Wednesday, November 18, 2009

12 weeks today!

At exactly this time 12 weeks ago our lovely Annabelle was born! I can't believe how quickly the time has passed.

Annabelle has just started to give us real smiles, which is lovely, particularly at 4am in the morning when she is awake for a feed and she looks up at me from her cot and smiles - it makes getting out of bed a little bit easier!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Blessing Oliver

Today was my nephew Oliver's Blessing at the Nan Tien Temple. Last year Mason had his blessing at the temple so I was really looking forward to going there again.

The weather this week has been cold and wet but when I woke up this morning 
the rain had gone and we ended up with a beautiful sunny day!


Maddy, Mason, Danielle, Oliver & Noel

Maddy & I in pink!

I really like the philosophy behind the  blessing, despite the fact that we're not Buddhists, which is a wish for the child to grow up to be a good person.  Aaron and I are thinking of having Annabelle blessed next year.

All the babies who were blessed today

Aaron, Annabelle & myself

3 Generations; my Mum, myself & Annabelle

with my Dad & his wife

Annabelle looking very cute!

After the blessing we went to a friend of Noel & Danielle's 
for afternoon tea and a swim in their pool for the children. 
Luckily it was a hot day as they'd have been disappointed if it had been too cold to swim.

The speech

The cake that Maddy decorated (with a little help)

An outfit change when it got cooler

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Isabelle Regulation

Today, the NSW government announced new safety rules - dubbed Isabelle's regulations - that mean children aged up to seven will have to be strapped into car restraints.

Child seatbelt laws overhauled in NSW

4/11/2009 2:56:00 PM
Child seatbelt laws in NSW are set to be overhauled from early next year in a bid to reduce the number of children injured and killed on the state's roads.

As revealed in the Mercury today, State Cabinet has approved new vehicle restraint laws affecting children up to the age of seven.

At present, only children up to 12 months old must be restrained in an approved seat in NSW.

But NSW Premier Nathan Rees and NSW Transport Minister David Campbell today revealed that, from March, children between six months and four years will have to be secured in a rear-or forward-facing restraint.
Those aged four to seven will have to sit in a forward-facing child restraint.
Other changes include:

  • Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows

  • Children between the ages of four and seven cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in a child restraint or booster seat.

    NSW Premier Nathan Rees said the changes were about saving children's lives.
    "We can always do more to reduce the road toll, to reduce the tragedy and the impact on loved ones that comes from those deaths on the roads," Mr Rees said.
    Under the national guidelines, a rear-facing capsule is required for babies aged up to at least six months, a child restraint seat with an inbuilt harness for those between six months and up to at least four years of age, and a booster seat for children aged between four and seven.

    It is understood there will be a period of grace until fines for non-compliance are imposed and a minimum age may be set for children sitting in the front seat.
    Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria have already said they will apply the national standards.

    In March 2008 then Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal indicated he would toughen laws in NSW, but neither he nor subsequent minister Michael Daley succeeded in doing so.
    In Australia, 500 children up to the age of 10 are killed or seriously injured every year in car accidents, with 2300 sustaining minor injuries.

    Some medical studies have suggested the premature graduation of children into adult seat belts increases the risk of injury or death in an accident.

    Mt St Thomas parents Noel and Danielle Broadhead, whose three-year-old daughter Isabelle died due to seatbelt injuries sustained in a low-speed car accident in 2006 at Mt Kembla, have been prominent campaigners for the law changes.

    They were unhappy with the State Government's progress.

    But when contacted by the Mercury yesterday, Mr Broadhead praised the swift action of Mr Campbell, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Transport, who took added responsibility for roads in September.

    Mr Broadhead believes Isabelle would have survived the accident had she been in a seat with an inbuilt harness.

    "In all likelihood she would not have suffered such serious injury because the force would have been spread across the seat," he said.
    "She probably would have walked away like her sister."
    Mr Broadhead said he and his wife, Danielle, had pushed for new state legislation to honour their daughter's memory.
    Seats can be bought for about $90, which Mr Broadhead said was a small price for saving a life.

    "We don't want to be the parents who find out someone else has died for the same reason as Isabelle," Mr Broadhead said.

    "We know how it feels and we wouldn't want anybody else to feel it."

    Illawarra Mercury

  • Sunday, November 1, 2009

    Happy Halloween

    This afternoon Annabelle went to her first Halloween party!! Wearing orange and black was as close as I got to dressing up but Annabelle was dressed as a butterfly fairy (thanks to her Aunty Danielle)!

    Halloween isn't traditionally celebrated in Australia but over the past few years it has started to become more popular so Danielle thought Madeleine would enjoy having a party - it's better than knocking on strangers doors as you're guaranteed to take home a bag full of lollies!

    Of course at a Halloween party you have to play games like wrap the Mummy, apple bobbing, egg toss (one of the eggs was not boiled first) and a gooey game where you stick your hand in a bowl of spaghetti and pull out spiders and other creepy crawlies!

    Mason had a ball running around amongst all those girls, about 18 of them, and they were all really good with him and let him stick around.

    Over the last few days I have noticed Annabelle has started to settle more during the day and she doesn't seem to be suffering from colic as much as she was a few weeks ago, which is fantastic but it also means she slept through most of the party!

    borrowing Oliver's pumpkin-head! 

    Oliver looking as cute as ever!

    My first attempt at putting the wings and antennae on Annabelle

    My butterfly fairy; munching on her fairy wand!