Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ziva - Part 1

For all our joking about this baby coming early, we didn't really believe it would happen.  As I kept telling people - babies in my family don't come early!

On the Saturday I had my lovely high tea pre-baby celebration with my friends, which was a great day out.   Sunday was a quiet day in with my boys.   Then on Monday I decided that I would take Eli to daycare and pop into the office for awhile.  Part of my reasoning for this is that I had a midwife appointment at 9am, and trying to juggle cars and children etc with Shane was too complicated any other way around.  

Eli and I went to the midwife, and our regular midwife Myra was off sick.  A lady named Fiona from the labour ward was covering for her.  She did my usual quick check up - weight, blood pressure, foetal heartbeat etc.   We made some quick small talk and off I went.   Did a few hours of work, joking to Mark that I mainly went in so I could have my favourite Mexican food for lunch, which had become a routine every work day during this pregnancy.  Mad Mex, naked burritto, rice, beans, chicken, tomato, medium salsa, sour cream, cheese, guacamole.   Mmmmm!   I got tired after lunch and decided to call it a day.   Instead I popped over to Westfield and had a massage and pedicure from some lovely Chinese ladies, before picking up Eli and heading home.

My pantry was very untidy, and I decided to ask Shane to pull everything out for me so I could do a clean out and restack it.  I joked that just our luck, as soon as everything was pulled out I would probably go into labour and leave the house chaos.   Hahahaha.  So Shane pulled everything out of the pantry and put it on the bench and floor.

That evening I took Eli to our bed to put him to sleep.  All of a sudden I started to feel period-like cramping.   It was painful - more so than any Braxton Hicks - and I thought that it was a good sign of things to come in the upcoming weeks.   But then awhile later the first contraction came.   It wasn't a huge one, and not too long, but  certainly took me by surprise.   I also felt a "show" and a subsequent trip to the toilet confirmed it.   I stayed snuggled in bed with Eli, and at one point a contraction came quite painfully to the point that I


Our big boy slept 12 hours in his own bed last night!  So proud of him.  Of course his own bed is back in our room, next to our bed, as it's been the past few weeks.  Still, he usually clambers out and finds his way into our bed before long.   Friday night he slept in our bed all night.    This past week I've been on the far side of the room next to our little princess, and it took him awhile to work that out.  So now he is bypassing Daddy and running all around the bed at night to get to my side, which is a problem when I'm busy feeding the little lady.   Shane is doing an amazing job of resettling him though.  Perhaps all this time the problem has been I respond too quickly to bring him in with us - too lazy to resettle!  

Monday, June 9, 2014

For awhile now Elijah has refused to say goodbye when leaving.   He knows how to wave, but apparently got bored of it.  No amount of coaxing to "Say bye to Daddy!" or "Say bye to your friends!" achieved anything.

Suddenly the past few days he's started saying "Bye".   He says it in this very sweet, soft tone, with a short sound, almost like "By".    He says it when he leaves a room.  He says it when he trots off down the garden.  He says it pretty much anytime he goes through the kiddie gate between the dining room and kitchen.

Adorableness!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Conversation this morning while getting Eli dressed.

"You need to wear pants too bubs"

Runs off yelling "Dad dad dad dad!"

"Are you appealing to a higher power?"

"Nope!"
Conversation with Elijah while offering him fruit from the bowl.   Each nuh-uh is accompanied by a firm and definite headshake.

"Banana?"
"Nuh-uh!"
"Mandarin?"
"Nuh-uh!"
"Sandwich?"

"Grapes?"
"WOW!"

Removes his dummy from his mouth, hands it to me, and chows into the bunch of grapes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This week Elijah helped put the clean washing away.   I handed some to him on a whim, and sure enough he trotted off to his bedroom, opened the middle drawer at his eye level and shoved it in.    Now he is convinced that every item of clothing goes into that drawer, but I can live with that.   It just makes it slightly harder to find his clothes to dress him!  (I did have everything in nice neat piles by type).   Also, he unfolded most of it while carrying it!

Really loving how helpful he is now.   On the weekend Shane filled my water bottle in the kitchen and then handed it to Eli who brought it out to me.  So sweet.

Today he also walked all the way to the car by himself, down the front steps and driveway.   Of course he's been able to for months but I tend to carry him whenever we're going to and from the car or in and out of somewhere, not putting him down until we're at our destination.   Time to start breaking that habit as carrying two will be hard!   Also finally letting him walk into Reggio by himself - I carry him until we get out of the elevator but then let him head to his room.   Such a big boy.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Another nice weekend. Last week we did the aquarium on Saturday and the local Botanic Gardens on Sunday. This week a bit quieter, but that's what I need.  

Had some progress last Sunday on the "hand holding" front.   Eli worked out that holding my hand allowed him to walk down steps in the park without having to go down backwards or on his bottom.   Still can't get him to hold hands walking along a path though - he seems to think he's being grabbed and protests violently.

He is growing and learning so fast now.  Every word we say he understands.

"Shall we go in the car? It's time to go!"
"Out door!" he shouts as he runs to the front door.

Or this morning, I asked him where Daddy was and told him Daddy needed to get him dressed to go out, he immediately ran through the living room calling for "Dada!"

His book obsession continues, although it's slowed down from the 20 books per day we were having a couple of weeks back.   He now often stops after four or five!   He also now sits quietly looking at pictures and reading to himself, which is adorable.  I guess he's always done that a bit - his good ole reading in the car as a 4 month old!  But much more seriously now.  

Perhaps as a result of all of his recent development - new words, new activities, lots of fun - he is particularly clingy to me at times now.  Not always, he's more than happy to be dropped at Reggio Emilia for the day, and loves to play in the yard.  But he is convinced the only way to sleep at night is next to me.   Quite frankly I don't mind, it's cold and he's a great snuggle buddy!   It's been over a week now.  And when we ask if he's ready for bed he's running to our bed not his.   Even if we insist on him having his bottle in his cot, he will only stay there as long as we're next to him, and as soon as he finishes gets out and runs to our bed - even if he's half asleep.   So we'll see how long that goes on for.   He has been teething off and on, it may be he just wants us nearby for reassurance.  It's certainly easier to resettle him quickly in the night without having to get out of bed!  

In other news, this morning we had a gender scan to confirm, and it's definitely 100% a little sister on her way to join us.   Scary!  I will write my thoughts on that in a separate post.