A Brand New Cousin | The Ordinary Moments

I’m so happy to be jumping back into recording our ordinary moments in 2017, I love to share a whole variety of things on here but this blog will first and foremost always be my journal of motherhood and our online family scrapbook and those are the kind of posts that I want to make sure get written this year. Rather than stay in my head, quickly to be buried in my memory under shopping lists and how to build Cinderella’s castle out of duplo, and then lost to the depths forever.

And I couldn’t be more excited than I am to start off the year with the most extraordinary of ordinary moments, a brand new baby in the family! Because when you think about it, being born is an ordinary moment isn’t it? I mean, everyone does it. There are babies being born all over the world, every single day. No big deal. Except of course that it’s the biggest fudging deal in the universe and I don’t think it would be over the top to hold a parade!

I love a new baby. No matter how many fresh newborn babies I hold in my arms, I will never ever get used to that awe inspiring feeling of life just begun. I cannot get enough of it.


Alice – one of my younger sisters saying hello to her newest nephew

This New Year’s Eve my sister Rachael and Husband Mark welcomed into the world their second son, a gorgeous 8lb 6oz baby boy who they named Ace. The cutest little cherry on the top of 2016.

And two days later we excitedly hurried round to their house to meet the baby, bring essential postpartum supplies such as cake and cookies, and hold the customary labour debrief round the kitchen table.

Rachael was absolutely glowing with love for her little family, it was just the most special thing to witness. There is nothing in this world that is better than watching the first little person you made falling in love with the second little person you made, and the absolute joy of this was written all over the proud parents’ faces.


It was less than two years ago that we were sitting in this house, welcoming the now big brother Tommy into the world as a tiny newborn, and I know I’m not the only one that at times got a bit confused about whether time had actually moved on at all… Ace is the spitting image of his big bro at the moment! The one big addition that we had this time though was the suddenly rather gigantic looking ‘baby’ Ernie. Yep, last time I went to visit a newborn at my sisters house a baby popped out 9 months later! Let’s just call that a coincidence shall we?


But to be completely honest it did make me rather broody again. Those first few days and weeks are the most precious time in the world aren’t they? And in truth I’d love to do it all again if I thought I could. But I’m not ready for another pregnancy. My body isn’t ready and my mind isn’t ready. Will I still want another baby by the time I am ready? Who knows. Probably… if everyone around me keeps having such gorgeous little ones!


I love these photos I took of Tommy. He’s the same age as Mabel was when she became a big sister for the first time and he reminds me so much of her. Totally aware of everything that’s going on but so accepting, just taking it all in his stride. Ace is a lucky little boy to have such a great big brother!

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And what about Mabel, Greta and Ernie? Well you’ll have to watch the video to see what they thought of the newest recruit to the cousin gang, but I think it’s safe to say they were smitten!

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  1. January 8, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Oh this is such a gorgeous gushing post! Literally so much love for this! Mentally and physically I am not ready or likely to have another baby, but I absolutely adore the smell and everything that comes with a newborn. Congratulations to you all x #TheOrdinaryMoments

  2. January 8, 2017 / 10:01 am

    My best friend is expecting in May and I cannot wait for a newborn to squish. My girls met my friends baby before Christmas and they were so caring and gentle it was so lovely to see.
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  3. January 8, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Oh what a wonderful moment you’ve shared! Just amazing watching your sister have a family too isn’t it? I follow Rachel on Instagram too – both of your feeds are gorgeous and in my favourites! beautiful photos and definitely not an ordinary moment but a monuments moment! #theordinarymoments

  4. January 8, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    This is gorgeous Louise! I’ve seen Rachel share pictures over on Instagram of her new little family and it’s lovely to read all about you meeting him. It’s such a special time to have a new baby in the family. Sadly those days are over for us, so I have to get newborn cuddles from friends babies x
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  5. January 8, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Oh wow, there is nothing as lovely as a new baby – and Tommy looks like an awesome big brother. I love the name Ace, just the right amount of unusual and cool! Your photos are beautiful, something wonderful to look back on x
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  6. January 9, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Oh wow! Has your sis *really* just given birth, she looks amazing! I have a NYE baby too – extra special birthday! #ordinarymoments

  7. January 9, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Aw how lovely and gorgeous, and welcome to the world little Ace. Fancy being born on New Years Eve! xx

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