Living Arrows 2019 – 9/52

So we’re back to the school routine this morning after a really lovely week off for half term.

We had some absolutely glorious weather at the start of the week which meant we could get out to three different parks in as many days.  We met up with friends on Monday afternoon, then spent Tuesday morning at another park before heading home to bake a birthday cake for Nerys in the afternoon.

Her birthday was spent excitedly opening presents and cards, eating cake and playing and enjoying a little picnic in Singleton park.

At the start of the week I got her to lie down on her baby blanket so I could take a few photos, which she thought was really quite funny.  I showed her some photos that I’d taken last year and the year before of her doing the same thing so she understood why I wanted her to do it though.

The first year of her life I took a photo of her each month either wrapped in this blanket or lying on it.  I completely forgot to do it for her second birthday but every other birthday since we’ve taken photos like this and they really make me happy.

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I know it’s such a cliche to say it, but I really can’t quite get my head around the fact that this little baby is now 5 years old.

I can still remember so clearly the morning she was born, the song that was playing on repeat in my head all day long, how I spent that first day with her staring at her face and becoming more and more certain that her name would be Nerys.  A name we hadn’t given any thought to until the midwife introduced herself.  I can’t see her with any other name now, this one just seems to fit her so well.

She has brought us so much joy over the last 5 years.

I am absolutely loving getting to know her, figuring her out, trying to imagine the woman she’ll grow up to be.  At 5 years old she is determined and independent with a brilliantly silly sense of humour.  She loves pink and sparkles, lol dolls and my little ponies.  She is creative and loves playing with her playmobil sets and drawing pictures.  She is coming on so well with learning to read and is having great fun pushing herself with learning to swim.

I am just so excited to keep watching her grow, as bittersweet as it may be.

She said ‘basket’ the other day in the supermarket, after years of pronouncing it ‘bar-stick’.  Such a small thing, but Steve and I both heard it and felt that little pang of realisation that she is getting older.

And in a few months’ time I’ll have to deal with Rhys turning 8.  I’m not sure I’m ready for that one!


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  1. 04/03/2019 / 9:05 pm

    What a lovely idea. I bought that blanket when I was pregnant with Monkey although its never really been used as it was much more of a girls blanket lol! Its scary how quickly they change and grow. I try and keep a note of all their little mannerisms and the way they say things but I am sure some of it passes me by

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:52 am

      See, that’s what I thought about the blanket too, I really wanted one for Rhys but felt it was too ‘girly’ for some reason! I was so happy then when I could get one for Nerys! x

  2. 04/03/2019 / 11:15 pm

    She is so cute. I can’t believe how fast children grow either. I wish they could stay this small for a bit longer, although without the tantrums and all the rest.

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:51 am

      They grow way too fast, although it doesn’t always feel like it in the midst of the tantrums and sleepless nights! x

  3. 06/03/2019 / 3:25 pm

    She certainly looks thrilled in that photo and what a beautiful/colourful blanket. I understand how hard it is to see them grow up. Both of mine do not look like babies anymore either. . #LivingArrows

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:50 am

      She was pretty happy to have her picture taken, and 5 years later I still love this blanket so much! x

  4. 06/03/2019 / 9:39 pm

    What lovely pictures you will have to look back on her, such a lovely thoughtful thing to do #livingarrows

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:49 am

      Thank you, I’m so pleased that I started doing it and have stuck with it so far! x

  5. 07/03/2019 / 1:49 pm

    Ah that’s such a lovely thing to do. I know exactly what you mean about when they mispronounce something their whole life and then suddenly start to say it correctly, My heart hurts every time that happens x

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:48 am

      It is like a physical sensation isn’t it, when you realise they’re growing up and letting go of those little baby quirks! x

  6. 08/03/2019 / 9:49 am

    Time goes so quickly doesn’t it, if only we could slow it down a little. I love that you take the same photo’s each year, that will be lovely for Nerys to look back on in years to come. My Daisy used to say rain-brella instead of umbrella I miss her saying it so much x

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:47 am

      Oh my word ‘rain-brella’ is so much better than umbrella! x

  7. 09/03/2019 / 2:18 pm

    I can’t believe she’s five either! I always wanted that blanket, it’s so familiar to me and I love this little tradition you have. I hope she had a wonderful birthday x

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:46 am

      It’s mad isn’t it! I wanted the blanket when I had Rhys but for some reason thought it was too ‘girly’ so didn’t get it, so was desperate to have one for Nerys! x

  8. 10/03/2019 / 2:16 pm

    Happy Birthday Nerys! I love the idea of taking the pictures with the blanket every year. I know what you mean about the pronunciation – it’s sad when they lose those last little bits of babyhood. #LivingArrows

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:40 am

      Thank you! Oh it’s so sad isn’t it, when those last baby things disappear. x

  9. 10/03/2019 / 10:42 pm

    What a lovely way to look back on her birthdays! I wish i had done something similar with my 3 boys!

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:39 am

      I feel really bad that I’ve not done the same thing with my son, but am happy I thought to do it second time around! x

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