I’m back!

It’s been ages I know! Last post was just after Perth Marathon in June and before we left for our holiday to Sweden. Well we had a great time and it was really nice to see family and friends again. I only ran one time and it was a shocking run.. I also ate a lot of yummy and unhealthy foods but also plenty of prawn salads so all good! The weather was amazing, about 28-30 degrees for most of the holiday, crazy hot for being Sweden.
Since we have been back in Perth we have been jet-lagged a week and then sick three times!! I kid you not… the kids have just had their third round of fever, gastro and runny noses.. So incredibly frustrating!

Cayla is still loving her school and so do we! They have done the last assessments for this term and we should soon know if she will be offered a place for Year 1 next year… I’m super nervous and really hope that she will get a spot.. She has too! I’m so not ready for her to go back to mainstream yet. Cayla has improved so much this year and this school is truly amazing with so many different programs in place to support kids with speech difficulties. Fingers and toes crossed that she will staying on! I will keep you posted!
Cayla has had another gait analysis and video done. We do this at the Lower Limb Clinic held at TCCP. I was concerned about Cayla’s gait since she got her new AFOs back in May and just needed an assessment and advice. She has been turning her left leg much more inwards than usual, especially when running. And there is absolutely no heel-toe pattern happening when waking. Dayna (Lower limb clinic) and our new physio therapist Ann, both from TCCP were there to assist. Dayna believe the twisting of IMG_8470 IMG_8471Cayla’s leg comes from a weakness in her gluts. After doing the video Dayna suggested that we try to strengthen her left leg with a neuro stimulation device. Pretty much a tens machine but programmed to increase strength and build muscle when used on particular muscle groups. Cayla’s left calf is and always has been smaller than her right. If we can build some more muscle in that area she will be able to work against her tight calf muscles and therefore improve her gait and posture. The electro stim device has been ordered and Cayla’s physio Ann is coming to our house next week to show me how it all works. We will then spend about 2 weeks to desensitise the area and then increase the stimulation and build some muscle for another 6 weeks! If all goes well we may trial a pretty awesome device called WalkAid next year.

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Very exciting news is that Cayla lost her first tooth today! Well, the first one naturally since the first one was taken out a year ago since it was dead. She fell in to our coffee table and hurt her tooth about two years ago so it had to come out. And tonight she surprised us all by swimming all by her self at her swimming lesson! YAY! It’s not always that easy to kick your feet and legs when they don’t do what you want and/or they don’t have enough strength in them to move you forward when swimming. But she is kicking her feet, paddling with her arms and blowing bubbles like crazy. So proud of her!
I’m back into training and aiming for 6 Inch trail marathon (48km) in December. I ran this race for the first time last year so looking forward getting back on these gorgeous trails and do it again! I’m battling a sore heel at the moment so spending a few days a week in the gym doing spin classes and strength training instead of just running. I have been for a good sports massage which really helped. Now I just have to spend some time every day foam rolling and also get a new pair of shoes. Hopefully my heel pain will go away in due course.

The wedding season has definitely started and I did my first last Saturday. Gorgeous couple and a beautiful sunny day but after 11 hours I was absolutely wrecked! So so tired and was expecting my Sunday morning run would be crap.. But instead I had the most amazing run ever! I’m still not sure how that works since I only had a few hours sleep before my alarm went off at 5.15am… But hey, I’m happy!
I’m volunteering at the WTF Ultra marathon (50/100miles) in a few weeks and really looking forward to it! Is that weird? I really need to get a life :)

Well that’s a bit of an update from us! This week is busy with kids sports carnival and athletic carnival and next week Cayla’s class our going on an excursion to the Zoo. I am coming with too, should be a fun day! We should have Cayla’s Pre-Botox meeting at PMH soon and the “Variety’s Motor Mouth Camp” is coming up in a few weeks time as well, think it’s during the first week of the school holidays. This camp is for children that are using an AAC device such as the Vantage Lite, iPad etc. It’s for the whole family and we are all very excited about attending this camp!

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Cayla 5 years

Today is a very special day because today is Cayla’s birthday! She is finally turning 5 which she is absolutely over the moon about! She has been saying that she’s turning five soon for the last 8 months or so.. :)
Cayla usually wakes up first of everyone and comes in to our bedroom for a cuddle every morning, but today she stayed in her bed waiting for us to come to her. She was so cute giggling in bed when we sang for her and seeing all her pressies. We gave her Lego, a Barbie unicorn + doll, clothes, books, art and craft and she got a gorgeous princess dress, dolly and headband from her grandma (mormor) and Lars i Sweden. Nathan is building her Lego Pony Farm as we speak… We are catching up with family today for more celebrations. Mike’s brother Pete turned 30 yesterday and cousins Alyssa and Kate have both had their birthdays in March so we are doing a combined party in the park for everyone! Tomorrow after school Cayla is having a party with her friends from her new school at an indoor play centre and she is super excited!

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Back again

Hello again! It’s been ages I know.. I decided to take a break from blogging among other things during the school holidays and instead spend valuable time with my kids. We were really lucky to have my best friend and her family from Sweden staying with us over Christmas and New Years. The weather was good but not too hot, the kids played amazingly well and we had many lazy days by the pool just hanging out. It was really sad to see them leave but it won’t be too long until we catch up again.
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Mike went back to work beginning of January and me and the kids were busy pretty much every day catching up with people that we had not seen for ages. Megan, Cayla’s physio therapist from TCCP organised a two days a week boot camp over three weeks which was lots of fun! I hope they will do more of that during the holidays since we won’t be at the centre very often now when Cayla is at school full-time.
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Other than the boot camp we didn’t have to many appointments booked in which was really nice. Only a post Botox meeting at PMH to review the effects of her last injections and set a new date for the next one. The post-botox meeting went well too and Cayla is booked in for her next Botox in April sometime. She will probably need some serial casting afterwards but that’s ok, we knew that already. It’s difficult to keep up with stretches etc when they grow so quickly at this age and serial casting is a very cheap and effective way of stretching muscles. Cayla is not bothered so neither are we anymore. We have also had an appointment with a paediatric ophthalmologist. The health nurse at school checked Cayla’s vision twice last year and she failed both times so we decided to take her to a specialist to make sure nothing was wrong. We have already had her vision tested at PMH about a year and a half ago and everything was fine so hopefully this test would be too. $285 and 40 minutes later we came out and everything was fine.
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The holidays went by way too quickly and suddenly it was time for the kids to go back to school and their after school activities. Nathan is starting year 3 and Cayla pre-primary! Both of them are doing swimming lessons and Nathan also has scouts once a week. Cayla was so excited on her first day and couldn’t wait to get there. I was fine until we were about to leave.. The teacher asked Cayla what she got for Christmas and Cayla answered something that the teacher couldn’t understand… I heard what she said and wanted to go to her and help out (as I always do)….. Even though I know she is in good hands at this school it broke my heart and made me cry. Cayla was absolutely fine and had a fabulous first day.
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So it has already been two weeks and things are still going well for both Nathan and Cayla. I am also getting used to having a lot more time on my hands with both kids at school every day :) I’m training a lot and spending about four days a week at the gym on top of my usual running. I have started a 12-week weight lifting program hoping it will make me lean and strong so I can run more efficient and avoid injuries. I have never done much training in the gym except fitness classes so feeling slightly uncomfortable but slowly getting there! Next race will be Darlington Half Marathon on the 16th March.

About two weeks ago Cayla fell on our wooden floorboards when jumping on top of a bean bag at home and hurt her front tooth… Can’t believe it has happened again as we only had one of her front teeth taken out at the same time as the Botox in October last year..! It did not look great and we straight away knew that it would have to be removed.. and after a visit to the dentist that was confirmed. The root of the tooth has been damaged and we will once again have a tooth removed with Cayla’s next lot of Botox in April. Front teeth are so overrated!
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So there we go, finally a bit of an update on what we have been doing the last few months. Will write more about Cayla and her new school soon. It’s such a great school and we are so so happy that she has got this opportunity! 

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Trip down South

It’s the day before Christmas eve and we are gearing up to celebrate Swedish Christmas with my Swedish friends tomorrow! This year we are hosting Christmas at our house and expecting 26 people..! 14 kids and 12 adults……. wish us luck! Celebrating Swedish Christmas is a massive highlight of the year and I’m so happy to have my gorgeous friend Michaela with her family here in Perth at the moment. The kids are playing non stop every day and spending hours in our pool which must be our best investment as yet! We are having a great time just hanging, drinking wine and eating cheese.. and our trip down south was awesome! First we spent one night at Preston Beach and then three nights at Yallingup Forrest Resort before heading back to Perth. The weather was perfect and we spent most of our time chilling out at different beaches in the area. After two days of rest I went for my first run after 6inch, only a short easy 3km loop on a beautiful forest trail near our resort.
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It’s great to go for a run and finally do a proper stretch… something that I didn’t really do after the race. I went for an easy 9.5 km with my usual running group yesterday and my legs are feeling really good! Very happy to have recovered so fast as after the Perth Marathon I couldn’t/wanted to run for a good few weeks afterwards. I haven’t decided what races I’m doing next year but will have a proper think over the Christmas break.
I’m just about to make a veeeery yummy ginger thins cheesecake for tomorrow’s celebrations. I make this every year and have posted a photo with the recipe below but unless you’re Swedish you may find it a bit difficult to understand!

Merry Christmas!

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Last day of Kindy

Yesterday Mike and I went to school for Cayla’s class Christmas concert and end of year party. They were so cute and did a fantastic job with their singing and presentation. Cayla thanked everyone for coming to the concert without using her talker and we are so very proud of her! Cayla’s last day was yesterday and she has now finished off her first year at school! It’s gone super fast and I still remember that first day of kindy, or maybe more the day before… how nervous I was.. and worried about pretty much everything. But it’s been such a great year, her teacher and aides have been awesome and Cayla has come so far. She is now counting up to about 20, writing her name and know pretty much all the sounds and a lot of the letters as well. She has made many friends in the class and hopefully we will stay in contact even though she will be going to another school next year.
Nathan still has a couple of more days at school before he finishing for the year and last night he attended a Halloween disco that the school arranged. It was very well organised as usual and he had an awesome time!

Gotta go now, we have a very busy weekend ahead! My best friend from Sweden is here with her family and it’s AWESOME to hang out with her! They are loving the warm weather and swimming in the pool most of the day. Can’t wait to have a proper drink with her but that will have to wait until tomorrow after I have finished my 47km trail marathon!! Woohooooo! It’s going to be about 39 degrees but hopefully we will have finished the race before it gets too hot! Four months of training and I’m feeling pumped!! Wish me luck and if you haven’t already donated to Cayla’s challenge please follow this link to make fast secure online donation :D
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Funky Monkey to Red Devil

Another week (or two..) has passed and lots of things has happened! The busy Christmas season has not even started and my calendar is full of things pretty much every day of the week. If I’m not out running or taking Cayla to appointments I’m out photographing a wedding, attending a birthday party, doing paper work, cleaning the house and so on.. but hey, I’m not complaining it’s all good :)

Last Sunday was Tough Mudder and believe it or not I had a GREAT time! It was muddy, wet and crazy but so much fun and I managed to complete all obstacles without too much trouble. Even the “Funky Monkey” (see photo below, I’m to the right in the picture) which was about 20 or so monkey bars to swing across. Plus I didn’t really get electrocuted at all, not sure why but I only got a small zap on my butt when crawling through one of the obstacles and did not get zapped at all in the last crazy 10000v obstacle! It was a very well organised event, great team experience, lots of fun and we will be coming back next year! But next year we’ll bring Gatorade as one of our team members got major cramp the last 5km but he still finished the race!
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The kids had their yearly Sport’s Carnival last week and it was such a hot day, sunny and 35 degrees..! It was Cayla’s first sport’s day and she did so well in her 50m race, yes, she did come last but not by too much. She was so hot and tired afterwards and didn’t really want to join in the obstacles with her friends. I don’t think she was feeling 100% and was actually home with a runny nose the next day poor thing.
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It’s not long until the 6inch trail ultra marathon and I’m training most days of the week. My midweek long run is up to 17km and because Mike is out cycling that morning I have to do this run on the treadmill….. yes people.. 17 kilometres on a treadmill!! It’s beyond boring…….. but sometimes you just have to get the job done..
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My upper back and calves were pretty sore after Tough Mudder, not used to all those obstacles!
I have recently started a 30day cleanse and detox program with only natural products in the form of shakes and supplements. I’m using these products as add-ons to my usual diet as I’m not trying to lose weight and burning a lot of calories from running. I’m only on day 5 but hoping that it will give me some extra energy which will be great in the weeks leading up to the trail marathon in December. At the moment I’m feeling a bit so and so to be honest but probably because my body is getting rid of horrible toxins. Hopefully it will change for the better in due course! I did 31km on Sunday morning and felt pretty good. This weekend I’m doing 35km on the trails with a friend. She’s picking me up at 4.30am as it will probably take us about 4-4.5 hours and it’s going to be a very hot day on Sunday. Hopefully we won’t get lost… or step on a snake….! There has been quite a few snake sightings lately….. maybe I should stick to road marathons instead..!austrailia_kill_you

Today we’ve been to TCCP as Cayla had an appointment with Dana and Michael at The Lower Limb and Foot Clinic. We see them about once or twice a year to review Cayla’s gait (walk pattern) and talk about serial casting and so on to improve things. I was expecting 3-4 weeks of serial casting as we always do this after Botox and was just hoping they didn’t want Cayla to have serial casting on both feet…. But you know what! Her range of movement is pretty good and they didn’t think she needed any serial casting done at all this time…!!! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Woooohoooooooooooo!!! I’m so happy I could fly to heaven! We just have to continue to aim for overall symmetry and do exercises where she will put more weight on her left foot by riding on her scooter and so on. Cayla’s physio Megan will see her for a few physio therapy sessions and give us a new home program to work on for the next few months. First a place at the Fremantle Language Development school and now no serial casting – happy days!

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Duathlon, Botox & Tooth extraction

We’re in the middle of the Spring school holidays here in Perth and it’s great to chill out with no stress in the mornings and no after school activities. Mike had a day off last week and we took the kids to The Royal Show. It was a glorious sunny day and we spent over six hours there and had a great time! Kids came home very tired but happy with a show-bag each.

I have done my first wedding with Fine-Line Photography for the season and I’m looking forward to many more in the next few months. Unfortunately it started to rain during the outdoor ceremony but the sun came out just in time for the formal photo shoot afterwards. The light was so pretty as the sun came out from behind the clouds shining on the bride and her sparkling white dress in the middle of the green lush vineyard! Magic….

On Sunday morning at 6.15am we all jumped into our car and drove to Champion Lakes in Armadale for Nathan’s first Duathlon! He had to run 500m, cycle 2km and finish off with a 250m sprint to the finishing line where he received his medal! He did so well and we are so proud of him for completing the race and also raising money for Cayla and other kids with Cerebral Palsy! Nathan thought the bike ride was quite nice but that the running was hard work – hahaha! Very funny and I was happy that my bike riding husband heard him say it too. ;) My training is still going well and it’s finally light when I drive to the interval sessions at 5.40am in the morning. I’m currently running about 70km/week including the 30km long slow run on Sunday morning. This will increase in the next couple of months as I start building towards the 6inch trail marathon (46km) in December. Just a tad nervous but have read somewhere that a challenge is not a proper one unless it scares you so there we go..!

Yesterday we took Cayla to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for her 6- monthly Botox injections. This was the first time she had it done at PMH and it has only taken us about 2,5 years to get to the top of the waiting list. As some of you may remember Cayla fell into our coffee table about 18 months ago and knocked one of her front teeth… In the beginning of the year the dentist explained that the tooth had died and needed to be removed :( Not great but nothing we could do so it was decided to take it out at the same time as her botox at PMH so that is what happened yesterday. Botox in her left leg and tooth extraction. All went well and very fast, the staff at PMH are so nice and very experienced. Cayla woke up fine and had some toast and apple juice before we were good to go home. When we came home Cayla vomited all over the floor, had a shower, some panodil, soft pasta for dinner and then bed. The tooth fairy came for a visit and left a $2 coin under Cayla’s pillow. I though that she would look really weird without her tooth but she looks fine and still very cute!

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Gastro

Nathan has had gastro most of the last week but is finally getting better! We have managed to get to some of the swimming lessons booked in but have mainly spent our days lazing around at home. It is pretty cold in Perth at the moment and the houses are freezing cold inside which I dislike. Brick houses with no or very little insulation and no double glazed windows so the gas heater is on most of the day to keep us warm. But, I shouldn’t complain since we still have sunny days with around 20 degrees in winter so could be worse!
I have finished my first training week with a coach and is feeling pretty tired. I haven’t done any interval training since I started my running journey, just different distances with a similar pace and RPM (indoor cycling) once or twice a week. This training schedule has two interval sessions a week, one tempo run, a long run and some recovery runs in between so will see how I go. The second interval training on Thursday morning was fast and fun! We did 200m x 6 fast running with 200m steady running in between. Repeat two times plus warm-up and cool-down. Hard work but loved it!
Last day of the holidays today and we have been to “Disney on Ice” which was an awesome show! Cayla loved it but I think there might have been just too many princesses for Nathan’s liking! Luckily they had slushies for sale to keep him happy and entertained ;) Afterwards we had lunch at the big M, not my choice but I was just too tired to say no…. Time for a ‘mama nap’, it’s been a busy day zzzzzz
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Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day in Australia and what a fab day it’s been! I had +3 hours of ‘me time’ in the morning when I completed my longest scheduled run in my training for the marathon. I was a little bit nervous about running 32km but the weather was perfect and I finished fairly strong. Could I go on for another 10k……?! Well not sure but still have a few more weeks to train..
I came home to a happy house and had two kids attack me with presents! The hand made cards were just so lovely and cute and I didn’t get a wheat bag – yay!! Mike and the kids made me a yummy and healthy lunch and then it was time to put the compression pants on and get ready for a Mother’s Day catch-up with the family! I am not a big fan of running with compression pants but for recovery they are awesome! Hope all my mummy friends have had a fabulous day and that you were spoiled rotten by your little ‘monsters’! :D

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