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Andrew James Nicholas Geoffrey

Been a while

It’s been a long time between updates.  I’ve just upgraded my installation of WordPress to the latest version in the hope that it’ll inspire me to get back into updating this blog again. While you’re all waiting for inspiration to strike, how about a couple of portraits of Andrew and Nicholas?

Daycare portrait 2009

Daycare portrait 2009

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//Daniel//

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Andrew James Nicholas Geoffrey

Nicholas’s First Solids

There have been two big breakthroughs with Nicholas this week. His first tooth came through a few days ago, which didn’t really seem to bother him too much, plus he’s started having some solid food at night.

Here’s a short video of him enjoying some pumpkin and sweetcorn.

Not sure if this has been mentioned yet either, but Jules has started working 3 days a week as of last week, so Nicholas has been in daycare for those days. Andrew loves being able to see his little brother, and Nicholas is coping without his Mummy pretty well. I’m sure Jules will blog more about that at some point.

It’s getting late, but before I head to bed I thought I’d share a pic Jules took tonight of me holding my two little blokes.

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If you look carefully you’ll notice Andrew is pushing Nicholas on the side of the head, while Nicholas is laying the boot into Andrew. Isn’t brotherly love great?

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//Daniel//

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Andrew James

Orange Chippies

Well, I think it’s safe to say that Andrew is too clever to be fooled by us. I thought I’d try and be clever and trick him into eating some vegetables tonight by calling carrots ‘orange chippies’ and the corn ‘yellow specials’. We call his vitamins his ‘specials’ – it’s short for ‘special smarties’. Not sure why we started calling them that, but I guess it was just me trying to trick him into eating something I didn’t think he’d be willing to eat by calling it something different.

Anyway, tonight we tried talking up his ‘orange chippies’ and ‘yellow specials’ in a vein attempt to try and get him to eat them, but as soon as they were on his plate it only took a quick taste for him to realise that they were vegetables, which meant they were a no-go zone.

We tried to persuade him all through dinner that these would taste delicious and he really should give them a try. “Look at Mummy – she’s eating all her orange chippies! Yummy!”. Of course this didn’t work. We even tried bribery at the end. We told him he could have a “lolly-bean” (similar to Jelly Babies, although not quite – he calls them “lolly babies”) if he would try some of his veges. He didn’t fall for that either. It was pretty simple for him – he wanted a “lolly-bean” and didn’t want any veges. That’s it. I’m not sure he understands bargaining yet…

In the end it was actually pretty simple. We turned it into a game. I’d take a bite from the carrot, talk about how yummy it was, then offer it to him. I’ve no idea why it worked, but he ate about 5 carrot sticks (a.k.a “orange chippies”) and only asked for a single “lolly-bean”.

The icing on the cake was getting him to eat a bite of carrot and then announce that it was “delicious!” I think it’s fairly obvious from the video below that he wasn’t quite enjoying them as much as he said he was.

I suppose the lesson learnt from this one is that perseverance is the key. Making a game out of something is far more effective than bribery or trickery. At least, that’s how it worked out for us this time.

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//Daniel//

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Movember

Movember – the final word… for now!

Sorry for taking so long, but seeing as I have been inundated with requests, here’s a final pic of the infamous mo’:

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Many thanks to all who sponsored me during Movember. I raised an impressive total of $160 which is going to some very worthy causes.

As always, there is plenty of baby/toddler/family news which will come in a future post. I promise it will be soon!

TTFN

//Daniel//

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Movember

Movember Begins

A few of you may have already received an email, but for those who haven’t you’ll be interested to know that I’ve signed on for Movember this year. What’s Movember? Well, it’s a charity event that has run for the last couple of years where blokes grow a mo’ to help support charity. This year’s charities are the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative.

I suppose you’d all like to see how I’m going so far? Well, given that I started late (on the 5th) I have a little catching up to do. Still, I think I’m dong okay so far:

Movember begins

If anyone is interested in donating, please click on the button below:

Movember - Sponsor Me

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//Daniel//