I think bubs (Mercedes) might be weaning herself. She has refused to breastfeed since last friday (Thursday night being the last time). Last night when she woke up during the night, all she wanted was a bottle and a cuddle for a few minutes before drifting off to sleep again. Last night was the best night of sleep I have had in ages. She was also moved back to the nursery last night. Daytime sleeps still avoid us though so we will have to work on those, but with the introduction of the bottle, that should change (I hope).

As for what she has, I think it is hand, foot and mouth disease. It is not related to the animal virus of foot and mouth disease. What she has is a virus which brings up 'spots' on the feet, hands, inside the mouth (hasn't stopped her eating though), torso and groin.

I hope this thing will be over soon.


Well the in-laws have left, catching a midday flight today.

The cubby house (play house) was finished yesterday and today I started with some more painting on it. I have started on the door, painting their names (kids) and 'Home Sweet Home'. The cubby is pretty cool. It has a double door (top half swings open), windows on the other three sides, a roof that slopes to drain away the water, exposed beams on the inside so that they can be used for shelves, and I am sure it is big enough to have a couple of kids sleep the night in there. The kids have been in it most of today so far and enjoying it. The empty boxes, containers and bottles I gave them is also helping for imaginary play. I am thinking that for Christmas we might dress it up with some curtains, maybe some shelves, table, chairs, etc. It's good to have a place that they can play in outside and invite their friends to play in.

Dancing In The Rain

Just the other night I bought myself a bait trap so that I could use it for my dragons (turning it into an outside terrarium), and today the kids, hubby and I headed down to the creek to look for sticks that might be suitable to stick inside of it. At this stage of the day it was a beautiful, sunny, hot day and looked to remain that way.

As husbands tend to do (well mine at least), he got distracted on our search for sticks. We played billy goat gruff on a bridge over the creek before tramping off through some nearby bush in search of a track. Hubby takes this track while mountain biking. It was still sunny.

At The Beach

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Yup, we are still in winter (according to the calender) and we headed to the beach. The tide was out so we had a huge flat to walk and explore on. Mercedes was a little scared at first, not sure what to make of the bumpy ground and the small luke warm puddles of water. She was especially scared of the seaweed and would not walk over it, but had to stay as far away from it as possible, which was hard considering it was pretty much everywhere in small clumps. She did survive and enjoyed her long walk out to the waters edge and back.

Erin had a blast and even tried to make sand angles in the hard wet sand. She had fun exploring the little pools, picking up hermit crabs and finding the green slimy worms that were quite plentiful. Erin also had her togs on before we even left home (we had some errands to run before we went to the beach).

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