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Jovie met Yo Gabba Gabba!

Posted on June 29th, 2014 by Tracey

She’s loved them since she was a baby and we use it on her Tobii touch tablet as part of her therapy .. so I knew she was love it.

The show at Luna Park Sydney was great – at first too loud for her but she (and I) both were up and dancing. They had a charged up bubble machine during the bubble song – something we’ve seen on the DVD but amazing to see in person.

She started to get a bit cranky towards the end and was entering meltdown zone when we were in line to meet them. But luckily, as soon as we got to see and speak to DJ Lance, she calmed back down and tears turned into smiles. Bottle that magic and send it to me!

DJ Lance was really nice, it was only a quick 60 sec photo op but he asked how old she was, wished her a happy birthday and gave her a hug! I didn’t manage to give them our Rett Syndrome awareness card but did mention how important YGG was in Jovie’s therapy and how much she loves them.

While we sat on the side to gather our bag and jackets, Jovie lent in and have me a big sloppy kiss and kept looking over at them with a huge goofy grin.

Best day ever!!



what a difference a year makes.

Posted on August 9th, 2013 by Tracey

Jovie 1 year ago today…

as i was thinking about how fast these 8 weeks have gone, i thought about how fast the past year has gone and how much we’ve packed in, just living life.

* June 2012, we received Jovie’s Rett Syndrome diagnosis. almost a year to the day of Miles’ birth actually which is a cool thing.
* Regan popped over to the States to visit his family in July
* Jovie and I had pneumonia
* I fell pregnant
* Our family and friends fundraised for Rett Syndrome Research in Australia and ran in a fun run
* My sister gets engaged
* Jasper had his adenoids out
* Jasper started school
* Regan started a new career
* Jovie started at her Autism specific day care
* I got back into photography (yay me!)
* Miles arrived!

i think as a family, we’ve packed in more things in the last 13 months than any other year. makes me wonder what’s coming up in the next year :)

gastroenteritis aka hell in a handbasket

Posted on July 16th, 2013 by Tracey


just when things are coming together, you’re in the bathroom & you don’t think you’ll get out of there alive. that was my Thursday night, lol.

there’s a nasty stomach bug going around – norovirus? – and it caught up with me last week. thankfully it had good timing, my mum was over my house when things started going south – so i was able to lock myself away from all 3 kids straight away. Regan also had the next 3 days off work, and it was the last days of school holidays too. it was a big comfort to know that i could hibernate away upstairs, knowing that the kids were being taken care of and we didn’t need to be anywhere until Monday.

oh god it sucked! what can you say when you are erupting, violently, from both ends? i would of rathered another csection haha. and yes, i was holding my csection incision in fear of it splitting again everytime i heaved … lovely.

my tips to survive gastroenteritis –
one. stay home and very close to a toilet. enough said.
two. stay away from loved ones while you’re still ejecting stuff from your body.
three. don’t take anti-diarrhea stuff, you’ll want everything out of your system asap.
four. ride it out – if it’s gastroenteritis then they can’t give you anything but advice.
five. sip water. when you can keep that down then drink water, or better yet – water with a rehydration tablet dissolved in it. you have to drink more than you normally would to replace the fluids & salts you’ve lost.
six. don’t eat until you’ve stopped vomiting for 12 hours. then start with very bland things like white toast or bananas. i’m now enjoying rice congee with ginger 3 times a day…
seven. if you can’t keep water down for more than a day, go to the ER for IV fluids.
eight. rest. stay home at least you stop crapping yourself.
ten. once you’re upright, bleach all the surfaces in your entire universe!!!!!!!! bleach is the only thing that will kill the bug, so wipe down every door handle, light switch, toilet, sink, tabletop and hard surface you can. let it dry & then go over again with a damp cloth.

i’m grateful that the worst is over within 2 days, though i still don’t feel 100% yet (4 days later for those googling for info about this crappy bug). it managed to bump me below my pre-pregnancy weight – not the way i wanted to do it… and Regan still won’t sit with me on the couch yet LOL.

it’s now Tuesday and the sun is shining outside – a great way to start fresh this week & hopefully bug free :)
and now i can start blogging about more joyus things!!!!