Friday Focus 27/07/18 – Welcoming Peanut to the world

Our little Peanut has now arrived into the world and we have been blessed with a baby boy. Baby Thomas was born at home late last night, weighing in at 5lb 13oz. He was determined to make an unusual entrance into the world as stayed very firmly breech in spite of all our attempts at moxibustion and a rather brutal (and unsuccessful) ECV at the start of the week.


The word "Peanut" in blue with a drawing of me holding Peanut with hubby and Sophie either side and our angel Jessica looking on


I’ll share more about Thomas’s birth story later on but as you can imagine we are thrilled that our little bundle of joy has now arrived. Jessica really wanted her new sibling to be a brother and I am sure she will be looking down on him. Sophie woke up to meet her baby brother and has had her first cuddle with him too.


Baby Thomas looking up at Mummy


Things that have made me smile this week

  • Watching Sophie and her friends having group hugs with each other at Sophie’s preschool leaving party.


  • Being sent some yummy cake pops by some friends who just wanted to let us know they are still thinking of us.


Cake pops in the shape of a beach ball, sun and ice-creams


  • Spending the day with my friend Katy and seeing how much Sophie enjoyed spending time with her godmummy.


  • Spotting cinnabar moth caterpillars in the garden.



Sophie in the rainforest polytunnel at Iver Environment Centre


  • Watching the butterflies from our butterfly kit after they emerged from their chrysalides and then saying goodbye when we released them in the garden a couple of days later.


  • Making blackberry chocolate brownies with the blackberries that Sophie picked from Grandma’s garden.


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34 thoughts on “Friday Focus 27/07/18 – Welcoming Peanut to the world

  1. Just wonderful to ‘meet’ Thomas here! Congratulations and fabulous that you had the support and expertise to stay at home. I hope you can be kind to yourselves in these first days and weeks, no one expects anything of you right now…feel what you feel Louise. The melting pot of emotions with a newborn are hard enough at the best of times. Sending lots of love xxxx

    1. Thank you Lucy. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster but so lovely to have Thomas here x

  2. Oh Louise he is beautiful, congratulations darling and how great that you were able to have him at home. Well done my love. I echo Lucy’s sentiments entirely, be kind to yourselves and take it a moment at a time. Lots of love xxxx

    1. Thank you Ellen, that’s just what we’ve been doing this week. It’s been very mixed emotionally but lovely to enjoy the newborn bubble too x

  3. Oh isn’t he just gorgeous, congratulations all of you and welcome baby Peanut. Thomas is a lovely name xx take care and accept all help offered. Xxx

  4. Congratulations to you all Louise, what a beautiful little man. I’m so happy that you got to have the birth you wanted at home. It sounds like you had a lovely week in the run up to Thomas’s arrival too. x

  5. He really is a beautiful little boy, he came with his sister looking over him as my great niece came with her auntie Sarah looking over her. It’s a great day to be born as it’s my mums birthday too so rest, celebrate with tea and cake and bond as a little unit xxxxx

  6. Louise,

    Thomas is a beautiful baby, and I’m sure I can see a family resemblance already!
    He seems eager to take in everything about his new environment.

  7. Cngratulations, Louise and Michael. What a look of contentment on his little face- you need to let him know it’s not always this hot in July. Welcome to the world, baby Thomas…. And well done Sophie, giving your little brother a welcome cuddle. Have a lovely first weekend together. Bless you all.

    1. Thank you Elizabeth. Was lovely to see you earlier this week, so glad you were able to pop in and meet Thomas x

  8. Welcome to the world, Thomas! As I first switched on my phone today and popped over to Instagram, beautiful Thomas was the very first pic in my feed – such a wonderful way to start my day! Huge congratulations to you, he is utterly gorgeous and I’m glad he arrived safely despite the complications x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  9. Oh congratulations! He’s beautiful 🙂 And well done on posting so soon after his arrival, you must be exhausted! #WotW

    1. Thank you Emma – I had most of the post and a pink and blue version of my word doodle written up beforehand (was a good distraction in early labour) so just had to write the beginning of the post!

    1. Thank you Debi. He has brought us so much joy even though it is very much mixed with sadness too that Jessica never got to meet him x

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