Friday, August 22, 2008

How Spoilt am I

As well known I have a little bundle of joy arriving in just under 6weeks (getting so close - a little scary lol). I have, seeing as we live a fair distance from baby shops, started shopping on the web and I found this gorgeous nappy bag, or mum's bag really, which arrived today. Its so gorgeous and so non baby like. My old one of the past four years has seen much better days and I couldn't bring myself to put precious little newborn clothes in it (just didn't seem to revive itself after probably too many goes in the machine - I'm a bit of a clean freak esp with bubby things). This one is so big compared to my old one (a kapoochi small satchel) and came with a huge separate coordinating satchel, bottle bag and change mat. All beautifully made, leather trimmed and just so nice and girly (reversible to a chocolate brown for the man of the house lol). And it only cost a smidge more than my old vinyl one that came with nothing really more than a little change mat. Anyhow I'm feeling very special and spoilt to have such a gorgeous accessory as a mum. It will make a great overnight bag down the track as well. Just thought I would share my treat.
Sorry the photo isn't very well taken - it looks better in person.

I also bought a sling this time as my baby bjorn has had a good thrashing, and it is so pretty and soft and I'm sure it will give a much nicer ride for my little one with the advantage of being able to breastfeed on the go. I don't like spending money on myself but with my husbands encouragement I finally made the purchase (I have hummed and haaad for months).
What a lovely gift.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nanna and Grandad Visit

This last weekend we had Andrews parents come up and stay for a night. It was so nice for them to see our new place, Faith (MIL) had seen the outside but hadn't been inside, and it was all new for Bob (FIL). Unfortunately though the boys had their first ever bout of a vomiting bug which started early saturday morning and continued throughtout the whole weekend. Fin had been so excited to see them all week and the poor little chappy ended up resting and sleeping on the couch for most of the time. It was so lovely to see them though and for them to see how much my little men have grown and changed. It was great for all of us. Thanks Nanna and Grandad for making the long trip.

Special time with grandad. Poor little Fin normally loves running up and down the paddock but barely managed to keep his eyes open yesterday when we went for a walk. He loved the attention from grandad though. How special.

Daddys head made a nice pillow. It was especially nice for Andrew to show his Dad his new place. He is so proud of it and was able to show off his new baby, his Husqvarna ride on mower - boys and their toys.
Luc decided to use his bout of energy up in a quick go on the swing. But needed a rest shortly after by way of daddys arms.
What a blessing grandparents are.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Our neighbours have cows like so many farms out our way. The boys are so fascinated with them and we have to go out to the fence most days to see them. There are two new calfs that run around like a couple of little puppies. They are so beautiful. There use to be alot more cows in the paddock next to ours but they have separated them into separate paddocks which is a shame as there was one we had nicknamed stan and he always came straight up for a pat, a lick, and grass from the boys. It is such a nice way of life out here.
our peach tree blossoms
We have five peach trees (well we think they are lol) and I just love the beautiful blossoms they have. Hopefully their fruit is yummy too. We also have a small mulberry tree which is covered in small berries so we are looking forward to mulberry pies. Got to love country life. It really is the life I have always dreamt of. Its just taking me a little while to adjust to the change, to prepare myself for more renovations lol (we had almost just finished our old house), and to feel at home in a small country town.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Yes one of those moments that any mum dreds. Last wednesday night I was preparing dinner. The boys were running up and down the hallway (or so I thought) - which they know not to do. I could hear them and thought to myself I will just quickly finish chopping the meat, put the water on for the veges and go and settle them down (about 2mins). Well there was no need for that as the next moment Fin came running into the lounge, hid under a cushion and little Luc ran out with half a face of blood and a 40mm x 4mm cut along his eyebrow. One of those sinking tummy moments. Andrew arrived home just after it happened, and being new to the area we didn't know if the local hospital - a little country one - had an emergency ward and I didn't think it was wise to go to the next big town which is 35mins away in the car just in case he had an internal head injury and passed out or seized so we called the ambulance. I'm a paeds nurse and have been for over ten years but when its your own little baby all that experience isn't too much help. I felt silly calling the ambulance but thankfully they too were concerned due to the size and his age and they transported us to the local hospital - it does have a very small ER. I think the ambos were happy to have something to do as well as it can get pretty quiet out here for them.

Thankfully my beautiful 3yr old is very honest and he showed me that Luc had actually been jumping on his bed and hit the end (and I believed him as thats where the drops of blood led to). Fin was so upset and worried about his little brother but he was such an angel throughout the whole ordeal. Luc ended up having it glued (could probably have used sutures though). The boys enjoyed ice cream (what else cures a little ones injuries and concerns hey!!!) when we got home.

When we went to put him in our bed when we were going to bed - just so I could keep an extra close eye on him - we discovered he had removed the dressing along with a fair chunk of the glue, opening it up again so back up to the hospital at midnight. He was such a good little boy and his brother was so concerned but just sat quietly even though we had dragged him out in the middle of the night with the temp barely 1degree Lucas the next afternoon with the special pens daddy bought them for
being such good little ones.

I know all mums probably have similar stories but it is so gut wrenching to see your little one hurt. Thankfully the damage was only skin deep and it certainly didn't deter him from doing all those things he shouldn't be - he was trying to jump on our bed when he woke the next morning. He is such an amazing (and very cheeky) little person and the thought of anything happening to either of them is shuddering to say the least. Thank God for his protection over my family. We really are so blessed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A New Start

Writing a blog post. A new concept to me as this is my first one. Many of my friends have blog sites and I love reading them each day and watching as their families change and grow, so I thought it was about time that I created my own so that my friends and family could see us from afar.
Finlay 3 and Lucas 20mths

I have a wonderful family. My husband and I have been married for almost 4years and have two beautiful little boys and a little one on the way - we certainly haven't been wasting any time lol. We have recently moved from the beach to country life surrounded by mountain ranges, cows and crops. And as the title suggests we live on a hill. I love it out here. The fresh air, the friendly people, the ease of lifestyle. I don't miss the business of suburbia at all and I can't ever imagine going back to that way of life.

Our house is an 1920's rambling Queenslander with verandahs all around. It is the house I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. Inside is in need of a lot of work, especially painting as almost every room as never been painted. It is going to take years to just get the painting done but I guess there aren't really any time limits. I would love the baby's room done in time for her arrival in 8weeks but we will see how we go.

Sunrise over our land
We live on five beautiful acres, which seems huge to us but is just a house yard compared to some of the farming properties around us. For us though it is managable as Andrew works long hours and we love to have family times on weekends. I'm itching to get out into the gardens but it isn't a priorty at this point. There are quite alot of roses already in the front and I'm planning on doing it all as a cottage garden. Even the house yard is huge compared to our 615sqm block in suburbia. We have so many plans for the house and land that I just don't know where to start.

Since moving we have added a new addition to our family in the form of a puppy called Lola ( My son loves the kids program Charlie and Lola). She is a border collie with a bit of blue cattle. Very sweet natured but can be a bit boystrous for the boys. They will all be good mates eventually I'm sure.

Lola 10 weeks, the day she joined us

Lola 4 months old

Things that are different to get use to are:

  • mooing of cows
  • Walking 250mtrs just to get the mail
  • Taking the bin out the 250mts and bringing it back up (least favourite thing)
  • The peace of knowing the kids are no where near a road, even when we are out of the house yard
  • The lack of neighbours (we have fantastic neighbours about 100mtrs away unlike suburbia where neighbours are three mtrs away)
  • The freedom to have space
  • Relying on our own source of water - thank God for precious rain
  • And so many more, and those yet to be discovered

We have been so blessed to have found this life for our family and we thank God each day. Hopefully this is the start of many blogs from us Irvings, as our family grows, and this little plot of dirt becomes our own.