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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Happily sat in her Daddy’s arms. I hope she always finds safety and comfort there.

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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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We were given a new play mat last weekend and Lyra quickly fell in love with the monkey on it. She’ll lay there for 10 minutes or so (the longest she’ll occupy herself for) staring at this monkey. She starts by smiling at it then chatters away at it. Eventually she’ll get frustrated at the monkey, start frowning and eventually shout at it until we take her away. It’s the cutest thing to see. I’ll try and capture it on video to share with you guys. That’s been the biggest development with Lyra this week. She can definitely entertain herself…

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  This week we said goodbye to the Moses basket and hello to the cot. It went much better than I thought and I can only hope that she takes to all changes as well as this one. Although I think the only reason she did so well with this one was because she loves to stretch out when she sleeps so the more space the better. Her smiles are becoming more frequent and they really light up her face. I’m sure she’s starting to recognise Matt and I as she saves the biggest smiles for us which I love!…

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