Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A sunny weekend in Canberra...

Despite being Australia's capital, Canberra is not a place that many tourists (or Australians for that matter) tend to visit. Tom and I have a particular love for the place however, and as a result we've just made our third trip in three years, the most recent being our first as a family of three. We were there for three days and... erm.. ok that's enough with the 'three' theme.

Before I start typing about why we go to Canberra, I thought I'd check if I've blogged about it before... and it turns out I have. Back in 2012 I wrote, 'A weekend in Canberra: Part One'. My apologies if you've been on tenterhooks for Part Two, because it appears I never wrote it... I also didn't blog our 2013 visit, but I'm back in force with a summary of our weekend in Canberra, 2014.

Quick recap on why we repeatedly visit Canberra:
- the Western Bulldogs play one game there each season; and
- it is home to my dear friend Christie...

.. and this year we also went as a 'practice' flight for Sienna before we make the long trip back to the UK in May.

The good news is that Sienna was an absolute angel on the plane. We were in the air for all of 30 minutes. She now just needs to replicate that behaviour for 48 times as a long, and we will be ok for our 24-hour flight to the UK!

It was wonderful for Christie and I to get together with our families. Last April we spent a weekend together in Melbourne and both of us were pregnant - she was 30 weeks and I was still a secretive 10 weeks along. Now she has 8 month old Fred (brother to Eliza, nearly 5), and I have Sienna, nearly 6 months.

We share a love of our babies, a passion for photography, and the pain of sleepless nights. She is a very talented photographer and shot my pregnancy announcement for me (click here for that post). During this trip she did some family photos for us which I will share in due course, and I snapped away throughout the weekend to capture some memories.

Tom and Michael, Christie's husband, did the manly thing and watched the Bulldogs storm to victory. Then they kindly spent Saturday night watching their respective broods so that Christie and I could go out for pizza. It was my first evening away from Sienna, and I was all of two floors away in our hotel restaurant!

Here's some photos from our little mini adventure...

Christie and Eliza meeting Sienna

At the Sunday markets

Chilling out in the hotel room

Christie, Fred and Eliza

Thursday, 3 April 2014

2014 365 Project - March!

I have 21 images to show for March, and some of those are from my iPhone, but nonetheless they are valid 365 images!

Here's what we got up to in March 2014...

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Happy five months to Sienna!

Where has the time gone? I literally cannot believe that Sienna is five months old today. Here are some photographs to mark the occasion (what else?!) and a few little facts that I want to record (for me mostly!)....

At five months, Sienna...

- giggles when tickled or bounced up and down

- puts everything in her mouth

- regularly rolls to her side, but not so frequently from front to back or vice versa

- is starting to learn that sleep is a good thing!

- has outgrown her baby capsule

- sleeps in her own room

- has just doubled her birth weight at 6.1kg

- is making full use of her baby gym, reaching out for the toys and trying to pull them down

- is quite timid and unsure around new people and places

- loves the Jumperoo

Wednesday, 19 March 2014


For every photo that you see, there are at least two dozen discarded outtakes. You thought I posted a lot of pics? Well think about the volumes that I'm sparing you from seeing!

On this occasion, the taking of my daily photo on the day of the Australian Grand Prix, I thought it was worthwhile sharing a few of the outtakes. In this image I provided Sienna with a prop - a chequered flag. I thought she might wave it around and it would look cute... haha, what was I thinking?! Instead she screwed it up with her little fingers and tried to eat it!

My chosen image (first in the series below) was actually the very first image that I shot in the session - before little miss had a chance to do any damage to the flag! I was lucky to catch her looking at me and with at least 80% of her face showing... what followed still makes some funny viewing though :-)

Friday, 14 March 2014

Finding her feet...

My blog posts have become a little bit like buses... none arrive for ages and then three come at once! So here is my third photo post in a week.. Sienna finding her feet!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Dipping her toes in the water...

Yesterday was the Labour Day public holiday here in Victoria, and so we decided to go on a little family outing to the beach once the heat of the day had died down.

We also went on a family outing to the park in the morning, but despite having grand plans for a photo session with Sienna, I left the memory card for my camera at home, so I have nothing to show for that trip!

Sienna has been wheeled up and down the prom on a number of occasions, but this was the first time she felt the sand and the water beneath her feet. I think it's fair to say she was rather ambivalent about the former, and slightly distressed with the cool temperature of the latter!

We had fun photographing the outing anyway...

Monday, 10 March 2014

Lunching with Hugo...

You might recognise this little chap from a few of my 365 project images... Hugo is just a few days older than Sienna and we met his parents at our childbirth education classes at the hospital, when we were just naive aspiring mummies and daddies! Hugo's mum and I have met up a couple of times since our bubs arrived, but yesterday the new dad's were reunited also.

Here's a few photos from the babies playtime as the adults ate lunch!