Last weekend we spent the day exploring our local street festival — jumbo slide races on Hessian sacks, a jumping castles, a baby animal farm, face painting and street food. The weather was beautiful, we soaked up a little sun, ate a little too much and left exhausted.
Side note: Eva is now officially obsessed with having her face painted — there were tears before bedtime when we had to wipe it off!
Eva Lilly — 3 years, 3 months
Eva would be best described as cheeky, giggly, determined, stubborn, enthusiastic and curious. She is a little sponge — her vocabulary grows daily and is constantly asking questions. Eva has learnt the basic phonetics of the alphabet and can spell words if we sound out each letter. She loves reading books and role playing, but more than anything Eva loves playing with her friends. She is such a social little girl.
We are constantly amazed by her imagination. Be it her having us call the Numberjacks—the heroes of her current favourite TV show—or her role plays with all of her stuffed animals, Eva has such an active imagination. More than anything though, we love the curious, little things that she says to us. Here’s a small collection some recent ones:
Eva: Don’t take a picture right now. Maybe you’ll have to wait until I’m 6, cause then I’m be really old.
Eva: (while baking) I want to lick the spoon, please!
Me: No, sweetheart, too much sugar will make you feel sick.
Eva: Well, I like sugar. Sugar is my favourite and my best.
Eva: (to another little girl at the park) Hi, my name is Eva. What’s your name?
Johnny: I think she is a little shy.
Eva: Yeah, she’s a little bit timid.
Eva: Mummy, can I come play with your friends at the cafe?
Eva: Ok, I’ll just talk. I’ll say: hello, my name is Eva!
Eva: … and then next year I’m be 4 years old and I can drive your car!
Me: (talking about going to Disneyland) … you could dress up like a princess.
Eva: No, I want to dress up like Batman!
Me: Stop annoying your brother.
Eva: But I want to pester him.
Me: Eva, stop.
Eva: How about poke him?
Eva’s usual response to getting in trouble: I’m only learning.
Owen Henry — Three Months Old
At three months old, you’re now 6.7kg and 63.5cm long (measurements might be slightly off since we did them at home).
The big milestones: last week you rolled over from front to back, twice in a row. And just today you seemed determined to roll onto your tummy while you continuously rolled up onto your side. Some how all of your wriggling has made you rather mobile for a three-month-old. I’ll put you on your activity mat, unstack the dishwasher and find you diagonally opposite from where you started!
You bat at toys, grasp and reach. You have a love hate relationship with your geometric ball. You love to grasp it and shake it about, but then you can’t figure out how to let go again. Then you freak out.
You have ticklish ribs.
You are completely in awe of your big sister. Her booming voice, singing and giggles have you craning your head just to see her.
You’re very much a little boy already. You love “sounds” and excitedly kick your legs, smile and have your eyes wide open. You love rough and tumble with your daddy, who wrestles with you every morning.
Your newest favourite love is the song, Galumph Went the Little Green Frog, and if we have a group sing in the car, this sometimes calms you down when you get upset.
Your eyes are still the deepest, most gorgeous blue I’ve seen. I hope they never change. You are a sweet little boy and have happiest when being held. And as you grow each day, I can’t help but to snuggle you a little longer as I know babies change so quickly.
A couple of days ago Owen turned three months old. And while I intend on writing a full post about his milestones and growing personality, I just wanted to pause and remember this stage — to capture the colour of his deep blue eyes (I hope they never change), his sweet gummy smile and those dancing legs (always on the move).
Despite it still being the middle of Winter, we have been taking full advantage of this early Spring weather. With regular trips to the playground and picnics in the park, I’m finally getting the hang of juggling two kids.
And although I’ve struggled at times having to divide my attention, I’m finding balance and a new “normal”. Everyone was right, it does get easier.
Three months in, the best part is watching these two interact. He is in awe of her and she loves to walk the fine line of pestering and loving on him. I can’t wait to see how their relationship grows.
“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”
The weather lately has been too warm to warrant jackets or coats, but Eva’s very generous great-aunt sent her a coat from the States and I wanted Eva to try it on. In the process of trying to take a picture, Eva insisted: “don’t take a picture of my face, only my back”. Put an animal print coat on and she’s already acting like a diva!
Owen: Little Brother
Exploring the City
A mid-week trip into the city was made easier with two parents. I used to take Eva into the city regularly before I became a mother of two, I haven’t had the courage to make such a big outing. But since Johnny took the day off work in lieu of a public holiday, we avoided the crowds and explored the museum, State Library and GoMA.
Eva had a blast — she ran, played, created, discovered and squealed. Owen napped and fed and then napped some more.
At the museum, she had to know the name of every animal on exhibit. The State Library always has a wonderful play area, and the theme this time was music. At GoMA, Eva wandered through an exhibit of modern Australian Aboriginal art, naming and admiring all the colours. She and Johnny the made kangaroo masks and hopped around together.
Everyone went home worn out but content.
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