PAGE 8 BAY HARBOUR Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May152019 Big change in nap time $ 9 99 kg $ 5 99 pk Fresh NZ Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets 13 th May to 19 th May2019 3 prizes of Free Energy for Winter to be won. Now that’s cool! $ 4 99 kg $ 3 90 pk Loose Seedless Satsuma Mandarins SLEEPY: Somebody should definitely be in bed. But they are not. FOR THE last week or so, I’ve lost the dream. Vittoria only has one short nap a day now. Gone are the days of regular quiet coffee breaks or enjoying lunch without the world’s cutest magpie lurking about. She now crashes out just before her lunch time and sleeps for, at max, 40min. She then runs out into the lounge to laugh at me while I try and gulp down my remaining food before she scabs it off me. Truly adorable. The flip side of this is that she is incredibly easy to get down at bedtime. Like “in-adeep-sleep-before-you-even take-her-to-the-bedroom” easy. As I write this she is deeply and peacefully asleep and got that way almost instantly after finishing her bottle at 5.30pm. She’ll likely even sleep until the same time as she normally does. Or at least quietly sit up and chat to herself until the time she normally gets up. One morning she woke me up by gently touching my nose at 5am (yeah, cot thing is still not going great), then lay back down until 6.30am. Boom, practically a sleepin. But even a sleep-in doesn’t quite make transitioning to a one short nap reality any easier. That’s over an hour of extra toddler entertaining/ wrangling each day. With increasingly poor weather. On that note, we’re going on a family holiday to the West Coast. VITTORIA & Matt You know, because it rains there a lot. Unless you prepare for rain, in which case it will be the perfect sunny day. If we successfully make it through the trip over the Southern Alps with a toddler, we’ll be spending a couple of days . . . no, hold on. Vittoria just ran head first into the lounge crying and looking for a cuddle because she definitely went to bed way too early because her one and only nap was in the car today. So cute. Hold up. Cool, she’s back in bed. So the trip . . . no, she’s back and is just standing in the corner chatting. I’ve got to get her back into bed or I’ll be up all night. And she’s back. I’ll fill you in all about the trip next week. •Former BayHarbour News journalist Matt Salmons has become a stay-at-home dad. We follow his journey weekly. Irvines Pies 6 Pack Meadow Fresh Yoghurt, Goodies or Dairy Food 6 Pack 99 ¢ ea $ 7 50 pk HANDS-ON: Environment Canterbury councillor Dr Cynthia Roberts and Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson get stuck in during the Mother Of All Clean Ups. Bluebird Burger Rings, Twisties, Cheezels or Rashuns 120g $ 14 99 pk Haägen 12 x 330ml Bottles Owned & operated by locals Treasures Nappies or Nappy Pants 12-26 Pack $ 11 99 ea Villa Maria Private Bin 750ml (Excludes Pinot Noir & Syrah) SuperValue Lyttelton, Sumner For inspiration visit SuperValue.co.nz | Please drink responsibly While stocks last at SuperValue Lyttelton and Sumner only. Enter at the check-out. T&C’s apply - See Customer Services for details. Entries close 09/06/19. svbhn1505 Mother’s Day present Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson reports on the Mother of All Clean Ups, which took place over the weekend You may have noticed last Saturday a lot of people in high-viz vests around the estuary and along the banks of our rivers. You probably wondered what on earth they were doing out on such a brisk and chilly morning – I can answer that question. Every year, on the day before Mother’s Day, hundreds and hundreds of volunteers don their vests, collect rubbish bags and buckets and pick up rubbish. It’s giving Mother Nature a mother’s day present – clean river banks and Estuary surrounds. More than 40 community organisations, ranging from our yacht clubs through to residents’ associations and many more, organise a bunch of local volunteers, select their area and clean up. What a difference it makes. Hundreds of bags of rubbish are collected and disposed of by a great team from City Care. At the end of the collection, we all get together for a celebration of hard work and share a barbecue provided by Cassels at the Tannery (thanks). This year, a common story was that there was a lot less rubbish than last year – what great news. Hopefully, people are getting the message about rubbish going into the bin, not the river. So while the weather didn’t deliver a great day, there was no shortage of volunteers and everyone felt satisfied with the work we did. We were joined by a group of 20 students from the Lake Superior State University in Michigan, the United States and it was fantastic to see their enthusiasm and love for our country and to have them share the work. So thank you, particularly to the organiser and sponsors of this annual event and special thanks to the hundreds who turned up to help. We can make a difference in our own backyards and this was a great Mother’s Day present to deliver.
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