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Lucky Number Two

I’ve been pretty quiet here for a couple of of weeks and that’s because… well, a picture speaks a thousand words.

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Junior took his sweet time popping out — we were in the hospital over a day before he made his grand appearance — but for Juniorette we weren’t sure we’d make it there in time! In the end we checked into the delivery suite just after ten in the evening and the birth was recorded just before eleven.

I’m not sure the midwives realised how close things were when we first arrived. They were fussing around and promising to check on progress and then… there’s a head!

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Less than an hour afterwards I was alone with the baby and mum was walking around, off getting a shower. The contrast with the birth of her brother couldn’t have been greater1.

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Since then things have been (relatively) straight-forward. She’s been remarkably quiet and neat so far. I’m sure she’s saving the worst for when we’re least expecting it!

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Her brother has been great. Very gentle and helpful. The day she arrived home he quickly realised that, as a tiny baby, she’d appreciate all his smallest toys. I could see the logic even as I was terrified at the choke hazard…

Soon I’ll be back at work and then the grandparents will leave. We’ll have two under threes to look after and, I guess, that’s when the real work begins.

  1. Okay, that’s a cliche. Certainly Junior’s birth was harder but it could have been a lot worse. []

Two Years

What a difference two years makes. Just a little over twenty-four months ago we were awaiting the arrival of our son. To commemorate the occasion we went to the park and took a few pictures. The bump, after all, would be short lived.

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Since then we’ve spent a lot of time in the playground where these pictures were taken.

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Last week we did the same thing, now that we’re expecting our daughter in a few weeks. Other than the obvious difference — we had a two year old in tow this time — we had a very different time of year and a change of location — Cannizaro House.

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With six weeks to go, the bump is quite possibly as big as it was at the end of the last pregnancy. This is unfortunate as last time there was no need to run after a very energetic toddler…

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Make that an energetic, wilful and opinionated toddler. This picture is after chasing him around a flower garden for five minutes!

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Still, he stays still for a while when something piques his interest. And, in this respect, you can’t get better than a really good stick.

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With him suitably distracted, we managed to take a few more pictures. It was a nice, bright February day. The light was great.

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And we had a lot of fun taking them. Hopefully it will be good to look back at them in a few years time.

Twilight

Beautiful colours in the sky this morning #nofilter

I’m afraid that I didn’t have any pictures of vampires for this weeks PhotoFriday theme, “Twilight.” I had to make do with this image, taken on my iPhone from my back garden. (In fact I do have a couple of other pictures that might match the theme better, but I’ve already used them for PhotoFriday before. I decided to use a new picture instead.)

Please also vote for my entry in last weeks challenge, “Female.” I’m entry number 39.

Best of 2013

London Bridge Commuters

It’s always hard to pick the best picture for a whole year (“Best of 2013“). How can a single image capture the whole year?

Really I would have to include a picture of my son, as much of the year feels like it’s been chasing after him, trying to stop him fearlessly leaping off tall and dangerous things. But I didn’t feel that any single image captured that.

Instead, this is a quick snapshot taken on my iPhone on the way to work one day. It’s amazing both how far cameras on phones have come in the last fews years (and this isn’t even the latest or greatest any more) and how a bit of luck can have great results.