In September we had our trip to Queensland. We flew up to Cairns and then travelled by coastal roads all the way back down to Melbourne. It was a journey and a half! Nice to catch up with all my family and other friends along the way but it was alot of driving and alittle rushed trying to fit it all into 3 weeks instead of 4 as we'd originally planned. There were plenty of hicks ups along the way - day 1 our flight got cancelled so we were stuck at the airport all day with 3 kids in tow waiting for another flight (argh!!!), and day 2 someone backed into our hire car. Our dog got out twice while we were away cos the fence fell down, Bonnie suddenly decided she no longer liked being in a car (great timing!) and we also had a bit of stress trying to secure relocation vehicles for each leg of the journey, but we survived and would do it again if we had more time.
Bonnie is getting BIG! She is now 6 months old!!! Damn she is growing and changing so fast it's crazy. She started rolling while we were in Cairns and has just recently started crawling! Her crawling was a bit unexpected (she went from rolling to crawling in 5 weeks!!!) so we are now chasing our tails trying to contain her and baby proof stuff. She sits fairly well on her own and will only occassional lose her balance now but she is starting to pull up on stuff and will often tumble when doing this so there is alot of bumps and tears going on at the moment. We graduated her from the cradle to the cot when we got back from Cairns as she was just banging her arms and legs around everywhere once she started rolling and I couldn't wrap her anymore, but already she is starting to pull up in the cot so we are having to raise the sides. The rate at which she is changing is just crazy. I've coped pretty well with her moving to her own room, but I still miss her and am glad I have a video monitor to still keep an eye on her.
We started solids when we got back from our trip so she is loving all the new tastes and textures and will grab the spoon off me any chance that she gets. I couldn't quite get my head around the baby led weaning stuff - more so cos I was just petrified of her choking on something - so I started with old school pureed stuff for two weeks and then started progressing her through mashed, grated and finely chopped stuff such that she can now eat a mini modified version of most things we eat.
She has graduated to the big bath with her sisters and love love loves this. She has a little bath seat which she is constantly trying to crawl out of and loves splashing and playing with cups and containers. We take her swimming every week when the girls have their lessons, and when I get my act together I'll enrol her for lessons too now that she's 6 months old. She is just learning something new every day and it's amazing to watch. She started saying dad-dad-dad recently and babbles a lot of other gibberish all the time. She copies us laughing and the other day she started blowing raspberries on my neck which is something I do to her all the time. She is just such a joy and there is not a day that goes by I don't think how lucky we are to have her.
I am slowly starting to get into a routine with things at home now. Can you believe it's taken this long?! We have a mini mother's group that we go to every week, we walk every day and we've also been going to storytime at the local library which Bonnie loves. She has always been pretty crap at naps during the day, and I've been lucky to get her to sleep more than 20mins twice in a day, but thankfully this is starting to change now and she will nap longer a few times throughout the day. Nights however have been getting progressively worse. She is waking more often and doesn't settle as easily so we've been struggling a bit with that but I'm hoping things will settle back down again once her current spurt is over.
The only other thing that's been going on lately is that Scout is thinking about leaving the driving school business and has applied for a government job. The recruitment process is long and not the easiest thing so she might not get in but if she does, it will mean big changes for us. I will have to return to work on less days as she won't be able to help out with the kids as much and we will most likely need to move to a different area - possibly even a different state. I'm in two minds about it all. I want her to get it because it's what she wants and financially it will be better for us, but I don't like the idea of moving out of the area we currently live in. Anyway, we'll just see what happens and cross that bridge if and when it comes.
So that just about brings you up to speed on everything that's been happening. Girls went trick or treating for the first time last Friday. Jazz did her usual witch thing and I made Charlie a Toothless costume which turned out pretty good in the end. Next year I'll have to be more organised and dress up Bonnie too. Anyway here are some pics! Enjoy :)