May 2012

In May Penny’s speech started developing in leaps and bounds. She learnt about ‘eyes’, what most people would call sunglasses.
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And the different ways you can wear them
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And the different places that one can wear ‘eyes’
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And how the addition of a pair of ‘eyes’ can really change your look
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But mostly, she wore her ‘eyes’ (my sunglasses) in the car because she hates having the sun in her face
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In May Penny started swimming lessons (again, 1st time she hated it). She goes every week still to the hydrotherapy pool at Katoomba hospital.
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She loves it and has been very enthusiastic since her first lesson.

We discovered that Penny loves climbing our outdoor furniture, who needs play equipment!?
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She discovered dress-ups!
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And we put her to work carrying the shopping back from the local shops
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Her new favourite food was porridge!
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Gran and Pop came for a visit
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And Penny showed a potential to become a stunt-woman
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My belly got bigger!
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And so did number of residents in our house
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The weather started getting much colder
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And we were very excited to experience our first frost!
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Penny became cuter and cuter each dayMay 2012

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We tried to spend as much time outside as possible, enjoying the winter sunshine
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Hanging out with our 5 new chickens was a favourite activityMay 2012

Penny loved sleeping in her big girl bed
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I finally finished Penny’s curtains
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in time for some visitors, my friend Jennifer, who was very well behaved and did as Penny instructed her!
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Penny’s favourite partner in crime, Sierra and her mummy Bron came to stay with us for a night.
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Sierra taught Penny how to say ‘No’ which Penny pronounced at ‘nof’ for several weeks. Penny in return taught Sierra how to do ‘Cheers’ with drinks and food.
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The weather was a bit different from their last visit in January!
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We also had my family come up and visit for a weekend
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And Penny went on her first ride! With Nanna, Opa, Mummy, Daddy and Uncle Jacob there to record this great moment!
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She loved the ride so much we put her on it 3 times.

I made an indoor herb garden (all the herbs are now dead, I am not really a fantastic gardener…)
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Lots of video from May here http://www.flickr.com/photos/jula_julz/sets/72157630481376070/

April 2012

In April I finally graduated!
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I majored in Mental Health, I can now diagnose my father as ‘weird’
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We went on a family holiday to a farmstay in Port Stephens where we spent 2 days relaxing
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We met all the farm animals, I am not sure who was more excited about the animals, Penny or all us grown ups
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And then one afternoon Penny fell over in the muddy duck area, and was distraught.
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And she was rescued by Opa on his bicycle
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It was a lovely weekend!
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In April we got another look at ‘The Blotch’
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Penny spent a few days with Nanna and Opa and learnt about Easter Eggs
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April 2012

Winter kicked in, the same day we got central heating installed! PHEW! It was 8 degrees outside and 11 degrees inside before we turned the heating on
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With the house now warmed to a cosy 20 degrees, post bath nudey-ness was suddenly an option for Penny,
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Penny started sharing with the baby
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and I started teaching Penny to cook. Cooking is now a dangerous word in our house. If she hears it she gets super excited and starts pulling out mixing bowls and flour etc
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Pikelets and Pizza dough are the 2 favourites.
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The leaves on the trees in our garden started to turn
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And in the park as well
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And one weekend we rearranged out kitchen in preparation for….
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Our new DISHWASHER!!! which was installed by my Dad and Lindsay. How we lived our lives before a dishwasher I have no idea. Its a dish-drawer so even more awesome, 2 little dishwashers. I love our dishwasher.
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A rare nice-ish photo of Penny and I
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Lindsay and I were struck down with a terrible gastro bug, so my mum dropped everything to come look after Penny while Lindsay took me to the hospital to get some IV fluids. Here we are saying good bye to our hero.
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My baby belly started expanding
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We started going to playgroup regularly, one week Penny and her friend Ollie where the only 2 kids. They play so well together and had a ball!
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We got stuck into our arts and crafts
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Penny developed her dirty look
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I sewed my first ever set of curtains
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And one weekend while we were at Nanna and Opa’s house…
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Penny fell face first off an armchair onto a wooden block
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Ow.

March 2012

In March 2012 we got to have a look at “Blotch” overwise known as baby #2
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Bron and I took Penny and Sierra to the new playground at Darling harbour, which is pretty amazing. The girls had a ball
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Penny started raiding her Nanna’s Jewelery box
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And went for a ride with Jacob
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We took Penny to the Sydney Aquarium with Will, on the way we stopped for Sushi at the Darling quarter. Turns out Penny LOVES sushi
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At every tank Penny would exclaim “Fish!!”
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We took a trip to Mt Tomah botanical gardens
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And then Penny tried to climb the gate and escape!
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January and February 2012

In January we had a few hot days in what was a pretty wet and cold summer.

Bron and Sierra just happened to be staying with us on those hot days and it was like a little summer holiday.

We spent a day at Megalong Valley Tea Rooms.
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And we spent a few days hanging out by Blackheath pool
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They have free shade shelters where we would chill out between dips in the freezing cold pool
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It was nice to share our new house with Bron and Sierra for a few days
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It was hot enough to use Penny’s new paddling pool
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And suddenly our baby was a little girl!
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A little girl who loves her Daddy!
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Penny took her first big tumble, falling off a step in the front yard onto the driveway
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We had a house warming party, it rained and felt like 5 degrees outside, so we and our guests were trapped inside. Still it was nice that so many of our friends came all the way!
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2 very hip people chilling out in the back room
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We took Penny on her first bush walk
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Which made her quite tired!
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Will, Penny’s Godfather, came to visit and brought her presents from his travels
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Penny’s Gran and Pop started making the trek up to the mountains to hang out with Penny on a regular basis
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We took Penny to Featherdale Wildlife park for the day.
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The goats there did an excellent job of cleaning out all the crumbs from our stroller
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We discovered Penny has very little fear of animals, she fed the goats bits of carrot while kids much older than her ran away from the goats screaming! Here is Penny getting up close and personal with a huge bird of prey.
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She then wanted a go taking photos with Daddy’s camera
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She met her first Koala
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And tried feeding a wallaby but gave up and tried to eat the cone herself
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Then 3 days later we were given the chance to borrow a friend’s Zoo pass! So we went to Taronga Zoo with Nanna. We saw almost all the animals, Penny’s favourite was the Elephants
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They had a little man-made rock pool for kids to play in, so Penny had a ball swimming in the ankle deep water
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We discovered Penny loves to draw
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My cousin Holly came to visit from NZ, it was love at first sight for Penny. Penny decided everyone needed to wear pegs
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Holly stayed the night at my parent’s place with us and Penny stuck to her like glue the entire time
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Back home in Blackheath Penny decided that carrying her stroller across the road was the best idea
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I found out that Penny loves helping out with housework,
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But I also discovered that I might need to teach her how to not iron her baby’s face
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I took this photo of Penny which I am very proud of
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There are lots of videos of Penny here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jula_julz/

December 2011

In December 2011 Jacob came to visit us and check out our new house,

Penny and I took him to see Govett’s Leap where Penny did not want to hold hands with Uncle Jacob!
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It was at Govett’s Leap that Penny learnt to brush her hands together to get the dirt off her hands when she fell over and would repeatedly put her hands in the dirt just so she could brush them again.

Mum and I took Penny to her first Christmas carols in Hornsby, along with our friend Bron.
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we met up with her little friend Sierra and her big friend Katherine!
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She had lots of fun running around behind the stage
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She had her first ice-cream cone ever
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As it got darker it was handy having my mum there to help keep an eye on Penny
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She also saw her first fireworks and was not scared at all!
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Sierra had just woken up from a sleep and wasn’t too sure about all the noise
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Sasha discovered that Penny, while slightly terrifying was also a good source of food as long as she was patient
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Penny got excited as more and more presents appeared around the Christmas Tree!
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Penny and her Nanna took dummies to the extreme
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Penny learnt about the joys of taking an old arthritic dog for walks, and Sasha learnt the joys of being yelled at by a toddler while attached to her by a leash.
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Penny and her Opa got into the Christmas spirit and watched some TV together
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On Christmas morning Penny was such a good girl waiting for presents to be opened.
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She helped Opa prepare a BBQ breakfast
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And then was Jacob’s ‘elf’ and helped distribute presents
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That was until she unwrapped her first present from Santa, a little baby doll. She was so happy with her doll and so content feeding her that we left the rest of her presents until that afternoon!
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A quick drink and cuddle with Daddy
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Lindsay’s parents arrived for lunch and we said that Penny needed to open 1 more present before we ate. It was a book about being a big sister and on the inside we had written “Dear Penny, you will be a wonderful big sister, love Mummy and Daddy” We asked Jacob to help her open it and my mum said “Are you trying to tell us something??!?”. Thats how we announced to our families that baby #2 was on its way! Everyone was very happy and excited. Except for me, I had made Sangria to stop anyone becoming suspicious but of course couldn’t drink it!

My most prized possession, my beautiful Sangria jug that Lindsay bought me for Christmas a few years ago.
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Our christmas table decoration for the year
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Penny and her Pop enjoying dessert.
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Then the obligatory family photo, I enjoy the lead up photos to the final photo the most

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And success!
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Our little family was a lot more compliant with our photo
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And finally, the end of December, Mum, Dad and Jude came for a visit

Waiting!
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Off for a walk in the beautiful summer weather
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November 2011

We spent most of November getting to know Blackheath and settling into our new home.

We went for walks in the rain
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And for walks at sunset
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Read stories
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Discovered that Penny likes the tops of hot chocolates
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Penny helped with some ikea flat pack construction
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And helped out when Lindsay had to work in the evenings
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We invested in a kitchen island, perfect for chopping up watermelon on!
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We decided that Lindsay’s office needed a baby gate
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And that maybe we would not have a coffee table in the middle of the room
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We went out for lunch in Blackheath with grandparents
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Penny discovered the couch was a great place for a snooze
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Then went digging for gold
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Peek-a-boo!
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Naked hallway dancing
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And Penny was so enthusiastic to meet Santa…..
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October 2011

In October 2011…

Penny pulled this face, the best face ever to be pulled
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She decided that she would no longer sit politely in the seat on the shopping trolley but would rather stand like a mast head at the front.
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She helped Jacob defeat the aliens
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And went swimming with Olivia
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She had a brilliant time at fagan park getting really really wet and sandy
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And spent some time chilling in front of the tv
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I started teaching her how to make Oma’s Apple Tart!
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Then on the 22nd of October, Penny turned 1!
She received a tricycle from Mummy and Daddy
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She was dressed beautifully in a dress I had bought in the UK 6 months earlier.
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That didn’t last very long…it was so hot, all babies at the party had their party dresses ripped off and they were chucked into the paddling pool.
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Penny's first birthday party

Jacob and Gerie made her a beautiful turtle birthday cake
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Which Penny really enjoyed!
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My dad, Jacob and Lindsay put on a puppet show which was a very funny, Penny and Sierra discovered the best place to be was on the other side of the curtain to the audience.
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The very next day was Sierra’s first birthday! She wore the cutest pink tutu ever!
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Penny was quite tired from her own party so spent the day sitting with her Nanna enjoying the yummy food
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And playing in the balls
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A few days after that we packed up all our most treasured belongings and moved up the Blue Mountains to Blackheath! Our new house!
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Will helped us move
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and he was able to construct a Penny proof playpen to put around the fireplace!
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Penny discovered her new backyard
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And I discovered we need more practice at making family photos…and getting a bit more sleep….and not letting Lindsay grow a moustache .
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September 2011

I will one day catch up, maybe before baby #2 arrives. Hopefully.

In September we went on a Holmwood family picnic where Penny discovered taps
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We hung out at the park with friends
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And took Penny on her first adventure across the Harbour Bridge.
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Penny did cute things like look at at us when we put a backpack on her…
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And discovered mangos truly are the worlds most delicious food.
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There was back-burning done in mum and dad’s backyard, Dad taught Lindsay how to use the petrol pump fire hose.
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But most exciting event of the month…we bought a house!
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The short story

Here we are in March 2012 and the last time my blog was updated was for June 2011. With another baby on the way, due August 2012….we might need to cut to the chase.

July 2011
We went on holidays to Coffs Harbour

We spent a week relaxing at the beach and relaxing in our resort

I managed to rip my toe nail off, so could barely walk…so lots of emphasis on the sitting relaxing

We met a dolphin

And experienced butterflies

Also in July 2011

Jacob became a demon

We hung out more with Bron and Sierra

Penny and Nanna started getting stuck into reading books

Penny stood on her own unsupported!

She slept occasionally in her cot! (victory for us) (it didn’t last long)

Penny discovered the joy of climbing everything!

Then in August
Mum and I took Penny to Laurieton to meet her great-grandfather and Linda

and to hang out on the beach

The middle of winter, the weather was beautiful and she went swimming!

She was not yet walking

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4 generations!
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In the second half of August I had to do 2 weeks of practical placement for my nursing so my mum kindly took long service leave and looked after Penny!
Nanna introduced her to tomatos!
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And took her to the park
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And most exciting, Penny learnt to walk at 10 months of age!

hmm the video isn’t working…click this link to see the video of her first steps
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Crawling = a whole new ball game

In June Penny started crawling, which made life a bit more interesting.

It was also in June that we went on an adventure with mother’s group to the Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.

We also decided it was time to move Penny’s cot base lower because she started pulling herself upright.

Penny discovered my laptop. So I installed a Penny-proof program (Alpha-baby) to make sure she didn’t delete everything.

Sierra encouraged Penny to learn to crawl and stand up, Penny reciprocated by teaching Sierra how to button mash my laptop.

Nudie photo!

Penny discovered TV

And decided that tipping her lunch every where was a good idea

In June we took Penny on her first ferry ride.

followed by some multitasking by Lindsay at Max Brenner, he ate chocolate, did on-call work and put a baby to sleep.

Penny took up sitting in her toy boxes/buckets/baskets

We went with Sierra and her mummy to a play-school concert. I think I had more fun than Penny, she was more interested in eating Sierra’s toys.

In June I bought Penny a standing toy thingy, it plays old macdonald. Its really annoying!

Penny started a new phase of chewing on cables

And Penny had her first swimming lesson! Lindsay took her in the pool for the class, along with Lilly (from my mother’s group) and her Dad Kevin.

The first lesson was a success…the rest were not so successful.

In June Penny was still not sleeping at night, and after some very stressful nights with no sleep I decided that sawing Penny’s cot into pieces was a great idea. I then tied it to my bed using stockings. (white stockings can be seen in the top left hand corner)

We joined in on a mother’s group photo shoot in June. The only way that we could stop Penny from stuffing leaves in her mouth was Olivia, Lilly’s mum, to sing wiggles songs!
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Now don’t cry, there are more blog posts to come…or maybe thats a good reason to cry…
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