Struggling to find time to write this…

I think it would be pushing it to try and blog more this week on top of all the commitments I have. ย The fact that I started writing this blog post on Thursday and am only posting it today is proof of how busy I am!

The following are or have been on my agenda:ย 

– Helping my friend move his things out of my house
– Some charity odds and ends (I missed out on making patties today – feel so bad! I had all the ingredients but no time…)
– Meeting friends for lunch (I have been cancelling too many times – friends are so important to me)
– Christmas shopping & present wrapping
– Doing some phone interviews and writing a magazine article (which includes finding a moment where Jacob is actually quiet and doesn’t need my attention)
– Calling the Malaysian High Commission in Canberra to set up a time to renew my passport and register my marriage (yes, I’m about 2+ years late for the marriage rego)
– Church & a special farewell lunch for our Pastor
– Zilm family Christmas lunch on the weekend
– Putting up my Christmas tree, lights and decorations

And the list goes on…

So anyway, I’m going to make up for my absence by posting up a few extra cute pictures of Jacob and co.

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He loves his cousins (and his cousins love him!).

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He’s a good Ralph Lauren model. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And he likes Ferrari too. I can’t believe he can already fit into this – back a few months ago I thought it was huge!

Have a lovely weekend and speak next week when I’m out of deep water. And there may be a book review in the mix sometime soon – do stay tuned!

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Blast from the past…

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I thought I’d start with this cute gift keychain I bought for Jacob. Yes, I know he won’t have his own keys for a long time, but I could put it on his bag. Anyway, what’s cool about it is that it’s actually a mini booklet and tells us a few things about Jacob:

The Character of Jacob: You are always on the look-out for new horizons with a restless urge to explore. With your efficient approach to to situations, you are able to tackle the most mundane of projects – even if it is through gritted teeth!

The Mind of Jacob: You tend to view things subjectively which gives you a strong focus on your own goals. However, you are not unsympathetic to the plight of others even if you do prefer to lead by example wherever possible.

The Intelligence of Jacob: Although you have a powerful intellect, you are not always keen to show this off. You see no point in trying to impress people that may have no real influence on your life and prefer instead to work tirelessly towards your own goals.

The Emotions of Jacob: Sometimes you find it difficult to express your true feelings. Your emotions do run deep and it is a very special person who can break the outer shell to see the real you.

From what it sounds like, I wouldn’t mind if he lived up to his name (but then again, this is all just for fun!). However, it’s given me hope that I’ve chosen the right name for him and I hope all you mums out there will have fun choosing your baby’s name! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to admit that I’ve had a pretty lazy week with my husband being home in the school holidays. He’s been busy checking out his Grand Theft Auto 5 while I’ve been catching up on reruns of one of my favourite series – Chuck:

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Dan was kind enough to get the box set for me for my birthday. I really like spy shows, but this one stands out particularly because it’s down to earth, funny, romantic, and was something close to our hearts. I don’t claim to be a hot secret agent, nor does Dan claim to be an intelligent computer nerd – though there are many ways this storyline relates to us conceptually.

When I met Daniel, I was a bit of a wildcard – moving around every 6 months due to my degree, it was hard to picture settling down. I also had no idea what I’d do after the degree – go back to Malaysia to work, head to some remote location in Australia like Ayers Rock or Dunk Island, or perhaps head to a different country to discover new adventures. Not to mention, I did martial arts too and felt like I could kick anyone’s butt (please do not try to test this theory…).

And then you had Daniel, who had a stable job, a close knit set of friends around him and a desire to settle down. Of course, we both love our adventures but there’s a bit of difference in our perception of holidays. To me, holiday getaways for a week or so are cool, but there’s this part of me that just wants to ship off to Japan for 1 year (potentially longer) or perhaps head to a tropical island like Fiji or the Maldives to experience the good life there. But then, what to do with the house and dog? (Jacob will come with us obviously). So yeah, I’m not being practical, but that’s just the way I am sometimes haha!

And (spoiler alert!), the episodes of Sarah and Chuck’s wedding came out as I was organising mine, hence it sparks a feeling of familiarity – almost as if I were organising it with them. Call me crazy, but I’d not really been to many weddings before my own – correction, not been as a guest. I worked at a lot of weddings before though, serving champagne on the beach and catering for a beautiful reception on an ‘island’ platform in the middle of a lagoon. But yes, it just marked a beautiful time in my life and something Daniel and I shared exclusively.

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On an ending note, Jacob’s decided to do his part in fundraising. I used to volunteer with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in The Shepherd’s Lodge project, which is like a meal organised every Thursday night for the hungry and the lonely. Of course, I’m also a big fan of their op shops. But anyway, around this time of year, we as a church at large raise money for ADRA projects.

This is Jacob’s fundraising page where you can chip in if you like, or simply have a look at what ADRA does:
https://knocktober.everydayhero.com/au/jacob-s-first-appeal

Have a lovely weekend and for those in South Australia, enjoy your Labour Day long weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m up all night to get clucky…

I’ve been trying to get a blog post written but have just been sidetracked about 500 times. I’m currently sharing ย my computer with my parents who are here to spend time with me and the baby, and I know where I get my computer addiction from (though I admit I’m a lot worse than them). I’ve also got to persevere and type with one hand seeing that I’m usually rocking the baby in the other arm.

In honest truth, I didn’t really know what to write about nor did I have the mood to write. In some ways, I feel that I have no purpose at the moment. I know it’s a silly thought because I have the most important job in the world – bringing up a person. Perhaps I just need a shift in perspective.

Reason for my blog post title – it seems that so many people are expecting babies now! My sister in law is due in December, and some of my close friends at church are due in March next year. The other day, we met our neighbour who was out walking her dog and she’s also expecting. Perhaps there’s something in the air? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Anyway, in my few moments of motherhood, I feel a lot more comfortable and confident with Jacob. It’s really true that you learn from your baby. In the first few days, I used to find it very distressing to hear Jacob crying, but now I know that he’s just trying to communicate with me – he’s either hungry, wet, cold, tired or something else that we figure out together.

Perhaps when I find more inspiration, I’ll write again.

But here is another picture of my favourite little boy, who is 3 weeks old today.

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