Thursday, July 1, 2010

The squishy comeback!

Hi all!!
Its been a very long time between blogs. We have been busy busy busy at the squishy house. Mr president has been away 5 days and nights out of every week with work. Giggle girl turned two and has got the attitude to match now (She got her mothers sass!) And i seem to have turned into the quintesential house wife. I have been crafting, cooking, cleaning and op shopping (thrift shopping for all the non aussies)

I'm REALLy op shop obsessed! I would love to find a way to turn this passion into a business as its something I would be very happy doing for many years (or until I feel i have to re-enter the "real" workforce)
So if you have any ideas on how to go about this or ANYTHING please let me know!

I have also started the process of quitting smoking. I'm at day 3......cold turkey.......And other than being a bit ratty at about 7pm every night im doing ok....not bad for a pack a day smoker for the last two years (I quit while I was pregnant and stupidly started again!!)

So heres a question for its been a while since I last blogged what big issues have been plauging you?? What would you like to hear anicotinecraving induced straight out rant about??

And update me with whats been going on in your world!!

Love and smiles

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Flea Market Finds!

This is my first time joining in with Flea market Finds on Her Libary Adventures 

Yesterday I headed off to After-a-fashion at west pennant hills, I picked up my winter wardrobe for this year. None of it very exciting but ultra cheap and fantastic condition.

One of the things i got was this green cardie....never been worn for $5.

(im thinking about changing the buttons)

Today I went off child free to the North Rocks flea market.

I picked up a few goodies some clothes and such.... two shirts for me and a pair of pants for the giggle girl

But the BIG find for the weekend was these shoes....

Perfect fit patent leather Chanel heels!


(they look like scratches but its just where the flash hit the shiny leather)

They need a new sole as it has worn and become slippery but a baragin none the less!
I dont know if they are vintage or not....if anyone has any details please let me know :)

Love and Smiles

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Frisky Friday- It's all about control

I have been speaking to a friend recently who said her husband is always harassing her for sex at the most inconvenient a mum of 3 she's not able to just "get in the mood" like a light switch is being flicked on.
Weeks ago i suggested that she encourage him to flirt with her more, many add in some cheeky bum pinching here and there, to make her feel more wanted.....lets just say he failed.....some men just can squeeze a bum and then walk she does have a rather cute backside!

So this blog is for her....and for everyone else who is sick of the men (or women) in your life holding the sex reigns. You are NOW in charge. This is your assignment...I'm all alone for the next few weeks so I'm not getting any lovin' so I'm going to live vicariously through your experiences.

This is my suggestion... But you can take control how ever you in mental emotional or physical...meow!

Step 1- Invent a character
A trick I learnt while working in strip club by creating a detailed character with a new name, new attitude and new confidence helps you to focus on what you are doing and limits that self consciousness that many women face when presented with new sexual ideas and challenges.
Maybe have him/her call you Mistress and Mistress only?

Step 2- outfitting- Pick your outfit
Choose something that you LOVE but may not always game enough to wear.
Remember your character, what would they wear? make up? hair? shoes? lingerie?
Hair, try a wig if you want a big change, you can get them from eBay for less than $30 for a good quality wig.
Make up, go for something different, red lippy, smokey eyes, scarlet nails and toenails, go all out....the getting ready process is all about you. If you aren't confident with applying your makeup in the style you want have a look on YouTube, there are some fantastic video tutorials for all different styles of makeup.
Shoes, high heels are a girls best friend when it comes to looking sexy. Just remember if you don't wear high shoes very often make sure that practice walking in the on the surface that you will most likely be seducing on. even practice walking in front of a mirror if you can to make sure you aren't walking like a truck driver.
Outfits, pick something that flatters the bits you like, loving your boobs but not your tummy and bum? a corset dress, love your boobs and bum but not your tummy? go topless with a under bust corset and a string of pearls.....try something different maybe? latex? nipple pasties? whatever floats your boat.
Have a look at the brand new facebook page of Ashanti Corsets (they are taking pre launch orders for Aussie customers but only until the 7th of May, VERY reasonable prices for beautiful things)

Step 3- props
Do you need any props to take control? Riding crop? handcuffs? silk scarves? or even the humble wooden spoon?
Make sure you get organised in advance, the last thing you need is to be hunting around trying to find things when you are all dressed up and in the right head space, BIG MOOD KILLER!

Step 4- putting it all in action
Have a plan. are you going to tie him to a chair, make him sit on the floor while you explain your rules, blindfold him if it makes you feel more comfortable. Remember this is about control.YOU are in charge. Do what YOU want (within reason!) Ask for what you want for once. Dont be afraid to ask him to go down on you if thats what you enjoy and it doesnt happen as often as you would like it to.

Step 5- bask in the serotonin and the POWER! lol

Step 6- tell me all about

Have a ball

Love and smiles

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I'm an attachment parenting failure!

Today is giggle girls first day at family day care..... she starts at nine and ends at four......7 hours without my baby girl.
And I'm ashamed to admit I'm a little bit excited.....and a whole lot of guilty!

I always said i wouldn't have someone else raising my child.....i know shes only going one day a week....shes hardly being raised by someone else but you all know how a mummy brain works sometimes.
But at the moment I'm a semi single mummy as Mr president is at sea, I have no family to help out and no nearby friends.....mummy just needed a break.

My plan is to get ALL the housework its not like I'm having a wild old time without giggle girl....I am being practical...

So what makes your mother guilt flare up? what makes you feel terrible even though you know you are doing your very best??

I will check back later and see what you all said.....this house wont clean itself!

Love and smiles

Monday, April 26, 2010

I'm not racist.....BUT......

I'm not a racist....BUT... {insert racist comment here}

How many times have you heard this? Its as if the "I'm not a racist" part negates the racist comment that follows it.

So here's my two cents worth...

I'm not a racist....BUT.....I am a stereotypist.....and not at all ashamed of it.

Let me explain

I don't care if you are black, white, Asian or purple with pink spots and 80 non-blinking eyes.
I don't care if you are rich or poor, old or young, fat or thin, single or married, gay, straight or transgender
If you are nice to me and treat me with respect i will treat you the same way.


I cant stand when people perpetuate negative stereotypes on purpose or use their race or situation as an excuse.

Some examples....

  • The single mothers who DO get pregnant to many different fathers just for welfare payments (sad but true)

  • Young mother who do stupid things with their children and then blame their age for not knowing any better.

  • Aboriginals who are drunk all the time and on the dole.

  • Asians who CANT drive to save themselves

  • Muslim men who do treat women like dirt

  • People who use their ethnicity as an excuse to play dumb.....I know a girl who was Korean and spoke perfect English but would pretend she couldn't if she didn't feel like talking to someone (actually that's kinda clever....may try that one day)

  • Italian or Middle eastern hoons who for some reason think its part of their heritage to drive like a moron.

  • Aussie bogans who expect everyone else to support their lazy lifestyles while they blame the fact that their mothers put their nappies on backwards when they were babies as a reason why they cant work for a living.

  • Stay at home mums that DO sit at home all day watching TV and bringing up TV addicted children
These people are a minority.

the reality is

  • Most single mothers weren't planing on doing it alone and circumstances have changed that plan, so they are doing the best they can

  • Most young mothers ROCK and make smart decisions to provide their children with the best lifestyle they can provide.

  • Aboriginal people who are well educated and making huge differences in not only the Indigenous communities but Australia as a whole.

  • Most people in Sydney cant drive to save themselves, no matter what their race.....I also have found Camry drives to be the worst of all!!

  • The Koran says to respect your mother before it says to respect your father. Men of all races and religions treat women like dirt. The fact that some Muslim women choose to cover their heads and bodies makes people assume that their husbands forced them into in when they made the choice themselves.

  • Car hoons all suck.....race doesn't come into it.
  • People who come from poorer areas with less than idyllic upbringings go on to do amazing things and work really hard to get there

  • ANY mum who puts their kids first is awesome (working or stay at home)
So what I'm getting at with all this rambling is that it doesn't matter what circumstances cause someone to cross paths with me, I try to take everyone on as individuals. Not because of what colour their skin is.

I hate people equally :) (lol I'm kidding)

P.s I do however judge men by their choice of footwear.... its a throw back to when I was single :)

 Good to be back

Love and Smiles


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Give away, for the not so average house wench!


What do you think? Not too shabby for a novice sewer!

and it can be yours....FOR FREE! 

(Aussies only for this one.....the next one will be international)

So here's how to to go in the draw

step 1- suggest/share the link to the squishybum mum facebook page or blog on your facebook page or invite your friends (or all three!!)

Step 2- fill out the quiz below (its about my blogs) and email it to and i will email you back  your entry number

step 3- keep an eye out on the 15th of April when i will be drawing a number out of a hat at random

I'm sorry that there is such a long process but i would like people to actually want to go to the effort to read the blogs rather than just entering to get something for free.

1- Which defence service did I serve in for a short period of time? (Army, Navy or Air force)
2- What does HED stand for?
3- What is the names I use to refer to my husband and daughter?
4- What type of weapon did i learn to shoot and in what year?
5- When did my breast milk supply start to dry up?
6- Which  company did I review and what was their website?
7- What are the things my daughter calls farties" really called?
8-Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? (ok so thats not in my blog.....but answer it
9- What sugary drink did a mother a friend of mine knows give her child to hype them up so that they would get a sugar crash and go to sleep?
10- what was the third lesson I learned on a big bight out?

Gotta be in it to win it!..... GOOD LUCK!

Love and smiles

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sisters are doing it for themselves.

Sisters are doing it for themselves......and its all about them....
I have noticed a trend. Women are each others worst enemy.
If a guy doesn't like someone they don't speak to them or they duke it out and go back to beers. Women seem to keep their friends close and their enemies closer, so at least they are in the bitching loop.

When I was in the navy if I wanted to break the rules and sneak up to Mr Presidents room for some after hours snuggles I made sure I waited until it was all males on duty and then just straight out told them where I was going and why. If I went while there was a female on duty you can bet your bottom dollar that the next day I would be called into an office and be run in and charged for it. Why? Man code. Guys will lie to protect other guys. The blokes on duty knew if they dobbed me in Mr President would be in shit too.

So why is there no woman code?

Why are we all so keen to pick at the faults of other women?
It gets worse when you are a mother, there is an extra thing to judge you on. (even if you are doing a great job) along with judging you on the usual things. Hair, makeup, clothing, weight, intelligence, education, pay bracket, shoes, marital or single status, what car you drive, handbag you carry as well as how your partner fits into all of the above categories (other than makeup and handbags)

Why are we so keen to see the pitfalls of someone else? And once some women find a weak point why are they so quick to pick at that scab to see what's underneath?

Where's the support?

I have a friend who's son started school this year and she is known by the other school mums as the "weird hippy lady" because of the way she dresses and because she isn't interested on carrying a $300 purse to do the school run. Why isn't she known for being lovely and happy all the time, the mum that has all the time in the world for her kids and many of the other reasons why I think she's great.

I have heard that there are still examples of women supporting women, and I know some great women myself....but that is a minority. 

A group of mums I  know in Canberra is experiencing the biggest case of in-fighting, deception and backstabbing I have ever seen, and I should know, I went to a private school that was 90% girls.
i don't know and i don't really care who is to blame, put people are getting very very upset about  it, to the point where they are getting sick! 

Aren't there bigger things to worry about.

My mum always said when I was whinging as a teenager about how hard my life was, that if I wanted to see hard that she  would take me to the cancer ward of a children's hospital.

I think that a lot of mums need to re-think how they view others and maybe follow the old adage "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"

and maybe if you think your life is scrapping so low that putting others down make you feel better about yourself, maybe your energy would be better put into use volunteering in a children's hospital. because god knows if you are low enough to bitch about them you need to move to a deserted island because there is no hope for you.

Love and Smiles

Friday, March 26, 2010

DIY prosta-tot........just go shopping.

Giggle girl needs new winter clothes but I'm having trouble finding any I like

see im not one of those fussy mums who's child has to look like a mini model. All I'm after winter clothes that are warm, durable comfortable and appropriate to a two year old.
because shes so tall and clothes are always funny sizes I like to have her there with me so I can check it against her but I'm thinking I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and buy from online WAHM's 

 The reason i ant find any clothes is because for some reason stores like Target, Myer, Big W, Kmart and Best and Less seem to think its a great idea to dress your child like a baby hooker!

I went to my good friend google and went on a search
and the first thing that popped up was Suri Cruise (surprise surprise!)
This is Suri, aged 3....wearing high heels carrying an $850 (US) handbag
Little Suri is everything that has gone wrong in society...and her parents obviously have more money than sense!
At three years old she should be playing in dirt ad playing mummy to dolls. The closest she should come to makeup is when she draws on the walls with her mums lipstick, not have her own makeup kit!

The range of winter clothes at target currently in size 3-7 are cute hippy inspired cotton prints and knit jumpers....these I don't mind some of the other items are hoochie-mama style puffy parkas with  tights covered in sequins....still not that bad, not fun for play but at least its warm.
The winter lothes that really bug me are the short shorts with tights and  boots, the mini skirts, school style slutty dresses and the diva style barbie range they have that is all fake furs and hemlines that don't leave much to the imagination. 
And that's the winter stuff......summer is 100x as bad!

What happened to jeans and along sleeve shirt with trainers? or a tracksuit without anything suggestive on the bum?

Why aresome people in such a hurry to make mini adults out of children.....who buys these things?
I remember a couple of years the uproar about target stocking padded bras and g-strings for kids....its a revolting concept....but i want to know who buys them? They wouldn't stock them if there wasn't a demand. who is after a g-string and matching padded bra for a 5 year old??!!

Then have a look at these gems I found

and finally this classy gem (I will write a whole blog on slogan shirts another day)

What are the worst items you have seen for kids to wear?

Love and Smiles

Perfectly different - guest blog/rant by TantrumMaumma

As a first time parent you seem to rely on the books and the net and other people for advice on when your child should be meeting certain goals. We did this with families’ friends and the health nurse. Our son met some milestones before expected some on time and some a lot later than expected.
We had experienced some strange behaviour from our son, but all in all we were told he was developing fine and there was nothing to worry about.

In my heart I knew there was something different about him, he would headband when he was frustrated but I kept telling myself that it was normal, he would scream if any one he didn’t know touched him, he had what I know is sensory problems, he hated the vacuum, the aeroplanes, and the traffic, as he got a bit older there were a few more problems added to the list, one in particular my son doesn’t like crowds, he will close his eyes and rock, this happens on the bus if there are lots of people.

We have been through 2 paediatricians to try and work out why my son, barely talks, and why he has what I used to call strange habits, my son wouldn’t play with toys no matter how shiny, how much noise they made, or how much they lit up, he would just throw them. He would line up things we had in the house for example tuna cans, or play with door hinges. They were his toys.

It wasn’t until we became involved with Child protection, that any one listened to my concerns, apparently its not perfectly normal for your toddler to put their hand on the glass of a oven while its roasting hot and not notice there hand had been slightly burnt, or be in the shower and turn off the hot tap and not notice the water is stone cold and still be standing in there.
Child protection arranged for us to see the pead at the local hospital, who said she would do future assessment with my son, and referred him off to early Intervention. We are still on the waiting list a year on for services such as occupational therapy and speech therapy. That Pead shortly afterwards left the hospital and referred us off to a different pead who actually gave us answers and path ways to help.

The new pead told us our son has speech delay he has approx. 20 words not all clear enough to be understood and uses maybe 3words in a sentence but that is not very often it’s more like a once in a while thing. 
Our son also has Autistic traits and will be getting a full on assessment in August shortly after his 3rd birthday. We have been referred off to a specialist play group where we can meet with families going through the same thing and meet with some early intervention workers.

Some of the most hurtful things that have been said in recent times is that I caused my son’s disability. 
Why on earth would I do something like that for? 
I’ve been told that I have feed him to much gluten. 
That he is disabled because I fully vaccinated him – I know people have their thoughts on vaccination and that is okay I don’t push my beliefs on you and you shouldn’t do the same to me, the repost linking vaccinations to Autism was recently retracted. 
I’ve been told I wasn’t nice enough to my son while I was pregnant. 
I’ve been told god is punishing me for having a bastard child. 
I’ve been told that I can cure my son with magic pills and diets and stupidly expensive “doctors”. 
Autism was genetic there is no way you can catch it from my son, he is not a freak, nor should he be cured, He’s not naughty he is misunderstood and Autistic. 
(We call him Autistic because it’s easier than explaining that he has signs and hasn’t been diagnosed yet) 
No matter what you or anyone else thinks my son is an amazing person he is a bright kid and he is human. I love him just the way he is and he is perfect.
We found this website to be very useful
I also support this charity and hope when my son is old enough he can go on that this camp They also have a great section on forgiveness
They saying that has stuck with me from the start of all of this is “EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT IN THE END, IF IT HASN’T ITS NOT THE END”
Thank you for reading,

With love TantrumMaumma

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Guest Blog- Tarja- A day in the Family with Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (HED)

A day in the Family with Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (HED)

I am fortunate that my day starts at 7am, my children like to sleep in. 
The last night was relatively good, only three wakings which helped. Nathanael has many problems with painful stools because his intestines are scarred, this all contributes to frequent wakings at night. His belly can get quite sore and just passing wind is scary so he cries until it's done and falls asleep almost instantly.
Matthew doesn't wake as often anymore but he still comes wandering into our bed to warm up. 
Sebastian has worked out how to get comfy so he hardly ever comes anymore

See, my three boys can't sweat, so we keep them at a comfortable temperature of 25 degrees Celsius at home. 
Overnight though, as they slow down and fall asleep, the heat they generated all day during play and school just goes away. 
Like a stove, which goes out overnight, the fires within just die down and more often than not, they wake up because they are cold. 
No Goosebumps, no body hair, no real shiver means it would take a lot of exercise to get warm again. Not ideal in the middle of the night so a visit to mum and dad's cosy bed is just the ticket.
So, morning time, I get the lunches ready for School. 
No egg, nuts, oranges, tomato or sesame snaps for Matthew, don't want to use the epipen just yet (or ever).
Peel and cut the apple,Ectodermal Dysplasia gives the lucky few some teeth but they are not ideal to "cut" and "grind" with. The Incisors are pointy and the molars (if they get any) don't usually have a partner underneath so grinding food is a hassle. 
I remember way back, my apples used to look like Vlad had a go at them, neat little rows of holes all round :) very cute. Sebastian liked to suck the juice out of them via the holes he punced into the skin of the apple.
Matthew and Nathanael need their daily application of cream. Matthew has been taking tablets to controll his eczema and Nathanael gets the liquid version but some persistant spots remain and they need treating. 
There was a time Doctors would declare that they had never seen a case of eczema as bad as my boys'. 
How fortunate are we,that it is under control right now. 
Nathanael's just won't heal though. Even with the daily antihystamine and the steroid every other day he just can't leave it alone. 
His feet and the backs of his knees are red raw from yet another night of scratching. I have since found out that it is his intestinal pain which makes him scratch to try and get rid of it.

Breakfast, weet-bix and milk and oh my gosh, bus time for Sebastian. 
Hope it is not too hot already, he has a bit of a walk to get there. 
I'll pack his cooling vest just in case. Off he goes.

"Matthew, your transport is here." 
Matthew is Autistic so he has a slightly different way to school than his big brother. High functioning means that he can communicate and hold limited conversations but he is totally freaked out by the bus. Taxi to school and home, solved a whole lot of anguish for all of us.
And here I am, left with the twins. 
One with and the other without HED. 
The airconditioner has been on for the better half of the morning already and I think we will have to turn the other one on too if the heat keeps going up. 
We don't play outside very often, catch us on cool days or when it's dusk. 
We limit excursions to one or two shopping locations as the car heats up so bad inside the boys just hate getting back in and they overheat. 
All in all, we live life together to the max, we are not very social beings but we do like the odd visitor (have to be odd to understand us ;) ) We are, after all, a "normal" family.

This blog was written by Tarja.
for more information please check out the "I have HED" facebook page.
a has also written a childrens book about HED to help children to understand why HED suffers look different to other children and to help remove the stigma of HED

What is the collective noun for multiple ramblings...?

It's been a little while and I'm really sorry..... Computer issues, lack of time and a shit load of other factors are to blame.

There is some big new news. There is a new member in the squishybum facebook family. 

I thought I should explain a bit more about this page.
Before I was a mum I was fashionable. I showered daily and my undies matched my bra. 

(Now I'm lucky to remember to out on a bra when I leave the house! ...Yes I am one of those free rotted women you see at the supermarket at about 7pm rushing around getting things that were too hard to get when I have giggle girl with me) 

But then when I gave birth something happened. I just didn't care anymore. I was a mum before I was me. I was tired. I was uncomfortable with my new body and it was too much effort to get dressed up if I was just going to get spewed on ten minutes later.

Giggle girl is almost two. (end of June) so I have got a bit sick of looking every inch like a slummy mummy. 
And it's time for change.

The squishybum emporium is for crafty and talented mums (plus me) to show what they can do and offer it for sale. I don't make any money from the page unless I sell my own items. 

I have noticed that there are so many facebook pages selling items for kids or kid safe items for mums. 
And there is nothing wrong with that. 
I just want to get things for me. 
The me that is not just a mum but a person as well. I want pretty things and I want to go to one place to find them! 
I also want to buy from Aussie work at home parents who don't have time to run a who business but create funky fun one off items. So I know if I go somewhere someone else won't have the same thing as me (god that's so annoying!)

So I'm making it my mission to get myself out my mummy rut.

For a few days last week I was teetering on the edge of mummy burnout.
I have read a few articles that talk about this but they only ever mention working mums. It's assumed that stay at home mums aren't entilted to suffer from mummy burnout as we don't work a "real" (paid) job. 

What a load of horse poo! 

I work harder now (and longer hours) than I ever did working full time. Even the period when I worked from 6pm to 5am then went to my second job from 7am to midday wasn't this demanding.
Don't get me wrong. I love being a stay at home mum BUT I wish that more people would recognize that it's hard work and that there is no sitting watching TV all day in the job description. When I do watch TV it's with giggle girl and I spend mist of the time jumping around playing with her singing the songs and practicing the counting or actions they are doing.

I think part of the burnout spiral for me was frustration  that I had let go of the old me so much so that I was unsure who I was if you took giggle girl out of the equation there was nothing left....I was just an empty shell
So what I have to figure out is how to rediscover me as well as being mum at the same time.

Any tips? experiences? anything you would like to share with  the class (lol)
Love and Smiles

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The list

I had planned on putting this up a few weeks ago...but kept coming across other blogs with a similar idea so i put it off....
This was written almost 5 years ago now.....its not a new thing at all

so here it is....the list!

I wrote this after ending an abusive relationship (years before meeting Mr president
I'm slowly ticking things off and when i get to the end, I write a new one and start again!!!
whats your list of things you want to do before you die???


The list.


What I want in a partner.
*Someone who will be themselves
*Respect me and my opinions even if they don’t share the same
*Not be closed minded
*Love me for who I am and not expect me to change (too much)
*Have direction in their own lives
*Love me for my mind but love my body as well
*Be accepting of my appearance the way it is
*Compliment often but constructive criticism given if needed (in a thoughtful way)
*Be secure in themselves and our relationship
*No violence towards me or anyone/thing important to me
*Affectionate (the smallest actions can sometimes mean the most)
(all done in 2007...Mr President)

The end goal
I do want to get married have a family and settle down. That doesn’t mean I want to ever be boring. I want to have fun for the entirety of my life, regardless of the stage I’m in. I would want a life for my children similar to my own upbringing. I was always told I have anything in life that I wanted as long as I worked hard and put my mind to it and I would want my own children instilled with the same self belief.

*Ride an elephant in Thailand
*See the Taj Mahal at sunrise or sunset
*Sail around the Greek islands (topless)
*Dance at carnival in Rio
*Go to a B and S ball in rural Australia
*Climb Everest.
*Go swimming with sharks off the coast of Africa
*Visit Auschwitz and Changi concentration/death camps
*Kayak in New Zealand
*Drive a vintage convertible along the coast of California
*Go to the red square in Russia
*see the Louve museum
*See the ruins in Cambodia
*hike to Muchu Pichu in Peru
*experience Venice before it sinks
*walk the Kokoda trail

*Learn to shoot a gun, accurately (2007, austyer )

*Pose naked for a men’s magazine
*Elope (to Vegas??)
*Re-learn the double bass
*Have salsa lessons
*Speak a foreign language moderately well (2007...Indonesian... and the navy paid for me to do it)

*Get a tattoo (2007)

*Save someone’s life
*Write a self help book
*Fall in love again every single day with the same person (2007)
*Give a million dollars to charity
*Convince someone else to get my name as a tattoo
*Kayak grade 5-6 in New Zealand
*Streak through a sports match….doesn’t matter how big or small the game is…extra points if I get arrested!!
*Give birth -2008

Monday, March 15, 2010

I wish I had known.....

There are so many things I wish I had know before having giggle girl and as I have many friends who are pregnant at the moment (for the first viable time, I don't want to say the first time as this implies that their angel babies never existed) so I have been asked for quite a bit of advice recently so I thought I would share my thoughts and encourage anyone who reads this to do the same.

As a fairly young first time mum there were some things that are learnt on the job and some are hindsight

- I wish I had heard about MCNs (modern cloth nappies) I didn't find out about these until giggle girl was over a year old and it seemed a bit late in the game to get some. I wish I had known about these and used them from the beginning.

-I wish I had known about ways to stimulate the production of breast milk when mine started to "dry up" at around the five month mark (lucky I had a months sully in the freezer) I wouldn't have given up so easily had I known there was ways to improve the situation

-I wish I hadn't bothered to buy a pram until she was no longer interested in being worn. I did have a sling but it wasn't right for my height and build so I found it uncomfortable and cumbersome. The mei tai style wrap sling things look fantastic and so comfy for mum (or dad) and bub.

- I wish I hadn't spent $150 on the very cute Moses basket for her as a newborn (that now stores her teddies) Co bedding is so much easier! (I will admit to laziness here) and made nighttime feeds in winter for everyone involved! All I had to do was unclip my maternity bra and then go back to sleep. She would feed and drop off back to sleep with zero complaint or disruption. Ahh bliss!

- I wish I hadn't been so hard on my self in those early days and just enjoyed her being so little rather than worrying about how clean the house was (or wasn't)

- I wish I had had a mirror in the labour room thingy so I could have seen the moment that she entered the world.

- I wish I had taken more than one photo of me breastfeeding her. Not only for a beautiful reminder but also to put on facebook to show that breastfeeding isn't obscene.

In saying all of that I did so many things o am proud of....but I will save that for another blog.

What do you wish you had known as a new mum??

Love and smiles


Bugger having a dream.....I have a PLAN!!...Part 2!

(please read part one here)

Last Friday was my 24th birthday.

In the few years that I have been an adult I have been a busy girl. I have done all the "normal" things people my age do. I have worked long hours, drank until ugly people look hot, bought shoes because they were on sale even though they didn't fit and eaten my body weight in chocolate.
But I have done some thing many 24 year olds are yet to do. I have have gotten married, I have had a baby, I understand the terms co-bedding, baby wearing and lactivist, I have had the sleepless nights when giggle girl is sick (even if she is sleeping fine) and I think that dribbly kisses are the best. I have also breastfed in public. And I'm dammed proud of it!

I fed in public where it suited me. I loved getting a hot chocolate and feeding in the coffee shop. I never covered up, I wanted to see her beautiful face. I even feed in the defence boozer (cross between a pub and social club for defence members and their families)
I waited to be criticized for it. I feed with defiance knowing I was doing the right thing for my baby. I wanted other younger mums to realise that it was ok. You don't need to feed in the smelly baby change rooms if you didn't want to.
The criticism never came.
I don't know if it was because of my body language, I was just lucky or if the "fuck off" look on my face if anyone came near put people off commenting.

What I would like for my 24th birthday is that the stigma of breastfeeding is removed. I know it won't happen overnight but by my 30th birthday I want to not be able to find a breastfeeding discrimination article in newspapers or on the Internet.

I want people to realise that breast feeding in public is not about exhibitionism or attention seeking. It's not about anyone else except mum and bub (or bubs if you have mad boobie skills!) 

The sad thing is in the last week a mum had her facebook account disabled for having a photo of her breatfeeding her baby on her profile.....facebook deemed it as obscene
Please read her note to get all the details and see what facebook WILL allow HERE

Its not about if you personally want to feed in public or post your own breastfeeding photos.
but for all those with daughters do you want her to feel like a social outcast if she breastfeeds her own child, your grandchild?
Do you want her to be able to show you photographs from the other side of the world or country of how proud she is of her achievement, how she is doing what her body is designed to do.
Do you want her to be to be thought of as obscene and pornographic feeding her baby.

This is not about us now....this is about our daughters, and our daughters-daughters.....

What kind of world do you want your grandchildren born into??

Love and smiles

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Living in a bubble.

I used to be in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
I worked my butt off to get in, I lost 30kg, I ran evey day, I did push ups during the ad breaks on tv, I harassed defence recruiting for 9 months to get in to the specialist position that I wanted. I spent just as long trying to get in as I spent as a serving member.

In the nine months I was enlisted I got married, met some great friends, got fit and worked on my pelvic floor exercises during drill instruction. I had the normal ups and downs but things came to a head when I fell pregnant.

I had failed my course after we had gotten married hoping that I could get a transfer of category to be in a position where mr president and I could be posted to the same location. I was in the process of organising my removal to another base hen I found out I was pregnant. It wasn't exactly planned but wasn't unplanned and definately not unwanted.

The first thing that happened was that when I announced my happy news I was told by my boss (at that stage an army sargent as I was at a tri-service establishment) that I had to make a choice between my job and having a family. I believe that this was a suggestion to have the pregnancy terminated.

I was then moved to a different base (HMAS Cerberus) in Melbourne. The primary training facility for the RAN and put into a holding division while they decided what to do with me. To begin with I was willing to change jobs and move to a different category to continue my training but there was no way that they could promise that I would even be posted in the same state as mr president, let alone the same city!
So I applied for discharge.

I was coping fine untill mr president was posted to his new location. By that stage we had been married over two moths and still hadn't lived together.
Once he moved I was isolated. None of my friends where there, no family, no husband and no support. I began to struggle.

I asked for help. I spoke to my superiors, I spoke to the chaplins and I spoke to the psychs asking for help. Asking for strategies to deal with my all consuming lonliness, the stress that was building and my fears of what could happen to my baby if I continued to feel that way.

Finally it all came to a head after I had been alone for well over a month. I spoke to the Chaplin and told him that I had a history of self harm and I was worried.
As soon as the buzz words (self harm) was mentioned the started rolling.

I was immediately admitted into the base hospital. Put on suicide watch and banned from talking to anyone. I had every officer on duty came and see me, not to offer assistance but to gawk at the knocked up "crazy" chick. I had almost zero privacy as I was in a glass walled room and once they had all had their fill I was left alone. Completely alone. Untill sometime later the next day.

The phych I had spoken to earlier came up to see me band she was so frustrated with the system an wanted to get me out. But as the doctor on duty the night before had decided that I needed to seek further phychological treatment she was tied by the system and unable to do anything.
My appointment with the psychatrist wasn't booked until a week later. During that time I had no belongings, no visitors (except for the occasional medical stuff doing checks and the food delivery person) and no answers.
The reason I was struggling originally was that I was felt alone. Now I really was completely alone.

I asked to go get some clothing underwear and toiletries and was told I couldn't even do that even if I was escorted. So a male trainee medic was sent to my room to riffle though my things and bring me back some underwear. Humiliating to say the least.

A few days before the big appointent I had a bleed. I buzzed a nurse and when one showed up eventually asked if I was due for my period. When I explained that I was 9 weeks pregnant she scoffed and asked to see the blood in my underwear. They didn't even believe me. (luckily the bleed was minor and giggle girl is obviously thriving now but at the time it shocke me to the core.)

Eventaully when I went to see the phycharitrist he deemed me no risk to myself or others and was appalled about the way I was being treated. I also beloved that he wrote a verystrong worded letter to the hospital, my officer in charge and the navy phychs letting them know what he had observed and how inhumane my treatment was.

As soon as the letter had been recieved my discharge paperwork was rushed through and I was discharged in 3 days. Although I never had an exit interview, which is compulsory, which is a chance to air any issues with a unbiased person. I supposed I don't blame them. Some people would have been in BIG trouble.

I have considered contactiong a current affair or similar tv programs to tell my story. But as mr president is still a serving member I don't want to cause problems for him.

So that's my anti-fairytale start to my pregnancy. Luckily the rest was without issue and giggle girl is the light of my life.

Love and Smiles

side note: this was not the only issue I would have aired at my exit interview. I was also sexually harrassed and felt up by another member (not mr president, that was consentual lol) but it was delt with very badly and I was extremely annoyed about it. I was also asked by my recruit instructor to give him a lapdance and then offered alchohol to keep quiet.
Ahhh gotta love the puss!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bugger having a dream.....I have a PLAN!!

After reading this blog i started thinking (for those who know me will giggle at that)

I dont breastfeed anymore.... but i did...and I'm kicking myself that i never took breastfeeding photos! 
I wanted to promote awareness and remove the stigma of breastfeeding, especially in public.
I had no idea what to do until I saw this picture on a fans page 
(I have no idea who did it...if anyone knows let me know so I can give them full credit!)

Then my BIG idea hit me like a tonne of boobs!

This idea I have is not about if you breast feed bottle feed are male or female....even if you dont have children you can still be involved in this.

I'm after three things
  1. support.....I need this to go viral! I need this to be passed on to every breastfeeding supporter all over the spread the word
  2. Entrants....more details on that in a second...
  3. Companies, WAHM, websites that would like to donate prizes and also act as judges.... I know its a big ask but its a great cause!
Entrants....well this is where the big idea comes into it...
I want to run a breastfeeding awareness campaign and (hopefully if enough businesses get involved) competition.
There will be a number of categories.
  • Beautiful breastfeeding photos.
  • Breastfeeding blogs, poetry or other written material.
  • Breastfeeding art (paintings, drawing, sculptures...anything except photos...that has its own category)
  • Breastfeeding awareness clothing design (as well as photos of it being worn IN PUBLIC)
  • PUBLIC group events to gain awareness.
  • And an "other" category....for everything else.
So get your arty hat on and get creative.
So are you in??

Love and Smiles

Please email me if you want to be involved

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Blogs of note!

I asked all the fans of squishybum mum on facebook to add the details of their blog to a discussion thread.
Gotta share the love!

so here are some blogs of note...feel free to add yours as a comment
(wholistic parenting, mental health issues)

Random eclectic blog- the musings of a mum

 its mostly about raising my munchkins, cloth diapers, babywearing etc 
 Attachment and natural parenting, non vaxing, recipes, crafts, home safety, a little bit of everything!

 The trials and tribulations of a single "accidental" mommy - both of my babes were conceived on hormonal birth control....Rants and raves humor, recipes, reviews... really it's a little of everything

Im also adding a random one that i came idea about who writes it but it made me giggle
Its like the Aussie version of sex and the city...with less

Hope you enjoy  having a read though these as much as I did!
Love and Smiles

To petite to push?

I recently spoke to a friend of mine who is finally pregnant after a lot of terrible experiences and losses over the past few years.Im so exited for her because I know that she has done everything thing she possibly can to ensure that she has a healthy viable pregnancy, she quit smoking, changed her lifestyle and worked really hard so that she could come off her anti-depressants. I'm so proud of her1

But something she said disturbed me. Her doctor has told her that she should book into for an elective cesarean.....because she is too small to have a natural birth. Shes only 20 weeks pregnant!!!

She is a very petite person (about 5ft tall and I'm guessing a size 6-8) but I was a similar size when I fell pregnant with giggle girl (I then went to to gain a shitload of weight  to become the Squishybum mum I am today) 

I am so annoyed at her doctor,  how can they take away her power so early. They have basically told her don't even bother won't happen. How dare they! This woman has worked so hard to get the baby that she has dreamed of for so long, so for them to be dismissing her birthing ability before the event can't help her self confidence. (and how would they know anyhow....shes only half way would they have a clue how big bubba is going to be...or how small...

I spoke to another friend of mine who wrote a previous guest blog for me, Aus gaia ...She was told by the sonographer, when she was pregnant with her second child, that there was no way that she could give birth vaginally....he was too big and her pelvis would be most definitely break in the process and she would end up in a half body cast. She ignored him.
It took her only 1.5 hours to give birth to her son she walked down to the sonographer with a midwife and said..."I told you so!...after which he was suspended (he had been calling her at home telling her she HAD to have a C-section.
So I would like to hear some positive stories for my friend, to let her know that just beause she is petite doesn't mean that she cant have the birth that she wants.

To my friend, Bi....this is what I want to say to you....You are one of the strongest women I know, you have been through so much already and for let some doctor try to tell you that your body is incapable of doing what it was designed with the primal function to do is revolting! YOU CAN DO THIS!

Love and smiles

Sunday, March 7, 2010

review 1- Joli Natural

On Friday a package from Jodie at Joli Natural full of scrummy samples for me to try and review for you.

I should add at this point that I am not paid to do reviews, I don't take bribes, i cannot be convinced to put my name on the line for the sake of any product if i don't like it!

First of I will give you some details about joli Natural  products are FREE from SLES / SLS [sodium laurel / laureth sulphate], propylene glycol and parabens. So no chemical nasties in them. Annnnnnndddd....unlike other skin care Joli Natural Skin Care products are ‘made to order’ to suit individual skin type, custom blend, fragrance choice etc. Expertly made in small batches to give you great quality, fresh, natural skin care. BLISS!

In my little post parcel of goodies there were things for me, things for giggle girl and things for the anti-metrosexual Mr President.

The first thing we tested out was the Decadent Bath Melt Bar (seduction) Giggle girl was in bed and as soon as I noticed it said it was safe for use on intimate areas I dragged Hubby off to the shower with me to see how much fun it could be. OH MY LORDY LORD! It smelt divine, it felt divine and the details were correct...very safe for imitate areas.... and oh so much fun (its an added bonus my skin was all soft and i smelled lush all skin on OTHER parts of my body....dirty minded....) For $5.95 bar I'm going to put in a BIG order.

after testing the bath melt bar i kicked hubby out of the shower and started testing my sample of  the Herbal Shampoo Bar. My sample was about a 1cm I wanted to see how many washes I could get out ofit.
So far I am up to 4 washes on my hair and one wash of giggle girl's hair. The first wash took me a bit to get used to the fact that it doesnt foam as much as chemical shampoos...or maybe because I had bath melt bar in my hair...(hehe...) but it was just a Meh the first wash (well first two washes.....I double wash my hair as it gets so greasy so fast) but out of a 1cm cube i got 6 washes of my hair (shoulder length medium thickness) plus one wash of giggle girls hair. My hair is cleaner, it takes longer to get dirty and I didnt even have to use conditioner. One bar would last AGES and its only $3.95 a bar!

I also used the shaving cream- amazing...fastest shave i have ever had....Its safe for intimate areas so that's where i used it...I already had shaving rash, it felt soothing and didn't irritate the damage I had previously done.

I also tried a heap of  other other products so I will write up a second blog at a later stage......
In the meantime If you are temped by these products so far make sure you check out the Joli Natural webpage.

Love and Smiles

Friday, March 5, 2010

Frisky Friday- feeling flat?

* Yes I know....Yet another list....I LOVE lists!

Every relationship has peaks and troughs, sometimes these are caused buy natural hormonal changes other times sleep deprivation (the joys of being a parent) sometimes its just not a priority to one or both parties. One very common reason is because of self confidence.
Almost every woman goes through a stage where they don't feel particularly confident, be it after baby, after weight loss or gain, surgery, scaring or just as gravity taking its toll on your body.

Just because you aren't loving YOU at the moment doesn't mean your partner feels the same about you. So to get your frisky on and start to feel better about yourself here are some tricks and tips.

  • Candles- every one looks stunning in candle light and there is something about the flickering light that candles produce that makes you think of romance and puts you in the loving mood.(I am going to do a review of a Aussie soy candle maker's candles in the coming weeks)
  • Blindfold him- rather than trying to keep your body contorted in uncomfortable positions that you think hide the bits you don't like. blindfold him.....losing the sense of sight enhances all the other senses. (or even better get him to blindfold you and get  him to tease you silly.
  • Flirt- a naughty grope and fondle in the kitchen when the kids aren't looking adds suspense to what is coming later.(or who is coming later...) My favorite trick is to "accidentally" back on to his groin while hes doing something mundane....(he forgets what hes doing sometimes and gets all confused
  • Make a game out of it- if you are too afraid to ask for something specific write down all your ideas and get your partner to draw on out of a hat, one a day, one every second decide the frequency....when you have done all the ideas get him to put his ideas in the can set up ground rules about things you are definitely sure you don't want to do.
  • Hold out- do EVERYTHING except  have sex. Foreplay is often rushed and just seen as an entree to the main course....have a tapas night (sexplay wise) Make a multitude of appetizers the main meal for the night.
  • Kiss- There is nothing wrong (in my opinion) in kids seeing there parents sharing a long slow passionate kiss. It shows that affection is ok between couples. (just remember if the kids are there don't get too carried away) Remember what it was like to be a teenager ad JUST pashing and nothing you get older kissing falls on the back-burner and we forget how fun it can be just to tongue wrestle.

These are just some of many many ideas you can try.....if you have a tip to spice up your sex life please add it as a comment....the more ideas the better as something that works for one person may not work for the next.

Get Frisky!
Love and Smiles