Wednesday, 10 June 2015


Growth & Appearance:
Your face still has the softness of the baby/toddler years, but your height is the contrast to this. I got asked yesterday, by a stranger, if I was doing home schooling, or the no schooling approach. I replied that since school was still a few years away I had not thought it through. She was shocked at the fact you were only three and a half, as you were the same eight as her five year old son.
Yup, you are tall, but still super lean.

Like all kids, well I think most kids, you go through fussy stages. But I have never been worried as I know it will pass. What I find funny, is of late you like you drinks in shot glasses. Yes, I know this is odd, but I used them once, as a bribe to get you to eat your dinner and now it is your 'thing'. Three shot glasses of half juice/half water, plus three shot glasses of ribena.

Your speech and understanding. Over the last few months the way you process information is showing such maturing. I certainly makes life easy, for when we explain the reasoning behind something, you grasp it and turn it around with a question for us.
Your counting, and days of the week has also improved out of sight. You asked me this morning what day it was and when I replied 'Thursday', you then said "home from work before my nap". Yes gorgeous, today is my half day at work.
I would like to say your Cantonese is/has improved, especially since your grandparents stayed here for the month of May. However, you claimed " MaMa speak funny", and when she called you by your Cantonese name you kept correcting her all telling her your real name.

After the month of May with you being super sick and waking up several times a night, I am so very grateful that you still like to have a day sleep, on average two hours, plus go to bed really easily...most nights. The reverting back to waking is so draining, reminded me of the first two or more years of your life. Fingers crossed, please please go back to sleeping through the night.

(This is your 'zombie monster kiss face') Also the face I like to pull when you do not sleep through the night. 

I wonder if your maturity has to do with the role you have taken on with Chester? Now that we have been looking after Chester during the day when Tamika works. Being an uncle has made you behave so much older. You are Chester's protector. you are also a little stresser, like your Mummum, around Chester. He has to be buckled in the car seat first, you then like to check his buckle. He has to be strapped in shopping trolleys, at the slightest cry you are yelling out to me to take notice.
I think with Chester around it is teaching you to share and be a little more patient. Which I think is a good thing. Plus, I know you like having him here as you often question why he cannot stay here, Saying he does not have to go home.

I think your favourites have stayed steady for awhile now. You love going to the movies, you ask at least once a week if we can go. You love the library. Going to the park. And Eeeworld (Seaworld, we have six month passes).
But, you are just as happy at home playing with your cars (you love making what you can traffic jams on the window sills and say 'no green light'). You love helping me do anything, even if it is making the bed, what ever I am doing you want to help. I am thinking I am going to have to get you a sewing machine as you keep asking to use mine.

How I am thinking/Feeling:
With you being so sick the past month, it makes me realise just how little you still are and how much of a journey we still have together.
I often think about how funny you are, the laugh out loud kind of funny. I wonder if you will stay this way or change as you age. I also wonder about how gorgeously affectionate you are.

You are shy and stand offish with most people, but the people you love. Wow! Do you love them. At night, if I am not faced your way curled around you, of late I find you will curl around me in our sleep becoming the 'big spoon'. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015


Dear Six Year Old Me,

what did you wish for? What were you dreaming of? Off memory it would be either books or new ballet shoes. Or lets face it, it was probably chocolate. 
Can I tell you to not stress so much and just to let things 'be' more? But other than that don't change stuff, as it may change where I have ended up.


Fortysix year old me.

Monday, 20 April 2015


I love being a tourist. Love staying in places unknown. But then we, I, had just as much fun staying in our own city.

As a continuation on from last week's post.. here are a few of the images I captured that night. We set out while the sun was still high, with all three of us stopping to take images when we felt like it. Here is Jarvis's blog post.

Then, after the most delicious Italian pasta dinner, Justin took Jarvis into one of the games places. Jarvis is now addicted, as at his first attempt he came away with a huge chocolate stash.

Some people like buildings, but I like alleyways. What do you take images of when you are away?

With a detour past "silver balls" where Jarvis burnt off some energy.

We ended the night by watching skaters for ages, until all climbing into bed exhausted. 

Sunday, 19 April 2015


I could title this post many things...Styled by? Or Styled as my Three year old. Who wore it Better? Being a Big Kid...But basically I wanted to show the fun side of wearing sarouels as an adult. Most know I love my vintage inspired skirts and dresses.

I love getting dressed 'nice', but I also love being comfy. So sarouels are my favourite item to wear. What is not to love about an elastic waist? And a drop crotch? So much comfort.

After hours of drafting and re-drafting this pattern to upscale it from Jarvis size to me size I think I have perfected it.

So I present Mod Box Sarouels for Adults in coral. 

Thursday, 16 April 2015


Three and a half years on, my scar still hurts. I get twinges along the scar, often. Sometimes when I lift things the 'wrong' way. it pulls like I am going to come apart like a zipper.

However, I love my C section scar. I am proud of it. Through this was Jarvis's SAFE entry into the world. Yes, I capitalised safe, because I do not care how my two babies were born, as long as they were born safely. (For the record Tamika was a quick and safe vaginal birth)

I have had people, normally other Mums, express disappointment. I even had one to go as far as ask if I was disappointed "I did not have a successful birth?" Excuse me, but what the?

Tamika put a link to this article on my Facebook page. For those who have not read it I thought I would share it with you. Three Truths About C-sectionMamas

I recommend reading the whole article, but this paragraph so resonated with me.

1. C-Section mamas are brave.
Being prepped for a c-section is not a walk through the park. Many times, a mothers partner is not allowed in the OR until after the epidural has been administered and everyone has taken their place. This means that while doctors and nurses move about, readying the operating room for delivery (maybe talking about their lunch or what movie they saw over the weekend) a strong pregnant mama sits on a cold operating table considering what lies before her - often scared and often feeling very alone. 
Yup, look at my face in the image. You will not see disappointment at having to prep for a C, you see cold hard fear, and typical me when I am emotional, I cry. Plus a needle in the spine freaken hurts.

So for anyone who has ever felt doubt at their C section stand proud, you are a brave strong women who birth a child. Did you know April is Cesarean Awareness Month? 

How did you birthing go? Any stories you want to share? 

Monday, 13 April 2015


Sometimes you really need a mini getaway. And what better, then one in your own city?

Justin had a photoshoot booked in a B&B on Tuesday, so we thought why not spend the night and act like tourist in our own city.

Annie’s Shandon Inn is a unique part of Brisbane’s history, I am sure most people in Brisbane have walked/driven past the pink and blue building at some point.

Annie Shandon moved from Ireland in the late1800s, opening and operating the B&B. She then passed it on to her daughter, who then passed in on to Annie's granddaughter. These Working Mums were way ahead of their time!

Jarvis and I bused it into the city, the B&B is a five minute walk from Brisbane City Hall. But, the B&B does provide parking at the back.

The placed is filled with history, for a vintage lover such as myself I loved checking out the place.

After a quick... hmm... long jump on the bed to test out the mattresses, we headed back into the city to see how touristy we could get...

I will show some of the images next week. Yes all three of us had our cameras.