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As we draw to a close…

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So I’m officially overdue and further along than I was when I had Logan. No 23rd baby which I was not so secretly hoping for and now we’re playing the waiting game. I’m starting to feel some niggles so hopefully things will get rolling without me being super overdue. For now I’m just enjoying our last moments as a family of three and getting lots of things done:

  • I’ve downloaded music – hurrah for relaxation tracks but who knows if I’ll actually want them.
  • The nursery is done enough for now, I still need to iron the curtains (snore) and get the Hubby to fix up the curtain rod but it’s cute and habitable. I still want to secure the Ikea spice racks to her chest of draws for books and fix up the lighting situation. I’m also still waiting to receive some custom frames I ordered online and then I’ll need to put some art up. I’ve also ordered some washi tape to put some more art up – that’s still trendy right haha!
  • Snacks have been bought (including Adriano Zumbo salted caramel tim-tams although they’re more for the support crew).
  • Bags are packed (minus in use toiletries)
  • Names are getting sorted out – we have a short list!!!
  • Logan and I are having lots of one on one time, it might not always be adventures but I’m loving spending time with my little man. Who today swore he was not a boy, he was Logan and I was Jessica Mummy not a girl – heart officially melting.
  • We’re going on family dates, yesterday was the zoo and today was dinner out.
  • The car has been washed, floors vacuumed (that is a pregnant lady back killer), the dog is nice and clean.

Hopefully this is my last post before I get to share a beautiful photo of our darling daughter but who knows what the future holds, for now it’s living in the moment for this little family of three.

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Week 34: Bonding with Bubs


Size: butternut squash

What’s Bubs Up To: she decided to play nice (or the exercises I was sporadically doing worked) and is now head down, she’s still moving and shaking non stop

Symptoms: hardly sleeping at night, feeling really stretched out and tight especially when she plays smackdown in there, grumpy…does that even count as a symptom ha-ha

Cravings: coffee, bananas, pikelets/pancakes, cheese

Keep that away from me: mince

Weight: 84kg

Feelings: grumpy, exhausted, sore, uncomfortable and completely in love with our little wrestler

Random: I have zero motivation to do anything in regards to the nursery. I have prints I need to measure and order frames for/go to Ikea, we have furniture to move around, curtains to hang, newborn clothes to wash and I just can’t get into the head space to do any of it. I’m hoping that will change when I finish work on the 25th but I doubt it! I need that damn nesting bug to kick in.

 

I’ve also been on an emotional roller coaster because my Great Aunt passed away very unexpectedly. I am a terrible person when it comes to dealing with grief…I kind of act like nothing has happened and barely cry sort of like a robot so I always feel guilty about that. I just can’t help how I respond the best way I can think of explaining it is like when you go to the movies and want to burst into tears during a really sad part but just refuse to cry. My poor Mum has taken it really badly because my Great Aunt was like the matriach on Mum’s side and she was pretty much my Grandma seeing as I Mum’s mum died before I was born. Everyone called her Aunty and she would always speak her mind, it was uncanny how much I resembled her whenever photos were put up of her when she was younger, people would always do a double take. It’s nice though to know what I will look like when I’m older, I just wish that I’d collected stories from her because I know she had so many and now I really don’t have much of a link to that side of my heritage. The last thing we spoke about was how she wasn’t impressed that I found out I was having a girl and I spoke back and told her it was my decision. I’m glad that’s my last sort of memory, most people wouldn’t be but it’s like Aunty and I came full circle. From her shoving vicks vapour rub up my nose when I was little and had a cold to finally being somewhat her equal. She was an amazing woman and whilst I hate funerals (because the robot tends to disappear and I turn into a blubbering mess) I am looking forward to getting to celebrate her life.

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Family Time

This weekend we took time off to be with my family (well not really I wasn't working & Andreas was literally only there for a whole Saturday). It was fantastic, Logan's schedule flew out the window as we battled our way through the rain heading towards Margaret River. It was our last family hurrah before my little sister moves to Victoria with her fiancé.

We stayed in a converted shed which looked exactly like a house & even with 8.5 people we survived with only 1 bathroom! It was out in the bush & we could take our pack of dogs (4 between us!) although, they got delegated to inside with the bandicoots scurrying about outside the front door.

 

Logan grew up so much while we were down there. He fell in love with the beach & the waves and had his first big tumble in the surf (on shore thankfully but his Uncle sneakily caught it all on camera!). He did puzzles surprising all of us with how good he was & he talked more but it's still pretty much baby talk. He even got to do makeup with his Aunty every morning. I would love love love to up stakes & head bush but apparently it's very cliquey down in MR if you haven't grown up there. Still it's a dream and Logan would love to have chickens!

 

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Raising a Wolverine

I’m nowhere near getting the hang of raising our little Wolverine. He’s our first so everything around the next bend is a complete surprise – or smack in the face depending on how you want to look at it. I’m a planner so this has definitely been hard to come to terms with.

It’s also crazy when you’ve spent the majority of your life wanting to be a Mum and when it happens it is the total opposite to what you thought it would be. I’m coming to terms with that aspect of it though and I think a large part of that is because Logan is getting easier to manage. He will never be an easy child (I’ve resigned myself to that fact) but he’s my child and I love him to bits.

Here are a few tips though that I thought I’d share:

  1. They do what they do – kids meet milestones at different times – side note THE INTERNET CAN BE WRONG!
  2. Don’t stress – very hard but make sure you take time to yourself – remember how you used to be Number 1? That’s still important!
  3. You can’t break them – well you can but if you’re that kind of parent you wouldn’t be reading this and you need way more help than these tips can offer.
  4. To each their own – all parents do things differently, don’t feel guilty that one mum is making their own fish fingers and you give them out of a packet (*cough* speaking from experience *cough*)
  5. They won’t eat – you know you’re amazing eater…in a few months they won’t eat a thing – don’t worry about it they still keep growing, who knows why!
  6. Do what you can do – if you weren’t superwoman before you had a baby (eg baking goddess, diy genius) you definitely won’t be after having a kid and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you were superwoman I don’t want to hear about it
  7. Sleep – if you’re baby sleeps through from the beginning don’t share this with parents who are tearing their hair out on day 5 of no sleep. Don’t believe people telling you that they will sleep through at 3 months, 6 months etc… see Number 1.
  8. You are amazing – don’t ever forget that and whilst you’re life will never be the same again try and keep doing what you were doing before – don’t lose yourself to being a Mum & Dad (but of course enjoy every minute because it is the best role of your life!).
  9. If all else fails have a big cry – sometimes it’s just what you need!

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Messy Jessy!

Our weekends always involve a family walk to the park. It used to be the time I'd send them all off so I could clean but thankfully I've come to my senses.

I am definitely one to get too hung up on making sure the house is clean, a little mess never killed anyone but not spending quality time with my family definitely might! So I'm trying to ignore the mess and enjoy the limited time I have with them all. Especially Andreas seeing as he works full time, I'm reclaiming our weekends and forcing myself to clean during the week (always easier said than done).

These past few days have been devoted to deeper cleaning and it was nice to spend a lazy Sunday listening to Triple J's Hottest 100 (of the past 20 years) and purging all my stuff. I still haven't physically gotten rid of it – I'm going to donate it all but part of me is holding back because I know I could probably get a bit of cash if I threw a garage sale (but those things are horrible and hard work). I keep apologising to Andreas because the house looks disgusting but if you open the fridge or any of our kitchen cupboards they sparkle. Hidden cleaning is a lot less rewarding!

At present we are currently debating buying a new dyson vacuum or a robot vacuum so, if anyone has any opinions on this please speak up! Both of them are a significant amount of money but the latter would definitely help my sanity seeing as I loathe vacuuming and put it off as long as possible – which around these parts isn't very long unfortunately! But I'm just trying to come up with ways to make sure I stop getting so obsessed with a clean house and start focusing more on everything else. It turns me into a cranky wife and mother and I definitely don't want Logan growing up with me like that! On the plus side though cleaning (when I finally do it) makes me feel like I've accomplished something and I'm definitely happier afterwards.

Ok, so I'm officially a housewife in need of an afternoon glass of wine haha tune in next week for a post on how to cook the ultimate roast and keep your man happy (jokes…I hope!).

 

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Living in the Now

Natalie's post (from Nat the Fat Rat) sung to me as I snuck in some blog reading while Logan took a much needed afternoon nap! Today, this week, this month, NOW is the life I'm living that I'm going to look back on and cherish when I'm old. I know it's old news to live in the now but I've never thought of how important this part of my life is until I read that post.

So because this is my second post in one day I thought I'd share some photos of this cherished time along with a promise to myself that I'm really going to start living this life I've been given.

 

 

 

 

 

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Recently Enjoyed Things

 

Crows at the park

 

His second Easter Egg

 

Sunsets on a Logan free night

 

No fear

 

Popcorn madness

 

Flying

 

Playing on the Playground

 

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Birthday Week

Photo by the ever amazing Rachael Morhall (if you need a photographer in Perth let me know!)

Photo by the ever amazing Rachael (if you need a photographer in Perth let me know!)

So I’m trying to create some new traditions for our new family and one that is close to the top of my list (for selfish reasons of course haha) ‘Birthday Week’.

I love celebrating birthdays but not my own so I’m hoping this will kill that proverbial bird with two stones. 1) I get to celebrate others and (2) I don’t have to put so much pressure on just one day!

So the first birthday in our household is my awesome Husband’s at the end of March. I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve but I have to keep it toned down because the following year is the big 3-0 and that is going to see me going ALL OUT.

I think/know I want to add something to do with random acts of kindness, but I don’t want it to be so uncomfortable that it’s not something fun for his birthday. For Logan’s birthday week I think we’ll go and donate something to either the dog refuge or the cat haven. He’d love that. Andreas on the other hand I’ll have to think about…

Because we’re trying to save a bit of money it’s not going to be extravagant. We’ve already put a $30 limit on the present budget but I’m looking forward to the challenge it will be lots of DiY and ‘I will do this & that for you’.

We’ve already decided to go into Northbridge for the special ‘Yum Cha’ they’re throwing as part of eat drink Perth. Another thought I’ve had is to do a restaurant/cafe passport to explore new places to eat and in turn I guess I could do that for activities as well.

It’s always exciting to start new family traditions, what are some of your special family traditions either ones you’ve newly created or ones from your childhood?

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Happy Holidays

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are continuing to enjoy the festivities!

 

 

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Happy Holidays

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are continuing to enjoy the festivities!

 

 

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