Mason has just turned one and I can’t believe how quickly the past year has flown
I have written before on the delights of becoming a grandmother and how it was like falling in love again. See posts New love and More new love. The family is growing and roles are shifting. I am honoured to watch my children morph into adults parents aunts and uncles.
I seem to move a little slower now. While the parents of the babies run around parenting I can drift along and smell the roses, build the sandcastles and hunt for ladybugs with the little ones.
The past year does seem to have flown by but on the other hand so much has happened. The babies have grown into toddlers, my career move back to Midwifery has been a happy one, trips have been taken, gardens grown and quilts sewn.
The birth of my grand babies are the most wonderful of life memories etched forever in my heart but now there are new chapters to enjoy such as first steps, learning to speak, family holidays and birthdays.
Turning one is a big deal.
I am not sure Mason will remember his first birthday party but the family sure will. There were cousins and friends, balloons and bubbles, a pinata and presents and of course cake! Oh the cake.
Barely a grain of sugar has crossed my grandchildren’s lips and for this they are blessed. Mason had his first taste of cake on his birthday and it was quite the hit!
… when we’re not consuming large amounts of fructose our appetite hormones recalibrate.
Quitting Sugar: Week 3. Fructose
Today marks the end of week three of my formal journey to quit sugar following Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar (IQS) program. This has without a doubt been the hardest week of all so far. Continue reading “I’m quitting sugar: Week 3- Foregoing Fructose is not Fun”
The houseboat was stunning. We expected the equivalent to a floating caravan but got so much more.
Our family houseboat holiday on the Murray River.
I have been offline for a week because we have just had a houseboat adventure and I took a week off writing. Continue reading “Our family Murray River houseboat holiday. AKA Stacey is 30!”
It is not my place or role to nag or convince any human being to do something just because I want them to.
Gellibrand Blues and Blueberry Festival
This year I went to the Gellibrand Blues and Blueberry Festival. Continue reading “Gellibrand Blues and Blueberry Festival”
Your primary job as a parent is to prepare your child for how the world really works.
Dr Phil on spoiling your children
Whatever you think of American celebrity Psychologist Dr Phil. His influence and popularity cannot be denied.I am personally a fan because of his no nonsense attitude and zero tolerance for bullshit and sugar coating.
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Parenting is a continuous series of decisions you must make for your child.
Instincts don’t lie. They are your soul talking, your inner voice and they are the reason you should ignore parenting advice. Including mine. Continue reading “Trust your instincts: Why you should ignore parenting advice.”
Perfect in every way, Mason Lee joined the world on the 8th January 2017.
Mason is here!
Our family was blessed this week with the arrival of a new baby. As I posted last week we have been anticipated with much excitement the arrival the first born of my son Christopher and his partner Jorja.
Continue reading “More new love! The birth of Mason.”
How to help and support mothers of a newborn: Part 2
Here is part 2 of my unsolicited advice on how to support mothers of a newborn. Some practical tips for partners and family and friends.
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Newsflash women. Our partner cannot read our mind.
Parenting, the first 2 weeks
This information is useful for anyone who is just about to have a baby, has had one, or knows someone who has. There is so much we can do to help.
Continue reading “What can I do to help: Part 1”
New Year’s Resolutions: Do you make them?
An ABC article online discusses why New Year’s Resolutions as so hard to keep, the article is here for those interested.
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