The old swimming pool garden

I love the last picture of Tom and Wilf, poor Wilfie wasn't having a great deal of fun on our walk in our local park, he soon fell asleep though.

Although I sometimes miss having my pregnancy tummy it is nice to be able to fit into my own clothes again, and feel a bit more like me. I picked up this coat in the sales on the day we registered Wilf's name (I really needed one as my new slightly larger chest doesn't quite fit in my old one!). It was a steal at Dorothy Perkins for £15 and is super warm. We have had a very mild winter here in Bristol so this was the first time I had to wear a hat and gloves, I kind of love winter clothes.


Look at that face

Wilfryd is now six weeks old! Although I swear he looks about four months. We went to baby clinic for the second time last week, not that I was worried about anything in particular but just to drop in really. I don't think I will go anymore unless I do have a specific concern though as one it is hot, there are lots of screaming babies and you have to wait about an hour to be seen. And two..because this time we went Wilfryd decided to wee when being weighed, in quite a impressively high arc and which landed on and soaked everyone else's red development books..
One thing I learnt from this visit though was that he is now on the 95th percentile (from the 91st) for weight and his head is on the 99.6th! When we had our 20 week scan they did tell me he had 'an above average head size' but the fact there are only 0.4% of babies with heads larger than him I think means I deserve some kind of prize..or at least present from Tom..no pain relief remember! 
Our second week together has gone well and I really think I'm starting to get to know my little boy. We have a (semi) routine which involves rising about 9am and hanging out downstairs on his play mat, rocking chair for a few hours where he will nap in-between awake times for just enough time to let me eat or do a quick tidy around the living room. 
I have made sure I've left the house at least three days out of five in the week (last week yesterday four!) and not watched any day time TV, go me! 
Wilf is still suffering from windy-ness so by the time Tom gets home he is already a bit grizzly which is a bit hard on him on Tom I think as he doesn't get to see his smiley mornings. I have heard that is should end by three months or so, fingers crossed. In the meantime our neighbour leant us a baby massage book, there is a specific massage for colic which we are going to try twice a day (starting yesterday) if that doesn't work then at least its just a nice massage experience for him. I am hoping to find some classes too as I have heard the benefits can be great. 

When Wilf was first born he looked so much like Tom however I think he's starting to look a little more like me these days! Well especially in the above picture, mainly due to the chubbiness! See?

Baby me..note the knit wear, all babies should wear knitwear I think, it should be the law ;)
Whilst we're talking baby me I just had to share this pic, doesn't my mama look beautiful? That hair! The little boy is my big brother Keir

Its funny since having Wilf I have become so much more interested in the way we live our life and the impact we have on the planet. I guess I'm seeing the world in a different light, not just about me but the world Wilfryd is going to grow up in. Whilst I think I have a fairly low environmental impact (we don't drive, we recycle, I have flown six times in 26 years and I don't eat meat). I want to make sure I can do as best as I can to bring him up in a ecological lifestyle, without being too militant about it, believe me we're not using 'the family cloth' anytime soon..
One of the things I want to make sure of is that Wilf eats well, when it comes to me I'm pretty happy to eat pasta or pizza most days. I was raised (and still am) vegetarian, my parents made lots of wide and varied meals but I have never really had a passion for cooking, eating yes but the preparation not so much. I know Wilf isn't going to be eating for another four and half months but I'm getting into learning new recipes for Tom and I. Its actually really satisfying know I made something from scratch and seeing everything that goes into it. Also its nice to have 'me time' where I can slip off to the kitchen have a sneaky glass of wine, put some tunes on and whip up something yummy. I do love eating. 

Its quite hard photographing food though! Yesterday I made a chickpea curry from scratch, buying the spices makes the meal come to like a million pounds the first time you eat it but hopefully I will keep it up so they will be worth the money!
Wilf has slept for about and hour letting mama and papa have some quiet time, although I'm sure we should be using it to 'wash,clean,sleep,cook' all of the above. But hey its Sunday, hope you all had a great one xoxo


Our life in pictures

I came to the end of my contract so am upgrading to an even more poncey phone. I'm giving my old one to Tom which means going through all my old photos (of which there are hundreds!) its funny going back through them all and seeing how much can happen in a year! 
For now these are just some from the past couple of weeks. Baby is still suffering from colic poor thing which is making the nights kinda hard..but in return he has become much more smilier in the day which makes up for it! I will try and get a picture at some point, its the cutest thing xoxo



A little Lionheart inspired illustration I did a while ago now!
I must admit I haven't illustrated in a long time (months now) but this morning as Wilf slept in his vibrating chair and I managed to put pen to paper again, it felt gooood!
Hopefully I will be able to keep up both being an illustrator and being a mama, I think its important to keep something for yourself when your life is very much baby centred. If I can have an hour or so a week to have that 'me time' I think we will have a good thing going! 
but for now I have a baby to cuddle! xox


A Collection

1, Maddie cat
2, Papa
3, Wilf with the bib Abi made him
4, Wilf and his granny
5, Rock baby


My Little Buddhist Monk

My little Buddhist Monk 
I finally figured out how to use one of the slings we have! Its a Kari Me and after YouTubing some tutorials we got it. Wilf has been very windy/colicy so having him upright means he can try and work through some of the gas which certainly helps by the evening. Its awful when he cries with wind as it sounds like genuine pain rather than his normal cry, although lots of people have told me its probably more distressing for us to hear than him then any distress he is actually in (not sure he would agree). We did try 'Infacol' to see if it could help the build up of the bubbles but he just sicks it straight back up. I always feel a bit 'iffy' giving him things like that anyway so we gave up pretty quickly. After a great deal of research and asking mama friends I think it may just be one of those things he has to work through, although we are keeping him upright and massaging him it seems like it may taper off by three months or so. I have been thinking about baby massage classes though, any of you tried that?
Its great having the sling so I can have my hands back to make a cup of tea/load the washing machine but as soon as I sit down he yells at me! I suppose its good exercise to be walking around though as before I was just stuck sitting down as he likes to be on me most of the time!
Whilst looking for tutorials I found this great video, I was singing it to Wilf most of yesterday (along with 'the lion sleeps tonight' he loves that one..or maybe just wants me to look like a mental lady) 


Wilf's Press

Because its all about him :)
Its taken me a million years to get round to post these so some are fairly old! The first bit of press my bump/Wilf received was in Pregnancy and Birth magazine. You may remember my post about my photoshoot with them here. It was such a lovely day and is a really nice keep sake to remind me of my pregnancy.

Whilst my designs for my baby range have not yet materialised yet (due to funding issues) I am determined to one day be in the position to get them made up!
The next piece of Wilfryd related press (or rather pregnancy related but he was the peach I was rabbiting on about) was for Lionheart magazine. Hels asked me to write a piece about my experiences of the first/second and third trimester and a final piece on him being born! The first issue entitled 'Bravery' features my experience of the first trimester, its very weird reading back on before I even knew that he was a little boy! 

Illustration of me by Abby Wright
I was also commisioned by Lionheart magazine to illustrate this article with Pat Albeck. You can see the process behind me making this illustration in this post

And the last little bit of news about mister Wilfryd Cadno is this birth announcement in the Evening Post (our local paper). I love what Tom wrote :)

Phew, think thats it! I hadn't until now realised how many bits and pieces we had published about him. I love the idea that when he is older he can look through these and my letters to him each week and know how much he was loved already before he was even born. 
It has actually taken me three days to write this, I need to perfect my one handed typing (whilst the other is nursing my baby) so I can get things done! xoxo


Baby fashion shoot

Our family and friends have been so generous with gifts for Wilf, a lot of which are handmade. I have been meaning to take pictures of him in them for ages (and before he gets to big for some of them, baby is growing like crazy). Today Tom went back to work (or rather started his new job) and it is our first day by ourselves. Tom is such a fantastic and natural father, I have to confess I have perhaps relied on him a little too much in these past four weeks and so the thought of flying solo had been stressing me out. But so far so good! And I am really enjoying having some one on one time with my little boy. Today we managed to get up at a reasonable hour, have breakfast and shower! (me not Wilf he sat in his little chair and fell asleep to the noise of the water) I have even managed to put on some washing! Later today we are planning a walk with our friend's Abby and Theo. Tom has made me promise to leave the house once a day even if to the local shops, which I think is important so I'm going to try and keep that up.

Here are some outtakes from this mornings fashion shoot, poor boy couldn't really be expected to really stay content through three outfit changes! We will have to try again some other day to photograph his little Cadno costume! (don't worry he was only crying for a minute when I snapped these, he was consoled with cuddles straight afterwards!) xoxo

p.s the knitted booties were made my Wilf's aunty and Godmama Joc (there were matching mittens but he gets a little cross when his hands are not free), the pants by my friend Bianca and the Fox hat, gloves and booties by my friend Kimberlee!


Valentines for Paperchase

This time last year I started to think about the coming Valentines day (we decided to go to Barcelona in the end after a particularly depressing Christmas it was beautiful and just what we needed). Tom and I usually make each other birthday/valentines cards because its all the more special and personal. Valentines day is also a bit more special to us as it is the date I moved back down from Newcastle to be with Tom, you can read about that here and here if you like.
Aaaaanyway I digress, the point of this post is that this time last year whilst thinking of valentines cards I decided to send a few designs to my favourite card shop Paperchase. I sent them via courier to the address on their site and the following morning at 9.05 I received a call from their head buyer! Their buyer Gemma (who was lovely) said they were very interested in my style and asked me to send in a few rough sketches with valentines themes such as a typewriter and the phrase 'you're just my type' and other cheesy puns! One of the ideas I sent them was the below

The funny thing is that I had drew this little illustration for Tom in a sentimental moment on a break from work and sent it to him in an email. I had no idea then that it would be useful in the future and by no means think its my best work! Often I find that the work I have worked many hours on or think is good is not necessarily the ones other people think are good. I think the prime example of this is this quick sketch I did of the 'animals I see on my way to work' 

which then went on to win the cover of The Metro!

Stick to the point Fritha! (I swear my baby brain is making me not able to focus on anything at any one time). SO after sending in the rough sketches they contacted me to say they would like to buy the cat design. I sold over all right to the design, I would like to say I am very content with the amount I received for the design and feel very happy with my working relationship with Paperchase. A lot of people have asked me how much they paid me and suggested they should have sent me the range/royalties for the designs, I understand that sometimes big companies do rip of smaller illustrators but like I said I am very happy with the contract I have with them and would be happy to work with them again in the future. 
The surprising thing was that I understood they were buying the design for a card only and so when a Twitter friend that works for Paperchase advised me a few weeks ago that there was a full range (including snow globes!!) I was a little taken a back. As you can see from below the design has been changed slightly but overall I am very impressed with what they have done with it, I had a cup of tea out of the mug as soon as I got home.

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