Friday, December 28, 2007

Jack's First Steps

9 steps today

Christmas 07

Well Christmas is over...

Jack took 6 steps on his own on Christmas morning.

It was the best Christmas our family has had in years and it was so wonderful to have both of our families at Jack's house to enjoy it. The weather was perfect and the food was delicious. Stuart cooked an enourmous 5Kg salmon and catered for 14 people all on his own in our tiny kitchen.

The best things that Santa bought Jack were a dinosaur like Kai's and a lion walker. Grandpa made Jack a table and chairs and Pop and Nan bought a sand pit complete with sand. Unlike other babies that go for the wrapping or the box, Jack tore the paper off to find what was inside and loved each of his gifts.

Yesterday Mum and Jack went to see great Nan and Pop in bemboka and we came home with another car-load of toys. We also enjoyed a beautiful baked dinner.

The photos don't really do any justice to the perfect day that we had because the photographer was mostly busy pouring drinks and figuring out the new video camera but stay posted because there will be some 'first steps' footage soon.

Christmas 07

... only 3 more weeks until the big birthday.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

New Toys

Thankyou Maryanne & Gye - this ones my favourite!

I think this is the nappy change face.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Jack's First Christmas

Mum, Dad and Jack are very excited about Jack's first Christmas. Only 3 more sleeps!

Notice that I am wearing winter clothes, that's because it was 16 degrees today and it's been pouring with rain all week.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Good Bye Wanniasssa - A post just from Mum

Today was my last day at Wanniassa after 5 years of working there as a special needs/ textiles/ maths/ english/ learner assistance/ ESL/ work experience/IT teacher.

It was mostly disapointing to recieve my Wanniassa mug and pen today because that was literally all I got from all of the staff and students at Wanniassa. Not a goodbye or good luck or even a thankyou for all of the hardwork and dedication that I had given them. I have to say that today I left on a very low note.

Goodbye Wanniassa a new chapter begins...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Middle Ear Infection

Dr. Boss Nass

Yesterday was a bit scary because Jack had a temperature of 40.1 and he was very hot and upset. Last night Jack screamed the house down from 2 -4.30 am and woke up every half and hour or so throughout the night until he came to bed with us at 4.30. So we went and saw the doctor and we couldn't see our regular doctor so we were stuck with Dr. Boss Nass who diagnosed a 'miidle eeear iinfection' *heavy indian accent.* He was a bit of a scary doctor but very efficient, our appointment was for 11am and at 10.55 he had already figured out the problem. Jack has antibiotics and is improving every hour but still with regular panadol.

We hate seeing our boy so upset and hopes that he is feeling better tomorrow. Dr Boss Nass says, 'two days.'

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Learning to walk

We just thought that we should keep you 'posted.' Jack took 2 steps by himself from the couch to the foot stool on Sunday and today he took
4 steps
from the door to Kai today. We are very excited and trying to encourage Jack but he won't be helped, he wants to do things at his own pace.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Congratulations Aunty Ren!

Nan, Pop & Mum are so proud of you for finishing Year 10 and you looked so beautiful tonight.

Xmas Party

I had a great time at the Xmas Party on Saturday and I just can't wait until Santa comes!

Friday, December 7, 2007

2 weeks left until holiday time!

I got weighed and measured today:

8.9kgs - 50th percentile

73cms tall - 75th percentile

I'm not going to let Mummy eat her ice block - I'm going to crawl away with it!

Only 2 weeks left for Mum at Wanniassa until she moves to the lovely Lyneham High!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Jack's Passport

There are a few important rules to having your passport photo legal by Australian standards.

1. Mouth must be closed and not smiling
2. Face must be straight on
3. Both ears must be showing
4. Applicant must be looking at the camera

Can you IMAGINE how long it took for several girls at the chemist to take this photo? But it's official now - Jack has his first passport at 10 months old. I wonder where he will go?

Happy Family

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


It has taken us a while to get this video but because Mama was sick on Saturday and Jack was very worried he said, 'Mama' all weekend.

Jack Sized Cupcakes

I couldn't wait to try the new tin and tray that I got from Aunty Jules so this afternoon Jack and I made Jack-sized cupcakes and Jack had his first taste of cupcakes. Guess what - he loved them!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Me and My Boy - by Mum

This is me and my boy in his first Christmas T-shirt all ready for tomorrow nights urban family Christmas dinner. We are home from work today because my boy has been sick again, this time it's his tummy. But I have to tell, I am happy to look after my boy even when he is being sick everywhere because I love him so much.

I love you Blinky - get some rest and you will feel better soon.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

10 months old today

Make custom Glitter Graphics

Dad was home for a nice change this weekend and we had a great time going to CISAC for a swim, having John & Jules for a bbq and spending some time at home. Mum was freaking out at my confidence in the water, I can jump in off the side and climb up the pool steps on my own. Yesterday I met Santa for the first time but we haven't got a photo yet because that awful man made me cry! Mum said we will see him again in a few weeks. You can see from this photo that my eczema has almost completely gone and I am also eating white bread and yogurt!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Jack saw the immunologist

For the last 4 months Jack has had a special diet that didn't include any dairy or soy because it made him sick when he was 5 months old when he was just starting formula so that Mum could go back to work.

We went to the 'witch doctor' for Jack's excema who said he also had a wheat allergy and the whole family should also avoid wheat but that was driving us nuts so we went to the 'real doctor.'

We has lots of tests done and he isn't allergic to nothing - not even
peanuts (thanks Aunty Jules) or seafood or milk or wheat or anything.

The specialist says that it is most likely 'lactose intolerance' and
that if we continue to do what we are doing that is good.

He said we should try him with more foods eg. egg, fish etc. at one
per week and try some of the cows milk formula again and a bit of
yogurt and cheese.

He said the eczema was the best he had seen - it was no big deal and
he didn't think he was at all 'scabby.'

He reckoned that with the amount of milk that I consume that if Jack
had a true allergy to cows milk then he would be really upset, not
sleeping and scabby - not to say that these things would never

He reckoned that if we cut out a lot of foods from his diet, simply to
avoid a bit of eczema that it could lead to malnourishment.

Done and dusted - $400 later and we are good parents with a happy baby and piece of mind.


Sunday, November 4, 2007

What does this family want for Xmas?

I pod speakers for the I touch
Forza 2 for x box or other x box games
Lego - Technic Bulldozer
GPS for the car
V slicer
I pod sock

High Res - Wooden frame digital photo frame
Computer desk chair
Matchbox Twenty - Exile on Mainstream

Billabong Beach Towels
Gucci Sunglasses
3 tier Cake stand - thanks Jules
Cup Cake Caddy
Mini cupcake tray - thanks Jules
Xmas tree lights
European Pillows
Hands free car kit for mobile - Nokia 6234
Car Seat covers - Nissan Pulsar 2005
Salad spoons & bowl

Sand Pit
Cubby house
Kitchen and tea set
size 1 clothes for summer
Flip out couch
Block wagon - thanks Jules
Bath toys

- will add more as we think of them

Now what do you want - please comment - that means YOU!


Mum heard that Kid City was heaps of fun so we went there today. Mum has decided that in future, Kid City is for special occasions only because the screaming kids gave Mummy a head ache.

My favourite things were the jumping castle, the ball pit and the race track although I could only find the reverse gear!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Ice Blocks

These are heaps of fun - especially when you smash them into pieces by dropping them on the floor :) You can see all of my 4 teeth if you click on the picture to see it full-size.

This is what I want for Xmas

Santa is having trouble with Toys R Us not having any in stock! Have u seen these bikes anywhere?

Friday, November 2, 2007



Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Another Milestone

4 teeth now so I am balanced enough to stand on my own and smart enough to know which remote really works on the TV!

Monday, October 22, 2007

A lovely way to spend a day

On Sunday we went to the Kids Expo in Glebe Park and I got to pet the animals and have a balloon then we went to the Food & Wine Expo. Dad made smoked salmon pasta for dinner and we had a lovely day in 31 degrees. Dad bought himself an Ipod Touch and we bought 6 new fish.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Somebody Loves Mum

These are the beautiful flowers that we delivered to Wanniassa School on Monday from someone special. I bet you can't guess who?

They really taste very nice too.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Happy Birthday Grandma

I am so excited to go to your pary tonight - Mummy and I have made some cakes to take.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Instructions for Irene

Jack is going to be with Irene and Kai this term when Mum goes to work.

Here are the instructions, all that really matters is that they are all happy!

Jack Duncan 9 months
Allergies - Milk and Soy


9.30 SLEEP

11.00 BOTTLE

12.00 LUNCH

1.30 SLEEP


If Jack is very upset give him his dummy and take him outside.
Please call me at any time.

Other Information

* Jack needs to be wrapped tightly
* Jack likes to sleep on his side, wrapped with a dummy on a soft mattress with blankets to support. He needs to be rocked until his eyes start to close.
* Jack usually sleeps for an hour and a half but sometimes only 40 minutes.
* Wake time is 2.5 - 3 hours
* Jack uses his dummy for bed time only

* Jack loves watermelon and noodles and he prefers to feed himself.
* Jack loves animals
* He likes the jolly jumper and walks in the pram
* He plays 'round and round the garden'

* Jack should leave no more than 60mls in a bottle
* He can hold his own bottle but is easily distracted
* Jack usually drink about 180mls of goats milk formula

* Jack hates having his nappy changed
* He is scared of the blender
* Jack will wake if the phone rings, even if he has only been asleep for a short time

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Holiday at the Beach

This weekend we went for a holiday at the beach. We stayed in a big beach house in South Durras. The highlight of the holiday was my big tooth finally coming through (top, front, left.) Mum checked it in the morning and after lunch it was there. It was mostly cloudy and windy but the pool was warm so we went for 2 swims followed by warm showers.

We went for a 3 hour lunch cruise along the Clyde River and I fell asleep for an hour and a half in the pram on the way home.

On our beach walk it started to rain just as we got back to our room and it stormed that night which made for a nice atmosphere under the doona watching bad TV and bashing blocks together.

We went to birdland before coming home because I just love to feed the animals and pet them (gently!)

Friday, October 5, 2007


The aunties took me to CISAC today for a swim.

Aunty Rach has some very big news - soon I will have a little cousin. June 13th is when the baby comes and I am already so excited!

Note from mum - you don't have names picked and do a pregnancy test on the day your period is due unless you are planning - this baby was so planned!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

A Perfect Date

Mum and I went to Dendy today and she said I was the perfect date. I slept for an hour and a half whilst most of the other babies in the 'reel mums' session cried and sooked. I crawled around the chairs and had a great time chatting to the babies in the front row. Mum said this was the best movie she has seen since 'Note Book,' a really soppy girl movie - next week we are going to see Evan Almighty.

Mum - Do you know anyone who is deeply in love after many years of marriage? 2 years doesn't really count but Stu and I have been together for almost 8 years and we love each other more and more every school holidays. I can't think of anyone else I'd rather spend every day with.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Thankyou Nan R - from Mum

You must have known what it would be like for me to go back to work after 6 months so even at the first mention you set out plans to help us out. I had no idea what it would be like to leave my baby for the first time and I don't think I could have left him with anyone else but you.

You drove me nuts with your 'lack of routine' but it didn't bother Jack - he slept though the night and learnt how to crawl. You taught him how to'click,' hold his bottle and clap hands too. (we are still working on'Mum Mum') It's a real shame you have to go to work now because in the last few weeks Jack has been really excited to go and see you guys and the chooks.

Thankyou for taking care of Jack and all that encompases, thankyou for going through the 'grand inquisition' every afternoon. We hope you enjoyed your 'petite steak' and koko black. It will never be enough to return the favour that you have done for us.

Love, Bec

PS There will be no more grand children until you have another 10 weeks long service leave. And that's a PROMISE!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

How many widgets can one baby have?

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Nan R took me to floriade

It was a very, very long day at Floriade from 11 - 3.30 and I was exhausted when I got home but the weather was so beautiful at 19 degrees with perfect blue skies. Aunty Ren even took the day off school to come too. FUN!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Monday, September 17, 2007

8 months old - AND CRAWLING!

Yes that is Dad being lazy on the couch! I can crawl a lot further - about 6 feet in the record but the good video camera is broken and mum's camera can only take 30sec videos so that is all you are getting for now.

This weekend Mum has been really sick. I'm feeding myself because Nan R taught me how to hold my own bottle and Mum is so tired.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

On the seventh month he slept

Jack has been sleeping from 8.30pm - 7.30am every night this week (dream feed at 10pm) and Mum just feels like a new woman!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

When did this baby turn into a little boy? (by Mum)

This weekend we went shopping and bought some pants for Jack. Dad picked the camo cargos. Jack looks just like a mini version of the boys that I teach in year 7. He rides in his pram with his steering wheel - beeping people out of the way with his arm over the side and he holds his own bottle. He doesn't want to eat puree anymore because he'd rather feed himself and he has just taken a few moves forward crawling.

I'm know that every mother thinks her baby is the smartest/ most adorable bundle but I'm sure Jack really is!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mum's been on Shutterfly again..

Life on the farm

Don't worry, I'll make sure to let the chooks out and collect the mail! Nan R has me working hard and aunty Rach has put my brakes on so that I stop crawling backwards. Uncle Mike is there too and he drives me around in his truck. I love you guys - see you on Thursday! Click Click.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Father's Day

For Father's Day I made Dad a photo book from shutterfly. I made some beautiful bacon and eggs and then we went to the Dickson Noodle House for lunch. All of the ladies at the noodle house were so lovely and chatted to me while Mum and Dad had lunch. We went to see Grandma and Grandpa for afternoon tea and then we had a walk around the golf course.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Teeth Update


I can clap hands!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Lunar Eclipse

I had a great day. Aunty Rach came to look after me while mum went to work for a little while and then we walked to play group. When Dad came home we walked around the golf course and then we went for a drive to Mount Stromlo to see the lunar eclipse. I had a 'mashed pumpkin' picnic for dinner in the car!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Jack says, 'Yes' 7mths

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Baking some bread

Since I am lactose intolerant mum is making me bake my own bread!
I have a special diet - no dairy - no soy - only home made bread and rusks, meat, fruit and vege.
Goat's cheese and milk is all I can have but I like it.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I have a tooth and I'm on the move!

7 months today


Having the flu this week hasn't slowed me down. I am up on all fours and cruising around a little on the furniture. I also have my first tooth!