Category: FLORENCE IVY

Florence is four (and a bit) months old

Florence is four (and a bit) months old

I cannot believe just how much you have grown over the last six weeks. It seems like you are learning something new every single day. You are sitting up unsupported for longer lengths of time, are so much happier and willing to play on your […]

Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

There comes a time when you’re a parent that you just have to put the rule book to one side and trust your instincts. Don’t get me wrong, that rule book comes in handy more often than we probably like to admit, but I also […]

Baptising Florence

Baptising Florence

We have had a wonderful weekend of celebration with our family & friends. Yesterday we had Florence baptised. Our friends & family gathered together in the very same church that I was Christened in almost twenty four years ago. The Christening was part of the family service and was a lovely mix of traditional and contemporary Christian celebration and a wonderful way to introduce Florence to the church.

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‘A God Parent is a gift sent from above, a guardian Angel that was chosen with love.’

Florence has six God Parents – our brothers and sisters and our best friends –  who without falter have always stood by our side and who we know will love and protect our little girl as fiercely as we do ourselves.

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‘May the Lord bless you and keep you safe, smile on you and be gracious to you, may he lift up his face to you and grant you peace.’ 

For the service, Florence wore beautiful handmade Christening gown passed down from my sister, her Godmother Libby

Afterwards we hosted a party to continue the celebrations in style. We decorated the venue, a hall at the heart of our village, to match our very own Florence Ivy. Florence means ‘Blossoming’ and she is our little wildflower and so we chose to decorate the hall with little jars of wildflowers we had picked ourselves. IMG_3218

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We had giant balloons – white hearts & confetti bubbles – decorated with ivy vinesIMG_3213

And hung bunting & banners all around.

Our gift table was complete with our ‘F is for Florence‘ print and the stunning ( and truly scumptious!) cake with fresh berries & cream made by my friend Lisa. We added this beautiful cake topper for an extra personal touch. IMG_3175

In the background, we had some of our favourite songs playing along with those that remind us of Florence.

We started with some fizz… IMG_3161

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Followed by a feast for our one hundred guests lovingly prepared by our Mum’s & Aunty Lorna. IMG_3179

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And then, while the grown ups chatted & took turns for Florence cuddles…IMG_3198

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… the children took full advantage of the fairy playhouse!IMG_3186

We had a truly special day celebrating our beautiful Florence and we feel so blessed that so many people came to share her Christening day with us and surround her with love.

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Some photos that made us smile follow! IMG_3392

When the spontaneity & chaos of parenting shines through!

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Florence had had enough of photos!

Keep an eye out for some more posts on the invitations, what we wore, our Christening play list, what we put in our children’s goody bags and more!

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Florence is 3 months old!

Florence is 3 months old!

Little Florence,  it would seem you are longer a teeny tiny newborn. You’re growing at a rate of knots and this last month you have continued to surprise us with how quickly you are coming into your own. At 2 months old you are absolutely full of […]

Mama & Baby Style #5 – A Hot Air Balloon Special

Mama & Baby Style #5 – A Hot Air Balloon Special

It’s been a bit quiet on the Fashion posts front here lately. In truth, I’m really struggling to find flattering clothes this post baby body of mine and so haven’t much felt like showing it off! But this week, Mama & Baby Style returns after […]

You & Me in the Morning

You & Me in the Morning

I’ve always been an early bird, sleeping in ’til midday was never really my style. Don’t get me wrong, I love a pj day but I’m generally up and functioning by around 6.30, 7 at the latest, even at the weekend and it would seem you take after your Mama in that department. You are definitely a morning person.  IMG_2486

By the time you’re up, Daddy has normally left for work already and so, with the exception of a snoring Alfie at the end of the bed, it’s just you and me. You wake up every single day with a smile that beams up at me and as I get you from your crib all scrunched up and snoozy you coo and laugh and chat as we climb back into Mama’s bed for cuddles and the first bottle of the day.
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You gaze up at me with those big just-woken-up eyes as you drink your milk. You scrunch my hair with one hand,  holding on tightly to my little finger with the other, your little face illuminated by the gentle morning sunlight trickling in through the window. You take a break every ounce or so to show off that cheeky smile of yours.  Once you’ve finished and all drunk on milk, we lay and play and chat some more. IMG_2495

We read books, sing songs and play with your favourite toys until your eyes become heavy and you slowly drift back off to sleep. I often find myself just watching you, taking every part of you in. You are changing by the day and have suddenly become this little person with your own little quirks, speedily outgrowing your squishy newborn status. Where is the time going?IMG_2519

You sleep for around an hour, long enough for me to quickly shower and start getting ready for the day providing I haven’t fallen sound asleep next to you which happens quite a lot these days. You wake up even happier than before and like to smile and chat away to yourself in the mirror while I put my make up on and dry my hair. IMG_2527

Our mornings, those early moments of calm before the business of our days begin are becoming my favourite part of the day.

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Florence’s Toy Box – Our Baby Play Essentials at Two Months Old

Florence’s Toy Box – Our Baby Play Essentials at Two Months Old

I mentioned in Florence’s last baby update that she is becoming more and more interested in toys and we incorporate play time into every single day – have done since she was just a couple of weeks old really. We’ve been taking some baby play […]

Florence’s Two Month Baby Update

Florence’s Two Month Baby Update

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last baby update and as the weeks are going by so so quickly these days, I’ve decided to move to monthly updates rather than weekly with other posts about our days out and such as we go […]