Mamatography Week 13: Flowers And Firemen

There’s definitely a hint of spring in the air, with lots of flowers everywhere.

82: Bring On Spring
Inspired by our trip to the Moonpig Mother’s Day event a few days earlier, we made a lollipop flower garden so we could give a few special people some flowers.

84: Gift Basket
Friends of ours came back from a holiday in Australia, so we dropped a care package on their doorstep so they wouldn’t have to rush out for breakfast, or worse, milk for coffee first thing off a 19-hour flight. I know what it’s like coming ‘home’ from a trip ‘home’ and never really belonging in either place. It’s hard.

85: Breakfast
We receive the Disney Cakes And Sweets Magazine every month, and this month, the freebie with it was a pan for making these fab Mickey Mouse pancakes. So yum using our regular recipe, and the girls just loved it.

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86: Sugarcraft

Although it’s two weeks after the fact, we’re having Aviya’s birthday party tomorrow, so I’ve been making flowers for the cake. Unfortunately I didn’t think to actually flour the shot glasses, so most of them broke taking them off. Lesson learned. I was quite happy with them to that point though!

87: Messy Play Party
At some point I’ll get round to blogging Aviya’s messy play party. Suffice to say it was super fun though.

88: Firestation!
Another thing I have to get round to blogging, is our trip to the Farnham Firestation as part of our Emergency Services PlayLearning week. Doesn’t she look pleased with herself though?

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Mamatography 2014 – Week 3:A Funeral, A View

The dreaded week has come and gone. These are truly sad and sore times.

9. To See You Again. We went to the undertakers to view my moms body. My dad wanted to be sure it was her in the coffin. I wanted to have a chance to cry without a room full of people. We opted against embalming and two weeks had already passed, so we weren’t sure what to expect. She looked so thin, but healthy. Her hair was soft and brushed. She looked lovely. In life she often abstained and followed certain habits because she wanted to be a beautiful corpse. She sure got her wish.
10. Funeral day. Informal, no priest or stranger leading the ceremony, just me. Leading the family in words, in song, in placing lilies on the coffin. A lot of tears. And after, lunch with every person she knew in the country there.
11. Driving day, all the way to Wales at the foothills of Snowdonia. And a big thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last few weeks.
12. Bittersweet. Knowing she was meant to be on this holiday with us, was bittersweet. Knowing how much she would have loved the mountains, equally so.
13. Bed Hogs. A king size bed, and there’s still no room for me. Sigh.
14. Garden Decor. Some weird garden decor in the town of Machynlleth. Certainly a talking point!
15. Mountains, Gandalf! Mountains! I could take a picture of this mountain every single morning and it would never look the same two days in a row. If I lived there, I’d totally do that. With a timer to go off every day at the same time. It was an exquisite view.

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Mamatography Week 42: Food, Home And Muddy Puddles

Could it be another week all about food and home life? Oh, and muddy puddles too.

Day 292 – Cooking Class

I feel bad sometimes, because Ameli had so many classes and activities that we did together from when she was four weeks old. Is it because of all the rhyme time stuff we used to do left leg over right leg, crossing the midline and so on that Ameli was crawling by four months? Is that why she was walking at 8 and Aviya only at 10?  Was it the sing alongs and rhyme time that made Ameli speak in full sentences by 18 months, but Aviya only has some words?  I don’t know, but whatever it was, I had fun at this impromptu drop in cookery session, and Avi seemed to love it too.

Day 293 – Dinner

My hubby made us one of my favourite styles of dinner – a build your own sandwich with a variety of different fillings, toppings and options.  Isn’t he sweet!

Day 294 – Mushroom Foraging

A local friend of ours is a bit of a mushroom foraging fundi. We went together one day and she showed us some of the local varieties we can eat. Truth be told I’m not at all confident enough to go on my own, but I’d love to, for sure.

Day 295 – Bliss Balls For Beginners

Remember last week I told you about my new book?  Well, I finally finished it! I’m rubbish with self-promotion though, so feel free to share it for me. I’d be most grateful!

Day 296 – When It Rains, Jump In Puddles

We had such plans for today, but sickness, the weather, who knows what else meant and our plans didn’t go to plan. Instead we hid out at Mamaventurer Yasmin’s house, and then went to a local stretch of forest for a walk. The kids found a few puddles and that took care of a good hour at least!

Day 297 – Cupcakes

How come in the books things look so perfect, huh?  But when it comes down to it, with two children trying to lick the bowl and simultaneously needing the toilet or wanting to read a story, the picture on the right is a much closer version of my reality.

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Week 37: Getting Autumnal

Day 254 – Winter Cometh

The weather has very quickly turned Autumnal, and after yesterday’s swimming in Eastrop Park in the near-rain, the girls needed an at home day cuddled under blankets. How many days till summer?

Day 255 – Stickygram

I’ve just discovered Stickygram. It’s awesome! Instagram images turned into magnets. They’re gorgeous!

Day 256 – Roald Dahl Day

It’s Roald Dahl Day on the 13th of September, so we made BFG ears, watched the movie and started reading the book. In fact we did loads of Roald Dahl Day activities.

Day 257 – Sisters

These are the moments that fill my heart with so much love and joy. For these moments, I could keep having children over and over and over again.

Day 258 – Blessingway

A beautiful friend had an early Blessingway since they are moving house when she’s 30-something weeks pregnant. Here we are with our red thread, getting her belly painted.

259 – Play Space

It’s crazy, we’ve lived where we do for over two years, and just recently I found this corner, hidden away. A perfect playspace for running around. Love it.

Day 260 – Blackberries

Picking blackberries is just such a lovely way to spend a day. I picked so many with the girls and our friends, I came home and made blackberry pies, raw blackberry crumble, and the best blackberry jam I’ve ever tasted, if I may say so myself. They were fabulous.

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Mamatography Week 33: Fun, Home And Away

Continuing on with the catching up of August’s Mamatography, herewith week 33, a week full of fun, home and away.

Day 226 – The Lorax

Dr.Seuss week goes on, and today it’s the Lorax. I’m going to have to buy the books, because Ameli is loving it so much!

Day 227 – Winkworth Arboretum

About half an hour’s drive from us is Winkworth Arboretum, a National Trust property. I took the girls for a day’s walkabout and play. It was quite the workout for us all!

Day 338 – Full House

I love having a house full of children. It makes me want to have more. Oh, if they could find a cure for Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Or if I could forget what pregnancy was like.

Day 229 – Holiday

Well, not quite a holiday, but a night in the Premier Inn. I love seeing my girls rough and tumble with their daddy.

Day 230 – Lollibop 

Lollibop festival, for better or worse, was a fun day out!

Day 231 – Woodland Camping

I took the girls camping for a few days, just us and the woods – and our friends. It was bliss. It was perfect. It was Eco Camp UK.

Day 232 –  Bodian Castle, East Sussex 

Day two of camping, we went to Bodian Castle and had a wonderful day out. It’s such a lovely castle and the children loved it!

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Mamatography: Week 29 – Warm And Beautiful Days

We’re making the most of summer, as far as we can. We know it won’t be around for too long, so now’s the time, really! Also, this is my 1000’s post on Diary of a First Child. Somehow, that feels like a milestone! Yay me 🙂

198 – Hot hot hot

It’s so warm at the moment, and I am loving it. We’re taking full advantage of the water play table while the going is good. This particular day we filled the watertable with water beads. Have a look at our top suggestions for ways to use water beads. And why not follow us on Facebook, so you can see what we’re up to!

199  – Sprinklers

We don’t have a water tap in our back yard, so I put the hose through the kitchen window into the communal garden. The older folks around our square all came out to say how much fun it looked. They were all very sweet.

200 –  An I Need A Drink Day

I don’t drink much at all these days. Maybe once a month, usually at events, but at the end of this particular day, I needed to add a shot of chocolate liqueur into my iced coffee. Everyone has days like that, right?

201 – Polka Dot Party

Another birthday party for us, and the theme was ‘polka dots’. The girls met the theme, all right!

202 – Fresh

We were busy making dinner when I decided to add some fresh herbs. We went to the garden to pick some. I love that Ameli knows and loves herbs. Not bad for a 3 year old.

203 – Make Up

Oh dear. Someone found my make up bag and got into it. When I asked if I could clean her up she said, “but I like my face just the way it is!”

I do too, baby. I do too.

204 – Hobbledown Farm

What an awesome day out. If you live anywhere near Epsom in Surrey, or are passing that way anytime soon, you must go. Read the full post on Hobbledown Farm. 

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Mamatography 2013: Week 23 – Busy, So Busy

We have been so incredibly busy lately. It’s been good, but, man alive. My children don’t strive for the same peaceful existence I do.

Day 150 – Fancy dress, a walk in the park and asparagus picking

The girls were up with the sparrow-farts this morning, so we had a play with our fancy dress goodies.

We met up with an old friend – Ameli’s first non-family childcare provider, actually, – who is a fully fledged, and absolutely lovely child minder these days.

We walked around a new, man-made nature reserve.

And had a swing on one we found there.

Then some friends were going to pirate puppet show at a pick your own farm near us, so we decided to join them, and ended up asparagus picking. We were all pretty shattered and ready for a good night’s sleep by the end of that day!

Day 151 – Growth

There’s been growth! Our weather is so beyond bad at the moment that nothing’s growing. I’ve had to move all the plants and the seedlings indooors to get any signs of life from them, and finally we have a sign of life. Yay.

Day 152 – A quiet day

The problem with a quiet day is that I have to find a million ways to keep the children occupied at home. Today we did some very simple origami, which Ameli loved. Actually this book was pretty good for beginners. It comes with papers and everything. I’m not sure where it’s from even – I’ve had it in my bookshelf for years. I knew we had busy days ahead, so was grateful for a low key one.

153 – Mothers, Friends

A beautiful day with my mother’s circle, we spent the morning in quiet meditation, and sisterhood.

After that we went to a friend’s house for her son’s second birthday. It was one of the rare beautiful afternoons of this year so far, so we sat outside, had a barbecue and had fun. We were supposed to go to a second party in the evening, but by the time we were ready to go, the children were more than ready for bed.

The girls certainly loved it…

154- Naming Ceremony

We went to the naming ceremony of a lovely little girl and spent the afternoon surrounded by people we’ve known and loved these last two years. I’m not sure why, exactly, but I have a strong disconnect from most of them at the moment, and I am finding it draining and hurtful, but at the same time… I can’t cope with the drama of trying to forge connections again. I’m hoping in time it will heal itself, but in the meantime, well. We’re just trucking on.

One of the daughters of one of the older mothers is a really good facepainter/bump artist and she treated the girls and boys and some of the mamas to some art.

My insecurities aside, the children had a great time, and one of Ameli’s best friends, P, had a lot of fun with them. I wish I could be more childlike and just have fun with everyone.

Day 155- Breastmilk

I miss the days where I donated breast milk, actually, I am blessed with such a huge supply. This was a six minute expressing job!

Day 156 – Science Club

One of the homeschool groups local to us has a weekly science meet. It’s really for older children, but I took the girls along for the ‘sound’ session and it was brilliant. The ex-science teacher was fantastic and he really engaged the children. I don’t know how much they really ‘learned’ as such, but they certainly ‘got’ the experiments, and loved them!

Mamatography Week 46: The Brighter Side Of Life

To say my girls are the highlight of my days right now would be an understatement. It’s hard being a (temporary)single parent, but I couldn’t imagine not having the light they bring to my life daily.

314/366 – Cohunu Koala Park

We needed a day ‘off’ to regroup in our little family unit, so the girls and I went to Cohunu Park near Armadale, Perth, where we they got to stroke Koala bears. You know how kids sometimes come up with such funny things? Well, today Ameli was on a roll!

“Don’t be scared, Kanga. I’m your friend” – cue melting Mama!

The Kwagga at the bottom, she says, “Look Mama! He ate too much!” So funny.

315/366 – Playpark Girlies

There’s something so awesome about seeing your babies playing together. I’m in love with them.

316/366 – Mama’s Girl

I do not remember where we were or what we were doing or who I was waiting for that we were sitting in the car but I love this photo. She’s so beautiful.

317/366 – Handmade Birthday

It’s Oupa’s birthday – my dad – and we’re on a budget, so we bought a potplant (my dad loves plants!) and some stickers, and Ameli decorated the pot. We also made cupcakes for his office, which we took in. As she walked into the office, unrehearsed she said, “Happy Birthday Oupa.” It was really sweet. Some of my parents friends came round for a light finger supper and all in all, it was a great day!

319/366 –  Playgroup 

We’ve been so blessed since we arrived in Perth to have a local Attachment Parenting playgroup not very far from us. Every Wednesday we go to this new group and slowly but surely we’re getting to know people and making friends. This is an awesome thing. Having a group of like-minded people around makes everything else so very much easier, even if it is just for 90 minutes a week.

Also, look at that pose – Aviya’s crawling like an old pro. It’s amazing how quickly my little baby is growing.

Mamatography: Week 45 – Quietly Busy

A bit of a mix and match this week. I’m so busy all the time, and exhausted whenever I sit down from more than a minute at a time, but what have I been busy with? Heaven only knows!

306/366 – How Do Single Parents Get To Shower?

Are you a single parent? And you practice AP too? I’d like to take this moment to get you to pat yourself on the back. It’s bloody hard work being a single attachment parent. I’m doing okay now, but this first week? With jet lag? And children who refused to sleep at night but slept in the day? Mama Fail. But we’re back on track! I am so grateful to this chart for reminding me of who my child is, and for how best to support her. Oh and to Winnie the Pooh for letting me have a shower in peace!

307/366 – Lunch Time

Breastfeeding in Public

Stopping for a snack after a radiology visit, Aviya got hungry too. She had her milk and my mother took a photo, saying ‘It makes a midwife happy to see’. It gives me a deep and sincere sense of gratitude that my mother is so supportive. It’s made my life and my choices so much easier.

We’ve not really had much time for much by way of touristy stuff while we’ve been here in Perth. We’re not here to travel, sure, but I do still like to get out and about and have a look over the place I’m staying. Here’s Ameli, Aviya and myself on the treetop walk in King’s Park. It was lovely to be tourists, even just for an afternoon!

308/366 – Daddy Skype

I’m so grateful for technology. Without it, Ameli wouldn’t see her daddy daily, we wouldn’t get to chat a number of times a day and family communications wouldn’t be what they are. I’m so grateful in this time of separation that we at least have that.

310/366 – First Foods

I can barely believe that my baby is weaning already. I know she’s eight months old now, so it’s probably about time, but I still can’t believe how the time has gone by. What a beauty she is.

311/366 – Out And About

An early morning stroll, out and about. Ameli and Aviya woke early so I took them to the park. Aviya slept the whole way there – no fair! I was so tired, but hey ho. Mamas run on cuddles and coffee, right? Well, this mama does.

Mamatography Weeks 42 & 43: Getting Ready To Go

A bumper edition for you today! Since our last Mamatography post, we’ve gone to the other side of the world!

287/366 – Happy Half Birthday, and a Bit

It’s Aviya’s seven month birthday. I can’t believe my baby is seven month’s old already. Where oh where does the time go?

288/377 – “Abu El Banat”

We’re big West Wing fans around here. Every time I see Martin with his girls, I think of the episode where President Bartlet tells of his trip to Egypt and the tour guide constantly introduces him to everyone they met as “Abu El Banat”. When asked, the guide told him it meant “father of daughters”. What’s better than a daddy’s love?

289/366 – Sisters in a Hidey Hole

Such a sweet thing, these two getting to know each other. It’s not all sunshine and roses, but it’s definitely an adventure.

290/366 – Babes in the Wood

We got this gorgeous new Rose and Rebellion carrier from Zulily and it’s just beautiful. It’s pinker than I’d have ‘chosen’ but actually, I love it! It’s a Zulily exclusive design, so if you’re not a Zulily fan yet, get on with it! I love how close we are in this sling. My beautiful girl in the her enchanted glade. Love it.

292/366 – Standing My Ground

Aviya stands up, looks around, and gives us a grin. She’s so chuffed with herself! She just loves standing up!

293/366 – All My Bags Are Packed

Travelling to Australia with two children, I decided there was value in being super-duper prepared, so I was packed and ready days before actually leaving!

295/366 – Don’t Leave Me

It’s one thing getting your baby to sleep. It’s another putting them down. It’s a completely different thing getting them to let you go. This was just so sweet – Aviya put her arm around me and wasn’t letting go! I’m sure, like cats, children can feel when there’s something ‘up’.

296/366 – Take Two

I’m uncertain as to why I thought repacking would be a good idea… 

297/366 – Girls with Wings

There we are, all wrapped up and ready to go!

298/366 – Feed the Fish

Singapore’s airport, where we spent four hours waiting for our connecting flight, is amazing. There was a play area, free foot massage machines, water fountains, free phone charging and so on. There’s also an indoor butterfly garden, a garden trail and so on. It’s really amazing.  Here Ameli is feeding the Koi in one of their twice a day feedings.

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