A busy week around the traps here which peaked with the return of Daddy on Tuesday night. The house just feels calmer and more collected when Jack is around. I also pull my finger out and do crazy shit like plan meals and cook real food!
Here are a few things in my life this week that I am feeling a lot of love for (besides my husband).
- Swimming lessons
When we moved back to Brisbane in February, I was determined to start filling up Ari’s weeks with social things and swimming was one. Ari had not been in swimming lessons for about 6 months and prior to that swimming lessons were all just about chasing floating ducks and singing ‘Twinkle little star’ while floating on their back. I was always there beside him. Bobbing around in random children’s wee. When I called to book his new class I was told on the phone that as he was now a two year old his lessons wouldn’t require me in the water too. My first thought was ‘yeah right, this is going to go well!’ My second was ‘HELL YEAH!’ I love swimming lessons now, sitting back watching the kids go nuts while learning. I am amazed each week about how good the kids are at swimming for their age and also how good the teacher is at keeping them all in check!
I especially love swimming lessons now as we seem to be through a stage where Ari was so relaxed with his surrounding he pooed in every session. Every. Single. One.
I have a major crush on Zoe Foster Blake. I want to be her pal. I once wrote a pros and cons list about moving to Victoria which listed being able to read a hard copy of Sunday Style magazine, in which Zoe’s column features weekly, very high on my pros list (side note: we are not moving to Victoria). Reading this interview from The Grace Tales this week made me love Zoe even more. Her honesty is heart warming and I found it to be such a good read, especially for new Mums out there. Check out the interview and beautiful pics by Julie Adams here.
- Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
It takes me a bit to finish a book. Even if I love the guts out of it, I am not a person that can sit all day or stay awake all night consumed in a novel. I started reading Big Little Lies for BabyMac‘s Book Club but didn’t finish it in time so therefore couldn’t participate in any of the book clubbiness unless I was going to inflict massive spoilers on myself. I’m still not quite finished but have under 100 pages to go and it is really meaty now. It’s nearly like I can’t put it down, but I can, I always can. Give me a couple of days and it will be complete and passed onto my Mum.
Liane Moriarty’s book Three Wishes is one of my all time favourites. If you are looking for a good book that is easy to read but with a bit of substance I thoroughly recommend either one.
- My new rocker for the nursery
Going with round two on the baby front you kind of know what you need and what you don’t and what you would really like this time around. A sturdy rocker with arm rests that you can quietly get in and out of was on my list. I have one already that ticks all the boxes with bonus sentimental value but it is so creaky and noisy you wake up Mrs. Reynolds down the road after your 4am feed. This baby was my pick. I did have concerns about cheap, mass-produced replicas but this Replica Eames RAR Rocker I picked up on sale at Matt Blatt for just over $100 (including delivery! So cheap) is great quality and very pleasing on the eye. All I need is a cozy throw and I am set. Currently it’s taking up residence in my son’s room (hence the sheriff’s badge cushion) until we do the whole nursery set up and also so I can sit beside him at bedtime instead of crawling in and out of bed with a growing bump.
You can pick up a rocker for yourself here.
What should I read next once I finally finish Big Little Lies?
What has been rocking your socks off this week?