Morning Cuddles

Life is crazy at the moment. The days are whizzing past and the days and nights seem to blur together, some days I honestly don’t know what day it is. It’s partly to do with exhaustion. Ava is 3 months old now, and is takes lots of 20-40 minute naps in the day but still needs two feeds in the night.

In the daytime she is awake, seeking stimulation and reassurance. She doesn’t like sitting in her baby bouncer but isn’t quite strong enough to sit upright in her bumbo chair for more than a few minutes. She loves being held and cuddled, she coos and smiles and she’s a joy to be around. It’s just exhausting not putting her down!

I have a million ideas on my mind, everything from decorating and blogging to juggling finances, but I feel like we have just been surviving. I know it’s just a phase, made much more hectic by being in the middle of the school holidays with a toilet-training two-year-old and two energetic and inquisitive older children.


We had a full nights sleep. Ava slept from 11pm to 7am! This morning I literally bounced down the stairs, sang a song while preparing a feed, and even made Mr T and myself a coffee to take back to our bedroom.

We had blissful 30 minutes, just sat feeding Ava, snuggled up together. James and the girls joined us for a cuddle and it was honestly my favourite moment this week. It’s such a little thing, but its amazing the clarity that a good nights sleep can give, it has helped me put things into perspective.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

I love this quote, its one of my favourites, its a beautiful reminder to enjoy the moment. It’s the school holidays, and instead of worrying, I want to take things a bit slower, expect a bit less of myself and just enjoy spending time with my four beautiful children.


An ordinary moment – Smiles at bathtime.


An ordinary moment. Ava relaxing in our bed, while I strip the duvet covers.



  1. Helen WonderfullyAverage August 23, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Gosh, life sounds very hectic at the moment! It’s so amazing the difference a good night’s sleep can make though. I love the sound of morning snuggles, what a perfect moment. #OrdinaryMoments

    • Hannah August 24, 2015 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      It really is amazing, I hope I havent jinxed it!

  2. mummydaddyme August 23, 2015 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Aw that photo of them in the bath is so cute. And I agree there is nothing a good nights sleep can’t fix. Or a cuddle! xx

    • Hannah August 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Mr T took it, he is learning well! Cuddles fix a lot of problems in our house, long may it continue πŸ™‚ x

  3. Mary August 23, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Lovely pics – I am glad she slept through, Its so funny because you daren’t mention it in case they cotton on and stop haha I love sleep and thats deffs one of the struggles of motherhood – sleep deprivation and not being able to switch off incase something is forgotten! Lovely post x #ordinarymoments

    • Hannah August 24, 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Yes, I hope I haven’t jinxed it…. I was so happy to feel refreshed! I am with you on the not being able to switch off, I worry about everything!

  4. alison August 24, 2015 at 9:59 am - Reply

    This is just beautiful. A good night’s sleep makes such a difference. We just moved our baby out of our bed for the first time last night, and despite a blip at half past eleven he slept through. Shame our daughter didn’t, but I’m so excited to be on the verge of finally getting a full night’s sleep for the first time in what seems like forever. I’m with you on morning snuggles as well.

    • Hannah August 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Oh no! Its always the same, the second one sleeps, someone else is awake. We are so close, hope we get some unbroken sleep soon! I am looking forward to the teen years and the odd lay-in.

  5. This was really sweet to read. I’m so happy you had a full night to recharge. My husband and I are truly learning how to dance in the rain right now, barely making by with my new freelance jobs after being laid off this February. We’ve had a few similar moments in the morning to just be… though with our dog and cat! I can’t wait to one day have that with a little baby.

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    • Hannah August 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      I sure things will settle down for you soon too, its amazing how looking at the positives can help. I hope your dreams will come true soon. And your fur babies are family too πŸ™‚ xx

  6. Christina September 6, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Love the quote. Totally understand the feeling of trying to think about all their personal goals you want to accomplish but have no time or energy to complete. We just have enjoy the morning cuddles and remember them at the moments of wanting to cry in faustraton. Thank you for your support on my blog. Xoxo

    • Hannah September 12, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      I try and remember its just a phase and it will get better, it normally does (eventually!) No problem, I enjoyed reading xx

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