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Had a scan at Canberra Hospital today. They have upgraded to a 3D scanner since I had Lex. So now you can really see bub's face unlike before when you had to really work at it. I think that she looks gorgeous but I am a little bit biased. Oh, and it was confirmed today that she is definitely a girl.

She kept covering her face with her hand which is what you can see in the top left hand corner. I think it is amazing how well you see her face and things such as the umbilical cord. We will finally get to meet her face to face in a few weeks but for now we get a sneak peek.

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So, at a meeting today my boss mentioned that I would be starting maternity leave next week and wished me well. Afterwards a colleague came up and said, "I didn't know you were pregnant. I thought that you were just getting fat." Umm yeah. You might want to leave that second part off the next time you encounter this situation. Fortunately I am not too easily offended and found it amusing. I made various colleagues laugh by passing on the remark (without identifying the person).

I suppose it's still a step up from when people ask a woman when she is due and she isn't actually pregant!

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So yesterday I was walking back to my office after training at the main office.Walking along a perfectly normal footpath my ankle suddenly folded on me as it sometimes does and I pitched forward onto the ground. Fortunately I was on the footpath rather than the major road I had just crossed. A kind lady pulled over and drove me the very short distance left to my office as I could barely hobble and it would have taken ages (and hurt a lot).

Once back at my desk (after a colleague saw me hobble out of the lift and firmly ordered me to sit down on a chair with wheels and pushed me to my desk) I was advised to fill in an Injury report as I was travelling between one place of work and another. The form was online and so when it insisted that an answer was mandatory there was no way to leave it blank. My input therefore included the following:
What activity where you undertaking at the time? Walking
Have you been trained in this activity? Not applicable
How many years have you been undertaking this activity? As I am now almost 41 I decided that I had probably been doing it for around 40 years
It then demanded the number of months - I put down 0
What agency was involved in the incident? I presume that this is designed for incidents such as cutting yourself with a knife or tripping due to something being left in the way. After I tried to leave it blank and it arced up I put down the agency as being a footpath. That will show that vicious pedestrian aid.

I had to laugh at it as I could only put stupid answers as it didn't allow me any leeway to say that this wasn't relevant.

Anyway, I now have an ankle with an impressive amount of swelling, a close relationship with an icepack, strapping, hired crutches and a toddler I can't carry anywhere. Makes life interesting.
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So at the supermarket the other day I see some meat marked down due to being close to the use by date. Original price was $9.76 and it is now $5.51. The sticker with the price drop describes it as being 33% off. That doesn't work out to 33% as it is around a dollar lower than the calculations but okay if they want to underestimate the saving that's fine. The tray of meat next to it was also marked down to $5.51 and noted as being 33% off. However the original price was around $8.50. Huh? You can't take two different figures and drop them both down to $5.51 and accurately claim the same discount on both. I understand that they are working in bulk and approximations but it still looked a little odd with the two sitting right next to each other.

For the record, I went with the one with the best price per kilo and best discount. :)

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I was feeling sick the other day and the world kept spinning around so I went to the doctor. He asked me questions including whether I had any numbness. Eventually he advised it was probably just a virus that was also affecting my inner ear but that if I started to feel any numbness in my face or arms that I needed to return as it might be a stroke. So, in one visit a GP considered the possiblity of dizziness being related to a stroke while as far as we can tell Danny's expensive neurologist in Melbourne never seemed to once consider the possibility in several months. Grrr.

It amuses me that Danny the ex-drover and meat worker who has worked with blood and waded hip deep in shit gets grossed out by the sight of Lex with his food spread all over his face. Danny "I've waded through liquid shit" Oz just goes "Ewwwwww!"

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So, I was at the supermarket yesterday. I noticed a packet used for making soup. It spoke about making your own creamy Pea and Ham Soup at home. The packet told how it would make it easy to make your own Pea and Ham Soup at home with the help of the packet. All you needed to add to the packet was ham, carrot, celery, peas and water. To which my reponse was: so everything I would normally add except the onion and herbs then!

To be fair the packet did seem to contain some ground up dried peas as well and it probably all takes less time than my version with the time spent softening up the dried peas and infusing the flavour of the ham hock. It still seems strange though. If you aren't going to make it from scratch and get the depth of flavour why not just buy a can and be done with it?

What is sad is that some people probably buy the packet and feel that they are being frugal by making "homemade" soup.

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Timing is everything in comedy.

I used to go the Farmers Market at EPIC and buy my fruit and vegetables every Saturday morning. I liked the quality and price of the produce and that you can talk with the stall holders and have them tell you that they dug up those potatoes on Thursday. Then I would go to Aldi and then a supermarket to get anything I couldn't get at the first two.

I haven't managed it since Lex was born. It is only on from 8-11am. With broken sleep and the demands of a full time job, a baby and household stuff I find that not having to go charging out the door early on Saturday morning helps with my permanent sleep debt. Also, any time I have thought about doing it I found that after feeding Lex, changing him etc it ended up a bit late in the morning. Besides, with my lack of time I hadn't quite got around to figuring out what I would cook that week yet.

Last Saturday I finally went. I worked out menus the night before, did a shopping list and managed to feed and change Lex in time to get to the market. I was so proud of myself. Approaching EPIC I noticed an extraordinarily large amount of cars, and people directing said cars into car parks before even reaching EPIC. A glimmer of dread crept into my soul. I stopped and spoke with one of the car ushers. Yes, the Canberra show was on that weekend. And therefore the Farmers Market was *not* on. I went to Woolworths instead. ;)

What are the odds that I managed to pick the only weekend in six months that the show was on? Still, it was funny.
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I would just like to give a public "Thank You" to arcadiagt5 . For a few weeks after Lex's birth John did grocery shopping for us. He would solicit a shopping list, go to the supermarket and then ride to our place hauling our shopping in the trailer behind his bike, even though he was working long hours at work. This made life so much easier for us. We were so tired and exhausted and leaving the house to do shopping just took so much effort. Either I went out and had to time things to make sure that Lex was fed before and after or had to take Lex with me. Either way took a huge effort. Even making up a shopping list took an amazing amount of effort - John ended up prompting me to get organised enough to even decide what we needed!

I was talking to an assistant in the chemist today who said that her 19 year old friend was having a baby. I told her that if she wanted to help, don't give yet another toy as a present, do her grocery shopping or cook her some meals - she'll love you for it.

So thank you very much John - your help was invaluable and greatly appreciated.

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grateful grateful
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Lex is a month old today and I have finally managed to post to Livejournal! I have been meaning to do so for a while now but I have been just a little bit busy for some reason. :) I look in awe at fe2h2o and kaths who have managed to post sooner than I have after birth. fe2h2o has two other children and kaths is raising a child by herself while I have no other children and Danny to help. I love Lex and am glad that we have him but I have felt like I was running backward sometimes - between feeding him, changing him, cleaning him, getting his copious amounts of laundry done and attempting to feed and clean myself and get some sleep I just haven't managed to find time for much else.
For such a small person not only does he create noise out of all proportion to his size but he also requires effort out of all proportion to his size. It's astounding how someone so small can manage to take up so much time.
It has taken until this weekend for me to actually manage to dig out the paperwork to register his birth and register him for Medicare etc. Although one of the mums at the Australian Breastfeeding playgroup yesterday told us how she got a letter six months after her child's birth saying that if she didn't register his birth that he would be registered with incomplete details so I don't feel quite so bad. And if I stop and think about it I have actually gotten things done - like organising new accounts, merchant facilities and cheque books for Continuum Foundation and the convention among other things so I am not doing so badly after all.
Danny has been a wonderful support. When I have been sitting up in the lounge room feeding Lex at 3am he has sat up with me so that I have someone to talk with. Since Lex became colicky and cries and screams for hours at night he has been sitting up with him for hours to allow me to sleep before bringing Lex to me to be fed. And when I have been sitting feeding Lex and crying because I am so exhausted and my nipples have been bleeding and painful or because looking at his tiny fingernails and remembering how much smaller Tracy was has reduced me to tears he has been there to hug me.
I am lucky to have a wonderful husband and beautiful (though noisy) baby boy.
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Apart from morning sickness until halfway through the pregnancy I have come through fairly well. I am fortunate (as is Danny!) that I haven't had the mood swings that a lot of women seem to experience. Although I did have a crying fit over tea the other day. :(
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