Mama Mondays – 10 & 11 months post partum update

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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!

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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.
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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!

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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?

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Mummy Mondays – 19 month update


Daniel and the kangaroo Daniel & the Delorean

My 19 month old cutie patootie!

19 months old! – where did the time go? I know you probably always hear parents say that but it’s so true! Just yesterday it felt like I was taking Baby D (ok I gotta find a new name for him since he’s not a baby anymore) to the obstetrician for our 6 week check up and now he’s almost 2!! I originally started writing his updates and milestones in a little notebook with a cross-stitched bear I stuck on the front but I think I’ll just post them up here from now on as it’s easier to upload photos than to print them out and scrapbook them into a journal.

Favourite toys/games: Baby D is obsessed with cars, basketballs, soccer balls, bouncy balls, motorbikes and trains at the moment. Thomas is the first toy he’s actually held for hours without letting go. It’s so cute to watch him concentrate so much pushing Thomas around and around his wooden track (we bought him a starter pack from My Kids Emporium, see post here). He also got a little excited about the Delorean he got to ride on set at the video shoot for the 2014 Australian Dance Crew Championship’s showreel (post on that will be up this week). Daniel loves getting chased while someone is holding him and squeals with laughter at the thought of getting caught. D-man loves watching Cars and even knows some of the lines before Lightning McQueen says them!

Favourite food: Everything at the moment! Especially cheese and all different Filipino ulams! There is nothing really that D-train doesn’t like except for olives – but at dinner tonight he actually ate one and didn’t spit it out like the first time he had it. Rice, stews, fruits, ice cream, bread, yoghurt, D-man will eat the lot! It’s so much easier to go out with him as I no longer have to pack sterilised, pureed baby food like I had to do several months ago.

Sleeping: Cutie patootie is still co-sleeping with us in a huge king size bed and especially with these winter nights, it so nice snuggling up next to him. We will start though, to re-arrange his room a little to try and get him sleeping in there by removing the cot and setting up a single mattress on the floor like this cute room I found on Instagram via @melbgirlandbaby.Room Inspo

Activities: Daniel san has been out and about enjoying the crisp outdoors on our trip to Ballarat WildLife Park. He loved the sun and the rides at the Gold Coast and he even stared in awe at the paintings and musicians at NGV’s 2014 autumn/winter feature – The Italian Masterpieces. Toddler D loves going to Ikea and playing with the wooden kitchen and all the puzzle toys and spends ages on the train set table at the toys stores. Last term we went to Mini Maestros and we might go back again next term – Daniel loves music and dancing so I think it’ll fun for him!

Potty Training: We haven’t started strict potty training with the little guy but he will tell us when he wants to do a poo..uhhh most of the time! We bought him a little training toilet seat from Toys R’ Us with little ducks on it to make life easier. What age do toddler’s normally stop using nappies?

Talking: D-star is such a little chatterbox! – he’s gone from joining 2 syllable words to now 3 syllables and even joining words together to make sentences like “Hello Daddy” and some other phrases in Tagalog. He loves his aunty and follows her when she tells him to demonstrate different emotions like laughing and crying – maybe he’ll be a little actor when he grows up? 🙂
Teeth: Toddler D has been teething lately with both his canines cutting through over the weekend and even one of his first molars showing. No wonder he’s had a runny nose and been very sooky lately 🙁 No sleep for him or us!

It’s such a fun time for our little man and he is constantly enthralled by the world around him. Everyday there is always something new that he gets excited about, it’s so cute!! Btw, did any of those nicknames above sound catchy to you? How did you get your nickname or come up with one for your friends, or kids?

Hope you’ve had a great start to the week!

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Greatness starts with the Arts

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“Greatness starts with the Arts” – Susan Wright, Author and Chair of Arts Education at the University of Melbourne.

“Of all the gifts with which individuals may be endowed, none emerges earlier than musical talent” (Gardner, 1983).

What a lovely  July morning for a trip to the Abbotsford Convent last week. The sun was shining and the air was fresh. I took Baby D with me to a Culture Mamas event where we listened to Susan Wright talk about the importance of drawing, mark-making and engaging in musical babble in early childhood learning. There was a moment in the talk where Susan demonstrated this and started to mimic the sounds that our chatty babies and toddlers were making. All of a sudden the noisy room went quiet as all the babies turned around listening to Susan copying their sounds “kahh kahh”, “ooh ooh”, “wee” – or in other words, she was talking to them in their language.

It’s always nice to see Daniel interacting with other babies – it makes me smile 🙂

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Life Lately #4 – Winter Warmers

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Even with the icy cold winter breeze settling in we managed to spend lots of time outdoors all rugged up and soaking in the sun’s warm rays. There is always so much to do in Melbourne and these past two months I continued to make the most out of mat leave enjoying this special time with family and friends and also working on personal development.

Here are some things we got up to:

– birthdays galore! 😀
– catch ups and coffee at some lovely Melbourne cafes
(The Cornershop, Carlisle Wine Bar, VicPies, Tasty T, Top of the Bay and Chase Kitchen – see post here)
– family time with the grandparents, great grandparents and in-laws
– took a turn at the mic and MC’d for a dance comp (a little scary but heaps of fun!)
– first club gig with the Mishanda girls post-partum (Yayy!)
– another successful AHC (Australian Hip Hop Championships) prelim at MSAC
– attended a talk on “Personal Branding”
– met speaker Catherine Moolenschot and listened to her “Funnel of Greatness” talk
– attended a seminar by Tim Gill “Expanding Children’s Horizons”
– mothers group chill sessions 🙂
– dinner at Father Noel’s with past and present WYD (World Youth Day) pilgrims
– date night with the hubby….and Superman ;P
– finally got back to the gym
– organizing Baby’s room
– baby photo shoots
– watched Baby start to stand confidently, climb the stairs and get excited as his first two teeth cut through
– tried hand sewing some pants for Baby (need a lot more practice! :/)
– watched some of the hubby’s ball games
– ended the first half of 2013 with a relaxing mini-getaway to Redesdale, Victoria
– and of course did a little shopping 🙂 (see my Instagram @Jacqfruit)

Mishanda gigMishanda gigging at Red Bennies on Chapel street – so much fun to be back on the dance floor!

AHCThe Melbourne preliminary round of AHC 2013 – always makes me happy seeing the dance community together and supporting each others passions.

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A lovely brunch at Friends of Mine on Swan st in Burnley – you have to order the banana bread!!
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Baby loves the camera!
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MC gig with Hasmin at the first ever Fired Up Dance Competition run by the council of Greater Dandenong, FREEZA and Tracy from Replay Dance Productions.Camilla's 1st birthdayIMG_0767

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!
IMG_0349IMG_0366Enjoying Williamstown with the grandparents <3

leavesChillin’ at Highpoint with Lolo – Baby was so enthralled by the plants and the leaves.

shesaysSheSays Personal Branding talk at SpeakEasy on Chapel street.

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Tim Gill at the St Kilda Town Hall – great talk about bringing up our children in a risk-averse society.Carlisle

After talk sweets at the Carlisle Wine Bar – these donuts were amazing, and so was the ambience 🙂Mother's groupBaby D’s mothers group buddies are all growing up so fast!

sewingOk so I made him pants that were a little too tight :/ I need more practice.

WYD dinnerAlways an abundance of food when you have dinner with Father Noel – good food, great cheese, gorgeous wines!

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Mel’s famous chicken pho! 😀 A perfect winter warmer.redesdale

Our cozy “little” cabin – “The River House” in Redesdale.IMG_0733

So grateful to wake up to this little bundle of smiles everyday!

What have you been up to recently and what is one thing that are you grateful for?

xoxo