Sunday, July 26, 2009


This choosing a name business is not easy! Of course, I've been daydreaming about names since the day I found out I was pregnant, and even before then if we're going to be totally honest. Thank goodness we've still got a few months to consider this decision!

So let's start by considering the names of friends and family our little one is likely to know. The immediate cousins are Teagan, Gavin and Cael and the second cousins are Brandon, Alan, Jacob, Aaron, Marissa and Tyler. Other kids in the extended families include Cameron, Colton, Carter, Madison, and probably many others I haven't met and/or can't think of at this hour. A few of my other little (or not so little anymore) friends are Morgan, Devon, Aubrey, Jack, Julia, August, Imogen, Niava, Adrienne, Isabelle, Oscar, Zuzu, Eleanor, Mia, Lilah, Sierra, Kyan, Alyce and Sequoia. Now if we can just pick one!

Not sure if I've mentioned this already but the peanut has had a belly name since very early on...we affectionately call the little guy Optimus. Not sure why, it just is. Hoping to have a suitable outside-the-belly name ready for his arrival but at this rate, who knows.

I've recently discovered the Baby Name Genie which will automatically generate names to go with your surname or a first or middle name of your choosing. After a while though, the program starts to mock you by saying things like "Hard to please aren't we?" and "I just gave you the perfect name, but never mind, here's another one that you won't like." Try it if you're bored. And certainly let me know if it comes up with anything good!

We're totally stuck on a boy's name so feel free to send me your ideas. Our criteria are fairly simple though:
  1. It's pronounced like it's spelled and isn't spelled in some variation that will force the child to forever say, "no, its not j-a-c-k-s-o-n, it's j-a-X-s-o-n" or cause similar frustrations for his entire life.
  2. It is ideally somewhat interesting and/or unique but not fluffy or wimpy.
  3. It sounds good with McMillin and preferably doesn't have the initials BUM or ZAM or POM or DAM.
  4. We both love it (or at least like it). This one seems to be the troublemaker.
It seems so much easier with girl's names - so many more choices! We even have a girl's name picked out so I guess we'll just have to save that one for next time.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

25 Weeks

Twenty five weeks have sailed by and the belly just keeps growing! Feeling really good these days - my biggest complaints are the heartburn that seems to plague me after dinner and the fact that maternity pants, while incredibly comfortable, won't stay where they're supposed to.

Baby is very active these days. I first felt him move around 18 weeks and wasn't quite sure if those butterflies were gas or elbows but within weeks I was sure I was feeling the little alien somersaulting around my belly. Now I feel jabs up, down, sideways and every which way and realize how a woman could think she's carrying twins when there is only one in there. He tends to be active when I lay down in bed at night, when I roll over and change positions during the night, when I wake up in the morning and at random times throughout the day that are probably associated with the delivery of food. All this movement at somewhat regular times makes me feel like we're developing a relationship - very nice. In fact, there he is saying hello!

Fiber Arts

When Brian isn't spinning or carding wool, he's likely to be working on his backstrap loom. It's made out of bits and pieces of wood from around the house and the heddle was given to him by a weaver he met in New Zealand. The heddle is the metal part he's got his left hand on and it allows you to lift the various strings up and down so that you can pass the shuttle of yarn back and forth to create a pattern. The blue yarn isn't the stuff he's woven himself; it's just cheap acrylic for practicing with.

And here is the final product. We're not really sure what it is the moment it's a towel/place mat/blanket sort of thing :)

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Kioloa Weekend continued

More photos from the weekend - these courtesy of heritage superman, James Collett.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Kioloa Weekend

Last weekend I organized a field trip to the coast for ANUgreen staff and our visiting interns from Yale and the National University of Singapore. On the way to the coast, we stopped for breakfast (or second breakfast for some of us) at a great cafe in Braidwood. This is the only photo I have of all of us together:

I love visiting Kioloa because we nearly always have the beach to ourselves. Kioloa is the ANU coastal campus and it's a working farm with conference facilities and cottage accommodation.

Beth on the beach:

Yours truly enjoying the sunshine and warmer than Canberra temperatures:

Another view of the beach - the brave amongst us went in for dip - not me.

When we weren't relaxing, going for walks or enjoying a bonfire, we were eating. Here Barry gets up close and personal with his snapper friend:

It was a really terrific weekend and we all agreed that we should definitely plan more ANUgreen retreats in the near future.