Liam Archives - the little lioness


Kicking and Screaming

by Fiona on February 12, 2013 · 2 comments

liam on the train

I went down to Westmead Children’s Hospital today for Liam’s annual review.

A long day all around, with bribes of chocolate and Kinder Surprise eggs only taking so much edge off the tears and the kicks when we made him undress for assessment, or held him down for the x-rays. Because that’s what you do to three year olds to check how they’re going.


But at least we had a fun time on the train?


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Xylosaurus tee.


Mum's Birthday - Hippo Warners Bay
Choc Pancakes

Charged with the responsibility of making a decision about what to do for Mum’s birthday (which fell ON the Queen’s Birthday holiday this year) I detoured via Hippo Espresso on my morning walk that day, in the bucketing rain, to pop my head in and make a booking at the most child-friendly cafe I’ve been to in Newcastle.

Mum's Birthday - Hippo Warners Bay

Hippo doesn’t have the best reputation for speedy service, and ordering at the counter is a pain, but if you have toddlers or other aged kids in tow they have a play area up the back, complete with decent blocks and books, and the waitstaff are extremely understanding of spilled drinks and half-eaten sugar packets. Liam had a grand time running around the cafe, meeting and greeting new friends.

Mum's Birthday - Hippo Warners Bay

Mum wondered if she was allowed to have pancakes with ice cream and chocolate topping. It’s your birthday! Of COURSE you can have pancake with ice cream and chocolate topping. In fact I insist! (my sister also had them)

Mum's Birthday - Hippo Warners Bay

Corn and ricotta cakes for me, with truss tomatoes and pesto. Yum! Oh yes, and bacon.

Mum's Birthday - Hippo Warners Bay

The Hippo Omelette for Dad. No hippos in it though :(

Mum's Birthday - Hippo Warners Bay

And Banana bread for Rish to satisfy.

Happy Birthday Mum!

Mum's Birthday - Hippo Warners Bay




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by Fiona on May 7, 2012 · 1 comment


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She, of course, passes them onto her sister and her kids. As you can see, Ez LOVES the spoon and sippy cup I think I got in the grab bag from the Digital Parents Conference.

And the whole family gets great use out of the air fryer I reviewed yonks ago. My sister has even cooked a roast in it!!!

A Liam Self-portrait


Making a tough call

April 25, 2012

Back in Newcastle for a while, to regroup, get things in perspective, look after myself, and play with some adorable little people. It could be worse!

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One of those posts with photos of my nephew

March 10, 2012

Because instead of doing anything productive today, I spent much of it vomiting and dashing to the loo. But look! Cute kid photos from visiting the family on Thursday. He spent the day with this World Rare Diseases Day sticker on his head. Being special. While his six month old sister has learned to crawl, […]

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World Rare Diseases Day 2012

February 29, 2012

Today, the rare day of Feb 29, is World Rare Diseases day. What IS a rare disease??? A rare disease in Australia is defined as one which affects 1 in 10,000 people or less. There are up to 8000 known rare diseases, the majority have a genetic origin. Although each disease is rare, collectively they […]

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Putting the children to work – Wordless Wednesday

December 7, 2011
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Goodies from Honeybee

September 29, 2011

What the hell, this thing is as big as me!!! From Honeybee, Darby Street Cooks Hill. And coffee from Glee Roasters :) Bestest coffee.

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Liam’s Second Birthday Party – Sugar hangovers all ’round

September 27, 2011

It’s my party and I’ll bite every lolly on the table and put it back in the bowl if I wanna! It was the sugar fueled 2nd birthday party of awesome on Sunday. There were cupcakes Presents! The bike I got him. A little big. Oh well! Not the dinosaur, daddy! Portugal. No way they’re […]

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Happy 2nd Birthday Liam!

September 23, 2011

The cake will be all yours on Sunday :) (and much spoilage!)

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Awesome Weekend – City2Surf, New Niece, Chilling with Rish – Warning photo flood ahead!!!

August 15, 2011

HUGE weekend. Rish arrived midnight Friday, we went to Newcastle Saturday, and while we were on the F3, I got a text from my brother in law to say they were at the hospital because my niece was on her way!! :) I got dropped off at my parents place, and got to muck around […]

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