Ellie’s First Birthday

IMG_4365So I was pretty excited to go super girly for Ellie’s First Birthday.  I found a beautiful cake on Pinterest that I wanted to replicate (which I will not show you because mine looks so bad next to it!) and as that was white, pink and gold I went with that theme. It’s super popular right now, as it was back then, so decorations were easy to find!

Ellie’s birthday was earlier in the week, so I made a small naked cake, and then the big cake for that weekend’s family party.  Ellie was only having one sleep a day, so we did a coffee and cake catch up for when she woke up from her nap.

Ellie dressed up in a tutu and had such a lovely day.

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Judd’s First Birthday



Now that I am in full swing of kids birthdays and cakes so, so many times each year, I thought it would be good to blog about the birthday’s that have been. Judd’s first birthday was over three years ago which is insane!  But I thought it was worth having these memories in this little place.  Judd is really big at the moment on talking about each of his birthday’s and what theme they were, so this is really front of mind for me right now.

Judd’s First Birthday was a plane party.

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little love: smith – month ten


– Closer to 9 kgs and still at 71cms
– 00 and 0 clothing.
– We moved Smith into his own room this month (head over to my instagram – lauren.loves.xox to have a look!), and he has been loving it!  He has a great sleep stint now at night, where I think we were disturbing him for that time when he was in with us.
– Letting us feed him consistently now – YAY – and eating so much himself as well. He is loving biscotti, cucumber and anything that contains butter.  He is fabulous at eating and he tends to rip harder things with his front teeth.  It’s clever and as a parent, a bit cringeworthy.  It was also Easter this month and we learnt very quickly that he LOVES chocolate and that he will eat through foil to get to it.
– Pulling himself up (as with last month) and walking along furniture. Standing on the flats of his feet, which is major progress for this twinkle toes. Walking from ottoman to couch, coffee tables to couches, any short little distances.
– I think he has anywhere from six to eight teeth now. I’ve stopped looking, and my nipples just know by feel. I’m pretty sure I have eight teeth marks on each side. Waah!
– Parrots us. Honestly, the words he says when he is repeating us, sound scarily the same. I have him on camera repeating ‘I love you’ as an example.  He says Ta, Yeah, No, Don’t, I Do, Mumma, Dada, Ga for Granny, Boofa (which he says cheekily when I’m telling him he’s a boofa lol), Aaaah Boo (for peekaboo of course) scone (yes random, but he does and Judd eats a lot of pumpkin scones), Uh Uh (when he is heading for something he isn’t allowed to touch), Bubba, Yay, Ooooohhhh (is his wow – he did this this month when he saw we were having mash for dinner one night and now that he thinks we think it’s hilarious he does it ALL.THE.TIME), Roars, and when we ask him what sound a doggie makes, he tips his head back and woofs.  It’s pretty funny.
– Getting a bit of a mullet back there.  He has the blondest hair out of all of our kiddies at the same age, but it is curling like their’s all did.
– Loves the oven.  Loves turning it on and changing the temperature on me while dinner or baked goods are in there.
– Really snuggles into your chin for cuddles.
– Gives slobbery kisses.  THE BEST!
– Temper is out and it is fierce.
– LOVES incy wincy, seriously screams with happiness when it is sung.
– A bit more shy than the other kiddies were with loud noises, not a huge fan of the vacuum cleaner and needs lots of warning.  Any kitchen appliance though, the louder the better.
– Loves having his hair brushed or his head scratched.
– He started pushing Judd’s fire trucks and cars along the floor this month, making the siren noises.  The boy gene is strong in this one.
– Loves being in the swing or racing around on Daddy’s shoulders with the other kiddies.
– Goes a bit crazy shaking his head no!  Thinks it’s super funny.
– Is wriggling so so much for Daddy in the bath, it’s a struggle.  However, LOVES the shower.
– He really is just super happy so much of the time.  And I really think he is the daggiest of all our kids, and Mark and I combined 🙂  He just likes to clown around and make you laugh.  He loves making Judd and Ellie laugh and will belly laugh along with them.  It’s a really gorgeous personality.
– He thinks Judd is hilarious, and when Judd makes him laugh, it’s the gorgeous belly laugh that usually gives him the hiccups.  Very contagious.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, the past three months especially, have been really hard.  When your baby gets to that point of waking easily and you have two very loud little people in the house all the time it is difficult to feel like you are ever going to be able to make a good sleeper, or when you have school runs that completely mess with routine, it has that carry on effect into night time.  Sometimes I just want to have just one baby again so this constant guilt might go away.  But the bond between these kids is amazing, and I feel very very grateful to not only have been given them, but that I get to watch them grow up together.  Now I’m trying to work on not feeling like I’m catastrophically failing everyday.  Three little people and two hands, does not a good mother make.  I desperately don’t want any of them to feel overlooked ever,  and it feels like it happens to each one of them, at least once, every single day. And I desperately want to give my husband a break from the chaos at home and the chaos from work, and that doesn’t happen either. I think I’ve spent a lot of time feeling like I’m not the mother I was with one – that I’ve had to adapt to survive – and at times I feel I’ve failed – Judd especially, and the other kids in that sense.  Time is just not on my side.  The daily guilt about everything is real.  Maggie Dent and her articles and parent resources have helped.    Our lives have really wound down, even more so than they did while I tried to get Judd into a routine from when he was a bub.  And that’s ok.  We go slower and we spend a lot of time being together at home.  There is still lots to do and get done, but this way the kids aren’t pulled from pillar to post and they get a chance to play and learn.  I can do everything at a slower pace, from baking to craft, to nature exploring and imagining.  As I’ve always said, it won’t be like this for long.  I’m loving these days of cuddles and simple moments filling my days.  I’m so lucky to stay at home with them, I want to enjoy every minute, as the days are ticking past so quickly.

Next post I am going to showcase all of the kids past Birthday’s, as we start to get ready for Smith’s big ONE!



Easter Bakes!

With two boy cakes to make a year and one girl cake, (or if we include me and my hubby we are still three to two) I have decided the Easter Bunny is definitely a girl.  🙂

To make this cake I used the Pastel Layer Cake recipe from Sprinkle Bakes and then covered the cake in two layers of buttercream.  I then used the Sprinkle Bakes Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe for the top flowers.  Fondant for the eyes and ears.

It was a lot of fun to make!

The Easter Baking has begun here, more creations to come!


little loves: smith – month nine



– 8.5kgs and 71cms
– Still in 00 clothing, 0 looks a little too big still. 0 in Bonds swim on him.
– Actually letting me feed him occasionally, which is a win for my floor.  I gave him ice cream this week – LOVES ICE CREAM.  ALL THE ICE CREAM!
– Crawling super speedily, errrrrywhere.  Also likes to do the downward dog yoga pose.  He is so proud of himself being able to keep up with his big brother and sister now, and get right in to see what they are up to and steal a toy or two.  And Judd and Ellie really love it as well.  Until he starts pulling their hair or slobbering over their favourite toy anyway.  His favourite thing is to chase BB8 around.
– Pulling himself up on furniture. We’ve lowered his cot now, as he would be up and trying to get out in seconds of being awake.
– Claps hands for Daddy and then raises his hands up in HOORAY!
– One more tooth just cut up the top. So four teeth total now.  He knows how to use them too.  Rips meat off a lamb chop with his big top tooth.
– He is a chatterbox!  Very happy to make sure he is heard over all the noise too.  At kindy drop off he sits in the pram and yells out in his baby babble to all the kiddies.  So funny.
– Dropped the quick nap before dinner.  Dinnertime is officially chaos.  As if it wasn’t before 🙂
– He’s really, really good at clacking his tongue.  But I think I mentioned that months ago.  #sleepdeprived lol.
– Pulls the funny face and reaches his hands up and twirls them around when he wants to be picked up.
– He is always just so happy.  Always has a smile for me.

I can’t believe that Smith has been out now for as long as he’s been in, another milestone to add to the list.  There seem to have been so many this month, and the elusive 11 month mark, where I know it all starts to get so much easier, is in our sights and I’m starting to imagine what it would be like to have my body back after being pregnant or breastfeeding OR BOTH for five years now. Smith is taking a sip cup so stopping breastfeeding when he is one seems like a real possibility.

Mark has been busy making a loft in our home, so Smith will finally have a room of his own in a few weeks.  I’ve started organising that, and in addition to that working out the theme for his first birthday.  It’s a lot of fun.  Our days currently as this crazy, chaotic mess of fun.







Husby turns 2! Wait… I mean 32!


I couldn’t think of much to get my husband for his birthday this year, and so I made him a cake. We are at the stage where the kids love making cakes and picking them out, and especially love the Happy Birthday song and blowing out the candles. This was so much fun to make and perfect for a Carpenter!



little loves: eloise – two and a half! (month thirty)


– Ellie is 88cms tall and 12 kgs
– She is just into size two clothes.  I bought some jammies that were three’s, only because I wanted to get a lot of wear out of them.  Some things she wears are still ones so we are getting A LOT of wear out of clothes.
– Has grown into size five shoes.  I still have SO MANY size six shoes that I am dying to put her in!  I will wait yet another year I guess.  Such tiny feet.
– Still naps during the days, for about two hours, sometimes three.  Doesn’t like to nap when Judd is at kindy, I think she is so too excited to have the house and me to herself that she generally passes out in the car on the way to pick him up and has slept in and out of the car and pram on those days.
– Counts to twenty, just misses seven 🙂
– sings her ABC’s and signs some of the letters with me.
– knows all her colours and shapes.  Gets many of the animals, and every piece of fruit.  We are working on her knowing her vegetables.  She knows the basics but somethings she is mixing up, like cauliflower and broccoli which is totally normal, I’d say.
– She loves the word books which is where we are practicing vegetables etc.  She also loves the story Rapunzel (Tangled), the Millie Mae series, What Makes a Rainbow and Where is the Green Sheep.  She can recite the last three.
– loves to sing and to mime especially.  In the car.  With her microphone.  Whilst dancing around the family room with the sound blaring.  Let it Go, How Far I’ll Go and Jessie’s Girl are her favourites.  Her go to songs.
– Given she is counting and singing, obviously she has finally started speaking!  Two months after she turned two we very quickly progressed from ‘uh’ to complete sentences. She first started speaking one night at bedtime when she took over reading the story from me.  It had been a long time coming, I cried!
– She has completely come into her element since Judd has started kindy, and her little personality is just so funny, especially when she has someone’s full attention.  She likes to play around and be cheeky (in a fun, not naughty way) because she is a little clown really!
– She parrots absolutely everything we say and has been coming out of her shell with the extended family as well.
– Her favourite things to say and recite are the Paw Patrol. She LOVES Paw Patrol.  The slogans they have and the theme song too.  She will spend a good hour in her bedroom playing with her Paw Patrol on her own and she won’t stop speaking the entire time.
– Has beautiful manners, and is so considerate to others.  She won’t go and get a snack without making sure everyone else has one too, and when you thank her for being so considerate she says ‘no froblem.’ She never forgets her manners at home and would only miss them while we are out because she is shy.
– Loves her baby.  Loves to give it a bottle and wrap her.  She named her Cabbage Patch doll Phoebe.  She is busting to give Smith a bottle and take care of him like she does her doll.  She says ‘Oh Smith!  You so cuuuute!’
– She is great at the shops and listens, she stays with me if she is walking.  ‘Ok Mummy!’ She will happily reply when I ask her to do something.  So still an angel babe.
– Quietly eating us out of house and home.  Finished her entire days lunchbox before 9am yesterday.  Her favourite things are apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (ALL THE BERRIES) cheese toasties, sultana’s and chippies.
– She likes the playground, but she really just wants to spend the entire time on the swing.
– Comes up to me during the day for cuddles and to tell me she loves me. ‘I Love Lou’ she says.   The other night we were having a cuddle before bedtime and she says ‘Mummy, you are my whole heart.’ *heart melts*
– Really hesitant around dogs.  Even the cutest, fluffiest, oldest and smallest dogs she really doesn’t want anything to do with.
– She is a gymnast.  She can’t watch tv or play sitting normally for long.  We find her on her head, planking across furniture and in the weirdest positions!  Loves to be spun around and turned ‘upside dowd Mummy!’ and be tickled.  And I try and make her laugh a lot.
– Loves helping bake, especially mixing and cracking eggs.  She is surprisingly really good at this!
– Judd and Eloise so often (more often than not) very happily play together.  Whether it be outside running around in the garden or in the cubby, inside with blocks, paw patrol, cooking or whatever.  Currently they pretend that one is the ghost and the other runs away, which generally ends in cuddles with Ellie, as she is ‘scared Mummy!’
I also hear Judd showing her things and Ellie saying ‘that’s cool!’
– We play ‘I Spy’ on the way to kindy drop off.  Ellie says, ‘Spy with little eye, something… pink!’ every day.  The other day Judd and I were trying to figure out what it was (there really aren’t that many pink things around on our drive to and from school) when Ellie pipes up… ‘is it…’ she says. ‘Do you not know what it is Ellie?’ I say.  ‘Uh No!’ she replies.  We had a good giggle.  When Judd guesses correctly she says ‘Wow!  Good Job Juddy!  High Five!’
– Just gorgeous to greet you.  First thing in the morning it’s ‘Hi Mummy.  I had a good sleep!’ or if she is up before Mark has gone to work, you can hear her door open and shut and a little happy ‘Hi Daddy’ and IT IS JUST GORGEOUS!  As Mark says, the world could do with more Ellie’s.  I totally agree.  She is sunshine to our lives.



little loves: smith – month eight


– 8kgs and 70cms
– Still in 00 clothing, 0 looks a little too big still
– Eating everything!  Refuses to let anyone do it (unless if Daddy tricks him) but is happily eating toast and pancakes and Mum’s spaghetti.  I haven’t even really had to blend anything.
– Clapping hands, waving hi and bye, moving around by a mixture of a semi crawl and roll, as well as planking.  Photo’s above 🙂  Also raises his hands up to be picked up.
– Daddy bought him a walker a few weeks ago, a little ATV, which he absolutely loves.  He has started motoring around on it (only on his tip toes OF COURSE) and tries to be super speedy and reach all Mummy’s stuff before I can catch him.
– So technically he said Dada first.  But no one was around to hear it and he has only said it the once.  He says Mum Mum ALLLLL the time.  He also blows raspberries (like he’s saying YUK) when I change his dirty nappy and says Bub Bub too.
– Three teeth just cut.  The bottom two and one top one.
– He is starting to hate the car seat and I think it’s because we are in and out of it so much on Judd’s kindy days – something I haven’t had to worry about with babies before!
– Loves sitting in the high chair and learning about the mixer, thermomix and oven.  Lucky our new oven has a lock!
– Really loves to be put to sleep by having someone kiss his cheeks and he snuggles his little arms around your neck.  It is absolutely horrible!  hahaha, just kidding, it is the absolute best.
– With being on the move and cutting teeth, Judd starting kindy meaning all the kids are out of sorts, sleep here has been somewhat missing from our lives.  Smith is just starting to get better now and Judd and Ellie have been better for a week or so so fingers crossed this month see’s more shut eye.
– Starting to drop that quick nap before dinner that means I can actually get something on the table lol.  Bit hit and miss still though.
– Loves to give kisses goodbye, big open mouth slobbers.
– Really grateful he is such a laid back bubba, it makes school pick up and drop off and all the upheaval of his day a breeze.  And so happy, everyone at school thinks he’s the happiest baby they have ever seen, and so do we.