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Week 4. Almost a whole week late. I suddenly find myself with less time to blog. I wonder why *G*. This week's photo cracks me up. Evie is a ninja... hiiiiiiiiiiiiya!
Evie: Week 4

I survived my first week at home alone with Evie. I even managed to have a shower and get dressed before midday each day. Yay me! Of course, I had good mornings and bad mornings and good days and bad days. When you leave the hospital the midwives give you the advice that your baby will probably have one unsettled period a day and one unsettled day a week. It's advice that's helped us through the days when nothing seems to settle Evie. This week on one unsettled day I ended up handing her over to Mum so she could have a go.

One of the funny blogs I regularly read is STFUParents. It's a website which names and shames those parents who overshare on Facebook and Twitter. Parents who post things like pictures of their placenta or their kid's poo. It's hilarious in a disgusting kind of way. I never used to understand these people and vowed that I would never become an STFUParent when I had kids.

However, now that I'm a parent I can kind of understand why this happens. I spend my whole day with Evie and I don't have any adults to talk to during the day. This parenting thing is new and exciting to me. Things happen during the day and I find myself wanting to tell someone about them. So I understand why some parents choose to (over)share on Facebook. Luckily, I have Andrew on Gtalk during the day so I can share any Evie stories with him, someone who is genuinely interested.

Of course, just because I'm not going to overshare doesn't mean I'm not going to post 5 million photos of Evie on this blog. Here are couple of this week's favourites.

Here is Evie doing her Superman pose.

And a photo of Evie sleeping. She is getting so chubby.

jess - 18th Jun 2011, 18:23 tags: evie kids growing_evie


Well! Colour us all surprised. The newest Bell baby is a little girl! After Oscar and Leo, we were expecting a boy so we were amazed when the newest Bell turned out to be a tiny little girl. Audrey was born on Sunday 5th June at 2:25pm. She was 48cm long and weighed a tiny 2.8 kg / 6 pounds (and Annie had thought she was going to be a whopper too!) Audrey is very different to her brothers. Both Oscar and Leo were fair when they were born, whereas Audrey has a head of dark hair.
Mum, Dad and Audrey Audrey Elizabeth Meg Dad and Audrey

We went to visit the newest Bell (and Annie and Richie) last night in the hospital. I can't get over how tiny Audrey looks. Evie looks huge compared to her and Evie is only 3 weeks old. Evie slept through the visit but I'm sure she is very excited to have a girl cousin to hang out with. I hope the two are going to be best of friends. Annie and I are looking forward to ballet lessons, Barbies and playing dress ups. Although, with names like Evelyn and Audrey I bet they turn into two tree-climbing, soccer-playing tomboys.
Evie and Audrey

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 7th Jun 2011, 12:32 tags: kids audrey new_bubba


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


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

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

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


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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