Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hong to the Kong

I'm not gonna lie. The thought of going overseas with a 6 month old baby terrified me. The plane ride, getting around a new city, what hotel to get, do we take the travel cot, what about ebola?? The list can go on forever. But anything "new" with a young baby is terrifying. With anything in life there are lots of things that can hold you back. But if you want to try anything new, risky, or adventurous you have to just give it a go. The experience might surprise you.

These are all the things that were going through my head when we got invited to a friends wedding in Hong Kong. But I just kept on telling myself we just gotta try. So I got Pop's passport ready in anticipation of going and mentally was psyching myself up for the travel. Everything was all really last minute in the end. Even in my head, right up until the night before, there was a little voice that said "maybe we should just pull out? We can always just blame it on Poppy not feeling well, right"?? I knew it was too far gone for that with the tickets and hotels booked etc. But the voice was still in my head.

Any who, we went and we had the best time. I really had so much fun and Poppy was a model baby. Literally. other mothers on the planes kept on telling me how good she was and wished their baby was sleeping or playing quietly like Poppy. I couldn't have been prouder. She went around with us like a little trooper. Just taking in all the sights and drifting off to sleep when she wanted in her pram. Staying up late with us and flirting with everyone around her with cheeky smiles.

Hong Kong also surprised me. It really was nothing like I had imagined it would be. For one it was way more western then I gave it credit for. I could have been walking in parts of New York for all I knew. And getting around with a pram and baby, contrary to all the reviews I had read, was so super easy – like so easy. We used the subway everyday and their subway put ours to shame I'm afraid to say.

Taxi's are great but be forewarned if you do travel to HK, they don't have baby seats in any taxi and they're wild drivers. Thats when you put on your care-free parenting cap and laugh it off. Your child will be sitting in your lap strapped in with you and the taxi will be going 130kph down the freeway whilst you try and tell yourself everything is going to be ok. This was our first experience in HK. Driving down the freeway on our way to the hotel I did fear for my life and scolded myself for not listening to the voice in my head to not go. I had to shake it off and tell my self "when in Rome". When driving down the freeway I was so scared but then we drove past another taxi with a family in the back, baby strapped on Daddy's lap. We both gave each other a terrified half smile (which said I know how you're feeling) and suddenly it was all much better. This is just how things roll in HK.

If there is anything I can recommend from our travelling experience in Hong Kong is don't let having a small baby or kids stop you from travelling. Your kids/baby will love it and you just have to take the punches as they come and you'll both learn from it.

Thanks so much Richard and Janice for inviting us to your beautiful wedding. We might not have had the chance to travel in the first year of Poppy's life (even though we had intentions to) but your wedding made it possible.

Here are some photos from our experience In Hong Kong.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

6 Months - Happy Half Birthday Poppy Girl

Our last official milestone, 6 months. Of course there are many still to come but when breastfeeding was just starting and not going very well, in the baby fog, life has changed so much I don't even know what to do with myself - 6 months was the goal.

And here we are. There are too many things to write about on what the last 6 months has been like for us as a family but the main thing I want to say is, we love her so.

It's hard to explain what I feel for Poppy. In one moment I love her so much I can't take my eyes off her and in the next all I want her to do is go to bed so I can have some "me time" and for her to stop crying/whinging. Then as soon as I put her down and she nods off I want her to wake up again because I miss her. So I sneak in her room and watch her sleep, then regret sneaking in because I've woken her up and now she wants to play and "me time" is over. 

It's a kind of love that you literally can't explain and has so many facets to it if you did want to explain you wouldn't know where to start.

Any-who, here's to the next 6 months Poppy, we love you so. I hope the needles you had today treat you well and you sleep like an angel today in celebration of you having a half birthday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fiddle dee dee

A few years back Dan gave me the best Valentines day gift so far. A fiddled leaf fig. (Ficus Lyrata)

He knew that I had been wanting one for awhile and rather than flowers got me the ficus and I loved him for it.

He got my good sized one for $60.00. Now the price of them has sky rocketed! You can pay hundreds for a good sized one.

So I decided to see if I could get some cuttings from the one Dan gave me. It was in need of a prune but I couldn't just cut away the precious branches! 

Anyway, I wasn't confidant doing it myself so I called in Dan's Dad who's a horticulturist to help me out. He air layered the ficus and it worked a treat.

2 months later and my ficus had babies!

Here's a website that can help you out if you'd like to make some cutting from your plants.

Air layering

Now to keep them alive. 


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy Fathers Day to Mr. Daniel

Today is the very first Fathers day that Daniel has ever experienced as a Dad. 

So I just have to rave about why he's the best Father (so far) ever.

Poppy smiles at everything so she's not the most accurate judge of whats good. All she knows is that she's happy or she's not and if not, she'll cry and we fix it somehow. Not that she doesn't love Daniel. She's just young and still getting to know the world and us.

So at this stage being a father - and Mother is really the support that we show each other in parenting Poppy.

And as far as that goes Daniel is the best. It's not about big gestures of Fathering that make him special but all the little things he does.

 Just to give you an example. The other night when I was feeding at 3am in the morning. I felt someone staring at me, other than Poppy and looked up into our room to find Daniel sitting up in bed waiting for me to see him (through my blurry eyes) and when I did he simply said "I love you" and went back to bed.

Sure, he drives me up the wall sometimes but thats just because we have different ways of doing things and we'll disagree but thats great in a relationship to challenge each other. Thats just real life. But when it comes to Poppy and me, I know he'd try moving heaven and earth to make us happy and in his own way he's already doing that, starting with saying I love you in the middle of the night.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Shout out to Oxfam

I was looking for a basket like the one below for ages!

Then it came to be that Oxfam might have them. I was looking on other sites
but the price was so out of this world for what it was it was robbery.

Oxfam on the other hand being the charitable organisation they are had them for $15.95! Bargain!

They have tons of the other great things so check them out and support this great charity.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

List of things I'm loving right now

Just thought I would list a few things I'm loving ATM.

Lets be honest I'm loving anything thats of the Ficus family. We now have three variations of the ficus in our house and I'd gladly add more.

Uashmama are the best, you can pretty much do anything with them. Put a plant in it, put food in it, put anything you want and automatically its trendy.

Bolga baskets are the best, similar to the Uashmama you can do anything with it and it looks good around the house. I love how earthy they are.

As an Aesop enthusiast I love all their products but I'm particularly loving this body Balm I picked up the other day. So scrumptious on my skin!

Oh and always loving my Mister Daniel! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

We made it to three months

We made it. 

It's been 3 months since Poppy was born. Not that I thought we would suddenly implode one day and never exist again - although at times it did seem like it could be a reality. Three months was one of my milestones that I wanted to get to and I'm loving being here.

I was assured to give it 3 months. I logically knew this was the case, as I was told this and had seen both my sisters go through it. But when the rubber hits the road, man its tough to get your head around. In the moment you sometimes just can't see that light at the end of the tunnel.

Don't get me wrong it was really the first few weeks that was the hardest and everything slowly lost its edge over the following weeks. The anxiety of when she would cry next and how to handle her or when she would wake up in the middle of the night just suddenly isn't as big a deal anymore. You learn together how to meet her needs slowly but surely.

What I mean by "we made it" is that we made the transition between not having a child to having one and it feeling like normal. I know it's not over yet but it feels nice for things to be getting back to normal feeling. My sister was right when she said that it was a bit of an anti climax. She said it was like one day you you just go, "oh, ok we're doing this now and doing it without freaking out."

You must think I'm a terrible Mother as I'm painting this whole becoming a Mother thing so badly. Poppy is the best, bestest thing ever. But the transition is hard, very hard. She's one of the best things thats ever happened to me and she's honestly one of the best babies which has made this transition thing so much easier than most. 

Life now is much more normal. We still do most if not all the things that we did before Poppy was born. We still go to cafes and restaurants at night. This stage - after to you wrap your head around it, is really good. She can't run away from us!

Couple things though. For me, breast feeding was one of the hardest things ever. It just didn't happen for me and Poppy for about 8 weeks. Get as much help as you can! Now we're good but it was very, very hard. Don't be fooled by the lovely picture of me and Poppy below feeding. Before this it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Take it easy. Babies pick up on your every move and mood. If you're chill you're baby will most likely be pretty chill too.

Ok, this post was way too long but I'm just so happy with where we are now from where we have come.

P.S She just started making these goo goo ga ga noises this weekend as if she's having conversations with us (that make no sense) but I think they do to her. She's the cutest and I love her and my Daniel to the stars and back.