• helping others,  Parenting,  pregnancy,  Uncategorized

    Before I forget: 5 useful things for people with babies.

    OK, so time is moving faaaaaaast right now. How can the Little Miss be 15 months old – a toddler with attitude – already? I am trying (through the sleepless nights and the teething and the weird fussy food moments) to soak up every moment of her little-ness. I don’t want to forget! She’s the precious completion of our family so I don’t want time to get away from me and then I’m suddenly a mother of teenagers and I’m like WTF JUST HAPPENED? I mean, I know that will still actually happen, but I want to remember the ‘little’ moments well. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve…

  • marriage,  Parenting,  Weekly Wrap Up

    2019: Weekly Wrap Up #9

    Here’s a re-cap of my 9th week of 2019. It was very productive, despite my anxiety popping up here and there. I think the previous couple of weeks had really knocked me around. February 26 – Tuesday Today was one of those awesome ‘smug mummy’ days. You know when you feel like just for those few moments you were nailing it as a parent? Like you actually felt like a real grown up parent? via GIPHY The Little Miss had her routine appointment with the community health nurse and everything went really well. She was hitting all of the developmental targets and she was really engaging and well behaved (except…

  • Little Miss,  milestones,  Parenting,  Weekly Wrap Up

    2019 Weekly Wrap Up #8

    It’s amazing how recording a little bit about my day – every single day without fail – in my little paper journal has really made me look closely at my life and how I want to live it. There’s nowhere to hide from the not so great stuff that could be improved on and there’s an amazing honesty about it. There’s also something good in every day and there’s been so much clarity about the make up of my 2019 so far. To be honest, this year has been more stressful than it should have been and I think I might have just ‘got used to it’ and become more…

  • Celebrations,  just some thoughts,  Little Miss,  milestones,  Parenting

    My baby is turning 1.

    “Aw how old is she? About 8 months?” asked the young looking check out operator at the local Woolies. “She’s almost 1!” I said, thinking it was cute that he’d had a stab at it anyway.“I’ve got a 21 month old and when she was little we were always wishing for her to get older so it would get easier, but now she’s up and into everything!”Ah, no wonder my 11 month old looked so young to him. Anyone younger than his lively toddler probably seemed so little and a distant memory to him now! I said, “Yeah. We look back with rose coloured glasses, don’t we? Those days you…

  • Little Miss,  milestones,  Parenting

    A letter to the Little Miss: 10 months old.

    Dear Little Miss, You’ve been in our lives (out of my belly that is) for just over 10 months now. Things are pretty awesome right now. See, the thing is, I’ve spent so long trying to figure you out. Since you were born, you kind of kept your cards close to your chest about who you might be one day. I knew you needed to take your time to figure things out – new places, new people. I know you love me and you’re my little koala and as much as you love everyone else in the family, you have always given me the best, snuggliest cuddles (shh don’t tell…

  • just some thoughts,  Little Miss,  Little Mister,  milestones,  Parenting,  Pet Peeves,  Uncategorized

    My children don’t get equal billing on social media & I have no remorse about it.

    So right now I have a nine and a half month old and a just turned 7 year old. I’ll come right out and say that I know my second baby is currently getting more online air time than my firstborn. I also know that some people (OK so like 2) have decided that this is something they want me to know about, like I’m oblivious or something. I am sure many more people may have made private judgements. Here is my reasoning and my defence and then I do not want to speak about it anymore. I might get a little feisty, so hold onto your hats. If you…

  • Inspiration,  just some thoughts,  Little Miss,  Little Mister,  milestones,  Parenting,  travel

    Who the hell goes camping with a baby? Us. We do.

    Holy shit. We’re doing it. We’re going camping soon. For the first time in 2 years! And the first time with an 8 month old baby (the Little Mister was 14 months old the first time we took him). We are finally starting to feel like we might just somehow, miraculously pull this off. We’ve bought some new supplies, made a crapload of lists and it’s been very exciting chatting with our friends about it (there’s going to be a massive group of us)! It could not be coming at a better time and I am thanking past Kez (and our friends who invited us) for this big time! At…

  • Celebrations,  milestones,  Parenting

    6 months with the Little Miss.

    Today, the Little Miss turns 6 months old. I’ve been her mum for half a year. I cannot decide if time has absolutely flown by or whether it’s gone by painfully slowly. I think there’s a saying? Something about the days being long but the months/years being short? I think it’s that. I wanted to write about the both of us at this milestone, so here goes… The Little Miss Oh, she is so gorgeous. I am absolutely, 100% biased of course. She’s had her challenging moments (as all babies do), but I see a determined little person who takes life a little seriously. But that does not mean she…

  • Parenting

    Flexible.

    OK. So I am obsessed with asking myself if I’m teaching my baby to be ‘flexible’ enough. No, I am not talking about teeny tiny baby yoga. I am talking about breaking routine just enough that she becomes adaptable and as easy going as possible, in order to make our lives easier and her potential future anxiety less intrusive on her short little life. For example, having her get used to exploring places she’s never been (by ‘exploring’ I mean being taken there against her will because she’s a little baby and can’t decide jack shit). Or by having her accept that sometimes we’ll go out at night time and…

  • Happy List,  Parenting,  Useful Stuff

    Happy List #51: The Little Things.

    Sometimes when parenting a baby, it’s the little things that can make you happy. Here are some of the things that give me joy these days. Sundays On Sundays, I get to sleep in. Until at least 7am. Because my husband is not riding his bike or working and he is able to help out. He has to get up early anyway to do some more work stuff from home which sucks but he has no choice and he gets it done. I also get to shower without being screamed at by a very small human. You see, during the week I am not one of those mums who doesn’t…