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Evie: Week 3

Hello week 3! Our skinny, wrinkly baby is starting to put on weight. She has a double chin and a fat little pot belly. I call her my little fattyboombah and Andrew says that I'm mean.

We were warned that this week Evie would stop being a sleepy newborn and become more alert. They were right; our sleeping angel has disappeared. We now have unsettled periods when Evie cries inconsolably and we try to figure out why. When this happens we run through the solutions that have worked before (change nappy, boobies, plug the hole with a dummy, cuddle) and hope that one of them works again. So far so good, although sometimes it takes a few attempts.

This week marks my first week home alone with Evie. I've been really lucky so far. Andrew was home for the first two weeks. Last week, Grandma Anne stayed with us and Andrew was home sick for two days. It was lovely having extra pairs of hands. It meant that I managed to have a shower and a nap each day. Heaven! I'll let you know how I manage this week.

It's funny how there seems to be a script for life. When I was pregnant people would always ask the same questions and offer the same comments. They would ask when the baby was due, if we knew whether the baby was a boy or a girl and then say something about how I hardly looked pregnant at all or how enoooooooooormous I was. Now that Evie is here people like to tell us who she looks like. If it's someone who knows me then they say Evie looks like me and if it's someone who knows Andrew then they say that Evie looks like him.

Here is a baby photo of me for comparison. Look at my fat face! Evie certainly doesn't have that. Photo of Andrew is forthcoming.
Baby Jess

The truth is that Evie looks like both of us. She has bits of both Andrew and Jess. Let's just hope that doesn't include the Wilson nose.

jess - 6th Jun 2011, 14:18 tags: evie kids growing_evie


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Evie is now 2 weeks old. The routine at the moment is eating and sleeping followed by some more eating and sleeping so currently, being a mum is all about sitting on the couch and watching television. So far, I've rewatched the entire series of Big Bang Theory, watched season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance (USA) and now I'm starting on the documentaries. Exciting!
Week 2

Here are some beautiful closeups Andrew took of Evie this week. Gotta capture her beautiful chubby baby features before they disappear forever.
Evie: face
Evie: ears
Yawn
Evie

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 1st Jun 2011, 18:47 tags: evie kids growing_evie


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In my last few weeks of work I continued to trial Sydney's macaron offerings. I decided to promote MakMak to the top of the list after reading about them on Jenius.com.au. MakMak are a small, macaron only business who supply macarons to selected cafes around Sydney as well as delivering them to customers for only $25 per dozen. I organised a lunch date with Caitlin and Andrew, my macaron partners in crime, at City Westfield foodcourt in order to taste and review MakMak's offerings. You can buy MakMak macarons from Via Del Corso in the food court.

MakMak fit into the Adriano Zumbo school of flavours rather than the traditional Ladurée flavours. That is, they have wacky out there flavours rather than your vanillas and chocolates. On our visit we tried strawberry shortcake, pavlova, gianduja and peppermint macarons.
Macarons: MakMak

So, what was the verdict? The pavlova had a surprise hit of passionfruit and mango jam inside but tasted more of coconut than meringue. The gianduja is a combination of Belgian dark chocolate, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and peanuts. In other words, it was rich and over the top. The other flavours peppermint and strawberry shortcake weren't anything special. So at $3.50 a pop the macarons from MakMak didn't really do it for me. Granted, I didn't try the salted caramel which may have been more to my tastes.
Macarons: MakMak

I won't give up entirely on MakMak. Their macaron menu changes with the seasons so I know I'll be tempted to give the next lot a try. And they deliver! I might not be able to resist a dozen macarons delivered for a special occassion.

Caitlin has also posted about our MakMak visit on her blog, Roaming Tales

jess - 30th May 2011, 16:29 tags: macaron explore_sydney


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Evie is going to be possibly the most photographed child ever. Enjoy!
Week 1

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

Photo inspiration from www.younghouselove.com

jess - 27th May 2011, 16:55 tags: evie kids growing_evie


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So if you haven't seen me for a bit, you might not have known that I was pregnant. We weren't actively telling people about our pregnancy as we didn't want to count our chucken before she hatched. We actually didn't announce it to our family and close friends until we hit 20 weeks. But just because we haven't been broadcasting it to the world doesn't mean that we haven't been recording our journey. Here are the bump photos from 17 weeks pregnant, when we were still hiding it until week 37, the week before Evie arrived into our lives.


Week 17: Hiding the Bump Week 17 Week 18 Week 20 Week 21 Week 22 Week 23 Week 24 Week 25 Week 26 Week 28 Week 30 Week 31 Week 32 Week 33 Week 34 Week 35 Week 36 Week 37


Week 17: Hiding the Bump Week 17 Week 18 Week 20 Week 21 Week 22 Week 23 Week 24 Week 25 Week 26 Week 28 Week 30 Week 31 Week 32 Week 33 Week 34 Week 35 Week 36 Week 37


More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 24th May 2011, 20:29 tags: evie kids pregnancy bump weekly_pregnancy_photo growing_evie


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