Monday, 31 August 2015

13/52

I took this photograph early one morning last week, Jerry had been siting nicely next to Elroy but then decided he wanted a tummy rub, he looks a bit crazy but really he is so gentle. Elroy loves Jerry and always wants to pat him but it ends up being a grab fest, and while Jerry is very very patient, I know he doesn't love it.

It's been a very long week this week, there seems to have been a distinct shift into a new phase and level of awareness. Elroy is physically very strong and wiggly and sometimes it feels like we are battling one another, which wears me out. He has also worked out how to roll from his tummy to back and now babbles using his mouth and tongue, he is really working out sounds and has started with lots of daa daa's, it is very very cute. He has also been more teary than ever before and feeding has been hard work, I can understand why some women stop breastfeeding at six months, but I am determined to keep going for as long as we can.

Monday, 24 August 2015

12/52

Food. I have been holding off on introducing solids for Elroy, I just wasn't quite ready to move to that next phase. I have read so many different things about starting babies on food my head was starting to spin and felt rather hesitant on where to start. I want Elroy to enjoy food, to enjoy sitting at the table with his family because I come from a family where we would still be sitting at the table chatting well after we had finished eating. In the end Elroy made it very clear that he wanted in on this eating caper and we tried him on rice cereal, which he seemed to throughly enjoy the first time (in this weeks photograph), not so much subsequent tries.

I felt we had to start with rice cereal because that's what the health nurse recommended but if felt wrong to give something to Elroy that I certainly wouldn't eat, it looks revolting. So after reading some more and talking to friends I think we will just move on to some purées instead, going gently gently to start with.

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Monday, 17 August 2015

11/52

I am trying to make sure that Elroy gets as much tummy time as I can at the moment, he enjoys it and is getting so close to rolling over by himself. I am looking forward to the weather improving so he can have more time with bare legs, that has been a difficult part of having a baby in winter in Tasmania, but perhaps it is better timing as once he really gets on the move it will be heading into summer. Those little pinky legs!! Love them.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

lunches at home

Since I'm now at home more often than not at lunch time, I am having to make my own lunch. Shock horror! No more sushi or store brought sandwiches. It's surprising how much buying lunch had become a way of life and a hard habit to break. I like cooking and I enjoy it as something to do in my spare time, but lunches, I just can't get my head around.

Usually I am so hungry and need something instantly, so fall back on the ham/cheese/tomato sandwich or egg on toast, but it's wearing thin. Last week for sides with dinner I cooked a few of the salads from the Arthur Street Kitchen book and they were perfect lunch leftovers (the one above is the pearl barley and basil salad). I need to do more things like this, it was so good and just a little bit more exciting. Does any one have any other good salad recipes? I'd like to make a few different ones to have a variety together over a few days but I worry about how they keep.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

10/52

I didn't take many photographs last week, but I did get this one on Hobart's snow day. We had a tiny little smattering of snow on the lawn. I love the way Matt is smiling at Elroy in this photograph, although Matt looks a little like he is going off to join Mawson with that beard, Elroy looks a little nonplussed.

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Bits and Pieces

* I keep seeing references to this book, the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And while I haven't read it, I am definitely in the mood for de-cluttering. I have too much stuff, mostly bowls (!) and craft bits and pieces that I hardly use, so I'm planning on making a very concerted effort over the next week or so to  do some serious culling. Pre spring spring cleaning. It's a thing!
* Obus socks rock
* I can't wait for the weather to get warmer and for Elroy and I to spend some time outside, so he can feel grass and sand - it's going to get messy isn't it.
* I love when the hellebores flower, but sadly I think Matt is allergic, I had to throw the bunch I had picked out.
* I thought this article was really interesting. As an introvert myself, who has at times suffered because my quietness has been misunderstood, I like to hope there will be a shift towards appreciating this quality in people. (Via A Cup of Jo)
* I really like the new Tame Impala album
* this documentary sounds really interesting

Monday, 3 August 2015

9/52

Elroy at 20 weeks old. My gosh that went fast. He is taking everything in, and is so distracted while feeding because there are far more exciting things happening than that. He is reaching out for us, for Jerry and pretty much everything.

I have felt very tired this last week, maybe more tired than at any other point over the last 20 weeks, I am not sure why, if it is accumulated tiredness or just that it is tiring looking after a wriggly baby who wants to do so much more than he can.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 project.