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It's been a while..

Hello there! You might have noticed that it's been quite a while since I managed to post anything on here. Some of you might know why and others might not but it's been a rather busy few weeks! We welcomed our second child, our daughter, into the world just five weeks ago and although she's a very contented baby and not much trouble at all, we have been taking some time to get to know each other and to adjust to being a family of four!

Little Miss's entrance to the world was a little more dramatic than expected - let's just say she was too comfy where she was and needed some help to leave - and recovery for me has taken a little bit of time. Birth plans weren't something the maternity hospital ever discussed with me - only enquiring whether the last birth/delivery was "normal" or not. As a result I wasn't really prepared for the idea of having a c-section at all. I'm an anxious person at the best of times though so it's probably best that I didn't have much time to think about it or I would have imagined all sorts. Physically, recovery hasn't been what I expected. I've always been the type not to sit still and I always like to be busy, so being told not to drive for 6 weeks and to take it easy took a while to get used to. Thankfully we had family staying with us after baba's arrival and that couldn't have come at a better time - to help both around the house and with looking after Little Miss's big brother.

Big brother also started primary school at the end of August, which has been a big adjustment for both him and for me. Luckily that coincided with the start of my maternity leave so I was able to be here for his first days and able to do the school runs etc. Thankfully he seems to be happy enough so far, although having his baby sister around may be taking him more time than he thought to get used to. As kind and gentle as he is around her, in other ways his behaviour has changed since her arrival so I know that on some level it has unsettled him. Sometimes it's easy to forget how small the "oldest" still is and that they're still our "babies" too in a lot of ways. It's important to find some time each day, even if it is only a few minutes, to spend some one-on-one time with the eldest, without baby, and to reassure them that Mammy and Daddy still have time and lots of love for them too. Some days of course this is easier said than done. Especially when said eldest is having a tantrum or when one of you is tired or cranky. It's something however that I really do try to do.

As a result of all of the above changes and upheaval, my poor blog and makeup work got neglected for quite some time, but I'm hoping that as we all settle into a new routine and as I start to get my mojo back, that this will change. I'm even hoping to start taking makeup bookings soon for December so if anyone is interested just shout!

Until next time which will hopefully not be long away!

Bye for now,