little love: smith – month fifteen & sixteen

IMG_2172– Smith is almost 10kgs and although they are a little too big on him, I’m putting him into size 1 clothing.
– His two canines have just come in, and I didn’t notice he was teething…  ooops.
– Loves toddling along after the others, and is climbing on everything, just like his brother and sister did.  He would really, really like to sit at the table like they do, but he is still so tiny, he will be in a high chair for awhile yet.  I said it wasn’t fair to get two climbing kids BUT THREE!
– His hair is beautiful and long and curly, it’s just like Ellie’s but even blonder.  His eyes are still so blue.
– Loves using the pretend lawn mower.  He insists he wear his ear muffs and toddles around mowing everything down.  The video I have on him with the lawn mower is hilarious.
– Talking and telling a lot of stories.  Very, very chirpy when he first wakes up.  This week he said sprinkler when ours came on.  He say’s all our names, love you, good, yes, no, how doing, I don’t know, alright, ouch…  and heaps of other little baby phrases which are the cutest!
– Still loving nursery rhymes, especially the frog songs in the bath.  LOVES having a bath with the kids, HATES when anyone gets out, especially if it’s him.  Really, really loves the shower as well.  He loves water so much he really gets involved whenever the kids have a water activity out, and now that it’s warmer, I know we will be doing more of that.
– Loves the trampoline and being outside.
– Still clingy, still hating on his brother or sister when they get close for cuddles with Mummy while he is having cuddles.
– Is enjoying helping me cook in the kitchen, and probably prefers to clean up after.
– Loves playing with the ball, throwing it and running after it.
– Loves the chance to cuddle with Judd or Ellie in their big beds.
– He’s pretty cheeky, and thinks he can get away with anything as long as he gives you a cheezy grin afterwards…  It’s super cute and hard to discipline him, BUT most of the time he’s doing things where he is going to hurt himself so he does get in trouble.
– Plays peek a boo by slapping his hands onto his face really hard, and giggling.
– Loves being tickled and kissed under his chin, still.

 

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In Month Sixteen with both Judd and Ellie I was announcing that the next baby is on the way…  And…  This time I’m very happy to announce that there are no babies on the way 🙂  It’s really nice to be able to enjoy this time without being sick and this Motherhood gig is starting to feel easier and more doable.

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little love: eloise – three

Now that Ellie is three, we move onto her doing the updates, instead of me, as I did with Judd.  It’s too funny 🙂  Her birthday party post will come soon!

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  • What is your name?  Ellie.  Taylor.
  • How old are you?  Older. I’m THREE!
  • What is your favourite colour?  I’m pink.
  • What is your favourite toy?  Cocohontas.
  • What is your favourite fruit?  Well… strawberries!
  • What is your favourite snack?  Tanies.  (Sultana’s.)
  • What is your favourite drink?  A pink one.
  • What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?  Watermelon
  • What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?  Tanies.
  • What is your favourite thing to eat for dinner?  Pizza.  Wow I love pizza.
  • What food do you really dislike?  Milk.  I don’t like milk.
  • What is your favourite TV Show?  I do like the Night Garden.
  • What is your favourite thing to wear?  Jammies.
  • What is your favourite game?  Sophia Etch Sketch.
  • What is your favourite animal?  Ummm a shark!
  • What is your favourite song?  The Riverbend!  (Then proceeded to go into a rendition of Tangled). “and at last I see the light!!  And it’s like… the hoooooog has lifted” (she has a little trouble pronouncing F lol)
  • What is your favourite book?  Rapunzel
  • Who do you love?  Mummy I love you so much in the world.
  • What is your favourite memory?  *Looks at me blankly*
  • Who is your biggest hero?  *Looks at me blankly*
  • What makes you happy?  My hair.
  • What makes you sad?  I would like a baby sister.
  • Who is your best friend?  Belle.
  • What is your favourite thing to do outside?  Jump on the trampoline.
  • What is your favourite thing to do with Mummy?  Go to the beach.
  • What is your favourite thing to do with Daddy?  Read a story.
  • What is your favourite thing to do with Juddy?  Judd’s swimming lessons
  • What is your favourite holiday? The chocolate eggs.
  • What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  My little rapunzel.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?  I don’t want to grow up.
  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  I’d swim in the ocean.
  • What do you want for dinner for your birthday?  The restaurant.
  • What is your favourite present?  My crown.

 

 

Smith’s First Birthday

Smith’s First Birthday was a ‘Wild One.’  I came across this theme and absolutely loved it as the boys love the “Where the Wild Things Are’ books.

I wanted a simple cake as I knew I wouldn’t be as likely to pick the next cakes and Ellie – who is coming up to her third birthday – has picked a very ambitious / stressful cake for me to make!  This camping theme, with the candles huddled on top of the cake was something i saw on Pinterest and loved as it really matched Smith’s woodland room that we’d just finished.  Inside was layered with a Chocolate cake, Caramel cake, Salted Caramel Cake, and White Chocolate.

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A lot of the decorations were taken from quotes from the book, We had ‘vines that hung from the ceilings’ as well as sticks and twigs, which were actually the edible wafers.  The cupcakes were the boat Max sailed across the sea, and we had bubbles that said ‘To tame the Wild Things’
I put signs around the food and drinks with the quotes as well – ‘I’ll eat you up I love you so’ etc.
We gifted the ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ book as party favours.

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Teepee was made for Smith’s room from Teepee Sarah, who I found on Instagram.  Wood style plates and cutlery were from Kmart.
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Smith LOVED the cake pops, which were SO simple, just mud cake, dunked into white chocolate and I topped with fondant crowns.

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Campfire Cupcakes were made with flakes and coloured buttercream icing.

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Smith loved when we sung Happy Birthday.

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The inside of the cake!

It was such a great day and Smith really had a great time, especially eating the cake pops 🙂  I just thought this was a really fun and easy theme to throw together.  Then Judd’s kindergarten started reading the book and doing a lot of activities (they even had the Wild One characters as plush toys – OMG jealous) so I was able to give them all of the decorations, which they used to turn one of the corners of their classroom into the Wild theme.

 

little love: smith – month fourteen

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– 9kgs and 77cms long
– Size 0 clothing
– 10 teeth, which is the same as last month, with another two slowly on their way.
– Walking! Has just been working out how to turn while he walks. Judd and Ellie love when he walks to them. Smith loves walking out to Daddy when he gets home from work, like the others now.
– Along with the climbing, and now the walking, the bumps and bruises are a constant here. He has started standing up to dance on the ottoman. I opened the door to the front yard to him (which is enclosed) ran inside to turn off the stove and when I came back he was in the trampoline. Face palm.

– even though he is walking and climbing a lot, he is still a really clingy babe, and spends a lot of time at my feet or in my arms and spends the whole time with Daddy when he is home. Mark has issues with his wrist due to Smiths insistence to be held constantly and in a particular way. When Ellie comes for cuddles and Smith notices he will start screaming and will try to sit on top of her to edge her out of the way.
– Starting to eat more again, YAY! Loves anything buttered really.  And then on the other hand, loves edamame and Mum’s healthy salads.
– And now that he is eating more, he has started sleeping slightly better. Although for three weeks of the month he would only sleep for 40 minute stints and insisted on sleeping with me from about 11 at night. Like full tantrum, wake up the other kids insisted. I have since worked out that Smith likes complete silence for day sleeps – he will sleep for at least 3 hours if I can keep it quiet, and that then follows into sleeping better at night. A silent house with two other kids has to be my biggest battle right now. I just want to get him used to sleep again and then hopefully I can introduce the noise during the day.
– Loves pretending to sneeze so that we say ‘bless you!’
– Loves singing ‘Three Little Ducks’ and doing the hand actions and loves doing the Quack, Quack, Quack. Also says the last word or every line when we sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
– Gives a good High Five. I think Mark will teach him knuckles next.
– Started raiding the pantry like everyone else. Our grocery bills are crazy and I know they will just get worse.
– Happily gives kisses when asked for them. If I get greedy with them, which I do tend to do, he will tell me NO! and shake his head.

– such a crack up, always trying to make us laugh and giggles so much during the day. When he’s about to have a feed, he gets so excited he starts giggling.

– Loves a good dance party with the kids and will have a crack at singing into the microphone.

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Little love: Smith – Month Thirteen

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– 9kgs and 77cms long

– Size 0 clothing

– 4 new teeth, 2 canines and two bottom teeth, which have been joyful 🙄 Brings us to a grand total of 10.

– started walking about 4 steps at a time, to Mummy and Daddy or between furniture.

– Now that he is 9kgs we have turned his car seat around, which has helped car trips a little. He still doesn’t love the car, but it isn’t as much of a mission to get him in.

– climbing onto everything. The bumps and bruises are a constant here. He was very excited when he was able to climb onto the couch and the ottoman and did a little jumping happy dance.

– not eating much and relying on breast milk still… after a bout of mastitis, and then Smith refusing to eat or drink anything until he had the boob again, it’s been a fail on the weaning front.

– wants to be with me all the time. As in ALL THE TIME, unless Daddy just got home from work, then he just wants him.

– jealous as well, gets so upset when someone else is getting cuddles.

– His favourite thing is to play a game of ‘ta’ where he passes you things he finds and says Ta. He has beautiful manners!

– talking more. He says ‘I don’t want to’ so the attitude is already there! As well as ‘EL – O – EES!’ Calling after his sister 😂

– loves the shower, especially being right underneath the jet, he thinks that is so much fun and a bit hilarious. It’s been our way of consoling him when his teeth have been bad as he tends to throw up when his teething pain is extreme.

– Loves playing music and dancing, and messing around with Judd who makes him giggle so much.

little love: smith – month twelve

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– 8.5kgs and 73cms long
– Out of 00 and into 0 clothing 🙂
– 6 teeth
– Standing around the house more and more.  I think he may start walking in about two months time, he is definitely a ways off yet.
– Still talking a lot.  He has started saying ‘mif’ when he refers to himself.
– Other than chips, pizza and cake, he has gone fussy on me with eating.  Any kid food suggestions welcome, please!
– Generally sleeps once a day now, instead of two day sleeps.  SOMETHING is going on though, because the sleeping has not been fab, or it has been great if he is sleeping in bed with us and then my quality of sleep is meh.  SEND HELP!  I had both Judd and Eloise well sleep trained by now, and Judd was a horrible sleeper.  This is going to be my main focus this week with weaning etc, as obviously, the breastmilk is not enough for him and he is relying on it too much.
– Started going down steps and getting down from higher places the correct way (bum and legs first), and it’s super cute.
– I mayyyy have mentioned this last month, but he loves when Mark gets home and he will follow him around the house whinging until Mark picks him up and then he doesn’t let him put him down.  Daddy adoration.
– LOVES the Happy Birthday song.  LOVED his birthday party and especially the cake pops.  I’ll do a post on what we put together for his Wild One Birthday soon.
– Has started posing when the camera comes out!
– Both Judd and Ellie like to sing along to songs in the car, and now Smith does it too.  He especially loves the Moana song ‘We know the way’ and sings the ‘A’wei A’wei’ super loudly.  All the Mum’s nod your head coz you know the exact song I’m talking about, you’ve heard it a gzillion times and everyone else can just be confused about whatever this means 🙂
– Likes to get a cushion down off the couch or off the beds and pretend to nap.
– This kid is the cupboard destroyer.  It is taking me a long time to get him to understand what he can and cannot touch in the house, just in relation to cupboards.  Judd and Ellie were not like this at all, they knew they had certain things they could and couldn’t touch by now!  He loves opening a cupboard and ripping everything out of it.  Coz I needed more stuff to clean up, omg!
– Still loves a nursery rhyme and peek-a-boo.  His favourite book at the moment is one of those googly eyed ones, it’s all about wild animals.
– Loves playing cars and planes with Judd, makes all the right actions and noises.  His favourite toy is a car ramp and he laughs when the cars go round and round the ramp to go down.
– I love his little personality and especially how when he giggles his whole body shakes.

Thanks for following along for Smith’s first year!  I do monthly updates until the kids are 18 months old, and then yearly from then on.  So there will be more here next month. xxx

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Create: Unicorn Wrapping

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We are attending our fair share of the ever popular Unicorn parties.  Fortunately, the recent gift I bought for the latest party, was square, and I decided to make the present into a Unicorn too!  How cute is this!  If you want to recreate this all you’ll need is some wrapping paper, glitter paper, scissors, lots of ribbon, toilet roll and a pen.  I used some double sided sticky tape to make it all a bit neater too.  If you try this, please let me know, I want to see your creations!

Little love: Smith – Month Eleven

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– 8.5kgs and 71cms long
– 6 teeth
– Starting to stand without holding onto anything.  Ellie was walking at this age, Judd at 1, and I am so so hoping that Smith takes a little while longer to find his feet.  So to say.
– He talks and parrots us so much.  Not longer after my 10 month update, he started to say ‘water.’  He sounds like he repeats full sentences, although I know that is ridiculous. When we count, we say ONE, and Smith says TWO!  When he really wants something (usually something he isn’t allowed or the food of his brother or sister) he is constantly ‘TA TA TA TA!’
– This kid can devour a lamb cutlet.  He says ‘I love lamb!’  Really enjoying his food, and eating a lot of what is put in front of him.  Although he seems to have gone off bread or toast.  Friday night Pizza night is his absolute fave!
– Still exclusively breastfed, and I’m been trying (through gritted teeth and pain) to enjoy my last month of feeding, before cold turkey moving to a bottle.  Smith takes a sippy cup.  Although, I did just read Ellie’s 11 month update and I said the exact same thing and fed her for another SEVEN months so 😦  I have footage of what he does to me shown on a proper bottle, biting down on the teat and ripping it back.  I thought I’d spare you the visual though!
– Started climbing out of the high chair.
– We were at the emergency department last week in the early hours of the morning with croup.  As Judd got croup so often when he was younger, we know the symptoms and we are used to heading in as soon as we hear the strider with the cough.  Smith was so upset at home but as soon as I got to ED I had a lot of trouble convincing triage that he was unwell.  He was doing his party tricks and flirting with everyone.  Luckily they had heard him cough on the way in, so agreed he had croup and needed the steroid, but his happy temperament still got me probably from the first in line, to the last in line, and we were there waiting for hours!
– Loves cheek kisses and will keep giving you his cheek to kiss up over and over again.
– Very, very much a Daddy’s boy, more than any of the kids before him.  The kisses Daddy gets at bedtime make me sooooo jealous.
– His eyes go so blue when he wears blue or this beautiful grey when he wears charcoals and grey tones.
– Sleeping for a few hours in the morning and a few in the afternoon, but can struggle for the afternoon nap a bit.  I’m contemplating moving him to one nap a day before his first birthday but I’m really not sure…  Still sleeping ok at night.  Loves Mum’s company and the warmth of Mummy and Daddy’s bed though!

One more month with a baby in the house.  It’s all happening so soon.

 

Loft Space Reveal

When we worked out that we were fast running out of room in our home, we looked to move. But not wanting to buy existing, and not being able to build a home a step up from what we have, maybe only a better suburb, made the decision difficult for us. One day we made the random call, to build a small room in our existing roof space.  Loft spaces aren’t common in Australia, like the would be in the U.K. ornother parts of Europe.  By the next week my husband had organized a loft ladder and timber. We had a rough idea of what we wanted and a sketchy idea of what we could do.

I have always, always wanted a veelux window to watch the sky, the rain, the storms and the clouds so I was SO excited when he said he could make it happen! Once that was fitted it really opened up and brightened up the space. It’s now one of my favourite things about our house. I don’t understand why more people don’t do this to their house! It’s a really inexpensive way to gain more space, and we see so many people’s garages being solely used for storage. We have gained eight large cupboards, and a complete dust free cupboard / storage nook in our roof. We have gained a bedroom downstairs. As well as providing an office, a reading room, a sewing and craft room and a place people can crash if they have had one too many. 😂

We are absolutely rapt with this space, and I’m in awe of my husband being able to create this out of nothing, but also to project manage all other trades later in the piece whilst running his own business and coming home to a wife and three crazy kids.

Check it out below and let me know what you think. Would you want one in your roof? This is going to be one of the things I need in each house I have now 🙊

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Recipe: Smoothie Bowl

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We’ve been loving smoothie bowls right now, this is the current fave.
Ingredients

1 frozen banana

Small handful frozen cherries

1 cup almond milk

2 tbs coconut yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Method

Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz.
Granola

Ingredients

1 cup oats

1/2 cup flaked almonds

1/2 cup coconut chips

1/2 cup seed mix (pepita’s and sunflower kernels)

1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts

1/2 cup maple syrup / rice malt syrup

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Method

Mix together, spread out onto a baking tray and bake until lightly brown at 180 degrees Celsius, stirring occasionally.
Pour the smoothie into a bowl, and top with the granola. Add chia seeds, cacao nibs, fruit, goji berries or whatever you prefer. Dragon fruit looks super pretty AND is full of vitamin b, vitamin c, and antioxidants. Don’t go too crazy on the fruit though as there is still two serves in the actual smoothie ☺️

What’s your favourite combo?