It’s Written in the Stars

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I can’t choose the gender of my baby.

I can almost choose the part of the year in which I would like the baby to be born and what star sign I’d like him or her to be. But I can’t choose if that baby is a boy or a girl. It’s out of my hands.

Isn’t that wonderful?

I think YES!
What is meant to be for me & for my family…. is meant to be.

I have two boys already. They are brilliant. I love that my first two children are the same gender. They are great together and it’s so fun to see how different their personalities are.

This time around I’d love to have a girl.
Having said that, I’d also love to have a boy.

I imagine I’d feel so protected with 4 boys (and eventually young men) in the house. Not to mention I’d remain the Queen of the Castle.

And then, a little darling girl would be so wonderful also.

I can’t choose the gender of my baby.
And that’s fine by me.

It’s written in the stars.

xx Natalie.

 

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Photo-A-Day-ing: March 1 – 10

Ok, so I didn’t manage to complete the Photo A Day Challenge in January. I simply got too sick with morning sickness and could barely make it through each day just taking care of my two kids.

But I’m back!

Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day Challenge is well under way now, and since the month began I have been feeling so much better.

Here are my photos from the first ten days. All images are captured with my iPhone 4S.

1. Up

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2. Fruit

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3. My Neighbourhood

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4. Bedside

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5. A Smile

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6. 5pm
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7. Something I Wore

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8. Window

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9. Red

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10. Loud

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Of course, if you follow my Instagram feed you have seen these already. If you don’t follow me on Instagram and would like to, my username is njcardenas.

xx Nat

Missing Mexico…

It’s coming up to the anniversary of our last trip to Mexico! Perhaps that’s why I’ve been craving all my favourite Mexican dishes… like crazy! Pozole, tostadas, tacos, frijoles… oh, my! It’s lucky for me that I love Mexican food considering I’m married to a Mexican. The problem is, it’s hard to come across ‘proper’ Mexican food here in Australia. And I’m craving my favourites so much right now (thanks, pregnancy) that I even suggested to my husband that I fly to Mexico solo, just to eat the food! Ha!

As I often do, I’ve been reminiscing while looking at my photos and home movies from our trip. It was my second time in Mexico and the first time we all traveled there as a family. My boys met their Mexican grandparents for the first time, and it was our first time in Mexico since our marriage.

It was such a special trip. We really needed a holiday and despite the sleepless nights (thanks to the boys and jet lag and whatever else was keeping them up all night), it was just that. A holiday. Time away from the cleaning and the cooking, time to relax with family and time to explore as our own family.

Here are some of my favourite photos from our holiday. I can’t wait to be in Mexico again. I only wish it could be sooner.

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Do you love holidays as much as I do?

xx Natalie

Meeting our little one for the first time!

Yesterday started like every other day – with me rushing to the bath room to hang my head over the basin!

Usually before an ultrasound I am slightly nervous about whether or not everything will be ok. This was not the case yesterday. I still had two boys, 2 and under, to look after and all I could think about was how I was going to get that litre of water down without puking it up again.

It was nice for a change, to not have the fear that something may be ‘wrong’ with me or the baby.

And there was nothing wrong.

Just a healthy little jelly baby, with a heart beating strong.

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I felt so supported with the whole family there with me. How lovely to have us all together meeting the new member of our family at the same time!

We enjoyed some time afterwards at a duck pond we found not too far from the ultrasound clinic.

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Duck ponds are always nicer when you’ve just seen the proof that, indeed, you are having a baby :).

xx Natalie.

10 Days of Photo Challenges

It has been a full on ten days since the last time I posted. The morning sickness accompanying this pregnancy is really taking it out of me.

I have been keeping up with my Photo A Day challenge. It has been interesting. I thought having a theme each day would somehow make my photos a little more exciting. I’m realizing that’s not necessarily the case. It can be somehow limiting. And there’s the challenge, isn’t it? How to make the theme interesting! Well, I’m trying, despite feeling constantly sick.

Here are the images from the past ten days:

Day 7 : Favourite ~ my favourite month of the year

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Day 8 : My Sky

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Day 9 : Daily Routine ~ rolling over to switch off the lamp before sleep

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Day 10 : Childhood ~ I used to practice the lift with my brother

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Day 11 : Where I Sleep

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Day 12: Close Up ~ Peace Lily

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Day 13 : In My Bag ~ King Cryolophosaurus is guarding my keys

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Day 14 : Something I’m Reading

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Day 15 : Happiness ~ watching Despicable Me with the boys who giggle all the way through

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Day 16 : Morning ~ rain on flowers

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All my photos during the challenge are taken with my iPhone 4S and the instagram application. If you’re an instagrammer like me, you can find me under the username njcardenas.

Have a lovely week!
xx Natalie.

Shoes and Husband.

Just a quick one with my two latest photos for the January Photo A Day challenge.

The first, my summer sandals.

Day 5 : Something I Wore

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And second, my lovely husband.

Day 6 : Makes Me Smile

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Though I’ve been feeling seriously sick for the past couple of days (you can read more about it here), moments like watching my husband and son walk off into the sunlight together make me feel so good, even just for a few minutes.

Here they are:

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x Natalie.

The Beauty Of Teaching My Children To Sleep.

This week I am teaching my 14 month old son to put himself to sleep. It requires that I sit in his room, night after night, first by his cot and then closer and closer to the door until, nine nights later, I’m all the way out.

We used this technique with my older son and it changed our life. So I’m happy to be teaching my youngest baby boy the same. It means, amazingly, we will all eventually be going off to bed happily and sleeping through the night. It’s some sort of miracle technique.

And it’s given me an extra bonus this week! With thanks to my iPhone 4S and the WordPress application I can make good use of the time spent sitting by my son’s cot, blogging! Awesome!

And when I’m not blogging I see a real beauty in watching my baby fall asleep, so peaceful and content. I love seeing that my children are getting the rest they need to grow into spectacular human beings.

Here are my photos for Day 4 of the January Photo A Day challenge. I couldn’t pick just one (because I wasn’t entirely happy with either of them) so here are two!

Day 4 : Letterbox

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xx Natalie.

One Adoring Mother

It’s Day 3 of the January Photo A Day Challenge with thanks to Fat Mum Slim!

When I thought about what I wanted to photograph for today’s theme, Something You Adore, I kept coming back to my children. At first I was reluctant to choose them as my subject for fear of being too obvious or cliche… Yet again and again I kept coming back to them. There is nothing in the world I adore more than my two boys (soon to be three. Boy or girl? I don’t know yet but it will be exciting when we find out!).

Yesterday I had a challenging day pregnancy wise. The morning sickness (which actually lasts all day) really kicked in. It was hard to eat, I was exhausted, nauseous – the whole lot. It continued today, not as intense as yesterday, but still enough to get me to question “Why am I doing this again?

Today’s Photo A Day theme helped remind me of the answer. I’m doing this again because I adore my children. There is no greater thing I have found in this world than giving and receiving love. And I have found a constant experience of that in my children.

So that’s why I’m doing this again. Adding to my brood of tiny beings of love.

xx Natalie.

Day 3 : Something I Adore

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A New Year, A Fresh Start.

Happy New Year and all that jazz!

I’ve decided to begin 2012 by participating in a Photo A Day Challenge for January. I found this one on Fat Mum Slim and thought it looked fun! I love taking photos (3rd in line after singing and acting) and this will give me the oomph I need into blogging on this here bloggy-blog this year.

I realize too that this blog will be shifting this year. The content will be slightly different. I hope to include more posts about my family and what I’m learning, and also some posts on my music. Yes, folks, get ready for my music in 2012!

Here are my photos from Days 1 & 2 of the January Photo A Day challenge. I am suffering from morning sickness at the moment. You know, the kind that lasts all day? Yeah. That. My photos will reflect that, no doubt.

Day 1 : Me

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Day 2 : Breakfast

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Have a fabulous 2012!
xx Natalie.