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Monday, September 12, 2011

Cherish Your Cherubs - Praise

I'm joining in this week with Naomi @ Seven Cherubs.

Praise is something we have been practising more and more lately as the little man is understanding and seems to be listening to wht B and I tell him. It amazes me at times - the things he understands.

Yesterday we were watching the football and at half time I started cleaning up all the mess the little man had been making, packing his toys back into their baskets etc. As I was doing it I verbalised 'Time to pack up' 'Put your toys away' and similar things ;) and he suprised me by grabbing toys and putting them into the baskets! It was so cute actually and he was so proud of himself. I couldn't help but shower him with praise. He had the biggest smile on his face.

I'm really trying to keep things positive in our house, I try to only say 'No' when he is doing something that could be dangerous for him.

I also try and explain why I want him to do or not do different things, even though I don't know how much he understands. Like the other day when he was pulling all the MCN's (Modern Cloth Nappies) out of the basket. Even though it was frustrating to watch as they take aggggggggggggggggggges to put together, I tried to remain calm and asked him to stop and then explained why. B and I are really trying to let him explore and allow him to be naturally curious. Whenever he does something really well we give him the necessary praise and I think that this has helped especially recently with his eating and touching of finger foods.

No matter what though - This parenting thing is always a challenge no matter how cute your kid is

Saturday, September 10, 2011


I went for a run today. Yep me. I know - I shocked myself too!

As part of my 12WBT journey I have to do pre tests to gauge my level of fitness and part of that was a 1km timetrial. It's been a while since I ran anywhere to be honest. I have bad knees and use that as an excuse too! This morning I asked B to come down to the oval with me and time how long it took me to run a kilometer. I set myself a goal of being able to do it within 8 minutes and managed to do it with a time of 6m37s.

It wasn't pretty, I had to stop and walk for a bit - but nethertheless I acheived my goal and completed the fitness test! Onwards and upwards. B, Little man and I then went and did the grocery shopping using the meal plans set. I am looking forward to eating some nice and healthy meals. Looking at the menu and the amounts of meat allocated it has already made me realise that I overeat! But I guess that is the whole point! I then spent my afternoon cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Some of those meals are going to be delish :) I'm trying to pre cook as much as I can. That way I'm organised and less tempted to grab take-away.

As I'm a glutton for punishment at the moment I also went to the gym and did a 500cal workout while the little man had his afternoon nap. I am not too sure how I am going to get myself off the couch tonight though! My body is exhausted. As soon as I sat down I felt my muscles relax and now they are stiffening. I'm thinking an early night and lots of sleep will help :) Luckily for me Sundays are a rest day!

Hope your weekend is looking good!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday - The dreaded photos!

As I blogged about the other day - I have signed up to 12WBT this round. I've started working my way through the pre season tasks.Some of them were challenging let me tell you and they really required a deeper thinking and also admitting a few things to myself about why I make excuses :(

This morning I asked B to help me take some 'before' photos as part of task eight. Well let's just say the photos will be ALL the motivation I need! I don't think i'll be posting them but they are an eye opener for me. But I am more determined than ever to acheive results! I

Today I am thankful for my determination. I am going to work hard, I am going to succeed and I am going to lose this baby weight! I am motivated :) and looking forward to the challenge!

What are you thankful for? I'm playing along here with Kate Says Stuff

Monday, September 5, 2011

The simple things

Today Little man and I had a few things planned. We went into the city and had lunch with Cooper's Grandad for Fathers Day (My Dad). Little man showed off to Grandads office (although just quietly Grandad was looking quite chuffed).

Afterwards we shopped for a new hat! Little man has grown a bit since summer - definitely needed a new one :) we also printed out some new photos.

Then we came home and did something unplanned. We played outside with the cats and explored the backyard. Here are a few pics from our afternoon.

Modelling my new hat

hmmm that didn't last long

Look Daddy missed some when he mowed!

intrigued by a feather :)

Malibu and Little Man


A fun afternoon exploring for us. What did you get upto today?

12 WBT - Here we go!

I was flicking around on the internet the other night and came across some 12WBT stuff. I looked into signing up last round, but honestly thought it would be a waste of money and that I could do it myself...... Well that totally has not happened and I find myself feeling like I have lost confidence. Quite simply it comes down to the fact that I am not happy with the way I look :(

So here we go! I signed up before I could change my mind and now a few other people I know have also joined. I am determined to make a real go of this and make lots of changes. I'm going to post some of my goals and stuff on here to make it real. I'm telling you guys so that I can't back out! I no longer want to blame pregnancy. I need to visit the gym more often and make better food selections!

I'm ready to change and looking forward to the next 12 weeks :) and beyond!! Summer!!!

Anyone else joining the 12WBT journey? Or anyone who has completed round one or two? I'd love to hear about what you thought of the program and any tips/pointers for me


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Fathers Day B!

Today is Fathers Day - and the first one for B and the little man.

Little Man was super excited about the day and decided he couldn't wait to see his daddy! So started crying out at 4:30am...... B went into him and got him back to sleep but the day started for us @ 6:15 (how I wish my son took after me with loving sleep....). B received some new socks (his request) a picture from the little man and will receive a photobook when artscow comes through with the goods!

Little Man making his picture a few days ago

We had a nice family breakfast of bacon and eggs and then headed to the beach for a day out with Daddy.

It rained on the way there and I was thinking it would be horrible but when we arrived the rain stopped and the clouds started to part.

Somehow B managed to sneak a fishing rod into the car.... so we dropped him off to have a fish and little man and I went shopping for our picnic lunch. We passed a market on the way and pulled in for a look.
There wasn't very much there but I did pick up some delish choc peppermint fudge for B and I. Although it was $5 a piece so it would have wanted to be good!

Then we headed back to meet B. I decided to grab out the baby bjorn (perhaps for the last time as he is WAY too heavy) and walk across the sand to see if B had been catching any. Little man loves being outside and he was flapping his arms and kicking his legs like crazy! Probably one of the reasons why I think it was the last time!

Our picnic lunch was beautiful - A nice simple day spent with the two people who make my world spin.
Happy first Fathers Day B. We are so lucky to have you!

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Love is a beautiful thing and this week I am grateful for the love I have in my life.

I'm Grateful for B - he is an amazing husband and father, I still smile when I see the way he interacts with the little man. He is so hands on with him, without me having to do a thing! He is and always has been a wonderful source of support for me through this journey of motherhood and I love him more each day. (soppy I know).

I'm grateful for each and every day I have had so far with the little man. I still am amazed at how much I can love a single human being. He has in 11 months taught me more than I ever thought possible. His smiles light up my days. His laughter melts my heart and his growing personality makes me so proud on a daily basis. I'm grateful for all that he teaches me about being a mum. He has definitely made me a better person :)

Lastly I am grateful for my family. I love how close we are. This week has showed me once again that when it comes down to it my family will be there to help me out - no matter how much they need to put themselves out. My sister, my brothers, my mum and dad would do anything for me and in turn my little man. With the illnesses and events we have had this year, the love in our family has proven to be strong. I love the way that we are always here for each other.

Love. So blessed to have a life full of it.

Back to before

Last night I went to watch a basketball game.
This would be seemingly insignificant to most people but for me it was something that used to be a major part of my life. You see before my little man came along, I was a basketball coach for Representative basketball. I would have games each Friday night and training each Sunday morning and Wednesday night as well. I travelled back to where I grew up to coach and for those of you who are Melbournites - I travelled down the dreaded ring road... yep three times a week... generally peak hour (that part I do not miss!) Even whilst pregnant I coached - right up until I was eight and a half months!

So when one of the kids I had previously coached asked me to come and watch her play a final I decided to pack the little man into the car and head into Albert Park. Even though the game was right at his bedtime the little man behaved like a champ. I took his dinner with us and fed him whilst we were watching the game, although I do think he will be a basketballer when he is older! It was so hard to feed him! He was tracking the game and even clapping when the people around us clapped :) That was pretty cute.  He sat in the pram and watched for the most part and towards the end when he started to get cranky, one of the players little sisters came over and played peek-a-boo with him which he loved!

Meanwhile I sat and watched with a few of the parents and I must say I loved it! It was like stepping back into my previous life. My life before becoming a mum.

It made me think about if/when I'd like to return to coaching in the future? I think I really would - but I'm unsure if the travel would be too much for the little man and whether B would be as keen as I am.

I don't know - but I do know that stepping back to before, even just for a night was great!

Do you have something that you used to do and miss? even just a little? I'd love to hear about it :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Night in the kitchen

Have you ever had those moments where you feel inspired to grab a recipe book and make something a little more interesting then the same old chicken and salad dinners? Yes? Well that was me tonight.

I must admit I do enjoy cooking. Particularly if it turns out deliciously tasty...... and I think I find it relaxing in an odd kind of way!

I had some apples that I wanted to turn into a dessert for the little man - and B and I had forgotten to take out any meat for dinner. So I grabbed a few cook books and after about 5 minutes of flicking through, decided upon a Beef Vindaloo from the CSIRO cookbook. I have made it before (burnt the bottom though) and decided it might be a better idea to stay close by this time :)

Concurrently I decided to whip up an apple and oatmeal dessert using a recipe I found on the wholesome baby food website. There is some really good stuff on there so if you are into making the food for your bub I recommend hitting it up!
So I sent B to the supermarket with the little man in tow and while they were gone I started on the apple dish.

Apple pieces and oats cooking slowly

With cinnamon added

Served up ready to go!
Then when B returned from the shops I started the 80 minute cooking process of the beef vindaloo. I took my laptop into the kitchen and cooked/facebooked/blogged all at once to pass the time. A tiny bit of 'me time'. Here are the results

simmering away

almost cooked and ready to serve

The finished product

B and I sat down to eat and he was suitably impressed. The taste was sort of sweetish with an added spiciness (if that is even a word).The two empty bowls proved the meal was a success. Cooking a meal from scratch did however make me realise that I'd like to try and do that more often, less processed and less preservatives - but also good for the soul...

Anyone else been on an adventure in the kitchen lately?


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kudos to Cudo

I've admitted on here before that I am addicted to online shopping. Shoes, clothes, baby stuff! When the deals come straight to your inbox how can you not click BUY? They sound so great!

So I have a few daily emails with super dooper deals sent to me and I casually flick through and delete all the laser treatments and teeth whitening ones (which seem to be there almost daily) and ponder the food deals. I love food and B loves not spending money. ever. bargains. So way back in March I bought a deal for a restaurant in St Kilda. Now I may or may not have already let one of these deals expire so I decided I would not let that happen again and have called a few times to try and get a booking - but nights free of the little man are rare (which is how I like it) and they have been booked out when I have called.

The last time I called, the friendly waiter dude told me to try mid week as you didn't need to book so far in advance. Nice tip :) So yesterday my childcare plans for tomorrow fell through and I had to make other arrangements which needed to include the little man sleeping at his grandparents place which is over an hour away as there is no chance of dropping him off before work. So suddenly B and I had this 'free week night' that the waited dude had spoken of. So I booked and off we went.

I tried to take a photo of the Melbourne skyline on the drive in but iphone and dirty car windows made it almost impossible. B attempted to warn me annoyed me by telling me it wouldn't work so I am posting this photo in spite of him and to maybe try and prove a point even though I know it looks terrible.

The voucher was $39 - but I had a ten dollars off coupon so paid only $29. This entitled us to a antipasto tasting plate, two mains, two desserts and a bottle of wine. I thought it sounded pretty good!

B and I have never been huge on the eating out - I think it was because we lived together early on so we never had much to discuss at dinner, so we'd eat and leave quickly. Since having the little man in our lives we probably value that time more though and it was lovely to just sit for a couple of hours and chat uninterrupted.

The food was delicious! I had a steak with some yummy potatoes and B went for a beef stroganoff. Usually he chooses whatever meal he thinks will be the biggest - he's a tight ass value for money kind of guy :)

I really enjoyed relaxing with B and was very impressed with the quality and quantity of the meal. The suckered me in with a chocolate mousse at the end too. Ahhh well gym tomorrow.........

I'm off to find my next online deal!

Monday, August 29, 2011


He cannot walk - He cannot talk! But my oh my can he make a mess!

The little man is getting around the place faster and faster these days. Toys are apparently now obsolete for the most part. whacking and dropping remote controls, tissue ripping and pulling washing from clothes horses seem to be the most entertaining things to do so it would seem.

I've always had a thing about playpens. I guess it's one of those things that as a mother you either use or don't use. I don't really like the look of them - Whilst I can definitely see the merit in them (especially today....) it's just something that I've got a thing about. I have no idea if it stems from my childhood? (Note to self to ask parentals if we had one).

To say the little man dislikes tissues is an understatement. He throws a massive turd like tantrum dislikes it intensely it when you try to wipe his nose. So it makes me smile when he sees a tissue lying around or even the box of them and his eyes light up like it's Christmas. He looks at you cheekily and even if you say NO (which frankly seems to encourage him) and rips it to shreds. I'm not talking ripping in half, literally piece by piece ripped apart and thrown on the floor. It's like he thinks 'haha you can't get me with this one!'.

So constantly now I am having to monitor his every move. As soon as he is on the floor he either crawls to the TV cabinet pulls himself up and bangs it like a drum, finds tissues to destroy or chases his ball around the floor and when he sees the clothes horse pulls all the washing in his reach off. I don't love hanging washing out. But I really dislike hanging it out again and again and again. I do not like this game little man. It does make it fairly hard to get any facebooking/blogging housework done whilst he is awake.

Today I had a plan......We have a safety gate on his room so that Malibu and Roxy are deterred from entering. He loves playing in his room and I have babyproofed it all so he can only reach things that are safe for him. So I changed his nappy and left him in there to play while I hung a load of washing out.

This is when destructo-man came to visit.....

I walked back in and heard silence - Which ever parent knows means only one thing.... I'm doing something I shouldn't be doing.

This is the trail of destruction a 10 month old cause in less than 3 minutes :)

I wonder if he found what he was looking for?

Spot the baby :)

So all the toys were pulled off the shelf. Poor teddy got thrown around a bit! He obviously tried to find a book to read :) Pulled clothes and nappies out (not his MCN's thank god!) but the funniest part was that I actually had to look to find him! He was under the change table and he thought he was pretty funny yes? I love the fact that he knew he was being cheeky!

Ahhh that face makes my heart melt.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A little dose of Sunshine

This week Melbourne has turned on the weather and it has been fantastic! I'm the first to admit that I hate winter so having 5+ 20 degree days smack bang in the middle of it has been quite enjoyable.

Before I had the little man in my life I think my hate for winter wasn't as passionate but as any parents out there would know - with winter comes sickness and to be honest I am SO over having a house full of snot :) The little man has had an on/off runny nose and cough since April and for want of a better word it SUCKS!

So because of the never ceasing sickness and lack of sunshine over the past few months there have been few opportunities to get outside and enjoy the weather. Last Saturday with the sunshine gods turning it on B and I decided to take the little man for a play at the park - and also to suss out a place suitable to have his birthday party.

We packed the pram and some lunch, tried to find a hat that fit the little man and off we set. The place we found would be perfect if it wasn't for all the graffiti (note to self - email council about that). It has a BBQ area and seating and an awesome playground for the kidlets. The most important part though was that the little man gave his tick of approval.

It was only his second trip to the park - but I think that he is definitely going to be an outdoorsy kid! He had so much fun bouncing around, sliding and even playing in the sand.Afterwards we took him for a nice walk around the lake, it was a lovely family day out in the sunshine. I am so looking forward to many more of these throughout summer!

The sunshine this week got me thinking about how a little vitamin D improves my mood. I found it easy to get out of bed every morning and hit up the gym (something that I constantly battle with) which in turn increased my motivation and energy levels! I had such a lovely week - but am I the only one who feels these effects from sunshine and beautiful weather? Anyone else have these feelings?

Keep it up Melbourne - I'm loving it


Thursday, August 25, 2011

How much is too much?

So Fathers day is less than 10 days away - Is it wrong that I am so excited about it?

I decided to make B a photobook as his gift. It took FOREVER! I expected it to be a little time consuming (I made some for gifts at Christmas time) but it honestly took me a few days to complete. Mainly because now that the little man is 10 months old and on the move, I cannot just put him on the floor with a few toys - He is destructive and fast! but that is another post entirely...........

So basically I found all the photos of B and the little man as well as some of our favourites from the past 10 months and combined them with some captions written by the little guy (if he could string words together). I love it and I'm really hoping B feels the same way!
Then came all the fathers day catalogues..... So now I'm thinking do I need to get him something else? B is an active/outdoors kind of guy and has wanted a table tennis table for aggggggggggggggges.

We have never really had anywhere to store it though but now we have an undercover area out the back which would suit it well I think. So now I am contemplating getting him one but is it relevant? too much? should I wait until christmas? arghhhhhhhhhhhh

I really want to make the day special for B as he is such an awesome dad - So i'm thinking of heading to the beach with my little family and having a picnic :) Hope the weather holds up!

What are your fathers day ideas? Any family traditions for the day?


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Party Time??

I am starting to organise the little man's 1st birthday party. I have always said I wasn't going to go huge - but when I sat down to make a FB event write a list I was amazed at how big it got so quickly.

I do have a big family but am I going overboard? I want to invite friends that have already played a big part in his life too. Clearly I know the little man is not going to remember the day but isn't it also about celebrating us? a year of being a family? The year that our lives changed for the better?

I don't know......

Well anyway my ideas for the day go like this. A BBQ at a local park where there are playgrounds/skateparks etc for the older kids. This way I dont have to make my house spotless, nor will I have guests still hanging around well into the night!

We will do drinks/sausages/salads and have a pinata and maybe some lolly bags if I get around to it :) Mostly I just want to have a low key day celebrating the first year of the little mans life.

I have never organised a kids party before so I really don't know what else I should do. Any ideas for me? I'm feeling a bit under pressure, particularly when speaking with the mums in my mothers group! They all have such creative ideas.
I'm thinking of going with a NEMO theme as that is what is on the little mans walls (and his daddy is a obsessed fisherman!) Think blues and greens and maybe a splash of orange.

And then comes the big part - THE CAKE!?!?!?!?!?!
Think I might have to cruise the net for a Nemo cake :) It is going to test my chef skills thats for sure.

So if you have organised kids parties and have a tip or two for me please share. I need all the help I can get!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Teeth - you are ruining my weekend

I hate teeth.

There are many reasons why - I guess it goes back to being a child and having to visit that smelly dental van that came to your primary school.
Then when I had a massive toothache in high school and had to get a root canal.
Then again when I went on Christmas holidays to Merimbula and had a toothache for 3 days, couldn't sleep, eat, or see a dentist as Christmas and boxing day were on the weekend so the Monday/Tuesday were public holidays... my oh my I still remember that pain.

But most of all I hate teeth because of the little man. I can't stand seeing him in pain. This would honestly be the worst part of parenting by far. Seeing your child in pain breaks your heart. EVERY TIME.
He is such a happy bub most of the time, and generally gets through teething fairly well (or he did last time). But this time he has been dealt a cruel blow. This time he is getting 4 top teeth. At once. This has been happening for about a week and a half now. Little man will be happily playing and then all of a sudden screaming in pain. It's horrible.

Yesterday was the worst. B has been away with work this week so it makes it even more difficult (Respect to the parents who do this alone 100% of the time) because I'm the only one who can get up and console him. Teeth don't really care that I only had 2 hours sleep. Nor do they care that after trying to console him for an hour and a half (think constant screaming) I had to break my no co-sleeping rule. They also don't care that my baby is almost 10 kilos and is hard to restrain/hold tightly and cuddle.

I don't think the little man has fallen asleep in my arms since he was a wee little thing. But yesterday after crying his eyes out he did - bless him.

Ignore boobs - look at his poor red eyes :(
We don't have much planned this weekend thankfully but I do want to take the little man to the footy as he was ill last time we were going to go. Maybe this is a sign he isn't a footy fan!

So hurry the heck up please teeth! cut through and then leave the little man alone.


Friday, June 24, 2011

I love Tony.... and the mailman

Last month I celebrated my birthday :)

When I say celebrated I mean I woke up and little man was sick so B had to take the day off. I went to work and B didn't get me a present because he used up his good idea for Mothers Day (the negative to a birthday/mothers day in the same month I guess). However he did clean the house!

So when I received a birthday VIP email from Tony Bianco I decided I was owed a present. And with a 30% off birthday discount it hardly felt like spending!
Now I love Tony Bianco shoes - I am however a tightarse when it comes to buying shoes though as being a teacher my shoes do yard duty in mud/rain/heat so generally I buy cheapies for work and have some expensive staple shoes.
Last birthday I bought myself a pair of Tony Bianco flat brown boots to wear with leggings and dresses to work hmmmm I see a theme here......

So I bought them a couple of weeks ago online and today the postman came a knocking.......

Shiny white boxes........
I bought myself 2 new pairs. One of them is a little adventurous for me (the name of the shoe suckered me in).

The wedges I bought because they are blue! I haven't seen a whole lot of blue shoes lately so I thought they'd be a bit different to everyone else - and they are not black which I tend to stick to!

Front on view

The heel is pretty high........
My foot is a size 10 and I love the way these shoes look smaller - I hate being noticed for big feet.

see how the bottom of the shoe is smaller because the length of the foot is elevated in the heel ;)

I am in love
Now the second pair I bought were a sucker purchase as I mentioned before. I still love them - but they are very different from what i usually wear. I don't often wear heels so I can't imagine that these shoes will get 'worn out' but nevertheless I still love the different style. I feel very fashionable!

Ignore my jeans..... 
off centre
The photos are a bit crap - I was using self timer...but you get the idea.

So clearly you can tell how excited I am about my 'Birthday Presents'.

What was your latest exciting purchase? Anyone else loving Tony and the postman right about now?


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

SAHM Vs Working Mum

Why is it that when we give birth we automatically inherit mothers guilt??
As I wrote about a while ago - I am back at work part time. 3 days a week. I'm a teacher so the hours are pretty reasonable, holidays are awesome and money isn't too bad but I hate leaving my little man.

So I'm wondering - is it just because he is 8 months old?and I feel like I'm missing so much or will I feel like this forever! guilt, guilt, guilt

I love it when I pick him up from daycare and he is so excited to see me :) but then I feel guilty that I haven't spent the day with him. Obviously when I think rationally I tell myself I'm working so that we can do more things as a family, have more money and be in a better financial position for the future but it still sucks.

I try to make the most of the days I have off by doing things with him, visiting other bubbas and friends but also love just staying at home and enjoying the simple moments we have.

I guess I just don't want to miss those 'firsts' with him.


Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday.

Playing along with My Little Drummer Boys

Little man wearing a MeGuy bib @ a birthday party :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Meet Me Monday

Here we are again - weekend done and dusted and the working week begins.
So I'm livening up my Monday by once again linking up with Java @ Never Growing Old for 'Meet Me Mondays' :)
So if you'd like to join in  - answer the five questions below and then link up your post to Java's.
Simple right?

Here we go!

This week's questions are;
1.  What feature of the opposite sex do you notice first?
2.  Do you talk to yourself?

3.  What is your current relationship status?
4.  Do you have a garden?
5.  What is your favorite licorice flavor?

My Answers
1.  What feature of the opposite sex do you notice first?
I guess normally I notice eyes/facial attributes. I love eyes. I think that you can tell a lot about someone from their eyes. B has strange colour changing eyes. Random fact there!

2.  Do you talk to yourself?
I do talk to myself at times - mostly it is when I am working and making mental lists etc. I like to talk it out first so I know what I need to do. They say you only have to worry about talking to yourself when you start to answer!

3.  What is your current relationship status?
I'm happily married to B :) We have been together for nine years this year!

4.  Do you have a garden?
Yes. But I cannot take a whole lot of credit for that. It was already landscaped when we moved/bought this place. I always have great intentions about having a vegie garden (I did successfully grow some tomatoes this summer) and love the idea of being self sustaining in that area but I am totally shit at gardening - excuse my language. Once I got B to buy me fencing and everything I needed for a vegie patch. He then dutifully built it all for me one weekend - then I put fertiliser too close to the seeds and nothing grew. FAIL. I do love the idea of using my own fresh ingredients from the garden for cooking so maybe I need to get busy and take a class or read up on the net!

5.  What is your favorite licorice flavor?
I absolutely hate black licorice, aniseed, those black jelly beans and licorice bullets or allsorts. Yeah pretty much any black licorice. I do however like raspberry/strawberry flavoured licorice twists, the ones you get from Darrell Lea. But licorice is definitely not my first choice for a lolly!


Gym revival #6834

Okay so a new week is beginning and I am attempting to going to start utilising my gym membership. Yep I've been paying a ridiculous amount per week since I tried to motivate myself a while back.

I got B to get me a wii fit for Christmas.... hmmmm not so much use out of that. I just find it hard to juggle work/little man/running a household. I know I'm not the only one but arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I just want to get healthy etc.

No more bad food. Exercise EVERY day.

I start tomorrow.

So this is a very short post. Mostly it's about me being accountable. I am accountable to you! Tomorrow I'm going to weigh myself and do some measurements etc. Changes will be a happening ;)

Hope you all had a lovely weekend


Saturday, June 18, 2011

My beautiful Holly Girl xoxoxo

Today was one of those days - I was out the back pottering around (actually checking to see if I have any more  tomatoes growing- minor miracle there!) and I saw the ribbon B tied around Holly's plant.
This is a different kind of post - a sad one for me. About Holly. My poor Holly Girl.

This is Holly. She was a beagle puppy that I bought for B for his birthday one year - many moons ago - very early in our life together, I think 2004. We were planning on moving out with a friend from uni, but the move was still a few weeks away when we bought Holly. B's parents were less then thrilled to put it nicely, so we shacked in with my grandparents for a couple of weeks as Holly wasn't welcome anywhere else...

Holly became such an important part of our lives - I know there are some people who don't get it. Why we were so upset when we lost her.  Honestly I was probably one of those people until last year. But I guess all I can say is that she was like our baby - She slept on our bed, followed me everywhere around the house, always wanted to be close to B and myself. We took her everywhere with us, and when we lost her we were devastated. Still are actually. I have tears writing this now.

Holly was always a bit mischievous - but not in a totally bad way. Yeah she wrecked a few things, chewed a few pairs of shoes and dug holes. Mostly she just sniffed out any food that was available and demolished it. Once I came home from work and let her inside and she just flopped to the ground, literally not even able to get up she was that FAT. I looked outside and realised that B had accidentally left the entire container of dry food out there that morning..... let's just say that most of it was gone and that Holly looked like a keg on legs.

There are so many things I could write about her, stories that you may or may not find funny/sad/entertaining but mostly tonight I want to let out a bit of the guilt that I feel every time I think of that day in June last year.

 I guess to explain what happened I need to fill in the details of the previous few days. Our house has a double garage attached. The garage has a single roller door at the back of the garage that leads to an undercover carport (where B used to store the boat before the robbery). There is a gate at the back of the carport that leads to the grassed area of our yard. When we had Holly we always kept this gate closed. Never ever ever ever would we have the gate, the single garage door, the double garage door open at the same time.

Last year - the week that we lost Holly, there were some fierce storms in our area. The kind that they tell you to secure everything in your yard. Strong storms. So on the Wednesday night B and I were sitting in our lounge room watching some TV and we couldn't hear a thing because of the storm. It was blowing this horrible wind that was causing the gate (which is quite heavy) to bang and shake. The noise was REALLY annoying. I was 5 months pregnant at the time so I stayed inside whilst B went out and opened the gate and secured it to the house to alleviate the noise. No big deal really. We continued with our night and probably my TV addiction :)

I'm not sure if I have mentioned that B is a fisherman. A sponsored angler, so he often fishes competitions which require him to take his boat and be away for the weekend. So on the Thursday evening B opened the single garage roller door at the back so he could access his boat and charge the electric motor etc.ready for a comp that he had coming up the next day.

Friday morning comes around. B and I usually leave around the same time for work - but if we don't whoever leaves first always shuts the garage door (electric button) as they leave. Always. Except on Friday 18th June 2010.

B was in the garage as I piled my stuff in the car - he was doing the same, putting his bag and laptop in his car. Every morning we had the same routine,  Holly and also Malibu and Roxy (the kittens) put outside just before we leave. So this day, I open the garage and say goodbye and hop in my car, leaving B standing with his car. I assume (and yes assumption IS the mother of all fuck ups), I assume that he is leaving straight away too. So I drive off but don't press the button to close the garage as I can see him in there. He was in fact going to leave, but had forgotten to brush his teeth - so he ducked back inside for maybe 2 minutes.

So it started out as any other day until about 12:45pm. I get a call on my mobile from the local ranger in my area. She calls and tells me that Holly is out the front of our house. WTF I think? How did she get out? The fences are so high? The ranger tells me that my next door neighbour tried to coax her into his garage but she wouldn't go. She also says that the ranger has tried to catch her but can't. She says that Holly is just hanging around the front of the house and asks i there is someone who could come and get her/let her in to the yard as they cannot find how she has escaped. So I email B. He works 8 minutes away.

I have actually just been emailing him and he has replied - but when I send him subject R U THERE - EMERGENCY. I get no reply. So I call his work and receptionist says she will find him, as I tell her why I need to speak with him. He calls maybe 5 minutes later and I tell him the situation. He says he will leave work and go and let her in. We joke about how clever she is having avoided being caught by the ranger. Saving us $$. So B goes and tells his boss and then leaves work. At this point I am also telling a coworker about what happened and joking about Holly's avoidance of the ranger.

B leaves work - it takes 8 minutes to get home. He is about 3 minutes away when he gets a call from his mum. She says she had been contacted by the Vet - Holly is there. B assumes that they have caught her and taken her there as it is quite close to our house. So he goes there instead of home to get her.

He walks in and the lady comes and does the usual 'How can I help you?' He says that he is here to pick up his dog, Holly, a beagle. She doesn't smile - her face tells it all. He knows.

I call him about 20 minutes later. He answers and I ask 'Did you let her in? Is she okay?' not knowing that he is at the vets. I still think that he has gone home to let her in. 'Not really' he answers. 'What do you mean not really?' he stutters - some silence. 'I don't want to tell you on the phone' 'just tell me B. Is she okay?' 'No babe, she's gone' his voice breaks and I know that he is trying not to cry, not to let me hear the sadness in his voice. The conversation from there I can't recall. I know I made him tell me what had happened, even though he didn't want to. He knew how upset I'd be and he knew that I'd probably react a million times worse being a hormonal pregnant woman!.

I drove home from work and cried the whole way. I mean balled my eyes out - It probably wasn't safe for me to drive I was that much of a mess (Hence B not wanting to tell me over the phone). I got home and literally B and I cried. and cried. We couldn't beleive that it had happened. We still don't know why/how it exactly did.

The vet told B that Holly had been hit by a car. A doctor. He bought her straight to the Vet (it was across the road) but there was nothing they could do. When B got there they took him into see her and she was still warm to touch. It had only just happened. This plagued us. We 'if only' and 'what if' ed a lot in those first few days. What if I'd shut the garage, what if B had shut the gate, what if he'd left work 2 minutes earlier, what if, what if.

Clearly it's a mistake that we can't fix - It is still probably the worst weekend of our lives so far. And yep - if you don't have a pet that you have treated like a member of the family you probably don't understand this post. We had so many plans for the little man and Holly :( It still makes me teary each time I think about it.

So Holly - It's 12 months today since you passed away. We are still sorry....... every single day. We miss you more than you will ever know.


PUSH - Shoes

I've been meaning to post this all week - but life got in the way!

So here we are playing along with Dani @ HelloOwl. The idea is to push your photography and creative skills to the max! Then link back up with HelloOwl and check out the other blogs that are joining in this week!

This weeks theme: SHOES

It's not the best quality pic - but you get the idea of what I was going for. A certain someone was trying to hit/push/grab/kick the camera so it was a little challenging to get the picture!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Flowers, pretty flowers.

Once upon a time I received a bunch of flowers for my birthday. They were pretty. But I made a mistake. One that B is still punishing me for reminding me of :)
We were away, staying in a caravan for the weekend of my birthday when I received the flowers, and I didn't have any vases to put them in. B and I had only gone away for a few days and were returning home on the day of my birthday and so I thought I'd wait to get home to put them into water. That was the first mistake.

Then we got home and excitedly I put down everything in the lounge room even the flowers. Then my parents took me out for dinner to celebrate my birthday and when we got home I went to sleeeeeep.

My little sister ended up putting the flowers into water for me. To B this was significant. He didn't believe me when I said I simply forgot to put them in a vase. Which I honestly sort of did. Anyways I did feel guilty about it. He was really upset that I hadn't looked after the flowers.

So since then I haven't received any bunches of flowers at all from B. I really miss that occasional surprise that I used to get -  mind you it has been over 6 years! I get kind of jealous when others share their stories of getting flowers. I wish I could rewind the clock and put them in water!!!
It's been a long time - obviously he isn't upset about it anymore. He says it's the principle of it. He's very stubborn huh!

* B does give me a rose on our anniversary. One for each year of marriage :) So that's sweet.

Help me - What do you think I can do to change B's mind? Is there any hope of me getting flowers again?
Do you have a similar story? Is your partner stubborn?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Eeerily quiet in here tonight....

Wow - so tonight is the first night our little man has slept away from us. It's so quiet in this house that it is scary ahaha.

My sister turns 21 tomorrow - and what did she want? A day with my little man :) Seriously I can understand that! He is tooooo cute. He usually spends tomorrow with my mum anyways so instead of her coming here to look after him he is staying the night there and my sister will bring him back tomorrow afternoon.

B and I are kind of lost without him. 8 months of putting our little man to sleep and going through our nightly routine it feels so strange not to have him in the house. B even emailed me from work today to say 'What are we going to do tonight? I  miss him already!'. I thought that was really cute!

So at work today people were asking what I was going to do with my night off and B got the same questions. So when we got home we decided to go out for dinner. Not because we wanted to really - just so as we'd have something to say when people ask tomorrow. How strange is that!

I cannot beleive how much stuff I had to pack for him for a one night stay! Food, clothes, bottles, bedding, bath stuff, nappies, toys..... it was like 4 bags worth!

So here I am feeling lonely in this big house and wondering... What do you do when your kids aren't around?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Little Man on the camera...

Here is an accidental self portrait taken by the little man.

We are having a cruisey day at home and I'm trying to get some pics of him.... he has other ideas! He grabbed the camera and this is the result. I kinda like it :)

It is a little freaky with almost not being able to see his nose! - That's what happens when an almost 8 month old is grabbing the camera!!


Meet Me Monday :)

Happy Monday Guys!
For those of you who like me are enjoying the Queens Birthday long weekend, I hope you haveing a great one.
I'm linking up with Java over at never growing old and joining in with the Meet Me Monday game. So if you'd like to play along answer the following questions and then link it back here :) Then have a peek at some new blogs!


1.  What is your favorite yogurt flavor?
2.  Ankle or knee socks? and on the same theme, white socks or coloured??
3.  How is the weather right now?
4.  Are you a fast typer?
5.  Red or White Wine?

My Answers 
1.  What is your favorite yogurt flavor?
My favourite yoghurt flavour is any kind of berry flavored. Especially strawberry but not with too many chunks in it. My one time absolute favourite is the gippsland dairy twist. God they are delicious. If you haven't tried it I suggest you do! Yuuuuum..... Makes me want one now actually!

2.  Ankle or knee socks? and on the same theme, white socks or coloured??
I'm all about the ankle socks, unless I'll wearing business pants for work - then I try to find a pair of black mid length ones.  As for the coloured/white part I think mine are mostly white, but have coloured logos and designs on them. Most of my socks are sporty ankle ones that I got when I worked at Rebel Sport - Thank you staff discount!!

3.  How is the weather right now?
Today in Melbourne it actually looks really nice  the sun is streaming through my glass doors and warming me as I sit here blogging - however I'm sure if I opened the door and stepped outside it would be chilly! I'm pretty sure the forecast said a top of about 13 degrees Celsius :)

4.  Are you a fast typer?
I'm not professional fast or anything but I do type at a reasonable pace. I don't really touch type though I mostly have my eyes on the keyboard (and then go back and fix all my spelling errors afterwards).

5.  Red or White Wine?
White Wine. I'm actually fairly tame when it comes to wine. I like Moscato - particularly Brown Brothers :) Pretty much if it tastes sweet and there isn't a whole lot of an aftertaste then I like it.... Yep I'm a wuss.  Red wine doesn't really do it for me although I will admit I haven't tried many at all!

Join in!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday bloody Sunday

I had some awesome plans for today.
B and I were going to take the little man to see his first AFL game and I was super excited about it. He has the cutest beanie and little Carlton jersey. Seriously looks so cute I could eat him (For those on FB - you probably know the pic I am referring too!)

But as you have probably guessed we didn't make it to the game. About 11:30 last night the little man awoke happy as larry. B was already asleep so I got him up did a quick change and put some teething gel on him (His FOUR top teeth are coming through) and was about to put him back down when..... KAPOW!!! He did his first ever projectile. Literally covered me :( I have photographic proof! The only good part about it was that I was wearing B's jumper :)

So we changed him and put him back to sleep and he slept perfectly until 7:30 this morning. B got him up so that I could have a sleep in. I heard the little man grizzling a little but I slept through somehow. Anyways I woke properly at around 10 and checked my phone to see two texts from B asking me to come and help. I came down to the lounge and saw my little man snuggled up asleep on B. Which would have been really cute except he was super sick.

So my beautifully planned trip to the footy was replaced with nursing, cuddling and trying to keep my gorgeous little mans temperature down. He had a few big sleeps and didn't go off his food/drink which was good but inevitably it was a long and exhausting day - As all of the parents reading this would know.

I would so much rather be 10 X sicker myself and just take away his pain - It's so horrible when they are so sick that they lose that spark from their eye :( Parenting at it's worst!
Thankfully he is much better tonight and I'm hoping that he continues to get better tomorrow.
So much for a fabulous long weekend!!!!!

Hope you are all having a better one!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My Mum and a few other things.....

This week I'm grateful for a few things.

1. Chicken Parmas
Weird I know but I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to eating a chicken parma for dinner tonight. The familiarity and the comfort of it.... Yum

2. Music
I put on Channel V this morning and had a great time listening to some tunes. Yep I sang and may have even danced a little too. Music takes me to so many different places and triggers so many memories. It's nice.

3. Long weekends
I love that I still have 2 more days to spend with my little family.

The fourth, final but also the most important one is my Mumma.
My Mum had a heart attack last week which really shocked us all. She has had a few health problems over the last 4 years, but this was really serious. I am grateful that she is still here with us, that she can still see the little man growing, laughing and learning every day. That she is still here to support me and to just be my Mum :)

Join in with Maxabella here

Have an awesome weekend xx


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Why do TV shows suddenly make me cry?!?

I'm not sure if I have admitted this here yet but I am a TV ADDICT :)
To the point where I download episodes from America because I honestly cannot wait for them to be aired here. I probably download 8 or 9 shows per week? Although since having the little man to demand pay attention to - I rarely have time to watch them.

When I was pregnant with the little man, B and I went through a Criminal Minds phase. We borrowed the DVD's from B's parents and watched 2-3 episodes a night. We loved it - However we still have 2 seasons to watch. Post birth - I just can't watch them. ALL episodes involving children freak me out. If anyone has watched the show they will understand what I mean, sometimes it is really graphic. It's kinda scary.

It also makes me wonder where the writers get all their ideas from? Some of those story lines are pretty horrific.

So tonight we are sitting here and Grey's Anatomy is on TV - There's a character that is pregnant and has just been injured in a car crash. So I have seen this episode (downloaded about 2 months ago) and yet still I burst into tears! It seems like any show where there are pregnancy issues or sick/injured children seem to devastate me. Is this normal? Do other parents feel the same?
I know that other people are finding it sad - I have friends with Grey's status on Facebook and Twitter - but I wonder if they are as teary as me?

Maybe I have to toughen up :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Centrelink WTF????

Is it just me? or do we need some sort of special brain to understand all these childcare percentages and all that?

Honestly. I get my % amount - then somehow try and work it out, but nope I'm not even close. Blahhh this probably doesn't even make sense! it is frustrating me not being able to work it out!

When I spoke to the childcare centre they said the percentage is worked out on the amount of $3.34 or something like that. Well I'm glad the little man only goes a couple of days a week because it is so over my head.

Anyways - short and sweet vent here.



Can we move? Please :)

B and I are thinking about moving.

I love our house - but with the little man working towards becoming more mobile I'd like some more space. I also want to be able to have a backyard for him to go a little crazy in! At the moment we have a small landscaped yard with a deck. Not really enough room for a little boy to play on swings etc.

So begins the dilemma. I think I'd like to keep this place and rent it out (as it is very low maintainance) but in order to do that we would have to find a bigger place for rent. We probably want to stay in the same area - just upgrade on space :)

Obviously I don't want to be losing money - it would be awesome to be able to rent/rent out our place for the same amount. So now starts the research process! Any tips??

I'm thinking we also need to look at a property management company? I really want to protect myself from any hassles. So it is kinda exciting but scary at the same time. I'm hoping it will also help us get into a better financial position too! thinking of tax breaks etc. But honestly I don't know how that all works! Research research I guess!

If any of you have any advice hit me up ;)


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

okay so I'm addicted..... slightly

Ever since becoming a mum - online shopping has become an easy and convenient way for me to shop and I am obsessed. Now having gone back to work part time I don't feel as guilty when I spend some cash, mind you most of my spending has not been on ANYTHING for myself or B, but boy oh boy does the little man have an awesome little collection of clothes! His wardrobe is anything but empty!

Anyways I thought I'd share with you a SAHM/WAHM (Stay At Home Mum/Work At Home Mum) that I have been purchasing a lot of things from! The quality is awesome and man has the bandana bib saved me a whole lot of washing - They catch the drool and gosh it is a never ending stream of drool that seems to be coming! I am currently waiting on my second order of them to arrive!

I also bought the Little man a psycho cube which he absolutely loves - it has bells inside and it entertains him! he throws it all around - So cute :)

Here is the website - MeGuy Designs :) Have a look and also check out the facebook page! and if you make a purchase tell her that I sent you over!

Happy shopping people!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Time.... Where did you go?

Absent - I have been for a while. I have no excuse really. I'm back at work part time and honestly although it's only 3 days a week I seem to never have the time to get on here.

The brightside of that is that I relish the time that I have to spend with my little man now. I think becasue I am at work 3 days a week, the days I have with him I honestly can't get enough. We are out on playdates, shopping and generally just spending time together playing, laughing and enjoying life!

I find myself watching him sleeping and honestly as soppy as it may sound I marvel at this beautiful person that B and I have created. He is almost 7 months old now - developing his own personality and god he is gorgeous and so so cheeky.

It's amazing how much our lives have changed these past seven months - the little man has enriched our lives and also the lives of all around him for the better. His smile melts my heart!

So anywho - I'm back and PROMISE to be a better blogger now that I have everything sorted


Thursday, March 17, 2011


I will admit - I'm a sport fan.
I'm not crazy addicted. But I will watch sport on TV with B.

He doesn't follow a team. I'm an avid Carlton fan. Yep I am seriously thinking of paying a ridiculous amount for a Juddy jersey for the little man. Like $70 for a size 0,1 or 2?
Generally because we have Foxtel - we watch at least 4 games of AFL per weekend. I don't actually watch the whole game (unless it's Carlton ;)). I usually am on FB, blogging or twitter and just tune in occasionally.
But.... B has entered a supercoach team through his work. Oh My God! I am already sick of football and it's only the preseason comp.

We watched a lot of the NAB cup - which we probably would have done anyhow whether he was in supercoach or not - but now I have to listen to comments like "Yes, he is in my team", "Oh should I get .... (insert player name here)?", "How much is (insert player name here)?".  I also get constant updates about what players were worth last year, how many points they averaged per game etc. I'm over it already!

Does anyone else have a partner who uses supercoach?

I think it's going to be a VERY long season!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Place & Yours

Playing along with Danielle @ Hello Owl

This weeks theme is: W
In my house this week - W is for Whiskers :)


What are your W's?


Monday, March 14, 2011

Meet me Monday

So I thought that this week I'd take part in Meet me Monday. If you'd like to do the same then click here.

Basically you answer 5 questions about yourself then add the link so that others can learn about you :)

This weeks questions are

1.  Do you have a fireplace in your home?
2.  Can you drive a stick shift?
3.  How many computers are in your home?
4.  Are your taxes done yet?  Do you do them yourself?
5.  What is your favorite meal of the day?

My answers.....
1.  Do you have a fireplace in your home?
No I don't - although I did growing up and it was one of my favourite things to come and stand in front of the fire to warm up.  I still enjoy it when my parents have the open fire roaring but I don't think I could be bothered chopping all the wood to have one myself!

2.  Can you drive a stick shift?
A Manual - Yes I can. I made sure I did my driving lessons in a manual car - my first two cars were both manual, but after sitting in traffic on a daily basis and not moving from 2nd gear for almost an hour each way, I decided that when I bought my new car it would be an automatic (which I love) but funnily enough now that I have an automatic car I rarely sit in traffic :)

3.  How many computers are in your home?
I have 3 computers at home, our desktop - which isn't actually assembled anymore as it was too slow and old, so it sits in the garage in a box. Then B and I both have laptops which we use for work. Basically I have now hooked both of those up to our Internet and that way we can both be on the computer at the same time if need be.

4.  Are your taxes done yet?  Do you do them yourself?
Yes my taxes are done. I like to get my money back ASAP. But no I don't do them myself. I pay someone else to do it - I probably should try to do it myself but I never have.

5.  What is your favorite meal of the day?
My favourite meal of the day is Dinner. I think this is because it is generally when the little man has gone to bed for the night and B and I can actually sit down and relax together. And also because it is almost the only meal of the day that is actually prepared and eaten in full and uninterrupted!!!


What makes me happy this week

Happy Moments

1. The long weekend - so many plans!
2. Kneeboarding with friends - I haven't been since before I was pregnant with the little man
3. Ebaying all my extra items around the house - decluttering at it's best.
4. Making baby food - for some reason I am finding this very gratifying
5. Seeing my little man lighting up lives of the people around him.
6. Photos! Photos! Photos! - going through the last month or so of pics - ready to print off @ Harvey Norman 9c :)
7. Sunshine! - it's about time we got some

What makes you happy?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A little bit of bliss


Me - BF- movie cinema - choc top - popcorn - coke.

2 and a half uninterrupted hours of zoning out, no brain straining required.

Whilst these moments are at most a weekly/fortnightly occurrence, I'm loving the chance to be my pre-mumma self, albeit fleetingly.

A simple form of happiness. What can I say - I'm easy to please :)


Friday, March 11, 2011

My Place & Yours

So like apparently I'm a week behind......

Well here is this weeks actual MPAY  - playing along with Danielle @ HelloOwl

This weeks theme is: One Thing.

Your house is on fire. The family is out. The photos are packed in the car and your brother has just came around with his ute. You have time to save one thing from your house {big or small}, just one thing. 
What do you save and why? 

Well I'm assuming that B, little man and the two kittens are in the ute already - If I had time to save one thing it would be......

Yep that is an external hard drive. I told B about this post and that this was what I would save. He thought it was stupid, but my reasons are quite legit I think. (He thinks I want it because I have all my TV shows on there...).

1. When we got robbed :( I backed up all my files and put them on this hard drive - vowing that every time I left the house I would put it into the little man's room so as it wasn't near my laptop in case it was stolen. (also because the nice Police Officer Lady told me that childrens rooms are rarely touched in robberies. Hot tip - hide your valuables there!)
2. ALL my little man photos are on here - It is the only back up I have at the moment
3. My work files are on there.... not that I care ATM.
4. My precious TV shows are all on here (B was a little bit correct). I am a TV addict. I have loads of shows downloaded, but rarely time to watch them nowadays thanks to my little man!

I figure that if I lost everything in a fire, my photos would be the possession that would devastate me most. B doesn't agree - he says all the memories that we need we hold in our minds. Very philosophical - but I like to look through my albums all the time.
I think I might actually burn some CD's and put them at my parents house just to be safe!!

So here is the part where you share what your one thing would be. Head over to HelloOwl and linky away!


P.S. For those of you wondering - I did ask B what his 'one thing' would be in this scenario.... his response was super quick - "My Boat of course" hmmmm I hate that boat - but that's a post for another time.....

How precious is sleep?

I can't believe the years that I spent taking my sleep for granted! What I wouldn't give for an uninterrupted night of sleep or the days of old - where I was known to sleep into the afternoon.

Our little man is actually a pretty good sleeper - I know most people wouldn't complain, and I'm only kind of complaining ;)
Generally he will go down between 7:30-8pm and sleep at least until 4am with no wakes ups in between :) At which point my darling B. (Oh how I love this man!!) will get up and try to resettle the little man. Most of the time he is successful and the little man will sleep until around 6. Sometimes later if I'm really lucky - but most of the time 6 am is the wake up time for me.

blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 6am I hate you. I've always hated you. I would rather not to see you at all. I hated you when I was forcing myself to get up and go to the gym, to attend personal training and to get to meetings before work, but I HATE you even more now that I am forced to see you on a daily basis........
Even worse is the fact that the little man wakes up HAPPY!!! He is ready to play - whilst I am usually thinking 'why the hell don't I drink coffee??'. I need more sleep!!
Apologies for the crap quality - This pic was taken on my iPhone this morning!

I look forward to the days of sleep ins again... maybe in 10 years time!

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