Rose’s Baptism

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Rose Miriam is finally baptised, yay! I know she’s only 3 months, but l feel like she should have been baptised ages ago. She was baptised in Tonbridge by our parish priest, Fr Peter; it really feels like we belong to this parish now and are starting to set down our own family roots in Tonbridge. I think we’re here to stay…

Some of the pics from the day:

Rose’s two lovely Godparents, Jude and Ciaran

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With Rose’s Grandparents

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With everyone

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Rose is completely unaware that she has just become a child of God!

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The best photo we’ve got of Rose in her ‘after dress’

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A snippet of our dinner at Pizza Express

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The remains of a good party – carrot cake and champagne back at ours

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cake and flowers


Oh happy fault


I did an online Tesco delivery in the week, and instead of giving me a punnet of nectarines they sent me 3 punnets of plums. I’ve never been that fond of plums so I decided to bake them with a bit of butter and brown sugar on top and they turned out really scrummy.




Keep calm and carry on


If only this photo summed up what actually happened that day! Eoin had the week off this week which has been such a treat. We started the week off by visiting my parents, and one thing I really wanted to do this time with Benedict was go to some woods where I used to go as a child…

In my head, I had a lovely idyllic vision of Benedict running through the trees kicking the leaves with his wellies… But sadly we hadn’t gone further than the car park before my idyllic vision quickly vanished. Benedict, being two, had one great tantrum. We ended up driving away. But after a bit we thought we’d have a second attempt, certain that this time would be different, so we drove back to the woods. We barely made it out of the carpark before another tantrum emerged. So we went home…!

Not the greatest start to the holiday. But things began to look up that afternoon. We went to the Arboretum down the road from my parents and had a much more successful and happy trip.

I guess the only moral to this story is keep calm and carry on with these little ones.






Out and About


Earlier in the week, Benedict, Rose and I braved the rain and went for a muddy walk in the country park. We wrapped up warm and put on our wellies and ventured into the little woods next to the play ground.

The woods are perfect for Benedict now – it has little windy paths going in and out of the trees and B wanders through them picking up sticks he finds on the way. We’ve made up a little ‘game’ where he puts all the sticks he finds onto “Benedict’s bench” and so when he’s finished the bench is filled with piles of sticks. Very simple I know, but he loves it and it keeps him busy pottering around the trees for ages!

This time we went, Benedict was introduced to a bird’s feather.  It was pretty cute – once he had it, he was on a quest to find the bird to give the feather back to him!

Later on in the week I took Benedict (and Rose!) up to Tonbridge Castle just down the road from our home. It’s nice because he’s old enough now to really enjoy it, running around the grounds and up the hill next to it (without running off which used to be a challenge!) There’s also tons of pigeons and squirrels he loves to chase after too.







Belated post for Benedict’s birthday


Nearly two months since Benedict’s birthday and I still haven’t posted anything… big fail! We had such a nice time though, and quite a few different celebrations… In the way my sister celebrates her birthday, we pretty much had a birthday Octave!

On his actual birthday, we carried on my family’s tradition of meeting in mum and dad’s room in the morning and opening our presents and singing ‘happy birthday’…


In the afternoon, with three of Benedict’s aunties, we visited Hop Farm to see the animals and go on some rides and slides…


We only realised afterwards it was for children 5 years and over…! But he didn’t hurt himself, and it didn’t stop him wanting to go on it again and again! Pretty funny.

And he definitely didn’t want to get off this ride either…


On the Saturday before Benedict’s birthday, my family came to Tonbridge to celebrate…


There’s a miniature steam railway in the park in Tonbridge, which Benedict went on for the first time with Granddad and absolutely loved it… I think Granddad enjoyed it just as much!



And then we had a bit of fun with the frisbee and football… Well, being over 8 months pregnant I enjoyed a good chat with my Gran, sitting on the grass and watching the fun!


Finally on the Sunday, Eoin’s family came over to celebrate…


Eoin made an awesome dinosaur cake, which he learnt how to make here.

Gran and GrandaPop with Benedict and Francis:


Gran and Grandapop gave us a big surprise when they walked through the door with a big mysterious present for Benedict concealed under a sheet… A fish tank!! It had two little goldfish in which we appropriately decided to call Frankie and Bennie. I say ‘had’ because sadly one of the fish died, so we’re now just left with Bennie. But Benedict is still very happy with the present!

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Welcoming little Rose into the world


It has been such a long time since I last posted! Quite a lot has happened… Benedict turned two at the end of July (separate post to follow); he’s talking more than ever and I think the “terrible twos” have very much started! We also had a beautiful holiday in Scotland with my family (another post to follow!), but the biggest change in our life is the birth of Rose Miriam who was born on Saturday 8th August 2015 at 18:23 (same birthday as her Uncle Alex) weighing a healthy 8lbs.

She is absolutely amazing! The nice thing about the second time round is that I feel so much more relaxed with her; there’s no first time worries about wondering if I’m doing the right thing, or if she’s feeding OK or feeding enough. I feel like I’m really enjoying her.

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And my goodness was the birth so much simpler this time round (I’ll spare all the details!). Instead of Benedict’s 50+ hour labour, we arrived in the Examination Room at the hospital at 17.45 and she was born at 18.23!! We left the hospital with Rose around 1am and then on the Sunday we introduced her to both our families, and most importantly, to Benedict.

Benedict’s first reaction to Rose was priceless; I wish I’d filmed it. It was one of real happiness and then he went straight to hug and kiss her (which he now continues to repeat countless times each day!). I know it’s early days yet for the two of them, but you can already begin to see their relationship building as brother and sister.

Benedict meeting Rose for the first time:

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First brotherly hug for Rose:

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Rose’s first big trip away was visiting Hannah in Portsmouth a week later…




We’ve yet to take a successful family photo of the four us…



And some final photos that were just too cute to miss:




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