So Independent…

 

 
Good Morning Baby Girl.
We are home now and even in five days you had grown so much. You enjoyed your time with Nonna and Poppy Roo and made dad and I pay for our absense when we returned. Death stares all round. Thank goodness we are back to normal now!

  

I bought you your own pair of havaianas yesterday because you try to fit into everyone else’s all day every day. You love them even if they are a little big for you at the moment.
  

You sit up to the breakfast table with us for toast, banana and milk. Your high chair was so last year. 

You now refuse to eat weetbix. We aren’t quite sure why because it was your favorite. But we will try again soon.

You are also getting quite good at feeding yourself now. Yoghurt is the most successful (and has the least amount of mess).
  
And of course you continue to love being outdoors with Poppy and Grandpa John. Always helping out with the maintenance and wanting to do everything yourself – so independent. My little baby is growing up to quickly! 
All My Love,
Mum. Xxx

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

Kisses…

  
Good Morning Baby Girl,

The last two weeks have been a little crazy in our household as Dad has been away. He was in America last week and Sydney and Melbourne this week.

   
We have had Aunty A to stay. She cooked us some yummy food while she was with us. You sit up to dinner with the adults each night and stir fry is one of your favorites! 


We have been out for lunches and of course played around the house for hours on end. Aunty Julie bought you a little crochet crown and once it was on you didn’t want it removed!

   

We went for our morning walks with the puppies and Aunty A. You love being in the pouch.  

Lots of swimming!!! You have speedos now so you are very fast in the water. You have taken to jumping from the side of the pool into my arms – very brave.  

You also dressed up for Valentine’s Day and enjoyed the weekend with Dad in between his trips away.  
Poppy bought you a table and chairs for your drawing and painting. I am not sure that you have mastered the drawing but you are getting there.  

Your latest trick is blowing kisses – it is very cute.

 
You have also decided that you would like to walk everywhere by yourself now – obviously that is not great around cars so Nonna and Dad make sure you are safe.
  


Jack is only five weeks away and other then you trying to wear his shoes each morning (you wear everyone’s shoes at the moment and pick out which shoes you think I should wear each day) I don’t think you quite understand that you will have a little brother soon.  


You continue to love helping Grandpa John in the garden and sometimes give him advice on how to improve his gardening skills.

You are surrounded by so many people that love you – you are a very lucky lady. 

All my Love,

Mum. Xxx  
  

My Little Monkey…

  

Good Morning Baby Girl,

You are now 14 months old and your little brother is close to arriving. We try to explain to you that he is in my tummy but I am not sure that you understand (or that you want to understand).

  

We are back from the beach house and have settled into our routines. 
  

You have 4 molars through and have mastered eating just about all food types. On Sunday night we went out for dinner and you sat up to and Asian meal and then last night you had thai. No more mashed up baby food for you, my dear.

We have been swimming a lot lately as it has been so hot! You walk straight up to the pool and turn around to dangle your legs in. If you can feel that the pool step is there then you will go even further.

  

You also play in your minny pools that Nonna and Poppy Roo bought you for Christmas. If you want to go in you get the pool and drag it over and then point to the hose so we fill it up for you. Clothes and all go into the pools along with tillys lead which you wash daily (I don’t know why I bothered to buy you any other toys).

    

You know exactly what we are talking about at all times so I explain everything to you. If you want a bath I tell you that we will need to go to the stairs… So you do. Or I might say that we are going for a trip in the car… So you walk to your side of the car and tell me you are ready to get in. It is incredible just how much you understand.

Sunglasses are your favourite accessory at the moment. If you see a pair – on your head they go. 

    

And of course there are always plenty of giggles with family and friends.
  

We celebrated Australia Day at the beach house and it was lovely. You had to have a picture being the Vegemite kid and all.

  
 

You love blueberries and grapes and I no longer need to chop them up for you.


 You caught up with your friends Sage and Austen on the weekend and had a ball. You had lots of cuddles with Sage and Austen shared his grapes with you (one by one). It was very cute.

  

You had a nice relaxing swim with Dad as well and did not want to get out of the pool despite having been in there for over an hour.
  

You have your own bag now (not the handbag that you take “shopping” with your trolley) but the backpack that Aunty A bought for you even before you were born. All of your special toys go in there so that you have bits and pieces to play with when we go out.

  

You are so unbeliveably cute at the moment and very independent. Your vocabulary is coming along (because you never stop chatting). And you have developed this funny little chuckle that is so very adorable but also a little bit evil. 

 

Your father and I are already so proud of you and can’t wait to see your progression through life.

All 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???

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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