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  • Welcome to GOBLIN CHILD

    Hi! I'm Amber and this is my blog. I live in London with my partner, Kirsty, a little dog called Posy and Balthazar and Lysander, two extraordinarily well-dressed babies.

    This little space on the internet is dedicated to documenting our parenting adventures. Common themes on my blog are baby fashion, LGBT parenting and life with twins.

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lilly + sid

We’re big fans of Lilly + Sid in this household so it was an exciting morning when we were offered some items from their gorgeous new range to photograph and review.  Of course I said yes right away and hovered by the front door in anticipation of the parcel until it turned up.

Lilly + Sid parcels come beautifully presented, with each item wrapped in their own tissue paper and tied with ribbons.  Our parcel also contained a Lilly + Sid card addressed to the twins & family and thanking us for collaborating with them.  It was a really nice touch and I felt as though I was receiving a particularly special gift.  I could easily see myself buying Lilly + Sid as a present for friends who have just had babies as the presentation is so nice that I could have the parcel sent directly to them with no additional faff on my part!  Not to mention, of course, that the clothing itself is adorable.

We were given the Eddie Teddie Applique Playsuit, Eddie Teddie Harem Set and the Unisex Knitted Forest Friends Baby Blanket, which presented quite a conundrum for us as it’s reversible and we could not decide which side we liked best!  It’s a lovely, thick blanket and kept the boys toasty warm when we tucked them up with it in their pram.

One of the things that we liked best about the items that we received is that they are comfortable enough that we felt able to let the boys lounge around the house in them, but decadent enough that had we decided to pop out to lunch, we wouldn’t have needed to change their outfits.  In fact, we popped them round to Grandma in these outfits and she too complimented us on how cute they looked.

Naturally, we had to take some pictures!

Disclaimer: These items were gifted to us in exchange for a review and photographs.  However, all opinions are honest and entirely my own. 

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January 30, 2015 - 3:55 pm

hannah - Another set of beautiful photos thank you!! The outfits are gorgeous – I especially love the blue and white hat with taupe and white trousers! Adorable. Red is great too – starting to add more of it to Austin’s wardrobe lately. Thanks for linking up again – see you soon! #weekendbabystyle

Living Arrows – 4/52

Warm clothes, a heaping of blankets.  Tucked up in the pram, heads together. 

We wonder what you see as we push you about the town.  Of course, we know what you see – sun, sky, branches, birds, clouds – but what does it mean to you?  What do you recognise about this world that has been handed to you?  What will you make of it as you grow?

I think about all of these things as we walk.  I think about who you could become in time (and we all like to think that our babies have all the time in the world).  So many possibilities.  So much opportunity.  I hope that we never fail you.  I hope that you never fail yourself.  I hope that when you fall down, you will pick yourself up and dust yourself down and continue walking. 

I hope that just sometimes, somebody else picks you up and kisses your broken knees.

I hope that the sun will always shine for you, that the sky is always blue, that the branches always bud with the promise of Spring, the birds are many and varied, that the clouds make strange and fascinating shapes for you.

I hope that everything will make sense to you in time.  I hope that you will grow to love this terrifying, wonderful world.  I hope that you will take it in your fists and bend it around you, that you make something beautiful of it.

I hope that you will always have each other.

 

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January 26, 2015 - 9:05 pm

Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog - Absolutely stunning words and image. got a tear in my eye, true words said there xx

January 26, 2015 - 9:32 pm

Sarah (@tobygoesbananas) - They are just adorable! I think that’s one thing about twins…they’ll always have each other.

January 26, 2015 - 10:08 pm

Vickie - Oh I love your hopes and wishes for your boys. So beautiful!

January 26, 2015 - 10:19 pm

Hayley @hayleyfromhome - You get the most amazing photographs of your twins, they are fantastic. I hope that my boys always have each other too, the beauty of twins! #livingarrows

January 26, 2015 - 11:07 pm

Karen - This is just gorgeous. Beautiful words for gorgeous boys x

January 27, 2015 - 7:05 am

Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) - Lovely photos! Lovely words =)

#LivingArrows

January 27, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Sian - Beautiful words. I hope your hopes come true! They look so content snuggled under the blanket next to each other.

January 27, 2015 - 7:38 pm

Kimberly Temple - Lovely words and lovely pictures as always #living arrows

January 27, 2015 - 7:51 pm

You Baby Me Mummy - Aw such a lovely post x

January 28, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Katie @mummydaddyme - You write the most beautiful things to them. x

Mothers, Be Photographed with your Babies!

Some of us carried and birthed our children.  Some of us nurture them with our bodies.  Most of us have woken with them in the night and nursed them through sickness.  We may have more lines on our faces since our children came into our lives.  We may have given up counting our grey hairs, or we may know that the first is just around the corner.  We have a newfound fear of mortality: ours (how can we ever leave them?), theirs (too dreadful to contemplate).  We are not the same as we were before children.  Motherhood has changed us.

We are still beautiful.  Unless we tell our children otherwise, we are still perfection in their eyes.

I have many favourite pictures of my mother: cuddling her newborn, exhausted but radiant; holding the hands of two little girls in sailor dresses, sunkissed in Spain; at a family barbeque with a glass of wine and children playing in the background.  They became more sparse as I grew into a surly – and frankly, unphotogenic – teenager, but I treasure those early photographs.

I want the twins to have hundreds of pictures of our family adventures.  I want to be in them too.  I want them to remember that I was there and if they’re too young to remember, then I damn well want there to be photographic evidence of the fact!  I want images that tell them I have been here from the start.  I held you close.  I took you places.  I have loved you an awful lot, enjoyed you quite a bit and managed not to kill you when you were at your worst.  You have been the pivotal point in my life.

Join me.  Next time that you pull out your photographic device of choice, hand it to somebody else.  Ask them to capture you in the image too.  Be in the moment with your child.

A picture tells a thousand words so don’t edit yourself out of your child’s story.

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January 22, 2015 - 6:55 pm

Katie @mummydaddyme - I love this post so much and couldn’t agree more with everything you have written. I hate myself in photos but I do try and get in the photo with them more. xx

January 22, 2015 - 8:13 pm

Laura - I so need to do this, I hide away from photographs of me so much, but I suspect I will regret it when I’m older. I need to step out and get some photos of me with my children.

January 22, 2015 - 8:58 pm

Mel - It’s the first time I’ve seen your blog and I loved this post. It is beautifully written, and you are so right about giving the camera to someone else from time to time. I must do that more often!

January 23, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Caro | The Twinkles Momma - This is a great post — I totally agree. Happily we are lucky enough to live in a world with mobile phones that have the technology to take an amazing selfie!! So many of my favourite pics of my boys and me have been taken this way.

But equally, handing someone else the camera also ensures that you get those perfect shots that are uncontrived; moments that you wouldn’t have been able to capture yourself in a million years.

#brillblogposts

January 23, 2015 - 6:31 pm

HonestMum - Such a moving post, I’ve welled up here, you are both incredible mums and your sons are so lucky to have you both. Photographs are so important and with everything being online, I make a point of printing and framing lots. My son has a picture of us all by his bed next to his class photos and every night before bed he looks at them, it’s the sweetest thing. I’ve shared their baby books with them too so if you haven’t already maybe make some, my 5 year old really appreciates them now and we talk about his birth and life in london and bristol when he was small.

Such a beautiful post and you are right, being a mother is nothing to do with carrying a child. In fact if I have another I would love a surrogate and am open to adoption too. My husband doesn’t want more kids but who knows. Love, unconditional love and care makes a mum. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

January 23, 2015 - 9:18 pm

You Baby Me Mummy - Fabulous post. It is so important. Even if you don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera it is important for your children x

January 23, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Karen - I’ve not visited before so hello there, what a lovely blog and post. I’m going to make much more of an effort not to hide this year x

January 25, 2015 - 5:46 am

Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks - This is so very true; there are lots of photos of the husband and the terror but not so many of me! Must remedy!

January 26, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog - Love this. My living Arrows image this week includes me. I just want my little ones (& me) to remember soaking up these moments. Magical moments regardless of how awkward I feel or how rough I look from rubbish sleep!) x

Another Baby Fashion Post!

Baby fashion is so much more fun than big-people fashion.  I can already tell that the period between my children growing up and my children giving me grandchildren to dress is going to be a sad one indeed.

As you can see, my fox obsession continues. Lysander’s jumper is from George and was gifted to us by a friend.  It’s paired with Phister & Philina trousers, a Joules hat and John Lewis shoes as it was icy out!  According to my Twitter feed, shoes are ‘unnecessary faff’ for little babies but it really was too cold not to bother.

Balthazar wore a John Lewis cardigan with our favourite Doodlepants, which feature a child holding an umbrella and dancing in the rain.  We added a Toby Tiger hat for a shot of colour, and hand-made yellow shoes sourced from eBay.

You can see clearly here that Lysander’s eyes are very blue and Balthazar’s are decidedly not.  I’m not quite sure what colour his eyes will settle at but right now we’re describing them as ‘pond-coloured’.  They look brown in these pictures but in real life they’re more of a grey.  I’m so enjoying having children who look so different from each other.

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January 21, 2015 - 8:58 pm

My Two Mums - Oh they look adorable! We need to put M in more colour, we seem to have accumulated lots of dark colours due to him going to playgroup now. They hide the dirt better lol.

January 21, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Bex @ The Mummy Adventure - Look at those squishy baby faces! They do look so different. I love the little shoes, we didn’t do them with the boys because of the faff but we did use booties for babywearing so if they are out the pram then they do need something.

January 21, 2015 - 11:48 pm

Natalie Ray - Oh my goodness these two are just too cute! How old are they and where have they been all my life?? I was never as good with fashion as you, my little ones were, and still are, pretty much dressed in whatever hand-me-downs we were lucky enough to receive so it’s lovely to see such carefully selected outfits.x

January 22, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Kerry - ahhhh, this is toooo cute! That fox jumper is lovely, I think I’d wear that myself! Lovely children in lovely outfits ;-)

January 22, 2015 - 9:14 pm

Kohl Mama - What gorgeous little men! I’m a twin myself then I love to see twins this age as there aren’t many of me and my sister. Anyway, their clothes are adorable! I especially love the fox jumper!

January 22, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Confessions of a New Mummy - Oh goodness, these two are gorgeous and you’ve dressed them in such nice outfits. I’m a huge fan of stripes and that fox jumper is really sweet. Like you, I’m loving baby fashion!

January 23, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Sharon Powell - OMG I could just eat them all up, so so adorable! Love the outfits. I love lots of colours on children x

January 25, 2015 - 11:24 pm

Style Me Sunday - So much gorgeousness its too much. And you’re right children’s fashion is so much fun. Keep the baby fashion posts coming, I’m loving them. #streetstylesunday

January 27, 2015 - 4:54 pm

ClearlyBex - Oh gosh, adorable overload!! Lynsander’s jumper is so cute and a great gift from a friend whilst Balthazar’s Doodlepants are adorable, the rain/umbrella logo is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.