#2573 More baby girl fun, more baby ticks

So this morning, this happened.

A new baby seat in my car… rearward facing! 😍😍

We are officially ready for the drive home from hospital. πŸ₯°πŸ™

And in the afternoon, this happened…

Baby girl has been wanting to go to Legoland for so long now… finally we came through on our promise today. It’s kinda been the theme these holidays, of ticking things off her list, as well as mine for baby. I’ve had so much planning and organising to do on baby’s behalf, but I don’t want to affect baby girl, or take anything away from the fun she’s wanted to experience.

She has a week left of school holidays, so I will try to inject as much FUN into her remaining days off as I can. πŸ™

#2458 Revisiting the tulips

It’s been a busy school holiday period, what with 🀰and appointments, being busy with house renos 🏑 and then the normal everyday joys of work and routine keeping us going on going on with not much free time.

We have had some fun, but I’ve been yearning to take baby girl out for a whole day, to see and do something special, specific to the school holidays.

After a 4 year break, half of it due to covid, we ventured back to Silvan to visit the tulips at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

I tried to make the day as special for her as possible. I said yes as often as I could – yes to craft activities, yes to watching Paw Patrol on stage, yes to the fairy figurines she wanted to buy, yes to the cookies… πŸ™„πŸ€£

I am now so pooped beyond recognition and I think so is she, that I’m almost glad to be staying home tomorrow and working. πŸ˜†

#2457 Choc full of information

It’s been a day of information.

Interesting information.

Insightful information.

Comforting information.

Overload of information!

And then finally, there was some ‘chocolate research’ that resulted in some sweet information…


I have to admit, this was shared amongst three, I DID NOT eat that thing on my own, no way! Especially being kinda like my last supper…

It’s school hols, what the hell!

#2450 Happy day in many happy ways

Today was one of those exceptionally full days. There early wake-up, appointments, brunches and finishing jobs, starting jobs, car and home and car and home, and then even a Zoom seminar to top it all off.

No wonder I’m feeling absolutely spent. πŸ₯±

But it was a good day, in so many ways.

I started off my day with a GTT test – the glucose tolerance test as a part of pregnancy. I had to spend two hours at the pathology centre, and contend with rising and then falling sugar in my system on a bare stomach, but the time actually went quickly, and I even spent the second hour writing on my laptop (which I brought with me, tee hee hee).

Fast forward to later on in the day, and our painting upstairs is done! That is super exciting for us, now we just need the blind people to come and install our sheers and blinds, which will be happening soon.

I got a parcel of belly cream which I placed on order not too long ago, and I ended the day doing a one-night Zoom seminar via the Australian Writers’ Centre, focusing on story openings. I think the tutor Pamela Freeman is amazing, having taught me before in another online AWC class, and I got so much from this one tonight on tightening and sharpening the beginning chapter of your novel, my head was absolutely swimming with information and trying to work out how I would make it work!

But perhaps the most touching and heart-warming parts of the day were very, very simple.

Sure, we had a beautiful brunch together, that was a family brunch, not a couple brunch, because baby girl is on school holidays…

And even though I gorged on food after fasting (mine AND theirs!), the sweetest moment actually came before that when I walked into the cafe, looking for them, after having left the house super early for my GTT, and found them at a table. Their smiles were so sweet, they were so welcoming, and there was something really lovely about coming in and finding my family waiting for me, it made me feel like home…

There was a face painter on the Main Street, and baby girl lined up after our brunch to get a face hand painting done for free, as part of the school hols…

And though that was sweet too, it wasn’t the best.

Standing in line with her waiting to get it done was the highlight. The face painter was actually her face painter, the woman we had recently for her birthday. She recognised us by name and asked how we were, and I asked how she was, and an unspoken agreement occurred between us, unsaid but felt and recognised by us and only us in the crowd and queue of people all around, because of the very personal conversation we had had that day of baby girl and mine’s party, right before we had announced we were expecting again.

So I was thinking of her while talking to her, and then this flute player, she had what can only be described as one of those traditional flute type instruments, but it’s not a flute, the instrument is wooden and has like 5 or 6 holes that you blow across and sounds like mountain music, and this person who was playing and just literally 2 metres away from us, starting playing an Abba song.

And as I realised the song, the meaning, the moment, who was there, all that had transpired, and where we now were in life, it all really got to me, and I got teary. The song has great meaning for me, and every time I hear a song like this on the ‘other side,’ I get super grateful as well as super emotional.

I’m counting all the happy times, ’cause God knows the Universe owes me a thousand rain checks.


β€œChiquitita you and I know

How the heartaches come and they go and the scars they’re leaving

You’ll be dancing once again and the pain will end

You will have no time for grieving

Chiquitita you and I cry

But the sun is still in the sky and shining above you

Let me hear you sing once more like you did before

Sing a new song Chiquitita.”

#2378 Her surprises

During the holidays we organised some surprises to arrive for baby girl, to brighten up this cold, dark Winter.

As per the norm nowadays, they didn’t arrive during the holidays, they arrived on the first day back at school… today.

It didn’t matter. We gave them to her tonight, and she was surprised, shocked, then overjoyed with some books, some clothes, and some artwork.

On a cold Monday night in July, we made the evening special. For us all. πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

#2368 Supercali memories

I usually keep the radio on as I work, just some nice background vibes going on…

But this afternoon I turned it off, when baby girl put something else on.

Mary Poppins. β˜‚οΈ

She’s watched it before, but I was still curious to see how much of it she would watch today. It’s nice having something familiar in the background, you don’t need to be watching it avidly to follow, but hearing bits here and there you know what’s happening, and then of course, my foot started tapping. πŸ˜†

It’s one of those really beautiful childhood memories I have, and it’s even more special to enjoy it not only in my adulthood, but to be watching baby girl enjoy it and watch it all on her own, so many years later.

She didn’t do it in one sitting… I stopped work, then she had swimming, then there was a shower… but she actually watched, the whole thing. No fast forwards. No leaving the room to come back to a different part of the movie 8 scenes later.

Nope, I saw, and she watched it all, so patiently. It occurred to me that she is more grown up, also that she probably remembers parts and wants to get to them! But she watched, relaxed, happy, relishing her school holiday time, as I prepared dinner at the end of the evening and peeked over to the other room where the Poppins lady herself was talking to her parrot umbrella and setting herself up to float away into another adventure, through the sky.

Just having these comforting familiar things in the home, to see, to listen to, gives me happiness, and I hope as the years go by, baby girl will understand the true message of the film, and that it’s not just jumping into pictures and floating on the ceiling.

With that now done, baby girl IS going to spend the next few days going –

“Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.”

“Chim-chiminey, chim-chiminey, chim chim, cheroo.”

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” (I only corrected one letter there after I looked it up ⬅️ the second ‘i’)

#2367 Family day

I try to do one of these days every school holiday season, and so it was today. I timed a visit to my parents/sisters house when I had to be on that side of town, so that it all aligned perfectly.

Then we spent the rest of the day having a great time.

Sis and I laughed as we watched baby girl and her cousin testing out my Dad’s new bed, all the special new massage features on it, and totally agreeing that a normal bed just wasn’t gonna cut it anymore, as they laughed and giggled about.

We had a beautiful lunch courtesy of Mum, and I have to say the homeland Sarma really agreed with me. Sarma is basically cabbage rolls stuffed with meat, and when you haven’t had something so agreeable in a while, let’s just say you make the most of it, right? 😁

I had a lovely catch up with my parents, just talking about nothing in particular at all, but having one of those catch-ups where you feel all warm and fuzzy and happy afterwards, as if all is right in the world… even if sometimes, it feels like it isn’t.

And then sis surprised me when she presented me with a kind of scrapbook album that included the headband I wore for her wedding, when I was her flowergirl, a whole 28 years ago! We both can’t believe the flower headband is intact, and sure the flowers have gone brown, but they haven’t disintegrated! Incredible. It was such a super sweet token, so full of love, and I know I will cherish the wedding token as I will the memories, forever. 😍πŸ₯°

It was such a beautiful day, I already can’t wait for more. Knowing us, the day will probably come sooner rather than later. I already can’t wait. πŸ˜‰πŸ’–

#2362 Park holi-days

It’s been lovely to get in a few nicer Winter days as of late.

Sure, they will probably end tomorrow… but this morning baby girl requested a park visit, and my work-during-school-holidays Mum guilt is rife and strong, so I couldn’t say no.

Just as well, as the rest of the week the weather looks terrible. I’ll try to sneak in as many of these little visits here and there, to make her happy and satisfied on her 2-week break.

Also, those blue skies look pretty beautiful against those bright green trees, right? 😍😍

#2298 A score of CDs

I had the day off work today, and in an effort to reclaim what little holidays baby girl has left before going back to school next week, we went out for a day of shopping.

A day of shopping, doesn’t just mean shopping. It means lunch. Coffee time, which means coffee for me, ice cream or a doughnut for her.

And most importantly, it means bonding time. πŸ’πŸ₯°

We did well, getting lots of little things here and there… none for me and Hubbie, OF COURSE, but that all changed when we went into JB…

We walked out with a CD for each of us. 😁

Can you tell which is for which?

Baby girl saw the Disney CD and really wanted it, and to be honest I have thought of getting her something like this already, but even more so recently because she has been singing and dancing so much lately. I have to wonder if she’s really relaxed and happy to be on holidays, and will the dance and sing act finish when she goes back? I hope not. We hear her humming and singing to herself a lot, and she puts on CDs just so she can dance… so why not a Disney CD? She knows most of the songs/movies, and I have to divulge… I know just as many. πŸ˜†

The new The Weeknd CD for Hubbie, called Dawn FM. This came via request on the phone when we spoke for lunch, and it was literally the last CD in the new release section, so I’m glad he scored this even though he wasn’t there to enjoy the day.

And lastly, well of course, Queen. πŸ‘‘ This is actually their 3rd album, and to date I have numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, two greatest hits, and also a radio recordings one. Soon I will be one of those people writing articles about Queen in magazines (you watch!) Putting this on at home was like a kid opening up a candy bar… I like to buy new Queen CDs only after I feel like I have really exhausted the others. I want to be in the time in which it was recorded, feel it, sing it, dance it and only when I am very familiar, move on. Getting them all at once would be no fun. No. You gotta wait a little. Long for it a little.

As much fun as I had listening to my new CD tonight, baby girl and I actually had more fun singing along to…

“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” (The Lion King)

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (Mary Poppins)

“Under the Sea” (The Little Mermaid)

“How Far I’ll Go” (Moana), and

“A Whole New World” (Aladdin)

I wish I had this CD when I was younger! She is so lucky. πŸ˜†πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

#2296 Family Wednesday

Usually Wednesdays look like this…

Hubbie and I drop off baby girl at school

We have brunch at our local

A beach walk follows

And then we go our separate ways for a couple of hours before joining together for lunch, a couple of odd jobs, then it’s school pick up.

But this Wednesday, today, baby girl is still on school holidays.

Instead of dropping her off, she came in the car with us.

Instead of our local cafe, late brunch/coffee time looked like this!:

Instead of a beach walk, it was a movie!

And instead of lunch at home and then odd jobs, it was lunch in the food court and then shopping. 😁😁

It was a big fun day, and we loved it so much. πŸ₯°