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She turned 18 yesterday

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Eighteen years ago, Bronte arrived on her due date but just 17 days after my mother died. The labour was fast compared to the boys and by the time we arrived at the hospital it had progressed so quickly that I didn’t have time to get the pethidine that I had been looking forward to since I found out I was pregnant with her! When the nurse told me that it was too late and I just had two or three pushes and she would be here – I cried! Not for the pain but for the missed drugs… ha ha ha

When she was born, there was a bit of a kerfuffle because it turned out that she had a ‘true knot’ in her umbilical cord. Apparently, this roughly occurs in 1.2% of pregnancies and I was told that she had an exceptionally long cord. “True knots of the umbilical cord are formed when the baby moves through a loop or loops of cord while being active in the uterus, and most form very early in the pregnancy” I guess it would probably be picked up during an ultrasound these days but it wasn’t back then. Because of this, many medical staff came in to check it out.

Soon after the birth, I went into shock – I remember shivering uncontrollably and just wanting to sleep. They wrapped a silver foil type thing over me, I handed her over to Stan and went to snoozy land!

Everything else after that was unremarkable. She was an easy baby although she didn’t sleep through the night until around 18 months of age…zzzzz When she was born – we had 3 under three (Samuel would turn 4 two months later). These years were a bit of a blur to tell you the truth.

She basically grew up in the car/carseat as the boys were 3 and 4 years old and both going to kindergarten but not at the same time. Drop offs and pick ups were frequent and she was always in the car. Easy going, easy to transport.

She went to Nagle Kindergarten in Sandringham just for 4 year old kinder and then on to Sacred Heart Primary. She started playing basketball and netball, did gymnastics for a while and learnt to ride a motorbike amongst other things.

On to secondary school and she . She’s had lots of experiences and this final year so far has been intense.

She’s a left hander just like her mum and she is a creative soul.

We had a lovely day yesterday and celebrated with family and friends just having a lunch and cake. Last night she went to her first dance club in the city and didn’t get home until 3.30am! Wasn’t too keen on that! However, she kept herself very tidy and no overdoing of the drinking. Yay.

Stan and I are very proud of the young woman she has become and wish her only love and happiness x


Formalities of the Year 12 Formal – 2016

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These two photos were taken in 2003 – on Bronte’s first day at Primary School. The first photo (although blurry) shows her at home just about to leave. The 2nd photo shows her all happy and dishevelled when I was there to pick her up. She is 5 in these photos.

Fast forward twelve years and she has just started her final year of secondary school – Year 12, VCE.

The first thing to focus on this year was the Year 12 Formal. One of the great things about the school she goes to….they get the Formal out of the way – very fast. They started back at school on the 29th of January and Formal was done and dusted on the 7th of February!

The buildup to the Formal is a slow burn. Planning began mid 2015. There is just so much to organise. Who knew? Not me. Having had two brothers before her – let’s just say – boys and Formals are a breeze and very cheap!

Things to organise:

Special Underwear
Spray Tan
Buttonhole or Boutonnière for the partner
Tickets to Formal
Tickets to After Party
Outfit for After Party
Pres – is that a word?
Transportation for 20 – Stretch Hummer

and I am sure there is more that I have forgotten.

Here’s some pictures for you. Of course, she doesn’t like any of them but that’s the nature of the beast!