When she looks up at me with those big beautiful eyes I just want to give her the world. As she’s grasping my finger I want to hold her close and keep her safe from harm. I fall more in love with her everyday, I had no idea how much having a daughter would change me. She’s a part of me, a product of the love I have for my husband and I am so incredibly lucky that she is here.  

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  Boy, am I late writing this update, Lyra will be 11 weeks in 3 days. Oh well, better late than never. We moved Lyra into her buggy this week and she loves it. We have her facing us and tilted back slightly but she can see what’s going on and that suits her curious nature. I really enjoy being able to see and interact with Lyra as I push her around. Lyra loves grasping fabric now, she can’t quite manage anything heavier yet but she can spend ages just pulling and lifting her muslins. Her new favourite game at…

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After spending most of last summer pregnant and faced with this one breastfeeding, alcohol has been off of my warm weather list. There’s something about a warm summers evening that makes me want to reach for a nice drink though so I’ve been looking for new ones to try. This one is certainly a winner. Blueberry and mint lemonade. I found the recipe here but it’s really simple. 1 cup lemon juice 4 cups water 3/4 cup of sugar Mix that all up and then add the blueberries and mint. The hardest thing about this is leaving it long enough…

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Lyra is a constant surprise and delight for us. This week was full of firsts for her and she really took them all in her stride. She had her first bottle of expressed milk from Matt and had no problems with it. She also happily took bottles from my Mum and me later in the week. Lyra had her longest car journey yet and slept all of the way, her first night in a new place and she slept as normal, and we left her with someone else for the first time and she was fine with that as well.…

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My daughter?! It still feels weird to say it. Some days when I wake up I’m shocked to see her sleeping form in the cot beside our bed. But her eyes, so like her father’s, look like home and her weight feels familiar in my arms. I find myself simultaneously disbelieving she’s here and surprised that she’s only been in my life for 8 weeks.

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Photos of Lyra and I are more rare than those of Matt and our daughter. Part of this is because I take the majority of the photos in my family but it’s also because I’m much less confident in front of the camera now. I find myself covering my face or pulling a stupid expression when Matt points the camera in my direction. I never really thought about how I’d feel about myself post baby, I didn’t put on a lot of weight so (perhaps naively) thought I’d be ok. And for the most part I am. This new body…

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I think I have a slight obsession with taking photos of these two together. They are just so gosh darn cute, they really are. I find it so amazing that even after a long day at work he’s ready to dive straight in looking after her to give me a little break, especially if she’s having a grumpy day. And in addition to that she adores him. His shoulder is her favourite place to be and putting her there is sure to calm her no matter her mood. She always has a big smile for him when he gets home…

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