Our Sea Change

It’s happening.

You know that thing you’ve often wished for, talked about, dreamt about? That thing that always feels like it’s going to happen ‘one day’ or ‘down the track?’ I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about….

For us that ‘thing’ was a desire to move away from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane, and settle our young family by the Sea.  For every holiday spent at the beach that inevitably had to end…we’d ask ourselves ‘Why don’t we just stay? Why don’t we just move here?’.  We told ourselves that ‘One day’ we would do exactly that. Move to the beach. And now, it’s ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

It might not seem like a big deal, as it’s technically only an hour down the road, but I gotta tell you: IT’S A BIG DEAL! Not only does it mean that we had to find somewhere to live (details….mere details) but the home that we’ve lived in for the last 7 years has been sold, and all of a sudden, shit’s gotten real!

When we first moved into our little brick house in the ‘burbs, I’ve gotta be honest, she wasn’t pretty! A boring brick home deep in suburbia, her interior had not been touched since she was first decorated in the 70’s. There was A LOT of brown and orange, There was A LOT of hideous wallpaper and some truly heinous carpet. Pretty much every surface need an overhaul and over the next couple of days and weeks, that’s exactly what happened!

Fast forward 7 years and we’re about to say goodbye to our first real ‘home’ as a couple, and as a family! It was in this house that we had our first pet as a couple, It was here that we celebrated many milestones: Getting engaged, getting married, and bringing home our first baby, and most recently our second baby! The garage was home to my very first car, and the lounge-room was where I sat and dreamed up my own business. Fair to say, there’s a lot of memories here, and I’m not sure how I’m going to feel when we leave this ol’ girl behind and move on to greener pastures in a couple of days time!

The plan had always been to move to the Coast once our second baby was born, however the original plan was to rent a cute little two-bedder by beach, and just live the simple life for 12 months while we figured out where we’d eventually settle.  Well fast forward a month or two, throw in a newborn baby and all of a sudden we’re about to reach settlement on our VERY FIRST HOME! I still can’t really believe it myself, but as of yesterday we now own our very first house, and it’s WALKING DISTANCE TO THE BEACH! BOOM!

Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a rushed decision and it certainly wasn’t an easy one as it was made when I was very pregnant and full of crazy hormones, but as our moving day has now arrived, its starting to look like our ‘one-day’ dream is very quickly becoming our new reality! The process to get there was not a pleasant one, dealing with incompetent mortgage brokers, solictors and the dreaded bank….pretty much every deadline got stretched out and there were countless mistakes and drama’s along the way, but in three hours time there will be a removalists truck rocking up and removing every piece of furniture we own!

At the moment, I’m so sleep deprived its hard to know how I feel about it all – A mixture of excitement, dread, nostalgia…but most of all I have an overwhelming need to get my family settled.  Poor Ivy was born into an environment of disarray, and after having just turned three weeks old yesterday (what was supposed to be our moving day) I’m sure she’ll be excited to know that she’ll have an actual cot and a more permanent place to reside! Violet has also struggled to understand what’s going on and although we keep telling her we are going to live ‘at the beach’, it doesn’t seem to have sunk-in just yet!

Hopefully once we all arrive at our new home, it’s 45 year old charm (complete with a loft, spiral staircase, and trap door) will soothe us all into our new lifestyle and it will prove to be the best decision we ever made! Either way, I’ll keep you posted!

Have you ever made a Sea-Change? Tell me, was it was the best thing you ever did? (PLEASE!)

Welcome to the world, Ivy Merle!

Dear Ivy Merle,

Welcome to the world sweet girl! I can’t believe you’re really here! I feel like I was pregnant with you for the shortest time, and now you’re actually here with us on the ‘outside’ it just feels so surreal!

You were due on the 18th of September, but decided you’d wait a couple of days and make sure we were ready for you, and I gotta say after two nights in a row of contractions and labour pains, and not to mention zero sleep…your Dad and I could not have been more keen to finally meet you!

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You started to make your presence known at midnight the night before you arrived, but because we’d had a few false starts the previous night I just didn’t believe that you were really coming, so I tried my best to just sleep and ignore the niggles and pain. Eventually though, it all got a bit too much and your poor Daddy was at his wits end as to what to do….so he told me to get in the shower.  As soon as I did, I had this overwhelming feeling that despite not having regular, strong contractions that you were COMING! I got out of the shower, called Megan our lovely midwife, and she told us she’d meet us at the hospital.

At 4:30am, your Daddy and I drove to the hospital, and I remember thinking I mustn’t really be in labour as I felt so lucid and ‘normal’, making a point of warning your Dad about the speed camera as we entered the highway. The trip to the hospital was uneventful, and as we parked and then entered the hospital foyer I remember thinking how different I felt the last time I was there….I could barely walk and was having contractions every few steps. Poor Daddy had a look of terror like I was going to give birth right there in reception.  This time though, I was chatting to the admissions staff and trying to look more ‘in labour’ than I felt as I was too tired to go home and start the whole process again!

That said, I was given a quick once over by the midwives upon arrival and was told that we were good to go, and I could ‘start pushing if I wanted too’. WHAT?!?!?! That was a surprise but I was SO excited that you’d be with us in a matter of hours! In the end, we were only in the birth suite for 2 hours and at 6:28am you had
arrived!!!

I remember them handing you to me, and me marvelling at your dark hair! I also commented on how tiny you were, but that comment was met with laughter because you were 9lb 1 oz, which is hardly tiny! (But it was in comparison to you big sis!). You had a little blue face (a little bruised that’s all) and you hollered from the moment you arrived until you were able to have your first feed. I was instantly smitten, and so was your Daddy!

Because you were so efficient and healthy, we were excited to be heading home from the hospital before lunch time that same day, and then it was time for you to meet your sister! She seemed happy that you were here, but was more excited about the Wiggles book that you’d bought her and her doll’s new blankets and baby carrier! Sisters snuggling in bed ? photo 12019811_10153066774806957_829042767081768347_n_zpsc1hpy16w.jpg

Your Granny came and helped look after you for the first week you were at home as Daddy had to go back to work.  We quickly learned that you’re a cuddler like your sister, and that you liked to feed but for the first few nights decided to throw up every bit of milk I could muster! Despite that, you fit in to the family easily and without fuss, and we were all so happy to have you here finally!

As I write this, you are now 9 days old but it feels as if you’ve been with us forever. Here’s what we know about you already:

  • You love your food, and the only time you cry is when you’re hungry!
  • You are a happy baby! You already smile several times a day and its the sweetest thing EVER!
  • You look like your sister, but are also different in a lot of ways. Your hair is darker and you seem to have the european bloodlines because your skin is darker too!
  • Yo
    u have a good constitution – Just as soon as I change your nappy, I’m needing to change it again!
  • You are low-maintenance, which I didn’t think was possible because your sister was the same, and we were warned we wouldn’t get two ‘good ones’ but it seems we lucked out because you’ve been an angel so far!

Despite it being early days, I just know that you are going to make the most beautiful addition to our family, and that your big sister Violet is going to be your bestest friend! She already insists on holding you all the time “I hold it, Mummy?” and she will plant a kiss on you any chance she gets. Your cousins are equally smitten by you and you’ve had no shortage of attention and cuddles from family and friends!

We are so happy to finally have you here with us little Ivy Merle and we look forward to watching you grow and change as the days, weeks and months fly by.

We love you!

xoxo Your Mama