She who trusts

There is no clock in Alice’s world, only the difference in light between night and day.
She feeds when she’s hungry.
She sleeps when she needs to.
And spends her wakeful time drinking in every sight, sound and texture.
The only taste to cross her lips is that of her mother’s milk from the breast.

sweet sleeps

She delights her sisters with coos and chuckles.
She has a way of making everyone feel like a top class comedian.
The sounds of music and singing make her eyes light up with wonder.

Sophie at new Maranui Charlotte at new Maranui

She is the third born and follows no set routines.
Happy to go along with everyone else, to observe and learn.
No pile of parenting books in sight; they have long gathered dust on the shelves since the first born.
Her parents are relaxed and practiced in following their instincts.
It took them time to trust and believe.

It is she who really trusts.
She with a pure heart and quick smile.
Arms of love surround her in sleep and when awake.
Her cries are met with caring compassion.

Her parents know this time will not last.
She will, in time, push them away with an independent thirst.
At times she will bounce back to those arms, but she’ll need their embrace less and less.
For now they are her whole world,
And she shows them how to see again through new eyes.

Alice 4 months


Alice turned 4 months today and is thriving. A glorious day greeted us and we bounded out the door. Dan rode off to work on his bike, cycling round the bays. Charlotte headed off to school with a bounce in her step. Sophie stayed off Kindi with a cold, but still full of energy. Alice had an appointment with the district health nurse (Plunket) at 9.30 am and was ready for her first nap of the day at 8.30 am. I strapped her to my chest in the front pack, grabbed the buggy out the garage for Sophie, and set off for a beautiful walk along past Houghton Bay to Island Bay.

Houghton Bay

We made the appointment right on time and, as we expected, Alice performed in her true charming style. She woke just before we arrived and greeted the nurse with coos.

She’s really thriving and it was lovely to hear the Plunket nurse say that they are all for and supporting attachment parenting now. So she didn’t blink an eye when I said I had Alice in bed with me – on a futon. And I can’t say how many feeds she as, since I don’t keep count and pretty much sleep through most of them. We sure have one very happy lass and I’m proud to say she’s tres content on her Mamma’s milk… here she is at her Plunket ‘weigh in’…


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  • jen

    LOVE the photo of Charli and Alice of course

    having your 3rd is great isnt it
    Ive loved this time round so much
    pleased you know to cherish because my 3rd is nearly 5 oh my where does the time go even when you vow to cherish each day

      Thanks Jen. On a good day they grow too fast and I want to slow down time. On a bad day the time slows down painfully and I start thinking of the years ahead… thankfully I don’t have too many of those and manage to keep a clear perspective. Sarah x


  • Vegemitevix

    What a beautiful healthy little girl. Reminds me of my gloriously beautiful chubby bubbies. Now all tall and lean, with whiskers and boobs (as relevant!)

      Tee hee, ‘whiskers and boobs’ – love it! Sarah :)


  • Deer Baby

    She is just such a cutiepie! I love that hat with flowers. And I love it when they’re getting weighed – I never got a good photo on the scales like that. I love what you said about how she makes everyone feel like a top class comedian and that her eyes light up with wonder when she hears music and singing. Beautiful.

      Thanks Alison. The scales photo I couldn’t resist. I snapped it on my iPhone and then fiddled with it in iPhoto. Kind of a proud ‘Mumma’ moment for all the night feeds I’ve been doing! It’s all worth it… Sarah x


  • Jennifer

    Ooh, beautifully written post – she is gorgeous!


  • Chicken Grandma

    Just loved the picture you sent us this morning our time…Alice is just thriving and those eyes!! You are doing a very good job there and just such a joy to see and read…thank you!!


  • Meeks

    I was reading this post about the book “The Five Love Languages For Children”:

    And thought of you and Alice when I read it:

    1. Physical Touch – the authors note many parents only touch their children when necessary (ie, to help them get dressed, etc). I like this quote: “Babies who are held, hugged, and kissed develop a healthier emotional life than those who are left for long periods of time without physical contact.”


  • Meghan

    Wow, what a beautiful bonny wee girl Alice is. She is sure thriving on all the goodness of mumma’s milk, and the love of her precious family….so beautiful to see her growing in each new post.