Naming day


A few weeks ago we had B’s naming ceremony…

  • The welcoming of a child is a momentous and wonderful occasion, regardless of whether it’s religious or not. We had a wonderful personal humanist ceremony in our new home and it was just perfect. Humanists believe that this is all there is and we need to try and do the most amount of good. They believe in the power of storytelling. Our celebrant wrote the most lovely service and there were tears all round! Even the religious people enjoyed it. 
  • Making afternoon tea is possible! I even managed to make scones and they’re much easier than I thought! We had loads of food and it was great fun. Four types of sandwiches, a whole heap of scones, jam and clotted cream, lemon cupcakes, vanilla buttercream cake, chocolate truffle ganache cake, brownies, chocolate pistachio fudge. All home made. It was a bit crazy!
  • We bought vintage china on eBay. The guy just sent it in a cardboard box wrapped in newspaper. Half of it was broken! He sent replacements just in time. We really should open our own vintage afternoon tea café…!
  • Last minute bubbles (the blowing sort) were great entertainment for the kids. 
  • Actual bubbles (the drinking sort) were great entertainment for the adults!
  • My siblings who couldn’t attend dialled in via FaceTime. My other brother did turn up after all with my nephew which was really nice of him. I still felt hurt that my sister didn’t attend but in the end I didn’t want that feeling to take over so I dialled her in. We are going to visit in a week and I think my bad feeling will have died down by then! I’m not good at holding a grudge!
  • My mum did a lovely reading that she personalised for B and it meant a lot. It was lovely to have personal aspects and our closest friends there. Everyone was so thoughtful. B received some lovely gifts! And more importantly it was so nice for our family and friends to share the day. My aunt and uncle came all the way from the north of England to be there for the day. It meant a lot. 

Ultimately I guess it is a very personal occasion and probably not of interest to many people outside of immediate family and friends. But for us it seemed really significant. Because we had a humanist celebrant he told the whole story of us, because that’s how they do it. 

It was amazingly personal and maybe the first time we had fully acknowledged how far we had come to be here with B. And also to celebrate how fortunate we are to have found happiness. It really seeemed so significant to me. I suppose some people just expect those things to happen, but after everything we’ve been through it seemed like the celebration of a very long journey to build our family. 


I know I haven’t updated much lately and I keep meaning to… Currently we are enjoying life a lot!

Another milestone: Yesterday B crawled properly! He’s been a bit slow to move but he finally figured out he’s supposed to alternate arms to move forward. (He has managed the backwards crawl for weeks and weeks which results in ending up under the sofa!) Poor Dog is now having to up his evasive moves as B loves to chase him! Fortunately for Dog, B’s still fairly unsteady so he can easily escape. Although he is definitely B’s best friend at dinner time!

I can’t believe B is 8 months old already. We are so lucky. It sort of feels like all the suffering and pain beforehand was worth it, that I get to be the mama of this little guy. Sometimes I can’t believe he’s real and it really happened. 

21 Comments Add yours

  1. mamajo23 says:

    Sounds like a beautiful day! Your story and where you are today makes me smile whenever I think about you ❤️❤️

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    1. Nara says:

      Aww thank you. Hope all is wonderful with you! ❤️❤️

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  2. sewingbutterfly says:

    I am so happy you had a lovely day! Yay for crawling! O was 10 months yesterday and he is still commando crawling but he is so fast! He looks like he will move to hands and knees soon. Happy 8 months B!

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    1. Nara says:

      Thank you! It was several weeks ago but I just don’t seem to get round to blogging as much any more! I have tonnes of half written posts in my head! 😂 Glad O is well! I can’t say we’ve actually encouraged any crawling as I think it’s a recipe for disaster! He’s already fallen off the bed… Luckily it’s a mattress on the floor! 😂

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      1. sewingbutterfly says:

        Yep, we have fallen off the lounge twice (thank goodness it is low) and out of our bouncer once, how he got the clip undone I will never know. Also faceplanted a few times while trying to get up on hands and knees. I figure bumps and knocks come with the territory now. I paid his daycare deposit the other day, looking forward to getting back to the office but also sad too, that my time solely at home is ending. But we need money 😂

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  3. Flora Poste says:

    Gorgeous afternoon tea! Gives me ideas for our Little One’s upcoming 1st birthday. 🙂

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    1. Nara says:

      Thank you! Sorry it took me so long to reply. I hope your little one’s birthday went well

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  4. Gorgeous. So pleased to read you guys are all happy and well 😃

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    1. Nara says:

      Thank you! Soooo bad at blogging nowadays! 😂

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  5. Jein says:

    Sounds like a lovely day! And the photos of the afternoon tea make my mouth water…
    Time surely goes fast with the little ones, and I’m there with you about being happy and feeling lucky, every single day, to be the mama (or “mima” or “aiti” as he calls me).

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    1. Nara says:

      Awww! I like those names! He must be almost two now? Or even two already?!

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  6. That all sounds wonderful!!

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    1. Nara says:

      Thank you so much! X

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  7. A very special post…I loved it and am drooling over the delicious looking pastries! Congrats!!!!

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    1. Nara says:

      Haha I won’t be doing it again in a hurry! 😂

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  8. simmi says:

    I can’t believe you made all that yourself. It’s really so impressive. And also too bad that you are so good at your day job and aren’t taking up catering full time– you would have a list of clients a mile long. Was so happy that your brother came, and your aunt and uncle, and while I get why your sister didn’t, it’s still disappointing. Your attitude about the whole thing is great though and I hope when you see her it really does feel like water under the bridge.

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    1. Nara says:

      Thank you! I’m not sure it’s completely under the bridge. I still feel sore about it really! Trying not to be arsey about it but she keeps refusing to travel even a little bit so that’s difficult.
      As for catering full time, I think I’d collapse, haha!

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  9. Oh that food looks and sounds so good! I’m delighted to hear the naming ceremony event all went so well in the end 🙂 x

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    1. Nara says:

      Thank you and sorry it’s taken so long to reply! I hope you are well! Must catch up! X

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  10. Everything looks great! I’m so happy you got to celebrate it. And a vintage afternoon tea cafe sounds like the best idea! I really want scones lol.

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    1. Nara says:

      Ha! I can’t eat that many scones at a time. They’re weirdly filling! But I’m a big fan of clotted cream and jam! I don’t think I have it in me to run a cafe… Imagine I had three days off to do the prep for this! 😂

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