Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Napping napping

Eli has gone down for his nap and Ziva has still not woken up from hers (a couple of hours now) so I have some mama time!  Yay!  I never get Mama time as if Eli does happen to nap, Ziva has her feed / party time.

I'm so proud of Eli's sleeping now, we suggest it is time to sleep and he trots off to his room, lies in his bed with his dummy and bottle, says na-night and we shut the door and go.   Works for naptime or bedtime!   So amazing after a year and a half of rocking and night-time sleep battles.  Of course, now starting to work on number two so our evenings are not reclaimed - her sleep habits so far as the same as his were.   Can't get her into bed before 10pm, and then sleeps in our bed late in the mornings.   It gives Eli and I time to play together in the mornings though which is nice!  

I look forward to the day they are in the same routine.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

You know how some kids at school have to put up with living in their older siblings shadow?  Whenever I go to Reggio Emilia with Ziva the staff come up and say things like "Hello little Eli-lookalike!"  or "Ooh it's like baby Eli again!"  It's terrible!  Oh well, later next year she can make her own mark with her fabulous personality.  :-).  He's their little brainiac and the class clown so very memorable.

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Are you eating your corn Eli?"  "Daddy's corn!"  Well at least he's honest about whose plate he's stolen his third corn cob of the night from!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Such a lovely morning.  It's what I call an "Oliver" morning - one where I find myself singing "Who Will Buy" (This Beautiful Morning) over and over as I go about my day.  

Shane and I woke up before either child did, alone in our bed.  I can't remember the last time that happened!  So had a nice lie-in, before Eli got up and played in his bedroom for awhile.  Ziva woke up and I pulled her into bed for a feed.  Eli came in after awhile asking to watch "Bob Train" so Shane got up and put that on for him and came back to bed for some extra sleep.  Ziva went back to sleep too, so I left her and Shane there together and went outside to put some washing on, soon joined by Eli who played in his fort in his pyjamas.  After a nice play we came inside, and I was making toast for breakfast,  Eli opened up the pantry and pulled out a packet of unopened pasta, and started excitedly asking for "Pasta! Pasta!" so I thought why the hell not.  So I got a pot and put water in it, then I let him put pasta into the water.   He seemed to understand that it would take 10 minutes to cook, and happily went to eat his toast while he waited.   In the meantime Ziva woke up again so I went and fed her and then Shane served Eli his pasta.   So he has officially cooked his first meal!  Go boy.

It's a gloriously sunny, way too hot day.  The house is immaculate because we had an open home yesterday.  The kids are being good and we are all well and happy.   So not a thing to do except relax!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Eli has a favorite animal.  His pronunciation is still a little off though.  So he spends a lot of time calling out "Oh Fock!  Oh Fock!  MORE Fock!"  I'm immature so it makes me giggle.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

This kid is awesome!  The wind blows the peg bucket down onto the grass "Uh-oh!" Runs across, picks it up, puts the spilled pegs back in, runs off to his next mission.   

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Three weeks today!  As usual, I'm constantly full of good intentions to write blog entries, but rarely remember to sit down and do it.

We are loving being a family of 4.    Our beautiful princess fits so perfectly into our family, it feels as though she has been here forever.  That's what I kept commenting on the first couple of weeks - the only "weird" thing was the fact that nothing was weird, life felt completely normal.    Ordinary even.

Ziva eats well and sleeps well.   She was born Thurs evening and on the Friday slept all day, and then decided at 7pm - right as I finished dinner and settled down to sleep - that she wanted to eat all night.  Which she did.   I was exhausted on Saturday!   Then Saturday night she slept beautifully.  Sunday she slept all day, and oops another busy night!  After that I learnt my lesson and started unwrapping her during the day (it was cold, I was instinctively keeping her swaddled!) and encouraging her to stay awake for short periods during the day for love and snuggles.   Since then she has slept beautifully at night, waking for just a feed and then straight back down.   Some nights she does 4 to 4.5 hour spacing between feeds which is lovely.   So feeling fairly well rested!     Unfortunately Elijah has been teething quite badly so we have had that in between waking us up.     Harder on Shane than on me though as he is the one getting up to Eli while I'm feeding Ziva!   Plus he has to get up for work the next day.  

We are still sleeping in a fair bit, except on the days that Shane and Eli get up and leave at 7:30 for work/daycare, sometimes I can't get back to sleep afterwards.   Shane gets Eli up and dresses him, but some mornings I wake up and help, particularly if Eli is already awake while Shane is trying to get himself ready.   I do enjoy the two days Eli is at daycare (Mon & Thurs) as it gives me more quality time with Ziva.  It's nice to just put my feet up and relax.    I did intend to do either drop off or pick-up (one end only) on some days as it's a long day for Shane, but haven't felt inclined to yet, particularly as it means walking to the train station carrying Ziva.  We get out and about a lot on the in between days, by the time Eli is at daycare I'm due to put my feet up and watch some TV!  

Mum is still here and doing all of the cooking, cleaning, laundry and everything else under the sun.  Quite full on but very generous of her!  

This entry is a bit disjointed as I have her next to me sorting out cupboards and asking me every few seconds whether I want to keep a particular item, or where it should go.     But hey, it's a start!  

Loving life, loving my beautiful family.    :-)