The weather has finally turned a little colder and I can feel a glimmer of winter in the air. It's taken until January for me to dig out the winter woollens. I thought I would share a few pictures of a fox scarf that I made for Frieda just before Christmas. I used up wool from my old stash and i'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I used a combination of a few patterns. Here is a nice pattern, if you fancy making one. My thoughts go out to anyone affected by the floods, all this rain is quite disturbing.
And so I became a mother of two. I gave birth to another daughter just before Christmas, a little December baby, The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirl wind. My partner and I have been in a warm fuzzy new born haze. For the first few days, I was high on adrenaline and coped extremely well on very little sleep, in fact, when I did get the opportunity to sleep, I found it difficult to do so. The adrenaline has worn off now and bags and puffy eyes are very much visible! But we are, all of us, including Frieda, so in love with our little girl, who we have named Iona, that we don't seem to mind the tiredness very much!
I gave birth to Iona at home, which was just as I had hoped. I gave birth to Frieda at home unfortunately I tore quite badly and ended up having to go to hospital for two nights as the midwives were unable to stitch me up. No tear this time, my body felt much more in control. After Iona was born, my partner made tea and warmed mince pies, the midwives helped clean me up and then we all sat down and ate and drank by the light of the Christmas tree fairy lights and it all felt very surreal! Frieda stayed with my mum at a friends house and me and my partner got to enjoy our scrunched up little new born for the night, whilst watching Christmas specials on the iPlayer.
Frieda is super excited to have a baby sister, we didn't find out the gender but Frieda was very keen to have a little sister, so she was over the moon. Every day she tells us how much she loves the little baby and how her baby is the best baby of all. She has proudly paraded her around to her friends at nursery.
There have been more difficult times, of course. There has been some feeding problems, as there were with Frieda. I have struggled again with my milk supply and Iona had tongue tie. For the moment we are combine feeding and it's working really well but it wasn't my ideal outcome, however, we are all happy and healthy and I feel truly blessed to be a mother of two lovely daughters. I now use the phrase 'the girls' which, for some reason, makes me feel very grown up.
Things will probably be quiet over here for the next couple of months, needless to say, i'm pretty busy. I will continue to post on Instagram, if you want to follow me over there. It's been lovely to read peoples blogs and instagram account chats about hopes, goals, dreams and intentions for 2016 and part of me so wanted to join in the chat but I can't help but feel so very present in the moment, which is unlike me. I love how new born's force upon you a mindful feeling of the present. I wish you all a very happy 2016. Thanks to all of you who read and comment and talk to me on Instagram. Much Love. There has been little time for photos with my proper camera so I will leave you with a few grainy phone camera ones and some instagram pictures.