First Shoes, First Steps & Cake {The Ordinary Moments}

March 15, 2015


Our weekends seem to pass in a blur at the moment. This one though was a little but different so I thought it was worth documenting. Our family is starting to shift and change again; the last few months have been pretty exhausting as the twins have suddenly started to get into everything, they are just so inquisitive and I barely sit down in the day. However, I can feel it changing again and we are heading toward a new phase. It is becoming easier to go out with all three; we don’t have to take masses of stuff with us and each weekend I know we can go out without it being a military operation. Our routine can change without devastating effects, we are all becoming more relaxed and can enjoy family time together.

We went out shopping on Saturday with all three children which has always been tricky but was necessary as the twins are ready for their first shoes! They have been cruising for months and Boo is constantly walking holding onto our hand; I thought we might just get shoes for him as Bear was showing no interest but all of a sudden he too has started clinging onto us and taking steps. Now they both hang on so we can wander round the house and they chuckle away when they spot each other. If I’m honest it was actually quite nice to be able to get their first pair of shoes together. They have never worn anything more than socks on their feet so wearing shoes did puzzle them but it was a relatively stress-free experience. They are both exactly the same size but I did choose different styles, if nothing else so I can tell him apart!

While we were out we stopped for tea and cake; the boys had all been so good considering we had to rush round a few shops so it was nice to just have a little treat. I feel like we are finally starting to do things I have been longing to do, normal things like having tea and cake in a cafe, just because we feel like it. I actually don’t think we have even done that in the last 14 months, it just wouldn’t have been possible.

We had planned a little day out for Mother’s Day but the twins woke up with the dreaded chicken pox, we knew it was coming so had prepared ourselves. Instead we opted for a quiet day in and I got a lovely lie in followed by a bacon butty. We had a little afternoon tea together with yet more cake. After dinner the boys were all playing together and suddenly we spotted Boo take off walking; he has been taking steps if we coax him from one of us to the other but he just went. I’m not sure he could quite believe it himself, he kept stopping as if he thought he would fall. He’s been ready for a while but has always needed the security of our hand; I just love seeing his little face when he realises what he’s doing, so pleased with himself. I’m sure that Bear won’t be long after him as he was taking it all in!

Sometimes I can’t quite believe we have our three boys, it has been such a busy time since the twins were born it almost like you just do it without taking it all in. This weekend has made me stop and think how lucky we are to have them, to be able to have all these moments with them. To buy their first shoes, to take the time to stop for cake and see their grins as they devour it, to sit and talk to Lucas in a cafe and the amazing feeling when he tells you he’s had a fun day even though you’ve done the simplest of things; just being together is enough. I look back in the car at all three of them and when I catch their eye they smile, they giggle at each other as we drive. They all make me so proud that just thinking of them makes my heart burst. My memories, my thoughts on being a mother, are all made up of so many of these moments. I can think back over them and I can actually feel the love. I didn’t take any spectacular photos this weekend but I do have a whole load of memories; a little snapshot of their childhood that I am so grateful to be a part of.

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  • Donna

    I love how you got them different shoes – I know a lot of twin parents would have bought them matching pairs. I know what you mean about stopping and taking it in. It feels full steam ahead since T was born and some days I think about how easy things are now, compared to just a few months ago.
    I hope the pox passes quickly. I am dreading it’s arrival here! Have a lovely week xx

    March 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I’m sure at some point they will have matching but at the moment different is more practical! I don’t set out to dress them in any particular way, some days they are matching, some days they are not 🙂 Time does fly by doesn’t it, especially when you have more than one! xx

      March 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • life as our little family

    Oh I loved reading this post Hayley. I’m so happy for you that there is a little bit of normality coming back to your life but also that you managed to have cake! Yay. And I love the teapot. I must find one of those. You really are blessed, your little ones are beautiful. I hope you managed to enjoy just a little bit of your mummy day yesterday. I can highly recommend ‘poxclin’ for chicken pox. Really easy to use and leaves no mess. x

    March 16, 2015 at 8:07 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks lovely, I feel like we are starting to have moments where we have time to look around and take in all we have now, I am very gratfeul for that! Will check out the poxclin too, we have tried all sorts but not heard of that one! xx

      March 16, 2015 at 2:55 pm Reply
  • Vickie

    Oh you’re at that wonderful time when things settle and routines aren’t so vital. It really does open up a world of opportunities that don’t seem quite as daunting as they used to. 🙂

    I love what you wrote about motherhood being made up of the little moments. You’re so right! Vx

    March 16, 2015 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Steph Martin

    Ah sounds like a lovely weekend, apart from the chicken pox, I hope it passes soon!
    I love their shoes, love how they are different too! The cake looks delicious 🙂 xx

    March 16, 2015 at 7:32 pm Reply

    arghhhh super cute shoes! What a milestone xx

    March 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    What a lovely post Hayley and it’s great to hear you are getting out and about, especially when cake is involved.;) In all seriousness though, you have your hands more than full and it must be nice now they are a little older and easier if that makes sense. I love the shoes you picked out for them, such a special milestone and even better and more special that they could share it together. I can’t believe they are nearly walking- where has the time gone? x

    March 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm Reply
  • Potty Mouthed Mummy

    Beautiful words and pictures. My little man has those checked trousers too, just adorable. Thanks so much for linking to #countluckystars xx

    March 17, 2015 at 8:13 am Reply
  • HonestMum

    Gorgeous shoes, your boys are beautiful. Lovely to discover your blog via #countyourluckystars x

    March 17, 2015 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Seychellesmama

    This is lovely!!!!!!
    The boys shoes are gorgeous!! So special that little boo has started walking all by himself 🙂 that look of hey look at me look what I’m doing is so priceless!!!
    Goodness now the boys are walking such a life changing moment!!!! Xx

    March 17, 2015 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    Oh Hayley, I think that the fact you managed to get all three up and dressed is marvellous, never mind out of the house. Some days, even with just two little ones, I feel like everything passes in a whirlwind and I wonder ‘how did we get here?’. Like you, I’ll suddenly realise that things that were once difficult have now become a little easier. We can do things that were once completely out of bounds. It’s nice that they’re growing up even if I don’t want them to do it too quickly.

    March 19, 2015 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Yay for coffee and cake! I know how you feel with regards to how difficult it can be with small children before a certain age- and I say this as someone who only had 2 with a small age gap, let alone 1 plus twins!

    March 20, 2015 at 9:05 pm Reply
  • life as our little family

    Thank you for joining in #countluckystars honey. I won’t comment again, save me coming across as a stalker of your lovely blog x

    March 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm Reply
  • Caro | The Twinkles Momma

    What a lovely post darling! I totally know what you mean about all of a sudden, being able to get out with less stuff and fuss! It’s like a lightbulb moment isn’t it?! We had it very recently.. I’d forgotten the boys sippy cups on a day out but they’ve begun to drink from a real cup now and they were delighted to be able to sit in a café with a little cup each!! They loved it as much as I did!! 🙂 #CountLuckyStars

    Caro |

    March 21, 2015 at 2:51 pm Reply
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