Are we done…?

IMG_2553.JPGLast night as my husband and I divided and conquered showers, bottles and bed times for our two girls he looked at me (as I passed our 3 month old out of the shower) and said “no more..” I knew exactly what he was saying and feeling and wholeheartedly agreed!

I doubt I’ll look back at this post and laugh with a growing belly.. but I guess who knows.. never say never people keep telling me..

My reasoning was- if I didn’t shed tears when I packed away the three zero clothing of Raegan’s or when I packed away the bassinet and baby bath for the last time that that meant I was done.. I’m not someone who has emotional attachment to things- you can ask any of my family members.. new car- cool.. new house- cool.. things can come and go and I really wouldn’t be phased.. what am I attached to? I don’t know.. I’m still trying to figure that out.. but I digress.. no tears were shed, no heart strings were pulled.. I didn’t feel sentimental or overcome by a feeling of loss. It wasn’t a hard or long road like many others I know and for that I will forever be grateful. But all that being said I think we’re done. I never felt “done” after Ava.. I always knew we would have number 2 but this time it seems pretty final.

Only after watching Maria Kondo’s organisation show did I get together little boxes of sentimental things for our family- never assuming that they would value that stuff (if the word stuff doesn’t show you how non-sentimental I am I don’t know what will..haha) later in life.

Deciding not to have more children is monumental- I know. It’s something that I’ve been praying about it and asking for the Lord’s direction on. I’ve seen people mourn over the decision, talk about a sense of loss or sadness but not me and I guess that’s what makes us all unique.  How about you? Do you feel like you’re done or is there a niggling feeling in your heart for another baby?

A big girls room.

img_8342Considering Ava was my first baby I have had no idea what ages they are supposed to transition into big girl beds or drop bottles or learn to talk – I have googled almost everything!

We had an inkling that perhaps Ava was getting a little too big for cot converted to small bed before we left for the U.S. last year- we would find her half hanging out of the bed some mornings. She was also getting into the habit of coming into our bed a lot earlier than her normal 5/6am. We didn’t think to change her over to a single bed beforehand though as we weren’t sure if she was big enough- was it normal for a 2 year old to need a single bed already? She is so little…

When we got back after our trip we put her to bed as per usual but was woken up at about 11pm to her crying inconsolably- she had fallen out of the bed! The same thing happened the next night- Greg and I looked at each other and new it was time to transition her to a big girl bed!

I had been scouring Facebook Marketplace while we were overseas waiting for a white metal frame bed to appear at a bit cheaper than Ikea’s price of $200- and so on Monday morning a bed came up and I pounced! Come to find out the bed was for sale from a little girl (this was her old bed) because she wanted to buy an ipad! I felt so bad that I was buying her old bed for such a discounted price.. haha.. When she found out that the bed was going to be Ava’s first bed she included some of her old favourite books for Ava- it was the sweetest thing!

We set her up in her big girl bed a few months ago and she has been loving it!

Our little girl is not so little anymore!

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Sources for mostly everything here!

Faux Sheepskin – Ikea | White Frame – Kmart  |  Colourful pom pom bunting- Adairs (similar linked here)  |  Flowers- House 2 Home (they don’t have their items listed online. You can visit their website here) |  Wall Dots – 100percentheart  |  I love you forever print – Caravan Shoppe  |  Bed – Ikea (similar linked here)  |  Quilt Cover Set – Pillow Talk  |  Swan head – Target  |  Fairy doll – Adairs  |  Pink throw pillows– Ikea  |  Jewellery Box – Pottery Barn

I’ll have a DIY for the dollhouse coming next week!

Ava- 2 years old!

Well I have been super slack when it comes to posting.. we can call it lack of inspiration! Guys.. what would you like to see posts on? Apart from photos of my amazing daughter I am totally lacking in the inspirational field.

If you follow me on insta you’ll know that Ava turned two last week! I took some quick photos the week before so I would have a current photo to post for her birthday (yes, I’m that mum)! Just as her little scratch on her cheek has been healing (it’s been almost 5 months) she fell and knocked her head on the heater two days ago and now has a gash near her eye… I thought only boys were supposed to be rough?! Anyways.. On a happy side note- I thought Ava needed 2 year old immunizations (yes, I’m also that mum that immunizes her daughter)..wellllllll…she actually doesn’t get any more until she’s 4! Woohoo for Ava!

So.. here is our baby girl.. 2 years on..

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Wall Decorating (without a lifetime of regret)

So sorry for the radio silence you guys- life has been so busy! I’m finally sitting down and catching up on blogging while Ava is napping.. let’s see how long I actually get to “work!”

I wanted to do a quick post about some ideas I had for people renting or people who are not wanting to put permanent “things” on their walls (bedrooms, nurseries even living areas). In our home we decided to use renters wall hanging hooks and removable stickers for pretty much everything so we wouldn’t have to commit to a lifetime of something (or holes everywhere) or have the need to re-paint a wall or room (because seriously who has the time). We rented for about 2.5-3 years so everything was “temporary” and that has very much translated into now- even though we own our home.

While I’m not game enough to do the wallpaper thing (I have many friends who do and they do it well!) I wanted to share some ideas for those who are okay with wallpaper or painting- there are so many amazing ideas out there- I couldn’t help myself.

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ONE- Anewall  Spring Floral Mural  |  TWO- Anewall Roke Ombre Mural  |  THREE- Oh Oh Blog Polka Dot Wall DIY  |  FOUR- Photowall Tropical Wallpaper (source of image)  |  FIVE- Little Hands Wallpaper  |  SIX- Chalkboard Wall (source of image)

Now that I’ve got that out of my system and I’ve reassured myself that:

  1. I would completely botch putting wallpaper up because I lack a lot of patience
  2. Greg would kill me for putting wallpaper up
  3. I can’t justify spending money on something that I will probably botch and told off for..

Here are some great ideas for temporary wall decor!

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ONE- Kilim Hanging Rug (source of image)   |  TWO- Clipboards of your kids’ drawings (source of image)  |  THREE- Hanging a Gathre Mat (source of image)  |  FOUR- Bunting! (source of image)  |  FIVE- Hanging Fun Items like a kite (source of image)  |  SIX- Haptic Lab Sailing Ship (source of image)

A Letter to my daughter

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IMG_5458IMG_5459IMG_5460Dear Baby Girl,

You are nearly 22 months old- well on your way to turning two.

You are an absolutely joy to have in our lives.

You are.. the joy of being woken in the morning with small hands patting my arm saying “hey”

You are.. the twirl and la grande jatte of a ballerina- full of life and joy

You are.. all the kisses and smiles

You are.. all the words of a love I never knew existed

You are.. the smile that lights my face when I leave work and know I am coming home to you

You are.. God’s perfect creation

You are.. so very loved by me

Our life routine with a toddler!

I have received so many questions over the past 18 months as to how I keep Ava in a routine. We have super busy lives between work, church and life.

I know I have posted Ava’s newborn routine before but I wanted to detail my routine day-to-day with a toddler! Below is a summary of our routine- while it doesn’t follow the below every single day I would say we follow this about 80-90% of the time.

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6am- Ava wakes up so the whole family is up. Ava has a bottle in our bed while Greg or I go for a run/gym/gym class

7am- Come downstairs and make breakfast for everyone. Get the lunches together for everyone going to work that day. Wash the dishes from breakfast

7:45-10:15am- Play inside/outdoors, meet friends for a play date and grocery shop. If we’re strapped for time I won’t grocery shop here so she doesn’t miss her 10am/10:15am nap.

8:30am- Snack time- banana, watermelon, a few crackers etc

10:15am- Ava has her second bottle and goes down for her first nap. She will sleep till around midday. This is where I get any specific things done such as emails/blogging/menu planning for the week (If I didn’t have time too last week and we haven’t grocery shopped yet)

12pm- Eat lunch (or go and buy lunch) and grocery shop. I generally go into Kmart and walk around the shops a bit to drag the time out here. If we grocery shopped in the morning this is where we play indoors/outdoors.

2pm- Ava has her third bottle and goes down for her second nap. She will sleep till around 3:45pm. After I put her down I will empty the groceries and make dinner for that night. When I make dinner I always make extra so we can have it the next day for lunch. Depending on the difficulty of the next days meals I may also make Tuesdays and potentially Wednesdays meals here and freeze them.

3:45pm- Snack and Indoor/Outdoor play until dad gets home around 5pm.

5:30pm- Dinner together and after dinner play

6:15pmish-7:15pm- Bath time and book reading

7:15pm- Fourth bottle and bed time

Ava will sleep through the night now until 6am when we do it all over again.

If you have any specific questions please let me know. As mentioned, we normally follow this schedule except for Fridays- instead of grocery shopping I normally clean the house.

Another thing to note is I do our laundry just once a week, on a Saturday morning. Everything gets consolidated in the laundry and I will do 2-4 loads, hang them out and have everything dry by late afternoon. So I’m not stuck at home I work the loads around our Saturday schedule. For e.g. If we go out to breakfast I will put a load on as soon as I wake up so it’s done by the time we’re leaving for breakfast. I’ll hang that load out and set another one ready for when we get home from Breakfast.

I used to have a friend who did her cleaning on Saturday and she commented to me that she felt like it was cutting into her family time as her husband worked Monday-Friday- her comments have stuck with me for years which is why I make it a point to do the bulk of cleaning on Fridays during the day.

Kids House Garment Rack

While browsing through Instagram a few nights ago I saw someone post about a house clothing rack for kids from Big W (here)- it was super super cute.. I showed Greg but knew we wouldn’t have anywhere to put it.

Fast forward to yesterday I decided to go into my local Big W to see whether they did actually have it in stock (we always seem to be one of the last stores to receive anything new)- well they did.. and I couldn’t resist!

636530935728849582_Afterlight_EditAt my ultrasound when I found out Ava was a little girl and not a little boy as I had hoped I cried..and cried some more..

I think it’s natural to feel a flood of emotions when you were hoping for one result and you find out it’s literally the opposite (and not to mention you are literally brimming with extra hormones and feelings being 20 weeks pregnant). After a few hours (yes, it took me that long) I committed to celebrate and embrace the little girl that was going to be joining our family in only a few short months. I’m so glad God gave us a little girl- Ava is literally the joy of our family… and we are all obsessed with the biggest tutu’s and frills we can find!

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Kids Playroom- Yes or No!?

Now that we are rounding the corner on sickness in our home I’m slowly transitioning out of survival mode.. It’s one thing when mum is sick.. I generally keep going on with life and work.. but when you’re little one is sick you want to wrap them up in bubble wrap and rock them to bed.. while simultaneously wanting to throw them out the window.. well.. not really.. but you get the idea..

Miss Ava came down (for the first time) with the cold sore virus.. eek.. I know.. It runs in our family.. like W.H.O.L.E  Family.. so it was inevitable, but it was so terrible. Apparently (from what I read on Dr. Google) the first time they get the virus it’s really bad.. and trust me.. it was really bad. She didn’t want to eat.. her throat was sore.. she had canker sores in her mouth on top of cold sores.. we’re still coming out of the whole event but it’s a lot better compared to what it was!

Side note here.. Ava normally has a dummy (pacifier) when she goes to bed- so nap times and night time, however we sometimes end up using it to keep her quiet during church or lunch.. I recently found out Greg gives her the dummy in the car on the way to drop her to my mum.. Insert double frowning face here..

Anyways.. I had an ah hah moment last week that the dummy was probably not helping the cold sores get better as it was constantly rubbing up against them..so while in the car one drive I took Ava’s dummy and told her that her Na-Na (Dummy) was going Bye-bye.. and that she needs to wave Bye-Bye to her Na-Na.. well she waved bye-bye and then didn’t asking me for it again.. she probably has asked us for it twice in the last 4 days.. I don’t know if I’m dreaming or if my child is a genius.. whatever it is we are off the na-na!! What the?! Yeah.. call me the baby genius or something.. let’s see if we can get her to read by the time she’s one and a half! My advice is- if your child is old enough to understand the concept of something or someone going goodbye or bye-bye then they are ready to understand the concept of something being taken from them.

Anyways.. back on to recovery mode.. now that Miss Ava is feeling a lot better I am starting to notice that her normal toys are not cutting it for her. We used to carry toys around in the bottom of the pram but these are the same toys she played with when she was 6 months old.. I know.. we’re bad parents..

I created a little alphabet book for her (not that it’s working)- every animal in the book is a dodo (dog).. Lord help us.. soooooo..I’ve been toying with the idea of a playroom.. We have a three bedroom home so if we did create a playroom we would lose this spare bedroom.. OR.. we could move a pull out lounge that we have into the playroom for guests to use when they are over… I would love everyone’s thoughts and suggestions! I’ve highlighted some of my favourite playrooms that I’ve seen around the web! There are some really great ideas for functional yet fun rooms! Designing anything for Miss Ava sends me into a pinning frenzy…!!

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Sources (From Left to Right by row)

One | Two |Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

Ava’s Birthday Week

Apologies for the quality of these photos.. but it’s the thought that counts right?!

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I wish I had wings..

A few months ago my niece Mia was told to make a wish when she blew the candle out on her 6th birthday cake. After making this wish she quickly asked us if we wanted to know the wish she made- without missing a beat she told us she wished to grow wings..

..and that my friends is the problem with 90% of the cartoons our kids watch..haha

Poor Mia..we felt bad breaking it to her that humans can’t grow wings..but there are ways around it..kinda..cue the fairy wings and princess wands!

Some of the below items would be super cute for a Fairy or Princess party- they are on the cheaper side as well so definitely affordable if you needed to buy a few.

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One- Fairy Wings // Two- Princess Wand // Three- Wing Singlet // Four- Wing Shoe Clips // Five- Princess Skirt //Six- Crown //Seven- Ballet Shoes //Eight- Flare Onesie