Wordless Wednesday ~ Santa!

The thing I love most about Santa photos, is having a record of how much Milla has grown over the previous twelve months.

Milla had her very first Santa photo at two months old, however seeing as she was born two months premature, she was still teeny tiny, (2.6kgs, to be exact) and slept through the whole thing. I love this Santa, as he was obviously the real deal, not one of those poorly disguised ‘helper’ Santas…

The following year, she was not quite as relaxed…

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Last year, I got to sit on Santa’s lap… (not awkward at all!!)

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This year is my favourite Santa photo. We visited a special ‘Sensitive Santa’, especially for autistic children. It was in the morning, before the shops opened, so nice and quiet, with no lining up. We had a 20 minute booking, so Milla could explore the environment, and try and warm up to Santa. Unfortunately Milla was not keen on Santa AT ALL, so he had to make a sneaky appearance in our photo…

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 Merry Christmas!

Thank you for all the support throughout 2013. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday period, however you choose to celebrate and I will ‘see’ you again in 2014.

Jane xx

I Jumped! ~ Wordless Wednesday

As you may remember, I have been raising money for the organisation Support for Mums, asking people to sponsor me to jump out of a plane, 14,000 feet in the air and hurtle back down to earth.

Well, Saturday the 30th was the big day! Strangely I had been quite calm in the lead up to the jump, I actually think my husband was more nervous than I was.

That is, until I started getting strapped into my harness… HOLY CRAP, WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING???

I think the tears started welling at about the 7,000 feet mark… then, at 14,000 feet, that little door opened, and people started disappearing out of it… I confess, I have NEVER been that terrified in my life. There was no backing out now though, and out I went!

I can’t even explain how I felt… it was the most terrifying, crazy, surreal thing I have ever experienced. I think the video and photos sum up my emotions pretty accurately (and yes, I screamed the entire free fall, at 200kmph)

My Sky Dive video ~ Via YouTube

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Did I enjoy it? Uum, not really! Truthfully, I was just so, so scared! Unfortunately my tandem partner wasn’t the greatest, and didn’t do much  anything to put me at ease, which was a real shame. When my husband hugged me after I landed, he could still feel my body shaking from fear!

Do I regret it? HELL NO. Aside from it being a once in a life time, bucket-list kind of experience, I am so proud to say, that to date, I have raised $1140 for Support for Mums!!

Would I do it again? Err..no thank you.

So I really want to make this count! My fundraisng page is open for another few weeks, so if you would like to donate a few dollars, and boost up my final donation to Support For Mums, that would be fabulous. You can donate HERE.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ My Ballerina.

Milla had her first ballet class on Monday, and she absolutely loved it! Possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. (Apologies for the poor quality photos, it was Dad trying to catch the action on my iPhone!)

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Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys and Twinkle In The Eye for Wordless Wednesday.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Autumn on the Peninsula.

I am so sad to see the end of Summer and beach days, but I must admit, Autumn on the Peninsula is just gorgeous. These photos were taken at Seawinds Gardens at Aurthus Seat on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys and Twinkle in the Eye for Wordless Wednesday.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Baker IDI Cruden Farm Open Garden and Family Day

On Sunday, my family and I were invited to Cruden Farm Open Garden and Family Day. The day was a fundraiser for Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, a cause very close to my heart, as I was diagnosed with Insulin Dependant Diabetes when I was nine years old.

Cruden Farm, owned by the late Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, is absolutely stunning, from the old buildings and stables, to the magnificent gardens. You can find more information about the grounds, and its history here.

Unfortunately the weather was pretty poor on Sunday, (can you believe, right after our heat wave!) however we still managed to enjoy exploring in between rain showers. Milla particularly enjoyed the animal nursery, and actually had the courage to pat some of the animals, for the first time! (usually we can’t even get her to go in)

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If you would like to know more information about Baker IDI, or how you can donate to fund research into Diabetes and Heart Disease, you can visit their website at www.bakeridi.edu.au .

Wordless Wednesday ~The Girl We Call Moo.

Lately I have felt like my blog has been a bit depressing and negative. So today I thought I’d show you another side of my daughter Milla, who we affectionately call Moo or Mooie.

So far you know Milla was born two months premature, and that she has been recently diagnosed with autism. She is so much more than that. My daughter is honestly the quirkiest and funniest little person I have ever met, and even on our worst days, she manages to make me laugh at least once. I hope her antics can bring a smile to your face too.

 

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Busted.

 

I don't want to alarm anyone, but I think Milla may be planning to rob a bank...
I don’t want to alarm anyone, but I think Milla may be planning to rob a bank…

 

Fairy wings? Check. Box as a boot? Check. We're good to go.
Fairy wings? Check. Box as a boot? Check. We’re good to go.

Just hanging out in her room, listening to music, sitting in a dolls pram and trying on dress ups. As you do.
Just hanging out in her room, listening to music, sitting in a dolls pram and trying on dress ups. As you do.

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Fairy dress with a Milla twist.
Fairy dress with a Milla twist.

 

Just chillin' with my pig.
Just chillin’ with my pig.

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I can totally still fit it my block basket.

Linking up with Twinkle in the Eye and My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.

Wordless Wednesday ~ My baby turns two.

Today my gorgeous girl turns two years old. Sometimes it is hard to believe that she was ever that teeny tiny little prem baby, she has come so far in two years. We are so proud of her, and love her to the moon and back xx

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Wordless Wednesday ~ The Little Girl That Could.

Originally this post was going to about my daughter, her developmental delays, and the fact that our paediatrician wants her to be assessed for autism.

The trouble is, I don’t know what to write. I don’t know how I feel. Some days I’m convinced that nothing is wrong, other days I’m certain the paediatrician is right. We are seeing a speech pathologist next week, maybe that will provide more clarity. Maybe after that, I can succinctly describe my thoughts, my feelings.

For today though, I just want to share what an amazing little girl my daughter is, and how far she has come after her unexpected entrance into the world at 32 weeks. No matter what the future brings, I know she will always remain the strongest, smartest, funniest, cheekiest, cutest girl in the world to me.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Winter on the Peninsula

I really hate Winter. I hate the cold, I hate the rain, I hate dark afternoons.

12 months ago, my family and I, on a complete whim really, packed up our little unit in suburbia and made the sea change to the Peninsula. You can see the ocean from the top of our road. The beach has always been my ‘happy place’, and this is where I spent the first day of Winter this year.

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Living the dream.

Wordless Wednesday ~ 6 Months

On Saturday, the 26th of May, it will be my 6th month wedding anniversary. For my first link up with My Little Drummer Boys Wordless Wednesday, I thought I’d share a trip down memory lane, with some of my favorite photos of my best friend and I.

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Ah, young love! Ok, so I was 29, THAT’S STILL YOUNG!!
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New Years Eve 2009.
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A week after we found out I was pregnant, trying to hide it from everyone at a party.
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11 weeks pregnant, still trying to hide it. (I fooled no-one!)
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A weekend away, 2 weeks before the surprise arrival of Miss Milla.
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One of the first family pictures, taken in Newborn Intensive Care.
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Our first Christmas, as a family.
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Reading our vows.
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The two greatest loves of my life.

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

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