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Heres a pic or 2
My gorgeous kids:

Leave me alone - Mum!

Isla attempting to eat:

Issla Eating
Kira Blogged at 11:49 am on Thursday, March 05, 2009

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You have 2 beautiful kids.
By Anonymous pregnancy, on 6:11 pm 

Thank you, I think so too :)
By Blogger Kira, on 6:30 pm 

Awesome pictures and interesting information and attractive.
Yes,the blog is very interesting and I really like.
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Time Flies
I can't believe it has been 6 months since Isla was born. She is now eating solids, sitting up, rolling everwhere and has just started crawling backwards, so I guess going forwards will happen soon.....eeeeeeeeek!

She is such a little cutie. She looks just like me as a baby but definately has a lot of her Daddys personality (e.g. waking up at the crack of dawn at 5.30am or earlier, going to bed early, stubbornness, determination, I could go on all day). She is also a Daddy's girl and he is her favourite person, though I come in a close second as does Ned. She is such a happy little bub, always smiling at everyone.

I'm too lazy to upload photos much these days but will attempt to come back later if I can get her to sleep (shes a bit clingy today so I'm typing 1 handed). Bye for now.

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Kira Blogged at 10:00 am on

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3 Months ALREADY
I was looking through all the baby photos of both Ned and Isla last night. Oh my...it has been 3 months since Isla was born and I am feeling a bit  
My baby is growing sooooo quickly. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Here's a recent picture of my gorgeous girl: - OK, will fix this later, Blogger is broken and I can't upload atm!

She is 3 months old thinking she is 12 months old. She has amazing head control and wants to sit bolt upright all the time to see what's going on and cracks it if she isn't up straight enough. She loves watching everything that's going on and gets all excited when she sees the older kids playing; she wants to be part of the action! So, a week or so ago, I thought I'd try her out in the Jumperoo I used for Ned. Isla LOVES it even more than he did. I think it is fun for her becuase she gets to use her feet, which up until now she hasn't used much at all. She just ants t be moving. I think I am going to have my hands full....

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Kira Blogged at 5:57 am on Monday, November 17, 2008

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yeah, we were really impressed with the small amount of space the quinny took up and the tight turning circle. and it's pretty! ha aha
i can't wait till my kid is out and 3 months old, isla sound like a lot of fun in such a small bundle. hard work i'm sure, but she sounds like she'll have a great personality too. you must be having a lot fun with her!
By Blogger Cherry Rockette, on 10:34 am 

yeah, we were thinking that yesterday when trying to find a nightie in kmart/target etc. might just lash out and get some peter alexander pj's for after instead. then at least i look less hidious for visitors. i can't do the nude thing, i'm too self concious. i dont even want the midwives in the birth room! ha aha aha. maybe i'll feel diff for #2?
By Blogger Cherry Rockette, on 8:52 am 

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The babymoon is over....
OK, so 7 weeks hits and all of a sudden it seems much harder to adapt to life with a demanding toddler AND a newborn. The toddler on his own...fine, the newborn on her own...again fine, the two of them together.....not so fine. In keeping with this theme, the other thing I am finding really hard at the moment is being in babyland all day everyday, lacking adult company and not having ANY time to myself. Meanwhile, my husband, whom I love and adore and would like to spend some time with occasionally, is off working all day, going out for drinks after work, and playing golf (Ok so he's not so bad with the last two things but then again I don't get any "me" time, so why should I be OK with him getting it? Really...why?). Sometimes, I do feel angry and wonder why it seems to be so much harder this time around.

Then I get on the internet and come across gems like this , have a bit of a giggle and then I don't feel so bad any more because I realise I am not alone! It also makes me realise that yes, it sucks that I have to do all this by myself all day everyday, but that my husband, like most husbands, is just trying to adapt as best as he knows how and it is hard for him too, but in a different way. I think a cockpunch might be a bit out of line but maybe a boot up the bum every now and then to help with the kids so I can have a bit of me time is in order.

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Kira Blogged at 3:37 pm on Friday, October 17, 2008

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7 weeks old
And growing so fast. Isla is such a beautiful, happy baby and I feel so blessed! Neds behaviour has settled down as he has gotten used to the new addition and things are going well at the moment (touch wood). Isla sleeps beautifully at night, only waking once or twice for a feed (unlike Mr booby monster who used to feed every 2-3 hours). She also feeds brilliantly and has gained quite a bit of weight already.

Here is my little princess at 6 weeks:

Everyone now......aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwww!!!!!!

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Kira Blogged at 3:48 pm on Monday, October 06, 2008

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That is such a gorgeous photo! what a little darling
By Anonymous Franny, on 6:49 am 

Many thanks for your sharing experience on this blog and I like to tell you that you have lovely little princess :D I can't even wait to have one myself!! It could be wonderful.
By Anonymous Pregnancy Mum, on 7:06 pm 

She looks so cute in it....
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Going well
Isla is going really well. She feeds beautifully and sleeps really well. She has started waking up a bit more and does have unsettled periods but all in all she is a very easy baby. The only glitch has been that she picked up conjunctivitis so I am currently treating with drops. It did force me to go out of the house for the first time with the two of them though and I was really rather proud of myself as we went to the Drs and then spent a couple of hours at the mall so I felt really good.

I have started to carry Isla more in slings, wraps etc as she likes to be cuddled. I used slings a lot with Ned beause he always wanted to be carried but I wish I had discovered wraps with him. They distribute the weight so much better and it truly is hands free baby-wearing. It means I can also play with Ned whilst carrying Isla which is great. Here is a pic of my little 2 week old princess in a home made jersey wrap:



My recovery has been great and I am so thankful that I got my VBAC as Ned would have burst my stitches open for sure if I'd had a Caesar! I am just about fully recovered now (apart from the Lochia) so I feel really good. Just need to get rid of the jelly belly now but giving myself plenty of time for that. Better go...its lunchtime!
Kira Blogged at 11:30 am on Monday, September 01, 2008

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The birth of Isla Anis
Hurray!!! She's finally here.

ISLA ANIS. Born 17th August 2008 at 4.15pm. At 53 cm long she weighed a tiny 2.770kg (or 6.11 pounds) and had a 32cm head circumference.



Isla's Birth Story:

I thought I had better write this before I forgot things that happened.....As previously recorded in my blog I had been having proper, painful, contractions between 10-20 minutes apart for a few days before I went into full labour before it all just stopped. Anyway, on Saturday 16th August, Matt, Ned and I went for a walk (the same one I did the day before I went into labour with Ned). I had a few braxton hicks on the walk but nothing eventuated, well, not initially. I went to bed that night thinking that I would be induced on the 20th.

At 12.30am on 17/08/08 I got up to go to the toilet as I did every night after which I had a very painful contraction. I tried to ignore it (since I was sure it was going to be another false start) and got back into bed and tried to go back to sleep. 15 mins later I had another one and it was slightly more painful. Another 10 mins later and another one....OK maybe this was going to be something after all....5 mins later and another one. They continued at 5 min intervals for another 15 mins and were getting increasingly painful to the point I couldn't sleep and had to get up and walk around to distract myself from the pain. I packed a lot of last minute things because I knew I was now going to have a baby! I figured I should call the hospital because it might go quickly now. By the time I got downstairs and phoned the hospital, they were 3-4 mins apart and really ramping up. It was 1.30am. Told them we were coming in and got in the shower whilst Matt got ready. I didn't want to get in the car but Matt reminded me that there was no other way to the hospital....Dropped Ned off at Nani and Peres house on the way at around 2am, contractions 2 minutes apart and excruciating in the car. All I wanted to do was get out and we got every red light...some choice words were said (or was that screamed???).

Got to the birthing suites at about 2.15am. Was checked and 4-5cm dilated with bulging waters. Got on the gas with Matt rubbing my back. They put a cannula in and gave me one dose of antibiotics for the group B strep (I should have had 3 all up but there wasn't time in the end). I then decided I'd like to get in the shower so they bought me some portable gas. I got in the shower. After what seemed like forever I couldn't stand the pain any longer and asked for pethidine, an epidural, anything that would take the pain away. Then in a moment of lucidity I retracted my statement. I was checked and 6cm dilated. My waters were broken and I hopped back in the shower. 10 mins later I needed to push so they got me out again (with much arguing on my part, I really wanted to stay in the shower). I didn't want to get up on the bed to be checked but the Doppler was showing that the baby's heart rate had dropped. After some more arguing (lack of cooperating, and all normal Kira behaviour if you ask Matt) I got up on the bed and they checked me, I was 10cm dilated and ready to push so the midwife (Athena, who was really lovely putting up with all the abuse I threw at her to be honest) tried to get me to focus and push. There was a cervical lip which had to be moved out of the way, which she did and then my obstetrician arrived. He wanted bub out quick because her heart rate had dropped so I was put in stirrups and bub had the vacuum extractor attached to her head. A few minutes later her heart rate increased back to a normal level again. After some more pushing and an episiotomy (which I was completely unaware of until afterwards) she was finally out and put up on my chest. I was so relieved it was all over, and it was only 4.15am!! So all in all a very quick labour and birth. AND I had successfully achieved the VBAC that I had wanted!!!

After a cuddle and what have you, Isla was taken to be checked, then cuddled by Matt, and I delivered the placenta and was stitched up. The obstetrician and paediatrician think that there might have been some cord compression in the original position I was trying to push in which caused the heart rate to drop and why when I changed position she was OK again because the blood flow through the cord increased. Otherwise she was perfectly healthy (though had a bit of a cone head from the vacuum). We were all shocked at how tiny she was considering how big I was towards the end, the fact that she was 40 weeks and Ned had been 3.0kg at birth and 4 weeks early!

I was a bit shaky after the birth because I hadn't had much to eat or drink and was a bit dehydrated. So I had a few glasses of water and rested for about 15 mins before getting up to have a shower, and it was the best shower ever! We had to stay in the delivery suite for a while so Matt had a nap whilst I had my first breastfeed with Isla. Whilst we were waiting to be moved to the maternity ward we picked out her name which we both love! We had some breakfast and then got moved to the room where Isla and I were to spend the next few days.

Recovering from the birth

I have to say that recovering from a vaginal birth as opposed to a Caesar (in my case anyway) is soooooooooo much better. My stitches haven't worried me one bit but the bottom end has been a bit sore (very very bruised). Bleeding was a bit heavier to begin with but I expected that. I love the fact that I can bend to pick things up and didn't have to have someone helping me to walk for the first few days etc. Plus, being able to chase round after a toddler and not be in pain or have to refrain from doing anything slightly physical is an added bonus. I didn't realise just how much the epidural etc from my first birth had actually knocked me around until now as well (so I am glad that in the end Isla's birth was as quick as it was so there was literally no time to have one).

Isla's first few days

Isla is my sleeping beauty! She is an absolute champion breastfeeder and can finish a feed in only 15 mins before nodding off again. She also wakes herself for feeds and knows exactly what she is doing. So all my expectations have been far exceeded (and I couldn't be happier). When we left hospital this morning she had actually gained weight; unusual for a newborn! The midwives couldn't believe it considering how quick her feeds are - I think I must make full cream milk!! Plus, she is absolutely gorgeous, though a little jaundiced at the moment but that should peak today according to the paediatrician and then she should start looking a little less yellow. But so far I have to say that I am in love Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.orgwith my little girl!!!!

I created a belly montage anyway so you can see all the shots in one place. Note the 40 week belly shot was taken less than 24 hours before Isla was born!

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Kira Blogged at 1:03 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Congrats on your successful delivery.
You have written in a good way all experiences which you remembered.
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