Summer fun at Geelong Waterfront
1 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong
We’ve been blessed with such an awesome summer this year. Sunny days and warm, balmy nights with only a few days of cold, rainy weather, which is extremely good for Melbourne standards! We have been making the most of this summer by enjoying the great outdoors and taking Daniel to the beaches and water playgrounds, and the Geelong Waterfront has got to be one of our favourites! Another place we love is the Riverwalk Estate’s water park in Werribee!
We used to go to Geelong with the whole family (around 32 of us aunties, uncles and cousins!) to celebrate birthdays at the all-you-can-eat Smorgy’s on the pier. As a kid I loved the long drives in the car listening to our Dad’s music selection of Elton John, Bread and Dionne Warwick and the anticipation of arriving at a magical place where food was ready for the taking and us kids could indulge ourselves at the self serve pancake and dessert bar
With Smorgy’s no longer there and our tastes in restaurants having drastically changed, I hadn’t been to Geelong in a while. On our recent trip there to celebrate my niece’s second birthday, we discovered a whole new waterfront to the one we remembered and I cannot wait to go back!
We parked up the hill and as we got out of our car, the amazing view greeted us. There was so much to see and do and most of it free!
– outdoor pools
– ferris wheel
– a nice stroll along the pier
– swimming for both kids and adults with heaps of structures to jump off!
– bbq and comfy grassy areas
– train rides
– ice cream trucks and more!
We went on a Sunday and there were lots of families enjoying the sun and sea but it wasn’t too crowded. I can only imagine how much more busy it would be if there was a festival or event. Luckily we were able to find street parking close to the beach and a tree to set up our picnic.
What are some of your favourite places to go during summer?
Mama Mondays – Two Months Post Partum
This is super late as Hannah turned two months old last month but with Christmas and lots of birthday parties in full swing, I just could not find the time to sneak this post in so here it is! – Hannah is now 2 months and 3 weeks old!
Height/weight: Baby – I didn’t make it to the maternal child health nurse check up last month so I’ll update this section after tomorrow’s rescheduled appointment! Hannah’s already grown out of all her size 0000 sized onesies and clothes and she’s now fitting snuggly into the 000’s and also a couple of 00 sized tops!
With the recent heat wave hitting Melbourne, it’s been so much fun dressing her up in dresses and airy singlet onesies!
Mama – I feel like I’ve gone backwards in terms of losing the baby weight! The Christmas and New Years parties really got to me and I just ate everything! Time to get serious now. Last month I weighed 70-71kgs coming down from the 80 or so kgs which I weighed at the top of my pregnancy. I hadn’t really been getting into any exercise other than pelvic floor ones last month as I still didn’t feel comfortable down there getting into too much activity. From the start of this year though I have been practicing yoga every morning starting my days off with Brett Larkins video here! After the busy Christmas and New Year period I have also tried to get myself out and walking everyday for at least 20mins. So far this year it’s been 4 out of 4 days, yay! Now I really just need to make it consistent and STOP eating sweets (I’ve got the biggest love handles now!).
Routine: Baby – Hannah has slowly started to get into a routine feeding less frequently every 3-4 hours instead of 2-3hours. She is so used to the breast that when Wes tried to feed her the other week she just wouldn’t take the bottle. I was out of the house attending simbang gabi so in the end she had no choice but to take it!
Mama – Getting out and about a lot more now, Hannah seems to sleep for hours at a time when she’s in the pram and I’m walking around shopping. This was such a blessing during the times when I would go to the shops to by last minute things or groceries for Christmas lunch and dinner! In December our routine was pretty much just get up whenever the kids got up and then go to bed late watching movies and finishing off any Christmas wrapping. This month with a fresh new start to the year, my morning routine has begun with some quiet reflection time and some beginners yoga. I hadn’t done it in so long that I felt so inflexible and found that the beginners videos on YouTube have been so helpful! Then at night I’ve tried to tidy everything up downstairs before retreating upstairs to bed.
Sleeping: Baby – Hannah is a great sleeper when she’s in the pram and we’re out shopping (she must want me to shop!). Then when we’re at home she tends to nap a few times a day, sometimes really long naps around 3-4 hours long and at other times like today, she’s only be nappy for 1-2hours or not even! In the evenings she normally goes down to bed at 9pm and then wakes up at 2-3am, then 5 or 7am so she’s actually been sleeping a lot better than Daniel did at this age. She is also now sleeping in her cot which Daniel never did! Hannah has already outgrown her bassinet.
Eating/feeding: Baby – I am still exclusively breastfed and Hannah seems to be gaining weight. I’ve pumped a bottles of milk which are currently sitting in the freezer waiting to be used. My birthday is this week so I’m hoping the hubby will be able to take some time to feed Hannah so I can go out and catch up with some friends. I’ll let you know how that goes haha.Currently working towards getting rid of those love handles! Oh and our room set up has changed slightly with the addition of the cot!
Milestones: Baby – Hannah’s scalp is almost clear of all signs of cradle cap and all baby acne has also disappeared from her cheeks and neck! She has started cooing and ahhhh-ing which totally feels like she’s trying to have a deep conversation with us. She loves it when you talk to her and smiles a lot especially at her grandad. I can’t believe how fast they develop their communication skills. Us humans are just born to connect! – or maybe she just takes after her mama who loves a good old chat 🙂
Mama – I feel like I’ve totally got the hang of taking these two littlies out on my own now. Phew! It takes twice as long to do anything and go anywhere but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do! I’ve finally made it to my first gym class and it was just a really light workout with the Sh’bam people. I’m feeling a lot better down there now and feel like I’m able to lift things and work out a little more…starting to get my sweat on! Aiming to do my first dance class this month so wish me luck! Eeeek! Feeling a bit scared to try advanced classes straight away so I’ll start with a beginner’s one and see how I go!
Our new year spread! I wrote about New Year’s Eve Filipino traditions here!
Loving the holiday season because it means lazy days in bed!
The Geelong Waterfront – so many beautiful things to see and free activities for all ages.
Hope you’ve all had a great start to 2016!