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Will’s 3rd Birthday Dirt Bike Party

Just a few pics from Big Will’s little Dirt Bike Party last month. Our little cherub turned 3 and all he wanted was a dirt bike party. Bless.

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His cake made by yours truly! :)

Biker Party Cake

Big Air in the form of melted marshies and maries.

Big Air

A bit of splatter…

Mud Splatter

Wicked, torturous chocolate fudge “4 strokes”

4 Strokes Chocolate Fudge

Refuelling station…it was a very very very warm day!

Refuel Biker Juices

Biker party Table

Moreish pizzas..

Pizza Pretzel Wheels

Blue coconut ice made for some “soft landings”.

Soft Landings Coconut Ice

Spare Spokes Licorice

Some more savoury snacks to balance off the sugar!

Starting Blocks Sandwiches

Bubble Bath made the perfect Prepsol-looking Biker and Body Wash.

Biker Favor Tags

Two and a half week old Ollie was not missing this jol!

Jem and Lou

Cake-cutting part is always the best part. Right?!

Big Will and Dad

Family Cutting Cake

Cheeky smiles.

Will and Cake

Happy Birthday Big Will. You bring love and laughter to mommy and daddy’s heart, you know that beautiful boy?! Mwah!! Xxx

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Will’s Cafe Racer Party

To celebrate Woo’s 2nd birthay we decided to throw a Cafe Racer Party. It was that or an aeroplane party as he goes to sleep with either one and sometimes both, clutched firmly in his grasp. As I write this he is sitting on my lap holding a miniature Cafe Racer driving it all over my hands, the desk and if he had it his way, the keypad and screen too. He’s singing hoki poki song too. It’s very cute, a little distracting but he can stay. He can always stay.

Anyway, before I get too sentimental, here it is….some pics of his party…

Well, first you better park your ride!

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And then grab yourself a babycino voucher…

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It’s for free you know.

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..And head on over to the Cafe’Cino Bar!

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Or just skip the caffeine and get onto the real tough stuff…

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There was a biker burger bar for all the little racers…

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And nommy popcorn!

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But what was even more nommy were these Hot Rods.

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And these Dentist-Money-Maker toffees.

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Outside was the setting for Will’s Cafe where Emergency Motor Oil was fully stocked.

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And what’s a Cafe Racer Bar without a leather jacket or two…for Woo and his Bru (sorry couldn’t help it)

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These were the Oscar Award Winners though, they embodied the perfect Cafe Racer look, including the scarf in the wind.

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I mean just look at them! I mean really! Really!!! How darn cute?!!

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And if you couldn’t face eating those beauties, you could have always tucked into these fuel-tank-love-handle-inducing brownies.

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Oh. And there was an emergency stash too. Just.In.Case.

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The birthday boy stealing some time with his mamma. This pic makes me think of the paparazzi – the pics they take. I could just imagine Will saying in a Godfather voice…No one takes pictures when I’m with my mudder. Capish?

In reality he probably just spotted a piece of Chocolate cake going begging.

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There were lots of activities. The girls loved the designing…

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But the boys liked getting Inked.

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As Will demonstrates below :)

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Oh yes. It reads “Mommy”.

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And then after all that colouring in and inking, it was time for cake and candles.

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The boys blowing out the candles together. #love

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Look at the tentative tasting going on.

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But after that it was tickets…

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The best way to eat cake Mum!

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Oh yummy!

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Hee Hee. Just one more bite!!

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Happy Birthday beautiful boy, you were sent to mamma and dadda to have our hearts melt and bounce and flicker with delight every single day.

Thank-you universe. Thank-you a million times over.

 

 

 

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Carefree Woo

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Big Will Turns 1

Very belated post but better late than never eh? Our gorgeous little munchkin pumpkin pie Will, (affectionately known to all as WooWoo) turned 1 on the 21st Feb 2013…we celebrated with Chocolate cake and candles for breakfast. Eggs, flour, butter…all the macronutrients one needs for breakfast really :)

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And of course, what’s a first birthday without a little party?! After discovering Etsy a few years ago, I stumbled across the “Sock Monkey” character and have been in love with it (and Etsy) ever since. So voila…Will’s Sock Monkey Party!

 

There were sweets…


And chocolate. Cornerstones!


Monkey Nuts. What can I say. Hee Hee, couldn’t resist that label!
 


 

Yummy Peanut Butter cupcakes.

Sock Monkey Cake Pops…man did the kiddies (and adults uhum…) love these!

 

The cake made by yours truly. :)

 


Tadaaaaa! Red velvet layers on the inside.


Dapper. Our beautiful boy.  Happy birthday Big Will. We love you to Sock Monkey Planet and back! Mwaaaah! xx


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Two weeks ago today…

Our beautiful baby boy, William Henry Sanders was born. He was a whopping 4.5kg – 95th percentile stuff! His height too was way up there!

The birth was natural and in so many ways, felt so right.

Second time round, I’ve appreciated this newborn stage so much more. I’m treasuring every breastfeed, every little quirky sound and movement. Often I shut our bedroom door, and steal a quiet moment  with him just to gaze at his little features and smell the nape of his neck….

I guess there’s not as much anxiety getting in the way of actually enjoying these early days. I’m still sentimental as ever though and the hormone rollercoaster in the first few days was overwhelming, I’d reflect and analyse everything about the birth, the pregnancy, the future. I also had to get my head around the fact that I was no longer pregnant – fun in some ways but horrible in other ways…this was one less pregnancy I was going to get to experience and I felt like I had to mourn the end of it. In an effort to shed light on the matter and make me feel better, my hubby said we could still have another 2 kids on top of these two…I said hunni, I’ll do the third but you can push the 4th one out and I’ll just surround myself with pregnant friends after that – at least then I can experience pregnancies vicariously through them!

My hubby is already researching Google on how to make a girl.  And I’ve got this strange feeling I’m going to have twins next. I’m telling you.

But before we even think about making more babies, I would love to do the Dusi again with my hubby and even attempt the Comrades.

For now, we have two beautiful boys…..I love saying that, “my boys”….it’s like when you’re newly married and get goosies when you say “my husband” the first couple of times.  Well I get goosies when I get to say “my boys” or “the kids”. It’s wonderful isn’t it?

Back to two weeks ago…

I hired a doula for the birth which may sound a bit weird or “out there” but I can tell you now, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  Obviously you’ve got to get the right person but I was fortunate enough to get just that – Liza Harkess. There were times where I thought that hiring a doula was being a little precious but I had heard so many good things about doulas and I felt I needed to try using one.. And I’m so glad I did

So with a doula like Liza Harkess, a gynae like Dr. Candice Roberts and a husband like mine, I had the perfect team for a natural birth. No Epidural, no Pethidene, no Entonox, just a water pool, a TENS machine and a shit hot team of seconds (as Jems dusi partner would say!).  I can’t say I didn’t ask for drugs through, there was definitely a period of time where I felt quite desperate and uncertain of how long I could maintain that intensity of pain for. But the hot water pool saved me and I managed to get too dilated for any drugs. In the end it happened exactly as it was meant to happen and I’m mindful and thankful for that.

Thank-you my beautiful, supportive hubby Jem.

Thank-you my Liza, my incredible doula

Thank-you my Candice, my brilliant gynae and cheerleader

I hope we have the same team next time xx

 

It started here, being induced and listening to my babas heartbeat..he was so snug and happy in there..

 

Liza feeding me ice. Ice in labour is like marshmallow easter eggs to a pregnant woman. Addictive.

Labouring along…in a zone of my own.

 

After 12 hours of labour, my baby is finally with me, on my bare chest, the best feeling in the world. This is the face of sheer relief , happiness and gratitude.  Very emotional, no inhibitions, just so happy.

I thought the moment would never come.

Inspecting this crumpled little face…

It was a long journey for the little guy. United after 40+ weeks.

I started breastfeeding straight away.

Candice at work, delivering the placenta and making sure all was 100%

Holding daddy’s hand for the first time..

Colour slowly returning to little Will’s feet.

Our swollen little fattybomstick.

Welcome to the big wide world where many adventures await you, little William.

We love you to the moon and back froglet.

xxx