One Month…

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Good Morning Baby Girl.

 

Dad and I are at One & Only – Hayman Island. You are spending time with Nonna and Poppy Roo. We are having a little holiday to celebrate my 30th birthday. Nonna has kept us involved in your movements informing us that you are having a wonderful time and that you have successfully used the potty on several occasions. Very Impressive.

 

We had my 30th birthday last week and you were the life of the party walking around cuddling all of our family and friends. You definitely aren’t shy.¬†We also had Grandpa Johns 74th birthday party at our house which involved fishing, swimming and pizzas. Very relaxed.

 

And now we only have one month to go until your baby brother arrives. In the month before you arrived Dad and I were so excited to meet you. This time, with your brother, it almost seems overwhelming. We are excited to meet him, scared and nervous all at once. Have we had enough time with you by yourself, will you be upset when the bub arrives, how will we make sure we still give you all of the attention you need in that first month when so much attention and time will be on the new bub???

 

You love kids and I am sure you will be the best of friends when little bro is older but I just hope you are ok because you are the most beautiful child a mother could ever wish for. We have so much support so I know that everything will be fine but it is scary wandering into the unknown.

 

I have spoken to many mothers who had babies close together. They tell me it can be difficult in the first few years but that after that time it is wonderful – with their kids growing up as best friends.

 

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I know all of these feelings are probably unwarranted but I just hope that you will be ok.

 

All My Love,

 

Mum. Xxx

Summer Holidays at the Beach House…

Good Morning Baby Girl,

This morning I am writing to you from our beach house at Lennox Heads. We have been lucky enough to be down here for nearly three weeks over summer.

   
Dad and I returned last week after working and even though I missed you so much – I don’t think you even noticed we were gone! You were excited to see us on Friday morning though. And I have been commuting to work so we can stay here. Daddy has some trips to make but he will be back for the weekend!


We had lots of visits from friends which of course you loved. Now that you walk everywhere there is no stopping you!

    
You have spent hours at the beach. You walk after the seagulls on the beach, you chase the puppies, you swim, you find pippies and you are just the happiest little girl when we are there. Not even the waves worry you!

 
Your mode of transport is Daddy and you enjoy watching the world go by from you viewpoint up high.

 
There have been many books read and your new Favourite thing to do is to climb and hook the puppies up to their lead and take them for walks.  
 
Down the street you savour a small vanilla milkshake while we have our coffees. I can’t believe my little 14 month old sits up to coffee with us!

   
We have been out for dinner as well and you chat to the staff and guests as if it is your restaurant. To say that you have a personality is somewhat of an understatement.


You have developed a shrill squeal as well which is not the most delightful of noises so we are trying to dissuade you from using this noise as a form or communication. Rather, we are encouraging you to use your “big person” words like “up”, “down” and “ta”. Your vocabulary is developing nicely.

    
More visitors and you are in your element showing them how to enjoy the beach!

 
You do not miss any birds that go past nor any planes or helicopters!

 
And you still like to perform your “sunglasses trick” where you take any sunglasses that you can find and put them on yourself – it is very cute.  
 
And of course all of the above makes a little lady very sleepy. You have the most peaceful sleeps at the beach house with teddy and lamby.

 

Family is the most important thing in the world so appreciate every minute you have with them.

All my love, 

Mum. Xxx 

I miss you already…

  
Good Afternoon Baby Girl,
You have been unwell this week due to one of your molars coming through. You tried to be your happy normal self in the day time but most things made you sad. At night you would sleep through but cry out in pain. I felt so sad for you that we went walking in the Botanical Gardens and I got you your first vanilla ice cream. I thought you would spill it but you did not miss a single drop. It was an impressive performance. 

  
You helped Dad with the gardening – one rock at a time.

  
And you decided that you enjoyed wearing only socks with your nappy.

  
You made a recovery towards the end of the week and by Saturday you were back to your happy little self. Since then we have been at our beach shack and you love it there with Nonna and Poppy Roo.

   
You are such a little beach baby that it is hard to get you out of the water. Nonna said she has never seen a baby who walks straight towards the water and into the waves. Nothing worries you.

 
We have also been shopping and bought some cute little outfits from your favourite shop – Baby Sesame.

   
You went swimming with Dad in the tea-tree lake and each night you are so exhausted that you lead us to your cot and point that you want to go to bed!


We have the obligatory Babycinos down the street. And you love to have some of my green juice. You have taught yourself to put Tilly on a lead and never stop pottering l. You are one very busy bub (well when you are awake anyway)!

    
And today I have left you in the caring and capable hands of Nonna and Poppy Roo for three days while Dad and I work. I have never left you for that long and it was very sad this morning.


I am sure you will have the time of your life but I can’t wait to give you a cuddle on Thursday. 

Always be positive, loyal and authentic my Love.

Mum. Xxx

 

Happy New Year…

  
Good Morning Baby Girl,

It has been a long time since I have written a post! I have been back at work part time for 4 months and you have had your first birthday. We made it through the first year! 
You had a wonderful birthday party with ponies and face painting. Daddy is worried that you will now want a pony to keep in our backyard!

   
   
Your baptism was the very next day and you were extremely well behaved. You actually wanted to swim in the bowl of water. You were surrounded by only the closest of friends for this special ceremony.

  
Christmas was beautiful. We spent it with family and friends while staying with Nonna and Poppy Roo. 

Grandpa John and your great Nanny were also there and loved the many special moments with you. 

You were given a teepee from Nonna and Poppy Roo and you enjoy reading and relaxing in there on the panda seat that Aunty A gave to you for Christmas. 

You also very much enjoyed your walks to the beach each morning and spent your time in the waves under the close supervision from myself or Nonna.
 
You started walking just after your first birthday and now you don’t crawl at all. You are very independent and love understanding how things work. 

You have 5 teeth but have been getting another one at the front and a molar at the back for the past week or so. You are in pain but continue to be happy in the daytime and only get upset at times during the night. 

You are an incredible little human and I love watching you grow each and every day.
And soon you will have a baby brother. He is due to arrive at the end of March (2016). I know you will be a wonderful big sister.

  
Being back at work part time has been interesting but of course I miss you and can’t wait to see you when I get home from work each day. It is difficult to manage work on top of everything else particularly when Daddy is away but we all manage.

All my Love (and I promise to try to be more consistent this year with my posts!)

Mum. Xxx

It’s been a while…

   

Hi Baby Girl,
I hope you are well. I am sorry I haven’t written to you for so long. In the past few weeks we have been to America again and now I am back at work. So I will do a few posts to catch up!

We left Brisbane and headed to LA. This time we were lucky enough to fly business class. You were  amazing as always. Sleeping and playing when you were up. The Virgin staff were great and gave you plenty of attention.
   

Look at our little Family…

You now call everyone “Emma”, crawl everywhere and are pulling yourself up on everything!  So not yet walking but getting around as easy as can be! 

We flew into LA and stayed the night at the Westin LAX to give you some time to adjust. It was a great idea as we were able to relax by the pool and you could catch up on sleep! 

The next morning we were up bright and early, caught the bus the the airport which left us without your pram bag (Dad managed to get it back somehow), checked in with virgin and went to the lounge which had a banana for your breakfast! Thank goodness! Then on to Chicago. Approx 4 hour flight and you were great. You had a little sleep and played and then we were there. 

When we arrived in Chicago Dad could not believe how different the city looked from when he was there in winter. Beautiful! 

We stayed at the Westin and they looked after us while Dad worked.  We also did some sightseeing at the Willis Tower, some eating as Gino’s East pizza and Francesca’s Italian and went out to the pier for some popcorn. Really lovely city.

  

See you got the Bib to prove you ate at Francesca’s Italian! 

And you had your first time on a swing in Chicago! Of course the faster you went the better you thought it was.

    

Then we caught a short flight to New York. We had some issues with the rental car but Dad sorted it out and then we were on our way to East Hampton to visit family friends and your new little friend Jack.
  

We spent time at the beach in East Hampton with Jack and his mum (Zoe) and dad (Ian). We had a fabulous time you, me and dad.

  

And we had the best lobster rolls of all time at the restaurant “lunch” in East Hamptom. You very much enjoyed your first taste of lobster!
  

And of course a little more beach time.
  

And then we headed back to our apartment in New York City. You were dressed as Minnie Mouse for our tour out to the Statue of Liberty.

  

It was Father’s Day and very hot with lots of people but in the end it was definitely worth the crowds to get our picture at the Statue.

We walked everywhere in New York City (from  the top where we were staying next to Central Park to downtown and everywhere in between). Highlights included the Empire State Building, the Chelsea markets and oysters at Grand Central station. An incredible experience! 

Then we had flights to catch to Vancouver where dad was working. This flight was long (6 hours) and hard because of the time zones but in accordance with your routine you had your dinner and went to sleep even though we were squished down the back like sardines. 

Whilst dad worked you and I visited our friend Lisa which was lovely…

    

We went food shopping at our favourite Wholefoods…
  

And we went to the Aquarium which was incredible…
 

After our time in Vancouver we had to catch a short flight back to LA which ended up being a good flight even though we were in the last row of the plane! Then a quick shower, some food in the lounge and we were on the big bird back to Aus.

There was a little incident on the way home with a poor man who was half asleep running in to your bassinet but other then that the Virgin staff were good and we arrived home safely.

Until next time my Love,

Mum. Xxx

Daddy Time…

  

Good Morning Baby Girl,

I hope you are well. 

We have had a wonderful couple of weeks because Daddy has not had to go away to work and you have had some huge milestones. 

  

You are crawling now and wanting to learn everything. One day you weren’t crawling the next you were off! So we can officially say you started crawling at 8 months of age. 

  

The same week you have learnt to wave and clap! We sing “if you are happy and you know it” and you start clapping! So very clever.

  

You watched the Wallabies win the rugby with Dad, Poppy Roo and Grandpa John.

We have also had many social functions including dinners out with friends, dress up parties, picking organic veggies from Poppy Roo’s vegie patch and Sunday lunches with your friends from Mother’s Group.

We also went to the beach with Nonna and Poppy Roo and you decided that you had located a never ending food source being sand. So you just kept eating it!

You were quite happy in your carrier…

   

Did someone say Doting Grandparents???

Sandy Face…

    

Daddy and Grandpa John with Stella. It was an absolutely beautiful day!

 

You and I dressed up as Swans for the party because it was an “s” party theme. Daddy came as Stella your puppy dog.

   

You partied a little too hard…

 

So we had to have a rest yesterday so that you could recover (4 hours of sleep later and you have almost recovered). Which leads me to my tip.

My tip to you this week is to get plenty of rest and sleep throughout your lifetime. Your Poppy Roo says “sleep induces sleep”. 

Meaning the more you sleep the more easily you will be able to sleep. Sleep helps you grow and helps you to fight off illnesses. So make sure you get your 7 to 8 hours a night and a nap on weekends (if you can).

  

Until next time,

All My Love,

Mum Xxx

High Tea for Me…

  

Good Morning Baby Girl,

We have had a wonderful week which included a beautiful high tea with the other mothers in our mothers group.

It was held at QT Resort and there were many special treats both savory and sweet.  

  
You and your friends were so well behaved. You chatted, had some snacks and then all played together. It was lovely!

 
My tip to you in this post is to make sure that you take time out to pamper yourself occasionally and spend quality time with your friends. 

It’s important because otherwise you get caught up in day to day life and before you know another year has passed.

   
Oh and of course it is important to have fun, dress up and wear your heels.

 
Enjoy yourself Baby Girl.

All My Love,
Mum. Xxx