BB and her mate. Age One (approximately).
He likes: eating pencils, drinking from the dogs bowl, investigating his siblings school bags and standing on tables. Dislikes: hats, socks, being left out of big kid adventures, bedtime and sleeping without boob on mouth.
She likes: eating broccoli, climbing up and down stairs, wearing shoes and dancing. Dislikes: not immediately being handed object she is pointing at, having snot wiped from face, bedtime and sleeping without boob on mouth.
Jill and I are aiming for a portrait of them on these green chairs, around the time of their birthdays each year. We'll see how many we get in before they contest. The above shots were snapped in a couple of seconds. The rest of our five minute photoshoot looked more like this:
What a response to the sleeping post. I loved reading through the individual stories. For those interested I feed little BB to sleep every night, at around 7pm, in our bed which now consists of a mattress on the floor. Sometimes it's seamless, other times she pinches, sticks her fingers up my nose, kicks and throws her body around the bed like a break-dancer. We're currently transitioning to one day sleep so often her bedtime is confused with another nap, and she wakes up after an hour or two to party for a while. Sleep at the moment is... challenging.
But more excitingly Babcia is back! I've yet to capture a photo of her, she's tricky. I was initially embarrassed to have my mum walk into my messy house, which I unsuccessfully tried to clean all week. With PB involved in the restaurant, I'm not doing so well with the cleaning. It's a funny thing, to have only one baby and struggle. It's a little pathetic, but try not to judge until you meet my little sprite. In the last week I've heard (in a non-negative observant way) Oh Gosh, She's Very Busy! Is She Always Like That? You'll Have Your Hands Full With That One! What Is She Doing? She's Quick! Oh A High Energy One?
BB. Baby Bear. Busy Bee. Not one for a tidy house.
Co-sleeping with a newborn left me a little smug about not having to get out of bed at night to breast feed. But with an almost toddler that resembles nothing less than a sleeping star fish I've been feeling the occasional pang of jealousy when I hear about babes that slumber through the night in their cots.
A few weeks ago I got myself in a tizzy about this, furiously researched sleep on Google – while PB bore silent witness – then gently reminded myself that I actually love cuddling up with BB at night and it's All Good.
This morning I got one of those Your Baby Is 50 Weeks Old, This Is What She Should Be Doing emails and down the bottom was a section on sleep. It basically said if you feed, pat or rock your baby to sleep, it is not only a problem but also a burden. Be freed from this burden and break these bad habits! Don't be fooled by her tactics!
Tactics? At the ripe old age of 1 they're pretty tricky. Who is this cunning babe that dares contest her bedtime?
What about an email saying sleep is always going to be an issue during childhood, so try and remind yourself that feeling frustrated about it won't last forever. It's ok to rock or feed to sleep if it works for you, and for some babies now matter how softly you play bedtime music it will still only mean one thing. Disco.
Photos: Documenting the state of our bed when I attempt to get in it.
Last nights romantic dinner for two. This is not indicative of the food we'll be serving at the restaurant, but of the energy we have for preparing meals for ourselves at the moment.
PS. For any family members reading this – don't worry – we're not starving. Mere hours earlier we inhaled a couple of industrial sized sushi rolls. This was just a vegetable top up.
Thanks for all the kind words about our pictures. It was pretty rad to be published. We're definitely going to pursue that dream but for now it's on hold... PB has a restaurant to open. He's putting in the blood and sweat, I've got the tears covered.
(Hence the extremely sporadic posting lately).
Remember that engagement shoot we did last year? It was published recently in Modern Wedding magazine. I'm now at liberty to share some more images of the beautiful Jodi from Che and Fidel and her partner Daniel.
beautiful growing belly. Can't wait to give it a rub. xx