Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Is your heart at home?

What a difference a year can make. Twelve months ago I was breastfeeding around the clock and carefully nurturing our newborn bundle, this year I am a fully fledged Mum of a busy toddler who has just celebrated his 1st birthday and Christmas.

Yep, the mummy training wheels are well and truly off and I feel I've added many more feathers in my cap this past year: sandwich maker extraordinaire, building block architect, pram packer expert, and healer-with-a-cuddle... just to name a few.

Yet while I've been learning about life, love and this little being we've created, said boy has been learning and growing in what can only be described as epic proportions. In the two wonderful weeks we have just spent with our extended family in the mother country, his latest feats include (but are not limited to):
  • Figuring out how to put {the right} shapes {into the right holes} in the shape sorter (thanks Aunty Hayley)
  • Getting into a sitting position from his tummy, on slippery tiles, without moving backwards (thanks Grandad)
  • Manoeuvring forwards, backwards and side to side on a little toy trike (thanks Granny, Poppa and Nonnie)
  • Developing his own kind of sign language - hands up and waving, hands on eyes, hands on mouth, hands on side of head, hands on tummy, and {my favourite} hand on heart (thanks Aunty Jasmine)
  • Ate a raw stick of carrot (I was impressed!), and cake, and a piece of chicken, and ham, and other grown-up food (thanks Daddy, and all the chefs)
  • Riding a {rocking} horse (thanks Nana and Poppa)
  • Sleeping soooooo well (thanks everyone for tiring him out by keeping him so entertained)...

Incredible what a 1-year-old "sponge" can do in two weeks when exposed to new experiences, new environments and new people. All I managed to sponge was rich food and endless bubbles.

So, after being the star attraction every day for the last two weeks, he was a little bored with just his Mummy during our first day back as a twosome yesterday. I already miss seeing his face light up at a familiar grandparent who adores him back just as much. I miss watching him learn from his extended family; he really did blossom in every single way.

Loving the lawn
New Zealand (namely my hometown Christchurch, where we spent most of our holiday) held other surprises too. It seemed to sparkle. The quiet streets immediately relaxed me. The houses with lawns and children playing were a welcome sight. The newly created city mall with perfect coffee and colourful boutiques made me feel all kiwiana. My heart broke just a little when we had to leave.

I thought I had grown out of New Zealand many years ago, when the bright lights, thriving crowds and trendy apartment living of Sydney beckoned. But if I'm honest, if home is where the heart is, then I haven't been at home in Sydney for a while now.

Perhaps 2013 will hold some big changes for us.

Tell me, what do you hope is in store for you this year?


  1. And now you've made me cry :(... My heart is not home either... but we live here for now.... Sending love and hoping the fires are contained soon.

    1. Thankfully we weren't directly affected by the fires, but the heatwave seems to be neverending. Crazy weather here and where you are too! Thanks for all your comments. Let's hope both of our hearts feel better this year :)

  2. Just moved home and the heart feels good. Follow your heart Mel. xox

    1. Thanks honey - should have more to share on this very soon! xx


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