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Ah – I’m a terrible blogger!

Unfortunately – I haven’t posted for a while because I’m up the duff 😉  Real life just gets in the way and every time I sit down to blog, I get distracted by something.

So I’m just coming off AF and looking forward to another fertile period.

Puppy Ziva is settling in well and Brew Man and I are figuring out a new type of “normal” for our lives.  Brew Man realised he was jealous of the time a puppy was taking from our relationship – it was the 2 of us for 10 years and a third soul in our family was an adjustment.  But he has fallen in love with her.  When he thinks I’m in a different room, I hear them playing, him talking – it’s great to see him shower our puppy with love 🙂

Baby dust to all 🙂 xx


Welcome to our new family member :)

Our family has finally increased from 2 to 3 with the addition of Ziva, our Japanese Spitz

She’s not sleeping through the night just yet – but is slowly learning that crying/barking/whining doesn’t get our attention and that if she is hungry or after a treat – she comes up to you and sits her cute butt on the ground 🙂

Just a little over 12 weeks old and I think we’re handling things ok – I’m a little anxious about being responsible for another soul/life – but made up totally by puppy cuddles 🙂

Of course, being a Spitz breed, she’s totally independent and doesn’t like doing something she doesn’t want to do!

On the TTC front, 9dpo and for the last 2 days I’ve been feeling nauseated all day (and hungry which doesn’t make for a great combination) and dead tired – I feel almost like the walking dead.  I don’t think it’s puppy duties – she sleeps most of the day, heck I’ve tried sleeping during the day!  And to top things off – a cold sore started developing this morning 😦

Thank goodness I go to acupuncture tomorrow – I can certainly use the nap!

1 dpo

Yesterday, my weekly acupuncture appointment confirmed ovulation – yay!  The last couple of cycles we’ve been lax in the baby dancing department – every 2nd day – but luckily our fertile period started on the Friday and we managed to BD every day – yay!  My TCM practitioner was very impressed with our dedication.  After a few cycles of being lax and going every 2nd day, I think it made it a little easier. 

We have had cycles of daily sex from CD 8 through to 16 or 17 and that (coupled with work and household duties) just feels like too much. 

There was an interesting lesson learned over the weekend – shower sex is certainly not as easy as it appears on TV!  Brew Man is 6’3″, I’m 5’3″ and we almost killed ourselves!!  If anyone has any tips I’d love to read them 🙂

I’m also back on the powdered Chinese herbs this cycle.  If you see an older-trained TCM practitioner (especially ones trained in China) – you’ll probably be on raw herbs that need to be cooked.  They’re bulky, take lots of preparation and cooking them in your kitchen stinks out the whole house.  I was taking some when seeing a different practitioner at the end of last year – but they threw my very predictable cycles out of whack.

So I’m back on powdered herbs from Sun Ten – they’re concentrated, so to take them I warm a small glass of water, add the prescribed number of spoons of powder, stir and drink.  A lot easier than raw herbs.

The other alternative is to take Black Pearl pills (also made by Sun Ten) – the only draw back is they might not be strong enough.  The pills are tiny – small ball bearing size.

On the good news front – our puppy Ziva comes home on Saturday 🙂 

I’ve never owned a pet other than fish before – so I’m feeling a little paranoid.  We’re enrolled to start puppy pre-school on Monday nights and I’m listening to some dog training podcasts to make sure I don’t do anything that might get Ziva into a bad habit that would be difficult to break her out of.

In a move that many would probably criticise, she’ll be toilet trained to an indoor toilet from when she comes home (3 months) until the age of 6-8 months.  I do work from home 3.5 days a week, then I’m at the office for 1.5 days – so it’s more to get her into a routine for the 1.5 days when we’re not at home. 

I have installed a dog door for her, but I’ve been advised not to allow puppies outside on their own until they reach 6 months. 

That being said, she’ll be trained to pee indoors but we’ll also allow her to go outside if we’re already out there.

Someone said to me that last weekend was our last weekend as a family unit of 2 – felt nice hearing that 🙂

Baby dust to all (and remember, fingers crossed, legs open!)

Hi! My name is Ziva :)

Brew Man and I would like to introduce the newest member of our family – Ziva!

She was born 4 Jan 2011 and is a Capricorn like Brew Man and I.  She’s very inquisitve – but doesn’t need to be the centre of attention.  This will be perfect for when I’m working from home and she’ll be in a play pen or crate in my office 🙂  She’s about the size of a football right now and very adorable!

Ziva comes home in the first week of April after her 2nd vaccination and vet checkup.  So far we have a few chew toys and crate, but we still need to pick up a bed, lead and collar and a few more cuddly toys.  We’re booked in for puppy school as well.

And just because I can’t resist – here are some more pics of her cousins 🙂  (Ziva is from a different litter)

Baby dust to all 🙂

Selecting a dog breed

Brew Man is keen on getting a dog some time this year – but he had some stipulations about characteristics of the breed:

  1. Not continual shedders of hair
  2. Big enough so that they can’t fit through the pool-style fencing that runs along our boundary
  3. Small enough that they can’t jump over the 1.2m (4 ft) pool-style fencing
  4. Not really yappy – we have a public path around our boundary that’s part of a neighbourhood walking trail
  5. An outside-only dog – mainly because his brother has 2 labs they let inside and the house has a noticeable “wet dog” odour
  6. Friendly with other family members and neighbours once they had been introduced

That list almost seemed unachievable!

A neighbour lent me a comprehensive book on dog breeds and after combing through it and some google searches once I narrowed down my choices – I’ve got my heart set on a Japanese Spitz

This is a pic of an adult

And during the puppy stage

They almost look like a mini-Samoyed with the same happy smile (so adorable!).  And they meet all of Brew Man’s requirements

  1. Shed hair only once (males) or twice (females) a year – during this period you brush them daily to remove dead hair – otherwise they don’t shed
  2. Puppies might squeeze through our fence but we’ll chicken wire the fence until big enough that they won’t fit through
  3. Japanese Spitz love agility work but aren’t keen on jumping really high
  4. Great temperament dog – according to breeders I’ve spoken with, they tend only to bark when a stranger is actually in their territory (rather than just approaching it) – perfect since we’ll have plenty of people walking past our house
  5. I got Brew Man to compromise on this one!  Japanese Spitz are great as inside dogs as long as they’re well trained.  The lack of shedding made it easier to convince Brew Man that we could have a dog that would be allowed indoors (ground floor of our house only – not the bedrooms upstairs).  They also don’t have traditional “doggy odour” since they’re coat is silk-based – means that if dirty – they just need to try off, then brushed and the dirt will fall out of their coat.  They also don’t need a lot of baths – 3-4 a year (monthly only if they’re show/competition dogs)
  6. The breed is good if introduced to new people – not so big that they might accidentally knock down my 1.5 yr old nephew or my MIL who suffers from 3 forms of arthritis (she has to be careful around my BIL’s labs)

Some reading and chatting with friends who have dogs informed me that the first 4-6 weeks of puppy training is crucial – so we’ll need to wait for the right “us-available” and “puppy-available” combination – most likely June/July or Nov/Dec (I lecture at a university and this is when students are on break and it’s easier to work from home).

Now I just need to get the damn PhD finished!  Back to the grindstone….


Up until a few months ago – our family consisted of the Brew Man and I.  We don’t have any pets – no other living things dependent on us besides my small fruit and veggie plot. 

It makes our life and easy one – no one else to think about when we make decisions about staying home/going out/going away.

On our recent travels to Tasmania – we dropped by a lavender farm owned by friends and we picked up a Lavender Bear


He’s a heat pack filled with buckwheat and lavender.  Though we’ve never microwaved him as a heat pack.

But we’ve become strangely attached to this bear.  We named him Ted (not very imaginative I know!) and we have been known to bring him down from our bedroom to sit on the lounge and watch tv with us, have a chat to him of an evening or morning.

Of course, no one knows that Brew Man & I communicate with Ted – when I get AF I hold him and like a worry doll, he listens to our sadness and fears.

Crazy huh?

But now, I’m wanting a live addition to our family – and caring for our neighbours dog, Lucy a lively staffordshire terrier, while they went on holidays opened my eyes to pet ownership!  I loved taking Lucy for walks and the excitement she had when we would come over to feed her.

So now the task begins – I have to finish my PhD before we can start dog-proofing our yard (sealing up gaps in fences, protecting garden beds) – but I’ve started considering breeds.

Anyone else have a canine member of the family and can suggest a breed?