24.4.13

little girls




The weekend before last, we met up with family for a picnic in the park.  I drive past these particular gardens all the time, and I do remember going in there as a child, but I'd completely forgotten how gorgeous it is... the perfect place for little ones to frolic. Although not a nature reserve, the lush gardens obviously appeal to surrounding native wildlife. On this occasion we were lucky enough to spot a cruising goanna and a jolly old kookaburra.

Lalie and her cousins completely adore eachother. It's such a very sweet thing to witness little girls at play. Actually, I've become so used to seeing these girls together that I'm finding it difficult to imagine a boy in the mix. Of course, we'd be equally delighted with a son or a daughter - our only preference being a healthy baby.

At the moment, my instinct says girl... but perhaps that's just because the idea feels more familiar; it's what I know. Funny thing is, I was absolutely convinced that Lalie was a boy - I just couldn't picture a girl at all. Now I simply can't imagine it being any other way.

The guessing game is fun. I must admit, I'm much more intrigued this time around... but, for us, this is a sacred surprise that we like to keep until babe is in arms.

To the Mums and Mums-to-be: will / did you find out? What about your instinct - were you spot on or completely off the mark?

P.S - Thank you so much for the fantastic book recommendations. I'm going to try and gently ease myself back into the reading this weekend.
P.P.S - Would you check me out with my regular posting - I don't even know myself!

29 comments :

  1. These photos are beautiful Claire. I think as your little one grows up you begin to discover more places to adventure to, to provide lots of different experiences. As the girl grew we discovered lots of parks, it was the perfect outing and meeting place for little ones. I still have one littleish one so we still venture to parks I will be sad though when they don't want to go anymore. As I am reading what you write I kind of wish that we had had a surprise with the girls but we found out for both of them. I can't remember now about my instinct I know I wanted a girl first time and got Miss 13, second time round I was hoping for another girl again (not sure what I'd do if I had a boy) but thought it would be nice for hubby to have a son. Two girls later and we are happy to have to gorgeous happy girls although no sons Miss 9 knows how to have fun and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty and loves to build with her Dad which I love seeing. It's lovely to see another post today:) x

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  2. I found out the first time around...I am terrible with secrets and if something can be known, I want to know it!
    But I think that if we have another, I won't want to know...with the first pregnancy the entire experience was a new, the second time around I think I would need a bit of mystery!

    Gorgeous photos, as always!

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  3. These photo's are so stunning, and could easily be from another time. I love the utter joy on their faces, you can see how much they adore each other.
    I thought Ruby was going to be a boy too. I was almost shocked when I heard my husband say "She's a girl". I had inklings that Jenson was a boy, and knew for sure Mila was a girl. My pregnancy with Mila was exactly the same as Ruby, right down to the labour with first contractions felt at 2am for both, and apart from Mila being born earlier, everything about the labour was the same. Boys are really special, but like you say healthy is all that matters.x

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  4. Love your regular posting - nice to see you pop up more often. We didn't find out with Hugo, did with Felix and didn't for Daisy-Blossom. I was absolutely convinced I would be blessed with a third son, so the surprise was overwhelming when I heard - ...'it's a girl'...! I will never forget that moment - I was in a cloud of tea parties and ballet. I still can't believe I have a daughter sometimes, and she's now three :) xx

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  5. Found out both times and wrong both times! I keep thinking it's a boy but come July we'll have two girls in the house. :)

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  6. I thought I was having a girl, I even had her name and when on a long walk one day I saw what I thought was a sign (her namesake - long story) I was convince my belly held a girl. So when I found we were having a boy I was shocked into silence (a rare thing indeed).
    I am glad I did find out with a scan though, it helped me prepare mentally for a little boy.
    I do like the idea of waiting for a surprise but I am such a control freak I need to know as soon as possible!

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  7. Oh my goodness what a stunning place to get lost in! These photos are perfection Claire.
    I so miss being near family. Our children have missed out on so much these last five years of not having family around.

    x

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  8. I found out with my twins but I was half convinced they were wrong (they weren't, for the record, it was just my crazy pregnancy hormones!). If we ever had another baby, I definitely wouldn't find out. With twins, the whole thing was just to unpredictable and, frankly, scary, that I wanted to be sure of at least one thing! But if I was ever blessed with another baby, I'd love nothing more than the surprise of waiting until its birth. Beautiful photos, Claire.

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  9. We didn't find out with our first three - I so looked forward to the surprise and the moment I could declare "It's a... !", and it helped me get through labour - but now with our fourth (and most likely final), I wanted to find out and my husband didn't! We couldn't agree on a compromise so I've found out and am keeping it a secret! It's tough! I told him that I needed to tell my closest girl-friends so that I can talk about it with someone and he's fine with that. I think I'll have trouble not blurting something out during labour though!

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  10. oh these photos are glorious, claire! those sweet girls brought a smile to my face too easily :) we had surprises for all of ours, and I was sure they were all girls.. by #3 we had one of each so expected another ruby or another cole - we were surprised when we got another boy that looked like ruby! the gene pool is a wonderful thing x

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  11. how sweet are these pictures.

    I found out the first two times but kept the third as a surprise -- I'm glad I had the chance to do it both ways. I even waited until the kids visited at hospital and then asked them to guess if they had a new brother or sister! it was fun :)

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  12. Gorgeous dreamy images! I did not find out for the first, just really wasn't done twenty years ago. But with Jarvis because of my age we had a lot of 3D scanning done. So we found out. I did not want to, but my partner did. The compromise that we would tell no one. I did not care either way, in regards to the sex, I was just so excited to be pregnant and to have a healthy bub.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  13. Ahem, well, I was certain there was a boy in there for both of my pregnancies, and now I have three girls. So much for instinct! I didn't find out with any of them, but it was agonising. I still reckon the surprise when Lola was born was the best in my life. Gorgeous photos of three gorgeous girls xx

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  14. beautiful little ones. love the straw hat with french pink detailing - so very era bygone.

    how are you finding baby names this time 'round? are you further shortlisting from your first baby's list or have you started a fresh list?

    also, i wholeheartedly agree re the surprise gender reveal - 'sacred' is absolutely the perfect word to describe such a magical moment x

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  15. Those photographs are stunning! So well captured. Those two are precious :) I think it's so great that you're waiting to find out - what a wonderful surprise! x

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  16. Looks lovely! I'm a mum to be and my instinct say girl too - like you I will not be finding out as I believe it is one of life's best and true surprises. Didn't find out with Maisie and Bertie either, but my instincts were right with both. This pregnancy feels more like I did with Maisie, so that's what's making me think girl - - - but of course, I could be wrong!! Good to hear you're waiting until the big day to find out. It seems we are the minority these days xx

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  17. Adorable kiddos, love their faces! :-)

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  18. Claire! I was just checking in and what fantastic news! Congratulations on pregnancy number 2! I'm so thrilled for you and your little family. How are you feeling? About finding out the gender, having done it both ways, I much preferred not knowing. Finding out took away some of the magic of my second pregnancy. That said, it was of course extremely practical to know for logistical purposes (I got given heaps of baby girl clothes so I was able to do a big sort out of Liam's baby stuff prior to the newborn madness) and helped when choosing a name. But if I had to do it again, I wouldn't find out. My instincts were right both times anyway! ;) Much love xx

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  19. These children look so sweet and pure. This set of photos somewhat reminded me of the 'the secret garden' that I was so fond of watching back in the 90s

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  20. Claire, it's like vacation visiting this space. So familiar and... right. Slavi

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    1. Hi Slavi, I'm so glad you feel this way... and thanks for letting me know! :)

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  21. Love these beautiful photos, Claire! Can I ask what editing software you use?
    We did not find out what we were having with our little girl, who is now 2. I dreamt early on she was a girl and felt that way throughout my pregnancy. I loved the anticipation and the moment we saw her, although I imagine it is just as special either way. I would do it the same way, if we get another chance to do so.

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    1. Hi Elaine, these images were edited using Adobe Lightroom and a VSCO film filter which I customised to suit my tastes (I find their default selection far too heavy). I just tame everything down a lot so it doesn't look so heavily edited.
      I really love Lightroom for editing and would highly recommend it. I'm still unsure about VSCO film filters... I find they tend to make the images look a little flat sometimes. I hope this helps! x

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  22. Oh Claire, these images are dreamy. The black and white ones especially. So magical.

    We didn't find out what we were having when we were pregnant with Josephine and were sure she was a boy! It was such a surprise when she was born and we wouldn't have it any other way. All future babies will be a surprise for sure! xx

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  23. Gorgeous Pics! I seriously could have not imagine my childhood without my cousins we were always hanging out together too!

    Steph :)

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  24. It would be SO hard for me to not find out early, I'm not one for surprises. But, I would like to think I could hang onto the mystery, perhaps even revel in it, if we were lucky enough to find ourselves in that position :-) Your posts are always such a treat Claire. I mean, this one is simply magical, the images just embody what it is to be 'little girls' for me. I'm so glad you're back on the horse ;-) Belinda xx

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  25. Beautiful photos! I can't wait until my six month old daughter is frolicking through the grass! We didn't find out, and I'm so glad we didn't. After a traumatic labour, being handed my beautiful daughter was the most amazing surprise. And you're right, once they're here you can't imagine that things could have been any different. It seems silly to think we could have had a son instead.

    As for my instincts, they were right. I felt like she was a girl, and funnily enough, so did pretty much everyone else!

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  26. I wanted to wait to find out so badly both times and both times someone let it slip. With my daughter, the sonogram tech wrote.it.on.the.pic. "Girl". Sigh. I can actually read, ma'am. Oh well.

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