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Yesterday was a day of hospitals.

I got to the Royal Women's at 8:45 with Seamus in tow and we were shocked to be seen straight away! A midwife called Nova took us into a small room where she took my blood pressure, weighed me and asked a million questions, most of which I knew the answers to, some of which I got flustered at but Seamus knew the answers to, so that was fine. We then waited over an hour (that's more like the public health system we all know and love know) for the obstetrician, who was a lovely Englishwoman called Susan who took us through more questions and gave me advice on who to see (she is referring me to Social Work and Psych because my history of depression predisposes me to post-natal depression) also took my blood pressure, felt my tummy and discussed but did not look at my nipples.

I also got a show bag! It's called a Bounty Bag and is given out by the hospital, it contained samples and pamphlets and that sort of thing, apparently I get another one next visit. I went downstairs and signed up for childbirth classes at the info centre and we were done.

By the time we finished up it was 11:15am and Seamus was well and truly due back at school, so we walked up Flemington road for a bit then he went to Uni High and I walked to the Royal Children's Hospital to get something to eat (food in the Women's massively expensive, same at the Royal Melbourne around the corner, the kids hospital has a MacDonalds were I knew I could sit for a while.) I ate my pretend food and then wandered slowly back to the Royal Melbourne (we're so lucky to have the three major hospitals so close to each other) via a park where I sat and went through my showbag to string things out.

I arrived at the Royal Melbourne at 12:45 for a 1pm appointment and again was shocked when I was seen straight away (beginning to think yesterday was a charmed day) at the Respiratory Lab. There are apparently issues with being pregnant and suffering from severe asthma, I've already had to stop taking my regular preventer because it's unsafe for Sprocket, and the safe version is no where near as affective, so they're running some tests and looking at ways to control my asthma better and watching to make sure I am not in the 1/3 of women whose asthma gets significantly worse in pregnancy (please cross fingers for me!)

So the nice lab guys made me breathe through a tube, hold my breath, breath quick, breath slow, do the respiratory hokey-pokey and turn about, then I was allowed some Ventilon which made the whole world a nicer place, then I had to do all the tests again and I showed a 24% improvement, so we know Ventilon is good for me (it's just bad that I use as much of it as I do.) They also did a skin allergy test which showed to my delight that while I'm very allergic to dust (Seamus has promised to give the house a turning out when he's on break) I'm not allergic to dogs and cats, at least not enough to show up on this test. This makes me very very happy.

I finished up at the Melbourne hours earlier than I thought I would, so walked to [profile] vivienne_aster's nearby flat and we went to Errol st for some food and beverages. It was great to catch up and great to look in the Errol st op-shop which had some really great baby clothes in bright colours, definitely going back there when they've replenished their stock. That reminds me, I really want to get to Brunswick Savers to look at their baby stuff, as I think there might be donations from funky parents there too.

Eventually I bad Kate adieu and walked back up Flemington road to the ultrasound place opposite the hospitals where I met Seamus again we got to see Sprocket! Sprocket was almost dancing around, not staying still for an instant, which was charming for us but annoying for the radiographer who wanted to get specific shots and every time he got the camera in place Sprocket moved. Finally Sprocket got in a position that was absolutely no good at all and promptly fell asleep. I really hope this isn't indicative of Sprocket's future compliance. It took about an hour and a half for the dude to get all the shots he needed, and I got poked and prodded and rolled a lot in trying to get Sprocket into a better position, which, combined with the drive home through rush hour traffic, meant that when I got home I headed straight for the loo and lost my lunch :-( Oh well, Seamus went and got me a yummy dinner to compensate.

All of that combined meant I slept really well last night, I managed to sleep six hours straight which is good for me at the moment, and then get another three hours after I'd gotten up and eaten breakfast. This means that I'm nice and rested today and actually not feeling to sick, so looking forward to picking Seamus up from school and driving up to the mountains with him for a weekend away to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, which is today :-)

In summary: big day, but all important things that needed doing, Sprocket is fine and I've been married a year, hurrah!
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We've known about Sprocket for about two months now, we found out early because I had to go to hospital with what I thought was appendicitis which turned out to be pregnancy- (not-a-very-funny-story because at the time it was on the cards that as I was in so much pain it might have been an ectopic pregnancy and we had a nail-biting few days before we discovered it wasn't.) Anyhoo, so we've known for a while and have been slowly collecting things in preparation for Sprocket's arrival.


Pram/Stroller- bought from a family down the road for $200. Seamus looked it up online and brand new just the stroller itself was $700, and this one comes with the bassinet to turn it into a pram for the early months, a rain cover, a toddler seat and sundry other snap on things to make life easier, all up new it would have been over $1000 so we feel pretty good about paying $200. Currently being stored in the garage, we'll have to work out something with the furniture to fit it in the house later.

Cot- bought from Ebay for $50, only one previous tenant who vacated it aged four (it turns into a toddler bed) so we figure we'll get a lot of use out of it. Currently in pieces in the study, which will eventually become Sprocket's room.

Cloth nappies- bought from another lady down the street (there was a baby boom around the Kensington area 3-5 years back, great news for us as everyone is getting rid of their stuff now!) 24 bamboo/organic cotton blend nappies, 8 PUL covers, 1 wool cover, 2 nappy buckets and a roll of nappy liners for $300. That sounds a lot, but a single nappy brand new is $30 (covers can be up to that much too) and cloth nappies are actually more absorbent if they've been used previously, so it's a great deal.

Clothes- 2 jumpsuits/onesies, a cardigan, a t-shirt, some legging type-things, four pairs of socks, one waterproof nappy cover for swimming. Picked up from op-shops and Ebay, all second hand, all natural materials (except the swimmers, but that was never going to happen) I have discovered that op-shopping for Sprocket is much more fun than op-shopping for me, there are more hideously cutesy clothes to laugh uproariously at (Lisa and I found a jumper today the exact colour of vomit with flowers on it, I guess so when baby chucks up it won't show?) and no need to feel ashamed when going into the change room and finding one is slightly larger than one thought. In fact, no need for the change room at all! The only issue is convincing the sales assistants that I really DON'T want pink and would prefer minimum blue, and that I like nice, bright colours for the baby. The other great thing about opshops is the prices, in an opshop I think the most I've paid for an item is $3, whereas brand new those clothes are PRICEY. All up I've spent about $20 on clothes not including postage for the Ebay things (the postage is the sole reason I'm not going to stick with buying Ebay clothes, it's just not worth it.)

Nappy Bag- Brought on Ebay for $10, now not sure it's big enough

And now I'm about to go out to visit the lovely lady who sold us the nappies, because she emailed me that she found a big bag or assorted baby "stuff" and did I want it for free? Hell yes!

So far we seem to be pretty organised. I want to get things early so I can start saving for when I'm not working (especially as there will be a period where I'm not working and Seamus is still at uni working part time, yikes!) The major things I want to get are:
a change table
a rocking chair
a night light/lamp
A car seat (this will be the only item we get new- or from someone we know personally, and as I can't think of anyone who has a car seat and would be ready to give it up I guess we'll be buying new)
a clothes dryer (for nappies in winter)
an Ergo baby carrier
a bigger nappy bag
a bassinet (for sleeping in our room while tiny- we both thrash around in bed way too much to be comfortable co-sleeping)
a port-a-cot
a swingy-hammocky thing (to keep Sprocket amused while we're cooking/cleaning/hanging nappies on the line)
more clothes

All you parental types or those with small nieces and nephews, anything useful I've forgotten? Anything we really don't need? We're going to the Baby and Kids Market when it comes to Coburg at the end of April, so hopefully we can pick up quite a lot of second hand stuff there.
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Has [ profile] parakleta's wife had the baby yet?


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April 2011



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