Hello again faithful readers. I apologise for not returning from my Christmas hiatus until now. As much as I enjoy writing here, it was really freeing not having to worry about what to write about every night. I spent so much more time being present and involved with my little family, and spent much less time trying to get the perfect photo for my next blog post. I have had plenty of time to think about how I would like to proceed with this blog, or if I would like to continue it at all. I have decided I will keep it for now, but only blog on a roughly weekly basis. So I will still be writing and sharing both my life and views on things, but just on a more manageable basis. Now, here is a recap of the last two months of my life.
Christmas is my favourite holiday, and it has only gotten better since having Baby Bear. We woke up to a very excited little boy and a small sack of presents from Santa (along with a few presents from Daddy Bear and I too). Daddy Bear had to work Christmas Eve, which meant he slept most of Christmas Day, so Baby Bear and I spent the day playing with his new presents. We went to my parents house for Christmas dinner and more sharing of gifts in the afternoon once Daddy Bear woke up. It was so nice to be able to spend some quality time with my whole big family under one roof. I usually only get an hour or so with my brother and sister every 1-2 weeks now, so it was great to be able to catch up and spend time together without the time pressure.
We spent Boxing Day with Daddy Bear’s family. They came down to visit us for a special Christmas lunch, and were also great at helping us put together some of Baby Bear’s bigger Christmas presents. Baby Bear had a lot of fun helping Daddy Bear and Uncle P put together his sandpit and wooden picnic table, and then had the biggest laugh ever when he chased us all around the backyard with the hose! It was lovely to see him so carefree and happy with Daddy Bear’s family. We don’t see them as often as we would like, so it sometimes takes Baby Bear a while to warm to them. Boxing Day was the first time he has not freaked out at the sight of Uncle P, so it was a really good day!
Between Christmas and New Years Eve we celebrated my Mum’s birthday. It was just a small family dinner by the poolside in my parents backyard, but it was still great fun. New Years Eve saw us at my besties house to party! Well, Daddy Bear stayed for an hour before he had to work, and thanks to a late nap Baby Bear survived until 9:30 before crashing, so it was still an early night for us, but we could at least celebrate for a bit with friends. It’s funny how much my New Year’s Eve celebrations have changed since Baby Bear was born.
Skip forward a couple of weeks and we celebrated Baby Bear’s second birthday! It is hard to believe it has been two years already since we welcomed him into our lives. He has grown into such a wonderful little boy, and he continues to amaze and inspire me every single day. For his birthday we had a BBQ at my parents house by the pool. My Grandparents made the trip down from Newcastle to help us celebrate his special day too. Baby Bear had the best day. He ran, climbed and explored my parents backyard all day. He got to eat his favourite foods (as well as feed them to the dogs too), and was gifted so many wonderful birthday treasures. He is an exceptionally lucky boy.
Baby Bear’s birthday also marked our two year nursaversary. It is one of the most amazing things I have ever done. Our breastfeeding relationship has changed and developed so much over the last 2 years: from a newborn who fed almost constantly, to a distracted older baby, to a contented toddler who asks for ‘booboos deas!’ (Boobies please). Through the good times and the more difficult times, it is something I have always loved doing, and I will be sad when this time is over, but I know we will both have wonderful memories to share.
The rest of January saw us celebrating many more 2nd birthdays with our Mothers Group friends. It is crazy how quickly these last two years have gone! I am so lucky to have found a bunch of women who are so lovely, funny and supportive – and their kids are really awesome too!
Recently we took our dinosaur obsessed Baby Bear to the Australian Museum to see the dinosaur exhibit they have there. If you have a kid who loves dinosaurs you definitely need to get out to see it before it closes! Baby Bear was crazy excited! He ran around chasing the virtual dinosaurs, wanted to pat every dinosaur skeleton he could reach, and enjoyed pretending to be a palaeontologist. It was such an awesome day!
So that is our last two months in a nutshell. Lots of fun, family time and lots of celebrations. We are looking forward to a few quiet weeks now before we are hit with another party season (which begins with a Daddy Bear’s 30th birthday party!!). Thank you to any of my readers who have stuck around waiting for my return. I promise I won’t be so long between blog posts next time!