Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Some pre-Christmas pictures we've been saving up for you...

I really like this picture of Naomi - it's on my desk at work

Naomi has started a phase of squeezing in to places such as cupboards. Here she is in the bag shelf under the buggy.

Grandma (my mum) came to visit for a couple of days...

This also meant that there was someone around to capture a couple of family shots
Family shot II

I'm not sure what to make of this!

Miriam has had ridiculously good head control since birth (Naomi did too). So she likes to look around - and is getting much better at this, tracking me around the room.

Ahh, the Beano. That's a bit more like it.

"How many more pictures do we have to see?"


Naomi has enjoyed having access to the baby bath, and we regularly find her squeezing herself into it. As of a few days ago, we've started to bath Miriam at the same time as Naomi (albeit still in the baby bath) - so now Naomi's bath time involves little in the way of playing and a lot in the way of craning over the side of the bath to see her sister.

I like this picture a lot too, they both look like they're having a lot of fun.

Okay, so I don't really get the whole Christingle business, but apparently it's a big deal in England (though saying that - my boss at work had never heard of it...) Naomi was old enough to engage with it this year, and had lots of fun singing and dancing, then peering at the candle. Best of all, when it was announced from the front that parents could blow out candles for the last part if they wanted, she was in like a shot and had ours blown out. She then let out a very loud "YAY" when we were told that the eating of the sweets could commence, and soon all of ours were gone.

Sunday, 16 December 2012


Poor Miriam, you come second time round and your parents don't update the world nearly so often about how you are getting on because they spend all their time running around after your big sister!  That said, here are some updates for you.

On December 6th Miriam weighed 9lb 15oz which is good weight gain, not to little, not too much.  In fact she is almost exactly average being on the 50th percentile when plotted on a graph of babies her age.

Miriam is not a terrible sleeper but she isn't fantastic either, her main issue is that she isn't a fan of her Moses basket but we think this might be related to some reflux issues she is having, we are starting to try and resolve those now so hopefully she'll be sleeping better/longer (at night) soon.

As her sister did at this age, Miriam loves being out in the buggy and loves our almost daily trips to some toddler group or other or just a trip to Tesco, I am incredibly grateful for this as Naomi and I go to quite a few things.  Miriam also seems to think the car isn't a terrible place to be, we are all grateful for this as it is now only three days till we travel back North for Christmas!!

Miriam is learning to enjoy some toys as well, here is Sandy shaking a rattle for her, seeing as she has not yet found her hands she is unable to do it herself, just yet!  You will see that she breaks into a smile during this (and if you have the sound on you will realise that Sandy and I like to watch Star Trek on a Saturday afternoon, don't judge us!!)

Hoping to see some of you while we are up over the next couple of weeks but keep reading for more updates (hopefully) coming soon!!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Saturday, 1 December 2012


A few months back (before we moved) we were given a toddler bed for Naomi, for the time when the cot was no longer able to accommodate her. Since moving, this has been set up in her room, partly as a means of storage, but also to help her get used to the idea. Occasionally, it's been mentioned to her that this will one day be her bed.

Over the past few weeks it's been getting a bit dodgy having her in the cot. On days when she's not in the mood for sleep (usually this happens at nap time) she's been getting very close to climbing over the top of the cot; with a hard floor this presents some risk of injury! We've held off moving her into the big girl bed until Miriam had been around for a bit, so there wasn't too much disruption in one go. Last night though, she started pointing at the bed and was quite upset when she got put into the cot. Seizing on this as an opportunity for a stress-free transition, today we got the necessary stair gate to prevent escape from the room onto our landing, and tonight Naomi made the move into big girl territory.

Leaving her room, I looked at her lying quite happily in the new bed, and at her empty cot. For the first time, I felt just a bit like she is growing up too fast, and was a bit sad :(

Completely unrelated, today is the first day of December, and Naomi's very much enjoying her advent train of chocolatey goodness.