Bobbie’s 4th Birthday

Wow has it been a long time, I’ve been a busy bee. So busy in fact that I’ve not edited and uploaded images for what seems like ages! But here is Bobbie’s 4th Birthday images, she enjoyed her day so much.

I took a great deal more photos than this but they are of her mates and I’m not running round getting permissions to publish them all. Carol provided the entertainment via ShortStoryLady a most excellent time was had by all!

Amelie just waking up//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsBobbie's Cake//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsAmelie and Mummy//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsBobbie Birthday Cake//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsBobbie blowing out her candles//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsMinion Cape!//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsMothers meeting//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsBobbie Cake withTiger candles//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsBlow out Bobbie//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsBobbie cake//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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The Gibson tour part 2 (Congleton)

The second part of our family holiday was in Congleton, Cheshire. We did a few things, but mainly it was Mark and Marianne’s wedding so here lots of lovely wedding photos mixed with a trip to a farm (as you do), and some pictures of the wedding flowers before-hand because I was asked to record them before the big day.

It also includes my favorite ever picture of Bobbie:
Bobbie's wedding wear 2

As always click for more info and stay tuned for more photos.

Flowers for the weddingFlowers for the wedding 2Flowers for the wedding 3Flowers for the wedding 4Flowers for the wedding 5Flowers for the wedding 6Flowers for the wedding 7Flowers for the wedding 8Flowers for the wedding 9A bright looking bird_She's Rolling rolling rollingBobbie's wedding wear 1Mark and Marianne's wedding 1Mark and Marianne's wedding 2Mustang 1Mustang 2Post Lunch BobbieThat's my anme...Wedding favours ducks as hockey players...Bobbie colouring at the weddingAll the Ducks on our tableGroom - loving it...A happy mother...The first danceHappinessDancing the night away.

On my Birthday we went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

So on Wednesday (7/3) it was my birthday and for the first time in my working life I took it as a day off! I was then asked what I wanted to do, I took ages to choose which will surprise anyone who knows me, but eventually settled on the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).

I’ve been before and you can see my blog post on that visit here, but let’s focus on the here and now…

So the whole day actually included a major day out at Meadowhall but I didn’t take any pictures of it as it was mainly shops and a restaurant. So after the shopping trip we had about an hour and a half to play with at YSP and, as ever, it didn’t disappoint.

Although clearly doing some maintenance work at the time it was still a good visit all the same.

Featured artists in the following images are:
Sophie Ryder – Rabbits / Bunny people
Sui Jianguo – 2 two suits
Henry Moore – Bronze sculpture oddness
Ursula von Rydingsvard – crystal looking den house
Magdalena Abakanowicz – Rust metal sculpture

And I’m afraid I don’t know the other artists

So enjoy and let me know what you think of my photographs… also features my very beautiful daughter looking all cute.

A future dogA sculpture through a sculpture Bobbie looking at meBobbie looking at me croppedSmoking sculture2 headless suitsHares coming at youThe all seeing bunnyA rabbit with cogs in it...Rust and Metalfemale bunny looks out to the worldBobbie enjoying the Sculpture ParkTree and caveHenry Moore in the ParkThrough the eye of HenryNarrow view of Henry

Being a dad – 8 weeks in

Being a dad… well its a challenge so I thought I’d note down a few thoughts on it from 8 weeks in.

Free time
What is this free time you speak of? Before we had Roberta to look after we had lots of fee time to go where we liked and do what we liked as a couple. Once you’re a dad that almost goes out of the window, I say almost as I think if you weren’t careful it would just get eaten up by tasks but a few things have remained thanks to organisation and an understanding wife. The key to that is sharing the caring for Roberta between me and Mairi, which in the first few weeks is hard but as time goes on you can both do a bit so it becomes easier.

Is my child quite clever?
This is one of the stereotypical lines from new parents, ‘x is just quite intelligent’, ‘ it’s just the way x plays he/she just seems so clever’. In most cases it will not be true, otherwise the world would be full of quite advanced babies which would just make that the norm thus making lots of normal babies! But Roberta does seem to focus on things and be able to hit them from 6 weeks, she has been able to flip her self over since 6 days old, and has had really good sleep patterns from day 1. In fact the most impressive thing is that if she is not in her PJ’s by 8:30pm we are told by a loud scream, I kid you not!

So this ‘being a dad’ lark is tiring, very rewarding and to be truly honest I can not imagine not having Roberta around. On the back of Steve Hobson’s suggestion I took some more photos of Roberta, these are from 6 weeks so she a bit more weight on her now. Enjoy

Roberta's Favorite play matHappy girlDaddy's fingerLook at youRoberta at play

The first 2 weeks of life

Well as most you will now know I’m a dad to a beautiful baby daughter, Roberta Holly Gibson. Here are my thoughts on becoming a dad thus far…

Sleep

We aren’t doing too bad on this front at the moment, she gets her head down around 2am in the morning and then sleeps until 7ish has a small feed and then sleeps until 11am. Not sure how long this will last and we did have a 3 day long kink in the pattern but we are now back int he swing of things. Now we have had a few people ask us “HOW have you done that?” truth is we don’t know, she just did it on the first night she was home and we kept it up the best we could.

Feeding

Don’t worry won’t go into this side of things too much, lets just say it was a bit hard at first then both mum and baby got the hang of it and now it’s relatively simple and without too many tears.

Love

There is no question that to me and Mairi, Roberta is the cutest baby ever; we flipping love her! Mairi’s favorite thing about Roberta so far is that Roberta seems to love us back. My favorite thing is that she makes funny faces throughout the day.

Activities and toys

Favorites are the jungle gym from work and Jonathan Bunny who is a bunny head and then his body is a towel – odd to us grownups but a great companion to a growing girl!

Here are the photos I took over the 2 weeks I have been at home with Roberta. Most of that time was taken up by changing nappies, helping with getting her to sleep and helping out around the house. In between all those jobs and more I took a few images some from birth and some at home, as ever just click on one to learn more.

Baby Roberta (3)Baby Roberta (2)Baby Roberta Mummy with Roberta about 30 minutes after the birthThe tiniest name badge ever! Daddy with daughter about 1 hour birth.Sleep time...Granddad Gibson with RobertaNana and Granddad Gibson with Roberta 3Nana and Granddad Gibson with Roberta 2Nana and Granddad Gibson with Roberta Roberta in her new Jungle Gym 1Roberta in her new Jungle Gym 2Roberta in her new Jungle Gym 3Roberta in her new Jungle Gym 4Roberta in her new Jungle Gym 5

Not long to go now…

Just a quick post this one, Me and Mairi don’t have long to go now before we become parents so we took some snaps of the bump before it turns into a child. These were taken with 4 weeks to go, mainly as a record of the event but I tried to be a little arty with it all. If i’m being honest I can’t really wait for it to start and neither can she I don’t think.

Enjoy

9 months in 29 months in

Eleanor

Me and Mrs G had an adventure where for one day we looked after someone else’s life….

Given that we can only just look after ourselves this was quite the challenge. Eleanor is Mairi’s (soon to be) God child and is certainly a cute baby. These images are a rare glimpse of Eleanor happy on this fateful afternoon in August, I think the lens and me being ‘arty’ might have distracted her. I have asked her Mum if I can show these images, she said yes so thank you Susannah… enjoy the pictures of the cute baby girl!

btw the picture of the cat is Sybil with her ‘ I am not enjoying this’ face while Eleanor was here…funny cat that one.