We’re back from our first little family holiday. We booked it back at the beginning of the year before Lyra was born and since we had no idea what life with a 5 month old baby would be like we chose somewhere close to home. In the run up to last week I was starting to wish we’d been a bit more adventurous with our destination choice but when Monday rolled round I was relieved. Lyra had her first cold and was grumpy and clingy with it. Sleep for me was non-existent all week as I nursed Lyra more than…

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This weeks update is a little late as we’ve been on holiday! This week has been a good one. Apart from the lack of sleep. And the cold. And despite Lyra being super clingy. There is just something about having someone else there with you that makes it all much more bearable. Lyra has loved having Matt around all week and I’m quite nervous about how she’ll be tomorrow when he heads back to work. She dealt with her first cold like a trooper, it only really seemed to bother her at night and it appeared to be more confusion…

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Lyra my love, I’m supposed to be packing right now, we should actually be in the car on the way to our first holiday but never mind. As usual, since you came along, things are a little behind schedule. I think you’ve come down with your first cold, you were up every hour during the night and your usual smiley self is nowhere to be found this morning. Right now you’re cuddled up asleep on my lap and I’m writing this little letter to you (one handed) instead of the packing that needs to be done. Instead of getting the…

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When I first went on maternity leave, before Lyra was born and we knew she was a she, we went to visit Matt’s Mum at her house in Wales. She had been digging around and had found some of Matt’s baby things. Amongst them were a little navy romper and a wooden rattle. I recognised them immediately from a photo cube that had been sitting on Matt’s desk in the flat when we’d first got together. It had moved with us to our house and was at that moment sat in the future nursery. We took them (and some other…

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This is my favourite photo this week. When I look at this one I really feel like I’m getting a glimpse of future Lyra. There’s something about the way she’s sitting and her expression that I can really picture on a small child. I often find myself daydreaming about what she’ll be like when she’s older, please tell me I’m not the only one to do this with my children?

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This week has been dominated by teething and lack of sleep. Such is the lack of sleep that I couldn’t think of anything to put on the chalkboard for this week. I forgot about her first tooth! Haha. It’s still only just breaking the surface and hasn’t come up fully yet but it’s there at least. Despite the lack of sleep Lyra has been pretty damn amazing when awake. She hasn’t grumbled too much, only really crying when she’s fighting a nap. She’s started sitting and playing with toys on her own and it is so amazing to watch. She’s…

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Since Lyra has been teething this week and her first little tooth has broken the surface we decided now was the time to start brushing. For some reason I was pretty excited about this little milestone although I’m not sure why, maybe I just thought she’d look cute with a toothbrush (she totally did). We went through our usual bedtime routine with Lyra and decided to slot tooth brushing between her bath and getting her all snuggled up in her pyjamas and sleeping bag. Lyra did really well with the actual tooth brushing. I thought she’d cry when we put…

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Lyra has been having a tough time with teething and this, of course, means that Matt and I are having a tough time with it as well. Since we were all very tired and some of us were pretty short tempered (me. I was short tempered) we decided to have a slow weekend. We did some chores, the food shop, bought a few things for Lyra, had breakfast out and just generally enjoyed being together. I find that I need these weekends sometimes, ones where we have no obligations and don’t really do much. It makes the busy weekends much…

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