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  
  

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

 

Baby Aussie in Spain…

  
Good Morning Baby Girl,

I hope that you are well and happy. I know that it has been quite a while since I have updated your blog. We have been so busy traveling and eating and spending time with family and friends. 

  

We travelled with Emirates in business class which was very special. You had a bassinet which was great until we had to get you out of it because there was turbulence (this was annoying). You were so well behaved and slept a lot of the flight. Poppy Roo and Nonna came to visit and otherwise the flight was uneventful. You even got a photo with the emirates flights hostesses – you were quite a hit.

  
We arrived in Barcelona and settled in. You slept through the first night. Daddy and I were so happy! We visited all of the sights in Barcelona like the La Sagrada Familia and started our food journey! (And your obsession with gelato and bread).

  

Next stop! We flew with vueling to Naples from Barcelona. It was short flight and you were perfect. Our transfer from Naples to Positano was via the Pompeii Ruins. They were amazing!

We then arrived at Positano – Incredible and very beautiful! We spent one of our days on a private boat swimming in the Med and eating lunch at a beautiful seafood restaurant only accessible by boat. You loved the boat and slept most of the trip after having pictures taken with the captain.

   
The food, views and everything about Positano was amazing! We will be back!

 
  

Then back to Barcelona where we picked up the big Mercedes “A Team Van”. On to Tarragona which was nice to see. We went via Playa Bara where Daddy used to camp when he was a boy – it was very cute and hopefully we can take you back there to stay sometime.

   
When then drove to Madrid and walked around the city (obviously you were in your pink bugaboo). We visited the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Both were incredible and you also loved the flower display at our hotel!

  

We visited the Oldest Restaurant in the World. Crazy!

  

We also spent some time at the roof top pool and bar. Stunning!

  

We were also lucky enough to visit the best restaurant in Madrid. You decided that you wanted to be a part of the whole meal and stayed up until 1am!

  

This was us at the Royal Palace!

  

And another…

  

And another at the pool…

  

We then visited the Aqua Duct at Segovia – incredible that the Romans developed these ducts to carry water (you weren’t too interested in the architecture).

  

We then made our way to Toledo for lunch. Cute little walled village and dad enjoyed pushing you around the hills and cobble stones.

We had a night in Grenanda and had amazing accomadation and a great meal! We wished we had stayed there longer.

Then on to beautiful Ronda for some R and R. There was a festival on so there were horses everywhere! As well as people dressed in flamenco! Fantastic! We visited a crystal clear water hole (freezing but lovely) and you enjoyed the trees.

  

After Ronda we drove to La Linea and walked across the air strip to get to “the Rock” aka Gibraltar and Grandpa John! It was so nice to see him and Shirley who were on a cruise. 

  

We then went on a car tour (after some canny bargaining from mummy and daddy) and looked over to Morocco! 

  

Then we went into a cave, saw the tunnels that were used in the war and of course we saw the monkeys. You enjoyed your time in Gibraltar.

    

And this was all of us with Grandpa John’s boat in the background!

Then… We visited Meryn and Michelle in Sevilla. We went to the Palace and just had a lovely time eating, exploring and catching up. Amazing flamenco show which you loved (while eating your bread).

    

This was you eyeing off Nonna’s churros!

  

We were then lucky enough to visit an Iberico Ham Factory in Jabugo. Best pork I have ever eaten and your dad worked wonders with his Spanish translation skills.

    

Then we stayed at a convent in Cadiz. Hardest hotel to find but lovely when we arrived. Monks shared the accomadation!

  

Then we made our way to Lisbon in Portugal for one night. We loved Portugal but you had decided that you would prefer to sleep that night! The next day we had lunch in Porto which was also lovely and you have dad a great nappy to change here!

Then on to Santiago De Compestela – where the pilgrims finish their walk. We stayed in he Hospederis opposite the St James Catedral. Amazing! (And quite difficult to get to when driving but Daddy and Poppy Roo had it covered). We all got to experience Percebes that night and they were yummy!

  

St James Catedral…

  

Then… daddy did a stella drive and Aunty A didn’t eat all day and we arrived in Bilbao and visited the Guggenheim. It was interesting. Missed out on the Soccer but we will go another time!

  

With daddy on the balcony…

  

With me, you, and “Puppy”…

Aw…  

  

We then visited a little fishing village called Lekeito where the ladies sell their husbands catch at the port. Such a cute little village. You enjoyed watching the fisherman unload their boats.

  

Then we caught up with Helen, Richie and Ewan (the craggs) in San Sebastián. Beautiful!  We watched Richie surf, the boys played, girls shopped and we had a great time here!

  

We visited Mugaritz / the third best restaurant in the world!

  

And you shopped at the boutique that made Princess Charlotte’s first outfit!

  

So cute…

  

(Everyone in Lekeito).

  

All of us in San Sebastián!

  

We visited the Witches caves near the border of Spain and France and got to taste meats cooked on a grill that used a pulley system!

  

In the caves!

  

We then visited Biarritz in France. So beautiful I think I could live here. We had a coffee at the oldest building in Biarritz – so cute and had dinner at a stunning smokehouse!

Coffees in Biarritz…

  
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We had all gone a bit crazy by the time we visited Pamplona and the street that has the running of the Bulls!

  

Poppy Roo…
  

Then Beauiful Zaragoza – such a cute place and again we wished we had stayed longer.

  

Still dreaming of Positano.


Nonna was very stressed and didn’t think daddy would get us to the airport on time but he did and then we had three flights back home to Australia. You were great and it was quite a pleasant flight.

  

Home again and took a few days for you to be back on Aussie time but you are set now. In the big cot, in your own room and eating solids!

  
We have been to the Markets a few times which you enjoy.

  

You have obviously had several different outfits.

  
We have enjoyed many hours of playtime…

  
And Nonna has already purchased you some outfits since being back (leopard onesie below).

  
You also have new headbands which you love!

  
And another…

  
Us dressed up for shopping in your room…

  

And with all the ladies for curry night last night!

  
Blue eyes…

  
Playing in the grass with Tilly…

  
And you with your pink bow.

My tip for you this week is that if you travel – please travel properly and really experience the culture by speaking with the locals, eating the local food and living their lifestyles – it is important.

All my Love,

Mum. X