Saturday, 31 October 2009

Evelyn at Breakfast

Evelyn is usually in her best mood in the morning. She can be quite smiley when she wakes up and once she has had a feed, she is very happy. This can make me very reluctant to go to work in the morning. That's what happened yesterday: I went in about an hour later than normal (well I'd done some extra earlier in the week), and spent some time with her instead.

Evelyn in her cot, just after she woke up.

An hour later, sitting on mummy's knee just after her feed.

I printed this one straight away and took it to work for the photo frame on my desk. It was amazing to compare it with the old photo that I took out of the frame, which was taken when she was just under 3 weeks old (see the fifth photo in this post)

Evelyn in her Hallowe'en costume

We bought Evelyn a little witch costume for Hallowe'en. We thought it was very cute. Evelyn like the dress, but wasn't convinced about the hat!

Here she is getting dressed... or is she casting a spell?

Ok, you can't really see the costume in this one, but it's cute!

Evelyn does her Dr Evil impression

Evelyn is plotting (and demonstrating her new skill of putting her hands together)

Indian summer at Yew Tree Cottage

Continuing our week off work, we went to Yew Tree Cottage for the day to see Granny Craze. The weather was glorious for the middle of October, so we were able to sit out in the garden with Evelyn in the morning. This set also includes what is probably the first photo of both of us togehter with Evelyn, without one of us behind the camera!

Monday, 26 October 2009

Heeeeeers Mummy

Blimey it feels like a lifetime since I managed to write something on here, well I suppose it is Evelyn's lifetime!

Being a Mum is definitely the most demanding, but also the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I frequently find myself exhausted, dishevelled, and covered in sick, longing for an adult conversation, preferably NOT about babies or just a cup of tea drunk while still warm. But then Evelyn will give me her big dopey grin or do some small thing for the first time and I am instantly delighted and enthralled.

I had intended to do a full write up of my "birth story" as the baby magazines would have it, but it was a very long story! The quickish version is that it all started out well, I had many hours in the birthing pool at the lovely midwife led unit, with nothing more than a couple of paracetamol and a small glass of wine for pain relief. However Evelyn was clearly happy where she was so we progressed through having my waters broken, gas and air (wonderful stuff), epidural, oxytocin (the drip used for inductions), attempting to push, attempting a vacuum delivery and finally a C-section. All in all it took about 34 hours, strangely it didn't feel that long at the time although when Fred peeped over the blue screen and said "it's a girl" the few minutes I had to wait to see her myself felt like an eternity. It was all worth it tho when Fred finally brought her over to me, there are no words for that really, and I couldn't quite believe that such a beautiful baby had come from me (I'm open to the suggestion that I may be a little biased)!

The first couple of weeks seem a bit of a blur now, I was pretty incapacitated by the op so Fred did the bulk of the work with me concentrating on the feeding. We had lots of visitors, which we'd been warned could be a bad thing, but actually it was a real saving grace for me as I couldn't really get out of the flat so having a bit of the world come to me was great. I may be the only person who's benefited from the credit crunch - unemployed friends can visit midday, midweek!

Breast feeding took a while to get going and Evelyn was a wee bit jaundiced so we had to "top her up" with expressed milk in a bottle to be sure she was getting enough - well as you'll have seen from the photos she's growing very well now after this initial hurdle and it left us with the bonus that she's just as happy feeding from breast or bottle, very handy that.

I've been improving steadily too and am now out and about most days. No more going to the lab and playing with lasers tho, now it's off to "busy babies" to try and remember nursery rhymes to sing with a room full of other women slightly shocked to realise this is our life now. Or meeting up with the NCT group and turning a quiet, forgotten room in a concert hall into an ad-hoc creche!

Well there is a whole lot more I could say but as time is short and this post isn't I'll leave it there for now, I expect it'll be more photos from Fred next.

12 weeks today!
(obviously this is now how old Evelyn is!)

Sunday, 18 October 2009


Whilst in Devon, we visited the House of Marbles at Bovey Tracey. This is great for grown up kids like me because it has the most fantastic marble runs to look at. The largest occupies a 20ft high wall. It also has a very nice cafe. However the principal reason for going there was to get a casting of Evelyn's foot - in glass. Here it is in production...

First trip to the seaside

When Evelyn is a bit older, I am sure that trips to see her maternal grandparents will be the cause of much excitement. At the moment she is a bit young to appreciate the delights of the seaside or the beauty of the Exe estuary. Here is her reaction to Topsham....

And this is what she was missing...

Evelyn meets her Great Grandmother

Evelyn's middle name, Amy, is after her maternal great grandmother. Amy Allen, or "Nan" to her many family members. They met for the first time in Gloucestershire last weekend. Also in the photos are Kirsty's dad and two of Evelyn's second cousins Mia (6) and Ella (4). In addition to these three, Nan has two more great granddaughters, but no great grandsons yet!

Four generations of the family

The two Amys