a great day and i felt very special and spoilt by everyone, even though theyre really there for baby!

we received some truly wonderful presents and the nursery is now choc full of stuff! i dont know where to fit everything! ill find a way im sure, but right now its rather daunting and im taking a few days off to recover before i tackle it.
latest bump pic! im 37 weeks as of today! big baby!
its DPants as a baby! naww look at that little face! i would not mind at all if bub turns out to look like him, hes absolutely adorable in this pic! so sweet and innocent hahaha!
course with our luck, bub will look more like this version of D rather then angelic one above! hahahaha. he actually looks alot like his still (cept for all the hair of course) especially when hes had too much to drink! hahahahaha.

so its been a while...


yes im still here, and im still pregnant! nothings gone wrong, i just took some time out to focus on everything thats been going on lately and prepare for our life change coming up. its been 2 months since i last blogged! shocking i know! so theres a bit to catch up on. ill try and keep it brief and try harder not to be too boring. i also have to apologise for my lack of pics too, i have a few to go through and post, but i havent been as vigilant as i should be with taking them, so theres big gaps between time and whats been going on.

ok so last time i blogged was september, just after a work friend had passed away. that was a pretty dismal note to leave off on, but thats how life goes. then october came and went, heres a little update on what went down :

30 weeks!
my bump finally popped out properly and i actually looked pregnant instead of just suspiciously overweight again! yay for making it to 30 weeks! at this stage, everything is going swimmingly as bub was just getting bigger and bigger. as was i! it got to a point where my doctor mentioned i had put on a bit more weight then maybe i should have and that i now needed to change the hospital i chose to birth at as they didnt deliver for anyone with my now high BMI. bit of a bummer, considering we were happy with where we chose and were all booked and ready to go. in the end, its worked out for the best. the hospital we got moved to is much much newer and nicer and we feel very happy there. we've been and had our ante-natal classes, had a tour, met the midwives and are now very confident and reassured about our situation. at a check up last week though, it turns out that my original GP had my height recorded incorrectly by 4 cm (making me shorter!) and my BMI isnt actually too high to birth at my original hospital!!! but like i said, we're much better off and happier with the second choice, so no more complaining! i have also curbed my eating better and managed to not put on anymore in the last 2 months, which im very happy about.
i knew when i got pregnant, that since i had been obese for most of my life, i was likely to put on more then the average woman is recommended to, and i was prepared for that, and somewhat ok with it, i just wanted to make sure my baby was ok. and since my doc wasnt giving me any indication previously that my weight gain had been a problem, i assumed everything was fine. i do wish that the doc had maybe given me more guidance, or more of a warning about gaining too much weight, but in the back of my head, i did know that youre not "supposed" to gain too much. anyway, baby is fine, ive stopped indulging and have been looking after myself alot better, and its full steam ahead!
ok where was i, oh yes, october. well, in even more sad news, my beloved grandfather passed away just before daniels birthday. he had been sick on and off for a few years now, heart problems and a cyst on his leg that would not heal. not to mention, with my grandma passing away almost 2 years ago, he had become a very sad and lonely old man very quickly. he wasnt alone, he had moved in my my aunty (his 2nd daughter) full time and always had loving family members around him to care for him, or even to just sit with him (he wasnt much of a talker, but he loved having people with him all the time) but he was still lonely. after spending over 60 years married to the love of his life, it was very hard for him to get used to not having her around, or to get used to sleeping alone. its quite sad, but he was ready and had been telling all of us that he just wanted to see his wife again. he had a fall which resulted in him coming up to perth to be in hospital with a fractured neck. they managed to fix that, mostly, and even installed a pacemaker for him in hopes that it would help his heart and maybe give him a few more better months or years with us. he then got transferred back to our home town hospital where family were with him every day, but in the end it was not enough and he passed away peacefully in his sleep late one night. like i said, very sad for all of us, but in a way, a bit of a relief for him. we miss him terribly, and my heart breaks for my own dear father who now has had to bid goodbye to both his parents. of course, my dad is always very much ok and a 'get on with it' kind of guy, but we could all tell losing his father hit him pretty hard. they were great friends and very much alike.
grandad with 3 of his 4 children. my dad, aunty christine and my aunty laurel. he looks happy :)
one of our best pics of grandad. at his happiest in the sunshine fishing on my dads boat. his favorite place to be. RIP grandad xx

oh, and i just wanted to share a couple of my most favorite pics. my grandad used to have his own dark room and take/develope his own black and white pictures. it was only a hobby, but he was amazing at it, and we have tonnes of pictures to treasure because of it. these baldy babies are me (on the left) and my cousin Courtney. we are only 5 weeks apart in age (which resulted in alot of people assuming we were twins rather then cousins!) and for a while there i think we were grandads fav subjects to photograph. theres tonnes of sets of pics of just me and her hanging out on a blankie in his backyard, happily playing while he clicked away.
ok, enough sadness, like i said, grandad died just before daniels birthday. his 30th birthday! which was a little bit of a bummer, since i had to miss most of his plans to head home and be with family, but he still managed to have a great birthday. he caught up with friends, we went to dinner with his family, played with his new bluray player/hd recorder and his new coffee machine (i bought him a nespresso!) and i suspect he actually enjoyed turning 30.

of course, i made him a cake! well kinda, its brownies (at his request) but i decorated it like a cake!

OMG! so cute! his youngest sister and her fiance went on a holiday to Hawaii and bought us back this amazing outfit for our bub! cant wait to se him in it!
ok, thats pretty much a summary of october, so much more happened, but i didnt take pics to keep track, and my memory isnt so great. you get the gist! now onto november!