Our Thursday Photo #42

Lia is now 42 weeks old. For the record, that’s how long I was pregnant with her for. I’m sorry if you are coming up to your 40th week of pregnancy but for me, pregnancy just doesn’t last 40 weeks. Anyway, enough of that pregnancy talk, I can safely say never again.  This week has been one of those quietly monumental weeks for all of us. Lia has really come out of herself and blossomed into a little person. She is pulling herself up on everything, crawling incredibly well and interacting with everyone.  Libby has today received her first pair…

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Learning about the world

It may be a surprise to people who have only known me since having children to learn that pre-kids, both hubby and I did quite a bit of travelling. I’ve done several stints of travelling, some with hubby or with friends and some on my own. Both of us have friends and family in various far flung locations, and we are itching to get back to seeing the world.  I know that a lot of people travel with young children, but I personally would prefer to wait until the girls will get something out of it. At the moment, UK…

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Unexpected flying toast

You know those beautiful blog posts you read about how much of a blessing young children are and how people are doing the best for their bright, well behaved children?  This isn’t one of them. This is about real life.  This is about the minor things that go wrong every single day that make bringing up children a bit like swimming through treacle.  There are the normal things that you expect. Getting ready to go out, thinking for once that you’re going to be on time to a baby group. Then one dirty nappy, and a toddler needing the toilet…

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Slimbridge Wetland Centre

It’s a while since we’ve been to The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Slimbridge Wetland Centre, in fact this was Libby the last time we went.  We decided that this was much too long ago, so we headed there today. Whilst it was really rather cold, in fact I’m pretty sure I saw some snow, we had managed to wear the right clothing so that the cold didn’t make a difference.  Lia loved watching the birds. In fact, I hardly heard a sound out of her all day, but every time I looked at her she was smiling at the birds.…

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Holidays with young children

When Libby was about the age that Lia is now, I had some work to do in Paris so Libby and I packed our bags and jumped on a plane.  This was the last time I went abroad and the only time I’ve ever flown with either of the girls.  Paris is a fabulous city and we loved our little trip there. However, I can see how it would be a nightmare for people with young children too. Luckily, having spent quite a bit of time in Paris when I lived in Nantes, I knew that taking a pram or buggy was…

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Learning about siblings

When I was growing up, I was essentially an only child. My oldest sister came along when I was 10, swiftly followed by two more sisters and a brother. I’ve always got on well with my siblings and I’m immensely proud of them all.Watching them all grow up and become intelligent, kind, caring individuals has been a real honour. Libby and Lia are lucky to have such amazing uncle and aunts.  It is an odd thing though being a half sister. I wouldn’t say that we had a normal sibling relationship, purely because I have never lived with any of them,…

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The highs and lows of working from home

This morning was Libby’s nursery morning. She just goes once a week because we are lucky enough to have one of the best nurseries in the country nearby so we decided to make the most of it. She goes horse riding, paints and does crafts and other exciting things and Lia gets a bit of attention from me.  I got some work done while Lia had a nap, then when she got up we made the most of the sunshine and headed to the Malvern  hills with Pluto for a walk.  Being on the hills in the sunshine made me…

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