Continuing our family tradition, we headed to the city for our annual Santa photo yesterday and- after some serious desensitising over the past few weeks - Charlie added her second year to her own tradition. We also got a very special moment between Mummy, Charlie, Santa and his toy reindeer to treasure.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
It is with sadness I announce the death of my mother-in-law Gwen yesterday, November 10 2014.
I was 15 when I met my husband, 36 years ago. As a young mother, Gwen and I spent a lot of time together, much like Kaitlyn and I do today. She was always happy to care for the children for a few hours or a day and we would do our grocery shopping together for many years. She was always happy to come to the children's special events and hosted our family Christmas every year.
As my family grew up and my life was filled by work and more, and she and Robin enjoyed their retirement years together, we spent much less time together - despite only living a few streets apart. These past few years her health issues took away some of her joy, but seeing Kaitlyn marry and become a mother gave light to her darker days.
Gwen spent the final hours of life with her family in attendance, right down to 18mo, Charlie. She passed peacefully as pulmonary oedema took her quietly.
She was my other mother and a wonderful role model and will be greatly missed.
Monday, August 4, 2014
I thought you might like to see my slides from my presentation at Liquid Gold.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Twelve months after publishing Breastfeeding Charlie - It Took a Village to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, I am busy preparing to present it at the Australian Breastfeeding Association national conference Liquid Gold. A year ago, Charlie was just five months old and the twist in the story happened not long after I published, so here is the updated version.