Ode to an Amazing Daddy
He always makes time for one last bedtime story, one last kiss and cuddle before he walks out the door. He is the master of imaginary play, taking on characters with conviction. He gets up early with the kids, so I can sleep a little longer. He takes Eva to ballet on a Saturday morning and actively participates in each dance. He rushes home most afternoons to take Eva to the park. And always does it with a smile.
Owen and Eva are very loved and lucky to have a father like Johnny.
**** Our hard drive died on our iMac a couple of days ago! Thankfully, all of our pictures (although, unedited) were backed up on our Time Machine, but I won’t have access to any of them or be able upload the ones off my camera until we get our computer back!
Life has proven to be crazy busy with two kids. But as much as it’s easy to get caught up in the daily routine, I’ve been trying to pause, slow down and be in the moment. The laundry can wait.
Eva is at such a fun age — full of questions and constant chatter. Throughout the day I’m often amazed at some of the thing she says. She is a little sponge and now loves to question and challenge us.
Johnny: (under his breath and just missing a green light): Bugger.
Eva: What’s that mean?
Johnny: Uhhh … That’s a Daddy word, not a kid’s word.
Eva: But I want to say it.
Johnny: Well … you can’t.
I give it another 3 months—6 if we are lucky—before this kind of logic won’t work.
Owen is now 5 months old and is at that perfect baby stage — full of smiles and giggles. He can now sit unassisted for a couple of moments and seems to enjoy his new found independence and perspective. Although he is still a little over confident, so our arms are always out ready to catch him. It’s crazy to think how much he has already changed in these short months.
With only 5 weeks until we leave for our month long Christmas vacation in the States, I’m sure the kids will have rapidly changed again!
** We’re stopping in LA and taking the kids to Disneyland for a couple of days, any tips or advice?
Owen Henry — 5 Months Old
Hello little boy,
You’re 5 months old today. In the last month you have learned to roll both onto your tummy and onto your back. You are forever rolling ‘off the reservation’ in order to chase down a toy or something that catches your eye.
You’re working hard at sitting up. You can tripod sit and sit cross-legged with a little hope, but fold in half immediately if we let go of your finger.
You grab, you pull, you reach out for us. You love to get up close and personal and pull our faces right to yours.
You are so interested in food. You lunge for any food in our hands or on our plates. You want to drink out of cups and god forbid we deny you bits of apple to suck on.
You are no longer happy to sit on the sideline. You want to play, and be played with. Your favourite toy though is your sister. As Eva bustling and screaming and tearing around the house, you watch intently, desperately wanting to join her in ripping through the house.
More than anything, we love to watch your personality evolve. Already you’re involved and love attention. You’re cheerful and easygoing. Your sister at the same age was wary of new faces and places. You are curious about everything and everyone. No one is a stranger. Unless they have a beard; that really freaks you out.
You’re happiest when being held. And you now snuggle into our chest and clutch onto us. You’re a sweet boy — always smiling — and we couldn’t be more in love with you!
Eva & Finn
Born two weeks apart, Eva and Finn have grown up together. Just as I have watched Eva change and grow, I have also watched Finn. It is so storybook that we often joke about them getting married someday or one loving the other from afar or some other such silly daydream.
They are both of similar personalities: strong willed and full of a boundless energy. Whereas they used to have tumultuous, love/hate relationship, recently they have been playing and building fantastical imaginary worlds.
We often meet on the neutral ground at a park. Felicity and I sit on the sidelines with the babies, while Finn and Eva run around playing Octonauts, or hide-and-seek (thankfully the playground is gated).
As I look at these pictures, I no longer see them as babies or toddlers. They’re now kids. And just as they’re reached each big milestone along side each other, these two cheeky, creative and curious kids will be starting pre-school in just a few short months!
I’m slightly in denial that this little boy is almost 5 months old! He reaches, cuddles, grabs, pulls, giggles, smiles, rolls, wiggles, has a beautiful temperament and a growing personality. I just love this stage and as much as I want to “press pause”, I can’t wait to see him develop and change.
1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K — Micro 4/3 Compact Camera. The 14-42mm lens is fantastic, but the 20mm pancake lens is simply stunning! I use the pancake lens to take the majority of my pictures and couldn’t be happier with the results. I still haven’t learnt how to use this camera “properly” — it stays on automatic and only recently I’ve started using Lightroom rather than iPhoto to touch up my photographs.
3. Emily Green — Jane Necklace. I tend to wear neutral colours, so I love the splash of colour this necklace brings to an outfit. Owen of course is fascinated by it, so I might have to invest in one of those chew bead necklaces, any recommendations?
4. il Tutto — ”After Baby Bag”. This was a lovely gift from my in-laws. It’s the perfect size, plenty of pockets and beautifully made. It’s so perfect that I might have to do one of those “What’s in my Bag” post!
5. Seed Heritage — Silver Amber Sneakers. I finally realised I needed a pair of “sensible” shoes for the playground and these have quickly become a new favourite.
This Spring has warmed up so quickly. We have been going to the pool, going to the beach, and spending long days hanging out in the park. Eva has learned how to identify Jacaranda trees, which are in full bloom and takes joy in pointing them out during games of eye-spy in the car. Owen had his first experience dipping his toes in the ocean, but much more preferred the warmth of the heated pool. We’re hoping to take in as much of this warm weather before we leave for our month long vacation in America over Christmas!
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