Baby Elma Family Kitty Pip

Taking Stock


Right now I am …

Nursing a baby (almost certainly true regardless of when you read this post).

Telling myself that it’s far too soon for these fleeting baby smiles to be anything more than accidental, but loving them just the same as a promise of things to come.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Looking out of the window on a morning that’s started very grey but seems to have the promise of sunshine later.

Treasuring every single comment or tweet or email that we’ve received in the last week and trying not to mind how horribly behind I am in catching up with everyone else’s news.

Eating an apple icy cold from the fridge and trying to resist the temptation to eat the rest of the bag; I’m sure they’re very good for me but experience reminds me that that way lies the nappies that I really don’t want to be changing. Times two this time.

Trying to plan what I need to do today, what I’d like to get done today, and what I really want to do. One involves more housework than the others.

Trying to remember that I’m supposed to be taking it easy and that with the exception of acquiring a little more food it actually doesn’t matter if I don’t get to any of them.

Thankful for my wonderful sister who came on Monday with two bags of baby boy handmedowns from the nephew, an amazingly delicious and rejuvenating shepherds pie for supper, and a chocolate cake and a box of millionaire’s shortbread.

Looking forward to reading Bright Bazaar thanks to H rescuing it from the reserved pile at the library yesterday, the final day they were holding it for me.

Knitting a little baby jumper for some friends expecting in the next few weeks. Or rather looking at the little bit I’ve cast on and hoping I get the chance to add some actual stitches soon rather than just knitting it in my mind!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But mostly (and in the rare non-nursing moment), just sitting and staring at this beautiful boy, watching his funny expressions as he dreams, kissing that soft downy head and smiling as those long fingers grasp hold of any finger waved near enough.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And knowing above all things that that’s pretty much exactly where I’m meant to be; everything else will still be there tomorrow.

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  • Verily Victoria Vocalises 03/09/2014 at 11:44 am

    What a gorgeous little treasure 🙂 It certainly sounds like you have it all organised – enjoy your moments with your little one. #sharewithme

  • sally 03/09/2014 at 12:49 pm

    I need a sister like that! Enjoy every moment.

  • Super Busy Mum 03/09/2014 at 1:10 pm

    Oh be still my beating heart – look at that little squishy newborn face!! Love it. Ack he is a wee treasure and you’re totally right, enjoy him, everything else isn’t going anywhere xx

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 03/09/2014 at 2:40 pm

    Oh Carie, these photos make me long to relive a week when my boys were first born. I used to love nothing more than nursing them and simply sitting watching them. Such a precious time x

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 03/09/2014 at 8:12 pm

    Wow you very nearly made me broody!! You are doing so well to even be blogging, definitely try and rest as much as possible! x

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 03/09/2014 at 8:57 pm

    Those first few weeks are so precious- so tiring yet feeling like you are in a little bubble of contentment. I miss that feeling! Not that I am broody particularly but I miss it with my girls. x

  • Louise 03/09/2014 at 10:13 pm

    Such beautiful photos – that newborn phase is so magical. Glad you’re managing to enjoy those special moments and those wonderful snuggles x

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 04/09/2014 at 12:29 am

    That IS exactly where you should be… And don’t go pushing yourself too hard, there’ll be plenty of time for that later!! What a gorgeous little bundle!x

  • older mum in a muddle 04/09/2014 at 9:41 am

    So impressed you are writing such wonderful posts with a new born…. but you do sound very content in your words. Gorgeous photos. He’s such a beauty. X

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 04/09/2014 at 10:23 am

    What a cutie! I am also impressed that you are blogging, let alone knitting! New baby snuggles are the best, you are making me broody for number 3 with these pictures! x #sharewithme

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 05/09/2014 at 9:40 am

    You’re absolutely right, this is where you should be 🙂 I tried too hard to be and do other things when M was first born, which makes me feel very silly when I think about it now. But we live and learn, eh. Enjoy x

  • Saskia 06/09/2014 at 7:21 pm

    Congratulations, he is beautiful. Such a precious time! Enjoy those snuggles. Thanks for sharing #sharewithme

  • Jenny 09/09/2014 at 10:20 pm

    Ahhh bless you just made me incredibly broody. I want another baby so much. Not sure I could handle three toddlers but you never know. So adorable. Your photos and words are so beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round! #sharewithme

    • Carie 10/09/2014 at 9:27 am

      Sorry! (well totally not sorry actually!!) If it helps I’m finding the move from two to three much easier than one to two!!