Monday, 27 April 2015

A month of birthdays

Well the birthday madness has well and truly begun. We had a lovely party with you mothers group friends and we have gone from being a little group of 4 year olds which has now doubled in size as everyone's little brothers and sisters have been added to the group. It's so lovely to see you all grow up together. I hope you will remain good friends for years to come. 

On Saturday it was Anzac Day. William was wide awake at 4.30am and so daddy said he would get up and take him to dawn service but just as they were getting ready to leave you wake up and decided you wante to go too, so we all got up and drove to north Sydney for the service. Later in the day we had a small party for you here wih your cousins and others little friends. We played lots of party games and there were tears when you didn't win at musical chairs. There was the obligatory pass the parcel and then pin the tail on the unicorn. Ron was nice enough to buy you a set of play doh with over 50 pieces (every parents dream) but it was certainly a good source of amusement for you an you friends. Between that and the kinetic sand that auntie Nic bought you there is coloured gooey stuf everywhere outside. We were lucky enough to have great weather all day until about 7pm wen tere was a sudden change in weather and there was a massive hail storm with massive golf ball sized ice pellets. You were so aexhausted that you and William were both to bed early that night!

We've had some very unpredictable weather the last few weeks which meant sadly daddy couldn't work. It was hell with you bouncing off the walls with cabin fever. The week passed very slowly! 

We took you to your very first Easter show which you absolutely loved. Despite a little bit of rain in the morning we had a lovely day - you were spoilt rotten with 3 show bags and lots of rides. The amusement park guys really know how to sucker you in. Offering you a free go of their game 'then every player wins'. One guy told dad he would guarantee you a prize and you were absolutely terrible so he offered you some tiny toy to which you were like 'no, I want that big one!' And the guy is going to you - 'here you can have any one of the little ones' and you started stomping your foot and shakin your head. The guy clearly didn't realise who he was taking on...daddy ended up having to give the guy another $5 so that you could choose a mid sized toy!
You love your baby brother so much - maybe a little too much some days. You always want to be cuddling or kissing him. I have to remind you that he's a baby and not a toy I don't know how many times a day. Recently you have also started picking him up and carrying him around. You are very gentle and careful and I'm not so scared now as he is more robust but you do still scare me!

You also had an Easter hat parade at school - which I was obliged to attend. It was a lovely morning. You were so cute in your little bunny hat which kept falling off.

Prior to that it's been an interesting month - I had to take you to the hospital for some blood tests. You tried very hard to be brave but at the last minute got really scared and had to have 2 nurses hold you down. The week before that you met with the Occupational Therapist. It was interesting having her come and visit us and she thinks she can try and help us with some of your quirky ways...

We had a lovely girly day the other weekend. I took you to the cinema for the very first time which you were super excited about. We saw Cinderella and I must admit I secretly loved it too!

You are still loving your jazzy dancing lessons and before Easter me and daddy both got to watch your end of term performance.., it was very cute!

You are so super excited about your birthday and trip to England. You fell asleep so early tonight but I think we may have trouble getting you to sleep on Wednesday. 3 more sleeps!!

Monday, 9 March 2015

A not so ordinary Sunday

The chilli incident...

So the day started like any other Sunday. We chatted to nana and wished her a Happy Birthday! Then we played for a while in your room. Mummy and Daddy were feeling very tired today as William was up half the night and then wide awake at 4am. Anyway so the day progressed with you playing inside and outside as you migrated to daddy's car to play we watched you with bemused interest as you chatted away to god knows who about god know what. 

Eventually your game finished and you ran inside to tell me you were hungry and wanted something to eat. As I prepared a peach for you to eat you suddenly started hopping up and down saying 'hot hot chilli chilli' so I ask you where you got the chilli from and you say daddy's car. So I grab you a glass of milk and you quickly gulp this down as your face turns redder and redder and tears start streaming down your face. I smile smugly thinking well maybe that will teach you not to touch things that we tell you not to touch... My smile quickly faded though as you continued to cry and yelp in pain so I grabbed some yoghurt and you wolfed down the whole pot of still screaming in pain. Dad arrives to ask what all the noise is about and I ask 'was there a chilli in your car?!' 'Yes he replies a scotch bonnet (only one of the hottest chillies there is).' Oh dear he takes you off to wash your hands but as time progresses the burning pain gets worse and worse. You suddenly yell out 'what is happening to me?' in a scared voice. As you had not only put the chilli in your mouth but mashed it into pieces with your hand which you then rubbed your face with. At this point I stripped you off and put you in a cold shower for about 20 minutes. Eventually the pain and burning subsided but your whole face was swollen and red for about 20 minutes. Let's just say I think it's safe to say that you will never touch a chilli ever again. I believe this has scarred you away from spicy food for life. For a while I was so concerned I thought we would have to take you to emergency. But eventually as the pain subsided you bounced back to your usual self and we knew you were back to normal.

You have a favourite new game that you like to play it's called 'Dressing mummy'. Just as mummy goes to your wardrobe every morning to help you pick out a nice dress to wear. You now like to do the same for me. Only you always want me to dress up in pretty dresses. It has been quite fun though. Especially as mummy doesn't get out much these days and is used to wearing frumpy breast feeding or maternity clothes. Sometimes it's nice to put on something pretty especially when you tell me in an ever so elaborate voice that 'mummy you look beautiful'. You sure know how to make me feel special on a sometimes cloudy day. Love you princess.

So this obsession about going to England is getting worse and worse you keep telling me it's tomorrow or next week. These next few weeks can't come quick enough for you or me! 
You are such a free spirit the other day I left you painting, as I was on the phone you took the opportunity to bathe yourself in red paint. I started to get angry but you had already reached the point of no return so I just let you bathe in it and then hosed you off before letting you anywhere near the carpet indoors...

You love to dance, jazzy dancing is certainly paying off. You love it when I put some music on in the lounge room and we dance around. I have started to copy your dance moves as dancing like sienna makes me feel young free and happy. You love any song by Katy Perry or that Taylor Swift song 'shake it...' We both dance like loons to that one. All the while you poor little brother is sleeping or lying there staring at us with a confused look on his face. You are very excited about your end of term dance lesson as mummy and daddy get to come and watch what you have learnt!
So in an effort to get you sleeping better we are trying all sorts of bribery techniques. Sam got conned into buying you a present after one night of sleeping in your own bed but mummy and daddy said it needs to be all week in a row. However, daddy made the mistake of taking you into the shop with him the other day and he somehow got conned into buying you a massive pink bunny however, it was on the understanding that the big pink bunny was to sleep with you and keep you safe. When I say he's massive he is literally the size of you. Alas, it didn't seem to work and instead of just you arriving in our room you now arrive dragging the big pink bunny with you too. The other day it was early morning and after sleeping in your bed on the floor you hopped into our bed for a cuddle with the bunny and as William had had a rough night too and was up early he was in our bed too. So with the 5 of us plus the pink bunny me and daddy were left clinging on to the edges! Who needs a 3 bedroom house?! We just need one gigantic bedroom and one gigantic bed and everyone will be happy! ��

Monday, 2 March 2015

Busy bee

Well my darling as ever you have reverted back to your terrible sleeping again. I'm not really sure why. Wee since we moved you haven't really slept well but whether it's the trees or some other monster you are scared and continue to have restless sleeps. Lately you have taken to sneaking in our room and climbing into bed beside me and daddy without waking us which is a little scary em we wake to find you there. It's gotten so bad that I've actually made up a little bed for you in our floor now where you end up pretty much every night.

You're still doing really well at swimming although you are extremely cheeky! Last week at swimming the teacher made you and another little girl swim the length of the pool with fun noodles only you thought it was a race and you had to win so you reached out and held the other little girls fun noodle back so that you could win! I wanted to laugh but had to pretend to be annoyed with you as the other parents were looking dis approvingly at you.

We have started growing our own veggies in a little vege patch at our new house. You were so excited about growing strawberries that I couldn't stop you from picking the green ones and eating them. 

You really love your 'jazzy' dancing and every week you make me arrive there at least half hour early so that you can be the first to arrive and practise before the teacher arrives.

On Monday we tried out a New playgroup.  It's not as much fun as the crows nest one - there's lots of toys and nice kids that go there regularly to play but it was a huge effort getting there. We got the train but there was no lift access at the station. Luckily I had William in the pouch and you in the pram. Then I took a road that could only be received as a mountain and it undulated and kept going up and down. And I was pushing you and carrying will. By the end of it I was shattered especially as we haven't been getting much sleep!

You are really enjoying school at the moment and they have you doing lots more physical activities this year which is great. On Wednesdays you have football and a lovely little football kit that you have to wear each week. On Thursdays you have a dance teacher coming to teach you and tomorrow they have a yoga teacher coming to start teaching you yoga. Sounds like so much fun. I wish I could come. Although this morning it was very hard to get you to go to school as you thought you were going to England today and you were so dis-appointed! Oh dear... It's going to be a long 2 months.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

My little lady

Christmas morning with you was absolutely perfect you were so excited when you woke up to find that Santa had been - he left you a train set and a dolls house. The gasps of astonishment and delight as you discovered he had eaten the mince pie and beer were gorgeous. Those messy reindeers devoured the carrots but left a messy trail everywhere!
Wow what a busy few months. Can't believe it's been 2 months since my last post but what a crazy 2 months. House hunting, packing, moving, unpacking and to top it off no one has been sleeping well at our new house. William is getting used to his own room and a proper cot and there has been an endless stream of monsters, boogie men and scary trees in your room. You have taken up residence on our floor most nights as I gave up trying to get up for William and you! You don't sleep well on our floor but there isn't enough room in our bed for you anymore. We still let you in for early morning cuddles though ��.

Since Christmas your swimming has come on leaps and bounds. You were so good that they put you in the platypus class which is the 5 years old class. I am so proud of you and you really seem to love it too! 

On Fridays I now take you to jazz dancing which you absolutely love. You make us leave half hour before class is due to start just so you are there as soon as the teacher arrives. You love prancing around in front of the mirrors with Pom poms and batons and you love being the centre of attention. You are definitely a performer in the making.

You dearly love your little brother. You always want to play with him and cuddle him only sometimes your cuddles are a little too much. You love to make him laugh and smile and you are a very loving big sister!

You have started soccer and dancing at school which you didn't stop talking about last week. You came home proud as punch with your uniform on and made me iron your name on it straight away. 

When I look at you now I still see traces of my baby girl but you are becoming such a little lady with such a BIG personality. This can be extremely trying at times and you are somewhat of a challenge but we love you. We just need to find a way to tame the beast trying to get out of you!

This month was also your cousin Ellie's birthday. We went to their house and had a sleepover the night before you had so much fun playing in the bouncy castle, having your face painted, pass the parcel and whacking the piƱata. Although we had to discourage you and Heston from playing your slightly dubious game if mums and dads which involved you both taking your clothes off and giggling under the covers together!