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Clara Cecilia

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The newest addition to our growing family, Clara Cecilia, was born on Saturday 9th December at 6.15am weighing a healthy 8lb 6oz! She is absolutely incredible and we are all loving her so much.

I was very lucky to have my sister staying with us for a month before Clara was born.  I can’t express enough what a help it was to have her around during that time; doing the school run, baking bread, cooking homemade soups, preparing our meals, but also just being able to have lunch together and to watch a bit of cheeky daytime tv while Rose was napping! It was a really blessed time and I’m so thankful for her.

Clara ended up coming two days late and it was the curry that finally got things moving! We celebrated the Immaculate Conception with a hot curry and two hours later all the action started!

Benedict and Rose are madly in love with her. Every time Benedict comes home from school he goes straight to Clara to give her the most gentle hug and kiss, its really beautiful to watch. And every so often Benedict will burst out with “We’ve got our new baby sister, hooray!” Rose is also very enthusiastic with her hugs and kisses too, we’ve had to teach her a safe way of going to kiss her rather than just pouncing on her with her enthusiasm!

In the hospital:

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Benedict and Rose first meeting Clara at home:

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Clara at 5 weeks old:

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From a house to a home

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Our house is finally our home! The finale of the major works being done was the carpet being fitted upstairs just before Christmas. The night it was finished we were saying prayers with Benedict and Rose before bed and giving thanks for the carpet, and Benedict exclaimed, “We can call the house our home now!”

There’s still a lot of final touches to do but the bulk of the work is finished and we’re really (really) enjoying the space now.

The dining room:

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A ‘before’ pic:

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The Bathroom:

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A ‘before‘ pic:

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B and R’s new bedroom:

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The kitchen:

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(We were without water downstairs for a good couple of weeks so at the end of each day Eoin and I would take the washing up from the day upstairs and wash it in the bath…! I’ve never been so thankful for running water and a kitchen that works!)

The ‘before‘ pics:

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The sitting room:

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Some ‘before’ pics:

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The house has really been a labour of love and endurance. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished, especially the amount of hard work Eoin has put into it. There is no way we could have taken on this project if Eoin didn’t care for DIY! He’s taught himself so many different things in the process, including ‘how to fit a kitchen’.

I think finding out we were expecting baby number 3 a week after moving in was a bit daunting (to say the least) with the amount of work ahead of us. But the timing of everything could not have been better (so thankful to God) I was joking with people before Clara was born (post to follow about little Clara!) about which would come first: Clara or the new carpets! We were really cutting it fine, but we just about managed to do it, just in time for the new baby.