Elma Family {the ordinary moments}

La petite bise


Every night that I sit down to this computer to write about my little family and remember the antics of our gorgeous girls I’m writing to lock in the memories of this precise moment in our lives, our very ordinary, but very much loved, here and now.  I know that there are things from Kitty’s babyhood that I don’t remember as clearly two and a bit years down the line as I swore I would at the time, and there’s no reason to suspect that the present would not also muddy the past where Elma is concerned.

Except that I am certain. absolutely certain, that I’m not ever going to forget just how my Elma blows kisses right now.

She figured it out at the end of the summer, and whereas Kitty’s first kisses were all open-mouthed head splonk; adorably cute but also rather slobbery and damp, Elma is actually blowing kisses.



She gives a look and a cheeky little smile that turns me into a soppy puddle of motherhood, and then as I sit and gaze adoringly at her she purses her lips into the cutest, daintiest little rosebud mouth, and sucks her cheeks in just about as far as they will go before giving a sweet little “mwaa”! 20131027-DSC_0172



I know I’ve spent hours blowing kisses back and forth, at least in part because I’ve been trying to capture her expression on camera, H loves to cover her in kisses and tickle her as she sends a flood of kisses back, and even Kitty has been spotted standing in front of her sister with head on one side, trying to look winsome:

“Elma! Elma! Elma do kisses now!”

And because Elma thinks Kitty is her very own personal baby entertainer (specialities: tickling your tummy, singing Baa Baa Black Sheep, and curiously running off with the toy you were playing with so that you have to chase after her as fast as your hands and knees will take you) she’s usually only too happy to oblige.

They sit one either side of me at supper and play peekaboo and kisses behind my back and I have to pretend not to notice what’s going on and act terribly surprised; again.

These pictures come from our first breakfast last Sunday, early in the morning, when dawn was just creeping around the corner of the curtains, and long before Kitty or H made an appearance, eating toasted teacake, well I was eating mine and Elma was mostly waving it around.  I am so glad I have them.  I’ve been trying to get pictures of her kisses because I know how very fleeting this moment will be.

Because right now there is a little white bump in her lower right gum; a tooth, just poised flush with the gumline and ready to make an appearance any day now (at long last), and that’s going to change everything.

mummy daddy me


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  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 03/11/2013 at 9:54 am

    Ah that is so cute! J has just got his first tooth, I was hoping he would be happier once it had appeared but he still moans as much as ever!! Bloody teeth x

    • Carie 03/11/2013 at 6:32 pm

      Teeth are such funny things – I’ve not been sorry they’re making a late appearance this time round!

  • Lucy 03/11/2013 at 4:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, how cute is her little pursed lip face. Adorable! I’m not surprised you go all sappy over her. Our little miss goes for the big, open-mouthed, sloppy, snog of a kiss. x

    • Carie 03/11/2013 at 6:33 pm

      It is right up there as a contender for the cutest thing she does! I loved the open mouth kisses too, they had such heartfelt affection behind them!

  • MummyTries 03/11/2013 at 5:02 pm

    How utterly adorable! It’s great that you’ll be recording everything second time round, and totally inevitable that first time round seems like light years ago… I blame baby brain 😉 #WeekendBlogHop

    • Carie 03/11/2013 at 6:34 pm

      I once read an article that claimed that baby brain didn’t exist to which someone had commented “in that case, why are my car keys in the fridge?!” – its definitely responsible for some of my sillier moments!

  • Katie 03/11/2013 at 7:26 pm

    Oh my gosh! You need some sort of cuteness warning on these pics Carie! It’s just too much 😉

    • Carie 03/11/2013 at 9:43 pm

      It’s true, she’s pretty much got me wrapped around her finger when she pulls a face like that!

  • Only Best For Baby 04/11/2013 at 7:50 am

    Oh she is just adorable! I love her little kisses, what a sweetheart x

    • Carie 04/11/2013 at 8:41 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 04/11/2013 at 8:40 am

    This is beautiful Carie, I adore seeing your girls and this post is no exception. Look at her little facial expressions! So cute. LL isn’t blowing kisses yet, but I think our next little milestone will be waving- we are so close! x

    • Carie 04/11/2013 at 8:58 am

      Waving is so very exciting – Elma waves to the baby in the window if we forget to close the curtains before supper!

  • Caroline 04/11/2013 at 10:37 am

    The kissy face is so lovely! Brodie at 4 has only recently started kissing others before that he would just turn his cheek so we could kiss him!! My girl is a kisser though and it’s great. I still kiss my Dad hello and goodbye whenever I see him so I’m hoping my kids will still want to give me a kiss when they’re grown up too.

    • Carie 04/11/2013 at 4:53 pm

      Fingers crossed! I still give my Dad a kiss and my aunts and uncles, it’s just part of our family dynamic and I couldn’t imagine it any other way!

  • Charlotte 04/11/2013 at 11:14 am

    Beautiful post and gorgeous photos! The ones of her kissing are wonderful! x

    • Carie 04/11/2013 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you – they still get me all sappy whenever I look at them!

  • Not A Frumpy Mum 04/11/2013 at 7:18 pm

    So very very cute! x

  • Lauren 04/11/2013 at 7:28 pm

    so cute