Friday, May 22, 2015

Chaz the middle child

Since Harriet arrived the entire house has been a pit of sickness. Poor girl is on her second cold, and so in fact has only been without a cold during the first 2 days of her short life. Charlie was very poorly with a terrible head cold and cough when we first arrived home, which made sleeping truly difficult for him (and thus for me!). And then poor Raf developed a cold and cough (usually so resilient to sickness these days) and then proceeded to give it to Harriet and now Charlie. Once again Charlie has an awful cough at night, and last night he was up virtually every 20 minutes, not really awake, but having awful dreams. I think he's really experiencing the pinch of having a new addition.. last week he developed an occasional, though very pronounced stutter, and during the night he needs to be clinging on to me when he's remotely consciously aware (and indeed even when he's sleeping and I AM cuddling him, he's shouting out for a hug from mummy, which is challenging to respond to because I already am hugging him!).

So night parenting Chaz and Hatts is exhausting and long, and I'm loathe to usurp Chaz to Raf's bunk bed because he'll inevitably find everything even harder. Poor little fellow.  He has so far not expressed resentment towards Hattie, though en route to the Drs on Monday he declared proudly, 'I don't hit babies'... surely a standard to be proud of.

He is still my funny, lovely Charlie but I must find some time to spend with just him. He's so loving towards his sister, exclaiming, 'she's so cute'! And then he asked if we had gotten her from Target!

This is me getting the youngest two to sleep.

Charlie wanted a quick snuggle with old Hatts this morning, who was desperately in need of a nap, and after a few seconds he said, 'mummy, she needs you'. 

Charlie is really enjoying his scooter. He only really properly got on it a week or so ago, and he's already really good. I gave him Raf's to practice on and he immediately started doing some 'tricks'! In a fit of guilt yesterday morning, around 5:30am (most of us had been up since 4:30am), I ordered the boys new scooters - upgrading Raf's to the next size up, and buying Charlie a new orange scooter, like Raf's yellow one. Of course Charlie could have inherited Raf's (which  was inherited from cousin Freya) but then there was he guilt..! $200 later.. gah. 


Thankfully Charlie seems mostly to be adjusting very well, though I think the colds do very little to help the situation. Also thankfully, Hatts likes being in the Moby so I've been able to take the boys to the park on most days, and to head outside with them to play on their bikes, scooters, play ground, etc. Looking forward to the day when we're not all poorly!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

3 Celebrations!

May is full of things to celebrate. Harriet missed being a May celebration by just a couple of days, so she doesn't have to compete with so many other days, at least. On May 9th, we celebrated what would have been Dad's 90th birthday. As we usually do, we headed to one of the few places where he had enjoyed the food, and in fact was there for his 77th birthday when we first moved to the States. Federal Jacks is a nice pub with good beer and food, and even better - at least for Dad - there is POOL! The day before Raf asked if Charlie had met Grandpa before, and when I said they never did as Grandpa was already no longer with us, he exclaimed, 'thank goodness we still have nana!' 

After swimming that morning we headed to the shops and bought the boys little celebratory trains and teeshirts. Charlie now calls it his grandpa shirt! And then we headed to the pub for lunch.

Chips and beer of course featured..

And the funny children. Hatts sleeping through the entire affair.

And then it was a game of pool. It was VERY challenging playing with Harriet in the Moby as I couldn't really lean over...!

The boys had so much fun.

And then we took the boats in...

And Hatts woke up and lounged about for a while.

and the boys had warm baths. And we all enjoyed a snuggle...

As Chaz shows his new Charlie train to his underwhelmed sister.

The next morning was Mother's Day. Harriet's DUE DATE! Crazy that she was almost 2 weeks old by this point..  I enjoyed a lovely bowl of my favourite fruit and soy yogurt in bed and then we all got outside for some much needed gardening. It was a super warm day so we didn't stay out for too long, but we at least did some much needed clearing up. SO MUCH to do.

Of course Hattie joined in...

A plant from the boys.. made by Raf at school.

And then Hatts recovered by doing more lounging in her little summer dress.

Then we discovered half the power to our house was off (all better now but a bit of a nightmare), and we escaped to the beach. Harriet's first time! Yes, she slept the entire time!

The boys enjoyed digging and running down the beach with Rich.

And then it was my birthday on the 13th! Morning snuggles.. doesn't get better than that.

and then a surprise birthday breakfast! Featuring the biggest balloon in history.

A beautiful plant.

And flowers..

And a snuggly bathrobe. Prompting the boys to get theirs.. and we all modeled them.

That balloon!

Sweet labels.

And a cake indicating that I only have one more year left in my 30s.

It was good.. and many sprinkles, as added by the boys.

 Yes, that balloon again...

I've been starving since Harriet was born so I was glad for such a big cake and an entire tub of soy ice cream.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kindness of friends and family

I've been meaning to write 10 millions posts detailing how kind and generous people have been. From the little reveal party put together by our wonderful friend and neighbour Shannon, to the little sprinkle single handedly put on by mum, to the many, many, many sweet gifts this girl has received both before and since her arrival, to the lovely thoughtful pressies for the boys (and their mama!), and the many visits, food deliveries, and good well wishes. I can't keep up!

Before mum left us in February, we had a very fun evening opening up all the sweet gifts she's bought for Hatts. So many lovely frilly, floral things (I am a fan of floral in general, and you add it to some clothing and I am swooning!), and of course PINK! It's a colour I like, and whilst the boys wear some pink here and there, it's not always easy to find in clothing they'd like. 

Ta da!


What a swag!

Sarah Hope sent through some lovely onesies around the same time (I must take pictures), and my friend Julie sent through a beautiful picture frame, pictured below.

Before Hatts arrived, our friends Noah and Stacey plied us with delicious food and put on a little sprinkle at their house...

And since Hatts was born we've been inundated with visit and gifts (who can resist the girl clothing!?) Almost our entire neighborhood has been around with homemade blankets, food, and the sweetest outfits you can find. Our friends Beth and Scott visited last week and brought with them lovely things for the baby girl as well as beautiful books for each of the boys.

Here she is sporting some of her cute outfits!

A very lovely hat from our neighbour:

I've even received little gifts from my students! One of my favourite students brought around the sweetest cardigan and bonnet her grandma had knitted for us!

We've received so many lovely things and unfortunately I don't have pics of everything. Louisa sent a selection of adorable clothes from the UK. Rich's brother and family sent some adorable summer rompers, whilst my sister Bex sent over a box of goodies including the most adorable dresses with those big knickers. And my friend Nina packaged up a massive selection of clothing from her daughter. An old friend from my college days, Shahzad, sent Hatts a very generous gift certificate, and our admin assistant made us a beautiful blanket.

And then a massive thanks to my friend Amy who arranged for food to be delivered. Alicia popped around last week with some delicious soup and the sweaters outfit for my girl, and yesterday Jen came around with more delicious soup and bread as well as a hundred presents for the Hatster, me, and the boys, Ali had come around last Tuesday with pasts, homemade hummus, and cookies, and the boys are very pleased they're not subsisting merely on hot dogs!

I didn't get a chance to write a lithe blog on getting ready for Harriet. Whilst the moses basket and crib are in our room (Hatts is actually in bed with me, though) we did turn the spare room into a nursery for her. We needed a new box spring and mattress as well as some shelving and drawers anyway, so this was good motivation to get moving with that.

Here are the boys helping me put up the furniture... (mum and I had gone down to Boston's Ikea to pick up a few things).

During bed rest I found some sweet coral and teal prints on Etsy.

Some mementos of us finding out it was a girl!

THANK YOU to everyone for the kind gestures and words. Having a family of 5 and two dogs is madness but a lot of fun.

 Hard to believe she's been here for 3 weeks already. Poor girl is enduring her second cold of her short life and was up all night as she was just so, so uncomfortable. That also means 'poor me' as I was up with her!