“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

 

Omi – he’s been an emotional little one this week. sometimes i wish i could scoop him up and give him my undivided attention. sharing a mummy seems like really hard word for him sometimes. 

 

Orion –  back to waking hourly and taking hours to settle at night. when will it end?! waaaaaaa. good job he’s cute. 

“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

 

Omi –  painting himself as spiderman.  

 

Orion –  can walk. won’t walk.  

“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

 

Omi –  he creeps in to our bedroom in the middle of the night, gets on to the single mattress that we keep on the floor, tucks himself in and goes back to sleep until the morning. how this time last year i could have only dreamt about such a perfect sleeping arrangement. 

 

Orion –  the strong-willed one. 

“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

 

Omi –  play doh / cake/ play doh / play doh / eat / play doh / cake / play doh / spiderman / play doh / eat / sleep / repeat. 

 

Orion –  did i say he was sleeping better? TAKE THAT BACK! he has since been moved back into our bedroom and is waking hourly, screaming for me to feed him. we are really trying to wean the night feeds, but maaaaaan, this is one resilient kiddo versus two very tired parents. he’s definitely winning. 

“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

 

Omi –  playdoh. playdoh. playdoh. for hours. i’m not complaining.  

 

Orion –  sleeping *a little* better this week. so we’re all *a little* less tired and *a lot* happier. 

So, I missed a week somewhere here. Week 43? I’m so very confused and more behind with myself than I thought. Where did week 43 go? Literally….where did it go?! It is just gone. Moving on to week 44 then! I can’t really remember that one either! When I meet up with friends and they ask me what I’ve been up to, I usually reply with; “uuuummmmm (desperately thinking of something excting)…..ummmmm…..oh you know…..mum stuff, hanging with the kids, play groups, kiddo gymnastics, making dinner…..that kind of thaaaang.” Lets just put it down to a combination of memory loss and an admitant lull in super-double-mega interesting occurrences. These boys are keeping me on my toes anyway. That I know for sure.

 

“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

 

Omi –  everything is about spiderman at the moment. “mum, tell me the story about when spiderman makes a lasagne”. “mum, i can see things with my spider senses”. “mum, lets make spiderman play-doh webs”. “mum, can you lift me up on the wall again so i can climb like spiderman”. and my favourite, as he lifts his mask….”mum, spiderman is actually me”. 

 

Orion –  he’s having yet another bout of sleep regression. just when i thought we were getting somewhere (and OMG i was beginning to feel human again as i was getting more than 5 hours sleep a night) orion is back to waking frequently and pulling off these incredibly long stints of awake time in the middle of the night. last night i finally got to sleep at 5am. for two hours. being tired makes me a grumpy mummy. 

 

I am so pleased to say that I achieved my first ever successful Halloween as a Mother, yesterday! Last year was a complete write-off. I had such high hopes for Halloween 2013 – for the boy’s costumes (Elton John for Omi & a mini strong man for Orion), for loads of fresh baked goodies, for heaps of games and activities and all that other fun-time stuff. However, just like some days do, it all went to pot. Nobody got dressed up, we took no pictures and I cried because I tried to carve a pumpkin and it looked terrible. Looking back, I don’t know what  I was thinking! We do put some pressure on ourselves as parents don’t we?! This year I set my sights a little lower. All I wanted was one photo of the boys in their costumes; Wayne and Garth, from Wayne’s World (party on). They had no idea who they were meant to be, or what the hell Halloween is all about anyway. They just loved running around with torches in the garden and watching Owen carve out pumpkins. Owen’s family organised a lovely party with food, decorations and games for the children. Once again, life has proved that simple plans and realistic expectations really do make for the best times. Best laid plans, and all of that. I hope you all had a happy Halloween too, whatever you did (or didn’t) do.

I’m getting a little behind with these photos again. But….it’s OK. Life is busy and there just isn’t always the time to be snapping away at those fast moving kiddies. There’s so much I’d love to write about, but it’s late and I’m really really tired. I promise to catch up with everything very soon. I feel on the brink of completing a few (long awaited) things at home, so that life can take a new step forward. I’ve been working on turning our front room into a lovely space that I can work from and see my holistic therapy clients in. I’ve also been hatching plans for very part-time childcare so that I can return to work for a few hours per week. There is so much I want to write about all of this, and I will – but for now, I hope you like the recent pictures of the boys. Now, I must sleep.
 

“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

 

Omi –  i am still coming to terms with the fact that he has now officially stopped napping during the day. i miss the little mid-day chance to catch up with myself, gather my thoughts and enjoy a cup of peppermint tea in peace…..but now that orion routinely sleeps for an hour or so each afternoon, it gives omi and i the chance to relax together, watching films and eating bowls of dried cheerios with chocolate chips mixed in. i was craving some quiet time with him after all – and i still get to put my feet up. (ps – i genuinely couldn’t decide which photo of omi i preferred, so here are two). 

 

 

Orion –  i’m really seeing the age gap between the boys beginning to close in. ori has such a strong character now and will attempt to do everything that omi is doing too. he’s still not walking, but is a fearless climber. i look at him and i can’t quite believe how the time has passed since he was born. 

 

 

“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

 

Omi –  we need more time together, just the two of us.

 

Orion –  cheeky little hands, stealing my scones. he ate a whole one as well. that’s my boy. 

 

This 52 project links with Jodi, over at Practising Simplicity.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

 

Omi –  recent changes in his accent (intentional for comedic purpose we think) have left him dropping his T’s and H’s. he says things like “shu-up compost” (no idea), “let me get in the wa-er” (bath) and, during our baking session above, “i’m a sieve ‘ed”. brilliant. 

 

Orion –  discovering that learning to walk with the wheely bug is both the most enjoyable and most frustrating thing, at the same time. 

 

This 52 project links with Jodi, over at Practising Simplicity.