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Me and Mine – a family portrait for August


And then there were five.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I first joined in with the Me and Mine project because I wanted to record our life together in gradual milestones, not just the high days and holidays; I wanted to be able to look back and see those gradual changes; the evolution of babies to toddlers and toddler to remarkably tall little girl.  And then we found out that our family was going to be growing again and our monthly photos seemed to take on a whole new significance, all counting down to this moment.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

They aren’t the best of photos; but then this wee boy didn’t exactly give us a lot of time to start planning for beautiful photos, and then even the best of the weather this week has been cold and grey with a brisk breeze that makes me struggle to think of it as August, so no one really wanted to spend too much time running around outside, and even the judicious application of dolly mixture apparently couldn’t lift Kitty’s mood far from ‘over exhausted woe’, but they are and will always be incredibly special and treasured to me.

They are the very first photos of us all as a family of five.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And they are also the reason why taking our monthly photos matters, because without Me and Mine I’m sure I would have put off taking them, waiting on a perfect day or nicely matching clothes, or some other sort of excuse and suddenly it would have been Christmas and I’d have a computer full of photos of our girls; our beautiful son, perhaps even the occasional one with H in, but not the pictures that show our boy at four days old, completely and utterly adored, and completely and utterly oblivious to what’s going on around him as long as there are Mummy cuddles.

They are the epitome of treasured everyday ordinary; in as much as anything this week can be considered ordinary of course. And besides, with a bit of luck and a smidgen of sunshine I can continue my quest for the perfect family portrait next month.

But for now, this is my slightly bigger little family, in August.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


dear beautiful

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  • Lauren 31/08/2014 at 7:45 am

    Oh! You look so happy and gorgeous in the photos. Congratulations again, I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures with a boy in the house. X

  • lucy at dear beautiful 31/08/2014 at 8:04 am

    Carie, I feel like I’ve been waiting for these photographs ever since I found out you were expecting. It’s so lovely to see you all together as a five. And I couldn’t agree more with all your words, and waiting for the perfect occasion is the reason I have a photo of us four on September 21st when my little lady was born, and then don’t have another until Christmas. This realisation was the reason Me and Mine started that January, and I’ve never looked back. Congratulations on your big little family, so over the moon for you all. x

  • Louise 31/08/2014 at 8:11 am

    Aww these are gorgeous photos – what a very, very special moment to capture – those newborn days fly by so quickly! Huge congratulations to you all on the arrival of your little boy x

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 31/08/2014 at 8:16 am

    Just perfect! Four big people looking with wonder and amazement at one precious little person… These will be ones to treasure forever!x

  • LauraCYMFT 31/08/2014 at 9:26 am

    Awww congratulations. These photos are just perfect to show off your new addition and your new family of five.

  • Anna-Marie 31/08/2014 at 9:38 am

    Oh Carie this is GORGEOUS!!! Kitty looks so grown up in these pictures! Perfect family photo xx

  • Mandycharlie 31/08/2014 at 12:59 pm

    I think to be dressed And in the garden at four days post birth is a really big accomplishment, and thats just for you, let alone organising the little people. Lovely photo’s, very special.

  • sally 31/08/2014 at 8:27 pm

    Very special photos, and I have a feeling your little boy is going to be adored by all.

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 31/08/2014 at 8:36 pm

    These photos are beautiful, because you are all in them. congratulations again on your son, and I am counting down until I get to share a photo like this myself!

  • Jenny 31/08/2014 at 8:58 pm

    I know I have said it again and again but congrats!!!! You all look so cute together, perfectly matched little family. The baby is gorgeous!!!!! I bet big sisters are so excited too. Great captures Carie and you look fantastic too lady!!! #me&mine

  • Camille 01/09/2014 at 3:20 am

    Awwww, congrats!!!!! I love how everyone is looking at the new little one in the first picture.

  • Vickie 01/09/2014 at 9:35 am

    You all look so happy! What a wonderful first photo of your lovely family!

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought 01/09/2014 at 3:08 pm

    Stunning photos, I love the first one with everyone looking down at your beautiful boy. Congratulations on becoming a family of five too!! #meandmine

  • hurrah for gin 01/09/2014 at 10:43 pm

    Oh carie they are the best of photos! The best ever. So happy for you, you look amazing! xxx

  • Donna 01/09/2014 at 10:47 pm

    These photos are just gorgeous! It feels like I’ve seen your whole pregnancy in Me & Mine photos so to finally see you as a family of five is just amazing x

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 02/09/2014 at 11:10 am

    I did a big long comment then I don’t think it saved! I feel like I have been waiting so long to see these Carie and it almost feels like I couldn’t even begin to imagine you not as a five now even though its the first family photo of you all. Does that make sense? Congratulations again to you all. xx

  • older mum in a muddle 02/09/2014 at 9:03 pm

    Just perfect! X

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 03/09/2014 at 8:09 pm

    Gorgeous photos! The first one made me all emotional, the way everyone is staring at the new baby clearly in total love with him. So special x

  • Chloe 05/09/2014 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t know what you are talking about! The top photo looks like you’ve all been posed by a pro, and before I read the post, I was thinking “Wow, I love how you’ve co-ordinated everyone’s outfits!” I love how you and littlest are both in blue, whilst everyone else has a bit of a red theme going on. Me and Mine doesn’t get more perfect than these photos. Congratulations (again!!)