It has been rather quiet on this blog for the last couple of months. Many of you know that this is because our little family has been to Germany to visit family and friends and introduce our daughter to everyone. We had a great time in Germany (more on this in another post) but were also very busy and I didn’t feel like taking away precious time with our families. I did however think about a couple of topics I could write about once we’re back. One of them is about our experience flying with a 10/11 month old baby.
It’s been all about movement for us during the past couple of weeks. Let me tell you, nothing is safe any more and I’m glad that the little one is not too fast yet so I can easily catch up and safe whatever she’s been eyeing up.
A couple of weeks ago we spent the weekend away in Golden Bay with friends. It was a great opportunity to let our little one experience nature again. We went to the beach with her and spent half a day rock climbing while she kept on stuffing dirt and leaves in her mouth.
Happy Easter everyone! We’ve been making the most of the long weekend by going away to a friends holiday home in the Marlborough Sounds. We love coming here, as it is home away from home. We don’t have to pack much besides food as the house is stocked with everything that’s needed – even some baby gear. Therefore I didn’t pack many toys for our little one and still haven’t unpacked them yet.
The last weeks have been pretty rough in this house with lots of wake ups during the night and shorter day naps which didn’t give me much chance to catch up on sleep. However, it’s slowly starting to get better now and at the same time I notice lots of changes for our little girl.
I’m certainly not one of those professional bloggers who have their blog posts planned in advance. Quite the contrary. At the moment I usually wrack my brain on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as to what I could post on Sunday. And you know what, this week I just couldn’t come up with anything. Add to that a very busy weekend trying to get stuff sorted around the house and a teething baby who won’t play by herself for more then 5 minutes at a time.
One of my husbands and my passion that we developed since coming to New Zealand is tramping. This country is just simply beautiful and you get to see the best parts of it once you start tramping in the bush. We prefer going on multi-day hikes using the extensive network of huts from the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The last time we did a 3 day hike was on Christmas 2015 when we did the Rakiura track which is the Great Walk on Stewart Island. Unfortunately it wasn’t an enjoyable walk for me as I was pregnant in my first trimester, feeling weak, tired and nauseous. My husband ended up carrying all our gear and I still just managed to trudge along. Mental note: don’t ever attempt a multi-day hike again during your first trimester.
Our little ones teething has gotten gradually worse during the last weeks and we’ve been seeing a tiny white speck for a while now. Yesterday we noticed that it’s not just a speck any more but that both bottom front teeth are really coming up now and we could see and feel little bulges! That means it’s definitely time for a new teething toy.
My little one and I go to a parenting program called SPACE which is mainly for first time parents. Through this program we have been making great friends and I’ve been learning lots of new things including English nursery rhymes and songs.
At SPACE we often make toys for our little ones from household items and I’ve used some of those ideas already to make something similar but using items from my garden.
A couple of weeks ago we were introduced to sensory baskets at SPACE and lots of mums including me loved the idea of recreating something similar at home for our little ones. I’ve seen great sensory baskets at our friend’s homes already so of course I also wanted to make one for my daughter.
Two weekends ago we celebrated our little ones 6 month / half year birthday. Can anyone tell me how it’s possible that it has been half a year already since the birth of our daughter?? Time really flies! I have been thinking quite a lot about how our birth was, due to reading other peoples birth stories, and I’m still really happy about the choices we were able to make (having a home birth). It would be a little off topic for this blog, but perhaps one day I’ll tell you a little more about our birth story as I think it’s been a beautiful one.