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Creating clean habits​

Having a clean house is important to me but unfortunately, we don’t always get a chance to clean up. Here are a few things we do each day to make our household that little bit less chaotic.

  1. MAKE THE BED – first thing I do every morning is make the beds. I don’t know why this one is so important to me. Maybe because even if I do nothing for the rest of the day (depending on Millie’s mood) I can say I did the bare minimum. Andrew gets up with Millie most mornings (when he’s not a gym) letting me sleep a little longer. Before I even leave our room I make our bed. I love getting into a made bed each night. This can only be made better by getting into a bed with fresh sheets (be still my beating hearts). Then Millie’s bed gets made on the way downstairs.
  2. DISHES – Andrew normally does the dishes in the morning and the evening. I love a clean kitchen, but I never get a chance to clean it. Those few time I do get a chance, everything is done. Windows, benches, cupboards. I start and just can’t stop. But I am so grateful when Andrew washes the dishes and wipes the benches.
  3. SHOES OFF – As soon as you walk in the door shoes come off in this house. Saves on vacuuming and since everything is going in Millie’s mouth at the moment this is a lifesaver. Plus the dirt up Buderim is red. I mean RED, RED. And since we have light carpets in the lounge room and bedrooms it’s a bit of a much.
  4. WASHING – We are lucking in our house as we have a laundry shoot in our bathroom, so I make a point each day to pick up the cloths from our hampers and throw then down the ‘shoot’. Even if I don’t get to put a load on every day, all the washing is in the same place and I’m not running up and down the stairs making sure that everything is there. I also don’t like the washing hanging on the back veranda too long. When in the kitchen you look straight out the window onto it and it makes me feel a little cluttered.
  5. CLEAN THE LIVING ROOM – Once Millie is down Andrew or I put everything back where it belongs. Toys in draws, pillows on couches, etc. I know it’s going to be a chaotic mess the next morning but I always feel a bit more accomplished when I know I am going to bed with a clean loungeroom. I also pick up and put things back where they belong when Millie has her naps during the day. When you walk in our house the lounge is the first thing you see, so I feel it needs to be at least somewhat presentable even to only create the illusion of a clean house.

Most people say don’t procrastinate when it comes to cleaning. However in my case when I procrastinate cleaning is the first thing I do. Just one of my habits I picked up when I was studying at university. Made it hard to get assignments done but at least the house was clean.

Hope this one has given you a minor glimpse into our cleaning time. The biggest thing I can say is; There will be days where your house is completely trashed, don’t judge yourself over these days cos we all have them. Just remember your house is your child/rens home, don’t make it a display house. Let the kids make a mess. It’s all about having fun and spending time with them. That what they will remember. The time spent making memories, not the mess.

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Mama Life · Millie Wren

Photo shoots with kids

For every photo that makes the cut, there are 100’s that don’t. For any full-time child photographers, my hat comes off to you. Seriously how do you do it? And those that do family photography how do you get everyone to look at the camera and smile. Getting a decent photo fo our family I have given up on.IMG_2799

I did some early Christmas photos the other day (Romper & Bow from TwoofFour), and while yes I got a few that I can use most of them turned out like this ——————————————>

Or blurry. I shouldn’t complain too much but seriously kid, why?

On the plus side, this Mama is getting out the house tomorrow with one of my oldest and dearest friends. Dinner and wine. After the last few weeks of job interviews (didn’t IMG_2808-2get them) and a sick teething baby, constant rain and a fiance that has been snowed under with his studies.

I need a night to just reset and refresh. To put some nice clothes on and go out and have a nice dinner without a highchair and adult conversations. but let’s be honest we are both Mama’s so the conversation will probably rotate around our kids.


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Millie Wren

2 Month Countdown

I can not believe that in two short months our little Millie will be one year old. This year has gone so fast. and so much has happened.

Millie was born.

Millies first Christmas.

Andrew proposed.

I graduated university.

My brother’s wedding.

It has been a beautiful year full of so many ups and a few down.


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Mama Life · Millie Wren

6 Months already…

It’s so hard to believe that our little girl is already 6 months old. She has grown so much and affected so many in her short time here already. We have had so many firsts: smiles, foods, rollovers, weekends away, and even our first swimming lessons. She is growing into her own little person more and more each day and just when Andrew and I think we can’t love her any more than we already do, she gives us a look, a giggle, and we fall more and more in love with her.

The love Andrew and I have for each other is also growing. Watching him play with her on the floor or watching them fall asleep together, makes my heart race in a way I didn’t even know was possible.

I can not wait to see what the next 6 months have in store for our little family.

6 Months

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Mama Life

My Birth Story

December 2nd, 2017

It was a warm Summer night and my parents had come to stay in the lead up to the birth of our baby. The day before I had felt some minor discomfort and contractions. Bub was now 6 days overdue and all we could do was wait. At 6:25 pm I could feel the contractions becoming stronger. The days were drawing out and the only way I could pass the time was to play Dice (family dice game). Andrew and I were on our 100th game for the day. I was having trouble tallying the scores, so we called it quits for the day and I went inside to cook dinner with Mum.

Halfway through dinner, I got up to get seconds and my waters broke while standing in the kitchen. My contractions were regular but I was still able to hold conversations during them. So while I jumped in the shower to clean up Mum moped the kitchen floors. I came back downstairs called the Hospital and continued to watch the Rugby World Cup with everyone. We wanted to labor at home for as long as possible before going in. I couldn’t think of anything worse than getting into the hospital and being told to go home or sit in a hospital room for hours (or even days) just waiting. I sat rocking on the exercise ball, that had been a god sent through my whole pregnancy, while Australia won the cup.

9:30 hit the game ended and I took one look at Andrew and said ‘Ok I think it’s time to go.’ We got in the car and off we went, just Andrew and I. The car ride felt like it took forever. We got to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital around 10:00pm. If I thought the drive took forever, the walk from the car park to the Birthing Suite was longer still. A lovely staff member met us halfway with a wheelchair. She later said to Andrew ‘We didn’t want another baby born in the hallway’.

Once in the birthing suite, the nurses got all the paperwork sorted and did an examination.

WE WERE ALREADY 10cm dilated. 

There was no time for any other drugs. Lucky we wanted to have as close to natural birth as possible. So with the gas & air in my hand, we started pushing.

December 3rd, 2017

It took a while before you started crowning (roughly 90mins). Then it was all go. We IMG_3642delivered at 1:41am and the first thing this Mama asked was

‘Is it a boy or a girl?’

They pulled the blanket back to show us our perfectly pink and gooey little Girl. She was finally here. Andrew and I looked at each other in disbelief. Having boys being
predominant in both families we thought our chances of having a little girl was extremely slim. Andrew cut the cord and they rushed her over to the suction as she had swallowed some Merconium on her way into our world. I finally let go of Andrew’s hand and demanded he stay by her side no matter what happened or where she went.

Waiting for her to cry was the longest few minutes of my life. I felt that my whole world depended on it. I guess to a degree it did. Both our worlds did. That cry was the sweetest noise in the world. They finally handed her to me for skin to skin Facetune_04-04-2018-20-39-36and I could hardly breathe. My whole world had changed in those few hours.

We stayed in the birthing suite for over an hour just being together as a family. No one else (other than the hospital staff) knew you were Earth-side. You were our secrete. Our perfectly, gooey little secrete. Once we arrived in our room we sent a text out to our parents letting them know both Mother and Baby were healthy and safe, but we decided to keep the secret of your gender for a little while longer. We just laid in bed our new family of three staring at our beautiful baby girl. We
had ideas as to what we would name her but it wasn’t until we spent a few hours with her that we made our decision.

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At 6:30 we decided it was time to share our secret with the family. We first called Andrew’s parent with Facetime. We had taken a Blue and Pink blanket to the hospital to let people know. So with you wrapped in a Pink blanket we introduced Millie to her Nana & Mac for the first time (as they were not able to join us from so far away). They were so thrilled to have another little girl join their family. Next, we had to wait for my parents. We had spoken to them on the phone but had not told them yet, as they would be coming straight to the hospital once visiting hours started. The had to wait until 11:00 am (a little bit cruel) but we 39055276_2345881582103553_9019898571092131840_nwanted to see their faces as this was their first grandchild and wanted it to be special for them and us.

The staff told us at 10:50 that they had been pacing up and down outside the doors for at least 15minutes. They burst through the doors as soon as they opened. Grandad rushed past Grandma, Andrew and myself as he was going to be the first to hold his first grandchild. Grandma stood there in disbelief, shaking and said ‘Is it really a girl?’. There was so much love in that room at that moment.

There is still so much love in our lives. This little girl is surrounded by so many loving people who would do anything for her. And though she has only been on this earth a few days, she already has Mama & Daddy wrapped around her little finger. Just the way it should be.

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