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What a wonderful weekend and week I have had celebrating my first Christmas.  Mummy and daddy did everything they could to make it special and memorable.

Once I finished blogging on Christmas eve I went to bed so mummy and daddy could enjoy their Christmas Eve feast. I was a such a good girl and stayed asleep until morning and woke up to find heaps of presents under the tree.  Santa must have noticed that I was a good girl all year because he spoilt me. Mummy and daddy also saved a lot of my presents for me to open in the morning so I was a busy girl.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that Santa had left me everything I had asked for. We skyped my nanny Mindy so she could watch me wake up and unwrap my presents and play with my toys, it was nice to see her and daddy’s Aunty Diane. Nanny Mindy bought me a big Blue rocking horse, some blocks and an indoor tent. So far I have played with these the most, mummy pours my blocks out on my mat but I like to keep my play area tidy and put all the blocks back in the bucket they came in. Daddy has put some of my new toys in the indoor tent and I crawl inside and play with them, hiding from mummy and daddy. There are so many toys to mention that mummy made it easy for me and took photo’s of each toy so I can remember forever who got me what.  Thank you to everyone who bought me a present, I am going to be so busy for months now playing with my new toys.  Mummy and daddy promise to take me out tomorrow for a spin on my new smart trike.

Look at all my presents!

Thankyou Cora, Kristy and Clayton for my FairyToadstool cottage. I love it!

Big cuddles for my rocking Caterpillar. Yeehaa!! I was a bit nervous when I first got on, but I love it now! Thank you Nan and G Dad. xx

Thank you Aunty Nicole for my adorable outfit, it is a perfect fit. xx

Baby Annabel and my first French and English driving lesson. Thank you Oma!! I will be able to speak french to mummies friend Kristy.

Daddy cooked up some amazing scrambled eggs and Salmon, and they sipped on pink Champagne for breakfast.  Daddy’s eggs are pretty amazing, they are so fluffy and creamy, I had mine with toast. After I had finished y breakfast and played with my new toys we packed some up and drove over to Angel in North London.  Mummy and daddy’s friends were having an Aussie Oprhan Christmas.  Lots of our Aussie friends weren’t with family this year, so this was the next best thing.  We all bought something that reminded us of home or was a family tradition.  Mummy had made a pavlova from scratch, it turned out pretty good, she also bought some yummy king prawns left over from last night and a bottle of Jagermeister.  It was so much fun! I tried my first prawn- wasn’t really a fan to be honest and I left the Oysters for the adults, they looked very slimy.  I also got to try the yummy roast of Turducken.  What is Turducken I hear you ask?  It’s a bird in a bird in a bird – Turkey stuffed with Duck stuffed with Chicken and lots of yummy stuffing between each layer, it was massive and very delicious. Of course mummy kept a close eye on me when dessert came out because we know how much daddy likes to sneak me the good stuff.  Instead I had a little bit of the fruit from the pavlova, no christmas pud for me this year.

Giddyup horsey!! Thank you Nanny Mindy. xx

 

 My first baby, thank you Oma. xx

Cuddles with JD

Sonders snuck me a cheese biscuit, yummy!

I think someone got my presents mixed up with daddy's secret santa present.

Later in the evening the adults had a game of Evil secret santa.  They were all very loud and it looked like a lot of fun as they could steal each other’s presents.  Mummy was very cheeky and stole Rae’s snuggie, Rae was not impressed.  Luckily when it came to opening my presents no one was allowed to take them from me.  Rae and Sonders bought me a beautiful white christmas bear and Uncle JD bought me a soft rattle toy for my pram.  Mummy and daddy had more surprises for me again in a stocking.  Mummy had hidden some presents from my Aunty Nicole in Germany, she bought two very cute outfits and some warm thick socks that say ‘I love mummy’ and ‘I love daddy’.

More presents!

 The magnificant Turducken

The Christmas Feast!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

hiding out in my tent

We managed to get home at a reasonable time but we were exhausted.  Mummy’s pants looked a lot tighter than they were in the morning and daddy looked very tired, as was I.

I had such a wonderful first Christmas, thank you to everyone who bought me a present and wished me a wonderful first Christmas. I missed my family and friends back in Australia but my friends here made my day very special.

Playing with my blocks, thanks you Nanny Mindy. xx

Taking my new bike out for a spin in Turnham Green. Thank you Omi and Poppy I LOVE it!!

cool rider

Help daddy!! I am stuck!

What an amazing year I have had, stay tuned as mummy is working on a little end of year surprise for everyone.

H x

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Just chilling out looking cool in Judes jimjams

Only 4 more sleeps till Santa visits and I can’t wait!! Mummy said I have been a very good girl all year so Santa will definitely come to visit.  Mummy on the other hand has been very naughty and hasn’t helped me catch up on my blogging so I don’t think Santa will leave her any presents under the tree.

Last time I blogged I fed Reindeer and I went shopping, well this week (2 weeks ago) was a super busy and interesting week for mummy and I.  As usual the start of the week was fairly quiet, it gives mummy time to do housework and grocery shopping etc. On the Wednesday when I woke up mummy wasn’t in bed like usual.  Daddy got me ready in the morning and packed my bag for the day and we went for a ride in the car.  Daddy said mummy had a big day in Norwich, learning how to take pictures of newborn babies.  She is always on photography websites and looking at newborn pictures, and so she thinks that one day she might like to make some money doing that and still get to spend plenty of time with me.  I think she mostly wants to do it so she can spoil me and buy me all the clothes and toys I want.  I didn’t go to work with daddy though, it’s way to dangerous with all his tools laying about the jobsite.  Hammers, nails and stairs are not really suitable toys for babies my age.  So daddy dropped me off to Jo’s place and I got to have a girly day with Jo and Lucille.  I had so much fun and I was on my best behaviour.

Mummy is trying to catch me and put me in the bath

Mummy got home late and I was already in bed alseep but I woke up when I heard her voice. I missed her and I know she missed me because she gave me the biggest hug ever and well, she told me so.   I stayed up a little bit later so spend some time with mummy and daddy, they were talking about mummy going on the train again tomorrow…. I had no idea where we were going.

I didn’t have to get up quite so early on Thursday morning, which was good because I stayed up a bit later the night before.  I knew we had another adventure today but I wasn’t exactly sure what was going on.  Mummy had packed an overnight bag and we made our way to the tube, all the way to Waterloo station.  From here we got on another train but it was different from the tube train, firstly it was above ground and secondly there were lots of fancier seats and a toilet.  There is a special spot on the train for handicap or Prams, so we settled in this spot for 90mins until we arrived at our destination – Southampton.  We were visiting mummy’s friend from Australia Rebecca and her 3 boys – Oliver, Luca and Jude.  They have a lovely house full of toys! I got to play with blocks and cars, trucks and all sorts of new and interesting things.  Jude is the same age as me, so I showed him how to crawl, which I have to say, my style of crawling has improved greatly.  Mummy says I don’t crawl like a slug anymore and I am really quick! I found a fun game where I would chase Oliver into the kitchen, then he would go back to the lounge so I would follow him again, I was his shadow. I was really enjoying all the space to crawl around.  All four of us had a bath together, this was the first time I noticed that boys are different to girls, if you know what I mean? They are loud and boisterous, that was what you were thinking as well, right?

Jude and I playing with his blocks

Hey Santa, can I please have some blocks for Christmas?

Bath time mummy!

 The boys are really well behaved and went straight to sleep at bedtime, I decided to make a big of noise but after a while I got myself to sleep.  I had such a fun day and didn’t know what to expect for tomorrow, this was our week of adventure.  I missed my daddy and I know he missed me too, but I think he had a good night with the boys – JD and Pally.

Friday morning was hectic with everyone getting ready even the boys had been up a long time before mummy and I.  They were pretty much ready to get out the door and go to Pixies Nursery before mummy and I had breakfast.  Oliver and Jude went to Nursery for the day and we went with Bec and Luca to the doctors.  It was actually a really cool doctors office, very new and high tech.  They had all these games and toys, I played with them all.  My favourite was a tunnel but it was more like crawling over a small hill in a tunnel and I wasn’t scared going through it, I had a big grin on my face the whole time. We stayed that night, because Saturday we were on nanny duty.  Bec was taking Oliver to Peppa Pig World, which sounds amazing and I hope mummy takes me one day when I am big enough to enjoy all the rides.  Luca and Jude are lots of fun to play with and I was very envious of their toy collection. We had cottage pie for lunch and it was my first time trying it and loved it! Must have been Bec’s yummy cooking because I am not usually a fan of lunch.  When Oliver came home from Peppa Pig world, he told us all about how much fun he had on all the rides.  Santa was there too, man that guy gets around! He also bought mummy a big chocolate lollipop and a lovely T-shirt for me. We had so much fun in Southampton I was sad to go but excited to see my daddy, I missed him.

We caught the train home in the afternoon, but my adventure wasn’t over yet…. We didn’t go home when daddy picked us up from the station, we went to Henry and Lucille’s house.  Daddy had his work party and his boss is Henry and Lucille’s daddy.  Mummy likes hanging out with their mummy Jo, so they bought a few bottles of wine and had a girly night.  When I arrived at their house Henry was so excited to see me and immediately wanted to have a bath with me.  I love Henry, he calls me Baby Harlow. We splashed about and played with his bath toys, then I had some dinner and it was already time for bed.  I think that was mummy’s plan so her and Jo could hang out whilst us babies slept.  I had other plans though, I took a little while to go to sleep and kept Henry up with my crying, but in the end I got tired and finally fell asleep around 10pm.  I think mummy and Jo had a rather late night, as I heard mummy creep into the room at a ridiculous time of the morning, and daddy came home shortly after.

The weekend wasn’t over yet, as we had plans for Sunday as well. We slept in for a little bit, which I think daddy was glad for.   But once mummy woke up, it was go go go! She literally had to push daddy out of bed, as we had to get home and cleaned up then catch the tube to Southwark.  Aunty Kristy was having a farewell birthday/xmas lunch with friends before she jet-setted back to Australia for a holiday with Julien.  She was visiting her family in Sydney and showing Julien all the nice things we have back in Australia.  I wonder if he will get to see a Koala bear like the one I have in my bed.  I bet he will get to swim in the beach, something I never got to do before we moved here.  I have heard from Omi and G Nan that the weather hasn’t been nice, so I hope it warms up for them.  Mummy and daddy were a little late but they had a lovely roast beef lunch and they dressed me up like an Elf which everyone loved.  Kristy has some lovely friends which means I got lots of cuddles, even from the boys!

On Tuesday mummy took me to visit Santa in Hyde Park.  This was our second attempt as our first was a disaster. This time we went as soon as it opened which was a much better idea than going on a Sunday.  There wasn’t even a line up so I got to spend lots of time with Santa telling him everything I wanted for Christmas.  To be honest I was a little bit nervous of him, all that white hair and deep voice put me off.  I wasn’t my usual smiling self.  He was very impressed with my elf outfit and I am pretty sure if mummy wasn’t keeping an eye on him, he might have put me in his sleigh and recruit me to help in the North pole with the other elves.

I am still not up to date with everything we have been doing this December, so if mummy doesn’t mind we are going to try and get up to date in this blog because the next few days are HUGE and we might get behind again. I never knew how busy one month could.   December is by far the busiest month of the year, not just because of Christmas and New year but it’s also Mummy’s birthday!  Wednesday 14th December, mummy woke to find me awake in my cot holding a card and a very tasty looking chocolate.  I did my best to get into the chocolate whilst she was still asleep but mummy got it away from me in time, and ate it all, I didn’t even get a chance to smell that sweet scent of coconut as she opened it, she ate it that quickly. She had another card waiting for her in the kitchen from daddy, that was just a small surprise to start the day.  We met my friends Charlie, William and their mums for lunch at the Crown and Anchor pub in Chiswick.  It is kinda of our usual place on a Wednesday, we usually go after Hartbeeps, however Hartbeeps has finished for the year.  We spent a couple of hours in the pub, the mummies drank some wine and us babies all slept.  When daddy came home, he told us girls to get ready for a night out, he had a surprise up his sleeve. Mummy put on a pretty dress and I just dressed warmly for the night.  Daddy drove us to Clapham to mummies favourite restaurant in London, El Rincon Latino.  Mummy and daddy used to visit this place when they lived just around the corner and also before they got together.  They have had some really fun nights there and tonight was another to add to the list.  Daddy had organised lots of mummies friends to meet him there and surprise her.  I was a good girl and I fell asleep, but I heard everyone partying till quite late.  They all shared yummy tapas and drank lots of Sangria.  Leroy and Natalie, JD1, JD2, Fran, Jo and Pally were all there to celebrate mummy’s birthday, they all sang very loudly when the cake came out but I was such a good girl and slept soundly in my pram.  I think mummy had a really lovely birthday but was sad she is facing her last year in her twenties.

Trying to eat mummy's present

Going out for mummy's birthday

 

We were meant to visit Kristy on Thursday for lunch but mummy and I weren’t feeling very well, she had a sore throat earlier in the week and it had developed into a cough and runny nose, so we spent the morning in bed and later in the afternoon we had to get a few last minute Christmas presents and post them to Australia – sorry everyone my mummy is not known for her timing and I think we may have missed the deadline for presents to arrive in time for Christmas.  So we re-scheduled lunch with Kristy for Friday. We caught the bus to Oxford street and  met her at her work, we had lots of presents stuffed into my pram as it is Kristy’s birthday very soon and we also had Christmas presents.  We had pizza for lunch and mummy even shared her crust with me, it was DELICOUS! I am a big fan of pizza crust. They had a lovely lunch and I was a good girl for the most part.  Mummy got very spoilt by Kristy, she got a beautiful gold locket necklace from House of Harlow.  Kristy chose very well, because I have seen mummy put that exact necklace in her wishlist for Christmas. She also got a lovely scarf and book, she got very spoilt, as did I. I wasn’t expecting any presents as it was Kristy and Mummy’s day but Kristy surprised me! She really spoilt me too, I got the best bear from Harrods, it is so soft and when you turn his tale he plays ‘you are my sunshine’. I also got some lovely clothes and my first Christmas ornament from Selfridges.

Asleep with my new teddy - Thank you Kristy

Mummy wanted to visit Ikea and Toys r Us on Saturday so much to daddy’s disappointment, we made our way there fairly early in the morning to beat the crowds.  I am not sure what mummy had to get as she kept everything fairly well hidden in a big bag.   Then in the evening mummy and daddy dressed up in some hideous festive jumpers, I don’t know what they were thinking but I wouldn’t be caught dead in a cardigan donning multiple Santas and I am pretty sure daddy was wearing a womans cardigan. They were going to a party in Angel, Rae and Sonders annual festive jumper party.  I was spending the night with Sarah and Danny.  I really like going to their place, this time they had a Christmas tree and I decided to help re-decorate it. I have lots of fun with Sarah and Danny, I can’t wait for their baby to arrive, I will have another little friend to play with and Mummy and Sarah can hang out together.

Thank you Sarah and Danny for looking after me

Crawling around Sarah and Danny's house - catch me if you can!

These railings are great for getting around

Wow!! so much to catch up on, I am sorry my mummy hasn’t had time to help me blog.  We are almost up to date, we just have the last few days to write about, but I might save that for next time.  I promise to write again soon as it will be all about Christmas.

Hideous festive jumpers - what a pair!

I think I have remembered everything, other than a few updates on what I new tricks I can do.  When we are at home or in the car, I clap my hands to music and start to bob up and down.  I can get myself so quickly around the house, mummy sometimes doesn’t realise I am right behind her and almost trips up and finally much to mummy’s delight, I am saying ‘mum mum mum’.  I managed to time it well, for her birthday.  The other great news is that our internet is fixed, so there really is no excuse to keep this blog up to date.

It’s not long till Christmas now (4 sleeps infact) so I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! There are a few first Christmas’ for my friends Cora, Jake, Ada and my cousin Jordy, I hope they have a very special day and Santa makes all their wishes come true.

H x

Quack Quack!

 

Eating mummy's leg, I am her shadow these days

There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo

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There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo

Have you heard of the Gruffalo? It’s story that is very popular over here at the moment. It’s about a small mouse walking through the forest. On his way the mouse encounters several dangerous animals (a fox, an owl, and a snake). Each of these animals, intends on eating the mouse, invites him back to their home for a meal. The cunning mouse declines each offer. To scare them off to protect himself he tells each animal that he has plans to dine with his friend, a gruffalo, whose favourite food happens to be the relevant animal, and describes the features of the gruffalo’s monstrous anatomy. Frightened that the gruffalo might eat it, each animal flees. Knowing the gruffalo to be fictional, the mouse gloats thus:
Silly old fox/owl/snake, doesn’t he know?
there’s no such thing as a gruffalo!

After being quit of the last animal, the mouse is shocked to encounter a real gruffalo – with all the frightening features the mouse thought that he was inventing. The gruffalo threatens to eat the mouse, but again the mouse is cunning: he tells the gruffalo that he, the mouse, is the scariest animal in the forest. Laughing, the gruffalo agrees to follow the mouse as he demonstrates how feared he is. The two walk through the forest, encountering in turn the animals that had earlier menaced the mouse. Each is terrified by the sight of the pair and runs off – and each time the gruffalo becomes more impressed with the mouse’s apparent toughness. Exploiting this, the mouse threatens to eat the gruffalo, which flees.

This is the Gruffalo story book

The real-life Gruffalo!

Well I was very lucky on the weekend, the Gruffalo was visiting Selfridges. So mummy and I caught a big red bus into Oxford Street and met him on level 4 in the Toy shop. I was very brave and had a photo with him. He tried to give me a big or (or eat me, I am not quite sure) but my quick reflexes went into action and I grabbed his sharp teeth and pushed him away. There were lots of little kids there to visit him and most of them were quite scared of him. I think my leopard print jacket may have confused him so I know he wouldn’t eat me. It was a strategic move from mummy.

On Sunday we caught the tube into Covent Garden and had brunch with Rae, Craig and Uncle JD. Craig loves Christmas and he bought me a nice little Christmas outfit. It was very cute and I modelled it for everyone at brekky. Rae was lovely she wanted to smother me in kisses and cuddles. I wasn’t too sure of her pram driving skills but I loved her cuddles. After brunch we checked out the sights of Covent Garden, mummy wanted to take me to feed the Reindeers but then we found out they were only there on Saturdays, so that will have to be left for another day’s adventures. We did encounter a giant grass Reindeer, a big Christmas tree and a strange scary looking man. There are lots of buskers in Covent Garden, some are funny, some are creative but most of them are a little freaky. There was one particular man who was dressed up like some kind of ancient beast of a man. I didn’t really like him but I think Craig took a liking to him.

Group Brunch

My new Christmas outfit, thanks Craig. x

JD cuddles

Craigy!

After the buskers we were going to walk to Hamley’s Toy store, the biggest and best toy store in London but mummy forgot that she need to get her pork roast out of the oven. How times flies when your having fun! So we stopped by Hummingbird bakery for some cupcakes and walked down Regent street to get to Piccadilly Circus. Whilst we were walking down Regent street I learnt how to play peek-a-boo with the footmuff in my pram. I lift it up high over my head so you can’t see me and then I pull it down really quick and mummy says ‘Peek-a-Boo!’ It’s lots of fun! It was my first time in Piccadilly circus so of course we had to stop for the photo op. JD came home with us, for the yummy roast and to watch the Liverpool game.

The big Christmas tree, so big we couldn't fit it in the camera

Rae Rae taking me for a spin.

Christmas lights on Oxford Street

On our Hummingbird mission

Piccadilly Circus

I missed out on trying any of the roast but I did stay up to watch Liverpool beat Chelsea!! Woohoo! Mummy told me how delicious her 6 hour Pork roast turned out and how daddy was impressed with the crackling.

I really like going in to central London. It’s really beautiful this time of year when everything is lit up for Christmas. All the main streets like Oxford, Regent etc are all decorating using so many tiny fairy lights. It looks amazing! Mummy couldn’t resist taking a few photos.

We had a skype session with Omi this week and she mentioned that some of the Christmas shopping links were not working. Mummy has updated them and on a another good note a lot of the websites are having sales at the moment. Mummy has re-posted the links below.

If you have any problems please let us know and mummy can email the links to you. If the website requires a password it will be: Harlow11

http://www.mamasandpapas.com/giftlist/1076306

http://www.elc.co.uk/giftlist?ID=bcVdaiaagHjDaaaacXkR7uqkv8

http://www.toysrus.co.uk/publiclist/12252673941102272/view.jsf (this one requires the password: Harlow11)

http://www.mothercare.com/ (Click on Gift List and enter mummy’s email address: hughesy82@gmail.com)

Only 33 sleeps till Christmas!

H x

Dear Santa

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Dear Santa,

This year will be my first Christmas.  Mummy has told me all about it and I assure you I have been a very good girl.  When mummy was little she used to get very excited about Christmas, it was her favourite day of the year and I think it still is.  She spent Christmas with her family they would celebrate with a big seafood feast at Oma and Opa’s house in Wedderburn on the 24th.  They would start with the big feast then they got to open all their presents under the big Christmas tree.  Mummy used enjoy decorating the tree with her Oma a couple of weeks before. Mummy said she was very lucky and looking back she was very spoilt.  One of her favourite presents was a battery operated guitar and a pink portable black and white TV.

Sadly we are not in Australia so we don’t get to enjoy my first Christmas with our families. Last year when I was in mummies belly we spent Christmas with all the families.  Christmas eve, like tradition we spent in Coffs Harbour with Oma, Omi, Poppy and my Aunty Melissa and cousins. Then we drove up to the Gold Coast and spent Christmas Day with G Nan and G dad,  Daddies Aunty and cousins and Uncle Matt and Sam. G Nan really put on a huge a feast, I think mummy ate lots as I remember it getting quite squishy in her tummy.

So this year we are not sure where we are spending Christmas and what we plan to do, however mummy and daddy has reassured me no matter what I have been such a good girl this year and Santa will find us where ever we are.  Also they said that this year since it’s my first I will most likely get spoilt even though we are so far away from our families.

Mummy has been talking to Omi on skype and came up with a plan for any one wanting to buy me a Christmas present this year.   Postage is very expensive in Australia, sending 6 Cherry ripes costs nearly $50!! So Mummy has set up some gift lists on some very trusted sites that we use here in the UK.  It’s a bit like a very long list to Santa Claus.  Mummy went a bit crazy and included everything from clothes, to stocking fillers and larger items (she won’t tell me though as it’s a surprise).  There is plenty to choose from and she has pre-entered in all the information like address and delivery dates etc to take out the hassle and save the costs of posting from Australia. She will include all the websites and passwords or Gift list names so they are easier for you to find.  What a good idea Omi!!

So what has everyone planned for Christmas this year? I won’t be the only one having my first Christmas, it will be Ada and Jordy’s first Christmas and all my friends from mummy’s mothers group – Jake and Cora, I wonder what will be on your letters to Santa Claus?

http://www.mamasandpapas.com/giftlist/1076306 

http://www.elc.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-ELCENGB-Site/default/Wishlist-ShowOther?WishListID=bctI2iaag22ZgaaacX0jMoSM0Z  

 https://www.toysrus.co.uk/publiclist/12252673941102272/view.jsf?cm_mmc=Email-_-Automated-_-wishlisthtml-_-listlink       (use the password: Harlow11)

www.mothercare.com  (Click on Gift List and enter mummy’s email address: hughesy82@gmail.com)

Only 43 sleeps till Santa visits.

H x