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    portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year Ethan you are 23 weeks old and you are an absolute joy lately. You’re becoming very cuddly, you’re getting the concept of kisses and smiling more often than crying. It’s amazing. Daddy’s playing you ‘Norweigan Wood’ by the Beatles in this picture. It’s(…)

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  • my worst habit

    Leaving wet towels lying around, hanging things on door handles and running the car until it’s practically on fumes and breaking down becomes an actual possibility. … I’ve got some pretty bad habits. But my worst habit, by far. Mindless scrolling. You know what I’m talking about. Find yourself with two seconds of time where(…)

  • 11 & 12/52

    portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year We’re rolling two into one here wee man. These are you’re photos of 21 and 22 weeks old (aka 5 months!). The transformation in you has been staggering during these two weeks. Honestly, it’s like you’re a real boy and not just a(…)

  • 5 of my favourite podcasts

    I’m in a music funk. It’s been quite a while since I’ve found any new music that blows my face off. Band of Skulls were perhaps the last band I discovered for myself. Which means there is a lot of same-same going on around here on the music front. And being a stay at home(…)

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    portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year Ethan, you are 20 weeks old. We missed your weekly post last week, but Daddy was unexpectedly off work for a couple of days so we just soaked up some family time. We did get a telling off from some folks who missed seeing your(…)

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portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year

Ethan you are 23 weeks old and you are an absolute joy lately. You’re becoming very cuddly, you’re getting the concept of kisses and smiling more often than crying. It’s amazing. Daddy’s playing you ‘Norweigan Wood’ by the Beatles in this picture. It’s your favourite and often the easiest way to get to you to chill out sometimes.

THINGS ROCKING YOUR WORLD

1. Thai green curry.
2. Yelling at the vacuum cleaner. It’s the angriest I’ve ever heard you. It’s hilarious to see you tell this inanimate object ‘what-for’.
3. Once again this week, standing up is just the best sport ever.
4. Crawling in circles, a bit like the hands of a clock. It’s hilarious because you don’t actually go anywhere, but you sure look damn proud at your turning techniques.
5. Sucking your big toe. The minute your foot is free’d from any item of clothing, it goes straight into your mouth.
6. The sponge and flannel in the bath. Basically anything you can suck the bathwater out of.
7. Everyone. You are so happy to be passed around now. It’s amazing to see you exploring other peoples faces.

THINGS NOT CUTTING THE MUSTARD

1. Not feeding you fast enough.

And that’s about it for this week. You’ve been a pretty happy little guy. And long may it last my love.

Naomi (aka Mum)

xoxo

Joining in Jodi’s 52 Project at our own pace.

my worst habit

by rockedbylife.com

Leaving wet towels lying around, hanging things on door handles and running the car until it’s practically on fumes and breaking down becomes an actual possibility.

… I’ve got some pretty bad habits.

But my worst habit, by far. Mindless scrolling.

You know what I’m talking about.

  1. Find yourself with two seconds of time where nothing is demanded of you.
  2. Open up social media feed of choice.
  3. Mindlessly thumb through the ever-scroll.
  4. Stop when you reach something you saw the last time you checked that feed.
  5. Wonder where the last 45 minutes have gone.
  6. Curse yourself for not being more productive.
  7. Repeat.

I’ve only really noticed how bad this habit actually is, now that Gavin has an iPhone. (He’s a late bloomer, only joined the bandwagon from a glorified flip phone this year). It infuriates me to see him spending time on the couch scrolling through his Facebook feed. It’s not a case of vying for his attention, because last night we both sat on our phones doing actual productive things with the fire on and a mug of tea and it was bliss. It’s the knowledge that he’s bleeding time looking at what’s going on in other peoples lives.
Yet I do the very same thing.

It’s like the new channel flicking. Massively annoying to see someone else do it, but an odd, zombie state that everyone finds themselves in with a remote control in hand and a TV to point it at.

And the thing is… I’m not quite sure what to do about it. I’ve heard of people deleting their social media apps, in fact, I know a few who have. But it doesn’t suit me. It feels extreme (Wow, I just said that and want to delete it but I won’t).

So what’s a tech addict to do?
How do I stop mindless scrolling?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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11 & 12/52

Ethan&Gracie

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portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year

We’re rolling two into one here wee man. These are you’re photos of 21 and 22 weeks old (aka 5 months!).
The transformation in you has been staggering during these two weeks. Honestly, it’s like you’re a real boy and not just a The Squishy Wriggler anymore.

THINGS ROCKING YOUR WORLD

1. Standing up. It’s your new favourite thing. And you will take every opportunity to do it. The proud look on your face when you stand surveying what’s around you is the best.
2. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. You love your food. Especially steak. And pear.
3. Daddy saying “Did you do a pumpy nappy? Did you? Did You?”. We’re not sure why, but this gets mega MEGA laughs from you.
4. Tickles from Mummy
5. Being in your Baby Bjorn facing out the way. Major excitement at seeing the world at this level.
6. Bath time. You’ve started shrieking when we turn the water on. In a good way. In an excited way. Your face as you do this is particularly hilarious!
7. Gracie, she was your very first up close doggie encounter and we couldn’t have asked for a better one. She licked your hands, you got really excited and then she licked your face and you got even more excited.

THINGS NOT CUTTING THE MUSTARD

1. Egg. You gagged and threw up and I spent the rest of the evening feeling bad about it.
2. Sleeping in your cot during the day. Pram naps it is then.
3. Sleeping at night… Last night you had me up at 10:30pm, 12am, 1:30am, 2:38am, 3:35am, 4:38am and then you got up for the day at 6:10am. Let these words be forever immortalised as the shit you put me through buddy.

But you know what? When you wake up in the morning, even if it’s only been an hour since I saw you last, your excited eyes and massive smile over a new day are the most incredible way to wake up.

I love you sweetheart.

Naomi (aka Mum)

xoxo

Joining in Jodi’s 52 Project at our own pace.

5 of my favourite podcasts

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I’m in a music funk.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve found any new music that blows my face off. Band of Skulls were perhaps the last band I discovered for myself. Which means there is a lot of same-same going on around here on the music front. And being a stay at home Mum at the moment (quite possibly the first time I’ve called myself a SAHM), I have many hours of silence to fill. I do still listen to music. In fact, I just had myself a solo kitchen dance party to some Queens of the Stone Age whilst putting the dishes away #rocknroll.

But mostly, I’ve been listening to podcasts. Usually on my morning walk with the little man.
7:30am is just not the time for music in my earholes, so this routine suits quite perfectly.
It’s also a pretty great way to get inspired and motivated for the day ahead.

The podcast I listen to depends on my mood that day, but here are a few of my favourites:

Good Life Project
Good for inspiration and awe.

The Lively Show
Good for motivation and determination.

The Joy the Baker Podcast
Good for a giggle and real talk.

You Need a Budget (YNAB)
Good for a making finances interesting (and manageable).

The Wellness Wonderland Radio
Good and wholesome.

I often find myself with an empty podcast playlist though, so I’d love to know…

What are your favourite podcasts?

Love and banana bread,

Naomi
xoxo

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