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Joshi asleep on mum’s dressing gown I’m still in shock – Joshi (who’s 15 months old now) slept 7 hours in a row for the first time ever.  It’s probably coincidental, but that same day I started Dr Sears “Baby Sleep Book,”(affiliate link) and decided to implement some of his toddlers sleep tips. Since then our evenings have quite a different feel to them. Usually we’d do a huge evening clean-up until Joshi shows tired signs, and then take him out for...

I can’t tell you how often I’ve been asked this question in the last 14 months.  There’ve even been times when meeting another mum for the first time she’s skipped the ‘hi, what’s your name and how old’s your baby” stuff and gone straight for the big question.  What everyone’s really asking is, “Does your little darling sleep through the night?”   Joshi’s almost 15 months and ever since he was born he’s...

Joshi Running Bare When Joshi first started walking I was in no hurry to get him shoes.  It felt right to be ensuring that he got 3 months of running around totally barefoot, mostly on the grass and down at the beach. So three months passed before I went shoe shopping.  Somehow, when he reached 14 months the need for protective shoes seemed to get a little urgent because suddenly he was running everywhere, including over some really rough surfaces. After a few weeks of procrastination...

Vivid enough for a toddler? I think we must’ve temporarily lost our minds because we decided to go with Joshi to the Sydney light show (Vivid) this week. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s a massive light show projected onto Sydney’s landmark buildings. After a few nights of deliberating around whether or not to go we decided we would, just to be done with it and move past the procrastination.  Yes, a ridiculous reason to venture out into the cold with...

Since Joshi was a few months old we’ve been to a few Steiner playgroup sessions. Unfortunately we’ve missed so many of them because either he or both of us have been asleep or something else has made it impossible for us to leave on time. You can’t rush a six month old on the potty you know. They’re in the present moment and you can’t hurry poofection. Anyway, the ones we’ve made it to have been great. It’s not just about the kids having...

Joshi’s first sighting of a big plane The night before we flew out on our first ever family holiday I looked up ‘travelling with a toddler’ in one of those baby books I’ve still not read.   The first thing it said is that if you’re planning on going on holiday with your toddler “either you have temporarily lost your mind or you don’t have a choice.”  It was easy enough not to take the author’s opinion on board because this...

She’s got him! Now to hold onto him for the Kodak moment. I remember many years ago when I went backpacking, how all us backpackers would take photographs of the beautiful Asian children. I especially remember the children in Laos. They were always smiling and waving. Sometimes we would ask first before taking those photographs, but most of the time we’d just snap away as if we were at Disneyland. A couple of weeks ago in Bali, I got to experience it from the other...

I booked our Bali holiday accommodation when Joshi was 5 months old. At the time I wasn’t assuming that he’d be walking by the time he was 1 yr old.  Had I’d known at the time that he would be, I may have spent some time looking for a more toddler-friendly place to stay. Does such a place really exist? Toddler friendly doesn’t just mean that the staff are friendly to your toddler. The whole environment needs to be conducive to you being able to at least...

Smiling despite the chaos! I’ve always loved a neat and tidy home. Now I wonder if I’ll ever have one again.   I know I will, but for now our apartment feels as though everything’s completely upside-down most of the time. On Sunday Joshi turned 1. When he was 5 months old he started cruising (walking around while taking support of the furniture). And then last month he finally let go of the furniture and started walking, hands free! Now he’s all over...

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