Heatwave 

So if you’re not in Australia right now you might not know about our completely messed up weather.  I’m in Brisbane where we’re having a pretty feral summer. Actually most of the east coast is. Complete with fire warnings in NSW. Flooding in Perth, Snow in Tasmania and Dad mentioned above average rainfall in Darwin when he called last week. So yeah, #globalwarming and #climatechange.

Yesterday was pretty warm, but my day was red hot, like my nails.

I had an amazing morning catching up with my mummy friends, getting our nails done.  Relaxing afternoon with Daddy and bubby, then a swim and after dinner and bedtime I chilled out in the a/c watching “Suits.” So yeah, winning at life. Today is looking mighty fine too…

L.

Since then…

My last post was in February… and honestly,  I haven’t slept much since then.  This post is being created from under Baby Ball who, with her first cold, likes to sleep elevated. She’s cute when she’s sleeping… if only she’d do it more often.  I keep getting conflicting advice from child health nurses about sleep,  but since I started ignoring most of it, she’s taking less day nap time,  but sleeping better at night, which is not all bad.  An hyperactive 10 month baby is a lot of fun.  She crawls really fast,  climbs everything,  and is amused at just about anything that makes noise. While she’s hell behind the wheels of her a-frame walker and she has taken all of two steps without it,  she seems content to just do lots of squats and not actually walk by herself, and I’m so grateful.
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Hubby is away for work this weekend and I’ve been at home all week because you can’t take a sick baby out to play with healthy babies, and full time people can’t really visit during the dinner/bath/bed window while I’m trying to do it all myself, and the rest of the time they’re at work,  so I’m excited about having other humans to talk to,  whose vocabulary extends past “mumma,” “dada,” and “dag,(and she points at our German Shepherd)” which means I shouldn’t have been watching Snatch when she was so young… We expect her favourite colour will be “periwinkle blue,” and I’d best start looking for scatter cushions now… I must say, I’m feeling the love, friends and neighbours (even hubby’s boss) who have offered help and support while hubby’s away, having a sick baby complicates plans but it’s just nice that they offer.
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I was hoping to blog more when I started maternity leave,  but my little energizer bunny cleary has other ideas!
Till next time hunnies!
L.
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Leap day 2016.

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Yesterday was the 29th February,  and a lot of people discussed doing different stuff with that extra leap day, so as to make the most of an extra day in the year.  I spent the day “fighting,” with an overtired baby, who just wants to play and climb and giggle…. and as cute as that is,  it’s not worth the hysterical shitstorm that is bed time.  The hysterical bedtime thing is new to me,  up until recently she’s been a pretty relaxed,  even tempered bub.  Her Daddy’s pretty chilled out so I assume that’s where she gets it.

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She’s like a mess detection unit.  She loves plastic bags,  so I’m constantly finding them with her help.
Anyway leap day is a bit different for me and yesterday was a milestone one.  It was the 20th anniversary of my grandfather’s passing.  Being trapped in the sleep battles gave me some quality reflection time.  I’m lucky enough to be 30 and still have 3 living grandparents plus 3 step-grandparents (although one has never made me call her gran, my Dad’s wife and her family are groovy people 😊). My hubby only has the one who thankfully we still get to see despite the travel distance.
I got to thinking how grandparents impact our lives, and if Poppa had been around for me to finish primary or secondary school, maybe uni, if he would have had any sway on those decision making years. His wife,  my Grandmother moved closer to us a month before hubby and I got married. If he were alive and in good health then would that have impacted our wedding date? We planned the date knowing that the move was happening.
I’ve been throwing the idea of just taking bub and I interstate to meet my Dad’s parents. That side of the family is scattered between Darwin and Melbourne so that’s a lot of flying for bub, and she has a two hour car limit, so there’s that to factor in.  She slept well on the Adelaide flights…

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Seriously,  she was very happy.  Must have been comfy…
My major reflection is this: Baby Ball only has my mum and her partner close by, her other grandparents require flights/long drives. What can I be doing to increase her awareness of these important people without bankrupting myself with flights? Thankfully my father in law can visit every few months,  which is lovely.  My Dad I have on speaker phone when he calls to keep his voice familiar,  but a trip to Darwin is certainly in order.
Anyway,  that’s what I thought about/reflected on for “leap day.”

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That, and how do I handle the next bedtime!  She’s so excited!!!  ALL. THE. TIME!!! Lol, good times.
See you next time,
L.