Tate's milestones


Tate was 10 months old on Monday… I know mind blowing, 10 months already! This child is a whirlwind, he is a speedy crawler and has his mind set on getting into anything that does not look like a toy, he loves cell phones, DVR’s, remote controls and just anything that looks techy?


He still doesn’t like food, I’ve tried puréed foods, whole chunks of food, but nothing takes his fancy… He grabs for anything I may be eating and mimics my chewing actions, but he just doesn’t want to eat anything himself… I’m really not worried it will come eventually, for now he just loves to nurse, and he’s a chunky little monkey so obviously my milk is still good for him!


His new thing this month is his ability to nod his head and say no, he loves doing it and smiles so widely as he is so pleased with himself. He loves to clap hands and he has discovered he can open doors, he is addicted to doors when he can get near them!

After the great start he had with sleeping, he is now at 10 months a very light sleeper, this kid will wake himself right up from a deep sleep at the sound of anything! I can just about manage to get him in his own bed for about 2 to 3 hours per night, then he’s awake, I put him into my bed then I fall asleep with him, not ideal, but I really need my sleep and I’ll get it any way I can!


Being a new parent with both Florrie and Tate has taught me to cherish every precious moment, as a parent of children in their twenties and teens, I can tell you they grow up way too fast, don’t focus on the negatives of parenting little ones, just enjoy each and every positive they bring into your life… Some people don’t know how I can have 8 children, and cope, to that question I will just say, I’ve learnt that life is short and that having 8 children is a blessing in so many ways, it’s crazy, but this is my life and I can honestly say I love them all to the moon and back again!

Now back to my little Tate, Tate… He is all boy and I am totally in love with his cute little smile… I’ve told him that although he loves standing he is not allowed to walk too soon… He’s my baby and I’m not ready to leave this baby stage too soon!



January… Love it or hate it?

I love January 2nd… I Hate January the month, but love this day… Now I don’t want to be a bah humbug type person, but I love that January 2nd, no matter what day of the week it falls on brings back the world to it’s normal place, all the crowds of busy shoppers are gone, the stress the holiday season brings disappears and the world for just one day seems right again!

My thoughts in January focus on two things, hibernation, as I hate the winter months and trying to organize myself for yet another new year that lies ahead! I also try to focus on healthy eating and this year I need to cut out calories and try to lose some of the pregnancy weight gain, so my plan is to take recipes and adjust to healthier low fat ingredients!

Today is the first Sunday of 2015, we are staying in the house today, catching up on some chores and eating… But in alignment with my New Years resolution, I’m cutting the calories in our Sunday dinner… Potato and green bean casserole, steak, for those that love it and slimmed down carrot cake I’m converting it into pumpkin cake as I don’t have any carrots, it’s fine though I love pumpkin anything!


In true January style my head is full of cold, sore throat, stuffy nose… My Mum always says we need the cold weather to kill off all the germs, but for me I just feel to cold weather breeds more germs, we are stuffed up in houses with heat blowing around making us dry, we go from warm houses to freezing cold temperatures all day, then our lack of sunshine leads to depression! January begins a countdown of weeks until we can crack out our sandals and sun lotion!

Happy New Year!