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Dear Theo,

Once upon a time, you were this small. You were so sweet and small that we could fit your hand inside our own. I love your hands so much, they may just be my favourite Theo feature. There is something so small and strong about them. Your fingers are chubby and often clenched tight into your palms. Your knuckles are dimpled. Your palms are warm and soft. At night I like to sneak my finger in your clenched fist and sleep with your hand holding mine, this is one of my happiest times of day. When you are deep asleep your hands relax and fingers outstretch. When you’re awake your hands are busy, grabbing at me, grabbing at toys, being gnawed to soothe your sore gums. You are learning to grasp things, hand outstretched and struggling to open and close as you’d like it to. I see your frustration as you try and coordinate you hands to do what you’d like.  You have developed a steel like grasp reserved for nursing and you clench my shirt or singlet strap, refusing to let go until you’ve had your feed. Your hands reach for your sister whenever she passes and you smile when her hands cup your own. When no one is there to hold your hand, your hands find each other and you sit smiling holding your own hands together. I cannot help but smile. I love you.

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spot

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In my effort to document Theo’s baby features I bring you his adorable elbow folds and his Mongolian spot . Theo also has one (bigger and less circular) on his bum (as does Peach). Thankfully I was told early on that these were Mongolian spots when I had Priya – I’d been wondering for a few weeks why her bruising from birth was not fading. Given I hadn’t had much experience with Asian babies, I had no idea that this was normal and would eventually fade. In fact, it seems not many (Caucasian) people know about Mongolian spots. Even our doctor at one of Priya’s early visits gave me a long and accusing look when he said “and what happened here!?!” as if the large blue spot was a result of an epic whack to the bum. I know they’ll fade in a few years and until then, I hope not too many people think that we beat our kids.

  1. gravatar for trista trista

    i am so guilty of googling “newborn baby bruise” my daughter has a mongolian spot too and i was so worried!! i had no idea that it was just a birthmark. it has faded away so much. it must be dad’s fault ;]

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      @trista, Haha! Yes, I thought it was a bruise first too. I have no idea who told me first it wasn’t but I was very thankful!

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  2. gravatar for Jewel Jewel

    Isaiah has a big one on his bottom! Glad I didn’t have a doctor, cause they probably would have told me the same as yours.

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  3. gravatar for Charlotte Reeves Charlotte Reeves

    This is such a gorgeous photo, I love the tones and softness. Really interesting about the Mongolian spots too, never knew that! My first thought was bruise too!

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      @Charlotte Reeves, Thank you so much Charlotte, that’s a huge compliment as this is a new present I made today in lightroom! It’s the first present I’ve made myself :)
      It means a lot that you thought it was nice.

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a confession

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Our big baby.

Just when I start to think I might not be the worst mother in existence, I pull back Priya’s lip to find staining on her top two teeth! Staining! ON HER TEETH! I immediately want to put her lip back down and pretend it never happened – that I didn’t see those spots telling me that I have failed big time.

CRAP.

After I confessed what I’d found to Errol, he and I gave each other long hard looks and finally Errol said “let’s not tell anyone about this”. I agreed (but in my head said “this is going in the 365”). Despite the fact that I am utterly ashamed that I let my NOT YET TWO year old daughter get the first signs of tooth decay, I feel like I need to document it here as a part our journey in parenting.

I feel a long rambling explanation coming on, but the essence is “I am sorry Priya for wrecking your teeth”.

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  1. gravatar for Karen T Karen T

    Fark. Ruby has a bottle of rice and almond milk with her supplements in it every night at bedtime. :/
    Better start a new routine of brushing post bottle!

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  2. gravatar for Karen Davis Karen Davis

    Hi, I only just found your blog today and have been reading back the older posts. Hope you don’t mind I have commented twice in one day I read this post however with great interest as I just finished reading an article on flouride staining up to 80% of urban children’s teeth, the staing is cosmetic and due to fluoride in water. So maybe this is the cause of Peach’s staining. However I am just paraphasing the article.
    You seem to be such a wonderful mother and write about motherhood in such a joyfull way.

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      @Karen Davis, Of course I don’t mind that you’ve commented twice! We love getting comments so quite the opposite really, we’re very happy!

      That’s an interesting point about the fluoride in the water, thanks for that info. I will do some reading on it. I am quite concerned about the fluoride in our water (and amazed that Brisbane would only just START using water fluoridation now when most places our realising that’s it’s ineffective and a poison) though and would really like to get a filter that removes it.

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  3. gravatar for trista trista

    oops i missed that you guys switched her over to water. sorry! either way check out the forum, it also has tips on healing cavities!

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      @trista, Yes, it was ricemilk for a few months :( Thanks for the links. I’ve never heard of healing cavities so I am intrigued. I will go and check it out. Thank you!

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  4. gravatar for naomi clutterbang naomi clutterbang

    @Georgia, Wow, there was no sugar in that particular comment of mine at all, but some mums get all the luck.. XD

    Che is great. We have bought Fin a Che Guavara silhouette shirt with the words I have no idea who this is.

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    @naomi clutterbang, I am sorry you have to fight with the pump. I am one of those mums that get it easy. You have my respect for keeping up with it when it’s tough!

    I love the name Che, makes me happy whenever I see it!

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  6. gravatar for naomi clutterbang naomi clutterbang

    @naomi clutterbang, Just wanna point out by military mother I mean of full timers. They can have such a fxxked up mentality &don’t even try politicial discussion.

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my companion

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Today at the library while Priya played happily with Lego, Theo and I laid down on the oversized and unusually comfy pillows and read a novel together. He’s such a sweet companion happily cooing over ‘eat, pray, love’ as I read aloud.

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her first rainbow

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This morning we went on a bit of an adventure. Errol has been taking the car to work and determined not to be housebound, we walked to our local library. Though it is only at the other end of our road it goes to the next suburb over, as the road is rather long. It took us an hour to walk there and we were rather annoyed to find the library didn’t open for another hour! I was busting to go to the toilet, it had just started to drizzle and there was nowhere for us to go. Feeling really frustrated, we wandered around wondering how to fill an hour when we found a little park. I was cursing our luck when suddenly this amazing rainbow appeared and I had to smile. I tried my best to get a better photo of Priya and the rainbow but she kept spinning around and saying “MY BANEBOW!”.

  1. gravatar for robin robin

    I LOVE RAINBOWS! way to go priya. also, i’m totes obsessed with rainbows. so when we saw a double rainbow on our wedding day? well i decided to take it as a sign that i had in fact made the best choice possible :)

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      @robin, Yes, you DID make a good choice :) a very good choice. Also WHERE ARE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS!??!

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        @Georgia, we dont really have wedding photos. we got married at a cheesy chapel and went to greek town for dinner. we have a picture on our fridge of ray and i eating cake. the few pics that we have are probably on our external HD.

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      @Rebecka, Thanks Rebecka. We were lucky to happen across a rainbow :) Too bad Peach was not playing the posing game!

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