Baby Elma Family Kitty Pip {the ordinary moments}

The extraordinary very ordinary moments


In some respects it seems quite bizarre to be sat here thinking about which ‘ordinary moment’ I want to celebrate and remember; there seems to have been nothing ordinary about the last week and a bit since Pip was born.  On the contrary everything has been extraordinary; treasured because it’s been different and new and all part of finding our way through that learning curve that is moving from a family of four to a family of five.   Almost every day seems to bring a new first for Pip; there was his first bath, his first trip to the midwife, his first visit to the supermarket and the butchers.  And there have been the really special firsts; the first time we took him to church and watched him be welcomed and loved by our church family; and the first visits from dear friends who came to meet him.

They’re moments that we hold dear precisely because they can only be a ‘first’ that once; and so not in the least bit ordinary.

And yet for all that if we were to really look closely, the last week or so has I suspect been mostly ordinary moments punctuated by the extraordinary.

We’ve cooked and washed up; pulled toys out and tidied away; eaten as many meals outside as we can, and hoovered after all of the ones eaten inside; done the laundry, and smiled at the unbelievable cuteness of a washing line of tiny babygros flapping in the sunshine.  I’ve nursed and nursed and snuggled a tiny Pip, or a sleepy Elma, or a Kitty in need of a little reassurance and some Mummy cuddles, read stories, changed nappies, given kisses and been presented with clothes pegs, play pizza toppings and a small plastic car.

And finally, we gathered up our courage for our greatest endeavour yet and took all three children to the adventure playground up at Ryton Pools.  It’s a decent drive from home; the kind of place that you only go to when you’ve got a couple of hours at least, but it’s always been worth it, a playground built into a hill with climbing frames for all shapes and sizes, tunnels, swings, drums, a xylophone, a zip wire; it’s basically everything you would have put down on your dream playground list if someone had asked you when you were ten.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Elma played in the swing for as long as there was someone to push her, and then pootled up and down the tunnel yelping and singing “Twinkle Twinkle” and giggling as it made her voice louder; Kitty clung to the zip wire as she whizzed past at speed; an enormous smile showing just how much her confidence has grown since she first gave it a go; and H found the whole thing utterly irresistible and (as we had the place completely to ourselves) he just seemed to keep ending up at the top of a climbing frame.  And Pip, Pip watched the sky and the trees from his pram for a little while and then he and I sat on a picnic table while he had some milk and then tucked him into the sling to that we could follow the explorers up the mountain.

They’d gone up to climb the crow’s nest at the top – or in Elma’s case, be plonked into it – and then run over to play on the big slide.  And whilst it is an excellent slide, it seems there was a little room for improvement in the form of a Daddy-shaped tunnel.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


The thing is; what’s a nice tunnel for a 20 month old, maybe isn’t quite so capacious when it’s your almost four year old daughter coming barrelling towards you.  It’s lucky the tunnel can jump!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I’ll freely admit H and I were both shattered at the end of it, (as we are as bedtime approaches on most days at the moment) but it felt really good to have done something for the girls that wasn’t just sitting around waiting for the midwife, or running the errands that keep our household ticking over, something for them to truly enjoy, especially the novelty value of having H to play with on a Friday afternoon.

I know that in a few months we’ll look back on that afternoon and smile that we were so pleased to have taken all three children out together, that something that I hope by then is so very normal (and dare I say it even easy), felt so very special and extraordinary.  Perhaps that is after all the moment that I need to celebrate and treasure; the first extraordinary of our new ordinary moments.

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  • Anna-Marie 07/09/2014 at 9:27 am

    I think its good to keep your self in a normal routine as possible once having a baby.Sounds like you had an amazing few hours and the photo’s are lovely.. Hope your all well and Pip is settling in well with his big sisters! xx

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 10:07 pm

      thank you – we did have lots of fun 🙂

  • PottyMouthedMummy 07/09/2014 at 9:37 am

    Congratulations again on Pip! So excited for you. I adore those slide pictures, wonderful perspective. All sounds lovely! xx

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂

  • Seychellesmama 07/09/2014 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations on baby pip such lovely wonderful news!!
    huge well done on getting out and about with the family super impressive!!

    This is so strange but we were at that park this summer when we were staying with marks parents!!! It’s a really lovely park! Some lovely pics you have there too! Xx

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I wondered whether you would have been to Ryton when I saw you’d been in Leamington this summer – it’s beautiful isn’t it!

  • Mandycharlie 07/09/2014 at 11:30 am

    It does look fun and very brave for such a big adventure, well done to you. Loving the angles on the photography.

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 10:04 pm

      thank you – it was a fun afternoon!

  • sally 07/09/2014 at 11:42 am

    Lovely photos and it looks a great play area. There’s nothing like having 2 older siblings for getting out and about as a family still when a new baby arrives!

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 10:04 pm

      They really do make sure that life continues as normal it’s true!

  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 07/09/2014 at 12:07 pm

    What beautiful photos, you use angles so superbly. Love this post :)Well done you being so active with a newborn. This is the sort of post I would treasure in the future if I was one of your children. Grateful that mummy made sure we had a great time, and showing how it works as a family unit, no-one is pushed out by new baby, which some children think is true, but usually far from it xxx

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 10:03 pm

      Well that’s what we’re aiming for – some days go better than others!!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 07/09/2014 at 4:54 pm

    Aww sounds like a lovely fun afternoon and like you are all doing so well since your new arrival! Loved the tunnel shots, really made me chuckle!! 🙂 xx

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you 🙂 it’s one of the things I love the best about watching H be a Daddy; there is nothing he won’t do if it will make his girls happy

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 07/09/2014 at 7:30 pm

    I love the perspective of the slide photos, nothing beats a Daddy tunnel! And well done for getting out the house, those early days are indeed extraordinary but I can only imagine that it all feels a bit overwhelming and intense at times. I went out the house four days after my section with LL to the local swimming pool, I didn’t swim, but everyone thought I was crazy. I think its good to get out and about and try and regain a sense of normality. x

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 10:02 pm

      I think there’s definitely some truth in that – if I can just trick my brain into thinking this is normal and completely doable then I’ll be fine when it’s just me and the tiny three!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 07/09/2014 at 9:15 pm

    The park looks amazing! I was the crazy woman out on day 1 with a newborn but I really don’t think that will be happening once we throw number 3 in too! Love the tunnel photos

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 10:01 pm

      I’m trying really hard not to be too crazy lady because I know I’ll end up flattened again like last weekend but it is nice to find some kind of normal, and to try to have moments that feel easy and natural, not just the “how do we do … with three?!”

  • Donna 07/09/2014 at 9:52 pm

    Such gorgeous photos, I WANNA GO THERE!! x

    • Carie 07/09/2014 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you – it is definitely the kind of place I would have begged my parents to go to when we were small, we’re really lucky to have it not so far away!

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 08/09/2014 at 9:28 am

    So very “well done you” for seizing this opportunity with all three of them. I was so nervous during M’s first weeks I barely dared to go to the shops! If and when there’s a second, I hope I can be this proactive too…

    Anyway, thanks for pointing out this park. It’s less than an hour’s drive from my in-laws, so I hope we get to go there next time we’re in the UK.

    • Carie 08/09/2014 at 1:57 pm

      If it makes you feel any better I once took a very new Kitty all the way to Melton Mowbray to watch H play hockey because I wasn’t quite ready to be one on one – it seems utterly crazy now that three is the new normal 🙂

  • Super Busy Mum 08/09/2014 at 12:12 pm

    Love this and what gorgeous photos. The angle of the slide shots are awesome. We have a local adventure park near us and we’ve not been in AGES! You may have just inspired us to go this weekend!! x

    • Carie 08/09/2014 at 1:58 pm

      Well good – fingers crossed we all get some nice weather!