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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}.

{pretty}

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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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{funny}

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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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{real}

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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!

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I was Naked and you Clothed Me

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I have been decluttering my phone and sorting out my notes and reminders ready for a new year, and I came across a bible verse I’d saved on my phone in August 2014 – Matthew 25: 35-36 (the corporal works of mercy)

I’d saved it in my notes under ‘motherhood’and it was something I really needed to be reminded of I think:

I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to see me.

So fitting for us mothers; for us to be reminded that every ‘task’ we do for our little ones is a work of mercy… Also very fitting for this year of mercy!

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Something about Rose

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Rose will be four months on the 8th December… already! The time has really flown by and yet it is as if she has always been there.

I have been very lucky with this one – she’s been one of those easy babies that I used to envy when Benedict was a baby! She’s a good sleeper at night and she spends most of the day either in her bouncy chair or kicking away on the rug. I’ve been there with the difficult baby so I know how lucky I am!

Her relationship with Benedict is really growing too. Benedict is so fond of her and he copies the way we speak to her which is really cute. He teaches her things too, for example he’ll turn to her in the buggy and say: “Look, Rose – a nee-nah car!” The funniest one which made me laugh out loud was when I was changing Benedict’s nappy, and Rose was lying nearby and he turns his head to her with all sincerity in his voice and says: “Look, Rose – poo” and he points to the nappy I’m changing! So that’s what big brothers are for…

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I think Rose will learn pretty quickly how to be a tough cookie as Benedict is not the most delicate when it comes to babies… But then what 2 year old boy is?!  He wants to play rough and tumble with her on the floor, and I sound like a broken record when I hear myself say “she’s too young for that!” over and over again.

I’ve found it’s a real balancing act knowing when to let him “show his love for her” and when he might actually hurt her. I don’t want to be always hovering over the two of them telling him to be more gentle! So I find myself watching from a distance out of the corner of my eye. But it’s so nice to know he’s actually interested in her, and to see him interact with her in a real older brother way.

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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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Oh happy fault

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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.

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