Thursday, 8 May 2014

When my computer won't talk to the Internet...

Something in my computer is broken, and now it isn't talking to the Internet anymore. At first we thought it just had issues with the wifi, but then Peter tried to connect it with a network cable and it still wouldn't work, so apparently we need to take it to someone who knows more about these things than we do. In the meantime we can at least still access things on our phones or iPad or Pete's slightly dodgy and very frustrating little netbook. Blogging, however, is a pain in the neck without the Internet on a computer. I have been taking all my photo a day photos of Quinten to share here, but I've put it in the too-hard basket until the computer is working again because formatting things on the Blogger app is difficult. But I thought I could manage a quick catch up :)

Yep we are those weird parents who draw eyebrows on their baby and then die laughing while taking photos of the result. 

Quinten was two months old on Saturday which is just ridiculous. He is already wearing 000 clothes and is the same weight that Mayana was at 5 months. He can roll over from his tummy to his back, and you should see how far he pushes himself up in tummy time! He has smiling down-pat, and even produces the odd chuckle. He does lots of cooing and chattering. He is still feeding beautifully - it looks like third time's the charm for me and breastfeeding. He wakes once or twice a night to feed and mostly goes straight back to sleep once his tummy is satisfied so I can't complain! He is so relaxed, but I think we are super relaxed this time too, so maybe we are rubbing off on each other. 

Reuben was two on Easter Saturday, which is also ridiculous. He is a bundle of fun, and I am loving our days together. His vocabulary is exploding at the moment, and it's really nice to be able to communicate with him conversationally. He's super cheeky, and absolutely adores his baby brother, whom he calls "Tintin". We are easing into toilet training (mainly because having two in nappies is not my idea of a fun time) and he does a lot of wees in the potty in exchange for a smartie, but so far no number twos. This morning he sat on the potty while eating morning tea and watching his Fireman Sam DVD for half an hour, then pooped within five minutes of having his nappy back on. Gah. We'll get there. He also has his post endoscopy follow up with his gastroenterologist next Monday, finally!  Reuben is still addicted to any kind of vehicle, but with a soft spot for emergency services vehicles. Fireman Sam is is favourite show ever, and he took it as a personal afront when ABC4kids removed it from their morning programming earlier this week. Hence the aforementioned DVD. His godfather is a bonafide fireman, and has arranged for Reubs to visit him at work and sit in the fire truck next weekend.. I can't wait to see his face! 

Mayana is settling into school beautifully and absolutely loving it, like we knew she would. We had out first ever parent-teacher interview last week (which made me feel like an actual grown-up) and her teacher is "absolutely thrilled" with Mayana's progress. As are we. She's kicking it with literacy, and knows almost 30 sight words already (the goal by the end of prep is 60, so she's pretty amazing), and is on level 2 readers. She completely blows me away, and having her sit next to me and literally read me a story almost makes me cry. She is also just an all-round precious girl and a joy to be around. I have lots of fun with her, and she's an amazingly helpful and loving and patient big sister. At the moment she's addicted to "Frozen" (along with every other girl between at least the ages of three and eight I'm sure). She knows all the words to pretty much all the songs and we have had the sound track on repeat in the car since we bought it. Actually I'm pretty sure I know all the words too. And Reuben does a pretty fabulous rendition of "Let it Go"... Seriously. 

Peter's latest accomplishments include growing a beard (which took all of two days) and completing his Certificate III and Diploma in Children's Services. He is still really enjoying his work, which is a very good thing! Oh his other recent great accomplishment is that he pulled off a fantastic birthday present for me last month, where he had booked a night away for the five of us at a completely divine country getaway with a view to die for. It deserves a post all of it's own.. When my computer is talking to the Internet again. 

 (Photo by Mayana. I haven't actually grown 5 inches since you last saw me)

And me? I'm doing great. I've settled into a pretty good routine with school and a new baby and all. I've discovered that routine and organisation are the key to keeping on top of this gig. Little things like instead of an overflowing dirty clothes basket, the entire family puts all their dirty clothes into the washing machine when they come off at night, I put the machine on before bed and hang it all out first thing in the morning. I bring it in and fold it when the boys go down for their afternoon naps (OMG "the boys"! Can you believe I've got boys- plural!!? Sheesh). Anyway, I haven't made acquaintance with Mt Washmore or Mt Foldmore since putting that nifty trick in place. Yeah sure I wash the darks with the lights but.. Separating washing?? Ain't nobody got time fo' that. Clean clothes are where it's at. 

Breastfeeding this time is far less stressful, and I actually relish the 6-8 forced opportunities I have each day to sit with my feet up guilt-free. Plus I don't know if it's the breastfeeding or the getting back into the swing of sugar-free life, but I've dropped all of my baby weight plus an extra three or so kilos.. So I'm pretty happy about that! That brings it to nearly 15kg since quitting sugar 15 months ago- which isn't too shabby given that I haven't done anything else (like an exercise regime or anything) and I've had a baby in that timeframe too. I'm about 4kg away from my goal weight and I'm pretty stoked!

So there you go-- you're all caught up on the five of us! Now I just need to get my computer to the shop so that I can get all caught up on my blogging!

Later gaze!!

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