Friday, 22 February 2013

teethy pegs

You have been teething for a couple of weeks now, breaking it up with a little cold for good measure.

The result? Two new teeth, one bottom & one on the right, the other the left. Once they completely come through, I will no doubt giggle at your smile.

And so it continues...the toothiness of your grin increases...

Thursday, 14 February 2013


Ah stairs.

Enemy of any parent of any small child anywhere.

You discovered them during the first week. I now keep the door of whatever room we are in closed, lest you wander out and I find you halfway up...finding you on the third step was heart-attack-inducing enough, thank you Teddy.

In saying that, under supervision, you are extremely adept at getting to the top by yourself (incredibly fast). A neat little game, whenever we need to get from one floor to another. And sometimes just for fun!

Monday, 11 February 2013

tiny Teddy dancer

We are into music, you & I. The radio is on (loving BBC radio) whenever we are in the kitchen, which is most of the day.

We are into dancing, you & I. I hold you, you cuddle me with one arm, swing your head back and laugh.

We bop to pop, bounce to hip-hop, head bang to rock and waltz to classical.

Today we danced to 'more than a woman' by the Bee Gees...and I cemented with you a wonderful tradition your Narna and I share. We dance together to the Bee Gees.

At the moment little Teddy, we are into dancing - and I am so grateful we had a chance to continue a tradition both hilarious and somewhat daggy today.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

fingers are for food

Teddy you love love love your food. A great little eater. I can remember each meal you have fussed...count them on one hand.

You are getting older. Snacks are part of our daily routine now too. Still giving you pureed/mashed food for your main meals, we have added finger foods either side to spice up your menu.

You wolf it all down. Yep, those fingers were made for stuffing banana, toast, crackers, scone...pretty much anything handed to you...into your open mouth. You stuff so much in at once you have to keep a hand over - sometimes in! - to hold it all inside while you suck/chew the piece of whatever into submission.

You chew at the very front of your mouth, usually with a bit hanging out, because that is where your teeth are. It is comical and you make me laugh out loud - every time.

Tiny Teddy...right now your fingers are most definitely for food!

routine change up

Jet lag is an interesting and foggy and spacey and - let's face it - unfortunate, beast. It had my head spinning at odd times and thinking I may faint...Teddy woke at odd times. Well, there has to be some drawbacks to flying halfway around the world...

In an attempt to right our internal timekeepers as quickly as possible, I put myself and Teddy on our wee routine the day we arrived. We rolled with slightly longer naps and an earlier bedtime, but kept things mostly in tact. Of course, bubby woke a few times for the first few nights and I settled him with a quick feed and a cuddle.

A few nights turned into a week and a few times into many. Feeding through the sleep deprivation, we developed that habit of night feeds I thought we had kicked some months ago. Uh-oh. Here we go again...

Then I had an idea. I swapped our bedtime routine up a tad. Previously we had bath, teeth brushing, downstairs for our goodnights to everyone, then upstairs for a breastfeed (or 'lolo'), story & nursery rhyme. Now we do lolo downstairs in the hustle and bustle of the evening. Then upstairs for Teddy's splash, downstairs for our goodnights. Back up for the teeth - story - rhyme - bed.

Suddenly 3 night wakings became our normal wake - feed - bed - wake to start the day. We are still starting our day earlier than we do in Australia, but hey - I'll take it!

Friday, 8 February 2013

little poser

We are lucky to have a photographic genius to call a friend.

Teddy posed for her (well, he chased her - wanting her camera), here is the first image but can barely contain my excitement to see the rest. As an aside this is the first image of Teddy's face on this blog. As I have said in the past, I am not a photographer. There will probably not be many, but I believe it is so lovely a picture I can't help but share. This is a big deal for me, if I'm honest. I'm sharing my baby boy...

Photo by Laura of Aboyne Photographics.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

over & under

Life is a playground when you are 10 months old & adventurous...

My Aunty has a gorgeously rustic dining room suite. The big wooden country-style table is completed by wooden chairs with leather seats. The chair legs are joined by a frame.

The dining room is Teddy's playground...under the table & through the chairs is his favourite place to be. It is the perfect obstacle course...over the frame, under the table.


Saturday, 2 February 2013

so friendly

We had a few people over today for a 'coffee morning'. Teddy did not really sleep (15 minutes does not count as a nap) during his usual nap time so I was not hopeful of him mixing well with others, especially strange others.

Boy, did he prove me wrong! Friendly to a fault, he was in fine form...impressing everyone.

Proud of him and a wee bit pleased with myself for raising such a well behaved little man...