Me and Mine in January 2016

It’s a new year, but it wouldn’t be the end of the month without our Me & Mine post.  We’re participating again this year and I am so excited to see how our little family grows in 2016.  It’s so funny to think that if all goes well, this time in a year we’ll be sharing posts featuring two two-year-olds and two seven-month-olds.  What a wonderfully busy family we will be!

This month, Balthazar and Lysander announced my pregnancy with their little brothers or sisters. We hadn’t told anybody except for our mums and it was fun to let the blog (and the twins) do the announcing for us. Reception to our news has mostly been positive although there has been a few stunned silences whilst people try to get their heads around the logistics of wrangling four under two! The most important thing, of course, is that we are happy – in fact, we are delighted with our news.

Lysander has learnt not only to switch on the washing machine but to program it first, which is very clever but also means that nothing will ever be safe, ever again. His favourite trick is to stick out his tongue and he’s become a bit of a whiz at feeding himself with a spoon. He can tell us what noise a bee makes – “Buzzzz!” – and a tiger – “AHHHHH”.

Balthazar can identify the location of a surprising number of things about the house, with a pointed finger and an enthusiastic “Dere!”. He’s fond of making animal noises and has imitated his brother in learning to say “Up!” when he wants to be lifted. His favourite word is “Cat” and he mutters it to himself almost constantly when out and about, as though trying to invoke one. He barks at the dogs in the park every morning and every afternoon when taking Josephine for her walk.

I celebrated a month at my new job and announced my pregnancy at around the same time. Much to my relief, my employers and colleagues have been delighted for me and very excited about the babies. Unfortunately I did catch some sort of virus halfway through the month that ended with a couple of collapses and a night of being rehydrated in hospital (I’ll blog about that soon). We found out that the twins were twins and I’ve spent some time considering my antenatal and birth choices this time round (I’ll blog about this too).

Kirsty has taken up needle felting and as I write this, she is lining up little balls of felt to craft some sort of big-eared creature from them. I am hoping to persuade her to craft some felted jewellery for me! She’s smart. And fun. And maybe it’s all of the hormones talking but right now I really, really like her.

After all of the cold and the rain I fancied a bit of colour this month, and so our pictures were taken this afternoon in Shoreditch, London. The twins were good-natured hellions who ran away the second that I pointed the camera at them and THEN my camera battery died and I got to use a new word that I recently learnt from the office: “Wazzock”. I’m not sure that I used it in context, to be honest, but it rolls off the tongue a treat.

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Has your month treated you well?

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  1. Jenny
    January 31, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Wow these are beautiful not sure where to start so lovely. The dog coat – amazing. The twins matching not matching coats and oufits- love them. The backdrop is fantastic and these feel so fun and bright. The weather has put a damper in our normal outdoor captures so they are dark and grainy this month but this has just brighten my day seeing these. Lovely. #meandmine

  2. Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog
    January 31, 2016 / 9:43 am

    I loved reading this post Amber! and wow, these are some of my favourites of yours, so rainbow bright! the boys are looking so big now and their outfits are amazing! Look at josephines jumper! adorable! I’m so excited for you guys wit two more babies coming, it’s going to be such a wonderful adventure im sure 🙂 What lens and settings did you use here? I’ve never been to Shoreditch but I am itching to visit! xx

  3. Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    January 31, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Oh I absolutely love your photos this month, not only are they wonderfully colourful, but they’re exactly how life with toddlers should be! You’re going to have an absolute blast with four little ones – exhausting but awesome!

  4. lucy
    January 31, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Oh I just love all the colour and the beautiful light in these photographs. Simply stunning. I am so excited to see you joining in again this year, not least because you get not one, but TWO, new family members this year. x

  5. Harriet @ Life With Mrs Lee
    January 31, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    I love how bright and colourful these photos are, especially for January! Your pooch’s little jumper is amaaaazing too. I love the boys matching but not matching coats, it must be so fun to dress twins and it won’t be long and you’ll have two more to dress. So excited for you all. I love the photo of you and your dog and that you can see your little bump appearing. Can’t wait to watch your family grow over the coming months xox

  6. Hannah
    January 31, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I absoultley love these captures, you have a beautiful family. We have 4 children aged 6 and under and its very rewarding (also very tiring! but completey worth it) I absolutley love the twins coats, and that dog coat is amazing too, you all look so happy xx

  7. Bex @ The Mummy Adventure
    January 31, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Twins in shoes! What proper little people they are becoming. I hope you look after yourself better in Febraury and I love the colourful pictures!

  8. Sarah (@tobygoesbananas)
    January 31, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    These photos are awesome! I love the boys coats. I remember Toby going through that thing of just repeating the same word over and over again – it’s so cute when they’re just getting their heads and tongues around new words. I can’t wait to follow your blog in 2016 – it’s going to be such an exciting year for you all.

  9. Fritha Strickland
    February 1, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    I can’t wait to see your family become a 6 (or 7 with your dog!). Your boys are the cutest, my favourite blogger babies for sure! x

  10. Amy @ Very Much So...
    February 2, 2016 / 10:26 am

    Wow, I love these photos! The colour, the happiness, the light, the boy’s outfits, everything. So excited to see your photos this year and watch your family grow x

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