#2625 Back to the local

I’ve been sharing a lot of coffee posts lately… and you gotta understand, it’s this simple thing that has me looking forward to something, no matter how small it may be to others, lately.

But today’s morning coffee was something else.

You see, when I was pregnant (and for years before that) with baby boy and Hubbie and I would frequent our usual Wednesday brunch spot…

We’d see prams, EVERYWHERE.

Mums and prams, mums and prams. Hubbie would joke they needed more prams there because it wasn’t the most spacious cafe to begin with, and so we said once our baby arrived, we would add ours to the mix too. 🀣❀

So happily, today was the day we returned there, to have our usual Wednesday brunch, and add to the pram club. πŸ™

And add to it we did. I squashed the pram between our table and another’s and I even had people get up and move when we got up to leave, so tight the front of house is!

But we were there. We came back.

We did it. We came back with our precious baby boy in tow, and if you’d been privy to all our conversations before I fell pregnant, you’d know how much today meant to us. πŸ₯°β€

#2615 A new family coffee time

Within this never-ending cycle we seem to be in –

Crying changing feeding.
Sleeping.
Not sleeping.
Crying changing feeding.
Awake time.
Crying.
Sleeping.
Screaming.
Beetroot face.
Tears.
Nap.
Crying changing feeding.
Look, he copied our tongue!
Screaming.
We’re now crying too –

We had to change the pace today while baby boy was napping. We quickly put him in the car while still in the asleep part of the cycle, for some afternoon interjection of coffee.

Finally, out with my whole family! It really is the little things. πŸ™β€

Then back home, and back to the eat awake nap scream cycle we went…

#2614 Dual newborn gratitude

I’ve happily said this before, but I speak so much from the heart I honestly am lost as to which one means more.

I have two things to be grateful for:

Baby boy gave me a 3 hour block of sleep last night! And if I slept that long, that means HE slept that long overnight. It’s the first time I’ve had over 2 hours sleep since having baby boy over 3 weeks ago, so that is great.

The second one is… I headed out.

With Hubbie’s urging that I get out of the house for my sanity, I went to a local cafe with baby girl AND now baby boy… my first solo parenting gig with both kids! I was probably more excited than nervous, and my positive vibes were for good reason as baby boy slept the whole time we were out – at cafe and the adjacent park!

And although I don’t have the photo evidence of my 3 hours sleep as I do breaking out of the house, rest assured that the prospect of future prolonged sleep spells mean as much to me as uninterrupted coffee time. And if you know my love for coffee, you know that is A LOT. πŸ™β€β˜•πŸ˜΄

#2583 Back for a bit

It was so good to be back here today!

I have been missing our regular Wednesday brunch spot during the holidays, so it felt really good to be back with Hubbie today, doing what we do best… drinking coffee, eating good food, and talking life. πŸ˜πŸ’–

And to think… today may have been the last Wednesday we are there as a duo… next time, there might be an extra one under our wings! πŸ€°πŸ™πŸ₯°πŸ’ž

#2566 Home after holidays

Ahhh. It’s good to be back.

Like every time we go away, we’ve made some more realisations post-holiday.

As much as it’s exciting and fun to go away, as you’re seeing new things and going to new places…

We are people of routine, Hubbie especially so.

He is SOOO happy to be back. Back to routine. Back to his food. Back to his bed. And as much as his homebody comments have annoyed me ever-so-slightly today, I also feel like, I don’t know… I kinda agree.

I also, like routine. I also, LOVE my bed. I also like eating well, and I love the set-up of our house, where baby girl sleeps, where we sleep…

I love our town. I love our beach. I love our main strip, in fact it quite frankly smashes other coastal town strips…

And that’s when I realised. We find it hard to enjoy being away fully, because where we live is SO DAMN GOOD.

We live in an area where people travel and holiday to, and we’ve become so used to it, we don’t realise how good it is until we leave!

Also, we are setting up our lifestyle, our house, to be an everyday holiday house. Sure, we still work, we still do the groceries, we still do chores, and all the other day-to-day monotony that drives us insane at times.

But we love our spot. We love where we live. πŸ₯°πŸŒ…

We don’t really need a holiday from here. We just need to mix it up at times.

We get to see beautiful water views in the morning when we wake, and watch the sunset glowing over the water at night. I drive baby girl home from school the scenic way, past the water. We visit the beach on Wednesdays when she is at school (when the wind is absent!) after we’ve been to one of the many incredible cafes on our main strip.

We’re trying to live a holiday life already, and we are comfortable in our home doing it.

We WILL still go away. There’s no doubt about that. But the fact that we’re going to be a lot more home-bound in the period after baby arrives, it doesn’t upset me in the slightest.

Home is good. This town, is good. We like it a lot.

In fact, we love it. Which is why we moved here in the first place. πŸ™πŸ’–

#2495 Coffee time with my girl no. 5

Today was one of those great Saturdays where I got a lot done at home, but then a lot done while also out, too.

I had a good sleep in, the sun was shining, and though things weren’t ‘perfect’ (baby girl and Hubbie both a bit under the weather) we all made do, and got on with it.

For me and baby girl, in between all the home stuff and out stuff, I took her to the Main Street for a coffee date.

We actually haven’t done it for a while, just me and her, and so it was really beautiful to head out for a quick 20 or so minutes in between the busy day that was.

It was a bit breezy at times, so she wrapped herself in a throw the cafe provided on their chairs!

Just a little mummy and daughter time to punctuate the day. πŸ₯°πŸ˜β˜•

#2478 A special Wednesday coffee

I’ve shared with you that I’ve already had a taste of coffee again, after a 3 month break. All covid, pregnancy, and life induced.

Today, was my first cafe coffee since then.

It was good!

I’ve been happy that I’m not doing what I used to do… that is, drink coffee every day, even when I didn’t really feel like it, only out of habit.

I am really trying to only drink it when I NEED it or FEEL like it. I was actually really looking forward to the cuppa today, and was happy that I indulged as I did.

Also, I’m not getting my coffee headaches anymore, even when I drink one day, and skip the next… or two… or three days.

And just because, here are some snaps I took afterwards, for fun…

The coastline… my pregnant belly overlooking my shoes… beach boxes.

πŸ₯°πŸ©΄πŸ€°πŸ’–

#2338 A different cafe

Today was the first day of Winter.

But as all of us living in Melbourne know, Winter crept in the back door at the start of May, and has been following us around blowing cold air and splashing water in our faces since. 🀨

Winter is cold in Melbourne, FULL STOP.

But for us specifically, the thing that sets our beautiful town apart in Summer, just sucks royally come this time of year.

Those beautiful bay views, yes… 😍😍

Become HELL as they start sending strong, icy winds from the ocean our way. πŸ₯ΆπŸ₯Ά

We couldn’t go to our usual cafe, because –

a) they keep the front door open ❄️, and

6) it’s a tiny cafe and everyone was crammed inside!

We were walking around, not only looking for a place that was closed in and had ample seating for our weekly brunch, but also a place that could cater to our specific Wednesday morning palate.

Nothing too big, nothing too small.

We headed into a cafe we have actually never been in before… Jackson’s. And it was pretty lovely inside. πŸ’–

We both got the scones and coffee deal, and the scone was huge! One scone could be cut into like two regular sized scones!

And the coffee, HUGE! All that caffeine! πŸ€ͺ

It was a different place for us, and just as well our usual cafe didn’t bode us well today… because we found something else just as pleasing.

Variety is good.

#2246 Rainy pancake day

On my days off I have this intense desire to go out and walk. I guess it’s really nice, and not just because I’m having my me time, but I’m getting coffee on the way too. 🀣

And so with the clouds heavy and rain threatening to come down, but with only a couple of wispy drizzles, I set foot out the door to the neighbourhood cafe.

I risked it and I loved it.

This afternoon I wasn’t so lucky.

The bell rang and we were waiting for the kids to come out of the gates, and what do you now, the rain DESCENDED.

Baby girl emerged, looked at me in horror and was like “where are the umbrellas?” and I just laughed in her face and said “it’s just rain sweetheart, it’s all good.”

We got a decent splattering… I smiled through IT ALL 😁😁… and then we went home and made pancakes.

HOW are these events connected? Well they aren’t, they’re just events that made me feel good when I haven’t for a few days.

I had questioned earlier in the day whether or not to surprise baby girl with pancakes… after all, it’s not like she was aware that it was International Pancake Day πŸ˜‰

But when we so often put house stuff, boring routine in front of our happiness and passions, I said screw it to all the house ‘stuff’ and spent time showing baby girl how easy the ingredients were, and even how to flip them on the stove.

We made way too many. And then we ate them all.

Happy days. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹