the rambles of a family of five in Australia

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One month on…

Napping in the rocking swing

Our little blossom girl is now one month old and unfurling like the petals of the flower she was named for.

Daddy’s little surfer girl

She has a mass of silver-blonde gently curling hair; big blue eyes; long fingers; slender feet; chubby little thighs and an almost-smiling mouth. Rather than resembling either of her parents to a recognisable degree, in our humble opinion she is the female version of her brother.

E asks to ‘cuddle Suzy’ at least 10 times a day – this one was supervised by Daddy!

Suzannah loves to have a bath, with none of the heart-wrenching screaming that characterised Ewan’s first forays into the water. Indeed, she loves the water so much that we’ve ditched the baby bath in favour of her sharing E’s night-time bath shenanigans. She is at her most serene then and loves to look up into Ewan’s face as he talks her through what is happening.

E loves to talk to Suzy – when she cries he says to her “It’s ok, Suzy” which is something Mummy says a lot!

At night she sleeps in her cot, inside the Phil & Ted’s cocoon that we’ve been lent by a friend. It is small, snug and one of her favourite sleeping spots.

Asleep upstairs on Mummy & Daddy’s bed – quilt courtesy of Aunty Ann.

During the day she mostly sleeps in the rocking swing downstairs, or on Mummy & Daddy’s bed upstairs or in her cot – wherever the commotion is at its height and she can be assured of a constant stream of noise. Yesterday afternoon she even managed an hour’s kip in a basket full of washing on the kitchen floor, while E rode his scuttlebug madly around the kitchen table, and H prepared dinner.

Napping while wearing a lovely Bonds outfit from Gma and Gpa.

She likes going to church – usually waking halfway through the sermon – and is fussed over by all the ladies, girls and some of the smaller boys. Last Sunday the girls had a watch out to time each other so that no one had too long a hold without sharing Suzy around – she slept through all the passing around and went right back to sleep for the car ride home.

Asleep in the car seat, covered by a very stylish wrap from Aunty Bron and Uncle Steve.

We are experiencing the first bout of sickness of two children at once – both having come down with a streaming cold at the same time. The delights of getting one child off to sleep and then having the other wake up with a temperature and the need for settling in the middle of the night are now being made clear to us!

Cuddles at Monday morning Bible Study – wearing her first dress ever
(from the lovely Lucy)

H has had a bout of mastitis (which thankfully is being treated with antibiotics) – Praise God for Welsh male GPs who are willing to dispense antibiotics without a letter from the Pope/Queen/NHS governing body first!

Fun in Sydney & Nannie’s garden now that spring is here

Mmmm, gingerbread for afternoon tea!

Not so much enjoying as enduring time on the play mat, wearing another cute Bonds outfit!

We feel that although continuous hours of sleep in a row are lacking, we have survived the first four weeks more easily than we had thought possible – thanks to the prayers of family & friends, and the loads of people from church and the estate who have made meals for us; given advice; listened to our concerns; minded E; and generally been incredibly loving and supportive. Thank you all!

Mummy and Daughter, whilst Son was at Preschool and Daddy was at work!

Family time on the couch – E patting Suzy’s back to ‘help her feel better’. (For the first two weeks E referred to Suzy as a ‘him’!)
Two’s company…but three is better!


Suzannah Rose

It’s one week ago today since we welcomed little Suzannah Rose into our hearts and lives.
She was born at 5:27am on Easter Sunday (24 April 2011) at Northampton General Hospital. H was in labour from 9:30pm on the Saturday, and we arrived at the hospital at 4am.
H and S were in hospital until Tuesday evening, when the all-clear was given and we were checked out into the loving and enthusiastic care of R and E.

All in all it has been as people say, much easier the second time around.

We are currently trying to adjust little Suzy’s body clock to a more civilised arrangement, with some success over the past two nights. She feeds, wakes and sleeps with regularity – except for her preferred wake-snack-and-multiple-nappy-changing-fun-with-mum at 3am…

She is adored by big brother E, who keeps tabs on her whereabouts and likes to keep Mummy up to the mark with what should be happening next. He is fascinated by the idea of breast-feeding and keen that Suzy should never go hungry. (He’s not convinced that she secretly wouldn’t like to try his cheerios…)

We have been for a couple of walks on the estate this week, to get out into the sunshine and make the most of what might conceivably be summer here, and one trip out as a family to drop E off to his first day of nursery school – which he loved.

R goes back to work on Tuesday (Praise God for Monday Bank Holiday, and the Royal Wedding!) on a slightly limited programme until H gets her head around a morning routine for two little poppets instead of one.

We aren’t eating as much chocolate as we are led to believe people do with two kids, and have managed to eat vegies with every meal so far – so we feel as though we are coping pretty well! Perhaps this is the calm before the storm, or the lulling into complacency before chaos descends…who knows?

All we know is that our Heavenly Father has once again been generous, gracious and patient with us – providing the best of medical care for H and S; providing generous friends and church family members to love and look after us; giving us the ability to love each other through the midst of tiredness, and granting E a loving heart for his new little sister. God’s mercies really are new every morning – Great is His faithfulness!