Visit To The Sunshine Coast

Last week Zac, Brett & I went to the Sunny Coast.  It was a trip to introduce the little guy to his Aunty and Uncle – us being nomadic it was way easier for 11198637_10153123751847025_1046845756_nthem to fly us to them rather than come to us.  So we had a busy busy week of playing and adventuring, and I survived two plane trips with two kids solo (#gome)!

11173433_10153123751862025_351483864_nVery excited at the airport (sad to say goodbye to Corey), we did the ‘obligatory’ family selfie before we boarded, and I made sure I took a quick snap of Bretto, being his first flight and all.  I sometimes feel I neglect the little fellow when it comes to snapping him, so I am making a concerted effort to make sure I have lots of photos (second child syndrome).

Flight was great, kids were perfect! Another tick in the travel check box (keep Zac entertained with books/colouring and the promise of timtam fingers from the Hosties – worked a treat).  Breastfed taking off and landing, Brett slept pretty much for the duration of the flight.  Had a lovely G’ma beside me who was off to visit her Grandson, so it was a dream flight!!  Arrived in Brisbane and the weather was magical – check this shot I took  from the window!

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Bretto had a few firsts while we were there, not just a plane trip, but a trip to the beach and a little dip in the ocean.  Of course he loved it, it wasn’t too cold, big smiles all round!  Zac l11208815_10153123751827025_132181490_noved showing him the sand and shells, I don’t want to wish time away, but it will be great when they can run along the beach together!

11118431_10153123751447025_1514828767_nThese shots were taken on Anzac Day at Currimundi Lake, if you are ever on the coast this is a great place to visit.  There are no waves (you can walk over the dunes to the ocean side), so great for little people, and even better that you can walk across to the other side and go adventuring.  Great sand dunes for rolling down too!  We got to see some people landing from their sky dive – they couldn’t of picked a better day!  Great to see lots of families together and using SUPs too – I’ve jotted that down on the old bucket list to give it a go at some point 😉

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We took Zac’s school things with us as well, in between activities we did lots of reading and did all the work he needed to.  We incorporated a lot of other activities into his school, 11173585_10153123751397025_1721508240_nwe visited Mainly Music, Chipmunks (indoor play centre), Sea Life UnderWater World, and did copious amounts of playing and dressing up with his cousins. He mastered a flip on the trampoline too, feeling very proud of himself!11195326_10153123751407025_1580649347_n

Then this happened – Brett is actually 16 weeks old, time is flying by so quickly! I 11208870_10153123751222025_1640171547_nalways get a snap of the boys together to watch them grow, I hope their closeness remains the same as they get older.  Corey didn’t come on this trip so we made sure we sent morning photos!

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After a fabulous week, catching up with friends and family and Zac playing with his cousins from morning to night, it was time to head back to Townsville.  Was great to get away for a little while and enjoy some of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer! It really is a great place, make sure you visit!

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Until our next little adventure – take care x

 

The Blonde Baby Nomad is HERE :)

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Our second little cherub “Brett Corey Stephenson” arrived safely into the world on Tuesday, 6th January 2015!  Zac is thrilled to be a big brother and we are all over the moon with our little addition.

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Thank goodness for family and friends, they have been a constant support network while we have made the transition from ‘3’ to ‘4’.

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Brett is the most amazing little baby, he is very happy and loves being in the car.  His Dr has told me he is thriving, so I’m guessing Mummy and Daddy figured out the baby thing again quite quickly (it really is just like riding a bike).
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I just had to share these gorgeous pictures with you, our amazing photographer is so talented and takes the loveliest photos – check her work out {http://www.vickimillerphotography.com}.

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Waiting for The Blonde BABY Nomad!

Just thought I’d write a quick post! We are currently in Townsville – awaiting the arrival of The Blonde Baby Nomad 🙂 our second child is due on Tuesday, 6th January 2015 – we are waiting waiting waiting! We will be hanging around this area for a few months to get used to life as a family of four before we head across to NT and WA! Please watch this space for our baby news, I’ve got lots of draft blogs about our travels and experiences ready to publish and will do so when I get all sorted! We hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas & New Year and all the best for 2015!

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My Baby Bump {and those comments that make you cringe}

As you may or may not be aware, we are expecting a little addition to our family in January 2015.  On the road, I have been quite well, I mean I do get uncomfortable, get a sore back, have some digestion issues, can be emotional, but overall I am feeling really good.  This lifestyle is allowing me to rest when I need to. I lay down and stretch when I need to, I go for daily walks and I have a lot more time to plan meals, so I am eating healthy as well (well except for over indulging in my #1 craving of chocolate).

What does upset me from time to time though are the comments about how ‘huge’ I am.  On the most part, people are quite positive and whether they are saying the truth or not, they pump you up by saying you look lovely.  Everyone who ever has been pregnant, would have to agree there are times where you just feel like a loaf.  My breaths are shortened, I can run out of steam a lot quicker, and I avoid jumping pillows.  When you are feeling a little down, it seems to be the right moment for people to say things like “wow – you are going to pop soon hey?” – “OMG I had twins and wasn’t as big as you” – “Are you sure there is only one baby in there”.  I’m sure that people don’t say these things maliciously, it is just hard that when you are experiencing one of the most beautiful things that can happen, these comments can play over and over in your head and kind of get to you.

SO – I have decided that I am not going to be upset, I have embraced my pregnancy and the way in which my body has changed.  I don’t care if I have put on weight, or look like a baby albino whale, I am loving being pregnant.  I am going to share with you MY BUMP!  This is not a cry out for compliments, I am simply super proud of what my body is going through and I don’t feel the need to hide it.  My little five year old thinks I’m just beautiful and he loves touching and rubbing my belly.

Not long ago, we caught up with friends, and a few of us girls were discussing just how amazing us women are, our bodies are capable of growing another human being and can go through labour.  It is a pretty amazing thing to do, so I am now focussing more on the ‘I am healthy and super lucky to be carrying a baby’ and letting those comments go by the waist side (sorry for the pun).

So here it is –  my body transforming as I carry a little human inside.  I am going to make a promise to myself that I will not start my answer with “I know I’m huge – but I’m ….. weeks pregnant” – I will now say “I am the proud carrier of a ….. week baby & I feel super lucky”!  Today marks my 28th week of pregnancy so Congrats to me 🙂

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