Ahhh winter... nothing says winter like sick kids... master 5 has been knocked off his feet this last week and what started with a sore throat and ear, turned into a case of the "random vomits".
One night last week he walked to the table for dinner and without any warning or complaints, proceeded to puke all over his plate. Oh the joys - my kids have never been vomiters so I have rarely had the pleasure of cleaning up spew since they were tiny babies.
The next few days were spent in front of the tv, eating practically nothing, quietly, strangely subdued with a once-a-day spew at random times, just to keep us on our toes. I made the most of the sick-cuddles though, they just don't happen as often anymore. And while mostly I yearned for my boy to feel better, a little part of me was relishing being the carer, the nurturer, the one to kiss it all better. These cuddles are the one silver lining to that cloud.
A few days later, we knew he was feeling better when the sibling bickering started again!
Have you escaped the winter bugs at your house?
Emma had been wanting to do a family session for a little while but wasn't sure if her gorgeous and energetic boys would be ready to sit still for it. A pretty normal fear for all of us mums, and having small kids myself, I totally understand!
Our morning was spent at the beautiful Botanic Gardens on Tamborine Mountain, cool breezes and lots of things to do and explore, we kept moving and kept the boys occupied! Here's some of the favourites from the day:
I have discovered, during my time in this parenting gig, that sometimes the smallest effort can bring the sweetest rewards. This week, miss 7 lost another tooth - I've lost track of how many have gone to the Tooth Fairy, but its gotta be at least half a dozen. But this time, she decided that she wanted to write a note to the Tooth Fairy.
Well... that all sounded sweet and cute until it dawned on me that I would have be the one to write a reply! And of course I would have to wait until the dead of night to write it and answer her questions... The tired, stressed mum in me wasn't particularly thrilled by this prospect - but Miss 7 wouldn't be deterred and wrote her little note.
So late the other night, after reading her letter, I grabbed a pink pen, and wrote a reply to her in my best interpretation of fairy-style writing - ... tiny and swirly. I madly googled for some answers (what do other parents say that the Tooth Fairy does with the teeth?) - and stowed it away in the little bag.
And oh my... I could not have anticipated the effect, the magic, the wonder that this small little reply created the next morning. Eyes were wide as she read with excitement, she practically hugged the little note to her chest - a wondrous treasure for her to keep forever! It gave me such a beautiful feeling of warm-fuzzies that I'm so thankful to myself for making that small effort to keep this magic alive for a little while longer.
I don't know much longer we have left before she stops believing... but I'm sure as hell gonna milk it for all its worth, while I still can!
I work so much with young kids that its always slightly daunting when I don't have any little ones to chase after or tell bad "dad-jokes" to! However when your clients are as lovely as Julia and Darren, well it was just a beautiful change of pace and I absolutely loved this session. They wanted relaxed, fun-loving and casual, and that's what I tried to deliver!
Here are some of the favourites from our morning here at Tamborine:
Thanks so much guys for such a beautiful, relaxed session!
Its pretty intense around here at the moment with preparations for Mother's Day well under way. It starts with one of the little ones creeping into my office area and "stealing" my sticky tape. Quickly followed by requests for scissors, brown paper bags and paint, and a hive of activity for the next 20 minutes. This process seems to repeat every couple of days, and I would honestly think this was all seriously cute if I didn't happen to walk into the lounge room half an hour later to find the carnage from all this preparation. Seems they got bored with it and ran outside to play!
Apparently I'm being treated to a Mother's Day puppet show on the big day... although miss 7 was very disappointed to discover that her best friend from school would not be coming to our house to help her present it!
Master 5 is again thrilled with the concept of doing special things for mummy... this week he was given some money to spend at the school Mother's Day stall... he was so excited to spend money all by himself on a gift for me (while I stood a suitable distance away and tried not to watch). After making his big decision and handing over his cash, he came running up to me, holding his gift up to me shouting "Mummy, look what I bought you!" Haha, 5 year olds are terrible at keeping secrets!
Cant wait for the big day :)
I love it when families return for another family portrait session! Its like catching up with old friends and I especially love seeing how much the kids have grown and changed. Jen and Anthony returned for another session recently where I got to meet the newest addition to the family! We had a lovely morning exploring the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens and little Teddy and Tom were too cute!
Here are some of the favourites from this day:
Thank you Mogg family for such a lovely morning!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.