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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.

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Birthdays and the beginning of school

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We’ve just had that time of year again of birthdays galore! Although with the house renovations in full swing, we kept it very simple and reasonably quiet. Sadly for Rose and Eoin’s birthdays they were suffering from bad tonsillitis 😦 so we spent the time at home having lots of birthday hugs on the sofa.

For Benedict’s birthday, we were staying at Nana and Grandad’s house while our bathroom was being done. I was sad not to have made any of the birthday cakes this year, but Benedict was more than happy with a Paw Patrol birthday cake!

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We had a lovely birthday lunch at Franky and Bennie’s with Aunty Jude before heading to the Play Farm soft play in Cheltenham.

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Rose’s birthday consisted of Calpol top-ups, sleeping, opening presents and eating Colin the Caterpillar cake. Despite that, we surprisingly had a lovely family day as Eoin was off work being ill too!

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And Eoin’s 30th birthday… we’re waiting to celebrate properly!

Finally, we’ve got Benedict all set to start school in two weeks. He’s very excited about looking like Daddy going to work with his shirt and tie!

(Hmm… which boy will he be at school; angelically good or mischievously naughty…?!)

 

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Moving home

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We’re finally moving house this Wednesday! It’s been a long time coming but we’re nearly there. We’re moving just a five minute drive away to a house… with a garden! The new house will be a labour of love – it needs A LOT of TLC, but I’m excited to start this new adventure with our little family.

I’ll be sad to leave our flat; it will always be our first proper family home together. I remember the first day we moved in and placing a 4-month old sleeping Benedict on the lovely new empty carpet in our bedroom. Now, three and a half years later he is as full of life as ever (while writing this he’s pretending to be a bee and buzzing around the room… now he’s being a tree…)

And Rose! The most precious memory I have is bringing Rose home from hospital on the night she was born and having her sleep beside us in her cot – so beautiful and so so tiny.

Rose having a tea party with her dollies on the balcony:

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Benedict and Rose aboard the ‘London Express’:

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Some more memories:

 

 

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A little catch up

Its getting close to nearly a year since I last posted! I think with everything going on, my blog has taken a back seat. I remembered it yesterday and started having a look at past posts and it brought back so many wonderful memories, so I’m determined to keep it up!

Among birthdays, holidays and Christmas, a lot has happened so the next few posts are a little catch up…

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Mother’s Day

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I was pretty spoilt this Mother’s Day – B and R (and Eoin!) had been busy working hard behind the scenes.  They surprised me with a lovely bouquet of flowers on Saturday, and on Sunday Benedict presented me with my very first hand-made present he’d made at pre-school; a framed-picture with stickers carefully placed around the edge! He’d also drawn a picture of me on the card – if you look closely there’s two eyes, maybe a body, a smile and some hair haha! I was very touched!

I think the best part of the gift was the quote inside the card which read: “I love mummy because of the buttons.” (I gave Benedict chocolate buttons when he first started pre-school as a well done!) That’s definitely a keeper…

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Eoin and Benedict disappeared to the car on Sunday after Mass and came back with this lovely mug and a Mother’s day card, and then Eoin cooked the dinner! All in all, I felt very special this Mother’s Day!

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24 hours with the McCarthy’s {phfr}

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Joining Like Mother Like Daughter for this week’s {pretty, happy, funny, real}.

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This lovely vase arrived in the post today –  Anthropologie had a sale and I couldn’t resist… it’s a bit different and adds a lot of colour to the room – very happy with this one!

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Benedict made some welsh cakes with daddy this morning while the girls had a ‘quiet’ morning out!

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In the week we went to Ikea to get Benedict a table and chair set. I’ve wanted to get B a table for ages so he had somewhere he could stand at to play, and he uses it a lot already – this morning he was busy making play-doh cakes…

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This afternoon our sitting room turned into an amateur film set for a film my brother was making for his uni course. We had a good laugh with my twin cousins who were playing a future Benedict and Rose, although the whole film was about me and Eoin dying… (!)

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We ended our day by putting up some shelves in Benedict’s room for his books. Eoin and I keep coming back to the same topic of conversation – our lack of storage space. And our solution is always the same – shelves!!! Use every inch of wall space!