#2600 The first pram walk

I’m going a bit stir crazy.

A very fresh newborn, sleepless nights, cluster feeding, and living and breathing within the same walls is making me go a bit nuts.

With such a beautiful sunny day, all four of us (๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ) went for a walk.

Baby boy got to test out the pram for the first time, while Hubbie stayed close to baby girl who was on her bike.

At first baby boy was fussing, and I did turn around and start heading home. But then, whether he got used to the rhythmic movement of the pram on the footpath, or something else entirely, he settled and fell asleep! And I was able to follow my family around several blocks, using the pram baby girl had used, pushing a baby that I had dreamed of.

Little things. They’re actually big. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ž

#2498 First beach day of the ’22 season

It finally happened!

Look, a bit disappointingly late, I might add. Last year we had our first beach day for the spring/summer season on September 28th…

This year, November 8th!

Sooo late.

But that’s ok. It only means we will spend more time making up for lost time over the next few months.

Actually, I need to spend all my days at the beach, because then when baby comes, my summer solitude will temporarily be halted. ๐Ÿ˜†

And here’s baby girl, saluting the sunset tonight after our post-dinner walk.

I just love this time of year. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒž

#2489 The excess walk

So much excess this weekend.

Excess food. ๐Ÿ•

Excess cake. ๐ŸŽ‚

Excess standing. ๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธ

Excess baby kicking! ๐Ÿคฐ

Excess heartburn last night… ALL night. ๐Ÿ˜

Excess fatigue today. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Excess cleaning! ๐Ÿงน

And so, it totally made sense to take a much-needed afternoon walk…

Not an excess walk, but a walk to balance out the excess. โš–๏ธ


Now does it make sense?

Yep, back to routine!

(Even if I wanted to eat ALL the cake, the heartburn doesn’t let me!)

#2485 Birthday boy

Today was Hubbie’s birthday!

So great, that it fell on his day off… Wednesday.

We brunched. We beach walked. Then this evening we headed out to a fave restaurant we haven’t been to for ages for dinner. It’s across from the beach, and quite frankly has a stunning view. ๐Ÿ˜

I love birthdays. I love my birthday, my family’s birthdays, anyone I love, I love their birthday too.

You get to celebrate them, have fun, reflect on their amazing contribution to your life…

And to think, today was only the beginning. Further celebrations are a-coming!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–

#2477 Must move

I made the decision that I’m going to walk more.

I stopped all workout activities as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I know some people keep doing it, whether it’s low-intensity workouts, or running… but I just didn’t feel comfortable. Considering me, and my journey, I could give a rats arse about workouts.

I’ll workout later.

But I still need to do something, and for many reasons. The weather is getting warmer now, and walking is such an easy thing to do. Plus, the days are longer… yippee!

We did our first family walk this evening after dinner. It was about 20 minutes, and it’s especially rewarding getting snippets of water as you get out and about.

Then at home… more.

I plan to do a bit more than just walking, but all in due course. For now, I am enjoying moving my body, moving baby, and enjoying the feel of Spring air and sunshine on my face. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž

#2454 Park and paint

Today I had a lot to be grateful for.

And the source of gratitude came in ticking things off the list…

Renos from the list, and family time on the list.

The latter, which is sooo important.

A perfect Sunday is created when you strike a good balance between being productive, but also having some relaxing down time. We painted the first coat of the window frame in our bedroom today before the sheers and blinds go in (‘we’ meaning Hubbie did the hard yakka, and I did the project managing ๐Ÿ˜†) and then spent the afternoon venturing down to Flinders for an afternoon walk, some ice cream and park play.

Then we sandwiched the Flinders drive with a second coat of paint as the sun shone brightly through our bedroom at the end of the afternoon. Again I was the ‘overseer’ as Hubbie finished the job, and we felt super content and productive as we reflected on the Sunday that was. ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜

#2451 Living like a tourist

The one thing about living bayside that bugs me the most?

Tourists coming here and living my life when I am not doing it!

Living where we do, it becomes an ultimate hotspot in warm periods and over long weekends and public holidays.

Today was a public holiday, at the start of a LONG weekend.

And, it was sunny.

Of course, the people were out and about!

However, I was working today. Even so, having the sun out, shining through the window, and Hubbie and baby girl walking through the house made me feel good.

But… we wanted a tad more. So as soon as I clocked off, we headed off to the Main Street, to tourist with the rest of them. ๐Ÿ˜

We grabbed some ice cream, lining up for 15 minutes behind the hoards of people, and then did a slow meander down between the park and the beach, before doing a walk across the sand, then a stop at the park for baby girl.

So many years ago we were like those tourists. In fact we loved it here so much, we decided to actually move. But often as is life, it gets away from us, and we end up going through the motions and the routines, obsessed with our to-do lists, more than we do the living in the present moment, which is how it gets, I think for everyone, from time to time…

It takes effort, it takes balance and it takes patience, but living your life and enjoying it is very well worth it.

And if it means you have to act like a tourist to make it happen, well so be it. Just as well I have a bed locally to sleep in. ๐Ÿคฃ

#2391 Sunny Sunday in July

Today was one of those surprisingly beautiful Winter days, where even if you weren’t feeling the best, you couldn’t help but feel good.

Hubbie did some home renos, while I pottered about, pruning, nay, HACKING the rose bush right back, and discovering that our transplanted rose that hasn’t had the best growth over the last year since moving, is actually sporting a whole new tiny rose bush at the base. ๐ŸŒน

We had a beautiful late afternoon walk to the park, where baby girl let off some steam and energy. The sun was still and the sky was sparkling, it was just perfect.

And then at home, I punctured the quiet serenity by screaming my head off and giving myself a headache (not an exaggeration) while watching Collingwood play. It was absolutely rewarding, because they won, literally as the final siren rang. They won!

And now I have a headache and a very tired body to show for it. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

But all in all, a beautiful Sunday. ๐ŸŒž

#2355 Photos of a Saturday

Here is baby girl at lunchtime today. She got up and said “I think I’m going to make my eggs now.”

๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š I’ve been encouraging her to make her own things, especially when it comes to stuff like scrambled eggs. Of course I’m there supervising with the heat and all that, but she actually did the whole thing herself… except cracking the egg. She wasn’t sure about that, not yet. ๐Ÿ˜†

Still, super proud of my girl. Cooking skills are so essential in life. START THEM YOUNG!

Later in the afternoon we went for a walk in the Winter sun. It was bliss…

…and it led to the park. It was one of those gorgeous and still sunny days, where it felt like it wasn’t Winter, sitting out in the sun for so long.

And yet it is Winter. And beauty is still around. ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž