Friday, November 21, 2014


Felix is totally walking! He still falls on his bum a lot of the time, but he's getting way more confident in wobbling about the place. I remember when Henry first walked, we counted the first couple of steps as 'walking' - Felix probably passed that milestone a couple of weeks ago, with no notice or celebration. Ah, second baby syndrome, hopefully it won't scar him for life.

I finally figured out how to take a video of him walking - he's still really into grabbing at the camera, and when I've tried to start filming from a distance, he drops and crawls so he can reach me faster. Webcam saves the day!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bittersweet dogless days...

Well, it looks like we may have accidentally given away our dog ahead of schedule. I have been looking into how we could ship her over with us, and while totally doable, it's also expensive and full of red tape.

So Ross was talking to a guy at work a week or two ago, and the guy asked how the moving process was coming along. I'd been feeling overwhelmed by the Nina moving, so Ross said not great, then jokingly asked if the guy wanted a dog. And as it turns out, he totally does.

So on Saturday we went round there with Nina so they could meet her, and the guy could surprise his wife with the idea that they could maybe have this dog if they wanted her. And then through a series of misunderstandings, they somehow got the impression that Nina would be staying for a week to see how she fit in with their family. Which was always going to be the plan, we just expected to do it at a later date, but we figured why not give it a try? I think it's been going well - they haven't returned her yet, anyway - so we'll see how they're feeling at the end of the week.

Then Ross and I were discussing it, and if Nina does settle in there over the next few days, it seems a bit cruel and confusing if we then bring her back here, then kick her out again in a few months' time. So we decided that if they're all happy with the situation, she can probably just move over there now.

Life with Nina is totally weird and a bit sad - the first couple of days were bizarre, we kept holding the door open for her when we went outside and waiting for her to bark whenever someone knocked on the door. Henry dropped a bit of toast on the ground yesterday, and absentmindedly called her to come get it. Then he paused, looked at me, looked at the toast and said 'Mummy, you're going to have to sweep that up.'

Haha, on that note, I was a little bit excited to not have to deal with the endless mountains of dog hair, but it's basically just been replaced by stray cheerios and other miscellaneous food. Nina always did a fantastic job of tracking down every single morsel and dealing with it. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Anyway, even though we're missing Nina, I think we're doing the right thing. The trip would be long and stressful for her, and this family has older kids who are super excited about playing with her and taking her out for walks. Yay for good decisions, boo for how much we're all going to miss her.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Baldy baby, dogs and costumes

We shaved Felix's head the other day, it was and is awesomely entertaining. I ended up giving him a number two, and he looks really cute as a little baldy baby. Both grandmothers were pretty horrified, but I think it's making his neck and head less sweaty and itchy, so it's for the best. Also it feels really fuzzy and nice to pat. It'll grow back soon, anyway!

I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff we need to do to move, in particular everything to do with Nina. I need to take my own advice and break it down into small jobs, but at the moment it just feels a bit too hard. Ross and I have been discussing whether we could leave Nina behind - I think if we could find her a good home, that'd be okay, but if it's a choice between putting her down or bringing her with us, we'll be bringing her for sure.

Anyway, the other morning when Henry and I got up, the first thing he said when he got downstairs was 'I want to see my dog.' We found Nina sleeping on the couch, and we patted her and said good morning. Then Henry was like, 'I love Nina so much. I don't want anyone to kill her. I would be so sad.'

My face must have been kind of hilarious. Who even says that? I finally figured out that we watched The Iron Giant recently, and there's a bit where Hogarth is explaining death to the robot, but I didn't realise Henry had taken it in so much. Anyway, the timing of it was pretty funny - if I didn't know any better I'd say that someone had been feeding him lines to make us feel guilty about considering not taking the dog... Probably Nina herself, she's a sly one.

You look like a lego man, with lego hair and lego haaaaaaands...

What else? There's still a volcano belching out smoke in the middle of Iceland, which means that occasionally we get a sulphurous haze over town. The other day everyone in the area got a text message warning that the pollution levels were dangerously high, and that we should stay inside and close all the windows. So now checking the pollution level is a part of my daily routine, fun hey? Not what we expected from Iceland, that's for sure.

Not a homemade costume, just had to share for Henry's cool and completely self-directed posing.

Oh yeah! I made some Halloween costumes for the boys, even though we didn't actually go out and do anything. I think the hand-sewing was a good stand in for when I wanted to feel like I was accomplishing something, but was avoiding actual useful tasks.

Henry was a ninja turtle! God I love costumes based around hoodies, it's the best - way better than actually learning to construct clothes.

The costuming only lasted briefly, he just all of a sudden decided that he wanted it off. This is his 'take off my costume, dammit' face.

 Felix was a skeleton, but I'm not sure if I got a single good photo - they're mostly blurry, and I always end up with a series of photos in which he comes closer and closer and finally grabs for the camera.

Baldy baby - it's part of the costume, okay?

Anyway, gonna leave it there for now. Felix and I are going to go to the mothers' group today, hopefully there'll be heaps of people there! It's always slightly awkward when it's just me and the priest...