dalekboy: (oven)
( Feb. 21st, 2010 05:31 pm)
I've mentioned doing the Wii Fit thing on here a couple of times, so now it's time to expand on that a little. Background on my fitness... )

So why the Wii Fit? )

Trying the Wii Fit... bit long... )

Results... )
Now that we've formally told Sharon's family (some of whom read this LJ, and so caught my one slip up in the comments this week because I was sleep deprived) I can do an unlocked post saying that yes, Sharon and I are indeed awaiting the arrival of yet another bundle of joy.

The next baby (it is only one, thank heavens) is due around 28th July. We have no idea of gender, but even if it's a boy, it will be be called Vanessa and made to wear dresses.

We look forward to Lex's horror and confusion at no longer being the centre of the Universe.
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Shaz was in labour for around 26 1/2 hours. She spent probably 25 1/2 of it in only moderate discomfort even though she used no major pain relief. She would have a contraction, pull a face, and keep going. She continued chatting happily through all of it, punctuated with the occasional, "ow." She literally sang through some of the later contractions. It only got hard on her when she got tired due to getting chilled in the bath. Then she had two Panadeine Forte, snoozed for a couple of hours, and came back rechanged and fairly cheery.

During one quite bad contraction, she broke into a Carmen Miranda song.

I couldn't make this up if I tried.

Right at the end, she had some gas. She moaned a bit during the final contractions to get Lex out, and had a hard time explaining to the midwife that in fact, she wasn't getting any of the natural signals to push. Sharon doesn't know her own body, because it didn't come with a manual, and she's crap at exploring or understanding her own physical being. Once the midwife understood this, she just told Sharon when to push and when to stop.

Lex plopped out of her and immediately let it be known that he had my lungs. We're still calling him Lex, but aren't sure yet whether that will be his name. Have to wait and see if he is a Lex.

Lex is 51cm long (20 inches), weighs 3.77kg (8 pounds, 5 ounces), has long, sharp fingernails, a giant boofhead, and looks like Winston Churchill. He was born at 10:38am on Sat 23rd August. [livejournal.com profile] mireille21 won the sweep, being only 4 minutes out. Once the chocolate cigars arrive, I'll send one out. I hope they don't suck.

Mother and baby are doing great. So far I have been able to calm him down within a few minutes every time he starts to cry. I'm rather proud of this. I also don't expect it to last. Lex fed without too much hassle, was happy to sleep on my chest at one point, and in my lap later for an hour and a half while Sharon caught up on her sleep.

I'm about to go and catch up on my sleep.

Shaz needed some internal stitches, and was naturally rather tired, but is fine and cheerful. When I left the hospital, they were asking if she needed any pain relief. She paused, took careful stock of how she was feeling, and said no.
dalekboy: (Serious Thoughts)
( Aug. 22nd, 2008 11:48 am)
Sharon and I have been thinking about Godparents. It's kind of hard. In the old days, Godparents were to look after the religious education of the child and took over care in the event it was orphaned. While we have no need for religious education as such, picking people who would be good mentors for bub is difficult.

That's one of the problems with being in fandom, there's a lot of good people who we feel close to and who have a wide range of skills and knowledge. One of the advantages is that those people will play a part in Lex's life anyway.Read more... )
dalekboy: (oven)
( Aug. 22nd, 2008 01:40 am)
Okay, I'm starting a sweep.

To be in it, pick the day and hour you think Lex will be born, and reply with it in comments. You can't pick the same day and time that somebody else has put down.

Nearest correct answer will get naming rights be sent a chocolate cigar. Said chocolate cigar may even taste okay, but no promises as I haven't received them yet.
dalekboy: (oven)
( Aug. 16th, 2008 04:11 pm)
No signs of labour. Slack little bugger.
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dalekboy: (oven)
( Aug. 13th, 2008 04:51 pm)
Sharon's due Saturday.

Given what happened with Tracy, and Lex's attempted early appearance 10 weeks ago, we really thought we'd probably be parents by now. We've been waiting for it to happen ever since she finished work. We're sort of hitting the doesn't-quite-seem-real bit now, wondering if the baby's going to actually appear or if it'll have all turned out to be some weird mistake and Sharon just happens to have had a lively case of gas.

Oh, we know the bub could easily be a couple of weeks overdue yet, but we're now sitting in the outer limits of the dead-end zone... waiting...

That said, we are both now members of Parent Club. You don't need to have a child yet, you just need to be far enough along so that it seems inevitable. I won't mention the first two rules of Parent Club (so I have plausible deniability), but the third rule is -

3. You can, at any time, strike up a light-hearted conversation with any other parent.

The third rule comes naturally. You see parents dealing with their kid, and you're allowed to say something to them. And if you mention that yours is still on the way, they give gentle encouragement, tell you it's wonderful and that you'll have a great time, then exchange knowing smiles as they communicate telepathically with one another and say, "He has no idea what he's in for..."
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dalekboy: (oven)
( Aug. 7th, 2008 11:46 pm)
But this time with the emphasis on ME! Had these ideas for a while, not happy with how they've turned out, but self-pics are often difficult. Four piccies below cut... )
I have a cold. It's to be expected. I'm mixing with a lot of people with swimming and such, not to mention going from a heated pool to the Canberra cold. It's slowing down my progress on getting through things, but I'm not fussed.

I was actually feeling crap enough that I spent several hours lying in bed yesteday. At one point, as I was lying there, I thought "Ahhhh.... this is a luxury I won't have shortly." Once my Manitou demon-spawn comes bursting out Sharon's back (how many people get that reference?) being able to actually rest while sick will become a thing of the past. thought on uncoming parenty stuff below cut. )
dalekboy: (Sharon and I)
( Jun. 11th, 2008 11:17 am)
So, on the weekend, Sharon and I did a trip to Cohuna. Haven't seen Aunty Gwen for ages, and wanted to take the chance to do so before Lex arrived.

It was a good visit, I have a particular attachment to my rellies in Cohuna. Then, Sunday night, Shaz started feeling... not right. Sore back and crampy pains, similar to what she felt when we lost Tracy (the anniversary of which was a little over a week ago now), so at 1am we headed into Cohuna District Hospital.

The nurses hooked her up to a few machines and confirmed that it was indeed premature labour - 10 weeks early! They rang the doctor and he told them to give Shaz some tablets that would hopefully stop the contractions, which they did. If they hadn't, she would have been rushed down to Melbourne, since that was the nearest place that could handle a ten week prem birth. After a fairly sleepless night, we eventually got out of there around 10am.

After popping back to Aunty Gwen's to eat and say our goodbyes, we drove the 8 hours back to Canberra, yawning all the way.

Sharon's fine, guts are still slightly achy, but otherwise no issues. She saw the midwife yesterday and Wendy told her that there was a run of similar prems on the weekend.

At this point, we doubt Lex will wait for his official opening on August 16th, but at least he's well into the viable point now, and every extra week we get increases the chances for things to go well.

Stay tuned...
dalekboy: (Default)
( May. 8th, 2008 12:15 pm)
Yes, I've been quiet. Partially been doing stuff, but partially having way more trouble reading and writing - I'm really having to pick where I'm putting my time, energy and concentration - so LJ is way behind in priorities of other stuff. Read more... )
Other people's dreams are usually pretty dull and only interesting to the actual dreamer. So I'll pop the two dreams below a cut, and you can read them if you feel you want to. I will attempt to keep the descriptions short and to the point. All you need to know is that both dreams were about death. Read more... )


Made for a slightly sleepless night. I wasn't particularly worried by either one, but I'm not used to remembering my dreams, so I tend to mull over them a lot when I do, which kept me awake.

Then this morning when Sharon woke up for work, I was already awake. We cuddled up and she grabbed my hand and put it on her belly, and yep, I felt Lex kick. Or punch, or head-butt, or body slam, he is related to me, after-all.

It's the first time I've actually felt him move, which is very cool. I felt him move a few more times, but interestingly, I wasn't... thrilled. Or amazed. Or even really moved. My rational mind knows there's a little living being doing the samba in my wife's guts, so him moving is a given, and conceptually I think it's awesome. It just isn't getting me on any sort of emotional level. I suspect the distance was from one of two things, I still haven't connected with him after Tracy, and/or I was kind of out of it and sleep deprived after those two dreams. So will just have to see how I go next time.

I did appreciate the odd timing though - waking from two dreams about death to encounter definite signs of life from my son.
dalekboy: (Chaotic System)
( Mar. 10th, 2008 02:08 pm)
Interview went well. Sian was great. Sharon and I spoke for a couple of hours about donating, Tracy, Nibblet, SF fandom, droving, mini-strokes, etc. It's looking like we'll be Sharon and Danny Smith.

Photo-wise, none were taken today (was sort of aware of this, as Sian had mentioned it would probably be too short a notice to get a photographer) and she said that if they decide they need a piccie, they may get one of us while we're in Perth! So it'll be a while before the piece sees the light of day.

Of course I shaved my beard off two weeks earlier than I was going to, just in case, but oh well. The interview made a nice break from trying to either render stuff, or get things together for a possible clip I might be doing.

Scary when a two hour interview is more restful than preparations for a con :)
dalekboy: (Tracy's hand)
( Feb. 29th, 2008 01:31 am)
Been spending most of this week dealing with two things. Trying to get over the trip to Melbourne, and a bout of insomnia.

If I go travelling these days I can generally look forward to anywhere up to two weeks worth of being buggered. I'm kind of used to it now, and can more or less work around it. But with a bout of insomnia on top of that... well, I've been zombie boy all week. Tired, and no concentration, and I'm just not sleeping well. It's a bugger!

The worst thing is I've actually been too tired to drive since getting back, so any jobs that have needed me to go to any of the more problematic places haven't happened. A nuisance, really.

But on the bright side, Shaz had the 15/16 week scan today, and Nibblet seems to be doing fine. It's that weird thing, we have a pretty good idea of Nibblet's physical form thanks to Tracy, and that's probably the biggest connection we have to it. Scan was good, no sign of potential issues, so hopefully we'll get all the way through this time.

Then I'll have a really good reason to be tired :)
Just had a phone call. I may be doing another interview on being a sperm donor for The Australian. I feel quite cheery and chuffed about this.

The only sad side is that the journalist is from Sydney. Why is that a sad side? I've been asked because they couldn't find anyone in Sydney willing or able to do it.

Which isn't surprising - last I heard there were five active sperm donors in the whole of NSW.
dalekboy: (Sharon and I)
( Feb. 8th, 2008 01:47 am)
Okay, for those of you that haven't seen [livejournal.com profile] shazgirl's news, she's up the duff again. We've passed the 12-week mark, had ultra-sound and blood tests done, and Nibblet seems to be doing fine, while Sharon is knackered most of the time. General thoughts and effects of things this time around... )
dalekboy: (WTF?)
( Sep. 4th, 2007 02:52 pm)
Okay, well, there has been much crying done since my last post. I probably cried for a good half-hour or more this morning, held for most of it by Beauty 1. The visit was an odd one. I noted only one brief flicker of very low arousal around her for most of last night, except towards the very end of the night when I was binary boy - I need hugs and cuddles / I need sex / hugs and cuddles / sex! Normally I respond a lot more to her, but it's a background thing, a pleasant buzz.

So it was odd anyway, plus my hormones have been virtually dead since I arrived, which I put down initially to tiredness, and then being broken. Which has been good because for various reasons both Kali and I have wanted to limit ourselves physically to little more than skin contact, hugs, and stroking. There have been flickers of arousal and passion there, on both sides, but nothing like my normal levels.

So Sharon rings up today, asks how I'm doing, casually asks when I broke down again. Thursday night/Friday morning effectively. Apparently she's been feeling a little off the last few days too. Okay. Then she mentions that the off-ness is very similar to when she was pregnant with Tracy - she had nothing to compare it to then, but now it feels very similar. It's too early for her to check accurately, but it would be funny it she was. And that's why she rang, because my emotions going bugfuck seemed to be a prime indicator from last time. My hormones died and my emotions went strange in less than 24 hours.

If she is, we can again date it exactly - Thursday morning. We ha sex, she left for work, that was the last I saw of her.

I just wanted an entry to mark the date, just in case she actually is up the duff.

It would be rather funny :)
So, we slept pretty solidly and woke this morning feeling... knackered. No idea why! *grin*

We chatted to the doctor, who ended up crying in front of us because we're such a loving and supporting couple. Chatted to Maree, our favourite midwife, who is looking foreward to us coming back in again one day with a full-term pregnancy. Some black humour and slightly ghoulish stuff mixed through this... You've been warned... )
We're both doing ok. A little teary, very tired, but good. We're also aware that in coming days, or weeks or months that we won't be. I don't know when Shaz or I are going to crawl into a ball and wail for an hour, but I know it'll happen. Probably more than a few times.

Thanks again, to those who posted, to those who thought about us, and to those who prayed for us. You've all shown that if we need you, a community of people is there to comfort us, hold us, to give us strength, and let us be as weak and fragile as we need to be.
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