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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Jacs, Ben and Leonora