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the rambles of a family of five in Australia

Our life, with Benjamin, the last 8 weeks

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The semi-chaos of the early weeks of bringing a new baby home has resolved itself into somewhat of a discernible routine. Loose, I grant you, but present, which is a great leap forward and a comfort, as we found ourselves tiring at Week 6 from lack of sleep. We always feel that Week 6 is the half-way mark for new-babyhood. Week 12 is where the light at the end of the tunnel becomes dazzling sunshine, perhaps with a view of snow-capped mountain peaks, but Week 6 is still firmly ‘pick-axe over shoulder, trudging through the night towards a pin-prick of light that wavers alarmingly from time to time. Occasionally you glance over at your fellow trudger (in my case, husband Rob) and by the light of a pale and guttering candle, see the lines of exhaustion etched into a face grimy from being at the coal face of parenthood.’ So we are well and truly through Week 6, and these photos show some of the daily/weekly events and visitors who have cheered us on and encouraged us in our weariness. Don’t get me wrong, we do love our children, but the ‘new baby’ part seems to be more tiring each time. And no, I don’t think having three babies in under four years and two international moves had ANY part to play!

R and S, mowing the front lawn, one early evening, just before bath time

 
R and S, mowing the front lawn, one early evening, just before bath time

R & E, mowing the back yard, later the same evening, still before bath time. Can you see how much E wishes he was driving it BY HIMSELF?

R & E, mowing the back yard, later the same evening, still before bath time. Can you see how much E wishes he was driving it BY HIMSELF?

Aunty Natalie, making faces at Suze.

Aunty Natalie, making faces at Suze.

Grand-Nan, meeting Benjamin for the first time, and having some special time with E.

Grand-Nan, meeting Benjamin for the first time, and having some special time with E.

Daddy and B, having an afternoon turn around the room.

Daddy and B, having an afternoon turn around the room.

Big Brother and Little Brother, comparing heights on the play mat.

Big Brother and Little Brother, comparing heights on the play mat.

Three little monkeys, making faces.

Three little monkeys, making faces.

Look how long our babies are!!!

Look how long our babies are!!!

My little rain babies - suited up and ready to play in the mud.

My little rain babies – suited up and ready to play in the mud.

Mummy and B, supervising the mud warriors from the safety of the verandah.

Mummy and B, supervising the mud warriors from the safety of the verandah.

Little B, smiling for Gma.

Little B, smiling for Gma.

Lack of sleep makes us ridiculously smiley...

Lack of sleep makes us ridiculously smiley…

Gma, proud of having rocked little B to sleep. Little B has the contortionist tendencies made so popular by his siblings...

Gma, proud of having rocked little B to sleep. Little B has the contortionist tendencies made so popular by his siblings…

Gma and Little B.

Gma and Little B.

All together

All snuggled up together.

S, licking batter from the cake bowl after we made a batch of gingerbread...

S, licking batter from the cake bowl after we made some raspberry-buttermilk cupcakes… Why is it that my strategy for keeping myself awake when in the new baby stage invariably involves sugar and carbs, and not a quick run?

Play-Doh shenanigans... S: Mum!! I can't get the pizza-handle-cheese-grater-thingy to turn. My Play-Doh pizza will be RUINED!

Play-Doh shenanigans…
S: Mum!! I can’t get the pizza-handle-cheese-grater-thingy to turn. My Play-Doh pizza will be RUINED!   E: My Play-Doh construction is all going rather swimmingly, thank you! Note the teeny tiny Play-Doh bits all over the floor. It was the scene of much hands-and-knees pickeruppering, and a stern telling-off by me. Why oh why do they LOVE rolling little balls of it, every SINGLE time? So much for a quick, clean activity while little B was feeding…

Happy little B, contentedly awake after a long sleep.

Happy little B, contentedly awake after a long sleep.

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