Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Little Dutch boy

Oliver's Mumma has done it, his Dadda has done it - now it was Mr Oliver's turn! When we saw these baby sized giant clogs in Delft last week, we couldn't resist the urge to pop Ollie in for a quick photo...

He's such a happy little guy!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Heading overseas...

Oliver's first trip 'overseas' at 3.5 weeks old - a short car ride into neighbouring Germany for a schnitzel lunch...

And our little boef slept through the entire trip!!!!

It's a hard life being a baby...

Monday, September 19, 2011

A stroll around Sonsbeek park

A couple of weeks ago, it seemed that summer had arrived a little late - it was a hot and sunny day and perfect weather for a visit to Sonsbeek park in Arnhem. Friends have told us about this lovely park and I had been wanting to visit for some time so we packed a picnic and headed off for the afternoon.

We found a nice big grassy lawn overlooking the town for our picnic...

Then took another stroll through the park...

... in search of this particular waterfall!

There are photos of my Grandparents taken in front of this exact same waterfall before they left Holland which was partly why I had been wanting to visit for so long. Sonsbeek Park was just gorgeous though, especially on a warm sunny day. I'm looking forward to more picnics there with Mr Oliver!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I love my tummy tub!!!

A 'tummy tub' - basically a different way of referring to a bucket, it seems a tummy tub is the preferred method of bathing babies in Holland. As well as a standard bath & stand, the tub was on our must have list from the kraamzorg company. Apparently it mimics being back in the womb which is why babies love it and it's so highly recommended here.

The first time Oliver had a bath was naturally in the tummy tub - when he was just a couple of days old. He was in the couveuse afdeling at the time so because of the IVs, the nurse had to do his first bath while we watched on - and boy, did he love it....

It was a Stroopy day spa in there...

Since we've been home, we've been bathing Oliver mostly in the tummy tub. He cries and cries when his clothes come off but the second he goes in the water, he is totally relaxed...

Sadly, Ollie's tummy tub days have come to an end. Our little boef isn't so little anymore - he's already more then 1kg up on his birth weight and growing so quickly, he barely fits in his little bucket anymore :-(

Time to upgrade to the big boy bath I think...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

And baby makes three :-)

Somehow, Oliver made it to 2 1/2 weeks old before we got around to taking these first family photos!

Having a baby does change your life - after it being just the two of us for so long, it's definitely a whole new lifestyle but I must say, we are loving life as a family of three :-)

Never knew it was possible for such a little person to bring so much joy to our lives... Ollie, you are the sweetest and most handsome little man :-)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's official!!!!!

Guess who is now officially an Australian citizen.....Mr Oliver!!!

We found out today that our happy little Vegemite (pictured here at 4 weeks old today!) had his Aussie citizenship approved in record time!!!!!! Yay!!!! That makes us very happy - after reading that it could potentially take months to be processed and approved, his application was done and dusted in exactly 2 weeks!

Now the next goal is to get his passport application sorted so we are actually allowed to leave the country!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A bike and a basket...

A couple of weeks ago (I think he was 9 days old?), Mitch and I decided to do a little 'photoshoot' with Mr Oliver. Being a little Dutch boy, we figured my fiets was an appropriate prop for the first few photos...

Oliver's toy basket came in handy for the next few photos...

Until finally, our little man decided he had had enough... No more photos Dad, get me outta here!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Fathers Day Mitch!!!!

Not quite 3 weeks old yet, Oliver certainly loves his Dad - he'd happily snuggle up on his shoulder all day long :-)

Happy first Fathers Day to the sweetest husband and Father... We love you so much Mitch :-)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Passport photo fun!

One of the bizarre things about having a baby in a foreign country is that our little Oliver is currently citizenship-less. He's neither a Dutch citizen, nor an Aussie (despite being born to 2 Australian citizens, you don't automatically get citizenship if you are born out of Australia!). This means that technically we can't leave the country until we get him a passport and so, we have a lot of paperwork ahead of us.

After registering his birth in the Netherlands, the first step was to apply for his Australian citizenship. Part of the application requires a passport photograph... Yes, a passport photograph of a newborn baby. Anyone who has applied for an Aussie passport before would know how strict the requirements are - trying to get a photo of a then 10 day old baby without showing your hands behind their head holding them up (afterwards we realised we should have laid him on a sheet instead), getting them to have both eyes opened and looking towards the camera and all those other fussy requirements proved to be challenging.

Poor little Ollie looked stunned in most of them...

After many takes, we finally found one that could be cropped and made to look half decent - here's hoping it gets accepted!!!!!


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