Sunday, September 30, 2007

Father's Day 2007 (better late post than never)

Darren's first Father's day started at the usual time of 5.45am with Jake calling us to come and get him. It is so cute, but when it started even earlier it loses it's attraction!

Jake gave his Daddy a special mouse pad with a picture of him and mummy on it and a cool mug that said " Best Daddy" or something just as kitschy! Lucky Darren got to open it at the lovely time of 6am and after Jake had his morning breastfeed in bed then we all read and played in bed together for an hour.

After breakfast Jake had anap and we packed a yummy picnic to take to Roma Street Parklands in the city. We are lucky to have 2 great green spaces in Brisbane CBD there is Southbank Parklands and the Roma Street Parklands. Southbank is much busier and more commercial with a beach, pool, restaurants etc whereas Roma Street is basically just a beautiful series of parks and spaces with a small restaurant in the corner.

So we packed the car and took blankets and toys as well as a great picnic and hit the road. It is only a 15 minute drive from our place but still we had to hit the road to get there... too much paraphernalia for public transport.

The weather was perfect for the first weekend of spring, and the park was literally emerald green after a week of rain. An oasis in the middle of a parched city. Jake wasn't too sure of the grass at first but soon overcame his fears and was crawling and "walking" around soon enough.

Silly mummy managed to get her shoulders sunburnt but Jake was smothered in sunscreen so there was not too much risk of him getting burnt. But we had a ball playing and all crashed for a family nap when we got home.

Here are our pics

Friday, September 28, 2007

First day at the beach this summer!

Today Jake and I ventured to Caloundra to visit my best ffriend Sherrie and her *husband* (they only got married on Saturday) Alec at their family unit.

It started out a cold rainy day but soon cleared to yet another great Queensland spring day. Unfortunately I forgot the swimming bag and I had to borrow one of Sherrie's bikinis and Jake went nude bottom and a t-shirt. There are no photos bcos I borrowed the bikini, it was a little small and when asked if I wanted the camera I said no!

So we had lunch and Jake was quite happy to play with the pegs and the peg bucket, he had some lunch, Sher made some great sandwiches and we headed to the beach.

Jake had a ball - at first he was a bit hesitant with all that water but he was soon playing and splashing around in the shallows with us. He had a peg bucket and a pair of salad servers to dig with and was as happy as a pig in poo.

After an hour or so we headed back in and had some afternoon tea before heading back home. Needless to say Jake was asleep before we even go to the end of the street!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

almost walking...

It's funny when you are a first time mum... you really want your baby to hurry up and do stuff - smile, roll over, roll back, sit up, crawl.... and the list goes on. And that was me too. I always said that I didn't want to be a competitive mum, and I hope I'm not overly bad, but there is a little part of you that can't help but want your baby to do stuff and do it now.

HOWEVER!!!! Suddenly I am wishing that my baby would sit still, that I could have a moment without him attached to my leg, and now I wish I could walk somewhere on my own without being doubled over and helping a little person keep his balance. I want him just to stop that part of his development just for a month or so, just let me keep a bit of my sanity please! He is 10 months next Saturday and he is way too young to be walking - surely!!!!!!!

Jake is so interested in everything you do now and he wants to be in there and helping you. Even simple things like trimming his finger nails is a game that he wants to play and those sharp silver things (the nail clippers) are apparently really good to stick in your mouth!?!?!?!

He loves to stand up over you and is getting better and better every day at standing on his own. Jake the Giant is what he looks like as he looms over you if we're on the floor. His balance is really good and his coordination is amazing - he is kicking the ball when he walks up to it. Not just nudging it with his foot but full on kicking it! Look out Becks!