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

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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

Clash of the Patterns…

  
Baby Girl, just a quick post. 

Leopard print and zebra stripes should probably not been seen together (just in case you think it might be a good idea in the future). 
You may be able to pull “this look” off at 8 months of age but I’m not sure I would try it at any other age. Keep it simple, black and white are my pieces of choice. And make sure any new purchases will go with current pieces in your wardrobe. Next time I might even give you a little advice on “staple pieces”.

All my Love,

Mum. Xxx

Fresh Country Air…

   

Good Morning Baby Girl,

I hope you are well and happy. 

We have had another big couple of weeks with lots of outings and travel.

You have learnt to do the splits! You have not yet mastered crawling and prefer to roll where you need to go – which you are surprisingly good at!

You have also attended another Pilates class. You did some work on the Wonder Chair this time but I think you preferred your time with Nonna and Poppy Roo while Mummy and Daddy did their class.

  

We caught up with Poppy Roo at Ferry Road for tea and cakes while his defender was being fixed before our big trip to Taree to see your Great Grandmother!

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addy had to work in Adelaide so you and I drove down with Nonna and Poppy Roo chauffeured the puppies. Grandpa John looked after Stella and Tilly because he will be going to Taree in a couple of weeks.

The trip went well. You slept, ate and chatted saying “hello”, “dadda” and “mumma”. Daddy flew in to Taree that night to meet us.

Below if a picture of Daddy and Poppy Roo looking over the local Taree area.  

  

We visited Taree Club where Your Great Nanny has been a Director for over 15 years. We had a lovely meal and tour of the club.

Four generations!!!

    

And a special picture with your Great Nanny in her beautiful home.
  

You decided you love peanut butter and Vegemite toast. Look at your bed hair!

  

This is a flashback to Europe – take us back!

We had a short week with lots of entertaining. Daddy was away on the weekend so you, me and Grandpa John organised everything for Daddy’s birthday party. It was a lovely night spent with lots of family and friends.

We then took Daddy to Stanthorpe for a quick getaway! It was cold but we had a nice fire so we kept warm. We spent many hours walking and you loved being in your backpack on Daddy’s back – you even fell asleep a few times. 

  

Look how cold it was – we had to keep you in your snow suit!
  

All the Gear…

  

Look how high you were!

When we got back we visited Daddy at work before he left to go to Melbourne for the weekend. 

  
 

And of course we spent a few hours outside because you love watching the puppies play. We also spent time with Grandpa John down on the jetty fishing. 

And bath time is always a favourite with Daddy. Look at your little rolls in the picture below.

Other then a few days which we think you may have been teething you have been your normal happy self.

My tip for you this week is that while it is important to travel overseas you should also explore Australia. There are so many little towns that get so many things right ie the little local bakery still produces all of their own goodies rather then being mass produced and they also proudly promote Australia’s history which you should know (and we will be taking you to the UK so you understand your UK heritage too).

All My Love,

Mum. Xxx

  
 

Tiny Camper…

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Good Morning Baby Girl,

I hope you are well.

It has been a couple of weeks since my last blog because we have been so busy! Nonna looked after you while Dad and I went to a ball. (You slept the whole time – Nonna was upset as she was looking forward to cuddles).

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Then we had Aunty A come to stay while Dad went to Sydney for work. Aunty A and I bought you some sunglasses and when we put them on you we were not allowed to take them off!

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We also went for swims in the pool which you enjoyed – as long as the sun was not in your eyes!

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When Dad arrived home from Sydney you were very happy to see him and we were then able to start getting ready for our big camping adventure! We head out to Coombadja which is inland from Grafton. We normally go with quite a few families for Easter but this year it was us and Nonna and Poppy Roo. Aunty A had to work so she was not able to come either. We go to this property because Poppy Roo’s friend owns it and Poppy Roo has some Wagyu cattle on the property. It is great for kayaking and swimming as it is on the Mann River. Dad also proposed to me there and said one day he would like to take our children there – and this year we did!

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There is a lot of preparation to go camping but it is definitely worth it! Nonna and Poppy Roo went in their tent so they could help us with all of our gear. It is nice not to have any phone signal and to have to walk to the toilet (hole in the ground) and boil water on the fire etc. It makes you appreciate being able to switch a light on when you are at home! You had a bath in a milk crate (just like I did when i was your age). You enjoyed it even though you like to spread out in the big bath now.

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The weather was not great this time but it was nice to spend some quality time with Nonna, Poppy Roo and Dad without televisions, phones and iPads. You had such a nice time in the fresh air and even fell asleep when we had to pack up a day early – you are such a good girl and loved the bunny Rabbit that you received from Nonna and Poppy Roo for Easter.

We are home now and unpacked and repacking ready to go to America on Thursday! Your first overseas trip! I am nervous for you but I am sure that you will handle the trip with ease and probably have less jet lag then me!

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I have two tips for for you this week. Th first is that you should not wait for Friday, for Summer, for someone to fall in love with you etc. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment that you are in. Don’t waste the time you have my Love.

The other is to treat people as you think they should be, because then you will help them become what they are capable of becoming. I think it is important to try to understand people before judging them.

All My Love,

Mum. Xxx

Mini Me…

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Good Morning Baby Girl,

I hope that you are well.

For a while now people ask your Dad and I where you get your strawberry blonde hair from so this week we compared a photo of you at 3 months to a photo of me at 3 months of age and oh my goodness we look similar! Just after birth you looked a lot like Dad but now I think you are turning into Me! Well you can decide for yourself. Here is the pic!

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We spent the weekend in Toowoomba with our good friends, Daddy, Poppy Roo and Nonna. We had a lovely time and you slept peacefully in your little makeshift bed. Toowoomba was in fog for the whole weekend but that did not spoil our time on the mountain.

This week we have moved you from the little bath to the BIG bath and my gosh you love it. You kick, giggle, splash and just have the best time ever! It is such a special time for you and Daddy.

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We bought you a little seat this week because you love sitting up and being part of everything. You are so happy when you are in the seat and chat the whole time! We then tried you with your first solid food! First attempt was stewed pears. You were disgusted that I would try to feed you something other then milk! And here is the face to prove it.

We then tried stewed mango and banana yesterday and it was more successful. So we will just keep trying little bits and see how you go!

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You grab everything now so I have to be careful otherwise things will be knocked over and I will have no hair left because your aim is very good! When you get hold of Tilly’s hair you do not let go!

Yesterday I organised your wardrobe AGAIN. Look at all of your outfits and that is just for the next few weeks! Yesterday you wore socks and mocks (first picture above) – I think it is a fashion trend that will really take off lol.

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We had a lovely time with Aunty A on her day off and of course we had to take some selfies. You definitely aren’t camera shy.

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Yesterday you also tried a bit of pilates with Rodney’s assistance. I think you enjoyed it but you preferred cuddles with Nonna and Poppy Roo while I did my pilates exercises.

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My tip to you this week is that you should never change who you are just because you are afraid of losing someone. If they really love you, your imperfections won’t matter. Stay strong Baby Girl.

All My Love,

Mum Xxx.