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Evie: 3 years

I love recording and documenting so when I saw the birthday interview idea floating around on Pinterest I knew I wanted to do it with Evie. The idea is that you ask your child the same questions every year on their birthday and document how their responses change as they grow. Life has been a bit busy lately so we've only just gotten around to asking Evie the questions. I also videoed her answers so will post that when I finally get a chance to edit it.

Some of Evie's answers were a little surprising so I've added my own notes in italics.

How old are you? Three

What is your favourite colour? Purple

What is your favourite TV show? Play School

Evie also loves the Octonauts and enjoys watching Lily's Driftwood Bay, Little Ted's Big Adventure, Big Ted's Big Adventure, Jemima's Big Adventure and Peppa Pig and pretty much anything that happens to be on the TV (except the Wiggles who she finds scary.)

What is your favourite movie? The Duplo Movie (what Evie calls the Lego movie)

Evie had watched a little bit of the movie the week before and it was fresh in her mind. I thought it was a little too old for her and had decided not to let her watch the rest of it. Obviously she was keen to see the finish. The movies she enjoys at the moment are Garfield 2 (the one with the two cats Mummy, not the one where Garfield jumps on the bed), A Bug's Life, Robots, Mary Poppins and Toy Story 2. She also loves watching the songs from Frozen but isn't such a fan of the film.

What is your favourite book? The Kangaroo book (Winnie the Pooh lift the flap book)

I was a bit surprised by this answer as we haven't read it much lately. I think maybe she could see it from where she was sitting. The books we read regularly include Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too, Moose!, The Gobble Gobble Moooooo Tractor Book and The Pear in the Pear Tree.

What is your favourite thing to eat? Evie's cheesy pasta (Kraft Macaroni and Cheese)

What is your favourite special treat? Scooby Doo Fruit Tails

What is your favourite song? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Evie also loves Small Potatoes, Best Night by Justice Crew and the songs from Mary Poppins and Frozen.

What is your favourite outfit to wear? Purple spotted t-shirt

Actually anything purple at the moment.

Who is your best friend? Bear

Where is your favourite place to go? Kindy Gym

What is your favourite game? Monkey Bingo

What things do you like to do with Mummy and Daddy? Cooking with Mummy and climbing on Daddy

What are you really good at? Holding on tightly to things

What do you want to be when you grow up? Cooking (A Chef?)

jess - 26th Jul 2014, 13:22 tags: evie


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Theodore: Week 9
Theodore: Week 10
Theodore: Week 11
Theodore: Week 12
For comparison, Evie: Week 9, Evie: Week 10, Evie: Week 11 and Evie: Week 12

Poor Teddy. Now I'm so behind it's four photos in one post. Oh well, at least there are photos and fushmush posts.

Teddy has discovered his hands. Often he'll sit there, holding his hands in front of his face, staring intently at them. He also loves sucking on them. Sometimes he tries to shove them so far in his mouth that he chokes on them.
Nom nom nom

My little Teddy seems to be a baby of extremes. Evie was always a very serious baby. You had to work really hard to get a smile out of her. She was really easy going at night though and would always go straight back to sleep after a feed (well, that's how I remember it happening.)

Teddy is very smiley and is already laughing and chuckling (much earlier than I remember Evie doing it). He also loves a good chat and will sing along with you if you sing a song to him. Conversely, when he is sad he is really sad. The poor boy suffers from wind pain and at night time just likes to be held by Mummy when his tummy is sore. Mummy loves the smiling and giggling but I'm not such a fan of the late night cuddle requirements. I keep trying to remind myself that this is my last baby and to enjoy the cuddles. But seriously, who enjoys having to rock a baby for hours at three in the morning? (if you do, please feel free to come over and rock my baby at three in the morning while I sleep.)
Smiley Teddy Teddy Teddy


When Evie was a baby I often had to resort to rocking her bouncer with my foot while she napped. I had mocked the motorised swings before she was born but then totally regretted not owning one. So when I was pregnant with Teddy, I bought a second hand motorised swing. It was a bargain and I thought I'd be clever this time and let the swing do the hard work. Of course, what do you think I'm doing while I type this entry? I'm rocking Teddy in the bouncer while he naps. Do you think he'll sleep in the motorised swing? Nope. Kids - 2, Jess 0. Oh well, I guess I should be happy I didn't pay full price for the swing.
Napping in the bouncer

This is the last of the weekly photos. From now we swap to monthly photos. Hopefully I'll be more on top of the monthly posts.

See Theodore's weekly photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 22nd Jul 2014, 20:20 tags: teddy growing_teddy


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Theodore: Week 7
Theodore: Week 8

For comparison, Evie: Week 7 and Evie: Week 8

My brain is very fuzzy while I'm writing this entry. Teddy is currently transitioning from a newborn to a baby. Some days he is still in his newborn "I can't possibly be awake for longer than 15 minutes" phase. On these days he feeds every three hours and needs to be cuddled and rocked... a lot. On other days he follows the baby routine and is happy enough to be awake in his bouncer and watch Mummy do the washing up or Evie play with her duplo. I can see the light at the end of the newborn tunnel!

Poor Teddy is definitely a second child. When Evie was little I used to dress her everyday in cute little outfits. I actually wrote about one instance where I was mortified because I forgot to change Evie out of her PJs when I took her to a Mothers' Group meeting. Theodore lives in his sleep suits. He's also lucky if he gets a bath every second day. Evie was bathed everyday as part of her bedtime routine.

When Evie was a baby I used to try to get out for a walk every afternoon. It was a nice way to fit in her afternoon catnap. I've been trying to walk as often as possible with Teddy. We are lucky to have some lovely walking paths in our area. We've been having some beautiful afternoons and sunsets recently. The other day I went for a walk wearing a t-shirt and jeans. It was 20 degrees at 4pm two days away from the Winter Solstice. I guess I shouldn't be so happy about our changing climate.
Teddy Rhodes Jess and Teddy

Along with Teddy's progress photos we're also trying to get a monthly photo of Evie and Teddy. Here are the photos of Evie and Teddy from May and June.
May: Evie and Teddy June: Evie and Teddy
I love Theodore's expression in the June photo. It's like he's saying "Are you sure this is a good idea Mum?"

See Theodore's weekly photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 27th Jun 2014, 19:45 tags: growing_teddy teddy evie


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I picked placemats as the present du jour for this year's birthday season. I made personalised placemats for Euan, Elliot and Edgar. I like doing personalised items for our kidlets with less common names. I wonder if there are Euan, Elliot or Edgar cups available at the newsagency.

Birthday season starts in April which is when Teddy was due. I knew I had to get organised and get them sewn before he arrived. I managed to get all the placemats done and also squeezed in a couple of non-personalised patterned ones for Cameron and Harvey before Theodore was born *phew* (I didn't seem to take a photo of Cameron and Harvey's placemats.)
Personalised placemats

I modified the pattern to include a pocket for cutlery on the back and a tie. The placemats can be rolled up and stored away.
Personalised placemats
Personalised placemats

Evie loves to get involved in everything we do. When I was taking photos of the placemats she asked if she could take some photos too. I gave her my iPhone and she snapped happily away trying to find the best angle to capture Mummy's brilliance.
Evie Evie Evie

When Evie saw the placemats for the boys she asked for one for her birthday. Of course, she demanded that it be ALL PURPLE. So, as requested, I made one for her which is VERY purple. When I showed it to her she did a little dance of purple inspired excitement.
Handmade: Personalised Placemat
Handmade: Personalised Placemat

I'm not sure whether or not to encourage or discourage this "I love purple stage" of Evie's life. She's now asking to be dressed head to toe in purple everyday. She'll still wear other clothes without any fuss though if there are no purple ones available. I think I might have to start washing the purple clothes less regularly.

jess - 25th Jun 2014, 13:20 tags: craft placemats quilt evie


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Theodore: week 5
Theodore: week 6

For comparison, Evie: Week 5 and Evie: Week 6

We're getting lots of smiles from Theodore now. Well, Mummy is getting lots of smiles. Evie, aka "The Noise", usually gets a startled reaction from Teddy. Theodore is also very chatty. If you "goo" at him, he'll "gaaaaa" right back.
Teddy

Week 5 was definitely the stormy week it was supposed to be. Lots of crying from baby Teddy in the afternoons. I struggled to figure out how to prepare toddler dinner while holding a screaming baby. After a few afternoons I finally worked out that I should get Evie's dinner ready while they were both napping in the afternoon. I can manage reheating stuff in the microwave while holding a screaming baby. I'm embarrassed it took me so long to figure this out. Sleep deprivation makes Jess' brain sloooooooow.

We got this lovely photo of Evie and Theodore when taking his weekly photo. I probably should have put Evie in something other than her Heron Island Turtle t-shirt when taking the photo. It is one of her favourite t-shirts though so I guess it's a record of the times.
Evie and Teddy

I thought we'd finished taking photos when Evie asked for another photo with Teddy. I said "Do you want me to take a photo of you together?" and she replied "Yes, take a photo of me and him... but I still want to be able to watch tele". She's a girl with her priorities in order.

Evie and Teddy Evie and Teddy

See Theodore's weekly photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 10th Jun 2014, 19:33 tags: teddy growing_teddy evie


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