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And if you thought i couldn’t get any lazier, I didn’t manage to get any photos except crappy phone pics last week! So here is Maya showing off her drawing and Kiran eating a cake.

If you’d like to see some examples of more talented photography (not difficult) I suggest you have a look at this gorgeous sunset beach portrait, this cutie with sparkler (braver than me!) and all of these beautiful shots.

Linking up, as always, with Jodi

I seem to have lost my prime lens after I went on mini holiday with my mum so fingers crossed I find it or there will be no half-decent photos on this blog for the rest of the year….

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Ok so as I’m over 2 weeks late with this, I think we’ve given up all pretense that I’m making any effort with this project anymore, but I will continue nonetheless!

Here we have a little impromptu outside bath time tea party just before I went away without my babies for the first time for two whole nights! Meep! (more on that later)

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Maya – rowing a boat down a river infested with crocodiles. Apparently.

Kiran – face lit up by the glow from the tablet. I have to hide it from him – he’s too addicted. What do you want to do Kiran? “Playing game!”

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I don’t have a photo of Kiran yet this week but I’m determined not to be late with this one and I’m hardly on the computer at the moment as grandma is here visiting! So I’ll update with Kiran’s photo later.

Maya has a new friend and it was her birthday this week so we went over for a little party. She has a bamboo fort with swings, a trampoline and a swimming pool so obviously Maya thinks she’s died and gone to heaven every time we go over there! I accidentally on purpose kind of left it too late to enrol her in pre-school this year (although we could probably do it mid term) and instead looking forward to more time playing and swimming with my girl :)

Updated with my handsome boy as promised:

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I love his hair! I never want to cut it!

So many pictures to love last week! I found it hard to choose just a few: Belly and big sister, magical woods, and being silly.

Linking up with Jodi

Adventures in weaning

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Kiran had his last breastfeed about a week and a half ago so I think I can say at this point that he’s finally weaned. This was rather overdue – I’d alwaya intended to stop around the 2 year mark (I’m not one of those women who can breastfeed their kids until they’re 4+ though I have huge respect for those who do). After over 3 years of breastfeeding with only a 3 month break between weaning Maya and Kiran being born, I was done. I wanted my body back!

I knew weaning Kiran was never going to be an easy task as he was far more attached than Maya ever was. Maya was down to only a couple of feeds a day when I started weaning her at 10 months and by the time I totally phased it out at 12 months, she barely noticed. I substituted night feeds for a bottle of water and that was that.

Kiran however would scream at me if I refused and work himself up into quite a state. His word for feeding is “numbedik” – a contraction of the Balinese for “little drink”, minum bedik,  and I was getting really tired of those being his first words to me every time he saw me. Obviously a simple distraction/refusal plan was never going to work with Kiran.

I’d heard that Japanese women put sticking plasters over their nipples and say they have an “owie” so I tried this first. It worked right up until bed time when he started hysterically screaming at me again and telling me to take the plaster off. in desperation i googled and found a mumsnet thread where several women had put vinegar on their nipples with success. i’d already tried the Balinese method of coffee a few months back with no success but I had vinegar in the house so worth a try right?

The next time he tried I told him that because I had “owies” and it hurt he could try but it would taste bad. Of course he wanted to try, which he soon regretted. He didn’t try again after that :p I couldn’t believe it was so easy after all that effort! He did ask a few more times and asked if it “still hurt numbedik?” but I just showed him the plasters again and he gave up. 28 months – not a bad run!

Freeeeeeeedom! I was also an emotional wreck when I weaned Maya (i guess being heavily pregnant didn’t help) but no hormonal craziness this time. Hurray!

Even better, since he’s been weaned he’s slept through the night at least twice. This has NEVER happened before. He’s nappy-free at night time now too. Where did my baby go?!

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Ok so I blatantly didn’t get organised last week as I’m a whole day late with posting this again and i didn’t even get the DSLR out this week. So all I have are a couple of phone snaps from the beach – glad we went, it seems to be a constant battle to reclaim our Sunday family time. Made some important decisions for my business and family this last week – I’m giving up freelance writing and it’s all or nothing for now! Wish me luck!

Last week I loved this magical light, this little artist, and these thoughtful portraits.

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I’m getting later and later with project 52 and I didn’t even get a decent photo of Kiran on his own. Must try to be more organised this week! The kids entertained themselves for quite some time running up and down chasing the rooster around the garden. I find it hard to get the balance right between letting them have fun and keeping them safe. I love to see them laughing and playing together but have visions of them falling and knocking their teeth out or splitting heads open (like Maya already did back in January). I can deal with skinned knees but have no wish for another emergency room visit any time soon. Trying hard to stop shouting “be careful!” constantly…

Last week  I loved these siblings in a buttercup field, these adorable little faces, and this rainy day portrait.

Linking up with Jodi

 

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Kids are rocking their new t-shirts from Little Sunflowers – I love bright colours if you hadn’t already noticed! And no, this isn’t a sponsored post, they just sell awesome kids clothes, have frequent sales and promos, a great loyalty program, AND they ship worldwide for very reasonable prices. Expats take note!

Last week I loved these sunkissed babes, this is what childhood is all about and this happy little one with rainbow blanket.

Linking up with Jodi

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I can’t believe i am a whole week late with this and I don’t even have any good pictures to share. Maya’s expression pretty much sums it up. Oh well, blame Windows 8 for crashing my whole computer so I had to format and re-install everything. Screw you Microsoft :(

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