a tale of two hearts

7 months

 "Mum...do you think birdy minds if I use him as a teether?"

Oh stop it!

You're growing up too fast! Last week just about ever morning your dad said the same thing "umm...he's grown - again!" One morning we placed you down on the floor in front of our bed and sat on the edge of our bed watching you crawl over to the door for the very first time. We just sat there in silence, stunned. Our little baby boy is growing up way too fast!

I can't tell you how much our heart loves you little one!!

A few things you're now doing.
  • Crawling!! You started crawling at 6 and a half months and ohh how much fun we had in the weeks leading up to that. You'd wake up at all hours of the night practising. So much fun (that's sarcasm incase you can't tell). When you finally did crawl we were so thrilled! Shocked, because you're still so little, a little concerned because now we have to child proof the house but mainly thrilled because you were so determined and you seem so pleased with yourself now that you can get around.
  • Pulling yourself to stand up. You did this a few weeks back in your cot and I was so giddy when you did it, I called Dad straight away to tell him. I wasn't expecting it and you just did it out of the blue, you thought it was hilarious and you were soo proud of yourself! You're now trying to pull yourself up to stand on everything and anything. The couch, the bar stools, dad's guitar, the bath...makes my job all the more interesting!
  • You love my little leather shoes, cords, the pram wheels, the bathroom floor, the stairs...pretty much everything that's either dirty or dangerous that's when you crawl at your fastest! 
  • You've been on a swing a few times now and every time you're in one you giggle so much :)
  • You've started saying "mamma" but only when you're really distressed and crying...clearly you know how to tug on my heart strings.
  • I don't know if you actually understand me but when you're crying in the car I say to you "Lucas, where's your dummy" and you find the dummy and pop it into your mouth. It's so cute, makes me smile every time.
  • You've started opening your mouth and coming really close to my face and gently saying "ahhhh" I then do it back to you and we repeat the whole thing about 20 times. You think it's so funny.
  • Oh and you also think it's hilarious if I crouch down when Dad holds you. You must like seeing the top of my head or something, who knows, whatever makes you laugh or smile I'll just keep on doing!
  • You now say "Baba" and "Dada" and a whole bunch of other babbles and when you get particularly annoyed about something you start to string all of them together. You're clearly trying to get your message across but we've got no idea what you're saying. 
  • You love playing peek-a-boo, you love it when you have the sheet and can pull it over and away from your head. 
  • You've been teething this week so you've gone off your food a little which isn't fun, you hate it when the spoon gets near your mouth and you've shown me a few times how well you can flick the content of the spoon across the room. Today in desperation I gave you dinner in the bath, while playing peek-a-boo with you...yes I'm becoming quite the distraction artist these days!!
  • Your favourite books at the moment are "Where is the green sheep", "Ten little fingers and ten little toes" and "Dear Zoo". Dad sometimes recites Dear Zoo to you without the book and you seem to smile just as much!

happy birthday dad

Happy Birthday Dad...can't believe you're 21 again ;)

I can't tell you how much I love you for the way you make my boy smile!

I love this photo of you (albeit a bad angle of you!). You are a man who has the capacity to see and bring joy to those around you, even in the most unlikely of circumstances. 

I love you.


happy birthday tanya

A lot of people know me but only those who know my heart for this girl can say they know me well.

She turns 22 tomorrow and I can't wait to give her a hug and tell her how remarkable she is and how much richer my life is for having her in it!

"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future" Proverbs 31:25

Keep looking up. The best is yet to come!

Happy Birthday muffin - love you to the moon and back. 



ben's 2nd birthday

Two... when exactly did that happen!

I can still remember the first time we met you, oh so tiny and squishy. Look at you now - you're practically a man :)

Happy Birthday Ben!

 Aww...our two little guys - melts my heart Michelle!
Ben, you were sooo excited to sing Happy Birthday to yourself! Made everyone laugh!
Michelle I know you probably don't feel like it every minute of ever day but you are killing it on the mama front. Can't tell you how encouraged and inspired I am by the way you love your two little people!! 

This little guy here - he's a beautiful little man. Your mama heart must explode with pride when you look at him.

two boys and a ball

Lucas you officially started crawling on all 4's two days ago! 
Today Max gave you quite the workout with the help of his little blue ball. 

Max I've only ever met one other child who can turn it on for a camera as well as you buddy and yes that other child is heavily featured on this blog.
Mads: "Max, I think Lucas wants the ball"
Max: "Oh you mean this ball - here you go Lucas."
Max: "Just a few more steps Lucas and this pretty blue ball is all yours...
...or not"
Lucas: "Max, seriously can you give it to me this time?"
Max: "It's all yours mate...here you go"
You Mr are too cute! Next time we see you I suspect crawling will be a thing of the past for you boys.

Thanks for having us over Mads and for allowing us to vomit all over your gorgeous rug!

new years 2015

Welcoming in the new year with these two (now three) is quickly becoming one of my favourite days of the year.

Regardless of where we are or what we're doing there is just something so....I don't know...comforting, reassuring, relaxing, altogether wonderful, knowing we're all seeing the years roll by together.

And to welcome two new guests to this annual party...well that was pretty special!!

"Annabelle meet Lucas, Lucas meet Annabelle".
Is it just me or is Annabelle's expression crazy cute!
Yep this NY's party got  wild - babes skinny dipping and all!
Thank you again for that wonderful pose Matt ;)

There goes the "yep, I'm milk drunk mum" arm!
Just for future record you woke up in a wardrobe on your first ever NY's day! I told you little guy, thing got wild.
(I may or may not have put you there at 4.30am and slept next to you for 2 hours, so you wouldn't wake at 5am with the sunrise.)
Annabelle: "Dad...get his hand off me!!"
Matt...this is just heart melting! And I love the fact that you're in your PJ's!
NY's day breakfast...parent style! 
(i.e with the baby monitor on the table)
So apparently we're now mums and meant to be all responsible and stuff....ssshh don't tell.

Em, Matt, thank you again, creating memories like these with you guys is pretty special!!