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On This Day....Happy First Birthday LL!

on Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

On this day a year ago at exactly 12.52pm there was a gurgling cry and a little person arrived into the world.  Nothing can explain the relief of that first cry, of hearing your baby for the first time.  Those nine long months of waiting, wondering what they will look like, and whether they will be born safely.  Trying to imagine their face, their little fingers clasping yours, and what they will look like dressed in that first outfit that you spent ages choosing.

Nine months of a tummy growing bigger...


Until this day a year ago when we became a four...


And the first time you hold them, it's a feeling that is so hard to even comprehend.  The rush of emotions- the intense love, the fear, the adrenaline, and the realisation that life will never ever be the same again.

On this day a year ago a little person stole my heart.  Throughout my pregnancy with her, I felt her kick and wriggle non stop, so active unlike her big sister who rarely kicked and who had to be monitored weekly at the hospital as she didn't move much.  I used to lie in the bath and see my whole bump move and I would lie awake at night while she turned somersaults in my stomach.

I could certainly feel her presence but I couldn't imagine it.  Being a three seemed to work for us, we both loved Mads so much we couldn't possibly imagine feeling the same intense love.  I couldn't quite get my head around being a mum to more than one child or the logistics of having two children.  I just couldn't imagine being a four.

But I need not have worried.

On this day a year ago a little person completed our family.  From the second I first saw her I knew my worries were ridiculous.  We all fell head over heels in love with her.  I witnessed the most magical thing when her big sister met her for the first time.  She was only 26 months but was so incredibly gentle, stroking her face and say 'Baby' over and over again.  From that day on they have been the best of friends and watching them grow close has been the best thing I have ever experienced.


And now 365 days later my beautiful newborn daughter is no longer a little baby but not quite a toddler.  She is just on the cusp of learning- learning to walk, learning to talk and learning lots of other new skills.  But for the moment she is still very much my baby, she's in no hurry to reach the milestones unlike her sister, and that suits me just fine.  Mr E always says she seems so much smaller, we don't know why but she still seems so teeny to us.

It's been a wonderful year with our LL.  She is a quiet, cheerful little girl, with big blue eyes that sparkle and dance.  She has a smile that lights up her whole face and she loves nothing more than to cuddle.  She will cuddle and bury her face into anyone- her Daddy, her sister and any stuffed toy that is within reach.  But her most special snuggles are reserved for me, her Mummy.  She is a Mummy's girl through and through, and is never happier than when she is with me.  Mads has always been a Daddy's girl so I am relishing this intense bond we share.

With Mads it was all new.  We were learning as we went along, figuring it out together.  With LL I have felt more confident, knowing that the baby stage passes so quickly and that there isn't a rule book for doing it right.  She came into our bed from 4am most mornings for months, co-sleeping with me, her little body moulded against mine, and she napped on the sofa until at least 8 months.  Whereas her big sister was always the best sleeper, it took LL a little longer to realise how good snoozing is.  Now she is just wonderful, sleeping from 7 until at least 7 in the morning, with a long nap in the afternoons too.  And there is a little part of me that misses those early morning sleepy cuddles together.


She is a lot quieter than her sister, happy watching the world and taking it all in.  We used to joke that we forgot she was there when we went out for the day, she would happily sit in her buggy or in a highchair while we attended to her noisy hyperactive sister.  Nowadays there are some glimmers of feistiness emerging- she will have a mini loop out if someone has some food and she wants it, and if Mads tries to cuddle her when she isn't in the mood she will push her away.  This normally results in uncontrollable laughter from the pair of them.  

I could literally write about her non stop, but to be honest my words just don't do her justice.  She's made this the best year of all our lives so far, has completed our family, and made me a mother to not one, but two incredible little ladies.  I feel so lucky to be able to call both these girl's my daughters.  

And now my littlest daughter is one.  It's been a super fast year, and those newborn days feel a long time ago.  I wish I could bottle up the memories so I could relive them again and again- the announcement video we made after our 12 week scan feels like a whole lifetime ago, and I am so glad I am recording all our family milestones on this blog.  Being a mother has made me realise just how fleeting time is.  

No doubt there will be a few emotional moments today, and a few teary eyes as we celebrate LL's first birthday quietly together.  But while I am feeling sentimental and a little sad that we are saying goodbye to her baby days, I am excited to see all the stages that will come.



As the song says on the little video I made for her birthday,

'Forever is better with you.'

And that couldn't be a truer statement.  

Thank you for being ours, we love you darling LL.

Happy First Birthday.

Mummy, Daddy and Mads.





About Time...

on Tuesday, 14 January 2014.

Sometimes at the end of a long day I lie in bed and think that I haven't been the best Mum I could have been that day.  Perhaps I have snapped at Mads for no reason, left them in front of the TV that little bit too long, or lost my patience just a little bit too quickly.

Or then I think that I have got stressed at something that really doesn't matter, like a new stain on the carpet or the fact that I didn't manage to tidy the house that day.  I worry about what if's a lot as well, and every day worries like bills and work.  

A few months ago I watched a film at the cinema with friends called 'About Time'.  The premise of the film is that the main character can travel back in time to live that day again and potentially change it.  Although not going to win any Oscars, I really loved the film as it completely resonated with me and I made Mr E sit through it again at the weekend.  Again it really made me think about my life.

My beautiful little ladies are growing up so quickly.  Every day Mads grows a tiny bit taller, conquers something new or acheives another milestone.  She's three!  Three.  I cannot believe it.  Every time I look at LL I feel like she looks less like a baby and more like a toddler and it feels like she is on a mission to leave babyhood behind.  

I like to think I am a good Mummy, in fact I know I am a good one, but sometimes I think I like an easy life.  I may say 'Let's go the park after nap time' only to decide it's a bit too cold and dark to go. Or I try and tempt Mads away from doing painting because I just can't be bothered with the havoc and mess.  I sometimes don't go on full days out in the week because of the fact that I am strict with their nap time routine.  Don't get me wrong, we go out every morning, we play lots and we have lots of fun but what I am trying to say is that sometimes I don't think I make the very best we could out of each day.

But you only get one chance at each day, once they are in bed I won't be able to ever get it back again. Who cares if we go out and get ridiculously muddy?  They are just clothes and they can be washed.  Who cares if they don't nap for one afternoon?  It won't make them never nap again.  Who cares if it is cold and dark?  Why not make it even more fun and go out and have an adventure with a torch?  Who cares if we stay in our PJ's and cuddle all day?  There will be a time when they won't want to snuggle with their Mummy non stop.

My girls are at a stage in life where the most simple and ordinary moments are exciting.  Mads has the biggest and best imagination, where even the most mundane tasks are worthy of an adventure.  They aren't yet motivated by material possessions, they are completely innocent, full of expectation, and by far their most favourite thing to do is just to be with their Mummy and Daddy.  

I need to look at the world through their eyes a little more.  See the excitement and beauty in it.  See that even the most simple moments are beautiful and something to smile about.  Time is so fleeting and going so quickly, and I want to experience, record and treasure all these memories I am making with my little girls.  

Even the most ordinary ones.

There is a line in the film that has really stuck with me...


I think it's definitely something I am going to try and live by a bit more.





At the weekend I filmed one of our ordinary days.  One of my closest friends Lucy has made a few videos and we have featured in a couple.  Mads ADORES them and I think we must watch them all at least a few times a week, with her constantly asking me.  They are so lovely to look back on and so I thought I would make one myself, I wanted to capture a simple day in our lives.  It does make me stop and realise just how lucky we are.


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A Little Video Of Mads....

on Thursday, 09 August 2012.

I took this little video of me and Mads this afternoon- I think it is nice to see what she is doing at 19 months.  She is the cutest and we have a lot of fun together.

From Then to Now....

on Monday, 30 April 2012.

Just as I love to capture my little Mad's life through photography, I also love to do it by video too.  I have literally millions of little clips of her from when she was young, although as she has got older and I have my new camera, I must admit I haven't taken as many as she turns away from the lens.  However I managed to get a little video of her babbling the other day as I don't think my family believed she talked- as soon as she is around anyone else she becomes mute!

Isn't it scary how things have changed in almost exactly a year?

Mad's first laugh on Mothers Day 2011

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