The best things about my week away (in the order that they occurred)
- Getting a cheerful goodbye from my kids and watching them toddle off happily with The Mister.
- Browsing for ages in the airport bookshop while I waited for my plane
- Enjoying a flight where I didn't have to bribe, apologise or reprimand anyone, where there were no spilled drinks to clean up, no nappies to change, no bottoms to wipe, no shoes to find.. I just got to read my book, eat my food, have a hot drink and feel sorry for all the parents travelling with their kids. ha!
- Spend lots of quality one-on-one time with my Sister. We walked, we talked, we swam, we ate, we went to a movie, we read magazines, we discussed baby names, we went to appointments, we looked in the shops, we cooked, we re-arranged some furniture, we had manicures, we ran errands, we had naps.
- Catching up with my wonderful Melbourne based friends (I actually have more friends living in Melbourne now, than I do in Perth.)
- I saw the most incredible thing I have ever seen- my Sister giving birth to my amazing Nephew. His name is Mac, he was 6lb, 12oz, and completely adorable.
- I watched my Sister and Brother-in-Law become parents. So much love!
- I savoured kisses and cuddles with little Mac. So happy that I got two days to spend with him, so sad that we live so far away!
- My growing excitement as I flew back towards my own babies. Excited jumping, bear hugs, toddler smooches, detailed stories, more kisses. Was so nice to see my own little family again!
And now some baby spam:
The good news is in less than four weeks we will all be heading over for an extended holiday. Can't wait for The Mister to meet his newest nephew, and Bay & Ivo to meet their latest cousin!
I booked out flights today... Bring on January!!
I took this photo of Ivo having an early morning breastfeed last Monday.. because I had a feeling it would be his last.
So at 20 months he is now weaned.
As with Bay, I did it slowly, gradually dropping one feed at a time over a few months until feeding only every other day, then just sporadically..
The early morning wake up feed was last to go, and I'll miss it.
I'm not sure if he can even remember.. He has stopped asking for it, or trying to get into my top, even when he is sleepy or upset.. so it doesn't appear to be on his mind at all.
I hope not, because next week I am leaving both of them with The Mister and heading to Melbourne for eight days. It will feel so strange to leave them. Rather sad, but also rather exhilerating.
Nine months on the inside, now nine months on the outside!
What a gorgeous character he is. We laugh at his one dimple, two teeth and three chins and he always laughs back.
He has a smile that turns heads and lights up the room. We get stopped every time we go out as he grins and goos and gahs at anyone who will make eye contact. He's such an interactive little fellow, so sweet and so sociable.
He's strong and mobile and loves exploring. He's been crawling since he was 6.5mo and is super fast, he does well to keep up with Bay. He follows her around like an eager little puppy. They play little games of crawling chasey, copy cat, and making each other laugh. As he gets stronger, he's also getting tougher. He sticks up for himself now and if Bay snatches something off him, he grabs it back. If she tries to exclude him from a game, he won't take No for an answer. If she gets rough with him, he gets rough back.
He has lots of clever tricks like clapping, pointing, drumming and waving that keep us all entertained. He cruises around holding himself upright on the furniture, usually singling out whatever items we prefer he wouldn't touch. Nothing is safe.
He's very vocal, is always cooing and singing, really enjoys going to the library for Rhyme Time. His clear favourite song is "Open Shut Them", it never fails to make him grin. We think a lot of his babbles are starting to sound like real words "Mama" and "Dada" but maybe we're just imagining that :)
A typical desert kid, he loves the water. Baths, showers, sprinklers, pools, puddles.. he loves to splash and nothing makes him happier than playing with water. Whenever he's upset or unhappy a bath is the quickest way to win him over. You have to watch him very carefully because this kid thinks he can swim.
He is still going gang busters on the solids, although his latest thing is trying to feed us whatever slobbery leftovers are on his plate. Errr no thanks Ivo! His favourite foods are grapes and spaghetti, but I think he has an allergy to eggplant after a serve of moussaka gave him an angry red rash where it had touched his face and hands. Scary!
We've had some long torturous car trips with him screaming his head off almost the whole way, as he hates car travel. The only thing that will stop him crying is us all singing "Open Shut Them", with actions, over and over and over again.. he is slowly getting better, but we are keeping the road trips to a minimum for now.
He's still not the greatest sleeper.. Daytime isn't too bad, he still has two solid day naps but nighttime has lots of room for improvement. He usually ends up in our bed around midnight and stays there breastfeeding on and off until the early hours of the morning, when he starts fidgeting, grizzling, lying diagonally, which is when I get fed up enough to re-settle him back into his cot.. Bay didn't sleep through in her own bed until about 10 months so I'm kind of hoping for a similar time frame for him.. Possibly setting myself up for disappointment with that one!
We love you Ivo, what a wonderful little person you are, thank you for being you
There's a stripe on your ear!
And a stripe in your hair!
There's a lot of little stripes in the air!
It's a stripey kind of day...
Haha I'm up to my old tricks!
I don't know what's so fun/funny about dressing us all in matching outfits!
Unfortunately The Mister wouldnt participate, even though he also owns a navy striped t-shirt. What a wet blanket!
Does anyone else secretly love dressing up in the same outfits as their kids?
That's the sound of the last 6 months zipping by!
My big boy is six whole months old and I can't believe it!
He is very busy doing lots of clever things.. Sitting up unsupported, enjoying solids, commando crawling, lots of vocalising and giggling with his sister.
This photo was taken yesterday and he is full of cheesy smiles, despite being sick with croup.
He ended up spending the night in hospital for observation, as his breathing was rapid and strained and his temperature high. We're home now, armed with steroid based medication to help his breathing and he seems to be on the mend already.
Phew! I can't imagine how awful it would be to have a child that had to spend extended time in hospital, or dealing with a chronic illness.
Six months in, we are so grateful to have this bouncy baby boy in our family. Grateful for his sweet presence, grateful for all he is teaching us and especially grateful for his health.
Kicks off today!
Let's celebrate feeding our babies the way nature intended!
all images via my pinterest
It can be easy, hard, amazing, boring, painful, impossible, effortless, convenient, weird, wonderful, ordinary, mysterious and mundane. All on the same day.
Ivo is going great guns with his feeding now. When he was first born I was expecting to pick up where I had left off with Bay. I thought that 15 months of feeding her had sufficiently toughened my nipples up so I wouldn't have to put up with painful feeding second time round. Guess again. For the first few weeks it was that same old toe curling sensation as I was 'broken in' again, accompanied with a sense of dread every time he wanted to feed (every 2hrs or less round the clock) Anytime anybody suggested "I think he's hungry" I'd give them a death stare.
Both my kids have quite short frenulums and are probably borderline tounge-ties, although I resisted getting either of them snipped. Despite apparently good latches in both cases it's only been once their mouths had grown a bit bigger that I can feed in comfort. It definitely got better quicker the second time round... and at least there was none of that self doubt or wondering if I was doing it right.. But the fact that it hurt again took me by surprise.
Ivo is a voracious feeder but he is much more business-like than Bay ever was. He has his fill, then wants to move on.. whereas Bay used to bliss out and would have lingered all day if I would allow it! I would regularly feed her to sleep, but not so much with Ivo. Breastfeeding doesn't seem to lull him into that deep relaxed state in the same way. He is quite a spewy baby and prefers to be upright for a while after a feed. So I usually give him about 45 minutes before putting to sleep, otherwise he inevitably ends up in a puddle of vomit. But he is like a vacuum cleaner and is certainly getting his fair share of milk.. at 4.5months he's weighing in at 8kg.. the same as what Bay weighed at 6mo!
It really is funny and surprising how different they can be. But I'm very grateful I've been able to offer both my children this gift.
Phew! Have finally finished off the last of the Thank You Notes for all the generous gifts and kind wishes we received upon Ivos' arrival!
I'm not very technical so just went straight to Vistaprint, chose a template, uploaded my photos and added text. I selected a high gloss photo finish with a blank reverse side for a handwritten thank you message
I love the weird and wonderful facial expressions that babies pull. I couldn't settle on one photo so used my top three.. the last pic is probably my favourite! hehe
I was looking back at Bays' Thank You notes and had a bit of a laugh over that photo of her. I'm scratching my head now wondering if that was really the best photo I could find? I remember at the time thinking she just looked like the cutest thing ever, but now with the passage of time I'm thinking Hmmm. Haha but I still love looking back at that funny little face!
Some more of our low tech home made Thankyou Notes here
I've received a package today that was almost too good to open...
Yippee!! my order from PaulandPaula
Isn't that the most gorgeous packaging?
Inside were two pairs of super cool pants for my super cool boy.
Can't wait for Ivo to grow into them.. Won't be too long I think, he has already jumped up into the 90th percentile.
I'm finding that you have to look a little bit harder for awesome boys clothes, but they are out there.. somewhere
If anyone has any good recommendations for cool boys clothes, please share!
Ivo has been given some beautiful gifts... As always, the handmade items are particularly special
My lovely Mother In Law knitted him this beautiful stretchy jumper. She saw the bright red and blue wool and guessed (correctly!) that I'd love the colour combo regardless of boy or girl.. Not that I was even pregnant at that stage, but someone was obviously keen for another grandchild- no pressure! haha
One of my close friends Mums made this little bear, it has his birthdate embroidered on the back.. She also made one for Bay when she was born, they now make a very cute pair!
She also made this personalised little vest and beanie, with his name stitched in the waistband. I can't wait for some cooler weather!
Another close friends' Mum made this gorgeous patchwork quilt for him! It's perfect for him to have a stretch and a kick on our otherwise hard and cold tile floor, and gives Bay lots to talk about, as she likes to chat about the different scenes and animals in the various patches
My Nan (Bay & Ivos' Great Grandmother) made this little doll for him, which is kinda cute!
We're lucky to have such clever people in our lives who are willing to put time and energy into making such lovely mementos..
I'm happy to report that most of my jobs have been done! Good thing because we are leaving town tomorrow! (weather permitting!)
The main thing left to do is orgnise a new baby car seat for Baby2, but that can wait until we are in Perth, as we've decided The Mister will drive our car down when he comes mid-month. This means I can shop for a new car seat in Perth and then make sure it is correctly installed at kidsafewa. It will also save us having to hire a car or rely on borrowing from my Parents.. Another advantage is The Mister can bring down some extra stuff when he comes.. like the portacot and double pram..
The pram (generously handed down to us by a friend) is an old Valco Runabout. It's a 3 wheeler, with a fully reclining seat for the newborn and the toddler seat above, rather than underneath. The Mister has pumped up the tyres, replaced a loose screw and I've washed and vacuumed it and it's come up really nice.
I was reluctant to spend big money on a brand new double pram as not sure how long we'll need it for. For quick trips to the shops I'm more likely to take baby in the sling and let Bay walk or sit in the shopping trolley. And I know it won't be long before the baby is old enough for a lightweight stroller. But some pavement pounding is inevitable in the early days and having the toddler seat will come in handy for those stinking hot afternoons where Bay is walking slowly (or wanting to run the other way).
Here she is giving it a test run. She loves sitting so high and keeps climbing in and asking to be taken for "more rides please Mummy" Due to the wet weather we are unfortunately limited to bog laps of our back patio.
My other main mission complete has been to make space in Bays' room for the new Baby.
We are in a 3 bedroom house and I am keen to keep the 2nd bedroom as a spare room/office, if possible. The plan is for Baby2 to stay in our room for the first 3-6 months and once he/she is sleeping reasonably well (we can hope!) we'll move them in together.
Bay has been sleeping happily through the night in her big bed for the last few months so the cot is all ready for the new baby to use as soon as they are ready. I'm hoping this works out, as we do more and more office work with the Business and I really want to keep the space for visitors.
Not many people seem to do the shared room thing these days which is interesting.. My Sister and I shared a room until I was 15! When my parents finally did an extention on their house and we got our own room, it felt weird to be sleeping alone and we used to have 'sleepovers' in each others rooms almost every night. I'm sure our parents were thrilled after they spent all that money making the house bigger.
Here are some snazzy shared kids rooms tha tshows it can be done!
All from Pinterest of course!
So with all this stuff crossed off my list I just have to pack our bags and get ready for our flight to Perth which will hopefully be leaving tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed.
It is a bit of a pain having to leave town to have a baby- mainly because it means being away from The Mister for a few weeks, having to pay for accomodation while we are in Perth and the disruption to Bays routine when she will already have some pretty major change to deal with.
But on the plus side, once I'm down there it will finally be time for Resting instead of Nesting! And it will be great to be back around some helping hands. And of course I'm really excited to have some time to spend with our Perth friends and family!
I have less than 2 weeks in town now before we head to the city to wait for Baby 2.
Here's how that list is looking.
I feel like I have been FLAT OUT sorting, washing, folding, cleaning and re-arranging.. so surprising that there aren't more items crossed off.
This nesting is quite tiring and I'm feeling a bit run down today, but determined to persevere with my jobs!
I am lucky enough to have the house to myself so going to head to the video shop, get something light and trashy to watch while I sort through the 4 big boxes of Bays' clothes. It seems a bit ridiculous to me that she even has that many clothes.. and we need to make room for Baby2, so it's time to downsize.
I'm rather sentimental about her clothes, and find it hard to be ruthless (hence the four massive storage boxes). Obviously if Baby2 is another a girl I'll have an excuse to keep lots of them.. but plan to have them already organsised into a boxes for Giveaway incase it's a boy.
Then I think maybe cleaning out the medicine box is another good job that can be done in front of TV.. This is much better than being at work :)