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Me and Mine – a family portrait for September

30/09/2014

If August was the month that made us a family of five, September has been the month where we found our feet, our rhythm, our pattern of the new everyday ordinary.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

There are still things we’re trying to work out (mostly bedtime which is a challenge all by itself especially if H has to be out), but for the most part it feels like we’re finding our way.  I’m getting the hang of loading up the car with three, or getting out the door even vaguely sort of on time, or distracting and entertaining two little girls while feeding their brother. I can assemble and disassemble our double buggy in record quick time and even managed to take Kitty to the church bathroom while wearing Pip in the sling and carrying Elma half on my hip and half slid around to my back (I’m awarding myself a Mummy gold star for that particular feat) while H manages to combine impersonating a climbing frame with singing lullabies to his son, and catching Elma by the ankle as she attempts to dive headfirst off the sofa/bed/anywhere not the floor yet again.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

There are moments when it feels like a small daughter is trying very hard to push all of our buttons and failing to grasp the most basic of concepts required to keep her safe; and then there are the moments when we’re all sat at supper just enjoying listening to Kitty tell us about her day; or when we glance over and see our girls sat under the dinner table heads together, one gold, one brown, playing make-believe or plotting world domination; or when Kitty brought me a daisy from the garden “as well done for having baby [Pip] Mummy!”

For every moment when we feel stretched by the demands of three, there are a hundred moments when we know in our hearts that our family would never have felt right without Pip.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

A year ago I was heading back to work, settling Elma into nursery with Kitty, trying to remember where I’d left my heels, my handbag and all the other accoutrements that go with the commuter lifestyle, trying not to let my heart break as I left not one but two babies in the loving care of their awesome nursery, trying not to be overwhelmed with Mummy guilt, trying not to spend every night sobbing into my supper at the knowledge that I’d have to get up the next day and do it all again.

It’s amazing the difference a year makes. In H and my children I have everything I could ever have wanted, and more.  I am so happy and so lucky to get to spend this next year at home with them all, and I think it’s the memories of last September that creep in in the quiet moments of the night that make me so very very determined to treasure every moment of this coming year.

We took our photos in the garden again; and you can already see the change that even a month can bring; the seasons are on the turn and the first few fallen leaves are drifting across the lawn; scattered thinly like the tail ends of confetti that gather around the church porch in the days and weeks after a summer wedding.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s in Pip though that the change is most obvious; no longer the little four day old, so very very new and curled up and tiny, but out beautiful baby boy, all round cheeks and curiosity waking up from his nap.  And if his parents and even perhaps his sisters are a little more sleep deprived than last month, that’s a small price to pay.  The one constant is how much this boy of ours is loved, adored, cuddled and frequently bestowed with the gentlest of kisses.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I am so unbelievably blessed to call this family my own, to be part of “just the five of us”.

My little family, in September

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And just because you know I love the outtakes, I have to share a photo I didn’t take – I left Kitty with the remote trigger while I went to round up the rest of the family, and only later discovered this self portrait on the camera – goodness only knows what the camera had done to upset her!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

 

dear beautiful

 

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  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 30/09/2014 at 8:33 am

    These pictures are great, so much life and fun in them. My favourite is the one where your littlie is sucking her thumb and the baby has his little arms up like ‘yeah, I’m chilling’ xxx beautiful

    • Carie 30/09/2014 at 3:37 pm

      He certainly seems very relaxed about the whole idea of family portraits!!

  • Louise 30/09/2014 at 8:40 am

    Gorgeous photos of your beautiful family and such a beautiful post. I am sure it must be challenging at times to adjust to the demands of three children but it sounds like you are doing brilliantly (huge well done on managing to juggle three children in the church bathroom!) and as you say, for every challenging moment there are thousands of other beautiful moments x

    • Carie 30/09/2014 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you 🙂 we’re definitely enjoying being a five!

  • Molly 30/09/2014 at 11:13 am

    I love that last picture! The others are beautiful too but that last one did make me laugh! I’m so glad you’re all settling into the rhythm of your new family dynamic. It gives me hope that I will be able to manage with two when I see how you’re coping so brilliantly with three! x

    • Carie 30/09/2014 at 3:41 pm

      I laughed out loud when I saw it on my camera roll – remote triggers are the best toy ever! And I’m sure you’re going to be just fine with your two 🙂

  • sally 30/09/2014 at 12:43 pm

    Gorgeous photos, and lovely to hear that you’re savouring every moment. That can be so hard with a tiny baby and young children but is all the more important too. My favourites are the later family photos, can’t choose between a few of them, but the last one of Kitty did make me smile!

    • Carie 30/09/2014 at 3:48 pm

      That’s the picture I’m putting on her 18th birthday card!!! Last months pictures were special for being the first as a family of five and will always be treasured but I love these ones two for having so much of our family dynamic in them!

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought 30/09/2014 at 8:00 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photos, and the last one is a cracker! I love your post too, enjoy this year off 🙂 #meandmine

    • Carie 01/10/2014 at 11:47 am

      Thank you – Kitty really does pull the best faces!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 30/09/2014 at 8:06 pm

    Beautiful Carie the last few especially where you are all looking at Pip. I find it really lovely to read your journey, we are still so unsure whether our family is complete at four or whether we want to try for five, if we do it will be the latter end of next year, and I love reading your journey and how Pip has just slotted right in. Beautiful. x

    • Carie 01/10/2014 at 1:01 pm

      Five is a lovely number you know!!!! 😉

  • LauraCYMFT 30/09/2014 at 8:25 pm

    Wahaha that outtake shot is great! Lovely photos of you as a family of five.

    • Carie 01/10/2014 at 1:02 pm

      It’s wonderful isn’t it – I just wish I knew what prompted that expression – she usually LOVES the remote trigger!

  • Vickie 30/09/2014 at 9:04 pm

    Such beautiful photos as always. My hasn’t Pip grown!

    I love Kitty’s face in the last picture. What a pout! 🙂

    • Carie 01/10/2014 at 1:05 pm

      I swear that boy changes as I sit and watch him – it’s really quite incredible!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 30/09/2014 at 9:19 pm

    Oh my! That last picture is actually hilarious. I am laughing out loud here! Poor old Kitty… and poor old camera! As for the other pictures… beautiful – tear to my eye, just seeing little Kitty’s adoring face as she looks at her brother. And love that cheeky face on Elma!xx

    • Carie 01/10/2014 at 1:06 pm

      That’s Elma’s face at the moment if you ask her to smile – it’s brilliant! I know she’ll grow out of it but I hope it stays around for a while, it’s the epitome of happiness 🙂

  • Lauren 01/10/2014 at 7:44 am

    Oh Carie these are lovely. You look so happy and it’s clear through your photos, and your words, that you are so proud and grateful for your wonderful family xx

    • Carie 01/10/2014 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you – I very definitely am 🙂

  • lucy at dear beautiful 03/10/2014 at 10:44 am

    These photos are gorgeous Carie. What a difference a month makes, hey? You all look and sound like you’re settling beautifully into life as a five now. It’s so nice to see that transition in your family through Me and Mine photos… Beautiful! X

    • Carie 04/10/2014 at 10:54 pm

      It really is quite incredible looking at the change in Pip over the course of a month; it’s going to be great to be able to watch him grow through each month’s photos

  • Katie 04/10/2014 at 9:56 pm

    All the gold stars go to you Carie, for being so clever and such a wonderful mum 🙂
    I honestly don’t know how you do it but you can tell you do it so well. Happy days for all of you xxx
    p.s so cute of Kitty bringing you the Daisy
    p.p.s sorry if i have not commented as much lately, I have a new job and what with school and nursery and other bits of extra work i just have so little time :-/

    • Carie 04/10/2014 at 11:00 pm

      Oooh congratulations on the new job, that’s very exciting (if a total time suck at the same time 🙂 )