Oh no, not more baby photos!

So, I’m nearly halfway through this blog challenge and today was an easy one – a photo post! Only I have to make it complicated for myself, right?

I thought that this would be an amazing opportunity to show you more pics of my kids! I do my best not to compare my kids, but one thing I love to compare is what they looked like at different stages of their life. Hence I’ve put together a few pics of what Jacob and Jared looked like at the same age. (Jacob’s always on the left, Jared on the right)

At birth01 At Birth

At 1 week old02 At 1 week

At 3 weeks old03 At 3 weeks

At 6 weeks old04 At 6 weeks

At 9 weeks old05 At 9 weeks

At about 11 and a half weeks (which is what Jared is today)06 At 11+ Weeks

From all these pictures, I’ve come to the conclusion that Jacob has a HUGE nose!!! Okay it’s not huge but like lately I look at him and think his nose is huge! Maybe because Jared’s nose is small?

Anyway I hope you’ve enjoyed these pics of my darling boys. xoxo

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Family Photos!

I’d been hoping to update a bit more frequently, but we have been immensely busy with relatives visiting from interstate. It’s a good sort of busy though!

One thing I might mention is that you might notice that a whole lot of posts have suddenly popped up in the archives – I’ve imported these over from my previous blog! Feel free to have a snoop in the archives to see some of Jacob’s milestones!

This is one of my posts from 2 years ago – how small and chubby was Jacob then?

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My Malaysian relatives are still here with me and this week, relatives have come over from Melbourne, Canberra and Cairns to visit. I don’t think we’ve all caught up like this for a long time so we’re really enjoying making the most of our time together.

Seeing that we’re not even sure when we’ll all be in the same country at once, we decided we’d do a family photoshoot. In my workplace, I’ve worked with a couple of photographers before and had a good idea of what I wanted, but a really important element to me was how well the photographer interacts with children, particularly with young and active kids.

Then we found Roxy. I had a stalk of her portfolio and I just loved the way she captured the expressions and emotions of children. Anyway, we went ahead and had some pictures taken at the place our relatives are staying at in the Adelaide Hills.

Roxy was amazing with the kids – she had a little oinking toy that made the kids crack up. And she had a little Pez dispenser mounted onto her camera and kids would get a little candy if they posed well. Overall it was a great vibe and we were really happy with the experience – we got a couple of sneak peek shots which we really love!

We’re really looking forward to getting the rest of the photos!

Over and out as we have another gathering tonight and more outings this week – maybe the beach and the zoo? 🙂

Looking back on tomboyish days…

Honey, I’m home! (Once again, sorry for the break)

We’ve had such a busy weekend but I’m counting down the days because it’ll be the school holidays soon and we may have a little excursion scheduled… more details later on! 😉

But anyway, this weekend was the first time I played paintball! Some people were quite surprised at this – perhaps because I seemed to know what it was about, or at least pretended to know? I’ve always wanted to play it but wasn’t allowed because it was too dangerous, and never really had an occasion to do so until this weekend.

So, we got all suited up – it was a press stud suit and reminded me of putting a jumpsuit on Jacob (who was being babysat). I smuggled my phone in and took a couple of photos: Image

I had an awesome first round as I got up to a good spot and managed to shoot a lot of people (won some extra points, whoopee!). I think I have it quite easy because I’m a difficult target to hit – I was easily one of the smallest and shortest in my group. The second and third round weren’t as great for me because I kept getting headshots so I couldn’t see. One of them went straight through my vents and gave me a mouthful of paint! I ended up looking like this:

ImageAnyway, it was good fun but I must admit that it is one expensive game! It was like $20 for 100 paintballs – it got cheaper if you bought them in bulk, but you get the gist. As a result, we had to be quite sparing with our shots (which can be hard when you’re being shot at right left and centre). I probably couldn’t afford to play this game too often, but I had an awesome time (despite the scratches and bruises)! A nice hot shower was in order, especially since we were rained on once or twice in the course of the day.

Playing paintball got me thinking about some of the things I used to do that I don’t anymore. I was never the sporty type (more because I didn’t really stick at a sport long enough to be good at it) but I was, at some point of my life, quite fit. I was probably in the prime of my life at National Service – I was toughened by circumstance, strengthened by faith and agile as anything. My team won quite a few things and I kinda looked a bit tomboyish, to a point that I had a girl hit on me!.

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I don’t think I was ever good at riding a bike, but here I am in a helmet anyway. I had very short hair for the first few years of my life and my mum said I was often mistaken for a boy (much to her annoyance).

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And here’s Mowgli. Oh wait, no, that’s me. Sorry it’s blurry as it was me taking a photo of an old photo. I love swimming (though I’m a bit lazy of late) and used to go fishing with my dad; not rod fishing, but fishing with a jala (net). The net itself was pretty heavy and a lot of the time, we got fish by knocking them out with the weights rather than getting them caught in the net.

ImageBack in the day, when I used to do martial arts, I used to think I was pretty tough. I used to enjoy hanging out with the boys, but come to think of it now, any girl could have done what I did. I used to think that I stood out because I was the girl, and perhaps that was the case to an extent, but I think what’s most important is that it was me being me. I really enjoyed getting roughed up and rolling in the mud, as opposed to getting dolled up with makeup and dresses.

I admit that I’ve toned down of late, perhaps because I’m considered more a ‘woman’ than a ‘girl’ now, and because I play roles like ‘wife’ and ‘mum’ where tomboy doesn’t always fit in the picture. Or does it? I know that the main reason I’ve stopped martial arts is because I need that time for my family – time to prepare and eat a family meal and to get the little one bathed and tucked into bed. I don’t indulge in adventure so much anymore because I’m saving money for family outings and little occasional trips. But I think, deep down, I’m still a tomboy at heart.

I am excited at the prospect of bringing up a little boy – it’s almost like a second childhood for myself. I look forward to learning to play a sport with him, taking him camping, teaching him martial arts moves, riding a bike with him (pedal-type and motorized maybe?), letting him get dirty and not complaining (there’s always Vanish to get rid of mud stains), etc. And one day, he’ll grow up into a man but I hope he’ll still see me as a fun mum who shared similar interests with him.

But I’ve thought to myself before – what if I had a girl first? Would I have bought all things pink and completely changed the decor in my nursery? Would I be playing with dolls instead of cars? I don’t know. Maybe, if I have another child and it happens to be a girl, I will find out. But for now, I’m perfectly happy indulging in boys toys.

Speaking of boys, here are some shots from this week! Here he is with his cousin playing the piano – what musical geniuses they are!

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ImageHere he is watching the footy. Adelaide Crows had a great win so I let Jacob wear his Crows scarf around.

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And lucky last one – anyone want to suggest a caption? 😛

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Hope everyone has an awesome week!

It’s Business Time…

Eeeks has it been nearly a week since I’ve written a blog post? Yikes!! Sorry, I didn’t mean to leave it for this long. I am NOT going to use being busy as an excuse (since I did an entire blog post about it before this) but, really, that’s probably it. But really, I have like a hundred things to edit tonight and I don’t see myself going to sleep before midnight (and I have a playdate tomorrow so can’t do it tomorrow), hence I better get cracking.

I’m going to make this a bit of a photo post, if you don’t mind! Hope you enjoy these little snippets of my life (and my gorgeous boy).

I’ll start with food because I love food. When is a burger not a burger? When it’s a Not Burger! I made a massive burger the other day with not one but two vegetarian patties and a colossal amount of condiments incuding avocado, mushrooms and a fried egg!

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Over the weekend, we met up with family again at church which makes the perfect opportunity for more photos! Group shots are a bit hard as it is SO hard to keep them all still. This was probably one of our best ones:

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My nephew (who is about 4 months younger than Jacob) is growing so quickly! They practically look the same size now – how gorgeous are they? I think they’re going to have so much fun playing together!

ImageOne of Jacob’s latest fascinations is the washing machine. He can sit for ages watching the clothes spin around, and loves to reach up to touch the dials. When he can actually reach the dials, I’ll just get him to do the laundry for me. 

ImageFinally, the favourite of the week – my little duet partner. I can’t believe he can already reach the piano!

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On a final note, I’ve reached another milestone in my life – no, I have not been skydiving this week. Guess what? I am now a business owner!!! Well, almost…

More details about my new business in my next post (or perhaps a few posts to come, depending on how long I need to set it up properly), but I’m REALLY excited. Like I literally had butterflies in my tummy and was dying to work on the website and do a stocktake, but then all this editing work came about (and I couldn’t say no!). 

Anyway, just a hint – it has something to do with two of my previous blog posts:
Wall Sticker Woes
Pac Man

Have a great week!! And I promise I will write again before the weekend, even if it’s just a few words!

A quarter way through…

I woke up today and thought, ahh – April Fools’ Day! I can try to play some tricks on people – until, of course, I remembered that March has 31 days!

How quickly has this year gone? It’s already a quarter way through! In this time, the following has happened:
– We did our first road trip with Jacob to Melbourne
– Attended 3 baby showers, 2 of which I helped host
– Dressed Jacob up in a Chinese fashion for Chinese New Year
– Our house floor has had a full refurbishment, from carpet/lino to tiles
– Survived a week with Jacob when Daniel was away at school camp
– Had Jacob’s baby dedication
– Had a getaway to Port Elliot (with my parents)
– Had my parents come over (and it’s nearly time for them to go home)

But what’s really been amazing is seeing the change in Jacob – three months ago, he could barely roll over and now he’s all over the place, climbing up and trying to walk now. Before, breastmilk was all he wanted but now he’d happy have a teething rusk, strawberries in a net or some veggie puree. One thing I know – he grows cuter every day and I love him to bits!

When my next blog post will be all depends on whether I’ll be able to finish my magazine articles in time for submission. I will work hard and try to post something towards the end of the week, but I don’t want to give false hope (as I have a long way to go, haha!). But I’ll just make this a bit of a photo post:

ImageSomebody likes going shopping. 🙂

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 He’s too eager to get into his bath… he love bubbles.

ImageI can sit up and I’m doing Thriller in the garden!

ImageI’m showing off just because I can…

ImageYou need to tidy up this change table, mummy…

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I want to have big feet like daddy!

I’ll end with just another quick reminder about the competition I entered Jacob into – it’s ending Friday and I’d really like to get as many votes as possible. This is the link to it… 🙂

I shaved my baby!!!

Happy Wednesday everyone! This is mainly a photo post because photos speak a thousand words (and also save a thousand minutes haha!)

Firstly, I need to realise never to leave Jacob alone on the change table (not even for a second to throw away the diaper). He loves sitting up and climbing now, and I usually find him sitting like this on the change table. Today I caught him turning around and when I reached around to get the cloth nappy, and when I grabbed him, he just burst out laughing. Funny child he is. 😛

ImageThe post title speaks for itself… but no, Jacob isn’t bald! 😛 I love his locks but they were getting a little long, so we used an electric shaver. I’m still intrigued that you can’t actually cut yourself with it (how awesome!) though it can get a bit prickly. We shaved his hair on an 8/8 setting, and I really must say it looks alright!

Here’s the before shot:

ImageAnd after the ordeal – doesn’t my boy look handsome?

ImageThis is SO much cheaper than taking him for regular haircuts, and so much safer than using a pair of scissors. Only thing is that he squirmed a lot (he was in a bad mood anyway) and hair went everywhere – and he hated having the hair all over his body and face. It’s amazing how much hair sticks to a baby’s soft skin – took me ages to wash it all off! He did like being powdered after the bath though.

Finally, a brief report on my other baby, Skittles. Woke up to find her in this position – silly dog!

ImageEnjoy the rest of the week! 🙂

Just a little snippet of joy

I can’t believe I’ve survived motherhood for a week already… wow, what a ride!

I honestly haven’t had the time to think, haven’t had enough sleep etc. so I’ll just share a few pictures of my lovely little bundle. Here’s me tired but embracing my little one:

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Fresh out of the oven on his first day! 🙂

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Daddy dressing up baby for the very first time! 🙂 He also got to catch the baby as he was born and cut the cord…

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And here are some pictures with friends and family:

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Looking cute with his pacifier. I know that some people think that babies should not have pacifiers from this young, but it was recommended to us because he wasn’t sleeping and was working himself into fits all the time. He’s much happier now.

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I love my little Jacob. 🙂