Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a fantastic year ahead full of love, happiness, health & wealth!

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Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

As a few of you may have seen, we had a starring role on the Channel Nine Gold Coast News (well OK, perhaps it was just a quick glimpse, but hey) before Christmas. Very exciting! ;-)

Here's the link to the footage of our TV appearance, Christmas 2013:

What a fantastic Christmas we had!

It started off with two Christmas miracles. 
Miracle: #1 my sister's longtime partner who also happens to be one of hubby's best mates since primary school came over with some of his visiting family members on Christmas Eve to lend a hand putting together the kids' trampoline. Thanks goodness they helped as it would've taken hubby & I forever to do on our own. We didn't want to ask for help but thankfully my Mum put the call out & we were grateful for our super helpers!

Miracle #2:  One of our precious twincesses slept 8.5 hours UNINTERRUPTED! 
Her twin sis had other ideas though (maybe wanted to catch a glimpse of Santa & the reindeer) & woke often throughout the night meaning that after having stayed up late to finish wrapping presents (& then up early with the toddlers once they realised Santa had visited) hubby & I were running on not much sleep at all.

When Miss 3 came bouncing in at 7am announcing that Santa had arrived we couldn't resist jumping into action being as cheerful & animated as possible. An act that was also carried out by many other sleep deprived parents I'm sure!

Santa left a variety of presents in the toddlers' Santa sacks next to the Christmas tree & he & the reindeer left a mess near the treats we left out for them.

The gifts from Santa included important things for the year ahead such as shoes, clothes, kindy bag, lunch box & more exciting things such as Barbie Princess (from Miss 3's fav movie Princess & The Popstar - she was given The Popstar later that morning from Mum & Dad) & finger paints & other fun things for Miss 3 & Mr almost-2 to enjoy.

Before 8am, Miss 3 & I donned our Santa hats & took plates of Christmas cookies to our early riser elderly next door neighbours who were thrilled as their adult offspring were interstate & not able to spend Christmas with them this year. Miss 3 was very proud as she made & decorated the cookies with her Nanna a few days before.

My Mum & Nanna arrived to enjoy the opening of the presents festivities & witness the excitement of Miss 3.5 & Mr almost-2 discovering the trampoline from Mummy & Daddy in the backyard. Their reactions were fabulous!

We headed over to Mum & Nanna's place where we met up with the rest of the family for a casual Christmas lunch, looots more presents (including an awesome mini kitchen which kept the toddlers amused for hours) & swimming. 

Christmas dinner for our family is a traditional English dinner featuring turkey, ham, Yorkshire puddings & more. Yum! Followed by pudding, custard, chocolate pudding & ice cream.

It was a lovely day/night & great to have more helping hands around to assist hubby & I with our twincesses who enjoyed their 1st Christmas (aged 7 weeks) I'm sure ;-)!
Our first Christmas as a family of six = our Quilton Most Loved Christmas Moment. #quiltonmostloved

Boxing Day was also fab & relaxed including fun in the pool & more yummy treats! And the toddlers were excited to crack open the gingerbread house they made with my Mum.

Hope you had a great day with loved ones. What were your highlights?

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Oh what a beautiful morning - outdoor fitness for kids by the sea

Oh what a beautiful morning - outdoor fitness for kids by the sea

We recently enjoyed a Wednesday morning outing to North Burleigh Surf Club to check out the Cheeky Monkeys program.

After arriving at the Surf Club - which has the most gorgeous beach views - I registered Miss 3 at the counter, ordered a milkshake and paid the $9 for Miss 3's platter - the cost includes the 30 minute activity with a trainer from Leaps and Bounds.

Miss 3 and her little friends, along with various other 3-5-year-olds enjoyed a variety of supervised activities that got them moving. 
My mummy friends and I could enjoy a cuppa or some morning tea, while watching the kids have some fun on the lawn right in front of the Surf Club (between the Surf Club, footpath and beach).

At the end of the session, the trainers escorted the kids into the bistro area to return them to the parents. And within minutes, the gorgeous platters were served, as well as a juice.

Miss 3 enjoyed the selection that included sausages and a couple of hot chips as well as healthy options including celery and a couple of sweet treats.

Activities like this reinforce why I love the Gold Coast! So much to see and do and so family friendly!

The fact I had unsettled newborn twins screaming the place down, wasn't a concern.
After everyone from the session had finished morning tea and had made their way to the park,
 I was stuck trying to breastfeed the twins and keep my two toddlers amused. Thankfully, a friendly Surf Club employee was kind enough to bring over colouring-in packs for Miss 3, Mr 22-months and our friend.
This was a huge help as it kept them amused until we were ready to make our way to the nearby play park.

We definitely look forward to attending Cheeky Monkeys again when it starts back up after the school holidays.

The location is so gorgeous that I decided to bring some interstate guests there for brunch the following week, however when I called to book a table, we found out that the Club unfortunately doesn't offer the type of menu we were after (eg bacon and eggs), instead only offering light treats such as muffins and banana bread. A bummer as it would be a superb brunch spot!

Still a great spot to check out!

(This is in no way a sponsored post, just a summary of our experience - sharing the love for other Gold Coast families to enjoy :-)

The most wonderful time of the year

The most wonderful time of the year

Who says the decorations can't ALL be in the ONE spot on the Christmas Tree?

This year Miss 3 is really aware of and embracing all things Christmas.

So much so, that she took it upon herself to be the official tree decorator!

Yes, the baubles may have all been placed within the same section of the tree, but that's ok, Miss 3 is proud of her work, so there they'll stay ;-)

Mr 23-months has enjoyed pulling a couple of the fibre optic branches off the tree lights but otherwise has been great, refraining from touching the tree.

We've been to a couple of Carols By Candlelight events with our new not-so-lil family of six.
A bit hectic & ambitious with four under the age of four - including newborn twins.

But glad we've managed to get out & about and enjoy the festive season.

Next thing on our to do list (other than catch up on sleep) is Santa photos & present wrapping :-)

And last night, we enjoyed viewing the Christmas lights around Forest-Oak Dr, Upper Coomera.

Tattooing a newborn's ear?!

Tattooing a newborn's ear?!

Due to the countless hours spent holding, snuggling and nursing my twincesses, a strange phenomenon that caught my attention when my older two were babies, has reappeared.

Yes, it's the ear imprint.
Whaaat? Whaaat you say?

Now, just to clarify, in case the headline has you concerned that this post is about babies having THEIR ears tattooed... It is not. Phewww!

Surely I'm not the only one who has experienced this baby-ear-imprint phenomenon and finds it super cute?!

Y'know, the imprint of your newborn's tiny little ear left on your arm (usually when your arm is or has 'gone dead' from holding bub for too long in the same position).

With each of my four babies the ear-imprint-on-mum's-arm scenario has occurred numerous times.

I can also remember seeing somewhere a photo of a mum who actually had the imprint of her bub's ear tattooed in the same spot on her arm as a reminder of those precious moments spent nursing her baby (holding or breastfeeding). (Would love to track down that pic).

Not sure I'd go as far as a tat, but just had to get a photo this time when I remembered how it's something that has captured my attention with each of my bubs.

This time around, as I'm usually tandem feeding my twins in a football hold on a twin breastfeeding pillow (that I've hired from the local Multiples Club I am a new member of), the opportunity for an ear imprint doesn't occur as often as with my singletons.
Mainly just if I'm feeding one of the twins on her own.

Did the ear imprint interest you/ did you ever notice your bub's ear imprint?

Or am I just soooo sleep deprived & delirious that my mind is spending waaay too much time overthinking such things? ;-)

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Growing up so fast/ baby milestones

Growing up so fast/ baby milestones

So today my gorgeous twins girls are four weeks old. FOUR weeks!
Time is flying!
It feels like just yesterday that the girls were wriggling around in my belly.

We've been taking PLENTY of photos of our twincesses & toddlers (soooo many that my iPhone keeps getting too full & I have to use hubby's to take pics til I've backed-up the files!)
I have also used Milestone Baby Cards we received from Finlee & Me to capture our twincesses in a special photo each week for our own albums and to share on Facebook for family, friends & others.

The set of Milestone Baby Cards ($31.95) contains 30 cards with all the major milestones, each one beautifully illustrated by Australian artist Beci Orpin.

I was thrilled to review these and think they're such a great idea!

Like all newborns, our twincesses have been enjoying seeing hubby & I's smiling faces at all hours so we're a bit sleep deprived & are very much looking forward to the day we can photograph them with the 'TODAY I SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT' milestone card, ha ha, as well as all the exciting milestones they'll reach in their own time.
So much to enjoy & look forward to.

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Twins - 2 weeks old

Twins - 2 weeks old

Our little twinnies are doing fab!

Had a weigh-in today & they are both gaining weight really well! Yay!

Makes sense seeings as they've been feeding so often = tired mummy & tired daddy (who helps with some EBM top ups while he's still off work).

So glad the breast feeding is working out again (even though I had doubts about supply/ their latch etc but all going super well, hooray!).

We took part in another photo shoot yesterday with another fab Gold Coast photographer - Rach from Atomicbutterfly Photography (assisted by Chloe from Kist Photography).
Will include some of the pics as we receive them. :-)

And looking forward to seeing our family photos taken by Kat Tait Photography (on a very hectic morning over the weekend when Miss 3 & Mr 22 months were intent on being lil rascals ha ha!)

As you may be able to tell by now, I love having beautiful family photos to treasure! :-)

Our twins' newborn photo shoot

Our twins' newborn photo shoot

Ooh loving our photos from today taken by the lovely @Kat Tait Photography.

Our twinnies Natalia & Victoria - 9 days old <3

The girls were so calm & peaceful throughout the shoot.

There was a no.3 experience (& a couple of almosts) which made us all chuckle (Miss 3 had an explosion all over me during a photo shoot when she was 6 weeks old so it was highly amusing that her sisters managed to follow suit just as I was recounting the story - ha ha!)

Our photographer Kat was fabulous to work with - so lovely & the studio was nice & cosy which kept the girls comfortable & sleepy for the whole shoot.

So happy to have such gorgeous pics to look back on!



Time is flying!

Our beautiful twins are 1-week-old today (has gone so fast) & it's also hubby & I's 6th Wedding Anniversary.

Hubby & I were married on a Golf Course on Sydney's northern beaches with the golf course & ocean as the backdrop.

It was a fantastic day ( even though it rained during the first half of our outdoor ceremony which meant we all had to run for cover as the storm rolled in. But on the plus side, I got to walk down the aisle twice as got to do it again once everyone was reseated in the terrace area).

We had already been together for 7 wonderful years when we finally tied the knot, and it has been a fabulous 6 years since!

And now, we feel so proud & lucky to have our FOUR beautiful children - Miss 3, Mr 22 months & our 1-week-old twin girls.

:-) <3

Our TWINS have arrived!

Our TWINS have arrived!


Natalia Jacqueline born 1.45pm.

Victoria Maya born 1.58pm (breech).

All happy & healthy. :-)

Both 50cm long, heads 35&34cm, weighing 2.99kg & 2.7kg.

So in love :-)

November is here! It's nearly time!

November is here! It's nearly time!

Sooo THIS month we'll become a family of SIX!
Pinch & a punch! :-D

Very excited to reach 37 weeks today carrying our Di/Di twins!

All is going well. I've been on mat leave this week.
Other than a sore back, sore hips & pelvis (all to be expected) sometimes when I stand or walk, I'm feeling pretty dayum amazing considering I'm carrying TWO babies weighing approx 6-7lb!

I've not been able to sleep as well this week, not for any reason other than nerves/excitement probably.

Have been cherishing time with Miss 3 & Mr 21 months (& hubby).

Fingers crossed our twins have a happy & healthy arrival!

Can't wait to share the news of their arrival once that happens! :-D

36+3 ultrasound

36+3 ultrasound

All great at ultrasound today.

Bubs are great!

Twin A (breech/second to be born) is approx 7lb2 (3.2kg).

Twin B (head down & first born) is approx 6lb11 (3kg) & has lots of hair.

Lungs looked great! :-D
Sooo exciting! :-)

36 weeks pregnant with twins

36 weeks pregnant with twins

I've reached 36 weeks carrying our Di/Di twins!

Very exciting!

All is going well.

As of yesterday, I'm now on maternity leave from work.
Many people have been amazed that I have managed to continue working this far along but I enjoyed it (& running around after our toddlers at home isn't a walk in the park either ha ha).

I do have pelvic pain & my hips have started hurting quite a bit whenever I'm trying to pick up after the kids.
But it's all to be expected given the size of the TWO bubbas in my belly.

And I certainly can't complain as I've had such a great run this far.

The only concern at this stage is controlling the Gestational Diabetes as I have had some higher-than-the-Doctors-would-like night readings.
So I've been even more strict to try & keep it under control for the remaining time I'm carrying the twins to try & minimise any effects that it may have on them when they're born.
(They'll have to have frequent heel prick tests to check their blood sugar levels).

We have a scan next week, more check-ups & then will be induced before 38 weeks if the bubs haven't already made their appearance.

Still hoping for a natural delivery.
The first twin to be born is head down & second is breech.

The car & car seats are ready, the bags are packed & everything's ready at home.
Just have a last minute list of essential items to buy: memory cards for the cameras & to clear my 7100 images off my iPhone to try and clear some memory so I can take pics again! (Bad I know!)

Hubby & I will try to go out for a 'last meal' together (lunch).

Miss 3 is excited to meet the twins, knows they'll be here soon & keeps saying she wants the twins to sleep in her room.
Mr 21months doesn't really know what's happening but still enjoys playing with my belly & saying 'bubbas'.

It's all happening.
So many things to be excited & nervous about!

Flamin' mozzies!

Flamin' mozzies!

Aah, nothing indicates that the good old Aussie summer is upon us like the stench smell of insect repellents wafting through the air.

Insect repellents conjure up images of camping, cricket on the beach, late night barbecues, skinny dipping in your neighbours' pool, and copping a mouthful of chemicals whenever you closed your eyes to apply the spray.

Since becoming a parent I've looked at alternatives to smothering my little ones' delicate skin with chemicals.

When Miss 3 was around 18 months, she attended kindy at a facility that was located right near one of the famous Gold Coast canals. How beautiful and serene one might think. NOT so much when the kids had to be smothered in smelly insect repellent each afternoon to try and prevent their little bodies showing up with scores of angry looking lumps thanks to mozzies and midges.

Whenever we're in our backyard at home around dusk, or going for an evening walk, you can be sure the mozzies are out in force ready to attack.

So when the opportunity arose to try out some of the natural mosquito protection products from Para'Kito, I was super keen.

This isn't a sponsored post, but I'm happy to share this giveaway with you as a natural alternative to the usual types of insect repellents.

The Para'Kito pellets diffuse a blend of 7 essential oils extracted from plants, which naturally prevents from the effect of mosquito bites during 15 consecutive days. They're waterproof and refillable. And best of all, the pellet does not come in contact with the skin.

With the Para'Kito clip, I can attach it to the pram or nappy bag for evening strolls, Miss 3 can wear the wristband and I can even wear the wristband during pregnancy without causing harm to my bubs.
Sounds pretty good to me.



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Twin bump update 34 weeks

Twin bump update 34 weeks

This week we had an ultrasound where we found out our twins are each weighing approx 2.9kg (6lb5oz)!

Twin A is breech but Twin B (which is 'presenting' & will be the first born) is head down & ready to go.

So all is looking good for a natural delivery.

The twins are currently facing each other (so their limbs are facing each other so no doubt they're enjoying boxing matches).

Twin bump update pics for this week (34 WEEKS):

The parenting fail that brought me to tears

The parenting fail that brought me to tears

Parenting fail – the ‘what ifs’
“We all make mistakes”. Yes apparently, that’s everyone but ME. I don’t make mistakes.

Recently, we had our own little scare/ parenting fail that did, and continues to, bring me to tears at the mere thought.
My two cherubs are being raised with a good balance of helicopter parenting and the freedom to learn and work things out for themselves.
For example, Mr 20 months can climb all sorts of play equipment (as long as we’re there with arms at the ready should he suddenly lose balance) and, because he was given the opportunity and freedom to practice, he has, for a long time, been able to confidently seat himself on the swings in our backyard and hold on well while being pushed.
When it comes to safety and/ or possible dangers or threats, I’m super vigilant.
I’m an informed parent and am aware of, and enjoy learning more about, car seat safety/the benefits of extended rear-facing (or at least not turning a child til they’re the correct and legal weight and age), introducing solids at around six months (and the dangers of, and lack of education regarding the too-early introduction), SIDS and cot death risks (no pillows or hats of any type to be in a newborn’s bed/ correct sleep positioning and supervision) and many many more.
I’ve always been careful when it comes to toddlers or kids and bath time – they’re NEVER to be left unsupervised - even for a split second. Why would you risk it?!

If I’ve been out with the kids, I’ll load them into their car seats, start the car up to get the air-conditioning going and then always, I repeat ALWAYS, wind down the driver’s window (so I can at least get my arm in), so if, by chance, the car managed to lock itself while I’m putting the pram in the boot, my kids won’t be locked in the car.
It’s a habit that just comes as second nature to me. (On second thoughts, perhaps I should re-assess this method in case we were ever to be car-jacked?!)
You name it, I'm pretty much all over it and can admittedly be horrified and a tad judgemental when I see horrible examples of carelessness or ignorance – especially on Facebook ‘Mommy’ pages.
I’ve heard some horror stories (from people I know in real life):
Like the time a new mum was recounting to our mother's group how she was placing her newborn in a Baby Bjorn while standing in her lounge room, for bub to slip right through and land, splat, on the tiled floor. Thankfully bub was fine.
I just could never imagine ever doing something like that! (For the record, we'd always stand over the bed while putting bub in a Bjorn to provide a softer landing surface if bub ever did happen to fall).
Or the mum who left bub unattended on a change table for bub to then wriggle off.
I’ll always remember the email a friend kindly sent me when I was pregnant with my first that was jam-packed full of her own personal parenting tips.
One of her main tips was to NEVER leave a child unattended on change table even for a second.
This is something that has stuck with me as I’d never be able to forgive myself if something happened.
Or the friend who changed bub’s nappy in the boot of the car but bent down to pick up a dropped item at the precise moment bub worked out how to wriggle away and fell onto the ground.
Of course accidents can and do happen.
When my babies were newborns I tried to ensure people sanitised their hands before touching/holding my precious cargo and would steer clear of anyone who had the slightest stench of nicotine on them.
I'd watch like a hawk to ensure bub's head was being appropriately supported - if not, I'd try and offer words of encouragement/ reminders before getting my bub back into my safe arms.
Maybe I was/am slightly OTT but, hey, my kids are the most precious things in the world to me, so why wouldn’t I want to take every step to ensure their safety/health?!
So with that all in mind, this post is hard for me to write…

I should've known my lil son is 'an adventurer' just like I was.
Apparently, when I was a toddler back in the 80’s, I managed to let myself out of the house early one morning and made my way next door – wearing only a nappy – where I let myself in to the neighbour's house as an uninvited breakfast guest (leaving a trail of muddy footprints) before being retrieved by my mum.
Recently, in the countdown to our twins’ arrival, hubby and I decided to knuckle down and finalise some jobs on our to do list.
Hubby had just finished a midnight-9am shift, was still unwell after having been off sick, and was focussed on vacuuming out the car and installing the newborn capsules for the twins.

The car motor was on and the aircon was cranking.
As the motor was on, the one-sided garage door (open-ended carport the other side) was opened slightly, to allow for any fumes to escape/fresh air to circulate.
Mr 20 months had been swapping from inside and out and wanted to be out with daddy, so I called out to hubby who - I thought - acknowledged lil man was to be in his presence.

Hubby was busy vacuuming the car and I watched as Mr 20 months toddled to the car to be with him.
I popped inside and Miss 3 and I put on another load of washing.

I went back outside to check on hubby’s progress and asked hubby where Mr 20 months was.
Before he even replied, I immediately ran out the front, knowing that the garage was open and our little adventurer must have escaped.
I screamed at hubby to check our backyard and hoped our son was just playing on the swings as he usually is.
I ran out into the middle of our little cul-de-sac and called out to my precious boy while hoping hubby would yell out that I was overreacting and that our son was happily playing in the backyard like usual.

But no.
As I frantically waddled up the street, I noticed, about four houses up, a lady standing on her front lawn, holding our precious son on her hip.
She saw/ heard me burst into tears as I started waddling to her at a record pace to scoop my son from the safety of her arms.
I was so relieved, but also extremely upset and embarrassed that a momentary act of complacency could've caused our son harm.
The lady said she heard him at the front of her place where he stayed put (probably frightened of getting more prickly things in his tender feet). Thank god for bindis.
Between my tears and attempts to stop myself from breaking down into a full on sob, Mr 20 months was back in my arms and I kissed him repeatedly, while managing to, only just, get the words out to thank the kind neighbour.
Hubby had, by that stage, realised our son was not in our backyard and had raced down the road to be reunited with our baby.
As we walked back to our home, and promptly shut the garage (!) and turned off the car motor, the ‘what ifs’ started flowing.
And I still can't get the whole thing out of my head.

-- What if he made it to the end of the street (two more houses) where the road is hilly, there's a bend, and a motorist simply would not see him?
-- What if a car was unknowingly reversing out of their driveway while our lil adventurer was toddling along our usually-quiet street?
-- What if our elderly neighbour, who arrived home pulling into their driveway just moments later, hit him at that moment he stepped away from the kerb?
-- What if he made it into someone's backyard and they had a dangerous dog/ equipment within reach?
This incident was a heart breaking wake up call.

Just when you think you’ve got it all covered, something like this happens to remind you…YOU DON’T.
Hubby and I usually communicate well:
'Have you got Miss 3?'
'Yes' (always making sure to get a response so we know who's in charge).
But this time, our usually fail-proof process FAILED.
Thank goodness our son is OK.
Just days before this incident, I stumbled across a blog where a grieving mother recounted her last day with her little toddler who was killed in an unidentified accident (at home).
And days before that, was brought to tears when I heard the story about the boy, a similar age to my son, who was tragically hit by a garbage truck.
My heart ached, and still does, for those families who have lost their precious angels.

And to think, that in an instant, something just as tragic could have happened to us just makes my heart stop.
Miss 3 has even asked me a few times, ‘’Mummy why were you so sad when ‘Mr 20 months’ went for a walk without holding anyone's hand?’’
I know it may all sound overly dramatic. But how can you ignore the what ifs, when they were real possibilities?
Thank goodness our precious boy is OK.
There’s no room for complacency. I'm back to being a helicopter mum.

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Pregnancy - inside look at the new Gold Coast University Hospital

Pregnancy - inside look at the new Gold Coast University Hospital

Gold Coast Mum takes an inside look at the antenatal clinic at the new Gold Coast University Hospital

As I'm expecting twins, I have had more frequent antenatal appointments and scans than I experienced in my previous two singleton pregnancies.

As I'm doing 'shared care', for most of my appointments I've been seeing a great Obstetrician/Gynaecologist outside of the hospital and only have to attend the hospital's antenatal clinics every so often (which is good because, although being given an 'appointment time' of 8am, 9am, 10am or 11am, you're one of anything from 10-30 women in the waiting room and are not usually seen for around two hours - in my experience).

This week, husband, Mr 20 months and I were lucky enough to check out the new Gold Coast University Hospital for our first appointment since it opened last weekend.

After hunting for a car park in the fancy new parking station for what seemed like forever (just kept going around and around and up and up and up til we finally came across the empty spaces), we were pleased to find out that the level we parked on gave us direct access to the hospital level and section we were after via an overpass that crosses over the road outside the hospital and delivers you directly in the centre of the hospital building.

After locating the antenatal clinic, in the women's outpatient section in B wing, we stood in line for a while to hand in the pregnancy record form and then took a seat to wait our turn.

(Anyone who has had the pleasure of attending the antenatal clinics at the old hospital, would be familiar with the loooonnng waiting times.)

Thankfully, at the old Gold Coast Hospital, an enclosed children's area adjoined the antenatal clinic waiting area (and, I believe, some paediatric appointments).

So it was perfect for anyone who already has little ones, to be able to keep them amused in a contained environment with the variety of toys and books – because, in our experience, it's usually a two-hour wait to be seen.

The children's area attached to the antenatal clinic in the new hospital is pretty bare.

Children's area attached to the antenatal clinic at the new Gold Coast University Hospital 
View from the children's area 

There's a TV and two cube toys (which thankfully kept Mr 20 months amused for five minutes).
Unfortunately there's no gate, so there were plenty of heavily pregnant women chasing around toddlers who wanted to roam free, or trying to keep them contained to this little area.

Obviously having only just moved locations, I can understand why the children's area is yet to be fitted out with the toys from the last play area (I wonder whether that is even the plan?).

The waiting room at the antenatal clinic at the new Gold Coast University Hospital
(pic taken from inside the children's area)

After around an hour waiting around, hubby went on an adventure to hunt down a gestational diabetes-friendly meal for me. He scored big time (I actually don't mind hospital food/aeroplane food and containers etc – weird I know).

He brought back a container of vegetables with a side of beef and chickpeas for me. Perfect. And lunch and a drink for himself.
Although, for that price – total around $30, we could have enjoyed a nice pub lunch together instead of quickly scoffing half of the meal while in the waiting area, in case we were suddenly called in to our appointment (we weren't so I saved the rest to finish that evening at work).

Finally we were called in to our appointment with the hospital Ob/Gyn. The staff are fabulous and appeared to be settling in well to their new base.

After the appointment, we then had to line up again at the clinic reception to hand in forms to book the next appointment and to get directions to the ultrasound/imaging department, where we had to make our way to to go and hand in another form.

After navigating our way through the hospital's spacious hallways and admiring the interior design and architecture, and taking two separate lifts to try and reach the imaging/ultrasound area, we made it to our destination.

That's the thing about the new hospital, the parts we saw showcase that it's verrrrry spacious. Which is good and bad. 

Not so fun when you're 33 weeks pregnant with twins, have major pelvic pain and a waddle happening and have to walk all over the place just to hand in a form.

Anyhoo, after handing in the form, we made our way back up to the car park (took another two lifts and the walk back over the overpass to the parking station) where we were greeted with the sign indicating the parking fees and the fact we had TEN minutes from the moment the ticket was paid for to leave the parking station.

Gee whiz, talk about pressure. ;-)
It was hard enough to locate the car, let alone load in a toddler, the pram, get toddler their water bottle and help giant pregnant lady squeeze into the passenger side (because the car next to us had parked too close for our passenger door to open enough for me to fit my massive bump – ha ha, yes I could have just waited til hubby had reversed our car for me to get in...).

Anyway, after paying the $14 (PLUS credit card fee) for 2.5 hours of parking, we safely managed to exit the parking station (within the 10 minute time restriction) and hubby managed to drop me back at work.
Our initial thoughts of the new Gold Coast University Hospital, from the limited areas we've seen, are that it's nice, attractive and very spacious.

I'm excited to be having our twins at the new hospital and can't wait to see the birthing unit (in hopefully around 4-5 weeks).

I feel fortunate to have such facilities available (if only the waiting times could be improved).

But next time, we might need to be dropped off and bring a packed lunch to save us $44 for the 2.5 hour experience.

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