a tale of two hearts

an afternoon at the grounds of Alexandria

An afternoon at the Grounds with the boys.

My thoughts exactly when I saw the donut van...
 Guess you could say you were kinda keen to see the animals!
No that's not Kevin Bacon, that's a fussy little chicken, that seemed to fascinate you a lot more than Kevin.
LOVE the look on your face in this one.

I don't know what it is about this photo but it's my favourite from the day. You look so grown up, little mr independent and the way you're holding my finger...heart melt. Oh and the look on your face "hmmm..not sure I trust that plant!"

Thanks for a great afternoon boys!!

lunch by the opera house

We haven't seen much of Dad over the last few weeks, he's been working late nights, so you've been in bed before he gets home (I've been in bed before he gets home!!). While we're super proud of him for being such a great provider and caring for us, I've been missing him lots (and he's been missing us lots!) So last friday we decided to venture into town to see his face during daylight hours!

at a park with you

We visit a park most days, sometimes even twice a day. You absolutely love being out and about, watching all the older kids, studying them quietly, watching what they're doing and then trying to copy once they all disappear.
Last Wednesday you took your first two consecutive steps. Maja and I were chatting when you did it, we both just looked at each other to work out if that actually just happened. Later that night you took a few more in Pop's pool room while you were holding the orange pool ball. So many mixed emotions seeing you walk. I'm so super happy and proud of you and yet kinda sad cause you're growing up crazy fast and the little baby is quickly becoming a little man.
We believe families that slide together...stay together :P
This right here pretty much sums up what you're like at a park. Super adventures, always willing to give things a shot, regardless of how little you are !

mornings with dad

Dad's been getting home after you go to bed these days, so you two hangout of a morning.

Yeah - you guys are totally mates.

10 months

Sorry buddy - this one has been sitting in draft for a few weeks now - opps!
You're 10 months old! Hooray!!

Here are a few things you're now doing that we don't want to forget:

  • You are a huge fan of playgrounds and get incredibly excited when you see one. You really like chasing after the big kids and trying to copy what they're doing, which is a little hard given that you can't even walk, but we admire your effort.
  • You love pushing the trolley at Woolworths and your pram. 
  • You like pigeons and birds of any kind. You were crawling around on all fours in Cronulla Mall the other day trying to catch them.  
  • You're really enjoying your little cars, you create cars out of anything i.e your socks and make the "brum, brum" noise as you potter around the house pushing them around.
  • You like using a spoon (not that you have much success with it) and refuse to let go it  and will sometime carry one around 20 or so minutes after you've finished trying to eat with it.
  • You still love singing and dancing and get upset if there is a song on and I'm dancing and you're not in my arms.
  • You love going down the slide at the park and you've mastered how to go down backwards.
  • You've also mastered the stairs at home and how to slide down them on your tummy, Nana would be so proud.
  • We've discovered you're a fan of remote controls.
  • You're starting to understand lots. I asked you if you wanted to read a book the other day and you crawled over and picked one up and brought it to me. I was floored! You're also becoming rather fussy about what books we read to you. You have a big range you like but know exactly which one you want read to you. You're turning pages really well too.
  • You're standing really well these days, we've seen you take a step here and there but you're still not sure about it all.
  • You've now got 8 teeth and you seem much happier over the last month. The previous month was rough.
  • Oh and you're sleeping much better too. You now go to sleep in your cot, in your own room. You listen to Sufijan Stevens as you crawl around your cot babbling to yourself before you fall asleep.
  • This one I'd rather forget but I suspect I won't. You poo in the bath. Yep you read right, you poo in the bath and often. Like every second day. Can't say it's my favourite thing in the world. You seem to be entirely oblivious to the whole thing. I just keep repeating to my self that "this too is a phase".
  • You raise your hands in the air when I now say 'how much does mummy love you' and you adore your Dad, you get sooo excited when he comes home and you fly down the stairs on your tummy to follow him down stairs as he leaves for work.
And here is a little story you may want to know in the future.

We were invited to a really lovely lunch (no joke, it was incredible) to celebrate your uncle Scotty's 40th. There were no kids at this party but we couldn't find a babysitter so we brought you and decided we'd take turns hanging out with you. As it turned out Dad spent most of the lunch hanging out with you, I kept offering to swap with him but kept asking me to sit down and enjoy the lunch. As you get older you'll quickly learn that Dad really loves his food! So the following will mean a lot. In the car on the way home from the lunch I couldn't help but ask why he didn't sit at the table more to enjoy the amazing lunch, he turned to me and said "I just much rather would have spent the time with him, I'm not to fussed on food"...UMM WHAT, SINCE WHEN?? I've never heard him say anything like that...EVER. He then started recounting everything you two had done together while I was enjoy the lunch. 

He's clearly fallen hard for you little dude. We both have.