Teaching a Toddler – Zoo Theme

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To kick off our Teaching a Toddler series we did a Zoo theme through July. Although we don’t stick seriously to it, our days all have a pretty similar routine and these activities fit into our afternoon after a nap. … Continue reading

4 Months old and going strong!

Wow our little man is growing so quickly and doing so well. I can’t rave about him enough, in fact sometimes I feel like that’s all I talk about when someone asks me how I am doing… oops!
4 months

It’s amazing to see the subtle but amazing changes he is going through. Last month he discovered his hands and it was all awkward and he kept doing silly things like hitting himself in the face or grabbing things but not realizing he has them. Now instead of just flailing around his actions and movements are so much more slick and precise he can even grab his dummy now and is only days away from being able to put it back in his mouth. In fact everything goes in his mouth now, from my fingers to his favorite toy (Sophie the giraffe). He has even stretched the legs on one of his dangling toys just so he can get it into his mouth.
4 months 3

He is so close to rolling over I can feel it. When he is on his back he always lies with his legs so high up in the air he is almost touching his shoulders. He has managed to roll once or twice from lying on his tummy onto his back but I think that had more to do with the fact that his head is so heavy he couldn’t hold it up anymore and it ended up toppling him over by mistake. He is doing so well sitting up (with a bit of support of course) he can sit on my hip without bobbing up and down to much and we have tried him a couple of times in the high chair and he seems to be ok so far. So next month if he does really well holding his beautiful little head up we may even be ready to try some solids.
4 months 2

He really is such a joy, hardly ever cries anymore and when he does it’s getting much easier to figure out what is upsetting him, although we have had a few occasions where he just wakes up suddenly screaming his gorgeous little head off and all I can do to help him is cuddle him till he settles down. His smiles and giggles however keep us totally entertained and I often end up sitting around for hours just watching him. He loves laughing at Sean especially when he tickles his neck with kisses and he just doesn’t want to do it for me so I am contributing it to his beard cause he isn’t allowed to love his daddy more than me.
4 months 4

We really love this little man more and more each day, I know not everyone has the same experience with their first child but we can’t complain about him at all. From feeding and bathing, to playtime and sleeping we are loving every minute.

Changes

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn

And I am very excited about all the changes – please don’t think I am complaining cause I couldn’t be more grateful for everything we are going through. However I keep focusing on the quote above when I start to feel a little overwhelmed and nervous about all the changes we are going through, which seems to be happening often!

Many changes have come with being pregnant, changes that I never really thought about… even though I had heard stories from other sweet pregnant ladies who I am grateful to for sharing with me!

So far my sleeping has taken a terrible turn for the worst, I am definitely a morning person and LOVE being a morning person (crazy I know). But now thanks to baby I am a very early morning person, I cannot sleep later than 5:30 am (sometimes 6am if I am lucky). Add my cold to that, which I cannot take any medication for, and some mornings I am up at 3am. YAY for me… now I really hate not having enough sleep so it means I have to have an afternoon snooze pretty much everyday (yes even at work, thank goodness we have a very comfortable massage bed in the clinic and I have a wonderful boss who doesn’t mind at all).

I also have no control of my body and have no idea what’s really going on in there anymore. I would like to think I am pretty in-touch with my body, like usually I know why I have a headache or what triggers it; I can tell when I need certain foods; or why certain parts of my body are aching etc etc. But now I have no clue! I have avoided all my usual headache triggering foods, like sugar and anything with sulphur (yes including wine and most fruit juices), and I have been eating so much more fruit and veg… but unfortunately I am still getting more and more headaches and they are driving me crazy! Which leads me to believe that my poor body hasn’t quite figured out what it needs or wants or it’s all just hormonal…

Talking about hormonal, man I have to curb a heck of a lot of crying and frustration! There are some adverts here asking for money to support children underprivileged in impoverished countries and I know they are designed to make you feel sorry for the children. I just cry! I cry for the children, I cry because I am annoyed with myself for crying, I cry because I hate that I let an advert get to me… I just cry!!! And my poor patient husband, he has to put up with some special mood swings, which mostly include “I need a hug” to ” don’t touch me” in about a second flat.

The general changes… WE ARE MOVING!!!

Yay we have finally signed the last of our paperwork and have an official moving date! SO Excited that we will be in our new house soon…like 2 and half weeks away!  Which of course adds even more feelings of being overwhelmed. Like OMG this means we have to start doing the house up quickly before the baby comes, OMG there is a baby coming! Oh wait I knew that already…but how easy is it to forget there is a baby in there, especially when my belly isn’t getting in the way yet and I haven’t felt any kicks from our little monkey yet. Anyway, so much more responsibility comes with a house. Like a big mortgage, keeping up the maintenance, decorating the nursery and pulling out the horrible kitchen. I still have so much packing to do and no energy to pack especially now that I have a cold!

But all changes come with so many exciting things…

We are having a baby (all the weirdness I am going through doesn’t matter when the outcome is so wonderful), we have our own house and as Sean keeps reminding me the house comes with his very own shed for working on all his projects, we are moving closer to Sean’s family and my work. Now that we are moving I can finally enrol with all the exciting aspects of being pregnant like pregnancy yoga classes; meeting the midwives at the Shoalhaven hospital we are going to and going to antenatal classes!

Are you going through any changes? Is there anything you are really looking forward to this year…or even next year? We would love to hear from you, so please don’t be shy and feel free to comment 🙂