Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jandakot Airport

I've picked up a few useful tips from the BuggyBuddys website on places to visit. So on a lovely bright blue spring day, Rob and I took Jimmy to Jandakot Airport. This is only a 10 minute drive which makes it a great option for spending an hour or so watching the planes.

Jimmy is thrilled - most of the aircraft are small and have propellors which make a loud roaring noise - music to a toddlers' ears!

With planes taxing, taking off and landing every few minutes, there's something to keep everyone occupied. A stylish black plane is a favourite of Jimmy's, and the newest word to add to his collection is "Pla pla" for propellor.

There are shady trees and a nice lawn to sit on, not a single fly at this time of year!

Located at the end of Karel Avenue, turn right at the roundabout on to Eagle Drive. About 2 buildings past the control tower is a cafe with parking for public viewing.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wake me up (Part 3)

Things have come around full circle and I'm so excited to be able to write this post! A few weeks ago, both Rob and I were on the brink of sleep deprivation due to Jimmy's early morning wakeup calls (see Wake me up Part 1). This led to even earlier wakeups for me, as we tried the wake-to-sleep method (see Wake me up Part 2).

Our 2+ toddler has started on the terrible twos - tantrums but has since calmed down. However, these troublesome early mornings were the pits.

We'd finally had enough, and decided to let him cry it out. Now I'm not a big fan of so-called controlled crying. But this just goes to show how desperate we were.

The first few mornings, Jimmy did his usual early wake-up cry. The first morning, he cried for ... a little while. I didn't bother to check the clock. The next few mornings, the same. But the early time gradually got later and the cries got shorter and less intense.

Thursday morning - 4.50am cry. Final wakeup - 6.30

Friday morning - 6.45am

Saturday morning - 6am

Sunday morning - 6.50am

Monday morning - 6.20am

Tuesday morning - 6.20am

Wednesday morning - 7.15am

Hallelujah, can you believe these times??!! WOO HOO Rob and I are so happy! These times are fantastic, better than Olympic-record-breaking times, they are like music to our ears ....

I kept reassuring Jimmy just before we did this little experiment and during, saying things like:
DON'T get up so early. Mum and dad are tired. If you get up early and it's dark, we won't come up and get you. Go back to sleep. You can wake up when it's bright.
So. Hoping that this is the end of early mornings for all of us.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Meetup Social Experiment #2

As part of my trying-hard-to-socialise-and-meet-other-people phase, I came across a website called Meetup. It's a huge network of all types of groups, from social, sport, singles ....

It seemed awesome and I jumped at the chance to join some groups like - Working Mums, Fun and Adventure, Self Awareness and of course, Volleyball. Some of them were a bit of a hit-and-miss, like the social experiment I wrote about meeting other mums.

I did manage to attend some classes on Self-Awareness which were interesting. I'm just not sure I'm in the right place for something like that right now.

And, as much as I love my volleyball, I also enjoy playing at a certain level, so ... after a few months, I left all the groups! C'est la vie.


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