Monday, 20 June 2016

Portraits of my Children | 25/52


25/52

Athena is now almost three weeks old and the sleep deprivation is really starting to kick in. I'm struggling to keep up with day to day tasks and so this blog is being forgotten more than I'd like. I love this project though and I'm determined to keep up with it even if the pictures are taken in our bedroom during a lazy day at home rather than some beautiful outdoor location.

Despite the location I love both of these photos. They capture life at this very moment and so to some they may seem ordinary, to me they are extraordinary. These are the the memories I'll look back on fondly. Sleep deprivation and all.

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Friday, 17 June 2016

My 366 Project | Week #24


162.366 || Life seems so much busier this time around and it's hard to find the time to document all of the little things. Today though I finally took some photos and I'm glad I did as these feet will not stay this small for long!


163.366 || So, here we are, at the start of my last year as a twenty something. I look a lot different to how I did in my first year as a twenty something and to be honest that's ok because I feel a lot different. So much has changed in those years and as I look at this photo I'm finally happy with who I've become. I've had the best birthday with my little family and I'm going to bed a very happy woman.


164.366 || A Dad and his littlest girl, so cute to see them together. Although if I'm completely honest Matt's singing to her here because he had put a leaf on her head which he hadn't realised was covered in bugs! Haha.


165.366 || I honestly believe that Athena is the best gift I could have ever given Lyra. I can't wait to see their relationship develop and their bond grow.


166.366 || Athena's first bath. She wasn't the biggest fan!


167.366 || I grew this strawberry! It's the first thing I've ever grown and it tasted delicious.


168.366 || Some last minute Father's Day crafting going on in our house today. I love watching Lyra get creative.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

My Sisters in June

I am so, so excited that now Athena is here I can join in with Dear Beautiful and her Siblings Project. I love taking family photos each month for her Me and Mine project and since before I even discovered that I was expecting a second child I've been addicted to looking at everyone's sibling photos. All through my pregnancy I couldn't stop daydreaming about whether we were giving Lyra a baby brother or sister and what their relationship might be like both as young children and also later in life.


All I can say is so far, so good. Athena is only two weeks old so it's too soon to really see much of a bond yet and since all she really does is sleep, feed and fill her nappy so she isn't the most interesting creature yet to Lyra. Despite all of that though Lyra seems pretty besotted with her. Since we brought her home from the hospital there hasn't been a day gone by where Lyra hasn't asked to hold Athena. She really likes us to place Athena on her lap so that she can stroke her face and chat away to her. The past couple of days I've even been able to see Athena recognising her voice and turning towards her which of course made Lyra happy.


It obviously hasn't all been plain sailing and I know that it will become more difficult once Matt goes back to work tomorrow but I feel so lucky that Lyra hasn't kicked off about her world being turned upside down and instead seems to have accepted that there is now another member of our family and we all have to share a little more. I couldn't be more proud of my daughters (daughters, eek, I still can't get used to that being plural) and I am so excited to see them grow up together and to watch their bond deepen.


I know that I've added a lot of photos to this post but how could I not?! I also know that I won't be able to get this many every month, especially when Athena starts moving. Oh and I just have to share one more photo, the moment the two of them met... (If you want to see the video of them meeting it's over on our Youtube channel)



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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Everyday Adventuring | The Courts Garden

I remember when Lyra was born. We hardly left the house for the first two weeks of her life whilst Matt was on paternity leave, we stayed inside just trying to get used to being parents. This time, when Athena was born, we don't have that luxury as we have a toddler who is happiest when outdoors. Pair that with the many hospital appointments we've had in the past week and I just felt so sorry for Lyra that we had to get out and about. And so we found ourselves at the Courts Garden in Holt one afternoon when Athena was only six days old.




Lyra was so ridiculously excited when she realised we were heading out on a little adventure and as we entered the garden she ran in before promptly falling over, grazing her elbow, and bursting into tears! Luckily it was nothing that a hug and a biscuit couldn't solve and before we knew it she was off exploring. It was so nice to see Lyra back in her element, picking up sticks and examining flowers. And of course the whole thing was made so much more wonderful by having Athena wrapped up on my chest. I'm so happy that Athena seems so content in the wrap as I loved wearing Lyra and all through my pregnancy I had been looking forward to repeating the experience. There's just something so special about having your newborn so close to you, I love it.




It was already the afternoon by the time we arrived and so the garden was quite quiet, perfect for our adventurous toddler. She could run around all over the place without disrupting others and boy did she take advantage of that! Luckily Matt was there to chase her and run off exploring with her as I'm still recovering and so am pretty slow at getting around. Our trip also resulted in my first public breastfeed with Athena and what a lovely place to have it. The whole afternoon was so relaxed and fun filled and has got me very excited for future adventures. I can't help but picture our future with two little girls running off together discovering nature and throwing themselves into adventure. How can I be anything other than excited?!







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Monday, 13 June 2016

Portraits of my Children | 24/52



24/52

I haven't taken as many photos as I thought I would this past week. In fact I've taken so few that I struggled to find one of each girl to use for this project and that hasn't happened before. I guess it's understandable, Athena isn't yet two weeks old and we're still settling in to life as a family of four. I find myself just staring at her, trying to memorise all of her features and quirks, and I forget to pick up my camera! I really need to make more of an effort to snap some photos of both of them this coming week because they are both changing so much all of the time.

The top photo of Lyra was taken whilst she was dancing on the lawn at the National Trust property Barrington Court on my birthday. She was in such a fun, cheeky mood that day and had us laughing non stop. I snapped the photo of Athena on one of our little walks we'd gone on in a break between rain showers. She looks so small in her pram but I know that she won't fit in it for long as Lyra only managed 7 weeks in it. I'll be sad when she outgrows her pram as although we mainly baby wear there's something so lovely about pushing round a newborn in a pram!

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Friday, 10 June 2016

My 366 Project | Week #23


155.366 || Our first full day as a family of four and our first family photo. I think you can tell that Lyra had already claimed ownership over poor little Athena. Haha.


156.366 || First trip out in the Moby wrap today and I couldn't stop looking down to check out those cheeks! Felt good to be babywearing again and I'm excited for all of the adventures we can go on once I'm fully healed.


157.366 || How did I get so lucky?! We're spending our days getting to know each other and staying close to home as I recover. I'm loving all of this family time!


158.366 || Today could easily have been classed as a bad day. A lot of things went wrong and we learnt that Matt has to return to work earlier than expected. But we received some lovely thoughtful gifts from lovely thoughtful people and we headed out for our first little family adventure. And as I watched Lyra running around, exploring, and chasing her daddy whilst I carried Athena, I thought to myself how can it ever really be a bad day with these people in my life?!


159.366 || Today we registered Athena! She is officially a person now. We also had some photos taken of her for her passport as we go away on holiday in August. These were the best photos we could manage, poor child! I promise she doesn't really look like that, haha.


160.366 || I'm surprised it's taken me a week to share a breastfeeding photo to be honest as I spend most of my time nursing Athena. I'm so happy that she's taken to feeding so well and I'm on this journey with her. We've had a stressful couple of days but I always feel calmer and more grounded when I'm nursing her.


161.366 || My eldest daughter. A little hurricane, this picture sums her up perfectly. Wild hair, dirty face and a big grin!

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