The first 1.5 years.

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His mind is like a rocket ship, fuelled and taking off into the great unknown – so ready to take it all in!

We’re now entering a period of new word development.  Some days he surprises me with 4-5 new words and has become more aware of when to say hello and bye.  He’s quite good at waving me off and saying “bye”!  He has even memorised a few parts in books (that blew me away the first time it happened).  He has a little library and we are lucky to be able to borrow some from Eneabba.  At this stage we probably read together at least 2x a day.  He’s often found tucked away somewhere quiet flipping pages, gently peering at the images.

Some of the words he’s learned so far:

Fish, Sheep, Boo!, No, Vroom Vroom, Car, Shell, Flower, Yeah, Ball, Moo, Teddy, Apple, Hi, Bye, Uh Oh, Mummy, Dada, Meow, Duck, Quack, Milk, Dog, Bubble, Egg…

Our darling Wesley has been climbing, feeding his toys and taking them on trips around the house, running, reading, dancing (such a good dancer!!) playing and beginning to take trips with us to the potty.

Here are some songs we’ve been dancing to lately:

He is very generous with his kisses, cuddles and even food.

Sometimes I hold him in the middle of the night and he snuggles into my chest like a koala.  It is then that I can truly measure how large he is for my top half of my torso is engulfed in his hug.  Long gone are the days when we gingerly held him and tapped our palms on his back for little belches.  When he was just born his whole torso fit in the palm of my hand or the crook of my neck.  He was incredibly delicate and precious to hold.

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Now I’m being swallowed in his size – it’s as if I can barely comprehend how this happened…When did you become my big boy?

Time is moving too quickly.   Everyone says that, and it’s true.  In my mind I flash forward to his first bike ride, bus to school, kiss, heart ache…

Day by day, inch by inch he will slowly transform into an independent person who will learn to lead his own way in this world.  We’ll be delighted to keep watching him and showing him everything we can so he can shape his own idea of what his new shiney world will look like.

I can only hope he will still love hugs and cuddles for a little while longer.

Emperor Gum Moth

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Long Weekend – Eneabba & Greenhead

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 This weekend I traveled North to Eneabba to spend the long weekend with Brian and Tessa on the farm.  We headed to the coast our first few days to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere to beach always brings  During this time, we socialised for a few nights, enjoyed the local art scene and also got to witness the rare blood moon.  Tessie (our dog) warmly greeted us when we returned to the farm and I spent several hours taking her and the 3 other’s into the bush.  It was so nice to enjoy the quiet and company this weekend.

Mike will be headed to Coorow this Thursday to begin a seeding season, which will have him back on farm soil for about three months.  I’m happy that he’ll get a chance to get back onto the land, but also deeply sad that he’ll be away for 3 months (I’m trying not to think about it too much!).  I’m going to either pass my driving test in a few weeks time (fingers and toes crossed) or take a bus to visit him, depending on how I go.

Anyway, this Easter long weekend was really just great.  It would have been made even better if Mike were with us too.

Hoping you all enjoying your breaks too.  What did you get up to?  Did you eat buckets of chocolate?

Found these in the leaves today…

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One Eared Sheep.

Yesterday we drove to Eneabba to take Tessie back to the farm.  Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.43.03 PMThis is Annie.  Two years ago she unfortunately lost her right ear when she was attacked by a dog on my watch.  She’s incredibly fertile regardless and has reared 5 lambs since the attack.  Here she’s pictured with her triplets.
Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.43.24 PM Mike giving shy “Lucky” a pet. Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.43.14 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.42.55 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.42.48 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.42.35 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.42.28 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.41.58 PM We were taking Tessie back to her farm spa retreat so she could be with her doggy friends.  Here she is with Chocco, the loveable little guy whom is the apple of her eye.  Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.41.50 PM We also stopped at our old house and said hello to Wuzza, Jobey and Elley.Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.41.42 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.41.32 PM