Thursday, 28 July 2016

Photo vs. Reality

The photo: A cup of Earl Grey, a danish pastry and a glass of fresh orange juice. 
The reality. I'd just got in from shopping and rummaged desperately through the bags for this because I was starving. I was also dying for a brew and had forgotten to take my tablets. The dog was scratching at the patio door to be let in and Thomas wanted cocoa pops, toast, a sausage and a packet of crisps.
The photo: Beautiful flowers.
The reality. In between cutting and arranging the roses I was texting somebody, trying to make an appointment for Amy, pricked myself twice on the thorns and Mark was muttering in the background about lazy kids and dramatically dumped 5 of Amy's hair bobbles in front of me that he'd picked up off the floor. 
The photo: A quiet 5 minutes knitting with my shadow.
The reality: My wool bag is in a right state again and I have tangled balls of it spilling out onto the floor. I've unpicked one of the crocheted squares twice now, for some reason it just will not stay in shape. I had no idea what I needed to make for each bundle so sorted it all out into piles only to find I've knitted 3 blue bootees for one set!
The photo: Our beautiful grand-daughter.
The reality. As small and cute as she is she's taken over the house. This is just the food paraphernalia she's arrived with. There's also a pram base in the lounge, her carrycot and car seat are on the dining table, there's a bag of clothes on the stairs, a bag of nappies, wipes and muslin cloths on the chair and a going out 'emerency' bag filled with everything you could think of on the counter.
This is the real side of blogging from Number 38 :) 

xx



22 comments:

  1. ha ha ha, oh I get this only too well! I like to show the serene side, but the other side is usually a total mess! Kudos to you for showing the real side.

    Aw, your granddaughter is beautiful. And they totally do take up the house with all the bits & pieces they need.

    Have fun with the night feeds :O) xxx

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    1. I think there's probably a messy side to most blog photos if we're all truthful. You forget how much stuff one little person needs and how noisy they are when they're hungry!

      Didn't get too much sleep last night. Even when Sienna is asleep she's really noisy grunting and groaning and moving around. Feel OK today but bet it'll catch up with me.

      She's stirring now for her 9am feed and Mark has conveniently gone for a shower. Nothing changes lol. xx

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  2. Love this post! Thank you for showing the reality! I have plenty of those, myself! :D

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    1. A slice of reality keeps us all grounded doesn't it. Could have shown you a lot worse as well! I often wonder if the area around a lovely blog photo looks messy like mine usually does. xx

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  3. That's just how our kitchen looked when we had baby Jacob here last week, I couldn't believe how babies had to be all electric nowadays. They need about 4 plug sockets to survive!!

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    1. Haha, everything they have seems to require a plug these days. Bottles have to be made as you need them now as well which has changed since I had Thomas. The machine you can see pumps out the exact amount of water at exactly the right temperature. Parents; they don't know how good they have it these days haha. xx

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  4. What a lot of shopping? Isn't life simpler in the 'van. Your grandaughter is looking even more beautiful than the last photo and it's lovely that you are trusted to look after her overnight-lucky parents. Does everyone else sleep through the night feeds? Sounds to me like you need a holiday soon:-))). Catriona

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    1. There's another 2 bags of shopping that you can't see as well. Total came to just over £70 but our friendly Lidl lady gave us a £5 off voucher so even cheaper this week. Oh yes, everybody definitely sleeps through the night feeds or rather pretends to. Actually that's not true. Amy came down at 4am and fed her while we watched Disney Little Mermaid! xx

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    2. And yes, definitely need a break away in the van after this :)

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  5. Ha, love it!

    I am always amazed by how clogged up with stuff my house is when one or both of my nieces come to visit.

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    1. For little people they certainly don't travel light do they! The next stage will be a highchair, a travel cot and toys. Lord help us. xx

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  6. What even IS that Tommy Tippee contraption next to the steriliser? I had avent stuff and my steam steriliser is still up in the loft and I could lay my hands on the instructions too lol
    She really really is adorable. I love this past. Had me laughing the most over your serene cup of tea. My work tips look just like yours when we get in from shopping! I hate putting it all away

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    1. Prepared to be amazed Rachel. It's a bottle maker. You fill it with water and set it so that the exact amount of water that you need comes out at the exact temperature baby likes best. So none of this heating up, cooling down, pacing with screaming baby who's hungry kerfuffle. It can all be done within a matter of one minute. Honestly parents don't know they're born these days. On the downside, it's just another 'on demand' part of life that they're learning about from being born. I'm bad though, I still let her have a little cry so she worked up a bit of an appetite. Mean Granny! xx

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    2. Eeeeh they don't know they're born these days!!! Mind is blown!

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  7. Ooooh she is a beautiful little girl.
    They just about need a moving van just to come visit these days don't they?
    I swear life was so much simpler when mine were babies....but then I suppose that was over thirty years ago....lol-x-

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    1. I think you're right Sheila. Everything is set to make life easier, yet in some ways it all seems so much harder. And the rules and regulations that have to be adhered to, well that's another matter completely. Not from Matthew and Sophie I should add, they're actually quite chilled, but the 'professionals'. No wonder parents are neurotic, although I wasn't far from being so myself with Amy if I'm honest. Much more chilled and happy to do what I thought best with Thomas :) xx

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  8. Sienna is just beautiful so you can quite easily forgive the amount of stuff she brings with her. As for the other photographs? My illusions have been shattered! Ha ha. Pretty much what my tiny house looks like for most of the time. Reality is great isn't it? X

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    1. Thank you Jules, we think she's pretty cute even with all her stuff :) I knew my Martha Stewart image that I'v so carefully cultivated (like hell), would take a bashing, but hey the guilt was too much to bear hahahaha. xx

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  9. Brilliant post, loved it! Always good to see some reality!

    Seeing the pictures of all the baby paraphernalia just brought back memories and reminded me of the joys of breastfeeding - none of that needed! So much easier. But then not so easy for babysitting of course.

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    1. That's the only thing about breastfeeding isn't it, only you can do it. I bottle fed and back in the day I was 'allowed' to make several at once and store them in the fridge. Not so now I'm afraid although nobody really seems to know why, (probably so they can sell these machines!), so it is handy to have, especially in the middle of the night! xx

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    2. Indeed, and it is not at all easy! Pros and cons to both I think. My Mum told me a funny story about bottle feeding me when she was in hospital just after she had had me... she asked the nurse 'is my baby supposed to be on solids?' to which the nurse replied 'don't be ridiculous Mrs...' to which my Mum responded 'then why is there a fly in her milk?'!

      I do wonder nowadays if 'we' (as in the population, not us in particular) are all rather to fussy and fastidious about cleaniness and hygiene and take it all a little too far - there seems to be a lot more allergies and health problems.

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    3. Haha can you imagine if the fly in milk happened today. There'd be an outcry and compensation involved somewhere along the line that's for sure. 100% agree that 'we' are all far too fussy about things these days. Makes me wonder how the human race ever evolved. Although I have to say Thomas isn't that fussy about personal hygiene, takes me forever to get him in the shower, so long actually that I only do it every other day. xx

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