Living Arrows // 05/52 {2018}


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

I am so excited to be joining in with Living Arrows again this year. It was so lovely to capture my two grow last year, and I love that I go back and compare now I'm joining in again! Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

We had a rather slow week last week. With it being Jack's last week of paternity leave and such awful weather, we spent a lot of the week indoors enjoying snuggles and keeping dry! With a break in the rain on Sunday though, we made it out to our first NT visit since Lilah was born - visiting Sheffield Park and Gardens.

The older two loved spotting the ducks and just generally running around like loonies. It felt oh so good to get out and about properly - even if Parker tried many attempts at swimming in the lake, and Lilah decided she wanted milk half way around.

As it was still rather chilly, we didn't get Lilah out of her snuggly pram much on our visit. So the picture I'm sharing of her is from a little earlier in the week. They grow so quickly, so Jack and I wanted to take some special photos of her. She's changed so much since we took these already.. and it wasn't even a week ago yet! 

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A Third Birth Story | Lilah Jean


I wanted to write up Lilah's birth story as quickly as possible after she arrived. I didn't want to forget any details, and have an incomplete story. But I'm typing this now, with Lilah snuggled up in my arms at 11 days old. And honestly? I still don't think her birth has sunk in!

After being sure I'd be overdue this time, I accepted a sweep from my midwife. On Friday 12th January, at 39+5 my lovely midwife popped over to our house. She did all of her regular checks, and performed the sweep - my very first despite this being my third pregnancy!

Baby girl was 3/5ths engaged and in prime position, but my cervix was still long and not really 'labour ready'. My midwife left with the intention of coming back on the Monday, sure that the sweep wasn't really going to do much. I had slight bleeding the rest of the day, but just as I thought, no labour signs.

Saturday 13th January arrived, and just as expected I was still pregnant. We decided to have a relaxed family day - snuggling on the sofa, a walk around a local NT property (followed by hot chocolates and cake of course), and I did the bedtime routine just in case. It was the perfect last day as a family of four.

That evening I noticed a few more cramps, and getting ready for bed around 10.30pm I noticed I had had my bloody show... something was happening! Slight back cramps soon followed, although as my waters hadn't broken I didn't think anything serious was happening.

I managed to doze in and out until around 4am, when I thought I'd starting timing my tightenings. From very early on they were around 5-6 minutes apart lasting around a minute. They were completely bearable though; I could breathe through them and once one passed I felt completely normal too. During this time I did go to the loo a couple of times as well (I think they officially call it a 'clear out').

As time passed I noticed the pains becoming increasingly more painful. Always in my back. Standing made them more intense. They were building in waves... These were definitely contractions! But still my waters hadn't gone, so I thought I had a looong way to go yet.

The whole night I let Jack sleep - why wake him when I was managing okay? But at 6am something felt different, and I thought it was time to let him know the situation. I told him to call his parents too, as they were having the littles while we were at hospital. He was completely calm, and didn't seem in a rush to get his parents over.

The time between this call and Lilah being born are all a bit of a blur. Things picked up SO fast, and it wasn't long before I was crying from the pain and begging Jack to call the hospital. He put the Tens machine on, but honestly it was probably waaay too late for it to have any effect. The contractions were basically on top of each other by now!

Finally Jack's parents (and my sister, who was my second birth partner) arrived, and we made our way to the hospital. Looking back I was definitely in the transition stage at this point. I refused to get in the car, cried saying goodbye to my big babies, and shouted how "I couldn't do this!" a number of times.

Thankfully they managed to get me in the car, and we made the short 5 minute journey to the hospital - where I had about 3 contractions - so you can imagine how intense things were by now. The pressure down below was building too, so baby girl wasn't far away.

Arriving at the hospital around 7.30am, I somehow made it up to the antenatal ward. The nurse wanted to check my blood pressure. I shouted at her to stop. The midwife wanted to check my progress. I refused to get on the bed. Three back to back contractions later, I think they realised how close I was and decided to send me straight to delivery instead!

I couldn't walk, so they got me on the bed and practically ran us down the corridor. It was on this journey that my waters finally broke too - such a strange experience, as they had always gone so much earlier in my previous labours.

Hanging over the bed, I had absolutely no idea who the midwife was delivering our baby girl. I was handed the gas and air, and immediately went into a world of my own. My body was in control, and it was pushing! And just a few minutes later, at 7.59am on the 14th January (my due date), our beautiful little Lilah was born.

Still in complete shock I turned around to see our littlest lady; Jack cut her cord, and we had a blissful hour of skin to skin. I was so pleased to only have a minimal 2nd degree tear, especially considering she weighed an impressive 9lbs 7oz of chunky perfection!

After a quick newborn check and no problems with me, we were discharged straight from the delivery ward. And we were home having snuggles by lunchtime.

It was the most perfect labour. But the speed and intensity of that last hour was something else... they say third labours are unpredictable, and they were't wrong! If I hadn't have got in the car when we did, there is no doubt I would have had the home birth we originally planned. Our beautiful baby girl wasn't hanging around!

Parker's Water Birth {Second Baby}

Living Arrows // 04/52 {2018}


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

I am so excited to be joining in with Living Arrows again this year. It was so lovely to capture my two grow last year, and I love that I go back and compare now I'm joining in again! Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

Our week has of course been entered around our newest Little - beautiful little Lilah. A week of caring for a newborn, adjusting to life with three, all while of course making sure Indie and Parker were getting all the attention they need and deserve.

They are both absolutely besotted with their little sister though, so of course the pictures I've chosen this week are to reflect that. Indiana in her big sister role for the second time, and Parker promoted to big brother... Ooh I am a very proud mama bear indeed!

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The Siblings Project | January 2018


I cannot believe we're here. Our first Sibling's Project post of the new year, and our first post with three little siblings. A brother and his two sisters. A big girl, a toddler and a baby. Ah! I still don't think it's sunk in properly yet...

How can I describe life with three so far? 



A bit overwhelming.

But so full of love, and happiness and pure joy.

Looking at my big two with their new baby sister has been the most beautiful experience, and one I'm trying to soak up every minute of! Indiana is the proud big sister again. Wanting to help at every opportunity, and excitedly telling everyone about her new baby sister Lilah. 

And then there's Parker in his new big brother role. He has of course had his moments of being a bit too full on - but he is just fascinated by his baby sister, and constantly demands kisses and cuddles. He's instantly grown before my eyes too. And although he'll always be my little baby boy, he's most definitely not a baby anymore!

It's definitely been a big change jumping from two to three - mainly adjusting to life with a baby again, when we were just out of that stage with our big two. But it's a journey I am so excited to experience (even if it's going to be tough at times!).

I cannot wait to document our three little Peachicks this year!

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Living Arrows // 03/52 {2018}


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

I am so excited to be joining in with Living Arrows again this year. It was so lovely to capture my two grow last year, and I love that I go back and compare now I'm joining in again! Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

You may notice that this week's post is a little bit late. And that's because on Sunday 14th January, we welcomed our third little bundle into the world! I will be giving myself a little break while we settle into our new normal, but I didn't want to miss out on my weekly Living Arrows posts. Especially as my picture of Parker this week is a special little milestone.

Parker started a new little adventure last week, and is now attending preschool two mornings a week! He's at the same preschool that Indie goes to, so everything is familiar to him - something that has definitely made the big step much easier for him I think. He's settled in SO well and we couldn't be more proud. Such a big boy now!

Indiana has loved having Parker at school with her, and she's well and truly adopted the mothering role on the morning they're in together. It's so lovely to watch - although we are wondering how long it will last before she thinks he's stepping on her toes. This picture of her was taken on Saturday on our last trip out as a family of four. She is such a little character. Forever doing silly things to make us laugh - this is her current favourite pose for photos!

I will of course start to include baby girl in these posts from now on, but wanted to dedicate this last post to my big two. Who have already grown up before my eyes already since she arrived!

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Welcome to the World Lilah | A Birth Announcement


I was absolutely adamant I would be sharing a 40 week pregnancy update this week. Complaining of being overdue and oh so uncomfortable. But if you follow us over on social media, you'll know our beautiful baby girl had other plans!

At 7.59am on Sunday 14th January, our beautiful little Lilah entered the world. Born in a hurry, on her due date of all days! Weighing an impressive 9lb 7oz of newborn chub, and with a little fuzz of golden hair; she is absolute perfection.

I will be sharing my birth story as soon as I can (otherwise those already hazy memories will fade!). But for now I just wanted to introduce her to you all, and to say thank you for all of the support over the last 9 months of my pregnancy. I've loved documenting every moment, and cannot wait to share all of Lilah's updates from now on instead.

Living Arrows // 02/52 {2018}


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

I am so excited to be joining in with Living Arrows again this year. It was so lovely to capture my two grow last year, and I love that I go back and compare now I'm joining in again! Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

We have had a rather difficult start to 2018, with everyone in the household being poorly! Parker has had the worst cold I've ever seen (I would probably stretch it to mild flu, the poor baby), and then at the end of the week Indie was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth. Thankfully she's not been too unwell with it, but she's been so upset to have missed preschool and seeing her friends!

With everyone so unwell, we haven't really got out and about that much this week. Therefore my Living Arrows snaps this week were just taken at home on the sofa - rather appropriate as this is where we're basically been every day! Fingers crossed we're back to exploring again next week.

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38 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Three}


It seems crazy that we're at this stage already. I remember writing my very first update for this pregnancy, and thinking our due date was aaages away. But here we are, with just 9 days until that date! Although as I've said throughout this pregnancy, I still think I have at least one more update to write.

38 weeks & 5 days

14th January 2018


I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - Baby is around 6.8lbs, although I reckon she's closer to the 8lb mark at this stage now (especially if she takes after her brother and sister). She's also around 49.8cm long, which is about as long as a leek.

I've seen my midwife twice since my last update (I'm seeing her weekly now), and we've had some rather rubbish news. My iron levels have dropped again, so our home birth plans are now out of the window. I'm absolutely gutted, as it's what I've wanted from the very beginning. But I know the safety of myself and the baby are most important, so I will of course follow the midwives advice.

The good news though, is that baby girl is doing really well. She's well head down, in a good position, and still 3/5ths engaged. She's wriggling around loads, and forever bouncing on my cervix.. much to my discomfort!

I'm hoping to jump on the scales soon to see how much I've put on overall - I'm a little bit scared though, as I've definitely indulged the last few weeks.

I'm absolutely exhausted and everything aches. I can't move or do anything without making those 'ooft' noises, and I've definitely given up trying to do anything more than I need to now. I'm waking constantly at night (all good preparation right?), but I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel so I'm trying to just embrace these last few days / weeks.

What is sleep? I've said to Jack that I actually dread going to bed these days, as I know sleep is going to be so rubbish. I'm waking almost hourly, peeing at least twice during the night, and just cannot get comfortable at all! I'm exhausted though, and have found myself drifting off in the middle of the day a few times now.

Nothing of note recently.

As I mentioned above, I'm just feeling a bit deflated and disappointed. I am SO excited to meet this little lady though! I go to bed each night thinking 'will this be it?' and although I'm terrified of the pain, I'm ready to do it all again.

Nothing in particular.. I just have no idea what it feels like to not be pregnant anymore!

Ah, nothing! I am totally done with dressing a bump now :|

Celebrating our final Christmas and New Year as a family of four. It was so magical, and it's made me so excited to have another little one running around next year. The littles have absolutely loved talking to bump these last few days too. I feel it's a sign they're ready to meet her!

Hopefully meeting this beautiful baby girl very soon! Parker was born at 39+1 weeks.. so who knows when this little one will make her appearance?

You can see how this pregnancy compares to Parker's (my second) here.

Our Year, 2017


Happy New Year!

And helloooooo 2018!

I hope you all had a wonderful one? We welcomed the new year with a Chinese and games at my sister's house with my sister, my brother in-law and their partners . It was quiet, but now I'm a parent (and rather heavily pregnant), it was actually pretty perfect to me!

I've loved sharing my little review of the previous year on my blog for the last two years now - you can read 2015 and 2016 posts here. And so of course it wouldn't feel right to start the new year, without sharing the same this year too.


The year started with a brand new adventure for our biggest girly. Indiana started Preschool, and our journey into school runs and packed lunches began. She took to preschool life like a duck to water, and she would happily go all day, everyday if she could. She's learnt so much already and made some lovely little friends, and I couldn't be more proud of her!

January also gave us our first dusting of proper snow in a loooong time. We of course couldn't wait to take the littles out in it, so we bundled them up and popped to Knole to build our very first family snowman. I don't think they were quite so excited as Jack and I were, but it is a lovely memory to look back on.


February was a rather quiet month for us. Parker turned 18 months old, which seems like such a big milestone (although reading this update now, he looks soo little). He also tarted swimming lessons with Puddle Ducks and Konfidence, as we were one of their Baby Swimologists. It was lovely to watch his confidence grow in the water, and although we only experienced one term, he's definitely learnt some essential skills from it.


March was a very big month for us, as we made the move from our little flat of 3 years, to a house! Moving with little ones was stressful, and we may have left the packing until the very last minute. But my goodness was it the best decision we made! Having more space, our very own front door, and most importantly a garden for the littles to enjoy (and for us to dry washing!) - it really is the little things that are most important as you get older.


We started April playing the waiting game. I was asked to be my sister's birth partner, and she was taken in to be induced at the very end of March. With Jack working and both littles at home with me, I wasn't sure I'd make it... but on the 2nd April I was so pleased to be there when my beautiful niece Harleigh was born! The date also happened to be Jack's birthday, so although I missed spending the day with him, he did get a rather exciting little gift.

Easter fell towards the end of April this year, and we were so excited to spend the holidays at Butlin's Minehead! We had such a fun long weekend, and already cannot wait to head back to Butlin's at some point soon. While in Somerset we thought we'd extend our trip, and ended up visiting Bath (somewhere I've wanted to go for aaaages), and Longleat. And both were amazing!


May was the month of our family holiday abroad! We decided on the Holiday Village in Ibiza, after recommendations from our lovely friends Harriet and Josh. It was a week of relaxing, lots of food, quality family time, and fun.

Of course the holiday was slightly overshadowed by the little secret we were keeping... on the 7th May I got that positive test. On our first month of trying, and after just 'feeling pregnant'. We of course didn't share the news for a few months, but it was so lovely to be on our final pregnancy journey!


June passed in a blur of early pregnancy exhaustion and nausea, so I don't think I managed to capture too much. Of course it was the General Election, so Parker and I headed off to vote - my very first time actual going to a polling station.

We also spent Father's Day at Nyman's National Trust. I remember the day so vividly, because it was absolutely scorching hot! We bought ice creams and they had practically melted before we had even sat down - I can't even imagine it ever being that warm at the moment.


We began the month announcing our exciting baby news. I loved filming our little video announcement, and I think it's one of my favourite videos I've ever edited! We were absolutely blown away by the amount of congratulations and well wishes we received.. I always thought third babies weren't as exciting for others.

The rest of the month was rather relaxed, with the end of preschool for Indiana and just enjoying the lovely summer weather (when it made it's appearance). I was invited to the most gorgeous afternoon tea and pampering session at The Dorchester, with Asda Little Angels. We also made it back to our local PYO to collect as many strawberries as possible - although just like the year before, Parker ate more than we actually brought home!


August has always been a busy month for us, with both Parker and I celebrating our birthdays. We celebrated Parker turning two with a trip to the Sea Life Centre and a BBQ birthday party at home with family. For my birthday, Jack booked us a little Babymoon to the New Forest. It was our first 'long' trip away from the littles, but it was oh so lovely.

We also announced the gender of bump, with a surprise confetti cannon gender reveal! It was soo lovely to find out alongside everyone else, and it's another one of my favourite videos of the year too.


After a lovely summer holidays, Indie headed back to preschool without even a look back. I'm so pleased she settled in so well, as it's made the big transition so much easier for all of us! We also started the month with our 20 week scan, marking the half way point of our third pregnancy. It is scary how fast those weeks fly by!

We ended the month with our last trip of the year, to the lovely Bluestone Resort in Wales. Despite the looong drive, it was such a lovely break away. The littles both flourished in the swimming pool, we explored Tenby in the pouring rain and made some lovely memories. If you ask what Indie and Parker's favourite part was though, they'd probably say riding around on our golf buggy!


October is always one of my favourite months, and this year we celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We didn't do anything special, but just spending some quality time as a couple is enough for us!

Of course October is also the month of pumpkins and Halloween, and we I feel as if we really embraced it this year. We headed back to the pumpkin patch for the second year in a row - a tradition we're definitely going to make yearly. And the littles loved dressing up on the big night; getting so excited every time someone knocked on the door.


Despite it not being that long ago, November was one of the months where I can hardly remember what we got up to. It passed in a blur or preschool runs, midwife appointments and super chilly weather. We did capture my favourite sibling project snaps of the year though! We loved the photo so much we had it put onto a canvas for Jack's parents for Christmas.

We also celebrated our beautiful girl's fourth birthday at the end of the month, with a unicorn themed day. We went ice skating with our friends Harriet and Josh, and their little ones and had family over for cake and presents. I can't believe I started this blog when she was just 4 months old, and now we've sent off her school application for September!


And so December ended the year with a bang! We had all the festive fun including Indie's very first nativity, seeing Father Christmas (after crazily booking tickets back in September), and of course celebrating our last family Christmas as a family of four. This year was definitely the most magical one yet, with both Indie and Parker the most excited I've ever seen them!

Going through our year to create this post really made me realise what a fantastic year we've had. Of course there were plenty of not-so-special moments, but they were totally overshadowed by all the amazing experiences and memories we made.

I already know there's so many exciting things to come from 2018 - a new baby, our trip to Disneyland Paris, 2 weddings and our biggest girl starting school. I just hope I can document it all, ready to round up again next year!

Living Arrows // 01/52 {2018}


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

I am so excited to be joining in with Living Arrows again this year. It was so lovely to capture my two grow last year, and I love that I go back and compare now I'm joining in again! Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

This week's pictures are from our trip to Knole Park just after Christmas. After a busy few days (and not much fresh air), it was definitely just what we all needed. Parker has absolutely loved having Jack at home, and they were inseparable all week. I love the cheeky little smile he's giving him in this photo - Parker already wanted carrying and Jack of course gave in pretty easily!

We have pictures of Indie exploring this long grass back in the summer, so I love that Jack recreated these. Indie has such an imagination and was pretending she was on an adventure somewhere. Most likely to find some deer!

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