Luca letter: 6 months old

I’m a broken record, I know, but I’m seriously stunned every time another month rolls around and it’s time for the next letter. It’s taken me so long to write this one that the next one is due in only 2 weeks!

Things are progressing…

You’re continuing to progress in some skills that you’ve already developed. For example:

Swimming class

This month you moved into an official “paid” swimming class instead of the free ones for babies up to 6 months. And within the first two sessions you’d already had your head underwater – very impressive! [...]  read more

Dealing with mum guilt and feelings of selfishness/weakness

I’ve been having a rough trot lately, although to look at my Facebook you wouldn’t think so. From an outsider’s perspective it looks as though I’ve been living the dream.

  • Going to three Commonwealth Games events
  • One of those nights staying at the Gold Coast (aka baby-free night)
  • Dad picking up the solo duties

But as is usually the case, Facebook is not as it seems.

This post may feel like I’m trying to justify my nights away, but it’s not. I wrote this because I want to get my emotions out of my head, share how I’m feeling, process it and move on.

In a nut shell, I’ve been feeling like people will be judging me and considering me to be selfish and a poor mother. [...]  read more

First day at daycare…

I was thinking the other day about the term “when maternity leave ends”. Does that mean going back to work in any sense? Or part time? Or full time?

In my own mind, it means when I go back part time (at least longer than what I’m doing right now). At the moment I’m doing a measly 5hrs a week. Mum looks after the bub on Monday and Tuesday afternoons for a couple of hours each day, while I lock myself in my study and work. It’s not many hours, but it’s enough just to keep in touch with what’s going on and collect a little bit of coin. [...]  read more

Luca letter: 5 months old

baby 5 months old photo

5 months. Officially over half the amount of time you were in my belly. Those 5 months felt like a long time. These 5 months feel like they’ve gone by in a flash. Let’s take a look at what happened in the past month.

First time eating solids

It’s the first time something other than breast milk or medicine has passed your lips! And the reactions every time you ate something were hilarious. But it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing getting you started on solids.

  1. We first started you with some pureed carrot, and then you got a cold. So we stopped.
  2. You got better so we gave you some more carrot. Then you had your 4 month vaccinations, reacted, and started projectile vomiting once a day for about a week. So we stopped.
  3. We started trying again with some more solids, and you caught your second cold. This one was a doozy, so once again we stopped.
  4. Now you’re healthy and it’s all systems go again!

So far you’ve had carrot, pear, apple and potato. [...]  read more

Rude questions you were afraid to ask before becoming a parent (Part 1)

baby's feet and blog banner

When I was pregnant, all I ever heard was “you will never be fully ready for parenting”. I read everything I could find; my brain was a parenting sponge soaking it all up. Then I gave birth, and 4 months down the track I reflected, and understood the sentiment. Nope, you can never be ready.

There was so much that I had experienced, and yet hadn’t seen a single article online.

So I wrote this post.

And then once I started I realised it would become several posts, because there was so much to include.I wanted to share all the rude and offensive things, the gross things, and all the stuff I had wanted to ask but were too afraid to. [...]  read more