An early (coffee fuelled) morning, a walk around the Barbican, a toddler led quick stop tour of the aquarium, a silly afternoon of dressing up.
This month’s post is a little late… but not without good reason as on the 1st February we became a family of five! 9 days late and eventually little G arrived at 4:15 pm after A fairly quick labour. So February has been and gone in a flash, full of long sleepless nights, busy busy days which have disappeared in a baby bubble of happiness and exhaustion!!
With our new arrival we have spent a lot of time at home this month trying to adjust to being a family of five with three under four. There’s been the inevitable trips to soft play and for coffee and cake but with a new baby and a rain filled garden there has been lots of sofa time!
Little D has for the most part been a little star with G, having the odd cuddle and being really gentle. Little F, still a baby himself, has not given him too much notice which has made things a little easier. There has been far too much TV time this month and we are looking forward to getting used to our new normal next month and getting out on some more adventures!
This month’s portrait was taken in our living room, where I feel like I’ve spent most of this month!!! I am picturing an out doors spring sunshine shot for March!
This month I’ve been loving being in a newborn baby bubble, staring at the many faces of little G, taking billions of photos of G and trying hard to get lots of sibling photos, eating huge amounts of cheesecake! Window shopping for our new extension.
Mr H is loving all the cheesecake I keep buying, having paternity leave time off, starting swimming lessons againwith little F, making plans for our house extension.
Little D is loving watching Trolls over and over and over again, talking about Trolls! Playing with magnetic letters and spelling all our names, cuddling G before bedtime.
Little f is loving watching Stickman, Room on the Broom and the Gruffalo, getting new cars from Grandma, saying thank you in the cutest voice, getting some more teeth ( finally!)
Little G is loving making his appearance Earthside! Not sleeping at night… swinging every evening in his Joie swing chair, growing like a weed!
So this month’s siblings photo has a very special extra member! Little G kept us waiting and arrived on the 1st of February. He is two weeks old now and Little D has asked to cuddle and kiss him every day. F , still very much a baby himself at 16 months, is just a little apprehensive and not quite sure what to make of his baby brother, although I’m sure with this small age gap they are going to end up being best buddies!
January! You came with high expectations a new baby due date, unfortunately you came and went……. with no sign of baby no.3
I feel like January is always a month that drags on for me, saying goodbye to the fun and excitement of Christmas and hello to those tricky Winter months when the rain never seems to stop! This has been a month of waiting waiting, the last month of pregnancy lasts FOREVER!
We were waiting to take this month’s portrait with high hopes of being a family of 5 but we ended up taking an emergency photo in my Dad’s garden on a rare sunny day at the end of the month as a ‘just in case’ but this baby wasn’t coming and saved his entrance until the 1st February, but that’s another story!
This month I am loving getting everything just so in the house ready for the baby, cosy evenings on the sofa with plenty of candles and snoozing, slow weeks of just enjoying the calm before the storm of the new baby, afternoon AND evening naps!
Mr H is loving watching Stickman with both children on his lap after tea, drinking lots of alcohol free beer just in case of a mad hospital dash! Watching Sherlock while Mummy sleeps, scoffing chocolate biscuits! Using our annual pass to visit the zoo and penguins
Little D is loving her little brother starting nursery, holding little F’s hand wherever we go, wearing Paw Patrol pyjamas EVERY night, watching Stickman cuddled on the chair with Daddy and F
Little F is loving starting nursery for one morning a week like an absolute champ, no tears and a bye bye, high fiving everybody, climbing on the dining room chairs, eating billions of raspberries and watching the whole of Stickman over and over and over again!
I wasn’t sure if this month’s siblings project would have an extra squishy addition, but here I am 39 weeks pregnant having taken our photos over the weekend when we went for an extra long walk at the beach with some sprinting and football too (which is kind of the day that made me go into labour with little F last time…but no such luck..)
D & F have been playing together more and more this month as F’s understanding is becoming so much more advanced and D can convince him to follow her around, run up and down the hallway, hide behind the curtains whilst screaming and crawl through her tunnel. F still does a lot of jabbering and is saying a few words, although not always in the right context, he says no and means yes a lot of the time!
Its a new year, the Crimbo Limbo of cheese and chocolate scoffing is over and 2017 has rollllleddd around, and traditionally this means my least favourite month has too…
January oh January, the month I usually associate with a bit of a sinking feeling..how can anything compare to the fun and build up to Christmas, I love everything about it, the anticipation, the jumpers, the parties, the family meet ups and mostly the magic and excitement since having my own children ( slightly replacing the food and merriness of past Christmas celebrations!) So January usually arrives with a bit of a cloud (and a lot of rain…), and it is notoriously the month that Mr H and I usually book a sunny holiday for the Summer…but not this year, as this January will change forever with baby no.3 due in a mere 2 weeks. So next year we will be planning a first birthday party! It also means no sunny holiday this year as Mr H and I have decided that perhaps 3 under 4 on an aeroplane could even be a bit too much for us, so 2017 brings our first proper UK holiday aswell.
So 2017, a new baby, a Summer (UK) holiday to look forward to, the rumblings perhaps of a house extension (which I am VERY excited about) it will be the year of being a complete stay at home Mum (albeit a small amount of admin for my Dad’s business) to three children under 4, including a newborn and 16 month old. I’m sure this year is going to be full of sleeplessness, lots of coffee fuelled toddler group trips and soft play visits, and I am going to embrace it with that smugness of knowing this is baby number 3, I got this (kind of) and I know this whirlwind of milk, nappies and madness will be short-lived. We’ve got years ahead of us to get back towards doing the things that we enjoy, (and to my career) and get some more holidays and travelling in. We know that those nights out and festivals can wait because this year is going to be about the little people. The days are long but the years are short.
This is going to be our last baby and I am going to enjoy it as much as I can, I’ve got experience on my side and I know that tears from exhaustion about breastfeeding, formula, dummies babies that don’t sleep and weaning WILL happen, but having come out the other side , twice, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks, you will know whats best at the time and all you need to do is do your best, and your little person will turn into a loving , happy little person, and I should know because I have two of the best!!
I’ve absolutely loved the photo projects I took part in over 2016, I don’t think you can quite beat the Me and Mine monthly portraits, they are great, and the siblings photos also especially when your babies are so little and growing like weeds, so I am determined to carry on with both of these hosted by Lucy @ Dear Beautiful Boy, and I am also going to make sure I make more time for looking at other bloggers posts too.
I think I would really like to have a go at join in the home life project aswell, although perhaps not every month, I think it will make a great contrast of being all about non – posed photos, a series of home life photos ,12 photos over 1 day, hosted by May Bush Studio.
So thats its, playing the waiting game for baby no.3, as I write this 38 (wowsers!) weeks pregnant, and ready to embrace 2017 the year of 3 littlies and not much sleep anticipated!
We made it! One whole year of blogging and photo projects, 12 monthly family portraits, lots of wriggling children and bickering parents but we did it! This month has absolutely flown by in blur of crazy Christmas excitement (me mainly..) and a an intense surge of de-cluttering and organising for the arrival of baby no.3 in January. Not forgetting I turned 31 this month (how!? ) and enjoyed a rare night out for some food and film watching, not to mention a super yummy virgin mojito. It really doesn’t seem such a long time ago that I was sipping the real thing in the Watergate Bay Hotel, with a tiny little F celebrating my 30th! Its hard to believe a whole year has passed and we will soon have another tiny squish in the house.
We have absolutely loved Christmas this year with little D, we had a magical Christmas Eve, she love leaving Santa’s snacks out by the fire (and got so cross with F for trying to eating the mince pie multiple times….look at his face!) and staying up late to watch the Bear hunt! I have felt pretty much exhausted the whole time (thats the last month of pregnancy for you) and its only today, on New Years Eve that I think can finally say that the Christmas decs are away, the house is sparkling clean (ish!) and we are ready for our new arrival.
I am loving this month: my new camera strap, new perfume, HP sprocket and sticking photos all over the house, the magic of Christmas, Christmas songs on at ALL times, new heartburn meds from the doctor (phew!)
Mr H is Loving: his new playstation game (zzzz!) his new Amazon Dot (sucker for a gadget) a week off work and finally get a few lie ins (new age lie ins that is until 7:30) scoffing Christmas chocolate!
Little D is loving: going on Christmas light hunts, her Paw Patrol pyjamas, her new scooter and Dinosaur helmet, taking her Trolls Poppy doll everywhere, wearing Christmas outfits everyday, staying up late on Christmas Eve to watch the Bear Hunt with Daddy
Litte F is loving: eating bananas all day long ( no change here) running around and hiding in the curtains, saying night night, playing on the rocking horse, his new Converse trainers, climbing EVERYTHING!
(According to Mr H a can of carling and a mince pie is all Santa wants?)
Christmas Day flew by in a blur of food and fun as it always does and as we discussed on Christmas Eve we are always terrible at taking pictures on the big day! This year was no exception, but we did manage a few.
Our picture this month was taken on Christmas Eve, we have embraced the charity stripey pyjamas and we were determined to get the dogs in too, not an easy task!
So here it is the 2016 Me and Mine monthly portrait round up and I absolutely love it, this is something I am determined to continue, although I am not sure its going to get any easier with a newborn to factor in too!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
This little man has only really walking for about a month, but has mastered running about the house like a loon with little D very quickly! He loved to run on the beach in his wellies, he doesn’t have many words yet but did an amazing shhhh… whilst little D was on a bear hunt!