The End of an Era – Retiring vs starting the school journey

Noel Brady Daniel's baptism3 months old 5 years old

The End of An Era

In order to have new beginnings, there must be an ending. Noel’s words from his last homily as our parish priest.

I’ve been reminiscing and reflecting on a lot of things lately (our very good friend Noel, one of them) and with tomorrow being the first day of primary school for my baby boy I can’t help but want to just stop time in its tracks and hold him in a tight, big, bear hug for just that little bit longer.


Fun and functional travel essential – Trunki suitcase

Fun & Functional – Trunki, a Kid’s Ultimate Travel Essential

Sun’s out, kids are out and it’s got me reminiscing about our holiday this time last year. It was our first trip taking Hannah overseas and the thought of going through airport queues and waiting in lines made me a little nervous. Not to mention thinking about what to pack, how to pack it and how we’d go with a single pram instead of double – Mr D and Little Miss H were 3 years old and 9 months back then so I was really thinking we’d need a double pram. But because we had this amazing little thing called a Trunki, traveling was a breeze! This little suitcase designed for kids truly did make the travel time as exciting as the destination itself!

Here are 5 reasons why we love our Trunki!:

I first saw these in the airport when we were dropping our parents off for one of their many traveling adventures. I remember seeing how happy this kid was being rolled around the winding queues and thought to myself that when I travel with kids I think I need to get one of those! Turns out they’re not only fun for the kids but for us parents too. Hashtag, Winning!


We used our Trunki as carry on and it fit nicely in the compartment above our seats on the plane. It’s carry on size meant that we could fit nappies, spare clothes, snacks, toys and activities all in one place. Our little 3 year old loved the fact that he had his own little suitcase that he even started packing it himself when we first bought it. Of course I went in when he wasn’t looking and re-packed it nice and neatly, rolling up the clothes and making sure I made use of the space.


We love the cheerfully bright colours that the Trunki comes in and since its birth in 2006 there have been various different animals and themed Trunkis that have been released. My son wanted the orange tiger designed named Tipu pretending he was riding Tipu through the jungle – so many different uses! I think the bright yellow Bernard Bee one is super cute and of course you can’t go wrong with your own personalized version where you can pick your own colours and design it yourself! Daniel loves his Trunki so much that he even wanted to buy his little cousin Maddy one – we bought her the pink Trixie Trunki.


With its infamous appearance in the UK series, Dragon’s Den, creator Rob Law and his team of imagineers believe in making every journey just as enjoyable as the destination. With each year comes improvement in design and function. We love that our Trunki comes with a strap that you can either use to pull your child along or clip it onto the other side and use it as a handbag strap to carry the Trunki on your shoulder!

Horn-like handle bars is what our 3yo holds on to as he zooms around and the curved design makes the Trunki a comfortable seat when waiting around. It is also well-made and super sturdy.


A suitcase that you can ride on – now that’s a winner for both the kids and us parents. One, we don’t have to strain ourselves having to carry all our luggage plus a tired, grumpy toddler and two, the kids have a tonne of fun whizzing through the terminal to the boarding gates.

Traveling home from Manila with two kids and a truckload of pasalubong (gifts).


Inside the Trunki there is a little elastic pocket to organize your things and also a strap or ‘seatbelt’ to hold your little toy travellers or clothes in place. The Trunki design has evolved through the years and built in stabilisers help to prevent Mr D from toppling over. The case is sturdy, solid and very well made. Rubber around the edges helps from little fingers getting hurt when closing and the wheels roll very smoothly. The Trunki even has a little key that you can use to lock your child’s all important treasures with.

The first trip we took the Trunki on was an overseas flight where we boarded a cruise that took us from Hong Kong to Xiamen to Okinawa then back to Hong Kong. From waiting in check in queues, flying through to the boarding gates like we were on a magic broom, then more walking through the cruiseline check in hall and boarding the ship, the Trunki made everything so much easier exploring the world with our then 3yo and 9 month old. Since then we’ve used the Trunki on road trips, sleepovers and weekend adventures, as well as a trip to the Philippines where it proved very useful as a seat when waiting around. I wouldn’t recommend using it on the streets and paths – it is much more useful on smooth surfaces like airports, hotels and boarding halls.

We love our Trunki and would highly recommend it to parents of children 3+ as a fun and functional travel essential. We’ve used it so many times and it still looks good as new!

If you’re interested in reading more about our travels and pick up some tips along the way check out my post about Our First Time Cruising Traveling to the Philippines and our Ultimate Guide to Kidzania Manila.

If local travel is more your style then check out our post featuring Portarlington and its famous mussels, and take a trip to a magical forest in Warburton.

What other travel essentials would you recommend when traveling with kids?

Have a great week and remember to enjoy the ride as much as the destination! xoxo

Touching down in Hong Kong with our two sleeping beauties!This is all the luggage we took (plus our handcarry bags) for 2 adults, 1 preschooler and 1 toddler when we went on a 9 day holiday Melbourne – Hong Kong – Xiamen, China – Okinawa, Japan – Hong Kong then back to Melbourne #travelinglight

All smiles as we depart for our first trip overseas as a family of four!

Our holiday to the Philippines earlier this year included a lot of domestic flights as well but travelling light was key to a fabulous holiday – that and the fact that we travelled with family as a party of 12 so many hands make light work!

Mama Mondays – 12 months post partum update

Mama Mondays – 12 months post partum update

…and twelve months later we have a one year old!

Height/Weight: Last time we weighed her, Hannah was almost 9kg. Our check up with the nurse is next week so we’ll get more of measurement details then. She is still fitting into some size O clothes and is now wearing a few more size 1 pieces of clothing. It just depends what brand it is. She has started growing out of her adorable Bobux shoes and they’re so comfy and cute that I’ll have to get her some more. The Attipas sock shoes are still fitting well and even more so now that she’s standing up a lot more and trying to walk along the furniture.

Routine/Sleep: This past month Hannah is slowly dropping her third nap. She normally wakes up around 6:30am which is a little later than last month (thank goodness!) and by 9:30-10am she’s ready for her first nap of the day – anywhere from one to three hours long! Then after lunch she’ll nap again at around 1:30 or so. It’ll be another long nap, especially if she’s in the car driving somewhere. After dinner Hannah loves playing and hanging out with Daddy and Daniel and then she loves going to bed cuddling Daddy at around 8.30pm. Unless her gums and teeth are really hurting, Hannah is now sleeping through most of the night.

Eating/Feeding: I think Hannah had her last breastfeed on the weekend 🙁 It’s so bittersweet. Amongst all the complaining about breasts hurting, feeling hard or swollen or nipples feeling cracked, pulled on and bitten, nothing can take away that content and close feeling I had when we just hung out together on the couch or bed while I watched my body nourish her and help her grow. Now she doesn’t need me in that way anymore I feel kind of sad. But then at the same time I feel like I can now start doing things for me like going to the gym and getting a lot more exercise than before. I’m really going to miss breastfeeding but I feel like thirteen months is long enough and now that Hannah is eating everything she sees, it’s comforting to now that she’ll get her nourishment from lots of different, yummy sources!

Hannah has finally drunk milk out of a bottle! The other day Wes got so excited – he was sitting quietly with her on a couch and he got up and held an empty bottle in the air like it was some sort of trophy! Hannah had finished a whole bottle of milk while watching the news or some tv show on the couch! She’s not as attached to it though and there are days and nights where she goes without it and just drinks milk and water from her cup. I’m not even sure what brand or type of bottle it is because she got it as a birthday present, so thank you to the person that got it for us!

Milestones: It was like once one tooth cut through, all of them decided to show up because in a matter of three weeks, Hannah went from one tooth to six teeth! Now she has a seventh tooth cutting through the bottom gum. This has meant that she has been eating so much more because she seems to love biting through everything like bread and fruit! Go Hannah!
Her hair is also getting quite long and messy now. It’s at that in between stage where it looks a little short to tie up but it’s long enough to look super messy. We’re still trying to figure out what to do to make it look more neater and so far we’ve found that little clips work well on top of her head. If I try and use a hair tie she tends to pull it out straight away.
Hannah is still content crawling around and crawling up the stairs and isn’t walking yet! She did however stand for a few seconds all on her own while Wes was playing with her so she’s working on her balance and strength and slowly getting there! Hannah absolulely loves dancing and by dancing I mean she holds out her arms and ever so delicately moves her hands in such a pretty motion I swear she’s training to be a Disney Princess or an orchestra conductor.
In the past few weeks it was Hannah’s first time playing dress ups. We celebrated her first twelve months on this earth with family and friends at Croc’s Play Centre. Daniel was adamant that he wanted a dress up party after seeing a Woody costume at Big W, and since they had a joint birthday party, their theme was Supermagical with superheroes and princesses in enthusiastic attendance! Hannah dressed up as Cinderella and Daniel finally got to wear his Woody costume which he had been wanting to parade around in for weeks! Then two days later we attended a Halloween party at my brother and sister-in-law’s house so Hannah dressed up last minute and even let Kaie put some make up on her. What a doll!

The biggest milestone to date is that Hannah celebrated her first birthday! So this time last year I was screaming my head off after giving birth to Hannah wondering what the H was going on down there as the doctors and midwives tried to stop my post partum bleeding. I thought once I’d given birth the pain would be over, but this time round the pain was excruciating as they tried to figure out why I was bleeding so much. Reading back on Hannah’s birth story here still gives me the chills. So for those of you who ask about baby number three – I don’t think so buddy! That was just way too much.
Fast forward one year (and gosh has it been super fast) and now Hannah is playing with her big brother, loving the beach and knows just how to get anything she wants from Daddy by tilting her head and flashing him that pretty little smile of hers.

It’s been a hectic couple of months for this hard working mama. I think I was worrying so much about who would look after Hannah when I went back to work and worrying about whether I was doing the right thing by leaving her that I stressed out and now my hair is falling out. I have an appointment with the specialist on Thursday and am hoping that it goes back to normal but seriously I don’t know why I worried so much. Everything has turned out so well and Hannah sleeps so much better now and I love having two days on my own continuously learning new things and being back in the city. I have really learnt lately to stop worrying about what other people think and also learn to say no to some things and to clear out my weekly calendar to spend more time with family at home or exploring the great outdoors. We’ve visited some beautiful places lately like the Redwood Forest in Warburton and recently I finally had the chance to laze around at the Peninsula Hot Springs – it is totally my new happy place! I can’t wait to take the family there.

How are you doing lately? Feeling relaxed as the year ends? Or overwhelmed?
What can you say no to in order to make room for some down time?Hannah totally loves her big brother and is always wanting to play with him and his cars. We hardly have any dolls in the house and if it weren’t for her party and the generous gifts she received, there’d be nothing but monster trucks everywhere! Now she is obsessed with this little play cat and cat carrier that she got from one of our dear friends. She loves it because there’s lots of buttons that play different types of music and meow sounds. She wiggles away happily with her hands twirling in the air as soon as a tune comes on!It is just the best feeling ever to see brother and sister playing together and especially watching Daniel look out for Hannah making sure she’s safe and ok. Sometimes he doesn’t want her touching his nicely lined up cars and train tracks but for the most part, he is so attentive to what she wants.These two little munchkins have been so lucky having gone on lots of roadtrips and sleepovers lately. Just the past weekend we stayed over in Rye for a friend’s 30th birthday and everyone had such a great time. Sun, sand, beach, friends, family and food – what more could you want. She ALWAYS has her foot up while she eats – is that a Filo thing? I keep trying to put it down but she just creeps it back onto the table again. Manners Hannah, manners!

Mama Mondays – 10 & 11 months post partum update

The Urban Ma blog post partum updates
Mama Mondays – 10 & 11 month 
post partum update

Only a few weeks to go and our baby girl turns the big O-N-E! We had such an exciting couple of months recently with our first ever trip overseas as a family of four! So this post is both a ten and eleven month update rolled into one.

Height/Weight: Hannah is growing fast and we haven’t had a maternal nurse check up this month but she already feels a lot taller and heavier! She is currently fitting into size 0 and 1 clothes and some of her dresses are still size 3-6 months old! Not sure if the label is wrong or maybe that brand just has bigger sizing.

Routine/Sleep: This month Hannah has been waking up at around 6am and sometimes even as eearly as 5:30am…she has been going to bed at around 8-8:30pm so I’m not quite sure why she’s up so damn early! Naps are still happening at around 2-3 times during the day depending on what we’re doing and she always falls asleep in the car.

Eating/Feeding: I breastfed Daniel until he was thirteen months and I think Hannah will probably be feeding until about the same age. We have already started to slowly eliminate her night feeds. The hubby sleeps with her in our room and I sleep with Daniel in his room so she can’t smell me at all. When this is the arrangement we are able to have her sleep straight through the night. Like Daniel, Hannah loves sleeping with one of us, especially her big brother so her cot has become just a play pen!
Hannah is eating practically everything and anything. She has tried a little bit of peanuts, honey and cows milk just in this past week and she hasn’t had any reactions. She loves to hold her food and whilst she hasn’t started using a spoon on her own yet, she is getting lots in her mouth by getting her hands dirty! The other night she had a gherkin in one hand and a spear of asparagus in the other and was alternating gobbling up the two. She loves eating oranges and lemons and doesn’t even flinch at the sourness, she just keeps eating until only the rind is left.

Hannah has still not taken to drinking milk from a bottle and I think she’ll end up skipping that all together. We bought her a drink bottle from Disneyland as a souvenir and the first time we gave it to her she couldn’t figure out how the straw worked – she kept tilting the bottle to get her water. After only the second time of giving it to her she had quickly figured out how to suck the water up the straw. Babies are so smart!

10 months post partum update

Milestones: Our baby girl finally has teeth!! Two weeks ago her bottom tooth cut through and then just this weekend we saw one of her top central incisors also make an appearance. It looks like there are three more top teeth waiting to erupt any day now. I tried so hard to take a photo of them because this will be the only time we’ll ever see her cute little gums like this but it was impossible with her moving around so much. I’ll have to get the hubby to help me. And to think just two weeks ago we were wondering when her teeth were going to come! – Daniel’s first tooth erupted when he was eight months.
no-teeth-yet“Where are my teeth?!!!”
hannah-asparagus“It’s all good – I can still eat without them!”

Hannah sounds like a little beat boxer in the making at the moment. The sounds she makes are so funny! She is still constantly babbling out words I can’t quite recognise but more than twice already we heard her say what we swear sounds like “hello!”. She absolutely love it when I ask her “What does the sheep say?” because she giggles as soon as I say “Baa-baa”. She must think that sound is so funny!

Hannah can stand and sit herself down easily now while she’s holding onto something and is still yet to master standing on her own.  At ten months old Hannah went on her first ever trip on a plane! We went to Hong Kong and from there boarded an amazing cruise and I posted part one of the trip last week.  

Both Daniel and Hannah were so excited being on a plane and on the cruise. They were well-behaved as we kept them occupied with lots of games and food. As long as both of them have food, it seems they couldn’t have a care in the world! Daniel has been planning his next “family holiday adventure” ever since we got back. He’s been obsessed with making collages.

How cute are the hand/foot printed cards the kids made for Daddy!Our personalised Mickey ears! Happy 7th wedding anniversary!

We celebrated both Fathers Day and our wedding anniversary while on our holiday. The kids had an absolutely blast! Can you tell? Hannah’s face says it all – that smile melts me every single time!img_2874

This past month Daniel and Hannah also watched their first ever live stage show. We watched some shows on the cruise and also at Hong Kong Disneyland. The live music and singing and dancing has them both mesmerised – I’m glad it wasn’t just me enthralled by the singing Disney princessses hehe!


Lately this mama has not been eating very nutritious foods at all. So I feel like I was much more fit at eight months post part I’m and now. I really need to get my butt into gear. Luckily Daniel is such an active little boy. He wants to go for a bike ride every minute of the day so at least that pushes me to get some walking done. My eczema flared up quite badly towards the end of our trip, especially the first week back home. Not sure if it was the weather or my bad diet but after heaps of moisturising twice a day and getting a new script, my skin is now slowly healing and feeling smooth again.

Hannah’s first piggy tales! Hannah’s hair is growing and at that awkward stage where it gets so messy if I put a headband on. It’s still short but strangely long enough to look wild when it’s not held back with a clipThank you Kids Business for our family night at the movies! xx

Movies with a toddler?

The firsts kept rolling in these past couple months as we took Hannah with us to the movies for the first time. With no one to babysit and Daniel wanting so badly to see Storks, we decided to go. I had my snacks, toys and patience packed and ready so that we wouldn’t be disturbing anyone in the theatre. We watched the 7.20pm session and after having some dinner and a bit of playing on the seats Hannah fell asleep towards the end of the movie since it was her bedtime. All in all a successful night out phew! If you have to bring along a toddler to the movies then our top tips would be:

1) pack lots of food
2) bring quiet things for them to play with
3) watch a session that is during their down time, not a session that’s just after they’ve woken up
4) book seats where you have easy access to the exit in case you need to soothe them or they start making noise and,
5) be flexible! I don’t expect little ones to sit still through an entire movie so if they need to get up and about then at least you’re near the exit 🙂

Hope this helps if you want to go to the movies but need to bring a baby along!

Wishing you all have a wonderful week! And if you’re heading out this weekend you might want to check out this enchanting place. It’s just over an hour’s drive out of Melbourne so it’s a great day trip out to get some fresh air and indulge in stunning scenery.

What is your favourite road trip destination?


Mama Monday – Breastfeeding looks different for everyone


My Breastfeeding Journey 

Breastfeeding is different for everyone. Just as no one person’s journey through parenthood is the same, the breastfeeding journey comes with its own set of highs and lows. To be honest, I never really gave breastfeeding much thought until I became pregnant with Daniel. I’d seen all these stories in the news about women being shamed when breastfeeding in public or I’d hear of mums arguing with other mums about whether formula or breast milk was best. In my head I just thought, I’m sure they know what they’re doing, let them make their own decisions and let them be. Then as soon as we found out that we were going to be blessed with a little baby, I started paying more attention.

The Lead Up – When I found out that I was going to be a mama to a vulnerable but powerful little human being, something changed. In an instant it wasn’t just about me anymore. A tiny little person was in the making, and would be dependent on me for everything. Inside my belly he was growing…his little fingers and toes, his brain everything! All of a sudden, every decision I was making I was making for the both of us and I wanted was give him the best. So I spoke to friends, spoke to mum, read books like What to Expect When Expecting, resarched online, watched videos and research and, decided I wanted to try breastfeeding when Baby was born.2-hours-old

I stopped drinking and tried to get rest. I drank lots of water and followed suggestions from by OB about what things to eat. Being my first pregnancy I was so pedantic about checking everything I was eating to make sure it was fully cooked, thoroughly washed etc etc. When I was a baby Mum said that she had no milk and so I was put straight on formula while we were still in the hospital. I was hoping it would be different when it was my turn! Unlike some of my friends who were pregnant at the same time as me and whose bra sizes had increased significantly, my boobs stayed the same throughout my pregnancies. I was really hoping they’d get bigger! Why were they still small? I thought I was going to have no milk like Mum but that all changed as soon as Baby arrived.

The Arrival: My boobs started to become a little fuller in the very last couple of weeks of pregnancy. I got excited that I could finally use my new maternity bras (nowadays I’m more looking forward to the day I can wear those sexy lacy bras again!). I was fortunate to have an extremely quick, albeit dramatic, labour (I gave birth to my son in the passenger seat of our car as my husband sped over the Westgate. Second time around I made it to the hospital in time for Hannah!). As soon as we got to the hospital and the OB and midwives checked that me and Baby Daniel were okay, Daniel was put on my chest where he seemed to just magically work his way up to start feeding…it was the most amazing thing to see. Hannah was exactly the same. As soon as she was born she was placed on my chest, and even without opening her eyes she just wriggled her way up towards my boobs and started feeding. I was enthralled.hannah's first feedThis is what an exhausted mama and daughter looks like one day post partum

The midwives taught me how to hold Baby in the optimal position for feeding and then away he went. Being tired from giving birth I don’t remember it hurting right at the start but what I do remember were the contraction type pains in my tummy as my uterus slowly shrunk back in to place with each feed. There was no milk yet, but there was the “liquid gold” – colostrum that was rich in nutrients that Baby needed. The nurses were very encouraging and I knew that I just had to keep Baby feeding in order for the milk to come through. That’s where it was different for my Mum. From the stories I hear about back in the day it didn’t sound like they were as encouraging about breastfeeding as they are now because Mum said they just put me on formula straight away. These days they are very aware that the milk can take anywhere from a few days to weeks to come through so they were very encouraging of my decision to decide to try breastfeeding. It helps to have supportive midwives and I loved that the hospital had a breastfeeding room and dedicated lactation consultant available for us whenever we needed. I think it really helped that I was made to feel at ease and relaxed. Stressing out doesn’t help and I think a baby is so in tune with its mama that he/she can sense what you’re going through and stressing out will stress them out.keep calm

Those first few days: When Daniel latched on immediately after being born I thought, wow this is so easy I wonder what everyone is complaining about? But then the next day my nipples were so sore and it felt like I was doing it wrong. Was I holding him in the wrong position? Is he not latching on properly? The midwives came and showed me that he really had to get the whole nipple in his mouth and it seemed like they just shoved it in his face LOL! I was thinking oh my goodness how can he breathe if it’s that far in? But the midwives showed me and assured me that he was just fine. As soon as they did that, I could see the difference and Daniel was latched on much better. However my nipples felt so sore and raw. Luckily for my baby shower I was given Lasinoh which I had packed in my hospital bag and it helped a lot to ease the pain. I remember Daniel preferring the right boob over the left and I would dread every session when it was time to alternate him to the left one. It hurt so much because it felt so raw but I kept thinking, it’ll be ok, just keep going and it will get better. And it did.

My mum took time off work for both of my pregnancies so that she could be there for me after giving birth. With Daniel, Mum and Papa cooked lots of soupy Filipino dishes like Nilaga and Tinola which contained a lot of water and helped me keep hydrated whilst breastfeeding – it’s surprising just how thirsty you get when you breastfeed. I always kept a water bottle with me when Daniel was a baby. When I came home from the hospital with Hannah, it was my cousins who prepared an amazing feast for me with lots of veggies and a Filipino dish called Bulalo. I was so happy to have everyone around. That’s one thing that a new mama needs – food! So if you’ve got a friend that pregnant or new to the parenting world, a simple drop off of a tasty home cooked meal is a small but super helpful gesture that does wonders.
I remember Mum would also just pop over in the evenings after she finished work and clean. She cleaned the kitchen and benchtops up so that all the dishes were clean and the clutter gone. Again it may seem small but it makes the biggest different waking up to a clean house instead of a messy, cluttered one. Thank you Mum…you’re the best.


The first couple of weeks: I left the hospital feeling well equipped with what I needed to be able to continue breastfeeding at home without the help of the nurses. A close workmate gifted me with a breastfeeding pillow which I found really handy especially with Baby being so small. Just as I thought everything was going well, the first night home after all our visitors had left, I suddenly felt extremely dizzy, feverish and sick as I climbed upstairs to go to bed. I was so weak that the hubby had to practically carry me into bed. My boobs were killing me and they were so hard…like rocks. Hubby was so worried he called the 24hour doctor and explained my symptoms. He was told that I needed to feed the baby and that would ease the pain. I couldn’t even hold Daniel or move at all, that’s how sick I was feeling, so the hubby lay me on my side and positioned Daniel so that he could feed. It was probably only about fifteen minutes in total that I all of a sudden felt so sick but as soon as Daniel started feeding, I felt a hundred times better and my boobs softened and stopped hurting. I must’ve not alternated my feeds evenly between my left and right boob. I was using a hair tie to try and remember which side Baby fed from last but I must’ve forgot to change wrists! So many things to remember! – it makes it hard when you’re running on minimal hours of sleep and navigating your way through those first few weeks of becoming a new mama and a tired wife.
One thing I continued to do from the hospital is track my feeding times. I used my “notepad” on my iPhone but now Medela have this super handy app (MyMedela app) where you can not only track feeding times but where they have a whole bunch of useful information all in the once place. Best thing ever. The app includes a problem solving centre with commonly asked questions, information on your baby’s progress and so much more. It means you can have just one thing open on your phone and spend more time closely bonding with Baby…especially helpful during those midnight and 3am feeds.
During those first couple of months when Baby was still finding a routine and I was up at all hours of the evening morning, I spent most of my time on our Snuggle couch. It is the most comfiest corner of our house and I ended up watching Larry Emdur on the morning show, I thought he was so funny lol! With Hannah I watched the whole Glee series in those first couple of months when she was awake around the clock. Even though it was exhausting being up all the time and not getting enough sleep I miss those times. Those peaceful times when it would just be Daniel/Hannah and I awake while it was still dark. So much closeness. It was these precious times on our own in the stillness of the night that were some of the most moving moments of motherhood in the early days.

Out and about: I am so grateful that Daniel and I worked well together. He was a good eater…still is. Hannah was exactly the same, thank goodness, and so it was even easier with her because I had done it all before. One thing I had learnt to do with Daniel was the art of feeding in public without looking too obvious. I used to be the most shy person who ever lived on this earth and even though I am a lot more outgoing now, I am still a little reserved depending on the situation. On my first trip to a shopping centre one month after Daniel was born, he started crying and being a first-time parent I freaked out that he was crying and being so noisy so I didn’t make it to the parents room – I just wanted to feed him straight away to stop him from crying in front of everyone (so different the second time around haha!) I had a light weight scarf with me and dressed in a tshirt with a singlet underneath. So instead of just pulling my top’s neckline down and feeding that way with my chest exposed, I did it the other way. I pulled up my tshirt from the bottom, and fed Daniel as discreetly as I could (I have eczema and have had it since birth so I still get a bit conscious about that every now and then). Even my friends commented that it just looked like I was holding Daniel while he slept. With Hannah, I found these amazing Nursing Mama singlets that are made specifically for breastfeeding with a slit in the middle for quick and easy access. I wish I had these when Daniel was a baby…I now have one in every colour and wear them even when I don’t have the kids with me as they are the softest piece of clothing and doesn’t make me feel itchy.boobsNursing Mama crew
Pumping and Going Out – Along with What to Expect When You’re Expecting, one of the many baby books I read was Save Our Sleep. It was recommended to me by a friend and so I tried to follow along with some of the routines in there including pumping my breast milk for Daniel to take through a bottle. It worked up until Daniel was three months old but after that I just couldn’t get him sleeping on his own so we ended up co-sleeping, which now I look back on and treasure. He’s grown up so fast I can’t believe how quickly time passes and I’m so glad we shared a million cuddles together. Everyone is different though and that’s why I’ve found the reading to be helpful to try different things to see what works for you and for baby. Everyone is different. With Daniel the hubby bought me a manual pump which was ok. The second time around, the hubby bought me the Medela Swing breast pump which another friend highly recommended and I wish we had bought it earlier. It is so quiet, convenient and gets the job done fast.

With both Daniel and Hannah, I ate a serve (or two) of ice cream every single day. When I’d go out for dinner I could eat the whole menu and know that Daniel would just suck it straight out haha! This time round with Hannah, the hubby and I have been trying to eat a lot more nutritious food and loads of vitamins and minerals.


Nearing the end: Daniel took breast milk from the bottle once a day until he was three months old. After that he refused the bottle and didn’t want a bar of formula so when I was coming up due to go back to work I started stressing out a little. I didn’t know how to wean him off the boob so I extended my maternity leave an extra four weeks. I breastfed Daniel until he was thirteen months old, until one day he suddenly bit me while he was latched on and I almost slapped him it hurt so much and caught me off guard! That was it. After that, I stopped feeding him and he went on to get his nutrients from food and cows milk. We now drink more almond milk which he seems to like with his Weet Bix 🙂

Hannah is like Daniel in the way that she is not interested in the bottle. Lately though she has started to drink from it… only a few mls but it’s still something! I am loving the below meme because it totally describes how breastfeeding is nowadays with Hannah. She pulls on me so much and twists and turns around it’s ridiculous! So funny! And  little painful. And right now she has this thing where she likes pinching and holding one of my boobs while she feeds on the other. Even though her pinching hurts a little, I’m enjoying these little cheeky moments with her because it won’t be long now until my whole breastfeeding journey comes to an end.

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When will my milk come?
My baby won’t stop crying? – Do I have enough milk? Is the milk too much for her?
How often should I feed?
When should I pump?
Is it supposed to hurt this much?
I’m due back at work – how long will it take to ween him off?

Almost four years since I first started breastfeeding after fluffing my way through so many questions and uncertainties, I now have so many memories to treasure and current moments with Hannah that I am desparately holding on to before it all ends. Some of my friends had an end-of-breastfeeding party when their little ones weaned off. Other friends hated the whole breastfeeding stage and couldn’t wait to stop. And some didn’t breastfeed at all. And you know what, that’s ok. Every mama out there is doing the best she can and trying the best way she knows how to raise a tiny little baby.Breastfeeding Hannah

We’re so lucky that these days there are so many resources available to us and with this year’s Breastfeeding Awareness Week having just passed, I’m feeling a little nostalgic knowing that this may be my last year of breastfeeding my baby. It has been a wonderful journey in which all the tiny joys of life together with the tough times, have enriched my life knowing that I have helped both my children grow and, strengthened the bonds I have with family and friends.

Just in case you missed it, I’d like to share a little video Medela put together featuring fellow bloggers and how breastfeeding was different for them.

Hopefully this helps you or your friend know that you are not alone when it comes to this journey. If you have any questions please comment below, tweet me, or send me a message via Instagram of Facebook. I love hearing your stories and knowing what you’d like me to post about next.

Good night -xx-

IMG_2724Flashback to when Daniel was only five months old…seems like just yesterday.

Mama Mondays – 8-9 months post partum update

9 months of funMama Mondays – 8 and 9 monthpost partum update

I can’t believe that it’s already the end of July and Hannah will be turning one in a few months.

Height/Weight: Hannah’s growing up fast and we got her checked and measured at the maternal child health nurse. She now weighs 9.9kgs! I was looking at hers and Daniel’s check up books and she is roughly around the same size as Daniel when Daniel was her age. Hannah is still fitting into size 0’s and with this cold, winter weather, she’s been wearing shoes more often. My favourites are Moccs Made With Love, Bobux and Attipas this month – they’re so easy to put on and don’t fall off as frequently as other brands plus they keep her little toes super warm.

Routine/Sleep: Hannah is now mostly having only two naps during the day time with the occasional three when she’s super tired or we’re driving around somewhere (she falls asleep in the car all the time!) She still isn’t sleeping straight through the night and the hubby loves it when she snuggles up next to him trying to find a comfy position.

Eating/Feeding: In her eighth month, Hannah loved being fed food that was mashed instead of being pureed. She liked feeling the texture and feeling like she was chewing something even though she still hasn’t got any teeth! Lately in her ninth month, I’ve found that she wants to be holding her food more and feeding herself, so she’s been eating lots of crackers, steamed veggies and fruit. We just need to keep an eye on her that she doesn’t bite off more than she can swallow. I love watching her little fingers trying to hold onto her food and her lips as she munches are so cute!

9 months post partum


p style=”text-align: center;”>Milestones: By her eighth month Hannah was well on her way at winning the fastest crawler award. If I turned my head for even just a couple of seconds, she’d disappear into the cupboard, under the dining table or behind the couch. She’s so quick to crawl now on her hands and knees instead of her caterpillar-type movement which she started off with. Currently in her ninth month Hannah has just started to stand up on the sides of the couch or ottoman – I think the fact that Daniel tries to keep some of his toys up there out of reach is Hannah’s main motivation for standing up!IMG_8754

Hannah is also quite the conversationalist constantly babbling to herself and Daniel and trying to talk in the middle of storytime before bed. The hubby swears he heard her repeat the word “propeller” to him while he read Daniel his book about pilots. I wouldn’t be surprised – she’s able to make so many different sounds now, I love watching her mouth and lips move. Cutest thing ever!

Daniel has been such a big help especially with Hannah being so fast at getting around the house these days. He always makes sure the floor is clean for her by taking of his shoes and putting them away as soon as we get home, and if he sees her touching something she shouldn’t, he stops her and turns her in another direction. Daniel also knows just how to entertain her in her cot while I’m in the shower, singing nursery rhymes to her and making funny noise and faces to make her smile.

The past couple of months has also seen me head out to the club for my sister in law’s birthday! It had been so long since I went out and drank that it took me weeks to recover! Hannah also had her first sleepover at grandma’s house just last Thursday. I think I actually slept worse not having her with me because my boobs were SO sore and hard because she normally still feeds at night. By 5:45am I just couldn’t take the pain anymore so even though it was so cold and pouring down rain, I quickly drove to mum’s house and fed her.



p style=”text-align: center;”>This past month we also went away with the whole fam to Silverwater Resort in Phillip Island and had so much fun! I’ll write up a separate post on the resort and the things we got up to as there is too much to mention!

I feel so very blessed to have these two in my life and every night just after we finish saying our prayers I love hearing what our little family is grateful for. Tonight Daniel was so funny, I just kept hugging him and kissing his face!

IMG_7701I just love him so much…rain hail or shine, he just wants to be playing outdoors!

Grateful Daniel


p style=”text-align: center;”>Me: Daniel what are you grateful for today?
Daniel: Dear God, thank you for mummy and daddy and Hannah and Tita Arielle.
Me: Awwww that’s nice…do you miss Tita Arielle?
Daniel: Yeah I miss her.
Me: Really? What do you miss? Like what do you like about Tita Arielle?
Daniel: I miss her and Tagalog (Filipino language)
Me: Awww! But doesn’t Mummy talk to you Tagalog more now?
Daniel: Yeah but I like Daddy to talk Tagalog too. Daddy needs to learn I think.

Hahahah! Gosh he just surprises me everyday. Looks like we really have to get our act together and speak more Tagalog to him!

Do you practice daily gratitude with your little ones? Try it – you’ll be amazed at the things they say 🙂

Have a great week everyone.

Night! xx

Mama Mondays – Was it on sale mummy?

I just had to capture his crooked haircut courtesy of Daddy!

When we were getting changed the other day…

D: Where did you get my trackies from Mummy? I like these ones!

Mum: I got them from Bardot Junior!

D: Were they on sale?

Mum: Yes babe, they were on sale.

D: Oh! That’s good then!

He’s only three years old but he’s already checking up on the shopping I do! He seriously surprises us everyday with the things he says.

I love his early awareness of budgeting. Hopefully he’ll be way better than I am when it comes to spending! I’m trying to be better though.

What are some little things you do to keep your budget in check?