My road to motherhood 

I never thought that motherhood would be for me or comprehended having a mini human to care for and look after. Nevertheless, about 18 months ago something soon switched in me and I was so excited to start trying for a baby. I had never felt so strongly about it and I think it was definitely fate as I fell pregnant almost the day we started trying.
While I had expected to be excited when I first fell pregnant, I was in shock and seeing that life inside of me for the first time was incomprehensible! I have to admit I was so scared and it became very real once we heard that heartbeat. Hearing that heartbeat for the first time was incredible, we definitely had been blessed. 

Around the same time of this exciting news for our family that the first grandchild and great-grandchild was to be expected, our rock to the family, my Nan, became increasingly ill and we found out in March last year that she actually had multiple myeloma. Cancer had riddled her body and consequently, had crushed the discs in her back and eroded her vertebra. I spent several months by her hospital bedside crying and praying that she would make it, almost forgetting that I was pregnant. 

She cried to me saying how excited she had been to see her first great-grandchild and how devastated she was as she was never going to be able to see her, the doctors had given her two days to live. I prayed that she’d be able to see Grace and thank the lord today she is still with us a year on! It shocked not only our family, but the doctors too. We were beyond relieved and thrilled that she is still with us today.

As my Mum suffered from post natal depression, I grew up with my Nan and Pop who have been my second parents. So the thought of her leaving us was unimaginable, especially at this time of our lives. 

Before I even knew the sex of our baby and around this awful time, my Nan had a dream in hospital that we would have a girl and name her Grace! My husband and I had already agreed on the name Grace if we had a girl (no one knew this) and literally a week later (after my Nan telling me her dream) we found out we were having a girl! We named her after my Nan (Lorraine) and she is Grace Raine. 

To this day, my Nan is undergoing chemotherapy and has had the doctors amazed at her determination and fighting spirit. I hope that Grace inherits that. She is an inspiration to everyone around her. I remember my Nan say that when you’re a grandparent, you live for your grandchildren and she has definitely fought to live to see her great-grandchild.  


My Nan and Pop with Grace – We drove straight from the hospital I gave birth to see my Nan who was bed ridden at the time.

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ADVENTURES of G&A

This is a throwback, about a few weeks ago, when I went to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).  They have this amazing exhibition, perfect for the kids!  How awesome is this fur wall (see below), seems to me to be channeling Dr Seuss!

Gracie was having an absolute ball.  Her little face says it all!

V DAY QUIZ

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In the spirit of Valentines Day, I found a cute quiz to get to know my better half and I.

It might sound cliche, but truly everyday is Valentines Day with Aaron.  We never really celebrate V Day, but thought this year marks our 10 years together so why not haha!  Each and everyday we make the effort to show our love toward each other and how much we appreciate each other.  He definitely brings out the best in me, and I hope I bring out the best in him.  It has almost been 10 years (this Sunday!) since we’ve been together.  Can’t believe how time has flown by!

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Who’s older? Me, by about a month.

Who was interested first? Definitely me, he rejected me a few times but I finally got there haha

Who makes the most mess? Me

Who has more tattoos? Neither of us have tattoos, or like them enough to have one.

Who’s the better singer? Neither of us, we both can’t sing to save ourselves haha

Hogs the remote? Me

Better driver? Him, I’m a road rager

Spends the most? Me

Do you have children together? Yes, 1 daughter

Did you go to the same school? Yes, same high school

Who is the most sensitive? Me

Where do you eat out the most? Probably our local coffee shop or Nandos

Where is the furtherest you two have traveled together as a couple? Vanuatu and Fiji

Who has the worst temper? Me, I am short tempered

Who does the cooking? Both of us, but I love to cook so I mostly do

Who is more social? Me, I love heaps of people around

Who is the most stubborn? Me, Aaron is very patient haha

Who wakes up earlier? Him, I hate waking up early

Where was your first date? The movies almost 10 years ago!

Who has the bigger family? Both have about the same size fam

Who does the laundry? He does mostly

Who picks where you go to dinner? We are both indecisive, usually ends in picking it out of a hat haha

Who wears the pants in the relationship? We both do, we make a good team!