ARCHIVE: November 2014

I Heart Life

November 26, 2014 | 0 Comment

I try not to take anything for granted. I find myself being very conscious of that these days. I don’t know why, maybe because I’m not working full-time and preoccupied by a million other things. When I’m not working in my casual role, shopping or running around, I’m just having a home-day with Jack and we’re either playing or I’m taking time out while he naps. I have a lot of time to think about all the things I’m grateful for.

I’m a thinker. I’m all in my mind a lot of the time, most of these thoughts I never talk about, it’s just me – that’s why I like running. It’s quite solitary. I found a quote ages ago that I posted to Instagram that said “Running, it’s cheaper than therapy”. I don’t know whose quote it is but it’s so true. It’s just my time to think about how to solve problems or conflicts with people or to just reflect on life. Even back when I was working full time in the city and training after work with someone else, we never talked much on our runs. Only before and after.

Anyway, because of this time I have, I feel grateful. Nothing is always lollipops and walks on the beach but I am so thankful for now. For my husband, for my family, for my friends and for my son. Who lights me up like only a giggling child can. Jack was christened last Sunday, and it was one of my favourite days this year. Immediate family, close friends, a small celebration, perfect weather and cake. Always cake! Blessed.

Jack didn’t want his second sleep today – he wanted to play with Mummy. So play (and blog) we did.

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Pants – Sapling Child

Belinda x

Introducing…

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comment

Have you heard of Bella & Moo?

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I’ve mentioned a few (hundred) times that I’m an Instagram addict haven’t I? Very recently I stumbled upon a page full of gorgeous, Australian made baby products. Custom made pram liners, play mats, bibs, nappy clutches, blankets etc in the most amazing, eye-catching, colourful fabrics. Shortly after that, Bella & Moo were looking for babies to represent this beautiful brand and I entered Jack and crossed everything so hard I looked like a pretzel!

Well, imagine my delight when I discovered he’d been chosen alongside some gorgeous children to represent them. We are honoured to support an up-and-coming, fabulous business – whose products have already been featured in Harper’s Bazaar UK!

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All images courtesy of Bella & Moo

Jack and I look forward to showing you more of Bella & Moo in the near future.

 

Website – www.bellaandmoo.bigcartel.com

Instagram – @bellaandmoo

Facebook – www.facebook.com/bellaandmoo

 

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! I have the weekend off for Jack’s Christening and I can’t wait. Looking forward to an excuse to wear this beautiful dress again.

Belinda xx

 

The Child Boss

November 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

If motherhood is a job, then my boss hates me. He whinges at me a lot and he’s been riding me pretty hard since late last week. He’s a misery guts. A stage 5 clinger. Everything is hard.

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Checking inside his mouth for potential new teeth? Hard. Taking his temperature? Hard. I’ve even had to run out to buy one of those special thermometers that you just hold up to their temple and it gives you the temp in a few seconds. Big smooch for whoever invented that, because there was no way Jack was letting me hold my vintage thermometer under his arm until it registered a reading. Getting a full nights sleep? Don’t remember what that feels like. Even having a shower, brushing my teeth, housework or simply packaging an item at the post office ends in a crying fit because I can’t do these things with him in my arms. I’m pretty sure it’s more teeth. He didn’t get his first until he was 11 months, and since then, bang, they all seem to come at once.

Since being a newborn, Jack has never wanted to sleep on me or in my bed next to me. Not that I want him to, I tried to avoid creating bad habits that we’d have to break later but I do bring him into our bed each morning at 7-ish when he’d wake up and I always thought it’d be sweet if we fell asleep there together. But that never happened so I’d just lay there with him, kissing his little face and playing. Until now. Monday he wanted to sleep in my arms and yesterday he woke up earlier than usual at 6.40 so I bought him back in bed with me and WE FELL ASLEEP TOGETHER! I checked my phone later that day to find this message from hubby.

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Needless to say, I’m exhausted and so is he. Motherhood is a tough slog at times but you keep going because you know that it’s 100% worth it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But I might give my right arm for a bit more rest, a full nights sleep and my happy-go-lucky child back. I don’t like to complain about how hard parenting can be, but if I don’t talk about the harder moments, then this blog would only be rainbows and butterflies and that’s not how it is all the time. I want to be able to be real as well.

I do my best to keep positive and not let the round the clock whinging get to me, but I don’t always succeed. My Mum may have received a text from me saying that I’m about to lose the plot and hubby sometimes wears the brunt when he gets home. However, here’s a few things making me happy today;

1. CHRISTMAS SHOPPING – I’m a notorious last minute shopper and this year I’m determined not to be. So it’s not even mid November and half of it is done. My tree will be up on December 1st and all the presents will be under it!

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2. RUNNING – I’d been really slack with training recently (my area is chock full of hills and that kills my motivation) and when I got really bogged down with a terrible cold/flu in September I knew that my lack of exercise was part of the reason my immune system sucked! So now even though I may not feel like it, I’m forcing myself out for at least 15km a week. Yesterday I ran my best run since Jack was born, and it left me pumped.

3. JACK’S CHRISTENING – Really excited for this ceremony and a small celebration back at our house next Sunday.

4. HOLIDAYS – School holidays for hubby, Christmas holidays and a family holiday next year, probably to QLD. Dreaming of going away and doing all the research is half the fun. Jack loves the beach!

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5. HOMELAND – Anyone else still watching? This season has been great, so I always look forward a cup of tea in bed with hubby and teeing up the latest episode. Simple things make me happy.

That’s all from me tonight. Fingers crossed for a full nights sleep!

Belinda x

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