Friday, October 28, 2011

Who's that cutie in the mirror???

A certain little boy has become fascinated with his own reflection...

I think he knows he's pretty spunky...

And although he loves checking himself out...

Sometimes it all becomes a bit tiring for a baby boy...

And once again, thumb sucking quickly becomes the favourite attraction...

Who's that cutie in the mirror???

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Look what I've discovered...

As I was trying to capture some of Mr Oliver's change table smiles (he wasn't really cooperating)...

I instead ended up with some footage of his latest discovery!!!

A few weeks ago, Ollie discovered he has hands (and naturally chewed and sucked on them non stop) and in the last couple of days, he figured out that he also has an opposable thumb... Hello, thumbsucker :-) He does look very cute chomping away though...

Although sometimes, the camera just becomes a bit too much - no more filming Mumma!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rhine road trip - Part 3

After seeing the major castles along this part of the Rhine, it was time to head towards the Moselle river. Although smaller then the Rhine, it was also busy with barges and cruise boats and the surrounding countryside dotted with castles and vineyards...

The riverside village of Cochem was the most picturesque (and touristy) in our little road trip - in the shadow of the large Cochem castle, it had half timbered houses typical of the area, lots of bakeries selling warm apple strudel and made for a lovely lunch stop. 

Our final destination before heading north to Nijmegen was Castle Burresheim.... A lot quieter then all the other castles we visited, it was possibly even more spectacular. With the clear blue skies and hardly anyone around, it seemed like the perfect place to dig out the tripod and get a family shot or two!!!

It was a really lovely weekend away - Oliver travelled so much better then what we were expecting, we think he might have his Mumma & Dadda's travel gene :-) I'm pleased we took a short trip for his first overnight travels - it was a good way to figure out exactly how much stuff we needed and what would be useful to take next time (bibs - lots of bibs!). Our grumbly little bear was full of smiles the entire weekend and slept like a champ - even sleeping through the night in his new portacot - and was really relaxed and easy going even while being carted all over the countryside. 

Can't wait to go on another little holiday - travelling is even more fun as a family of three :-)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rhine road trip - Part 2

The main reason for heading down this way (other then to see how Mr Oliver travels) was to drive up and down the Rhine river and admire all the pretty castles. Day 2 of our little road trip certainly achieved this - thankfully there was no more scaffolding and we could admire the medieval castles in their full glory...

Castles, castles everywhere - they just popped up all over the place... The most notable one we saw was Marksburg Castle - the thing I loved about this place was that you can actually hire out the big kitchen/dining hall for a party. People have big medieval style feasts in here around a roaring fire - it gets hired out weekly apparently!

We also spotted the renowned 'Lorelei rock' - which, despite the massive amounts of touristic advertising for the rock in the area, it really was about as exciting as you'd expect... Just a rock with some flags on top!

More to come...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The little things...

It seems that each day I get up, blink and it's 5pm already... Compared to when I was pregnant, my days now always seem to be busy and there just aren't enough hours in them for all the things I want to achieve. With looking after & playing with Oliver, trying to get some things done around the house, catch up with friends & family both near and far and just getting out and about every day for some fresh air (& my sanity, I HATE being housebound - so not looking forward to winter already), it really is the little, often seemingly insignificant achievements that make my day. This week...

... Seeing the sweetest smiles on my son's face today when I took him out of his pram at a friends place and he spotted her little baby. His face lit up and he instantly worked up some gorgeous smiles for her, I'm looking forward to seeing how they interact as they grow up as they are very close in age.

... The kindness (or curiosity???) of a stranger when a package for Oliver was misdirected to her house and rather then sending it return to sender all the way across the other side of the world, she opened it and googled all the names on the card - finding a hit with Mitch (the advantage to having a google-able husband lol) and contacting him through work to pick up the parcel.

... My first Mum's group yesterday. I always knew that I wanted to join a Mother's group when I had kids - I didn't think that would happen though with having Oliver overseas but I'm happy to discover I was wrong. Looking forward to next time :-)

... Multi-tasking - finally figuring out a way to not only exercise and try and work off that Stroopy bulge, but also calm an unsettled Oliver. Hugabub + CD + coffee table (it's long, low and very strong) + 2 tins of baked beans and it seems I have invented my own not-so-trendy but quite practical step class with a few songs of lunges, squats & bicep curls thrown in. Happy Mum & happy baby - there is nothing Ollie loves more then snuggling up to his Mum (or Dad) and he's been asleep and happy within a song or two and I get some exercise on a rainy day without having to brave my bike when it's miserable out!

... Seeing Mr Oliver start batting at the toys on his activity gym (intentionally) for the first time. Usually he lays under it and hits them but until yesterday, I don't think it was on purpose. Now he really looks at them, reaches, touches and gurgles away happily.

... Trying new recipes. With less time to cook & bake these days (or more so, less uninterrupted time :P ), I found myself falling back to the same old, same old - which I very quickly get bored with, I love trying new meals. This week I've cooked something new every night AND even fit in some cake baking!!!!

... Finally finishing a sewing project that had been in the works for 3 weeks. Now I just need to go to the post office to send it!!!!

... And finally - watching my handsome little man sleeping peacefully :-) Oh, how I love those chubby cheeks!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rhine road trip - Part 1

Mitch and I had been planning to take Oliver on a little holiday as soon as we got his passport - a week in the north of France. Unfortunately though (thankfully we hadn't booked accommodation yet) I got sick and we decided to postpone the trip. When we next got the chance to go away, we figured a short little road trip might be a better idea for Mr Oliver's first holiday to see how he travels without venturing too far from home. A friend suggested the Rhine castle route to me and it was the perfect solution - only 3hrs from home, a part of Germany we had never seen - and full of medieval villages, castles and wineries!

Our first destination was Burg Eltz - a large castle high up in the forests above the Moselle river. The unusual thing about this castle is that it has been in the same family since it was built, with the current owners still occupying part of the castle. It would've been absolutely spectacular, but as our luck has it, as we walked the long road into the grounds, our first sight of the castle was of a crane :-(

Yes, as every major site in Europe that we visit seems to be, the castle was also undergoing renovations and half of it was covered in scaffolding. We arrived just in time for the English guided tour and spent some time exploring the castle - a little disappointing with the works going on, but still an impressive sight. No photos were allowed inside the castle however...

Our next destination was Sankt Goar - a little village along the Rhine where we stayed for the 2 nights. It was nice to just sit back and see the beautiful castles high above the river and watch the barges and cruise boats float by...

And of course enjoy some local delicacies - some wine tasting (well, for Mitch anyway) and a rather large German pub meal - for which Mr Oliver slept through the entire thing!

More to come...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Big boy!

Look who's a big boy in his new Bumbo!!!!

It arrived in the post this morning in record time and Mr Oliver has been having some fun hanging out in the little red seat. He's still a bit little for it so a book came in handy to support his head.

He's been all smiles whenever he goes in it... The novelty only lasts for 5 minutes though before he wants Mummy cuddles again but he seemed to really enjoy sitting up like a big boy and watching the world from a new angle!

So cute... Man I love this little guy!!!!


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