one happy mama...

Is there an age when you should stop referring to your youngest child as your 'baby'? 
I am sure if I read the latest in child psychology books I would find this is a big 'no no'....
but I can't help it. He is my youngest, my baby and he is turning 12 today.

 Connor is nearly as tall as me....I am 5'8"....

He has celebrated seven birthdays in Australia, three in New Zealand
and two in England.
He will enter his teenage years, next year in Vietnam.
He looks at the move as another adventure.

Connor likes to keep track of how many countries
he has travelled to over his lifetime, at the moment he is 12 for 12.

He is American but has never lived there, I hope someday that he does.

He calls Australia home.

He loves to read... especially history books.

Connor and our dog, Tika, have swum through life, side by side.

They do everything together....

Over the weekend, he asked his best friends over for a sleepover party.
We took them to see 'Hugo'. I could not think of a better film, 
it was enchanting, the type of story he loves.

Tonight, we will celebrate his birthday at his favourite Chinese restaurant.
He loves Beef with Oyster Sauce. :)

My baby....

Happy Birthday Connor!

From my youngest to my oldest...

In five more days, I will see my eldest son....Patrick.
He truly is all grown up.

He will graduate from Royal Military College, Duntroon, in Australia.

Patrick on left
One happy I.. :)


  1. What a happy, sweet post. Happy birthday to your baby!

  2. Many, many happy returns of the day to your Connor. I wish him the best of days.....I know that you will pull out all the stops and he will have a wonderful birthday.
    ....and, many congratulations to Patrick. An acheivement that must be celebrated to the max when you see him. A very happy family time for you Jeanne and, of course, for your husband.. XXXX

  3. Well, it's understandable that you are one happy mother. What lovely kids you have. 12 years old and a globetrotter. How amazing - I'm not sure I had been abroad when I was 12:-D

    Congratulations to Connor (number 15 on the top 100 names of the year:-))

    And since I am the baby of my family - yes, there is such an age:-D but I don't think you are supposed to care! I'm in my thirties but my family doesn't seem to have noticed.

  4. Happy Birthday Young man!!

    We are on our 5th day of Holiday Giveaways with 4 events being open! I hope you will visit Jeanne

    Art by Karena

  5. Jeanne, you must be very proud of both of your lovely boys and quite rightly so!! I will never stop calling my youngest, William, my baby - that he will always be even though he is a good 6ft tall and a very grown up young man!

  6. you have such a gr8 family! def loving all the pics!!

  7. Happy Birthday to Connor and congratulations to Patrick!
    Our youngest requested to not be called "the baby" when she turned 13. Her older sisters still call her the baby to tease her occasionally!

  8. And as you should be... You have given your children such wonderful opportunities and experiences.

  9. Hello my friend,

    I am still away but trying to catch up with all of your posts. Happy birthday to your youngest Connor! It sounds as if he has had a wonderful birthday and many more adventures to come.

    I hope you have a fabulous time at the ball celebrating with Patrick!



  10. Oh, happy days, Jeanne! I'd love to know the answer to your first questions as well, especially given the name of my blog ☺.

    Happy birthday, Connor - what a fine young fellow you're raising there, Jeanne, who's so open to new experiences. And my, you will be especially proud to visit Duntroon this time. Just marvellous.

    How long will you be over here?

    J x

  11. Oh those lovely kids . . . they do make us mama's happy.


  12. Our youngest at 28 is still called 'Bub' & so is MOTH's great Aunt at 99! Sounds like Connor had a fab birthday celebration & bring on Patrick I say, he needs to give his gorgeous Mum the biggest of hugs!
    Millie xx

  13. Your sons are gorgeous! Whoops, I meant to say, "extremely handsome."

  14. Happy 12th Birthday to your baby and contratulations to your eldest boy. Every reason to be a proud mama.

  15. Two wonderful, handsome sons. No wonder you are a proud momma! Happy B-day to Connor.

  16. Congratulations on producing such beautiful sons!
    Good luck with the move, you deserve a medal!!
    Penny x

  17. You should be not only a happy mama but a proud one, too! Handsome lads you have for sons, Jeanne!

  18. My youngest just turned 13 and she informs me each time I call her "baby" that she is not a baby and I always reply, "You will always be my baby!" "Even when your 50." She just smiles at me.

    You have handsome/beautiful children <3

  19. "Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy(s)".

  20. Lovely post Jeanne, you're boys are so handsome.
    My youngest turned 30 this year so she has officially graduated from me calling her 'baby girl' to 'darling girl'
    means the same to me!

  21. such a lovely post. My baby is turning 13 in a few weeks. How i love my boys! :) You post made me smile.

  22. You must be so incredibly proud, such handsome kids! Thanks for sharing!


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