Time is flying!

[photopress:img_0088.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Wow! It is almost three weeks since [tag]Charlotte[/tag] screamed into our lives! Time is moving so fast. This week we have seen off the in laws, I mean saw them leave, back for Australia. It has been difficult to fill the void that they have left; we now have to do the washing up, vacuuming and change the baby’s nappies! I mean for goodness-sakes; it’s not like we are parents or anything (that is still sinking in).

[photopress:img_0113.jpg,thumb,alignright]We have been trying to take Lottie out as much as we can, so that we get used to this new fashion accessory. And so far so good. We celebrated Ainsly’s 29th Birthday today (she is getting old!) by having brunch at one of Cheltenham’s greatest little cafe called “Chilly Jam”; [photopress:img_0156.jpg,thumb,alignleft] located on London Road just off High Street; almost next door to our favorite (Thai) eating place “The Vine”. Both don’t have web sites at the moment but we can highly recommend both. Charlotte behaves so well when she is out, a couple of crys and a feed later she is quiet and very content, taking in her surroundings.

[photopress:img_0017.jpg,thumb,alignleft] We have found that our evenings and weekends don’t last very long anymore; we are either asleep or playing with our daughter! Night time is slowly getting better; last Saturday night we had a seven hour straight sleep from 10pm-5am! which is the longest so far. [photopress:img_0122.jpg,thumb,alignright] Not sure if this is a sign of things to come or just a once off. So far tonight Lottie went down at 7pm and its now 11:30pm and she is still asleep; maybe she will wake and expect play time! Time will tell.

We had forgot to mention on our earlier posts that we have now registered Charlotte’s birth, so she has an official British Birth Certificate; and thats as far as their (the British) hospitality goes. So at the moment Charlotte is a woman without a country! We are in the process of making her an Australian Citizen; but for now she is country-less.

[photopress:Charlotte_Thankyou.jpg,thumb,alignright][photopress:img_0157.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Thanks again to every one for their gifts! Lottie is so very spoilt! We have updated the web site with some more photos. Our plan is to have an update each Sunday night our time, in time for your Monday morning coffee.

As always we have updated the site with more photos!

All our love

Dave & Narelle.

This Site

I thought I would let you all know what we are using to maintain this site and what modules we are using to achieve the effect.

We use WordPress 2.0.4 with the following plugins:

The LightBox java script is the coolest thing I have seen for a while and it was so easy to install. Highly recommended for everyone!
Hope this helps, as I always find it interesting to see how sites are developed.

Last day for the Larks

[photopress:IMG_0093.jpg,thumb,alignleft][photopress:IMG_0095.jpg,thumb,alignright]Yesterday was the last day for Colleen and Terry Lark; Narelles parents, who have been with us since the 22nd November. For the entire duration of their holiday and Christmas in the UK the weather has been very mild and grey! And on the last day it finally snowed for them, not enough to cover the ground but enough for Terry to go and run through the falling snow, just like we do :-) .

[photopress:IMG_0099.jpg,thumb,alignleft]We would like to thank you both for looking after us and Charlotte. We are sorry that you have to go back to Australia, but it will not be long before we see you both again. And to rub it in a bit, it really snowed last night, this time there was enough to cover the ground; you only missed it by less than a day!

Here are some more snow pictures.

Week 2

[photopress:imgp0263.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Well time is flying and we are already at day 12! [tag]Charlotte[/tag] is changing each day and seems to get more hair, greater strength in her arms and legs and can see a lot more.

[photopress:imgp0260.jpg,thumb,alignright]She has been a very busy little girl, out to coffee, the doctors, mass and Sunday brunch. Narelle’s parents have enjoyed their time with Charlotte and unfortunately their time is coming to a close, as they leave on Tuesday to go back to Australia. Their help over the last couple of weeks has been invaluable. And we are not entirely sure who will be doing the washing up.

[photopress:imgp0253.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Charlotte is sleeping very well, although we are still having an unsettled period between 9pm and 12am which is a little exhausting but then she does give us four hours straight and then followed by a further three to four hours so we are getting the required sleep…well almost. Our nights seem to go very quickly and we don’t seem to have the same amount of time in the evenings to do what we normally do. Since Lotties arrival we have not had time to play a single game of Scrabble (which we were doing every night with Narelles Parents).

[photopress:imgp0249.jpg,thumb,alignleft]We would like to thank everybody for their kind wishes, thoughts and gifts. Charlotte is very luck to have so many adopted Aunts and Uncles :-D

We have updated the site with some more photos, so please check them out.

Hope to have more soon.

Dave & Narelle & Charlotte

Day 6!

[photopress:imgp0162.jpg,thumb,alignright]Well its almost a week since little lottie joined our family! And it has been a big learning curve for both sides. Charlotte has been very well behaved in the last three nights (now I will jinx it) she has been sleeping for about four hours at a time between feeds; so we are catching up on some much needed sleep; although she is very unsettled before she goes down so we are not getting to bed until around midnight.

Dave has relished his first chance at bathing Charlotte with expert guidance from Narelle who has done a few baths in her time!

[photopress:imgp0130.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Charlotte had her fist trip out of the house on Saturday; to Sainsburys our local supermarket. It was a nerve racking experience and we breathed a sigh of releif when we had completed the shop and managed to get back home in one piece. Who thought that shopping could be so exhausting. Charlotte was very well behaved, just a single yell and then she settled down and didn’t stir until we loaded her back into the car.

[photopress:imgp0143.jpg,thumb,alignright]The car thing has also been a bit of a eye opener. Because Charlotte has to face backwards we can’t see what position she is in; when we arrived at Sainsburys she had fallen forward a bit and had the seatbelt mark on her face! As she gets bigger this will improve I am sure but for now we are not that comfortable in driving.

The second trip at 5 days old was to Mass at our local church. The priest came running up the center isle to say hello and to bless Charlotte, and then as Mass began he welcomed the new 5 day old parishioner! Then at the end of Mass Fr Alan again mentioned Charlotte! So we have a star in the making :-)

We will try and keep the site up to date as much as possible. We have uploaded a few more photos for you to browse through.

She’s here!

[photopress:00088.jpg,thumb,alignright]Well, the newly awaited Barker Arrival is finally here. On Tuesday the 9th of January, Charlotte Gwen Barker made her way into the world. After being 6 days overcooked, she wasn’t going to wait any longer!With no pain relief and a speedy 5 hrs 34 minutes from start to finish, (including a miraculous 7 minutes of pushing), proud parents were stunned but elated! [photopress:00089.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Charlotte weighed in at 3440g (7lb9 1/2 oz). One night at Cheltenham General Hospital and the new Barker family made their way back to Grove View. They survived their first night home and are now getting used to sleep deprivation as well as the sheer joy of being parents!

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Many thanks to all our friends and family for your constant well wishes, emails, calls and presesnts you have been sending us – both now and for the past 9 months. We couldn’t have done it without all your prayers and love – so THANKYOU.

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We look forward to keeping you updated on little Lottie’s progress and yes, we promise to keep sending out more pics!

She’s here!

Well, the newly awaited Barker Arrival is finally here. On Tuesday the 9th of January, Charlotte Gwen Barker made her way into the world. After being 6 days overcooked, she wasn’t going to wait any longer!

With no pain relief and a speedy 5 hrs 34 minutes from start to finish, (including a miraculous 7 minutes of pushing), proud parents were stunned but elated!

Charlotte weighed in at 3440g (7lb9 1/2 oz). One night at Cheltenham General Hospital and the new Barker family made their way back to Grove View. They survived their first night home and are now getting used to sleep deprivation as well as the sheer joy of being parents!

Many thanks to all our friends and family for your constant well wishes, emails, calls and presesnts you have been sending us – both now and for the past 9 months. We couldn’t have done it without all your prayers and love – so THANKYOU.

We look forward to keeping you updated on little Lottie’s progress and yes, we promise to keep sending out more pics!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

We are still waiting (like most of you) for the arrival of our first child, due on the 3rd of January, which means are slightly over cooked :-)

Narelle is still vomiting and getting more and more uncomfortable as time goes by. Our last scan showed that the baby was about 3.3 Kg (7.2 lbs) so we are looking at somewhere between 7/8 lbs (this is only a guess as it is based on some loose measurements via ultra sound). We will let everybody know via text and email when the new arrival graces us with his/her presence. We still do not know the sex of the baby so we will all be as surprised as each other.

Best Regards

Dave & Narelle