I am 6 weeks old!

6 weeks change table

I’m a big boy now!laughing

Laughing during play time!winning

Mummy’s milk? – Winning!!! 😀

Hi my name is Daniel and I’m just going to hijack mummy’s blog for a minute to let you know that…I am 6 weeks old today!! 🙂

Development: Mummy and Daddy seemed so excited because they saw me laugh and interact with them a lot more today! They were so happy! Up until now I have been sleeping and eating and sleeping a lot so I guess they are excited to get a little bit of play time in!

Singer/songwriters: Mummy and Daddy seem to like singing me songs all the time! It is probably because when they sing I feel so relaxed that I end up falling asleep! – they must think they are a pair of pretty talented composers! Hehehhe!

Cheeky monkey: I did a massive poo explosion today, the kind that filled up my whole nappy and exploded out the sides and  all up my back!! You should have seen the look on mummy’s face – she had no idea what to do!! She stripped me naked but my poop was everywhere and got onto my hair and my blankets! It was so funny!!! I thought Mummy would finally give me a bath after all that but she didn’t – I think she’s still a little scared because Daddy always bathes me and she hasn’t bathed me on her own yet. I did not mind though because she cleaned me up nicely with the baby wipes (she probably used up a whole packet!). I love my bath times with Daddy! He gets me really clean and it feels so refreshing not to be wrapped up in blankets and nappies – feels so good to be free and aired out down there!

Trip to the hospital: Mummy took me out for the first time completely on her own today! She took me back to the hospital where I spent my first 4 days in this world because it was her 6 week check up. Wherever we go it seems that everyone is so very interested that I was born in Mummy and Daddy’s car and not in a hospital. Everyone is amazed that Mummy, Daddy and I went through the labour all by ourselves! What can I say?…we make the bestest team ever! I just wanted to get out already and I saw the opening and went for it! – Big deal! I think Mummy and Daddy have re-told my birth story 50 bajillion times now! Hahahah! They must be very proud of me coming out all by myself!

Anyways I want some of that yummy, yummy milk now and I can see that Mummy is leaking all over her t-shirt so that’s my cue! I’ll catch you all later!

I hope you liked my very first post! 🙂

Baby D

A bundle of joy

“I feel keenly aware that my life will never be the same. Yet I wouldn’t go back for all the treasure in the world.”

sweet baby

We have been showered with presents from our friends and family on the arrival of the latest, most beautiful addition to our family. During the quiet time in our day, I sometimes read a page from a book we received from one of our godparents. I take the time to reflect on how blessed we are and how our lives have been filled with such joy. Here is a beautiful excerpt from a book by Angela Thomas titled “Prayers for My Baby Boy”.

sweet feet

Wonderfully Made – Angela Thomas

O God, This child You gave us is already so precious to me. He is Your creation, fearfully and wonderfully made. You deserve all my praise. I hold him against my tummy and cannot believe he came from me. Although I tried, I could not imagine the magnificent work you were doing in the secret place of my womb.

His skin is the softest I have ever touched – his fingers and toes, perfection. His full head of hair swirls in a silly and wayward fashion. It must be pure silk just spun by an angel. His big eyes with little eyelashes, his little bird mouth, his tightly clenched fists – I am intrigued by every part of him. Even the smell of his newness thrills me. I could linger forever at the nape of his neck, praying that I will never forget his fresh fragrance. I am awestruck by Your creation. I want to shout from the highest place, in my loudest voice, “My God is almighty; my God is miraculous.” I hold him tightly, and I sing. I sing hymns. I sing lullabies. I just sing. I praise You for this child who has come and filled a place in y heart –  mommy place that was there all along and waiting for him.

I feel keenly aware that my life will never be the same. Yet I wouldn’t go back for all the treasure in the world. How did I ever live without him? Thank You, sweet Lord, for the immeasurable  gift of our baby. “Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Hallelujah. Amen.

Book title: Prayers for My Baby Boy. Written by Angela Thomas. Photography by Julie Johnson. Harvest House Publishers

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2 week post partum update – my top 10!

**Ok this post is 3 weeks late but better late than never! I wrote this 3 weeks ago and forgot to publish it! Arrgghh!**

My Top 10 Essentials – 2 week at home post partum!

After spending 4 nights at the hospital where everything was so well prepared and planned out to keep bub and I as  comfortable as possible, below are the top 10 essentials that I would recommend to make the transition from hospital to home a smooth & comfy one.

1) Childcare Montana Change Centre from Baby Time 2) Baby K moses basket from Mothercare 5) Canon 600D DSLR 7) What to Expect When You’re Expecting – borrowed from a friend, Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall – bought it from Big W, Baby Love by Robin Barker, The Australian Pregnant Book by Dr Derrick Thompson

1) Change table/bath

 Originally not thinking that a change table was something we needed to buy, after one day being at home without one, hubby and I realised we were so wrong! The Childcare Montana Change Centre is a lifesaver! With our beautiful newborn needing a nappy change more than 6 times a day this change table has proved to be more useful than we gave it credit for! It also has a pull out bath for us to bathe and change baby with ease 🙂 No more bending over the couch or bed and laying out a change mat, this all-in-one change table is a must! P.S Thank you to MIL – bought it from Baby Time on Old Geelong Road.

2) Moses basket

Along with a car seat and pram, a moses basket was the only other thing we put on lay by from the baby store. I know there a many different sleeping arrangements that parents choose to adopt with their new baby. With the moses basket and its separate stand, we have been able to move from our day time area in the downstairs living room, to our upstairs night time area with our baby next to our bed! Baby will quickly grow out of this but I still think it’s great to have for the first few weeks/months! Plus, I think the colours on it make the place look so cute!!

3) Water Bottle

Looking after a newborn makes you thirsty. Instead of having to get up to get a glass of water having a good sized water bottle next to you at all times helps you get comfortable, especially when breastfeeding (I always get thirsty when baby is feeding!).

4) Snacks 

For both myself and the constant show of excited visitors, I have found that having some snacks ready to go within easy reach is so handy! Anything from shortbread, to nuts, to chocolate always satisfies the nibbles.

5) Camera

A camera – A MUST HAVE!!! We have captured so many once-in-a-lifetime moments with the DSLR we purchased a few months before my EDD. We have been able to keep long distance relatives and friends up to date and have also been able to capture a the start of baby’s many “firsts”!

6) Laptop/TV

I have my laptop, tv remote and phone set up within close reach. This keeps me in touch with the outside world during the first few weeks of being at home (mum wants me to stay home in the first few weeks in order to become well-rested and healed).

7) Baby Books

I have been lucky to have many friends and family share their advice and experience when it comes to all things baby, from pregnancy to parenting so I bought a few baby books that they recommended. In our flurry of nesting (yes, even hubby got the nesting urge!) we bought a wall shelf from Ikea to house these books and some home decor. These books I’ve been reading have been so helpful with tips on breastfeeding, sleeping and general baby care.

8) Swivel Snuggle chair

With lack of sleep hitting me within the first few days of motherhood, this snuggle chair is super comfy and big enough for hubby and I to snuggle in when we don’t have the strength to climb upstairs to bed!

And the most important essentials…

9) & 10) Family & Husband

If your family live far away then make sure you have your friends around and don’t be shy to ask for help. Bringing up a tiny human life is not always straightforward or easy and having to look after a newborn PLUS yourself while you recover from your labour is made more enjoyable with family around. I am so very grateful to be blessed with such a loving family and such a patient and adoring husband. They have made the first few weeks of motherhood so special and I can never thank them enough. It’s the little things but big things that they do around the house that I am so thankful for! – washing clothes & dishes, vacuuming/mopping and general household cleaning, changing nappies, giving baby a bath, cooking dinners/preparing lunches, grocery shopping, watering the plants and feeding/walking the dog etc.

What did you find most helpful in your first few weeks at home?

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Live & love each moment

When you become a parent, it’s like ripping your heart out of your body and carrying it around in your hands – Mamamia.com.au

I came across the article below from a tweet posted by @Mamamia and having recently given birth to our first baby, reading it made me feel very emotional. As if the overwhelming feeling of love I felt for both my hubby and our baby was not enough, this article below further pulled on my heartstrings giving a glimpse of what else I may go through over the coming years. The post below is a reminder for us to live & love every moment we have with our families and to appreciate what our loved ones do for us.

Article below by :

I have a dream that I am looking at a baby. He is mine, all wrapped up in a blanket on a hospital bed. He is hooked up to machines and I am worried. Every time I pick him up, his heartbeat gets weaker. When I put him down, it gets strong again. The doctors and nurses assure me that this is normal. I have done nothing wrong. It will be our life from now on. I can hold him sometimes, but not for too long. More often than not, I will need to give him space, let him be. I am told it is the best thing for his heart. I tell them it is the worst thing for mine. In the dream, I surrender, willing to care for him the best I can. The message is clear, I need to learn a whole new way to love. I wake up in a deep state of longing and realize, I am grieving. My child is changing and I am mourning.

cannot remember the last time I sang you a bedtime song, shared a blanket with you, trimmed your fingernails, pushed you on a swing, tied your shoes or cut your chicken at dinner. I do not know what the inside of your locker looks like, who you sit with on the bus, or what you choose for lunch in the cafeteria. You are messy. You hurl your backpack down and raid the cabinets for food deemed only mildly satisfactory. You bark orders for money, slam doors, curse under your breath, and list things you hate. I have made this list more than once. You demand a cell phone, R rated movies, and endless time on the computer. You listen to music with swagger and edge that blares into headphones for only you. You are fresh and fast with a comeback, always.

It has become my job to remind you that a pile of blankets in a heap doesn’t mean that a bed has been made. I push you to finish your poetry project, change your socks, wear your retainer, write your thank you notes, lay off the candy. I can’t be too excited or too disappointed. My heart must not shatter with sadness or burst with pride or I lose you. You ride high and bottom out almost daily. But I cannot join you. I try to stand back, offer support, let it play out. The impact of my consequences have almost no outward effect, my approval seems to matter the least, and it’s becoming rarer for you to back down.

Whenever you lash out, pull away or retreat, I want to reach inside you and pull out the boy who loved Buzz Lightyear and never criticized the Red Sox or his mother. I long for the boy who would wear costumes in public, leap from furniture, and dance wildly, red faced and sweaty from play and imagination. I desperately want to capture you and frantically run away to a distant amusement park on a random Wednesday when you’re scheduled to take a math test. We’ll race together from the giant water slides to the crazy roller coasters and eat fried dough until we’re sick. We’ll waste money, laugh until it hurts, and you’ll hold my hand and squeal that I’m the greatest… of all time… ever. We’ll return home to a permanent state of bliss and skip the betrayal of a temporary fix.

I stay at your bedside, aching for you to share one piece of your day. I am consumed by the potential of a meaningful conversation. You start to share your social woes and I am on the edge of my seat, undivided attention abounds. But you trail off, mumbling that I won’t understand. I scrounge for details from my middle school days to validate you and show I can relate. I get it! I was just there!You assure me things are different now. I nod. They sure are.

I look over at your younger brother, waiting patiently to be tucked in, while I’m all consumed in your adolescence. This is a harsh reminder of your growth and the precious passing of time. He needs me more constantly. You, in more intense, immediate spurts. But tonight I must go to him because the days are slipping on all of us. And when I find him where you are, I will long for this night and these struggles and victories — so overwhelming to me now, so strangely simple and innocent to me tomorrow.We are crossing over. You are my baby. But I cannot carry you now. You walk alone into a new world. I want you to linger here, but you constantly push. You will change. You will grow. You will stumble. You will rise. I will be soft and firm. I will guide and step aside. I will lean and I will pull. I will be lost and I will be certain. I will reach for you, and if you do not reach back, know that my heart remembers your heartbeat. And I will always be holding you there.

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August Catch Up’s #1!


Have got a few catch up’s lined up this week so I’ll update this post as they come about 🙂 For now here’s a pic to relate to.

First catch up of the week was a Yim Yam in  Yarraville with the girls I have known the longest – my high school friends Mel, Sez & Trang 🙂 I am so grateful for their loyalty and friendship. It never ceases to amaze me that after all these years and such different paths we hold nothing back when we catch up! – we talk about anything from religion to relationships, babies and work and everything in between! They help me stay grounded by keeping me focused on the most important things in life. Check out Mel’s blog – Path of Illumination for articles on spiritual growth, parenting and sustainable living.

Yim Yam’s Pad Thai

Yim Yam’s Putt Grapow (basil stir fry)

Yim Yam’s special of the night – Lemongrass grilled pork with chilli ginger sauce (favourite alert!)