8th – 14th June
It was over a year ago now, that James and I posted to facebook to tell the world about the little bean that became this absolutely gorgeous boy! Biased, I know!
This week, Jack had a few sporting firsts! We went to the Queens Birthday AFL game between Dad’s team, Collingwood, and Uncle Jeff’s team, Melbourne. Unfortunately for Jeff, Collingwood were the winners, but it was a lovely day. We sat in the sun and braved the cool winter breeze. Even with the 60000 strong crowd, Jack managed to sleep through the fourth quarter. He also managed to sleep through the last period of his first game of Ice Hockey, despite Sam yelling out the window, or the goalhorn going off merely metres away from him.
Jack and I had a lunch date with some of the girls that also had bubba’s around the same time, we attended our weekly baby time session at Point Cook library and caught up with a few of the mums afterwards for the usual coffee. We also heard Jack’s first attempt, I suppose, of talking. Unfortunately he chose something that sounded as close to ‘dad’ as possible! I remember reading on a facebook forum that a mum had said she was actually wanting her bub to say ‘da da’ as that would be the name that the bub would call out in the middle of the night!
1st – 7th June
Jack and I ventured down to Point Cook Beach with Uncle Jeffy on his day off. Having recently moved closer I thought I’d show him what is around. We drove down and ventured out in the sun, even though the wind was cool. I also took him via the veggie farms, and unfortunately covered my car with red mud from top to bottom! The original plan was to get a coffee down in Wyndham Harbour but the cafe was closed, so we detoured around Werribee South Beach, K Road and onto Wyndham Cache. I’m looking forward to seeing the development continue down in Wyndham Harbour. I’m sure that by the time Jack’s in high school that many of those empty fields we drove along won’t remain like that for very long.
25 – 31st May
After months and months of attempts, Jack finally managed to get those magical things called toes, into his mouth. I’ve enjoyed watching the progression of Jack figuring out he had legs, to wiggling and bending the toes, watching the hands creep further and further along his legs, until finally he could reach them. Anyone who has been around babies knows that, everything must go in their mouths for further investigation. He’d figured out that if he rolled onto his side, it was easier to grab them, but still, those toes eluded his masterplan. I had seen him pull his socks to his mouth and any pants that were too long. But finally, this week, he managed to get them! I let him lay on a towel before bed with his nappy off, so that he could roll around and savour the moment.
Jack also attempted his first taste of vegemite on toast. After I put the plate down, and turned around, I discovered that he thought more of eating the plate than the actual toast. Which, to be honest, I can understand! After setting him straight about which parts to eat, he got stuck into it, and gummed the pieces to a soggy mess, which Ben was more than happy to hoover up for me. I’m sure by now, that Ben is cottoning on that Baby equals a higher chance of scraps at the dinner table. Maybe this is the reason that Ben is feeling more and more comfortable with getting closer to Jack? All I know is that Benny receives a few kicks to the head most mornings as he always lays right at Jack’s feet, and he hardly bats an eyelid.
When the afternoon looks nice, and that the weather might hold, I’ll attempt a stroll with Ben. Most times I take the pram, but if I’m feeling particularly adventurous, I’ll get the baby bjorn carrier out. As Jack has reached the minimum age/height, I can now turn him to face outwards. I think he had fun looking out to where we were going. I don’t know how he kept his lunch down to be honest though. The movement up and down isn’t exactly relaxing, and as my back starts to feel it, either from not having the carrier set up perfectly, or from the constant pulling by a 30kg plus labrador, it’s generally a quick walk. I keep thinking that I should re-visit the training that Ben had to get his walking back on track. He’d probably appreciate the 10 minutes of attention (and the treats that he could possibly get) while Jack’s having a nap.
This weekend was also the first time back at the Ice House, filming the AIHL (Australian Ice Hockey League) for the ‘Game of the week’ Foxtel episode (http://www.theaihl.com/). Previous years I’ve been helping the hubby by being one of the regular camera operator at both the Melbourne games and travelling interstate during the months of April to September. I do miss the travel, the lounge experiences and just generally spending time with hubby. I refuse to admit that I miss the game (well worth going if you haven’t seen a game!) and I definitely refuse to admit that I miss working on the production! So my Saturday afternoon/evening consisted of working during the periods, and constantly checking my phone during the intermissions, to make sure that Nan hadn’t called me. As soon as the game was over, I headed home. Safe to say that both Jack and I survived an arvo apart – well from about 3:45 PM to 7:30 PM anyway 😉 Thank you to Nan for looking after both Ben and Jack. I’d be lost without you!
Pic from the AIHL grand final 2014. Think I was about 6-7 month pregnant.
18 – 24th May
We celebrated 6 months this week! Half a year, 26 weeks, and according to google, half (1 year) =182.621099 days.
I love seeing more and more of his little personality show through. The times that he can see or hear dad and his legs and arms pump furiously up and down, when he’s not sure who is holding him and he drops the bottom lip and when we ask him what does his puppy dog say, and the smile that creeps onto his face when we tell Jack “Woof, woof, woof!”.
This week I went to my first movies session since having Jack. Megan and I attended a mums and bubs session of Pitch Perfect 2 at Hoyts Highpoint and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it could be! The lights were on more than normal, and they say that the volume is a little less but I didn’t notice a difference. You really only here the noise of the bubs around you, unless of course one has a major meltdown. The session starts at 10, which for me, was almost perfect – it’s about the same time as Jack’s first nap, and being the good boy that he is, fell asleep on me, for most of the session. I was amazed at the number of mums there and if you ever wanted to pram-watch and see what is new and on trend, it was definitely the place to be! There would’ve been at least 70 mums there, and prams lined the aisles, the entry and amazingly, they even fit along the seating!
Jack’s getting better at sitting, even though I feel like a mother bird, constantly fluttering around him, making sure he isn’t falling over and face planting. More new foods this week, and with the 6 month milestone, I introduced yoghurt as well.
I enjoy watching the interactions between Ben and Jack. This week they were sharing the mat and Jack rolled over and ‘hugged’ Ben. Ben does really well and I always tell him that he’s a good boy. Sometimes Ben lays at the wrong end of Jack and will get constantly kicked in the head, and he doesn’t bat an eyelid, just continues to sleep. It’s moments like these that I love Benny, and the dog that he is maturing in to. I still wonder if he preferred life before Jack, but I think that with Jack’s eating habits and the likelihood that he will start sharing food with Ben, that their relationship will blossom, and they will become best friends.
Dad was away. travelling to Perth on Friday night and returned late Sunday night. Benny was more than happy to share the bed in an attempt to keep me warm. However, crawling under the covers and laying against me was probably a little too much! James Skype’d on Sunday morning while we were out at Flemington market and watching Jack interact with dad on the phone, was priceless. He’d only just woken up, and was staring blankly at the screen, then you could slowly see him wake up. Once he realised, the blankets started kicking and Jack started gurgling and, of course, attempted to eat the phone.
11 – 17th May
New foods this week: zucchini, mashed potato and apple and mango puree. Jack has been wolfing his meals down and as such I’ve started to add in a second feed during the day as well. The whole new foods and introducing solids still feels so overwhelming. I’m attempting to make little batches of fresh steamed veggies and obviously fresh fruit. I still have a few jars and food pouches in the kitchen cupboards for those days that I’m not that organised.
We celebrated Jack’s friend, Liam’s 1st birthday this week too! It is amazing to watch a gorgeous baby boy, grow and develop. That first time I saw you in hospital, you were a big boy, wrapped up and already trying to escape the confines of your blankets. The love and adoration, so evident on both your parents faces, hasn’t changed this whole year. You are one very loved little boy, spoilt by all that know you – your grandparents, your parents friends and of course, your mum and dad. I am thankful to be recognised by you and I love it when your smile lights up your whole face.
So Liam, Happy 1st birthday! You are one of the happiest boys that I know. Jack is lucky to live so close by, and I’m already picturing the years ahead when the boys will be able to play together and the many park dates that they will be dragging us to.
4 – 10th May
I sat down at the computer, chai in hand, a few peices of top deck remaining in the packet, about, oh, an hour ago. So far I’ve been chewing my thumbnail, turning around in my chair to watch the room reveals on Reno Rumble, catching up on facebook and doing everything except thinking about what to write. It’s Monday night, I’ve been slack and haven’t organised myself. I’m waiting on hubby to get home – he’s supervising the commentary record at the Ice House for this weeks episode of the Australian Ice Hockey League on Foxtel. Hopefully then, we can sit down together and watch the last ever episode of Revenge. As much as I love my mummy life, I also like to spend time with hubby. I’m very thankful that Jack has been such a great sleeper. He has been sleeping through the night since Christmas, giving me 10-13 hours of sleep each night. Hypothetically this should allow me to do so much. In reality, I still struggle to do the washing, or the dishes, or change the sheets when I’m meant to.But I don’t care. My aim each day is to look after my boy, and if that means that the floors aren’t sparkling, then so be it…
This weeks new foods were avocado, pumpkin and carrot. Jack wolfed down the avocado – he just loved it. He’s getting so strong, and he won’t be far off sitting unaided!
This was also the week leading up to mothers day. Jack and I had our crafty hat on and made our first ever footprint artworks. With Pinterest providing some inspiration, we traveled to Bunnings and bought some terracotta pots, paint, sealer, and Chrysanthemum (the natural choice for Mother’s Day plants). We didn’t end up with paint all over the deck, or all over Ben. The result below, I was quite happy with it. I loved the idea so much, that I thought I’d better keep one just for me. Obviously, Nan got one, and my brother will inherit the one that I have done for mum as well.
With James interstate filming the AIHL game in Newcastle and not making it back to Melbourne until late afternoon on Sunday, I had a quiet Mother’s Day morning. I’d have loved to say that Jack let me sleep in, but he didn’t. And I’d love to say that he organised breakfast in bed, but he didn’t. With James not home, Ben was quite comfortable and relaxed on dad’s side of the bed.
I ventured around to Altona to deliver the treasured artwork to Nan. I’d also been relatively creative and organised a photo mug. Upon the recommendations of a few friends I also bought a voucher to Fifth Element Day Spa for Leanne to enjoy. So we will see how it compares with her beloved Endota treatments.
I’m lucky enough to have fantastic family and friends. I had beautiful cards and chocolates hand delivered. James finally got back and surprised me with a cookbook set that I was after and a card! Something that I never get, and I love holding on to them for sentimental purposes. I think I’ve got all my birthday cards and Christmas cards from my childhood somewhere. He even took me out for dinner, and Jack went to sleep right as our main meals were put on the table. Pure bliss! I love a great steak, and Squires Loft always delivers! I was even allowed to order dessert – sticky date pudding on a cold Melbourne night. Yum!
My brother even attempted to surprise me with flowers and lindt chocolates. Only problem was that I foiled his plans, and followed him to mine when he thought that I would be out for dinner.
As I posted on Facebook, I’m so very lucky and privileged that I can join the ‘Mum’s Club.’ I love my little boy, and of course, my big fur boy, Ben.