Ben’s 30th Birthday!

It’s been a little while since our last proper post. We’ve been busy getting to know the newest member of our family and loving every minute of it. Leonora is absolutely incredible. She is so sweet and has a beautifully soft temperament…now that we’ve treated her silent reflux! She was a little bit unsettled for a while and understandably as she was in a lot of pain from the stomach acid burning her oesophagus! But we’re on top of it – no nuts, dairy or chocolate for Mummy anymore (which is probably a blessing in disguise to help lose the last ten lbs of preggie weight!). She is really strong – holding her head up and holding her own weight on her feet. She is giggling and smiling constantly and has learned some pretty cute/funny sounds that she practices all the time :-) We even took her for her first swim. Check out the photos below.

We celebrated Ben’s big 3-0 on the weekend with a intimate dinner party and wine tasting at home. We asked everyone to bring their favourite memory and photo of Ben to share with the group – there were some hilarious stories and even better photos shared. It was such fun.

In other exciting news we sold our apartment AND bought a new one on the same day! We move into our new place in Mosman in two weeks and can not wait!!! It’s just around the corner from Ben’s parent’s and walking distance to Balmoral. We even convinced Mom to come and help us move (take care of Leo!). We will put some photos up of the place when we move in.

We’re getting ready for our visit to the US in May for Jess and Mike’s wedding. We’re really excited to see everyone and introduce our bundle of joy to all our loved ones in the US.

Here are a couple of photos from the last few weeks. Hope you’re all well and lots of love from us three.

Taking Leo for her first swim

Taking Leo for her first swim

Leonora 2 months

Leonora 2 months

Mummy and baby

Mummy and baby

Smiley bear!!

Smiley bear!!

Ben's 30th

Ben’s 30th

Family fun at Ben's 30th

Family fun at Ben’s 30th

Nat knighting Ben during her speech

Nat knighting Ben during her speech

Happy birthday love Leonora

Happy birthday love Leonora

So strong and killing it during tummy time!

So strong and killing it during tummy time!

Leonora is one month old!

One Month Old

It has been a wonderful (if a little tiring) month since we brought little Leonora home. Ben had the first two weeks off work, and mom has been visiting. It was wonderful having her here for almost 6 weeks and I was super sad when she left 2 days ago – but only 66 days until we visit California. She has been a huge help with Leo too. Leonora misses her Nonna too! Lucky for FaceTime which we now do for hours each day!

Nonna, Jacs and Leo

We’re living at Ian and Siena’s right now and things are going really well. We’ve been adjusting to having Leo here – it really is a full time job that takes some adjusting to since she needs feeding every 2 hours or so, and that takes a while so really there is no time to do anything (I even need help brushing teeth). It’s been such a blessing to be here where Siena cooks lovely dinners and helps with anything we need.

Ben and his assistant

Leonora is such a gorgeous little girl and we have been having such an amazing time getting to know her. She has been changing quickly – putting on weight and getting much more alert. Her eyes follow things now and she even gives me a little smile sometimes!

Ben's Fam

Other than looking after Leo, we haven’t done all of that much the past month. It has been great being in Mosman though since we’ve been able to spend some time by the pool, and taking Leonora for morning strolls down to Balmoral… and even out to an occasional dinner.

Nonna and Leo

Lots of friends have been coming over to meet Leo, and we did have a couple of people over for a BBQ to celebrate Australia Day which was fun.

Leo with Jacek - her Uncle Ya Ya

Leo with Jacek – her Uncle Ya Ya

The other day I had my own little ‘mothers group’ at the house (my proper one starts at the beginning of March) – Kylie, Jess and Andy all brought over their cute little ones. It is so lovely having friends going through similar things.

Mothers Tea

Over the past month we’ve also been visited by our family friends from Michigan (The Roots), so we had fun seeing them. We had dinner at Bathers, Ben and Mom took them out for cocktails and dinner in the Rocks, and we had a delicious dinner in Manly which Sarah and Jason joined… and Bon went out partying with the Roots after – she enjoyed the freedom after all of the Nonna duties!

Family Trip to Manly

We’ve also been visited by our good friend James Spalding from the UK – he surprised us with a visit for a few day with the help of Rory who kindly hosted him. The visitors didn’t stop there, and Ben’s friend from Berkeley, Reid came with work for a few days so we had a great time catching up with him. Over the weekend we also had all of Ben’s Berkeley friends that live in Sydney over for a delicious brunch at the house.

James' Visit

One other bit of exciting news is that we are selling our apartment – it is going to auction on March 1st which is super exciting, scary and also sad since it really has been a great place.

All in all a great first month! Here are a couple of other photos from the past month for you :-)

BW head photo

Jacs and Leo

BW foot photo

Leo in white

Leo

xx
Jacs, Ben and Leonora

And we’re home!

We brought Leonora Grace home from the hospital today. It is still very surreal that we are actually parents to a beautiful baby girl. We managed to safely bring her home and we’re settling into ‘real life’ now. Here are a couple of shots of our sweet little Leo.

xxx Jacs and Ben

Little Leonora Grace

Little Leonora Grace

Settled in her car seat!

Settled in her car seat!

Talking to Daddy!

Talking to Daddy!

Beautiful girl

Beautiful girl

Daddy and Daughter getting ready to come home from the hospital!

Daddy and Daughter getting ready to come home from the hospital!

Welcome to the world baby girl

Welcome to the World…

Leonora Grace

Leonora Grace Buchanan

Our dear family and friends,

At 2:35 a.m on January 16th, we enthusiastically welcomed our baby girl to our family. We are totally head over heels in love with her! She has her mother’s sweet temperament and her father’s eyes.

She has already melted our hearts. Both Jacs and Leo are healthy, albeit a bit exhausted, and recovering well.

We will be in touch with more photos and information once we’ve had time to settle into our new roles as Daddy and Mummy.

Lots of Love
Ben and Jacqueline

Leonora Grace Buchanan
16 January 2014
7 lb, 7 oz / 3.37 kg
19.7 inches / 50 cm

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas

Looking back on 2013, it has been a great year for us filled with adventures, great friends, and big changes with our move back to Sydney. 2014 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years yet with Baby B only a couple weeks away. Right now we’re enjoying a staycation in Sydney. Jacs is finished with work and on maternity leave and I’m all done with traveling. I have 2 weeks off work, and we’re house sitting for mum and dad so are loving being near the beach and having the pool. For Christmas Day (can’t believe that is tomorrow), we’re doing a brunch just the two of us, and are then spending the afternoon with the Latham’s (Sarah’s family) who have kindly invited us to join their Christmas.

We want to wish all of our friends and family across the world a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. We’re so grateful to have you all in our lives.

You’ll be hearing from us again soon, with a new addition to our family!

xx
Ben and Jacs

A huge surprise for this Mom to be

Since our last update, we’ve both been plugging along at work. Ben’s been travelling internationally quite a bit with an interesting project and I had a big product launch for the new Sea-Doo Spark. We engaged pro-surfer Sally Fitzgibbons to be our ambassador and had a huge media event on the water in Sydney. It was a really fun consumer launch – a nice change after all of the work for NSW Health the last few months. Plus it was super cool to hang with Sally…we’re totally best buds now. Just kidding ? I’ve also signed on with a beautiful yoga studio, Energy and More, to teach next year after I have the baby. I’m really excited – it’s a beautiful community of yogis unlike any community here in Sydney I’ve found. I finish up work at my firm in two weeks so will start to focus on the fact we have a baby coming sometime in January! Work has been so full on, neither of us have really had time to prepare. So anyway here is a bit of info on what we’ve been up to…

Keiren and Will came to visit Sydney for a week for their honeymoon, which was awesome. Having the whole family together was really special – especially since neither Ben or I had met Will! We had some lovely dinners at home, a few nights out on the town, an exciting wedding celebration at the house, and did a beautiful hike together before they made their way back to London and New York. We’re looking forward to seeing them again in May when we all meet up in California.

Nat, Nix and Siena threw a spectacular baby shower for us last weekend. The cherry on top – my Mom and Marty surprised me and flew in especially for the shower!!!! ? It was such a wonderful surprise (although I have to admit I knew something fishy was going on when Mom kept asking me about the weather!) It’s been difficult for me being so far away from home and Mom and experiencing pregnancy for the first time, so having her here for a week was beyond amazing.

The shower was good fun. We decided to have a joint shower so boys and kids were all invited. The boys were even asked to treat a raw egg as their baby and look after it all day without it cracking! I’ll tell you now, best Dad award did not go to Ben! Not only was his egg broken within the first few hours, but during the blindfolded nappy changing exercise his stuffed animal somehow ended up with a nappy on its head rather than bum! Looks like we have some work to do before January! ? We had a gorgeously decadent cake from Anthea at Sweet Art, delicious PASTEURISED brie cheese, gourmet dips and lots of laughter.

Mum and Dad to Be

Me and Mom at the Shower

Thanks to Nat, Nix and Siena for such a wonderful shower and to all our friends that made it so special. We had a blast and hope you did too!

Mom and Dad to Be

Mom and Dad to Be

The next day Mom, Marty and I headed to Bondi and did the Bondi to Bronte walk. We finished just in time as the heavens opened for a FOUR day downpour. That night Mom and Marty had booked tickets to see the Seekers and Ben and I had a work dinner but we met up after for drinks at Honey Ryder. The next day was the shower followed by dinner at Bathers. On Sunday we spent the morning exploring the Rocks, brunch overlooking the Opera House and Bridge and then headed to Double Bay to stroll around the shops. We headed back to our neck of the woods for a bottle of wine at Small Bar, our fave local wine bar, and a rest at our house before grabbing an early dinner at Nepalese Kitchen. Mom and Marty loved Nepalese Kitchen! Unfortunately, Ben had to leave straight from there for work for two weeks. The next day we went to the NSW Art Gallery, had my third trimester ultrasound and then went shopping in Paddington before a quiet dinner at home.

Nonna and her granddaughter on the Bondi to Bronte

Nonna and her granddaughter on the Bondi to Bronte

While I was at work, Mom and Marty took advantage of the first nice day of their visit and headed into the city – walked across the bridge to the Rocks, up George St, around Hyde Park, the Opera House and pretty much the entire CBD. That night was Mom and Dad’s 32nd wedding anniversary so I took her out to dinner at the Victoria Tea Rooms in Darlinghurst. We celebrated with delicious cocktails (and mocktails for me!) and ordered their infamous chocolate fondue for dessert – which honestly is like the size of four meals. The next day Mom and Marty headed to the zoo – it was such a lovely day for it too so I’m glad they made the most of their last day in town. When I finished work we headed to Manly to enjoy the evening and walk along the beach before dinner at Manly Wines.

It was such a short but such a sweet trip. It was the best baby shower gift ever.

Ben has been travelling lots with work, but making the most of it and checking out some cool cities all over Asia – Korean BBQ in Seoul and roof top bars all over KL (including this cool helipad bar). He had a weekend in KL with another work mate so had a few late nights at some pretty awesome bars.

Hellipad Bar in KL

Hellipad Bar in KL

This weekend we had our childbirth class, celebrated Thanksgiving with a few friends at home, and Ben kicked butt in his Bondi to Bronte swim (I have to admit I was pretty jealous I didn’t get do it with him…next year I suppose!). He was amazing and was at the finish line so quickly…not that any of us are surprised…he never ceases to amaze does he!? EDIT FROM BEN: Times are in – I finished in 37:30 which I’m super happy with!

Ben and Simon after they killed it in the swim!

Ben and Simon after they killed it in the swim!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We’ll be sure to post again soon!

Lots of love, laughter and pumpkin pie to you!
Ben, Jacs and Baby B!