Monday, May 31, 2010

Ring watch - update 1

I have now had nearly two weeks to come to terms with losing my wedding and engagement rings. I still get very tight in the chest I think about it, and how stupid I have been, but I know for sure they are gone.

The sad and sorry story is this:

Since the boys were born I have lost a fair bit of weight. I think this is pretty common for twin mums - there never seems to be enough hours in the day to eat properly and you're constantly on the go. So, my rings have been loose, and I've been meaning to have them resized for quite a while. But it's just one of those things that I haven't found time for.

I am as certain as I can be that my rings came off when I was putting some rubbish into the wheelie bin one night. It was late, I was exhausted, I had been on the go all day, and I just didn't notice. It was only the next day - after the rubbish had been collected - that I realised what had happened. When the realisation came to me I think I actually physically doubled over. It was like I'd been kicked in the stomach.

I've had to make a police statement, lodge an insurance claim, seek quotes from jewellers for replacements, and my new rings should be with me this week.

It won't be the same though. They're not the *same* rings that were blessed at our wedding, that T proposed to me with, that I've stared at every day since I got them.

Is it silly to be this upset over something that is just material? Part of me feels like I'm entirely over-reacting, but most of me is feeling the loss so keenly.

I can't wait to get rings back on my hand. I feel naked without them.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I've spent a good portion of the last week in tears. I've lost my wedding and engagement rings, and I'm so terribly terribly sad.

They are nowhere I know. I have been hoping with every ounce of wish and will in me that they turn up.

But they haven't, despite many hours of retracing steps and searching - both my home and the recessess of my memory.

So, I suppose, that's it. They're lost. Gone from my life forever. An absence I will feel, as acutely as the first moment I realised they were missing, every time I look at my left hand.

At least I have beautiful memories.

image from here

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Holiday here we come!!!

Ohmygoodness, hold me back. We are going on a holiday, and yes, I am probably disproportionately excited about it.

We're off to New Zealand to see my cousins, my aunty and uncle and my darling Grandad who will turn 89 while we are there.

We're going to spend 4 or 5 days in Christchurch doing family stuff, and then we're heading up north to the Marlborough region where we intend to do some serious wine tasting. Well, two of us - the adults in the group.

Then we're heading over to Wellington and to the Wairarapa / Martinborough area for more of the same.

So, the countdown is on.

It's a rather different proposition though, planning a holiday with two babies. Can we get bassinettes on the plane? (no, apparently, is the answer to that question), what if they won't suck on anything as we take off?, what if they cry the whole way?, can I dress them warmly enough for a NZ winter?, should I take portacots, or hire them at the hotels?, can I get the formula and food they like?, we'd better make sure our hotel room has cooking facilities because there isn't going to be any restaurant nights out, what do I do about highchairs (sew a portable one is the answer to that one), and so on!!

But it's just new kind of exciting. You should see their passports -adorable!

What I'm most looking forward to is nearly 2 weeks of just us. The four of us. Spending time together without any other pressures on us. It's so close I can smell it :)

Friday, May 14, 2010


I've been deliberating all day about whether or not to participate in this no-makeup thing. My blog isn't really about this stuff, I thought. But it is appealing for some reason. On the down-side, it's been "one-of-those-days", you know the ones that follow sleepness nights, restless babies, and no time for a shower.

But if everyone else can do it, then so can I. I don't usually wear foundation, but I do usually wear mascara. I don't usually look made-up, but I don't normally look this tired. My hair is never really styled particularly well, but it is usually clean

Arrgh, here goes!! Me, in all my non-made-up glory :)

There, that didn't feel so bad after all.

Thanks Chantelle & Kylie for the motivation :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

#24 Love your mama

especially on Mother's Day :)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day and 8 months old

I can't believe my tiny ones are 8 months old. Where does the time go?

This month has been a month of significant development. They are learning so many new things so rapidly.

My tiny babies are both sitting up! Their top teeth are coming through. They play with each other and belly laugh. They squirm when I'm trying to dress them. They try to roll of the change table when I'm changing them. And I can't turn my back for a second because they don't stay in the one spot for very long :)



I love every last little squishy cuddly inch of you. You're a beautiful and delightful little boy. You have such a generous nature, and your smile is so wide, so innocent, so delighted, and so warm.

You are such a happy thing - you babble, giggle and smile all day long. You need your muslin to go to sleep. If you don't have it you just can't settle. As soon as it's in your little hands, you are off in dreamland - instantly.

In the last couple of days you have gone from sort-of-sitting-up to confidently sitting there - reaching all around you for toys. You're starting to put your hands out in front of you, so I'm sure you're about to discover kneeling on your hands and knees. And then you'll be crawling!

Your face lights up when you see me - even if I've only left the room for a minute. I love that you love me.

What a wonderful mother's day.

As ever, all the love in the universe
Your mama


Little Lach (who's not so little anymore, actually)

You started giggling this week!!! And you haven't stopped. You've always smiled your face off, but actual giggles were very few and far between. But now, you are absolutely cracking up at everything. Especially at Hamish. You just look at him and giggle giggle giggle. You reach out to him with your little arms and pull him in for a big hug. It's delightful.

You are such a little boy! So strong and so determined. You pull these little faces when you're trying to get somewhere or something. It's like you won't rest until you've made it. You have such strength and independence - it's obvious to everyone who meets you.

I can't take my eyes off you for a second. You're always twisting and turning, rolling and moving.

You ate an entire avocado yesterday. You crack me up you hilarious, determined, sparky little darling. I adore you. Thank you for my first Mother's Day - I'm not sure any others will top this one.

As ever, all the love in the universe
Your Mama

Friday, May 7, 2010

the perfect mother's day gift?

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

busy busy busy!

I've been busy this week, but I am happy to finally have both my etsy store at least partially operational, an immie&ollie facebook page, and an immie&ollie blog!

Click here to go to my etsy store
Click here to go to the immie&ollie facebook page - please join up!
Click here to see the immie&ollie blog

The blog is looking far from beautiful, but I'll get there :) The new blog is where I will post the adventures of starting up a business as well as specials and giveaways.

This blog is where I'll continue to chronicle the adventures I have with my darling little ones.

I hope to see some of you over there soon :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

the weekend...briefly

I've had a wonderful weekend - so relaxing and fun. And it's not over yet because up here in sunny QLD it is our labour day public holiday (go the workers!).

On Saturday, we went to the airport to farewell Grandma and Pa off on their 5 week European holiday, and it was so fun taking the boys out there. Their little heads were swivelling at every sound, passer-by, and aeroplane.

Then we had a picnic in the park at Kangaroo Point which was just so so lovely. Here's a snap:

Next, an indulgence. But one I think I deserve :) I was at the Chanel counter on Friday telling the lovely girl there that I needed new foundation because I was having a girls' night out and mine was well past its use-by date. She insisted I come back the next afternoon to buy it because the national makeup team was in town, and I managed to get the last appointment of the day. It was perfect.

It looked really lovely too, but I always feel a bit funny when I have my makeup done because I can feel it. Do you know what I mean? I don't normally wear foundation, so it feels really rather odd to me.

In the evening, my gorgeous twin mum friends and I went out to dinner. There are 5 of us, and usually we catch up every fortnight where we race around like crazy people looking after the needs of 10 little babies. So it was utter bliss to just sit there and chat. ..... about our babies of course. Although we did get onto Chloe handbags for just a minute :)

Yesterday we went out to breakfast, did a spot of shopping in Queens Plaza where we bought a couple of gorgeous new outfits for H&L for a little photo session we're having on Wednesday.

And then, last night - god knows where the energy came from - I cooked gremolata crusted lamb rack and individual potato gratins. It was really rather delicious.

And today, it's my sisters' birthday. They're twins too, and turning 31, so we're having a family get-together.

I wish every weekend could be as wonderful as this one :)