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

Luca letter: 4 months old


This has been a busy month this one! Not only with developments, but also just in activities. It’s been nonstop! Let’s get into it.

Your first holiday

This month you went on your first holiday down to the Gold Coast, which I wrote about here. You were such a good boy! You slept in your port-a-cot, and almost religiously napped every 2 hours. I daresay it was because you were pretty exhausted from being out and about a lot,  although you were back at the hotel for most of your naps.

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Water familiarisation classes

This week I started water familiarisation classes with Luca, a fancy way for saying we get to jump into a swimming pool. The goal is to spend time in the water through fun and games so he feels safe and comfortable. That way it avoids him growing up with any fear of the water, and feels more confident when it comes time to learn to swim properly. The earlier he can learn the better, I don’t want to be one of those stories you hear on the news where the child has unfortunately drowned.

My mother had a drowning incident when she was young, so as a result she taught us to swim early on. I’ve always felt confident in the water, and was a lifesaver at one point in my life (disclaimer: I was definitely not a sprint swimmer so only just passed my bronze medallion, and never ended up having to perform a single rescue). I still enjoy swimming laps in the pool for fitness, and love visiting the beach, even if I don’t always go swimming. I love being around the water. [...]  read more

Weekly recap

I’ve not had much down time this week away from Luca that I could spend in front of the computer, hence the lack of posts. Right now we are in the car (Mario is driving), so I can write my weekly recap.

  • Saw the paediatrician on Monday for his 6 week appointment – all ticks of approval. It looks like he’s gaining between 200-300g a week, well above the required 150g. Not long and he’s going to have some substantial fat rolls! In a good way of course.
  • I’m focused on trying to get him some quality naps during the day. I’ve been working on recognising his sleep cues, which I think I’m getting better at. Now just to get better at actually settling him to sleep!
  • Thanks to some recommendations from friends I’m going to start trying white noise apps. The most success we’ve had getting him to sleep was when I held him while vacuuming, or when Mario was playing some music. Based on that it looks like noise is his friend, instead of a quiet room. The paediatrician said this week should be his worst week for sleep though, so hopefully it’s all up from here!
  • The little guy had his needles on Tuesday for his 6 weeks vaccination. He cried, but settled and fed straight away. The rest of the day he was quite drowsy, but back to normal by that evening. Champion!
  • He started smiling this week!! And I managed to catch it on camera after a not-so-great night
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Last night was hard. Luca slept the usual amount of time but getting him down into his bassinet was difficult. He would wake and cry immediately. At one point I was so frustrated I woke hubby and asked him to do it. I was tired, hormonal and close to tears. From that point on whenever Luca woke to feed, I would feed him and hubby would put him down. At 4.30 I tried to put him down myself again, failed and asked the hubby. I fell asleep, and had no idea that hubby took Luca out into the living room to sleep. Hubby stayed awake holding him so that I could get some uninterrupted sleep, sacrificing his own at the same time. I felt horrible when I woke up, but grateful at the same time. He has to work today so it’s going to be a long day for him. But today….the smiles like this make the lack of sleep seem irrelevant. Luca’s finally cracking the smiles regularly, and every time it melts the heart of his father and I. Lack of sleep what now? I’ve forgotten already. #babiesofinstagram #lucamichaelangelo #6weeksold #babies #parenting #mumlife [...]  read more