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Eva Lilly

Eva is quickly approaching her 4th birthday (can you believe it?!) and more and more as she grows she becomes this complex little person with her own thoughts, reasoning and ideas —  ”I’m doing running and leaping so I get more energy. And I’m doing galloping so I get smarter and smarter. And I’m twirling so I get more brave when there is rain and lightning and thunder!” (I couldn’t make this stuff up!). I feel like I really need to sit down and write a little update about Eva:

1. “I have a plan”. She is always about coming up with a solution, mapping out a plan or negotiating a resolution. If something goes wrong or a mistake has been made: “it’s ok mummy, I’ve got a great idea…” or like today on the way home from our morning outings, Owen was overtired and crying in the car, Eva started to “shhh” him and just as we pulled into the drive away he fell asleep — “He just closed his eyes. I put him to sleep. We’re a team, mummy!”

2. A performer. She will recite songs learnt from preschool or reenact dance routines from her Saturday morning ballet class. Just the other day I noticed that she was dancing in the playroom and singing quite loudly only to realise that she was actually putting on a performance for our unaware neighbour who was talking with some trades people.  

3. Confident. Eva loves to talks to “stranger” — asks questions and tells stories. Just the other day she started talking to a shop keeper who commented on one of Eva’s toys that she was carrying around in her purse. “I got these Octonaut toys for Christmas and I got an Octopod as well. My mummy said that I was a lucky ducky, but my daddy calls me sweetheart.” 

4. Princesses and Octonauts. Eva is in full swing imaginary play mode and seems to alternate between the two obsessions. For the past week she has been reenacting rescue scenes with her Octonaut figurines and for the past couple of days I’ve had to refer to her only as Dashi (one of the characters) and she’ll correct me if I call her Eva or sweetheart — “I’m not sweetheart! I’m Dashi, remember?” We have a couple of books, including the Creature Report and I’m just amazed at the information that she has retained. 

The other day I opened the book to the narwhal and in character, Eva schooled me: “The narwhal has a big tusk and lives in the coldest place in the world. The arctic.” 

5. Cheeky. She is at the age of testing boundaries, which is normal, but incredibly frustrating. Eva has run away from me and “played” hide and go seek at the supermarket. Swatted at me in frustration only to lie and stay that she was just trying to give me a high 5!!

Everyday Eva makes us proud, she makes us smile, laugh, and a little frustrated too!

Owen Henry — 10 Months Old (posted 2 weeks late!)

Owen is such a sweet–natured, loveable boy. He is still cheeky and loves cuddles.

Owen has found his voice. He calls out, squeals and babbles. In underground car park, he hollers back and forth with Eva to hear his voice echo and loves to hear his hoots magnified through the microphone on Eva’s toy piano.

Eva and Owen’s relationship is growing. It’s so rewarding to watch. While Eva isn’t the maternal, dotting older sister, she treats him like a playmate—someone to chase her, blow raspberries at each other, and get admonished with together. They have already teamed up against Johnny and me erupting into giggles when the “get in trouble”. 

He also now says “da da da da” for Johnny.

He is still a daddy’s boy and tries to stall Johnny in the mornings as he leaves for work—reaching, pointing, demanding extra cuddles and crawling into his lap as he ties his shoes.

He will crawl into our lap to read a book. He will request certain books over again by pointing or simply throwing any new book you try to read aside. His current favourite is Moo, Baa, La La La. He will now repeat and imitate some of the sounds.  

Owen is also such a social little boy. He waves at “strangers” and is constantly smiling. He loves going to his baby stories and rhyme time at our local library and interacting with the other babies.

He is such a strong little boy — stronger than Eva was at the same age. He can now pull up, stand up, walk around furniture, walk while holding his hands. Although, he still prefers to crawl, and we’re in no hurry to force him. 

Knowing from experience, they grow up so fast, and I am just trying to enjoy every minute that I can.


Food: apples, blueberries, carrots, tofu & meat

Books: Spot’s first Easter, Moo Baa La La La, Peek a Who?

Toys: Eva, Eva’s toys — Octonauts and Frozen figurines, Little Tikes Red Car, and the wooden Melbourne Tram and peg people. 

Songs: 5 Kangaroos, Roar by Katy Perry

Preschool. Kindy. Eek! 

We know it was coming. Johnny stood in line for registration at 4am over a year ago. We had been to orientation. We had read all the information sheets. We were ready.

But I am not ready!

There is no going back. School is such a milestone. An irrevocable one. And as excited as I am about seeing how Eva changes and adapts, it is so bittersweet.

It has been the first of many “Back to School” sales, and for this first one I chose all of Eva’s clothes and supplies carefully. Even though I can’t fully control what happens at preschool, at least I can plan and prepare — labelling everything! 

The lovely people at Stuck on You sent Eva a few things to help her prepare for the year ahead — new labels, a drink bottlebag tag and a library bag. Eva specially chose the Sweet Treats design and was super excited to show her teacher the pictures of pop corn, ice cream and lollipops. She filled her library bag up with books and carried them around the house — just to practice. And of course, she loves seeing her name in print! I, on the other hand, love the stainless steel drink bottle (no plastic aftertaste) and the high quality labels that last wash after wash. 

I see Eva in her new school outfits. Her new backpack. Her hair braided in three plaits—just as she requested. Her lunch packed. And it makes me as anxious as Eva is. Will she adapt? Will she make friends? Will she be teased? Will she miss me? With Eva, I am all positivity and smiles, but inside I am a ball of nerves. Rationally, I know that she will adapt, that she will make friends (she already has), that she will miss me (but she will have fun). 

But she looks so big and so small all at the same time. 

Owen Henry — 8 Months Old

Owen is developing such a sweet temperament. He is full of cuddles and slobbery kisses. He waves and is constantly smiling! Owen is now crawling faster, navigating slight inclines, pulling up on furniture. With every day he seems to have more balance and control enabling him to move with greater agility. In fact, this morning he managed to climb up the first step of the staircase! 


Books — especially lift the flap or pop-up ones. Dear Zoo and Peek-a-Who? are his favourites. 

Water — bath time, the shower, running water, the hose, buckets, cups. He loves it all, although he is not so keen on the waves of the ocean…

Food — surprisingly Owen is still not a fan of banana, but loves pretty much anything and everything he tries. Although he seems particularly excited about eating watermelon and blueberries.

Toys — Eva’s toys and figurines! He also loves these Kid O stacking and nesting cups.

Eva — Owen is fascinated by his sister. He will try to chase her down while she runs circles around him. If she is crying, he will go looking for her. And he wants to be doing whatever she is doing. For her part, Eva is a loving sister (within reason—after all, know right-minded person would be willing to share their favourite toys with anyone). But every morning, they both have big smiles and cuddles for each other.


Sleeping alone — although he naps in his cot during the day, at night we have resorted to co-sleeping just so we can all get a little more sleep! 

Owen Henry —- 7 months old

At 7-months old, Owen is still all smiles. He is such a social baby. He shrieks when excited, will laugh along with the group, waves to everyone —with an out stretched arm, and will let just about anyone hold him.

He is definitely the down-to-earth contrast to Eva’s melodrama.


Owen is crawling (everywhere and anywhere as fast as he can). He is babbling (mamama, bababa). Johnny says Ds and Gs are next and is desperately hoping for a Dada. When he is not crawling he is trying to climb something. He can pull himself up on the legs of the dining chairs and the low-set coffee table. He doesn’t really yet have the strength to be doing that so he is keeping us on our toes with the constant spills.

Owen is teething and now has four teeth—top two and bottom two.

In addition to crawling everywhere, waving to everyone, climbing anything, he is also eating everything. If there is food being eaten, he wants some of it, and he demands to drink out of any cup in your hand. A few of his favourites are broccoli, nectarines, pear, apple, carrot, baby puffs, but surprisingly he is not so keen on bananas.  

He now has object permanence and will find hidden toys, although he is still not happy being left in a room by himself and has started becoming rather clingy. 

Loves: reading any peekaboo-flap books and especially Dear Zoo. Eva!, Eva’s toys, playing peekaboo with Eva, and wrestling with his Daddy.

Dislikes: car rides, having Eva’s toys taken away from him (usually by Eva), pulling arms in his sleeves, and most of all, sleeping alone. 


Christmas is just around the corner and things are getting busy. We’re preparing for our trip to the States — packing, packing, packing. And have been trying to do a little Christmas shopping before we leave. 

Last week we celebrated the kids’ “half-birthdays”. With birthdays a day apart we will forever be celebrating them together. We bought both Eva and Owen little gifts — a lovely bamboo dinner set, a new favourite red skirt and a book. It was just another day for Owen, but Eva of course took delight in telling everyone who would listen that she is now three-and-a-half. That half is a big deal. 

Just a Trim

A couple of days ago, Eva had her first hair cut. Ever. For three and a half years Eva had never had her hair cut or even trimmed.

After much talk and preparation I convinced Eva come with me to the salon. We had our hair cut together, although Eva’s was more like about a half-inch trim. Little steps. 

Owen Henry — 6 Months Old

Owen seems so much more agile and stronger than Eva was at the same age. He reaches out for us to be picked up. And if he sees something he really wants, he launches himself at it. He can mostly stay sitting up on his own, with the occasional tumble. He is trying to crawl. Trying like anything to crawl. He will get up on his hands and knees and rock back and forth. I think he will be tearing around the floors by Christmas.

More than anything, I can’t quite convey just how sweet this little boy is — he’s constantly smiling. He has the most beautiful, sweet and somewhat adventuresome temperament. We just love him so. 

Favourite toys: Music box with two spinning wibble-wobble bees, anything he can chew on (but particularly Bullseye from Toy Story).

Favourite foods: He has two teeth now—the lower ones—and he loves to use them. His favourites so far are apple, rock melon, roasted pumpkin, peach.

Loves: his sister, baths, peekaboo, being sung to and danced with, being included and involved.

Hates: the carseat, putting on shirts

Weight: 8kg, Length: 70cm


I love this stage—the toe grabbing, foot holding stage. It’s bitter sweet to watch Owen grow up and change so quickly, but rather than reflecting on the fact that he is no longer a squishy newborn who curls up on my chest to nap, I will focus on how alert, social, smiley and so so sweet he is.

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?

Me: Sure

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.


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