Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Lavender Fields | Weekend Adventuring

It feels ages since I last posted about our weekend adventures. The weeks just seem to be flying by, Athena is now eight weeks old, and we're already more than halfway through the year. This past weekend we really felt the need to slow it down a little, we've done a lot the past month (including two weddings) so we just wanted to have a lazy weekend close to home. The weather forecast wasn't too bad though so we headed to a local lavender farm, Somerset Lavender, for a wander round and of course some photos!




I've never been in a lavender field before and oh my they are so pretty! I wanted to take photos of absolutely everything and especially of my girls in it. Athena is obviously still very difficult to capture when out and about as she is usually tucked up in a wrap but Lyra walked straight in the middle of the field and started examining lavender giving me the perfect opportunity to take photos of her. As easy as Lyra is to photograph candidly at the moment she has the shortest attention span when it comes to posing for photos. I tried to quickly take some family photos before she ran off but looking back through them when I got home I was disappointed to see they're out of focus. I took a few of Lyra and Athena together which are cute but it's pretty obvious by Lyra's face that she is bored with the picture taking. I guess I'm just going to have to accept that I'm not going to have any nice posed photos of us all together for a while.



We didn't stay too long but had such a lovely time wandering around and taking photos before Lyra threw a tantrum and we decided to head off in search of food. Food was difficult to come by and we ended up driving to a couple of different places but you can see all of that in the vlog Matt made of our day below.


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Monday, 25 July 2016

Portraits of my Children | 30/52



30/52

Wow, last week was hot and I had one grumpy little baby. We had to spend most of the week hiding away inside trying to stay cool but towards the end of it, as the temperature dipped a little, we ventured into the garden more and more. I even got the paddling pool out which is where Lyra's photo was taken this week. I love this one of her so much and I may have even already shared it on Instagram but it had to be this week's portrait of her. I mean, look at that face.

Athena's photo was actually taken on the same day. She's spent nearly all week just in her nappy because it's been too hot for her to wear clothes. The heat has led to a lot of screaming but thankfully there have also been a lot of naps to help balance it out.

Linking up with What the Redhead Said and her Living Arrows. You can catch up on previous weeks here.


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Sunday, 24 July 2016

A Day in Black and White

Most of the photos that I take each week are taken at the weekend when Matt is home and we're off adventuring. During the week I really only take a couple of photos so I have one for my 366 project and then put the camera away but I realise that I'm missing out on so many memories that way. The days when we don't have anything planned, where I'm outnumbered by children and they run me ragged. When I just lie down on the floor next to them, soaking up their smiles and chatter. When I watch my eldest immersed in her own little world playing with her toys as I breastfeed my youngest. Where they nap curled up against me and I feel my own eyes get heavy. These are the days filled with nothing but meaning everything. These are the days that I want to remember.


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Saturday, 23 July 2016

My 366 Project | Week #29


197.366 || Matt worked from home today to look after Lyra as I had an appointment. Obviously I can't leave Athena yet so we had a little date just the two of us which was nice. I mean it was a Drs appointment and Athena slept the whole time so wasn't the best company but it was still nice!


198.366 || We were supposed to be productive today but instead we stayed in our pyjamas until lunchtime, had a Sunday roast for Saturday dinner, and let Lyra stay up past her bedtime to help us make (and eat) cookies! Feeling like we won at life today if I'm honest.


199.366 || Our Sunday adventure was a little tougher than usual as our biggest little one just wasn't feeling it. There were a lot of tears and tantrums and a LOT of patience was needed but there were also lots of cuddles and love and even some laughter. We all have our off days and Lyra is lucky enough to have her Daddy there to carry her through them.


200.366 || There are no lovely fun photos in the sunshine from us yesterday. In fact I'm surprised I remembered to get a photo at all especially one where Athena looks so cute! Athena cried pretty much all day which stopped Lyra from napping which led to toddler tantrums. There were also poo explosions and a flooded bathroom floor to top it all off. Eurgh.


201.366 || All of those stupid clich├ęs about falling in love with your husband more when you see them become a father are completely true in my case! The way he looks at our daughters gives me butterflies, oh my I love him.


202.366 || How is she already cooler than me?! This little one is starting to show an interest in what she's wearing now and wants to choose her own things more and more, especially the accessories!


203.366 || Bath and bed routine is completely Matt's domain as it gives him some quality time with Lyra after work. I usually leave them to it but I couldn't resist sneaking up and taking some photos today!

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Portraits of my Children | 29/52


29/52

Both of this weeks photos of the girls were taken yesterday on a little trip to Lydiard Park where we had a picnic and a walk in the almost sunshine. Neither of the girls were in the best of moods but we still managed to have some fun in between the crying!

Lyra was obsessed with this bench and must have gone back and forth between it and nearby trees at least twenty times. Every time that we thought she'd finished with it and was now following us along the path she'd suddenly turn and run back to it. She finally got distracted by someone flying a kite and gave up on the bench to get a closer look. I love how small she looks in this photo. She's seemed so big recently next to Athena, it's nice to be reminded how little she still is.

Athena's photo was taken during the picnic portion of our day. She's actually staring at the leaves in the tree in the picture and not just grumpily ignoring me! I've started putting her in proper clothes more and more now and it makes her look so big. I can't believe that she's already almost seven weeks old, time is flying by.

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Athena | One Month Old

Oh dear, I am so late writing this as Athena is already almost seven weeks old. Poor second child, there just seems to be no time for anything this time around. I have however managed to take weekly photos of her in the same spot each time as well as the portraits that I like to take of each girl every week. I loved taking the weekly update photos of Lyra during her first year and I really hope that I can keep it up with Athena as well.

I don't know about you but the first month with a new baby always seems to pass in a haze for me. It goes so quickly in a blur of cuddles, night feeds, visitors and nappy changes. With Lyra we retreated into our own little bubble and barely left the house for weeks as we adapted to life with a baby but we wasn't an option this time. Lyra is still so young and couldn't fully understand everything that was going on so we wanted to keep things as normal as possible for her. And that meant a lot of time outside. I guess that's why, at the end of her first month of life, Athena has already been to two National Trust properties, countless walks, lunches out and even to London for a wedding on a barge!

Although the month was busy we've had plenty of time to start getting to know Athena. So far she's just as laid back as her older sister. She barely cries but when she does she cries like it's the end of the world. She's so alert and seems to be taking everything in, I can't help but feel that she has an old soul. She is also one hungry little girl and breast feeds for what feels like most of the day (and night)! It's not surprising considering she was 9lb3oz when she was born and was in 0-3 month clothing at one week old as newborn and up to one month sleep suits were too short for her. She's waking every two hours to feed which is of course leaving me exhausted but the benefit of having done it before is that I know it won't be forever. I am lucky in that she settles quickly in the night. She wakes up, gets what she wants (milk) and falls back to sleep straight away.

It has certainly been an adjustment having two children but Athena is so chilled and puts up with all of the accidental nudging and squishing from her big sister. She seems to follow Lyra around the room with her eyes and I can't wait until she can interact with her more. Athena also seems really happy to just go with the flow. I'm not sure if this is a second child thing or just her personality but it certainly made our weekend in London much easier. We are all so smitten with Athena but I would just like time to slow down a little more please!




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