Catching up

Things have been non – stop here.

With the lead up to Mother’s Day, we had a few events, lots of planning and everything went well.

Rosie is 8 months! and for the last 2 months has decided waking up 6 – 7 – 8 times a night is perfectly acceptable. So as you can imagine, I’m just a bit tired!

I have been doing some crochet and loving it. I can take it with me and do bits here and there. We headed to Tasmania for 2 weeks, and I heard it would be a bit chilly down there so I made Rosie some beanies and even matching leggings (which I will get to in the next post).

Tasmania was lovely, it certainly is a new experience travelling with a baby. We usually spend our holidays doing as much as possible, but we learnt with a baby that just doesn’t happen and you gotta take it easy.

Trip planning


We are off to Taree this weekend, Nanna should be able to take some pics of the new merchandise πŸ™‚


My Dream

OK, I know it’s been quite here, but I have been busy – honestly! I have even made some crafty things!

What has been keeping me most busy is the events I’m organising for Sands Queensland. It is coming up to Bereaved Mother’s Day and all the things I planned are rapidly approaching.

So with that in mind – here is my plug πŸ™‚

I entered in this thing for nominating your dream (which is to raise money for Sands Queensland) and the most votes wins, so could all you lovely readers pop on over and vote for my dream? pretty please with cream on top!

Lyndell’s Dream

Thanks a bunch!!


The Monday Snapshot

Baby Love

Couldn’t resist sneaking in and using the bride’s photo prop at her wedding for my own gorgeous love πŸ™‚

Wedding Bells

We went for a little getaway last weekend – off to a friend’s wedding. Luckily the rain stopped and gave them a glorious day for their beachside wedding.

There was going to be quite a babyfest at this wedding, so I decided to get Rosie all dressed up and even made her a matching headband to go with her dress.

Baby Headband

Rosie made a little friend, Ellie, the bride and groom’s daughter, who also had a gorgeous headband (that I inspected and intend to copy).

This second picture is exactly 2 seconds before the relationship went sour. Ellie distracted on lookers with her beautiful blue eyes, Rosie has a look like she can feel impending doom. Then it happened. Ellie struck with lightening speed and had Rosie’s ear in a a pincer grip and was shaking her head back and forth. I moved Rosie so they faced each other. Ellie got on her tummy to show her crawling skills. Rosie grabbed her dress and began yanking it. So endeth playtime with Ellie…… was pretty funny, babies hands are like bear traps, anything comes near them and snap! death grip.

As for the wedding. The bridesmaids carried little signs down the aisle, instead of the usual bouquets, which I thought was a cute idea.


The bride had one that said ‘Luckiest Girl in the World’ (missed that shot). But I got this pic, she was absolutely stunning and just beaming with happiness.


It was an absolutely lovely day πŸ™‚ Here is the view from the hill top. I always think it looks like ‘The Lost City of Atlantis’ rising up, but it is just the coast jutting around and a place called Β Surfers Paradise (which it is not).

Sea view

10 Baby Tips for the first 3 months

So these are my baby tips for those first precious 3 months. Tips that others failed to mention, before I found them out the hard way.

Baby Tip 1:

When changing nappies, stand on the side of baby and not at ‘the busines end’. Random sneezes can result in a mustard yellow splattered shirt on Mum.

Baby Tip 2:

If you want to prepare for breastfeeding, about 2 months before the birth, start running a cheese grater over your nipples every hour……that should about cover it.

Baby Tip 3:

When bubs has a cold get one of those snot sucker things – hours of fun! ……….. but don’t forget the filter πŸ˜‰

Baby Tip 4:

Master the art of breastfeeding laying down, then one hand is still free to update FB ;}

Baby Tip 5:

If baby is about to upchuck all the milk she just drank, aim it down your top – sounds gross but all you have to wash is your bra (works like a sieve for the chunks) and your t-shirt. If you miss this opportunity you may have to wash a whole lot more, like the lounge, the floor, the cushions, the cat………

Baby Tip 6:

When travelling along the smooth highway road and baby needs something bumpier to help her settle, aim for the centre reflectors – works a treat πŸ™‚

Baby Tip 7:

When you’re really tired, baby needs your attention, and you are getting dressed as fast as you can, remember to step into your underwear the right way – this will avoid a melt down (as you try to pull them on by stepping into the leg hole first, instead of waist), and cries of ‘I didn’t think I put on THAT much weight!’

Baby Tip 8:

Relax. That warm sensation you are feeling is not you wetting yourself, it is just the babies nappy leaking………….you will need to change your pants though πŸ™‚

Baby Tip 9:

You don’t need perfume anymore. You will now exude your own fragrance called Eau de parfume Baby – a tantalising scent of sweet newborn baby, with undertones of regurgitated milk, pee and pooey nappies. A perfect compliment to your new ‘I haven’t slept or showered in soooo long’ look.

Baby Tip 10:
When taking those first steps back out to a social life with bub in tow, take with you a little sign that says “I haven’t finished this, leave it please”. It is guaranteed baby will start crying/fussing just as you start your meal and/or drink. Placing this sign on your unfinished meal/drink will ensure you actually get to eat/drink more than 3 mouthfuls.
*Especially handy if you paid $25 for the darn meal and barely got to smell the aroma before baby began crying, then only to return to see your plate has been cleared – noice one waitress wench 😦
You live and learn πŸ˜‰

The Monday Snap Shot


Playing on the mat with Rosie, rolling a Christmas decoration ball around, I caught Rosie’s reflection.


It was hilarious watching her face. Her eyes watching that ball as she zoomed in.


And then coming back to take another aim.

Kept us occupied for awhile πŸ™‚

My Hypnobirth Story

I wrote the story of Rosie’s birth for my hypnobirth teacher Brea, to put on her page –

you can find it here

The Healing Birth of Rosalyn Maya

I loved my hypnobirth experience and can’t thank Brea and my doula Gabriella enough for helping me get back the positivity about birth.

And we got our gorgeous girl.



The Monday Snap Shot



No longer can I leave Rosie in the bouncer, without constant-immediate-reaction supervision. Just as the last echo of the shutter clicked away she face planted into the couch and the bouncer flipped on top of her.

The bouncer is her sleep aid, and I am trying to break her of it (before she breaks it, literally). I’ve been trying to follow the Save Our Sleep routine – when it works it is marvellous. However I’m struggling with the whole trying-to-still-get out-of-the-house-and-incorporate-the-routine thing. Rosie is struggling with the whole need-to-be-bounced-can’t-self-settle-thing. I am assured by my friend that I need to nip this in the bud BEFORE she can stand up and yell at the top of her lungs in her cot.

So this adorable face is why I can’t seem to do more than a Monday Snap Shot post lately and why a project that actually gets finished seems like an unattainable dream.

Lucky she is so adorable πŸ™‚

Mother’s Day Card Exchange

Busy week! I’ve been doing a lot of volunteer work with Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support) Queensland and have a few projects we are working on.

Today I wanted to share one of them with you.

Mothers Day

Last year my friend and I faced our first Mother’s Day without our daughters, so we decided to exchange cards in recognition that we are still mothers. It was really lovely to receive a card with my daughter’s name on it, and I planned for next year to reach more Mums.

So here it is.

I would like to reach as many Mums as I can, so they have support on the day πŸ™‚

The Monday Snap Shot


Nanna came to visit and brought her camera! Β It is a bonus having a photographer as a Mum – but the downside, you can’t really get pushy on when you are getting your photos. I suppose I can forgive her since she has been jetting around to Canada since this visit.

And I might as well do a shameless plug for my Mum over at Jude Conning Photography

Sands Queensland

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