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How quickly things change as a mum to young children

This year will be only my third Mother’s Day as a mum of two. And yet it’s amazing how much things have changed in this short time. That’s why I was keen to get involved when Matalan asked me to recreate an old family photo.

The original photo

I chose to recreate this photo from a visit to the Tower of London Remembrance Day poppies. Lia was only about six months old and I carried her everywhere in a sling. I loved the little bear onesie she was wearing. With the hood up, it looked like I was just carrying a teddy bear around. Libby had got fed up of walking that day, so she was in the sling and my husband was carrying Lia. I wanted a photo of the girls with the poppies because we knew their aunt was going to buy them a poppy when the exhibit was dismantled.

I was asked by Matalan to recreate an old photo this mother's day. How times have changed!

The recreation

One of the reasons I picked this photo was because we now have one of the ceramic poppies. So just over two years on, the girls are much older and heavier. The sling has been replaced by a scarf and it’s much harder to hold them both. But they’re also much more fun. They’re a little team these days, a hilarious double act or a pair of sparring partners depending on their mood.

We couldn’t make it to London to recreate our photo, so we went and stood by a little local clock tower instead. Lia is holding a Remembrance Day Poppy that would have been behind us in the first photo and Matalan kindly sent us all new outfits to recreate the look. Onesies are a bit out of season now, but I think Lia’s bunny rabbit trainers are equally cute, and better still Libby has some too.

I’ve definitely put on a few extra chins over the past couple of years, but despite some difficult times I’m still working at home, enjoying the girls’ childhood. My husband is working more sociable hours and as a family, we’re as happy as we’ve ever been.

I was asked by Matalan to recreate an old photo this mother's day. How times have changed!

Celebrating Mother’s Day

My husband is about as good at Mother’s Day as he is at Valentine’s Day. Some years I get a card from the girls – not necessarily one that is designed for Mother’s Day though. But I find it unlikely I’ll ever receive a gift until the girls are old enough to go to the shop and buy me one themselves.

Thankfully, Matalan are rather better at Mother’s Day than my husband. They kindly offered me the opportunity to choose a gift from their Mother’s Day range. I chose this gorgeous individual teapot, cup and saucer. I love the flowery design on it and it keeps my tea warm until I’m ready to drink it. Plus, I broke my old teapot a few months back and I hate not having one. This is the perfect gift for me, so I suppose it gets my husband off the hook for another year.

I was asked by Matalan to recreate an old photo this mother's day. How times have changed!
Please note, Matalan sent an outfit for Libby, Lia and I along with a gift from their Mother's Day range to allow me to create this blog post. All views, opinions and chins are my own.


  1. February 28, 2017 / 6:16 am

    Love this! What a great idea. The bunny trainers are amazing. I want some!

  2. February 28, 2017 / 6:43 am

    I love the updated photo. It really looks like you’ve got your hands full in more ways than one!
    My husband has always been pretty good at Mother’s Day (apart from the year he refused to help me change the beds, which is one of my absolute worst jobs!) and now encourages the kids to buy me presents themselves.

  3. March 1, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Hi Nat, I bet you had fun recreating the original photo! You definitely looks like you’re are feeling the strain holding your daughters in the second photo, and Lia does not look too happy. You’ve made the perfect gift to yourself choice. Very pretty.


    • March 2, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you, it was so much fun and yep I love the tea pot!

  4. March 2, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    What a great idea! I’m not sure I could carry both my girls now, even Andy struggles too. Andy is rubbish at Mothers Day too and I long for the days when my girls can choose their own presents, as they can’t be any worse than him. x

    • March 2, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Oh I’m so glad it’s not just my husband that can’t do mother’s day, I keep reading about wonderful gifts and fabulous days out – if only!

  5. March 4, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    How lovely to recreate that photo. We went to see the poppies and it was so moving. Really brought it home to see just how many poppies there were. I’m impressed at you managing to carry both your girls – not sure I could manage it with mine (or at least not without help to pick both of them up!)

  6. February 21, 2018 / 6:56 am

    Ha ha I love the recreation. I’ve got one of me holding G and a lamb. I might retry it with a fully grown sheep 😉

    • March 4, 2018 / 9:51 pm

      Hahaha you totally should do this Emma!

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