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.
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
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
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
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!
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!