Our Thursday Photo #53

A week that should have been all about Lia’s first birthday has ended up being predominantly about flu. 

Sadly, Lia’s birthday itself was only a minor event. The girls were both a bit under the weather and hubby and I were both in the worst stages of it. 

Nevertheless, we managed a morning out at Weston’s Cider in Herefordshire. They have a couple of shire horses and some lambs and sheep there, as well as a park and a café. 

Both girls genuinely loved it. Lia spent ages standing right next to the sheep and lambs. They were quite tame but didn’t want to be touched. Which was just fine by Lia, she is reluctant to touch anything unusual, even play dough. 

Since then, I’ve been desperately trying to shake off the flu. Today I’m back to feeling fairly human again, which is rather a relief. 

The one good thing to have come out of the flu is that I took on a little less work for a few days. So as I’ve started to feel better, I’ve managed to catch up with some admin and get on with my new venture. 

Next week, I intend to be working full time on the palm oil free marketplace so some preparation time this week has been a bit of a godsend. 

Libby’s behaviour has been a bit wobbly this week. Most of it has been due to being under the weather, but I can tell that she’s also a little bit jealous of Lia. 

Libby loves birthdays, whoever happens to be celebrating. But it was probably the most attention Lia has ever had. And to top it all off, Lia’s just getting to an age where she needs a bit more attention all the time. 

So when we see friends and family, they interact with Lia almost as much as Libby. I know this is a problem to Libby, she really is used to being the in the limelight. 

Mercifully, Libby’s taking out her frustrations about that on us rather than on Lia. They still get on fabulously.

Lia can walk holding one hand now, and Libby is just learning to walk along with her, helping her to stay upright. And I took our Thursday Photo #53 whilst Libby was sharing her ice lolly with Lia. 

So for now, they still seem to be getting along fabulously. Long may it continue. 

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12 thoughts on “Our Thursday Photo #53

  1. Elaine Livingstone

    what a shame about the flu, but happy belated birthday Lia. It can be hard on the older one as the younger one grows from baby into child that does things for themselves and becomes their own wee person, as you say the attention is divided.

    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Thank you Elaine, yes I suppose it’s always going to be difficult. Hopefully they’ll sort themselves out as they start to interact more.x

  2. Maz

    Glad you’re on the mend and that Lia had a good birthday 🙂 The balance of attention is always tricky – Toby is starting to get quite irritated with Ollie talking loudly over the top of everything he tries to say. He must have heard me say the following phrase (when talking about something to Matt, not directed at Ollie), so not my proudest parenting moment but very funny and used in the correct context ‘OLLIE! You are really getting on my baps’.
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    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Haha bless that’s a brilliant phase 🙂 And yes, I can see that Lia will also get annoyed at Libby doing that when they are older, Libby is such a talker, having someone to compete with will be a nightmare!xx

  3. Izzie Anderton

    Happy to hear you managed to celebrate Lia’s birthday despite feeling poorly. So happy to hear you’re feeling better x
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  4. martyn

    It sounds like it was a great morning! I love how children watch sheep and lambs so happily!
    It’s a tricky one when you have to give Lia that extra bit of attention. Libya is bound to see it. William was just the same with me. However, this quickly changed when they were able to start doing more together independently and that way able to give the attention equally again. Great photo as always.
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    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      Thank you Martyn. Yes I am looking forward to that time when the two of them start to do more together. I think it will give hubby and I a little more time together as well!


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