A Village Life

Monday, June 27, 2011

Want Monster

I am not normally a 'want monster' who wants to buy all these material possessions but something caught my eye and now I really want one of these for our upcoming trip to California......
this is from Swanwear on Felt.co.nz
Fifties Fresh

I especially love this one from Anthropologie

or maybe this one would suit my body more

At any rate I am in love with the maillot swimsuit for the upcoming season.  I think it is age appropriate now that I am closing in on 40 and my body has spent 30 months out of the past 5 years being pregnant.  Another 18 months of breastfeeding on top of that.   Time to hand in the bikini for something that covers up a bit more.
What do you think? 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Tui spent her first night alone in her own bedroom on Sunday night.  She did amazingly well.  I on the other hand was a total wreck.  I spent all night with my ears pricked listening for her every sound and movement just in case by some fluke sleeping in there might cause death or something.  No, it doesn't funnily enough.  The main reason I decided to move her out of our room is quite silly really.  This is why.....
A friend of ours gave her these adorable handmade wall letters.  Now that they adorn her bedroom wall I though the room was looking too cute not to be using it!  Good enough reason if you ask me. 
Our dear friends came up from the Waikato where they are dairy farmers.  They brought their 3 girls ages 6 months, 2 years and 3 and a half years old and they spent the weekend with us.  4 adults and 6 little girls under the age of 5.  You can only imagine the fun we had!  There seemed to always be someone breastfeeding, someone taking a nap, someone having a nappy changed and someone throwing a fit. 

Tui is now even more full of smiles and actually giggled at me the other day.  What a joy to hear.
This afternoon might be a totally different story.  We are off to have her 6 week immunization shots.  My heart is already breaking up.  It is worse for me than for her.  I said to Pete that he has never had to take any of the kids to get their shots and how lucky he is.  It is agonizing watching them but it has to be done.  At the same time Rita will be getting her before school check.  My oh my how time flies.  It seems like just yesterday she was the little 6 week old getting her shots!.
And as for Gigi well.....

She can just keep entertaining us as usual. 
Now as for this post baby body.  Anyone have any advice on melting 5 kg of fat off my body?  I went out running as I have been trying to do and I was horrified feeling the jiggle wiggle with each step I took.  Honestly it was gross.  I am not one to bypass food so I guess hitting the pavement will be the only way to get back to normal.  Whatever that is.  I guess normal now is droopy, stretched and unable to hold the pee in my bladder.

Friday, June 10, 2011

my 3 little chickadees

dad multitasking: laundry and baby duty all in one
How's it all going you might ask?  Well, it's bloody hard work with 3 kids.  I call it a success if we make it through the day just doing the basics: laundry, tidying up, nappies changed and snacks made, dinner prepared; you get the picture.  If I manage a 30 minute jog and a peaceful hot shower, it is deemed hugely successful and productive.  At the same time as wanting all of this to hurry up and get easier, I find myself cherishing every moment with my newborn.  I actually savour it in slow motion because I know I will never go through it again.  At night when I feed Tui, I stare in amazement at this little bundle who is wholly dependent on me.  As my toddler screams and asserts herself and drives us all crazy I try to give her all of my attention and eat up this adorable 2 year old stage of learning to talk and communicate.  Gigi tries to get herself dressed and undressed, she has definite ideas of what she will and won't eat, what shoes she will wear (only the pink hello kitty crocs) and which cup she wants to drink out of.  She has to speak loudly if she wants our attention as we read books and do puzzles with the 4 and a half year old and spend hours and hours feeding and changing the newborn each day.  It's hard work being the middle kid.  Even more so when you can't quite talk yet.  But everyday Gigi has new words and I don't want to miss a moment of her changing from a babyish toddler to a little girl.  Rita will be off to school in 6 months and I can't believe how much she is growing and changing.  We expect more from her as the oldest and sometimes the poor thing just wants a cuddle and a kiss instead of having to help us tend to the younger ones.  We have overheard her playing mums and dads and saying that she'll be the baby.
How can we possibly split our attention equally?  It will get easier, won't it?  And then before you know it we will have 3 teenager girls to deal with!  For now I want to take it all in and cherish this moment that will soon be a distant memory.