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

 

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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

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

  
 

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 Sebasti├ín. 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…

  
And another…  
  

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