Saturday, 28 June 2014

26 – 52

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.

We visited Mount Penang Parklands in Kariong today. We've never been there before, so we asked some friends to join us and enjoyed the winter sun. All the kids enjoyed exploring the different gardens and plants, and splashing in the water.

Mahlia: She's not been herself the last couple of weeks, and has been craving time with me, which is very unlike her as she normally demands daddy's attention. I've tried to spend some one-on-one time with her when I can, and I've cherished the moments we've shared.

Leila: I took her to the doctors this week to have her ears checked. Her behaviour recently, especially her defiance, made me wander if there was something more to it. The doctor confirmed glue ear and we're seeing a specialist next month. I'm trying to speak clearer and gain eye contact when speaking to her. We'll see what becomes of it!

Archer: He has thoroughly embraced the finger foods! Although he will eat from a spoon when daddy feeds him, not so much with me. He loves sitting up and being a part of the action now. That first tooth is still yet to cut but it's oh so close!

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

25 – 52

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.

Mahlia: We went to a Swedish Midsummer Solstice party, even though it's our winter solstice. Mahlia enjoyed playing with her Montessori friends, creating a flower head garland and jumping on the trampoline.  

Leila: Our feisty little girl. She is so clever yet so cheeky. She continues to test her boundaries and assert herself. I'm trying to be as patient as possible as she moves through this 'phase', but my goodness it is hard!

Archer: About to hit 7 months. He's getting the hang of the solids now, and his first tooth is just about to erupt. He continues to smile and babble and just be gorgeous.

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

24 – 52

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.

Mahlia: The cautious one, she climbed through saying she couldn't do it, but she was. This week, Daddy took the girls to the museum, a long awaited trip to see the dinosaur exhibition, while I sat my citizenship test. They both found it very scary, with the moving, noisy figures.

Leila: The not-so-cautious one. Chatting to Mahlia in front of Sydney's icons.

Archer: We all went on a bush/beach walk to Lobster Beach on the public holiday. With 300+ steps up and down back to the car, the rain started at about step 5. Dripping wet, this little man wasn't fussed. He's enjoying sitting up and finger foods.

And here's one of my friend Jodie with the kids, just as Leila fell off the wall. Somehow Jodie caught her with her foot while holding Mahlia and Archer!

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

23 – 52

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.

Mahlia: She loves cuddles with her brother. She was reading stories to him and he turned and gazed up into her eyes. She can make him giggle when he's upset, in fact she brings a smile to everyone's face. I was struggling with one of Leila's tantrums this week, and Mahlia came and gave me a cuddle and told me it will be OK. She's an extraordinarily kind girl this one.

Leila: Leila, Leila, Leila. She's been pushing my buttons this week, but we're working through it, one day at a time. She surprises me every day with her sharing. And she's incredibly protective of her brother when we're out and about, keeping other kid's little hands well away from him. She is still loving Montessori, and every day gathers the sound cards and a mat and leads her teacher to help her, not that she needs help as she's mastered all of them!

Archer: After I enjoyed a delicious onion gravy this week, poor Archer suffered terribly with wind pain and had a very restless day and evening. He is not overly fussed on solids as yet. We are having a break for a few days to let his tummy settle before starting again. He has now mastered sitting up by himself and enjoys the new perspective on his surroundings. I can see a great similarity between Archer and Leila in this week's photos.

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity.