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• c h e e k y  m u c h • but seriously how am i meant to keep a straight and serious face when this cheeky little grin is looking up at me. especially now when she can pair this face with a cheeky one liner. just like when she wets her pants and looks at me with her serious (and super cute) face and reassures me it was “just an accident” and only a “really tiny bit of wee”, so clearly no reason to be cranky right... i have trouble containing my laughter but at the same time so annoyed that we have regressed so far. the thought that goes through my mind... lucky she’s cute. we were having some great success with toilet training before we made the cross country move to our new home earlier this year. when we arrived though it seemed we had gone back in time and with our time travels ivy also regressed with her recent progress. wow this went a bit off track! but on a serious note... i would love some suggestions to help, she seems to have days of success and then just forgets what to do and we end up with multiple “accidents” in a single day.
• c h e e k y m u c h • but seriously how am i meant to keep a straight and serious face when this cheeky little grin is looking up at me. especially now when she can pair this face with a cheeky one liner. just like when she wets her pants and looks at me with her serious (and super cute) face and reassures me it was “just an accident” and only a “really tiny bit of wee”, so clearly no reason to be cranky right... i have trouble containing my laughter but at the same time so annoyed that we have regressed so far. the thought that goes through my mind... lucky she’s cute. we were having some great success with toilet training before we made the cross country move to our new home earlier this year. when we arrived though it seemed we had gone back in time and with our time travels ivy also regressed with her recent progress. wow this went a bit off track! but on a serious note... i would love some suggestions to help, she seems to have days of success and then just forgets what to do and we end up with multiple “accidents” in a single day.
• h a p p y  b i r t h d a y • to our fur baby frittles! Can not believe our little fritz is six years young! such a loving, sometimes mischievous, member of our family. i couldn’t imagine our life without him. he certainly puts up with a lot, especially as the kids have had to learn the boundaries... occasional beard pulling (the temptation is just too much), being ridden like a horse, getting dressed up like a baby, oodles of cuddles (sometimes a bit too tight) and endless crazy commands from them. i was a little nervous when we were first bringing william home to meet fritz, as fritz had been “our only child” and sole focus, but he took being a big brother in his stride. always looking out for the little munchkins. i do remember a bit of a eye roll and sigh 18 months later when we walked through the door with another screaming baby, but nonetheless he has taken little ivy under his protective wing.
• h a p p y b i r t h d a y • to our fur baby frittles! Can not believe our little fritz is six years young! such a loving, sometimes mischievous, member of our family. i couldn’t imagine our life without him. he certainly puts up with a lot, especially as the kids have had to learn the boundaries... occasional beard pulling (the temptation is just too much), being ridden like a horse, getting dressed up like a baby, oodles of cuddles (sometimes a bit too tight) and endless crazy commands from them. i was a little nervous when we were first bringing william home to meet fritz, as fritz had been “our only child” and sole focus, but he took being a big brother in his stride. always looking out for the little munchkins. i do remember a bit of a eye roll and sigh 18 months later when we walked through the door with another screaming baby, but nonetheless he has taken little ivy under his protective wing.
• m o t h e r h o o d • i feel like im constantly caught in this balancing act of motherhood. what i feel i should be doing and then looking at what society thinks makes a good mother, and wondering if im making the grade. be comforting but teach them to be strong. be loving and still show discipline. have a clean house while letting them be kids and have fun. go to work while still making time to play with them. 
im 100% sure I’m not the only mother out there who is constantly doubting themselves as a mother or how they are raising their babies. i often catch myself self critiquing how i managed a certain situation or beating myself up over how i could have done it better, could’ve cuddled them longer or given them an extra few kisses, could’ve stayed calmer, could’ve explained it better. but then there are moments where i feel really proud of the little people i have raised, and cannot wait to see the adults they become. time to stop worrying about what im doing wrong and focus on the parts i know im getting right.
• m o t h e r h o o d • i feel like im constantly caught in this balancing act of motherhood. what i feel i should be doing and then looking at what society thinks makes a good mother, and wondering if im making the grade. be comforting but teach them to be strong. be loving and still show discipline. have a clean house while letting them be kids and have fun. go to work while still making time to play with them. im 100% sure I’m not the only mother out there who is constantly doubting themselves as a mother or how they are raising their babies. i often catch myself self critiquing how i managed a certain situation or beating myself up over how i could have done it better, could’ve cuddled them longer or given them an extra few kisses, could’ve stayed calmer, could’ve explained it better. but then there are moments where i feel really proud of the little people i have raised, and cannot wait to see the adults they become. time to stop worrying about what im doing wrong and focus on the parts i know im getting right.
• e n d o m e t r i o s i s • day one of recovery and it’s a struggle. the tiny humans are being the most amazing little helpers and know that mummy is a bit sore. and as I sit watching them play while sipping on peppermint tea and covered in heat packs, I wonder if my daughter will be unlucky enough to inherit this same condition. i’ve never really spoken about my struggle with endometriosis, but as i think about the future of my own daughter, i want people to be educated about this condition which affects 1 in 10 Australian women, and fight for a cure. it took seven years of going to multiple doctors before anyone took me seriously. this is not uncommon for many women diagnosed and i’ve heard of many that took much longer. by the time i had my first surgery i was diagnosed as stage 4 and given a grim prognosis in regards to my fertility. miraculously i conceived both william and ivy naturally post surgery, much to the disbelief of my specialist. it then seemed to lay dormant throughout my pregnancies and only in the last year have symptoms have returned. we need a cure, and i hope that by sharing a small part of my story i can help spread the word. always remember that debilitating period pain is not normal, and an early diagnosis is key to preserving fertility. .
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see my stories or visit endometriosisaustralia.org for more info!
• e n d o m e t r i o s i s • day one of recovery and it’s a struggle. the tiny humans are being the most amazing little helpers and know that mummy is a bit sore. and as I sit watching them play while sipping on peppermint tea and covered in heat packs, I wonder if my daughter will be unlucky enough to inherit this same condition. i’ve never really spoken about my struggle with endometriosis, but as i think about the future of my own daughter, i want people to be educated about this condition which affects 1 in 10 Australian women, and fight for a cure. it took seven years of going to multiple doctors before anyone took me seriously. this is not uncommon for many women diagnosed and i’ve heard of many that took much longer. by the time i had my first surgery i was diagnosed as stage 4 and given a grim prognosis in regards to my fertility. miraculously i conceived both william and ivy naturally post surgery, much to the disbelief of my specialist. it then seemed to lay dormant throughout my pregnancies and only in the last year have symptoms have returned. we need a cure, and i hope that by sharing a small part of my story i can help spread the word. always remember that debilitating period pain is not normal, and an early diagnosis is key to preserving fertility. . . see my stories or visit endometriosisaustralia.org for more info!
today the day! so now i’m sitting in the waiting room, in my sexy gown and hat, and i don’t know why but i’m overwhelmed with nerves! that sweaty palms, heart racing, and nauseous type of nervous. and it seems crazy because I’ve been here before, had almost the exact same procedure before. the only thing that seems to help me calm the nauseous feeling in my tummy is flicking through pictures of these two gorgeous tiny humans on my phone. just looking at them seems calming and its got me thinking about the gentle cuddles and sweet kisses i’m going to get when i see them later today. what tricks do you use to settle your anxiety?
today the day! so now i’m sitting in the waiting room, in my sexy gown and hat, and i don’t know why but i’m overwhelmed with nerves! that sweaty palms, heart racing, and nauseous type of nervous. and it seems crazy because I’ve been here before, had almost the exact same procedure before. the only thing that seems to help me calm the nauseous feeling in my tummy is flicking through pictures of these two gorgeous tiny humans on my phone. just looking at them seems calming and its got me thinking about the gentle cuddles and sweet kisses i’m going to get when i see them later today. what tricks do you use to settle your anxiety?
one thing that has always been important to me since starting my own family is to cherish everyday, even just a simple walk along a windy beach in the middle of winter can create a memory to last a lifetime. you never know what tomorrow will bring, and when a picture will be the last taken. this is our family picture from yesterday’s wild, windy and chilly adventure. a very successful picture in my opinion, certainly not perfect but one where everyone is present and looking, maybe not smiling but looking in the right direction... these are very rare! it seems almost always I’m standing behind the camera rather than in front of it, so definitely one to treasure.
one thing that has always been important to me since starting my own family is to cherish everyday, even just a simple walk along a windy beach in the middle of winter can create a memory to last a lifetime. you never know what tomorrow will bring, and when a picture will be the last taken. this is our family picture from yesterday’s wild, windy and chilly adventure. a very successful picture in my opinion, certainly not perfect but one where everyone is present and looking, maybe not smiling but looking in the right direction... these are very rare! it seems almost always I’m standing behind the camera rather than in front of it, so definitely one to treasure.
another day and another big adventure... not one to let the rain stop me, we ventured down to the most southern point of South Australia and walked along the beach to look for fairy penguins! We were spoilt with some occasional sunshine amidst the grey clouds... not that it managed to warm us up much though. who said rainy days aren’t beach days. .
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👆🏼the bell I rang on our way out of the first winery yesterday... a bit of a child at heart
another day and another big adventure... not one to let the rain stop me, we ventured down to the most southern point of South Australia and walked along the beach to look for fairy penguins! We were spoilt with some occasional sunshine amidst the grey clouds... not that it managed to warm us up much though. who said rainy days aren’t beach days. . . 👆🏼the bell I rang on our way out of the first winery yesterday... a bit of a child at heart
seriously sleep training sucks! .
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after a week of pulling my hair out and gaining a lot more greys in their place, I’m now chillaxing and reminiscing over these adorable and sass-free pictures of my 4-day-old bean sprout.... emphasis on the sass-free... she may look all sweet and innocent but this little sprout has developed some serious attitude since this cute snap was captured. .
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five very long and sassy days of dropping day time naps and readjusting bedtime, and we have finally had success! By 7:45 tonight ivy was fast asleep!! yayyyyy! we can finally relax on the couch and watch trashy tv without fighting with our sassy two year old about sleep. .
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one very proud and relieved mumma over here! now time to cross my fingers and hope she sleeps right through so I don’t cop a foot in the face at 2:30am!
seriously sleep training sucks! . . after a week of pulling my hair out and gaining a lot more greys in their place, I’m now chillaxing and reminiscing over these adorable and sass-free pictures of my 4-day-old bean sprout.... emphasis on the sass-free... she may look all sweet and innocent but this little sprout has developed some serious attitude since this cute snap was captured. . . five very long and sassy days of dropping day time naps and readjusting bedtime, and we have finally had success! By 7:45 tonight ivy was fast asleep!! yayyyyy! we can finally relax on the couch and watch trashy tv without fighting with our sassy two year old about sleep. . . one very proud and relieved mumma over here! now time to cross my fingers and hope she sleeps right through so I don’t cop a foot in the face at 2:30am!
After a long 4 months it’s now only one more sleep until Aunty Chelle arrives! These two are super excited and cannot wait to give her big cuddles. I know of one person who I think is even more excited than they are though... am I right @chellechappy 😉 I hope you have your winter woollies and raincoat packed, unless you could kindly bring that glorious sunshine and warmth with you!
After a long 4 months it’s now only one more sleep until Aunty Chelle arrives! These two are super excited and cannot wait to give her big cuddles. I know of one person who I think is even more excited than they are though... am I right @chellechappy 😉 I hope you have your winter woollies and raincoat packed, unless you could kindly bring that glorious sunshine and warmth with you!
There’s no where I’d rather be right now than cuddled up beside her... I am counting down the minutes till the next shift walks through the doors!
There’s no where I’d rather be right now than cuddled up beside her... I am counting down the minutes till the next shift walks through the doors!
since moving to the country we have had more time to spend in nature, just stepping outside the front door and exploring new sights, smells and sounds. with these new experiences have come so many questions.. sometimes even i can’t answer them! so not only are they learning about all these aspects of country life but so am i. we are loving learning with our children, and are never ashamed to admit that we too don’t have all the answers, but are more than willing to find them. ivy has developed quite the interest in all things sheep, and this includes collecting all the lambs tails she has been finding in the fields... so far i’ve managed to find when she stashed them, so here’s hoping she doesn’t get crafty with her hiding spots.
since moving to the country we have had more time to spend in nature, just stepping outside the front door and exploring new sights, smells and sounds. with these new experiences have come so many questions.. sometimes even i can’t answer them! so not only are they learning about all these aspects of country life but so am i. we are loving learning with our children, and are never ashamed to admit that we too don’t have all the answers, but are more than willing to find them. ivy has developed quite the interest in all things sheep, and this includes collecting all the lambs tails she has been finding in the fields... so far i’ve managed to find when she stashed them, so here’s hoping she doesn’t get crafty with her hiding spots.
“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.” .
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Part way through our farm walk with the goats today, William started practising his somersaulting, which we have been learning at home along with some gentle Pilates elements. Excited giggles and squeals filled the air as they critiqued each other.
“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.” . . ~ Penelope Leach . . . . Part way through our farm walk with the goats today, William started practising his somersaulting, which we have been learning at home along with some gentle Pilates elements. Excited giggles and squeals filled the air as they critiqued each other.
my little human. my little animal loving and caring human. her happy place is in nature, with the animals, being free to explore and learn about the world around her. my happy place is watching the love in her shine and bring happiness to those around her. you have to find that place that brings out the human in you. the soul in you. the love in you.
my little human. my little animal loving and caring human. her happy place is in nature, with the animals, being free to explore and learn about the world around her. my happy place is watching the love in her shine and bring happiness to those around her. you have to find that place that brings out the human in you. the soul in you. the love in you.
Right now my house looks like I’m losing a game of Jumanji... but that’s ok, we are busy making memories and cherishing the moments we will never have again.
Right now my house looks like I’m losing a game of Jumanji... but that’s ok, we are busy making memories and cherishing the moments we will never have again.
“you know your life has changed when going to the doctor alone is a vacation”
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no exciting adventures today as the kids have passed on their germs to me... but I had to share this photo that William snapped on my phone last week when the sun was actually shining! My little photographer... I think he is better than me!
“you know your life has changed when going to the doctor alone is a vacation” . . . . . no exciting adventures today as the kids have passed on their germs to me... but I had to share this photo that William snapped on my phone last week when the sun was actually shining! My little photographer... I think he is better than me!
Doing what I love most, spending time with family and capturing the moments. William has started becoming very interested in taking photos of interesting things he finds on our adventures and was quick to capture this.
Doing what I love most, spending time with family and capturing the moments. William has started becoming very interested in taking photos of interesting things he finds on our adventures and was quick to capture this.
Sometimes I question the choices I make as a mother, wondering if I’m “doing it right”. So many parenting books, blogs, “experts” and other parents, always telling you how things should be done and what not to do, and most of the time all contraindicating each other. It’s confusing! Luckily for me I have this cheeky little man guiding me on my motherhood journey and reminding me when things need to change. I was recently horrified when we were walking through the local stationary shop and he starts dancing and sings “oh my gosh, look at her butt” 😳 so now we listen to ABC’c and nursery rhymes in the car..😂 but yesterday he made me laugh at the playground when he manoeuvred through the obstacles and then celebrated that he was the NINJA WARRIOR... of course I was then questioning whether I should be letting him watch it, but watching the joy on his face as he ran through the playground, I’m going to take that as a parenting win! Sometimes you just have to do what’s right for your family, and that’s not always what works for the family next door, but that’s no reason to judge and criticise. Time to start supporting each other rather than bring them down. .
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#motherhood #motherssupportingmothers #supporteachother #stopmumshaming #cheekylittleman #ninjawarrior #thatsmile #embarrassingmummoment #theylistentoeverything #motherhoodjourney #cute
Sometimes I question the choices I make as a mother, wondering if I’m “doing it right”. So many parenting books, blogs, “experts” and other parents, always telling you how things should be done and what not to do, and most of the time all contraindicating each other. It’s confusing! Luckily for me I have this cheeky little man guiding me on my motherhood journey and reminding me when things need to change. I was recently horrified when we were walking through the local stationary shop and he starts dancing and sings “oh my gosh, look at her butt” 😳 so now we listen to ABC’c and nursery rhymes in the car..😂 but yesterday he made me laugh at the playground when he manoeuvred through the obstacles and then celebrated that he was the NINJA WARRIOR... of course I was then questioning whether I should be letting him watch it, but watching the joy on his face as he ran through the playground, I’m going to take that as a parenting win! Sometimes you just have to do what’s right for your family, and that’s not always what works for the family next door, but that’s no reason to judge and criticise. Time to start supporting each other rather than bring them down. . . . . . . . . . #motherhood  #motherssupportingmothers  #supporteachother  #stopmumshaming  #cheekylittleman  #ninjawarrior  #thatsmile  #embarrassingmummoment  #theylistentoeverything  #motherhoodjourney  #cute 
Some days they are sweet, cute, loving little angels, butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths, right... and then some days the horns come out and they are full of attitude and defiance, can’t agree with anyone, nothing is good enough, and are constantly fighting with each other just. Today has been one of those days, I literally haven’t been able to look away for five seconds without all hell breaking loose. Add their emotional states to three hours worth of driving, and you have a completely exhausted, emotionally drained, self-criticising mother with a migraine. Its these days that I need to remind myself that tomorrow is a new day and that I have a pretty good track record of making it through the terrible days. I feel a wine is in order tonight! .
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#motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodishard #selfcriticism #doubtingmymotheringskills #migraine #butterwouldntmeltintheirmouths #sweetandinnocent #littledevils #toughday #almostthere #ineedwine
Some days they are sweet, cute, loving little angels, butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths, right... and then some days the horns come out and they are full of attitude and defiance, can’t agree with anyone, nothing is good enough, and are constantly fighting with each other just. Today has been one of those days, I literally haven’t been able to look away for five seconds without all hell breaking loose. Add their emotional states to three hours worth of driving, and you have a completely exhausted, emotionally drained, self-criticising mother with a migraine. Its these days that I need to remind myself that tomorrow is a new day and that I have a pretty good track record of making it through the terrible days. I feel a wine is in order tonight! . . . . . . . . #motherhoodunplugged  #motherhoodishard  #selfcriticism  #doubtingmymotheringskills  #migraine  #butterwouldntmeltintheirmouths  #sweetandinnocent  #littledevils  #toughday  #almostthere  #ineedwine