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Wedding at Talton Lodge

We have tied the knot!

We have managed to have a third baby, do an extension on our house and plan a wedding in six months! Are we mental? Oh yes! Are we tired? Exhausted!

We got married at Talton Lodge, a stunning place in Stratford-Upon-Avon. We have been a few times as the owners Barney and Livy are friends of Sam’s brother.

They are a lovely couple and made our day simply amazing! We got married outside Talton House next to some ancient trees and the twins were flowers girls. Their cousin Marcy walked them down the aisle and they were so good. Even Tamsin’s garland fell down over her eyes and she carried on like a trooper.

The ceremony was a great insight into our chaotic life with three kids under three. The twins were bored and wanted to play, Jacob was chewing my veil and then my veil flew off in the wind!

My mum’s friend Liz made my wedding dress (a top and skirt) as well as my veil. She is a genius and created exactly what I wanted. I sourced the lace from Paris and was so happy when I found it as I struggled to find what I wanted at first.

The girl’s dresses were from Tea Princess in Sydney (I came across them on Instagram) and the moccasins were made by Makwa Moccasins on Etsy. The man behind Makwa Moccasins is Jeffrey and his moccasins are amazing!

We had English Afternoon Tea in the garden with lovely homemade scones and cake. We then headed to the Kitchen Garden where the tipi and yurts were. Then the party kicked in!

We had a hog roast and amazing vegetables cooked by Livy. Puddings were bakewell tart with brown bread ice cream and salted caramel and chocolate tart. The hog roast was a pig from their farm, we saw the pigs a few weeks before and the girls were feeding them. They were so excited, then I found out one of the pigs was for our wedding! I felt awful. Maybe I should become a veggie.

All the speeches were fab and our four tier pork pie wedding cake from Eley’s Pork Pies went down very well. If only I had chance to taste it, I was too busy chatting and dancing!

The bonfire at night was a success as was the bar! The next morning involved lots of bacon and egg sandwiches with cups of tea and coffee to cure the hangovers.

Me and Sam both agree it couldn’t have gone any better. The weather went from a rainy week to a sunny weekend too, an added bonus!

We wanted our wedding to be as personal as possible and I think we achieved that. We did dreamcatchers with Sam’s Grannie Ann’s doilies, my mum made honey and oat soaps and we used my poppa’s honey from his bees. My brother made a little tipi for people to put cards in and a totem pole.

My mum made so much for the wedding, the raffia that was hung around the tipi, sticks with ribbon and bells on for the little ones, even personalised colouring books for the kids and my dad chopped lots of wood to put under the rosemary pots.

We used a vase during the ceremony to put flowers in that belonged to Sam’s Grannie Margaret, the Canadian moccasins were a nod to my Aunty Ann in Canada, and the flower girl dresses were a nod to my Uncle Wayne in Sydney.

I don’t think you can get any more personalised than that! Enjoy the pictures.

Me and my Dad

Me and my Dad

Marcy and the twins

Marcy and the twins

Me and my husband!

Me and my husband!

The ceremony

The ceremony

Dresses by Tea Princess

Dresses by Tea Princess

Sam and his dad outside Talton House

Sam and his dad outside Talton House

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The totem pole

The totem pole

The dream catchers in the tipi. All the family helped to decorate the tipi. I couldn't have done it without them!

The dreamcatchers in the tipi. All the family helped to decorate the tipi. I couldn’t have done it without them!

The flowers were made by the lovely Amanda Luther. She is based next door to Talton Lodge. She did a fab job!

The wedding flowers were made by the lovely Amanda Luther. She is based next door to Talton Lodge. She did a fab job! I just loved my garland.

Sam with his brother and sister

Sam with his brother and sister

Quick toilet stop for the guys!

Quick toilet stop for the guys!

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Close up of the pork pie wedding cake

Close up of the pork pie wedding cake

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The twins become mermaids!

Firstly, apologies for not posting for so long. I have just about settled into a routine with three under three!

We have taken on a lot – a newborn, a new extension on our house and we are getting married in four weeks. I’m even tired writing that sentence!

I have lots to tell you but I thought I would start with the girls first homemade costumes – mermaids!

The twins have a cousin called Gia and for her third birthday she had a mermaid party. I will be honest, my mum made most of the outfit.

My contribution was the crown, which was made out of tiny sequins and a toilet roll. The glue gun worked a treat and held every sequin in place. As soon as the girls saw the crown they said “like Holly mummy!” from the show Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. I was happy with that!

The outfit looked fab and as soon as the girls arrived at the party…they wanted to take it all off. All the hours we spent making them and they took them off in seconds!

The girls weren’t the only ones to do this, Gia refused to wear her mermaid costume from the start and her mum never got her mermaid picture.

Luckily I did!

Tamsin loving her mermaid tail

Tamsin loving her mermaid tail

In the party bags - homemade by Aunty Nadia!

In the party bags – homemade by Aunty Nadia!

Spot Jacob in the ball pool

Spot Jacob in the ball pool

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A trip to the allotment

Since I have had Jacob I haven’t had chance to go to the allotment with my poppa. So me and the twins went along with Jacob to pick some leeks and parsnips.

The twins love running around the allotment and followed my poppa and Aunty Louise everywhere. They helped pull up the leeks and parsnips as well as pick some broccoli.

There was a pirate flag on one of the plots which the twins were obsessed with and they also explored the shed.

It was fairly cold so we only stayed for an hour, enough time for them to learn where our veg comes from! That night we made honey roasted parsnips, which the twins loved. The next day we had leek and potato soup. The twins now say ‘yummy in my tummy’ when they eat veg!

Picking the leeks

Picking the leeks

Following Aunty Louise

Following Aunty Louise (it wasn’t actually raining!)

Raincoats are from JoJo Maman Bebe

Raincoats are from JoJo Maman Bebe

Looking for parsnips

Looking for parsnips

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The twins have a go at modelling

I say ‘the twins’ but really it ended up being just Phoebe as Tamsin was teething and literally wouldn’t let go of my legs.

It was for a lovely sheepskin company called Baa Baby, which does a range of gorgeous sheepskins and accessories for babies and toddlers.

I am a huge fan of sheepskin, it really helped the girls sleep at night when they were babies (I put a sheepskin layer in their moses baskets). I also have sheepskin footmuffs for the pram and sheepskin in their car seats. The twins seem to really like it.

One thing I have learnt since being a sheepskin fan is that it also keeps your baby cool in the summer, so it isn’t just a winter accessory. The twins also love their sheepskin slippers, they are not that expensive and keeps their feet snug. They are particularly good if your baby is always pulling their socks off as there is elastic on the inside to keep the slippers on.

Anyway, enough of my obsession with sheepskin! What did shock me with this modelling shoot was how much Phoebe acted up to the camera. Her Aunty Nikki is a professional photographer (Nikki Downes Photography) and Phoebe did exactly what she was told.

She loved the attention and smiled when she was asked to as well as looking at the camera at the right time. A total natural to the point I couldn’t stop laughing and had to hide behind Tamsin. She was tilting her head to pose and that was her own input! Check out the pics below – the last one is an outtake of her funny grin (she gets that from her dad!).

Phoebe loved the sheepskin teddy

Phoebe loved the sheepskin teddy

Phoebe loved this red hat.

Such a poser

A quick inside shot

A quick inside shot

An outtake - that cheeky grin. Her dad had the same smile when he was little!

An outtake – that cheeky grin. Her dad had the same smile when he was little!

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A whirlwind Christmas and New Year

Well that was a blur. I knew Christmas was going to go fast but I blinked and it was over!

We moved into my parents house two weeks before Christmas as we are having an extension done on our house. It has been great for me because everyone has helped out with the twins whilst we have been living there.

What was exciting about this Christmas was that my Uncle was coming over from Australia. He hasn’t been to the UK for three years so last time he saw me I had no children, now I have three! Very strange for him I bet.

It was fab seeing him, Lisa and cousins Abbie and Jess. It made me wish they lived back in the UK, they are such good company.

This was the first Christmas where I could explain who Father Christmas is and how he climbs down the chimney to leave presents if you are good all year. The twins listened carefully and fully understood what I said. They couldn’t say Father Christmas so instead they said ‘Ho Ho!’.

It was also the first time they saw snow this Christmas and they loved it! They said it was raining at first but now they understand what snow is.

Presents that went down well? Wooden fruit and a food mixer, a scooter, Peppa Pig everything, Duplo and a wooden doll you can dress with magnetic clothing.

I bought Jacob a Christmas sack like the twins and some Winnie the Pooh bibs. I don’t see the point in spending money on presents for him yet as he is only small and won’t remember. Might as well save some money whilst I can!

What did we do for New Year? I was in bed by 11.15pm. The life of a mother of three under three!

Explaining Father Christmas comes down the chimney

Explaining Father Christmas comes down the chimney

Phoebe enjoying the tinsel

Phoebe enjoying the tinsel

Tamsin enjoyed being Rudolph

Tamsin enjoyed being Rudolph

Jacob hanging out with the turkey and goose

Jacob hanging out with the turkey and goose. He wasn’t impressed!

Christmas morning. Sacks from notonthehighstreet.com

Christmas morning sacks from notonthehighstreet.com

Opening their scooters

Opening their scooters

Phoebe, Tamsin and Abbie's Doc Martens!

Phoebe, Tamsin and Abbie’s Doc Martens!

Tamsin with Rudolph!

Tamsin with Rudolph!

Father Christmas napkin!

Father Christmas napkin!

Christmas toilet paper!

Christmas toilet paper!

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The twins have a new baby brother!

Baby number three has arrived! Jacob Parker Hadfield. He was born on 6 November at 00.16am weighing a healthy 7lbs 6oz.

He was born in between the girls arrival times, Phoebe was born at 00.10am and Tamsin was born at 00.20am. I might get some sort of picture of all three of them with the times on as they are so close to each other!

The labour was great and my opinion of giving birth has softened a little after giving birth to Jacob. After a scary birth with the twins at 29 weeks, Jacob arrived only a week early at 39 weeks.

My waters broke at 16.20pm on 5 November and eight hours later he had arrived. The midwives at Stepping Hill Hospital were yet again fantastic. What really helped me was the midwife that looked after me, Amanda, who had a baby at 28 weeks herself so she knew how scared I was when I arrived at hospital.

She made my experience with Jacob so calm and relaxing for me and Sam, I will always be so grateful for what she did for us. I also allowed a student nurse called Amy into the delivery suite as I think it is important for them to get as much experience as they can. She was also great and said my labour was a textbook labour!

This time I had an epidural and it was nothing short of amazing! To the point I didn’t believe the midwife when she said I was ten centimetres and I was ready to push! Jacob came out in only four pushes to the amazement of Amanda, Amy and Sam!

After giving birth to Jacob my white blood cell count was high so me and Jacob had to stay in hospital for three days to fight off an infection. Luckily Jacob didn’t have it after his tests came back negative.

After what we went through with the twins I didn’t mind staying in so the nurses could keep an eye on him. He looked so much healthier than the girls did when they were born.

So what do the twins think of him? At first they were not impressed, with me or him. When he cried they screamed and were almost frightened of him. But they are slowly warming to him, although I still haven’t got a picture of the girls holding Jacob. They don’t like touching him!

What is it like having three kids under three I hear you ask? Put it this way the Christmas tree has been up for four days and it still has no decorations on it…

A few hours old

A few hours old

At home after three days

At home after three days

 

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Family heirlooms

The twins have been lucky enough to inherit two family heirlooms that have been in my side of the family for 40 years. Two beautiful wooden rocking chairs that are a perfect size for them.

They belonged to my Uncle Wayne and Aunty Louise and they both kindly passed them down to the twins. I was so happy when they decided to give them Phoebe and Tamsin, they love sitting on them. It also means they can keep them until they want to pass the rocking chairs down to their children.

My mum recovered the cushions with toadstool material from John Lewis. She knows I have an obsession with toadstools so when she found the material I was so excited. More so than the twins!

Phoebe likes to sit on her rocking chair whilst watching her new favourite programme, Peppa Pig. Tamsin on the other hand preferred sitting in the moses basket with her bunny this week.

She looks huge in the moses basket compared to when she was a baby. Both the girls could fit in one basket when they arrived home from hospital as they were only 5lbs each. In fact Phoebe was slightly less, so tiny!

See how small they look below.

Phoebe watching Peppa Pig

Phoebe watching Peppa Pig

Tamsin's preferred seat this week

Tamsin’s preferred seat

This is how tiny they were after being in the neonatal unit at Stepping Hill Hospital for two months

This is how tiny they were after being in the neonatal unit at Stepping Hill Hospital for two months

I could fit them both in one Moses basket very easily!

I could fit them both in one moses basket very easily!