|Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) on the Cemetery Lawn|
|Hardenbergia (Happy Wanderer)|
|Magnolia in full bloom|
We had a glorious start to Spring. Then Spring had a day off so we could have the proper Winter we missed out on this year, complete with a dusting of Snow. Spring reappeared on the weekend again and we tentatively unfurled our bodies to bask in the warm sunshine until we were back inside by late afternoon lighting the fire. Today is grey and rainy and I remember now that this is classic Spring weather and is why Tasmania has a reputation for having 4 seasons in one day this time of year.
Despite the changeable weather I'm feeling rather chipper at the moment. Three things have made a huge difference to my mood and energy levels over the past few weeks. Firstly, the arrival of Spring always sees me come out of hibernation with a desire to tackle things that I was completely unmotivated to do over Winter.
Secondly, I think my efforts to lose the excess baby weight are starting to pay off. Not that there's been a huge change on the scales yet (wouldn't that just rot your socks!), but at 6 weeks in I already feel a lot stronger, healthier and have more energy. The great thing about having a complete break from alcohol for the month of August is that we don't feel like a glass of wine every single night anymore. We are drinking less but enjoying it more when we do, which is quite OK I think.
Finally, and most importantly, Flynn is sleeping through the night. What a gift. The other 4 slept through between 6 and 8 months. They either just stopped waking or I popped their dummy in instead of giving them a feed and after a night or 2 of doing that they just didn't wake up anymore. I did the same with Flynn at 9 months. It's been 3 weeks now and what a difference it makes having a full night sleep. I hope this isn't considered bragging given we are talking about 9 months and not 6 weeks. I still do the 10pm feed. I stay up a lot later than that anyway. It's my favourite time. The house is quiet, there are no distractions and it is just him and I for those few moments while I breastfeed him.
I must say, all this extra energy has come right when it is needed. Flynn is down to just one lovely long nap a day but I completely forgot how busy having a 9 month old is, particularly one that is physically so active. He is just into everything, pulling himself up, climbing stairs and getting into mischief. I'm either busy keeping the food up to him or chasing him around making sure he isn't harassing the pets or getting himself into a pickle.
Last week we went for a stroll around Richmond where I could let Flynn loose on the beautifully manicured lawn. Not a single sign of chicken/dog/wallably/duck poo in sight! There were signs of Spring everywhere - a carpet of Muscari covering the Cemetery lawn, the gorgeous Magnolia in full bloom behind the Lolly Shop and the "Happy Wanderer" covering the fence at the park with its delicate purple flowers. In fact the only disturbing sign was the one which featured the "C" word. That's right, Christmas will be on our doorstep before we know it. I'd like to be more organised this year and make some gifts. Which brings me to a question. I've found that Christmas usually sees us opening gifts appropriate to the season, in our case Summer. For this reason, I never seem to be able to knit gifts for extended family members because Christmas is in Summer as are most of their Birthdays. It does feels a bit strange giving Winter things in the height of Summer, but why not? For any of you in the Northern Hemisphere I guess it would be like opening a Bikini for Christmas, knowing you might not use it for another 6 months. What do you think about receiving a hand-knitted gift in the middle of Summer?
Finally, here are a few photos of 9 month-old Flynn. He gets so many compliments on his hat for which I sadly can't take any credit. So in case you were wondering too it is the clever handiwork of my gorgeous friend Greer, who now knits her hats in sizes ranging from newborn to child in the most delicious colours and styles. You can check them out here if you are interested. A cuter hat I don't think you would find!
Have a wonderful week!
|8 teeth already!!!|