Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Elroy passed 16 months on the weekend. I can't quite believe it. Lately his language skills have blossomed and I know from a few funny situations that his comprehension is very good. I am pretty sure that he is cutting his molars (definitely one that I can see), but despite this he is still cheerful for the most part. He loves dancing at the moment and getting into the baby wipes box, both are so cute. He's even slept in until 7am the past few days which sure beats a 5:30am wake up, but I don't think it will last sadly.

Friday, 8 July 2016


Mentally I've been using the excuse of lack of good light not to take photographs. But then I realised, that at this time of year there is a window of maybe two hours in the middle of the day (when the sun is out) where it is actually rather lovely at home. I am going to try to push myself to take more pictures around the house, and out and about that are not just of Elroy, because I know it's the only way I am going to improve. (The above pics are from a few weeks back when it was Matt's birthday and Elroy had fun decorating for him).

How is it friday already!! This weekend we will be celebrating the new avalanches album with friends and good food (a nice excuse to catch up and listen to music like we used to), getting my craft on for my cousins 13th birthday present, trying out finger painting with Elroy and maybe getting some quiet me time in!


Still so little, I sometimes forget. He had such a wonderful time on the weekend adventuring and exploring the paths on the Tasman Peninsula. His little legs never stop and he is so determined. 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

the weekend

A few weeks back I started working three days, and it's funny how adding just one extra day of work really threw the balance out. I've struggled with it, not from a work perspective - that's easier now, but at home and with Elroy. I miss him a lot, and he took a little while to adjust, and so was cranky and pushing boundaries with me when I was home. I think we are on the other side of that now and working out this new routine. However I was tired from it all and so last weekend we played tourists at home. We went out for an early dinner on friday night, took a drive on saturday to the Tasman Peninsula and explored, saw an amazing sea eagle (I think that's what it was), soaked up the fresh air and then on sunday went out for breakfast and hung out. Just what I needed basically.

Sunday, 26 June 2016


Two photographs this week. In the first, Elroy reading one of my old Clifford books, perched on his little chair having pulled apart the living room. I honestly can't wait for the destruction phase to end (does it end?), I feel like I just put everything back in its place, and then it is all over the floor again. In the second: snotty, grizzly and a bit sick with a chesty cough. I'm not sure if his molars are starting to come. Despite it all he's actually been pretty good, and cuddly too, which is unusual, but very nice.

Seven things: for winter

The June long weekend has already been and gone, so we really are in winter now and today was miserably grey and dull. I've said it here before many times, I don't like winter, but I think I'm going to have to start embracing it, we've still got at least two months to get through. Here's a few things to help:

1. Loopy Mango beanie knit kit - something to do on those long nights, and then wear out and about 2. Netflix - I've been watching lots of films like Echo Park, Begin Again and Lola Versus 3. Katia Carlotta mug - for all those cups of tea, I was given one for my birthday and it's the best 4. Kester Black nail varnish - again, something to do in the evenings, I'm also keen to try the Go To Skincare pinky-nuddy-lips 5. Toast felt slippers - my ugg boots are on the way out, and these are cute 6. Kate and Kate blanket - how lovely is this blanket! 7. Alla Fratelli cookbook - 'cause a bowl of pasta is a good thing for winter.

Monday, 20 June 2016


I think somewhere in the last few weeks we crossed the line between caring for a baby and parenting a child. I don't know that I realised this distinction existed until this last weekend, boundaries are being pushed and I feel inept to deal with the way things are now. It's just another skill we need to start developing and work on, just like when Elroy was born and I had no ideas about babies! I find myself saying 'no' far too frequently and Elroy just parrots back 'no,no, no' without stopping what he is found. Patience is required and I need to take the time to work things through with him. Fortunately he is easily distracted and good tempered naturally. Over the weekend he learnt how to climb onto the kitchen chairs (because he is that little bit taller now) and therefore onto the kitchen table. So I have been putting his drawing paper and crayons on the table to occupy him and distract from climbing further. On the positive side he certainly seems to be more interested in drawing.