Baby Elma Family Kitty Milestones Pip {the ordinary moments}

Officially Official


This week we consigned our boy to a lifetime of taxes.  Sorry about that sweetheart.

I’ve actually always rather enjoyed registering the children, making them officially official as it were.  However many times you’ve written out their name on scraps of paper when you were pregnant, or seen it handwritten in congratulations cards, there is something special about the first time you see it formally typed out on a birth certificate and you can sit and look at it and think, yes that looks good, that’s my son.

We gave his details, checked we’d spelt his names right, checked we’d spelled our names right, had the usual discussion about H and my date of birth (it’s the same – it confuses forms the world over), and then I signed. Signed to say yes this baby is ours, our beautiful Pip.

And in one fell swoop our little boy officially became a British citizen.

As H was free to come with us we made it a family outing and I think the girls rather enjoyed showing off their baby brother and telling everyone his names. It certainly had a bit of a novelty value compared to their usual mornings.

And to celebrate Pip and the fact that we’d got all of us out of the house all dressed and hair mostly brushed and made it to the appointment on time, we decided there were only two things to do.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The first was to take a picture of all of us outside Warwick town hall.  If you’ve ever tried to take a selfie of a family of five when one of you is a teeny tiny baby, one of you is in the buggy and another of you is a four year old who is absolutely certain that the only way she’s going to be in the picture is to be on the side of the camera away from Mummy then you’ll know exactly why it is that none of our pictures have quite managed to get everyone in, or everyone looking at my phone!

And the second was to go out for breakfast.  Well four of us went out for breakfast and Pip sat in my arms and watched the rest of us have breakfast!  He had plenty of milk on tap so I don’t think he felt too hard done by.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

They’re all iPhone snaps again, but there’s something I love about them, a little collection of moments from our family life.  It’s strange to think that just over five weeks ago our family didn’t look like this; it feels like Pip both arrived yesterday and has always been here and not only can I not imagine life without him, but I sometimes find it hard to remember what life was like if not before he arrived, then certainly before my pregnancy with him.

We sat around the table, Kitty trying to poach part of H’s breakfast, Elma wondering whether anyone would notice if she just ate the butter and maple syrup off her waffles and left the key element behind (NB we did), and H and I tucking in wherever we could, and it was perfect.  A little noisy, a little messy, definitely more than a little sticky (that would be the maple syrup) but perfect to celebrate our new everyday ordinary as a family of five.

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  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 05/10/2014 at 2:13 pm

    Ah gorgeous, happy shots! I think you did really well with the selfie shots! I struggle to get ones with the 3 of us in!! 🙂 glad all is going so well 🙂 xx

    • Carie 05/10/2014 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you – I think I need Mr Tickle arms to get us all in easily!

  • Lauren 05/10/2014 at 5:20 pm

    Oh this is so special and totally adorable. I loved the days we registered both of my boys. Like you I found it a really special moment and really enjoyed it.
    You all make such a lovely family xx

    • Carie 05/10/2014 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you – I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought it was a special day 🙂

  • Hanna- Mummy of all Trades 05/10/2014 at 6:54 pm

    What a super special day and a great moment to share asa family. Lovely post. x

    • Carie 05/10/2014 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Potty Mouthed Mummy 05/10/2014 at 8:08 pm

    Oh a lovely moment captured! Sounds like a special day all round xx

    • Carie 06/10/2014 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you – it really was 🙂

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 05/10/2014 at 8:22 pm

    Registering babies is the best! This was something that I really enjoyed with my two too, and I still like getting their birth certificates out every now and again to have a look 🙂 Lovely day out for you guys. This is why I love blogging so much- something like this might go under the radar and memories of the day fade away in months/years, but you will have this day forever now if you want it- just fab! x

    • Carie 06/10/2014 at 9:27 pm

      I’m so glad it’s not just me that thinks birth certificates are fun to get out and look at! I think they’re rather beautiful in their own way 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) 05/10/2014 at 9:42 pm

    What a perfect morning! We love going out for breakfast, it’s one of our favourite family outings 🙂 Big American breakfasts! And yes, getting a selfie of a family of five is pretty much impossible, you did really well x #TheOrdinaryMoments

    • Carie 06/10/2014 at 9:28 pm

      Ooh big American breakfasts are amazing – the last time I was in the States we’d just eat breakfast and supper, there was no need for lunch!

  • Donna 05/10/2014 at 10:11 pm

    It sounds like registering him went really well and you had a lovely morning too – going out for brekkie always seems like such a treat! x

    • Carie 06/10/2014 at 9:35 pm

      It does always seem the most indulgent meal to have out doesn’t it – I wonder why?

  • sally 05/10/2014 at 10:43 pm

    I always let Harry go off and register our babies on his own, which sometimes felt a little worrying – one time he came back and said he’d come up with an excellent new business idea – he was going to set up shop there selling ‘joke’ birth certificates, he liked the idea of bringing one back with the wrong name, saying something like he’d ‘decided on the spur of the moment that he didn’t like the name ‘Maria’ after all, and he’d gone for ‘Ermentrude’ instead, was that OK?! I think possibly post birth hormones combined with general tiredness might make this quite a dangerous joke in lots of households!

    • Carie 06/10/2014 at 9:38 pm

      Hmm I think I have to agree with you, that might not be the safest idea around post partum mummies!! Part of me loves the idea though 🙂

  • Charlotte 06/10/2014 at 12:00 am

    There’s something great about making them official and it definitely feels like an event. We had a bit of a weird time when we went to do Arthur, the officiant questioned our choice of middle name (it’s Tor. It’s not common, but is it that strange?) and then couldn’t find him on the system as the midwife had put him in as a girl. We could have done with a good breakfast after that!

    • Carie 06/10/2014 at 9:42 pm

      I think Tor is a fabulous middle name, I’m certain there are many stranger names registered every day and after all, the middle name is where you can be a little more unusual (or in my case name me after both grandmothers!) and thank goodness you were able to sort out that he is a boy – that could have caused a few problems in later life!

  • Katy {What Katy Said} 06/10/2014 at 9:23 am

    Great selfie shot! I find it hard to take my own let alone a group shot haha! I was having the same ‘not long ago our family didn’t look like this’ thoughts yesterday. All very weird when it feels like a baby has always been there. #Ordinarymoments

    • Carie 06/10/2014 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you 🙂 it was definitely a bit of a squeeze to get us all in!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 06/10/2014 at 9:28 am

    Ah such gorgeous happy family shots Carie. You genuinely all look so happy. A beautiful family of 5. And yay to Pip being officially Pip. 😉 x

    • Carie 06/10/2014 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you 🙂 it is very lovely being a family of five!

  • helloitsgemma 06/10/2014 at 8:59 pm

    gorgeous post to capture a special day. Brought back memories of registering my son. I couldn’t walk well due to c-section, we suddenly realised the pushchair only just fitted in the boot. We parked in John Lewis, there is NO space between the cars/wall. Getting the baby out of the car proved epic. Then we realised we didn’t know how to un-lock the pushchair and pop it up. It was tense, by this time we were late. Ran through the streets with the baby in the car seat. We arrived sweating and flustered! Yours is much more fun!

    • Carie 06/10/2014 at 10:07 pm

      Oh no!! Getting car seats and children in and out of cars is a nightmare, especially when you need both sides! I’m sure registrars are used to people being a bit late, babies tend to have that effect on people!