coming home and cake smashing

Our thoughts on coming home 

It was really sad saying goodbye to family and friends in the UK, but as soon as we started the return journey, I looked forward to being back in Cochrane Street. This was made all the better by the generosity of various friends and neighbours who helped us settle back in.


Our return flights were more difficult as Rosie really doesn’t like staying in one spot, unless she’s feeding or sleeping. On the last flight into Melbourne we’d both had enough of reading her book, ‘Pookie bear plays hide and seek’ and Rosie was not going to sleep. We had ceased to care about keeping her contained and so while the rest of the flight dozed and enjoyed their movies, Rosie roamed about the cabin, making friends and finding the kitchen area a particularly interesting play spot. We had stopped over in Brunei for the night hoping to catch up on some sleep. The food and sleep were not particularly great but we did go on a lovely walk along the water and to a waterfall where Jason saw some wild monkeys.

We found that jet lag had much more of an affect on us on the way back. We had some really tricky nights where Rosie stayed awake between 11pm and 1am, then Jason and I struggled to get back to sleep and stayed awake until 4am. How I began to envy people who travel without babies! Here’s a picture of Rosie in her toy tub when she should have been sleeping.

We’ve only been back a week and Jason has already managed to fit in a couple of games of golf and a night out with the boys. Rosie has also had some excitement as it was our mother’s group joint first birthday celebration, even though she doesn’t turn one until October. I was naive enough to host the party at our house as we had decided that it’d be a fun idea to do a cake smash and our deck would be big enough to accommodate this. This cake smash entailed taking photos of our 12 large babies, each launching into their own iced birthday cake (made specially for the purpose). Jason, who has had the week off work, couldn’t watch as babies squealed and cake flew. The party was a lot of fun but the diarrhoea and sugary mess that followed was not so much fun (apparently hosting a cake smash is something that you only ever do once in your life). Our shoes are still sticking to the floor, even after mopping several times. 



on the road with Rosie

On August 10th Rosie was Christened in the same church as Jason and I were married. To mark this occasion this is her very own Rosie Blog Post.

The Baptism went well, she loved all of the attention and especially being splashed with water from the font. Rosie found it a  little boring waiting for her part of the service so she wriggled until I put her down, at which point she crawled straight up the aisle to the vicar, to hurry up the proceedings. Here we are at the beginning of the service. 

Rosie has really grown up over the past three months; it feels like I brought a baby to the UK and I’m returning with an almost-toddler. Her height is still impressive at 78cms. Her hair is growing slowly although in quite a mohican style, as the middle is growing faster than the sides. She still has 7 teeth (4 top, 3 bottom). I’m concerned about the three flights home as Rosie is much more mobile; crawling with great success and cruising around the furniture. She can stand on her own and has taken her first wobbly independent step. Rosie has always enjoyed making noise and comes with her own unique soundtrack of cute little chatting noises, these now include mamamama, dadada and bababa (which is accompanied with an arm wave when we say goodbye). She passes you an object when you say ‘thank you’ and I think that she sometimes questions ‘where’s daddy?’ Sound making is not limited to her wide vocal range but also includes clapping hands and beating the furniture too.

Most of the time she is a very contented and happy baby who loves interacting with people. Amongst her favourite things are coming into our bed in a morning, reading books, pulling books/CDs off shelves, emptying the nappy bag, climbing stairs, licking peanut butter off toast, and she has also developed a taste for banana. She very much enjoys a social occasion, here she is enjoying a day out at Beverley races! Her least favourite things include lying still for nappy changes and getting dressed. She is slowly becoming less suspicious about eating solids but would prefer mummy’s milk bar any day!

Even though travelling with Rosie has been hard work and decidedly less romantic than when we used to travel before, it has been a whole lot of fun and we sometimes found that bringing a pushchair gave us priority treatment. The experience has made me become a much more relaxed parent as we have been on-the-go all the time and Rosie has proved that she is able to cope with a lot more disruption to life than I’d previously thought. She has become quite European in her ‘routine’, having an early evening nap, then dinner and bed later. We have all enjoyed watching her grow and develop into the beautiful and happy little character she is. In Belgium we thought it would be a fun idea to buy matching mum and daughter pyjamas.



I should also mention that Rosie’s Christening celebration came within a week of Dad’s 65th birthday and Mum and Dad’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary so we marked all of these occasions with a party. This week we also returned to the Yorkshire Dales to meet Dave and Eileen in Grassington. Mum also did us a family christmas meal with Alan and Lyn as this is an event when I really miss the Rogers family. These celebrations have been excellent opportunities for us to say goodbye to so many wonderful friends. On Thursday we fly out of Heathrow, spend a night in Brunei and return home to Mitcham on Sunday morning.