my first Mother’s Day…
Posted in personal, pia's photos May 20th, 2012 by pia

So last weekend was my first Mother’s Day as a mother. Romain had planned to head to curl curl beach for a picnic as it was the very beach he and I sat on the day before Laly was born, both of us waiting (im)patiently for her late arrival. We thought it would be a nice idea to take her back to the place where perhaps, the crashing waves woke her from her cozy womb slumber and brought her into the world. However, it happened to be a very windy autumn day and although we persisted and spread out our blanket on the cold sand, Laly wasn’t impressed. It seems she is not a fan of windy cold beach weather (who knew!). We lasted about 20 minutes, scoffing down our cafe quiches and heading back to the warmth of the car. We ditched the idea of finding another spot for our picnic and decided to go and surprise my Mum for Mother’s Day instead. Mum was rapt.

Laly is already 3 months old. Time seems to have flown by, although I remember feeling quite the opposite in those first 6 weeks. Everyone kept saying it would get easier and I honestly thought they were all lying, but now I know they were not. I feel like a pro now, understanding the different communicative cries of my baby girl and instinctively responding. It’s a good feeling.

Experiencing my first Mother’s Day as a mother made it all the more real.

So, after visiting my mum and dad, we drove back home, continued with the evening ritual of bath, feed, and bed, then even though we were both exhausted, Romain and I had a romantic dinner at the dining table. It had been months since the table had been cleared for dining. Romain cooked one of my favourite French meals – tartiflette – and we shared a mini bottle of Moรซt & Chandon which a lovely friend had given me a couple months ago in celebration of Laly’s arrival. It was my first glass of champagne in a year and it. was. divine.

We toasted to our new lives together as parents, and reminisced about the fun times we’d shared with friends in Amsterdam on our houseboat, at this very table.


PS composing blog posts is really hard with a busy bubba. I am amazed at how other bloggers appear to have seamlessly transitioned from blogger to mother-blogger. How?ย  If I manage to put on a load of washing, feedย  & dress myself, and get out the door for a walk that is quite the accomplishment – anything outside of all that is a miracle.

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  1. cathy says

    WOW!!! Pia gorgeous post as always and what incredibly beautiful eyes your little girl has…. Just wanted to share with you a post I did on my blog this week…Your book I think will be part of my heart for a very long time. Take care Cathy

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  2. Maria @ Scandifoodie says

    Laly is absolutely adorable! I am so happy for you and Romain, a baby is such a blessing! xo

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  3. Hello Sandwich says

    Oh how gorgeous and special! Congratulations lovely lady! I can’t wait to meet you and your little ball of joy one day soon!
    With love, Ebony xoxo

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  4. mel@ loved handmade says

    It certainly is a miracle! you do only what you can do & all those things that don’t have to be done, shouldn’t be. Enjoy your baby, even the busy tricky moments. One day you’ll look back in wonder at this beautiful time in your lives. Congratulations on your first mothers day! x

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  5. Francesca Muir says

    Congratulations – such a gorgeous post with stunning photos. Wow you are achieving lots – I didn’t get out of my pj’s for the first month!!! Fxx

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  6. Mandy says

    Your baby girl is so beautiful, her eyes are gorgeous!
    So cool to have a romantic dinner at mothers’ day ๐Ÿ™‚


    May 20th, 2012 | #

  7. cari-jane hakes says

    oh a beautiful post! beautiful little girl! reminds me of my 1st Mother’s Day and the surprise feeling of ‘oh, I’m one of those now!’

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  8. Sam says

    What beautiful photos. Glad to hear it is all feeling easier. Mamas are superheroes, aren’t they?

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  9. Coco says

    So sweet to read! “Everyone kept saying it would get easier and I honestly thought they were all lying,[]” I almost had to cry reading this sentence! Its so hard those first few weeks, I wonder why nobody warns pregnant women for those hard first weeks. But in the end everything is worth it. Sounds like you had a wonderful 1st mothersday, its a special day, right? Enjoy your road on motherhood ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  10. Coco says

    by the way: your daughter is so so so beautiful!! These photo’s are amazing. You look wonderful as well.

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  11. Claire says

    Such lovely photos what a beautiful girl, yr friend was right it gets easier with a baby, but do cherish every moment they grow so fast and change every day, every moment is special. My oldest is 23 and I look at her about to go off to travel the world in wonder wondering where all this years have gone. Love your books x

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  12. Becka says

    Beautiful pictures and such a beautiful baby girl, glad you’re loving motherhood.

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  13. linda dacey says

    you have a serene air about you
    congratulations and enjoy
    the years will fly by and
    you will look at your beautiful daughter
    on the cusp of womanhood
    and remember these special days…

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  14. nadia says

    beautiful pia, such a joy.

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  15. Amanda says

    Oh, Pia, this is such a beautiful post.
    The photos are stunning. I’d want the first one framed big on the wall.
    SO beautiful!

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  16. Maia says

    She is lovely – and she looks just like you! Happy mother’s day. For me, at least, motherhood has been the best part of life by far, and every day I thank my lucky stars. As for blogging…no, it’s not easy. Life is very full as a parent. But it does get easier as time goes on.

    May 20th, 2012 | #

  17. brooke says

    fun post, Pia, and encouraging too (I’m due with my first in the next month or so) and it’s nice to hear that the knowledge shakes down. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on your first mother’s day!

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  18. Tara Bradford says

    Wonderful photos of the beautiful mum and daughter duo. Glad you celebrated your first Mother’s Day in style! xx

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  19. Rohan says

    Belated Happy Mothers Day. Everyday is a parents day for celebration. Today my eldest daughter called me to tell me she has her first wobbly tooth. Made me cry. Joy.

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  20. Jenni Booth says

    Nice post Pia!! xx

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  21. shipbuilding says

    Your heart must bursting with happiness and warmth. She’s divine. x

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  22. Maria says

    Happy belated mother’s day! I am happy for you and Romain.. yes I do agree that having a baby is a blessing for a couple! Enjoy every moment of your motherhood!

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  23. Nicole says

    She’s so so sweet. Sounds like you had a lovely day! My baby is about the same age as your little one. When my 2 year old girl was born…my head was in the clouds…and I couldn’t compose a sentence let alone a blog post ๐Ÿ˜‰

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  24. Julie says

    wow…such beautiful photos of you & your baby girl. Laly is so beautiful. Glad to hear u had a lovely first mother’s day.
    It made me smile to read your comment on finding your little routine & understanding her cries now….i remember how daunting it was as a first time mumma in the early stages of my baby girls life (now 5)& i am still learning every day….all part of the precious moments really, sharing & caring for a little one. xxx

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  25. Mihaeko says

    Beautiful, mom!

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  26. Malayka says

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations. x

    May 21st, 2012 | #

  27. bobbi says

    Congratulation Pia, she’s really cute. She also look smart to be a three months old baby. But she’s a girl, that says it all.

    May 22nd, 2012 | #

  28. mrsbris says

    Like you with my first I couldn’t believe what people said to me about it getting easier! 6 weeks felt like an eternity away.. It was so tough with my first baby.. it took me a long while to adjust to life as a three. I am amazed that you have continued to write eloquent posts even when the mundane feels like such an achievement! Beautiful words and photos. Many congratulations to you on your first mother’s day!

    May 22nd, 2012 | #

  29. michelle says

    A mini bottle of champagne….what a great friend you must have ๐Ÿ˜‰

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  30. Anthea says

    beautiful child, beautiful child…

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  31. Anthea says

    whoops meant to say beautiful child, beautiful mum!

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  32. pia says

    yes, she’s the best!! xox

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  33. pia says

    thanks so much Anthea.

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  34. pia says

    thank you! yes it feels like an amazing accomplishment when I do complete a blog post, your lovely positive comment helps inspire me to keep trying.

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  35. christina says

    Dear Pia,
    congratulations to you and your beautiful baby! I know exactly how you feel! It is such a bumpy road for the first months. I’m so amazed that you are able to write such a lovely post-I didn’t even know where my computer could be. Or my head..

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  36. Dorothee says

    She is gorgeous…so happy for you Pia!

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  37. Yoli says

    Oh Pia she is devine! Congratulations I have been so busy, too busy not to notice that you had given birth to such a beautiful girl! Enjoy this time, it is all too fleeting, soon she will be running around and chatting. Being a mother is the most wonderful, life altering experiences a woman could have. Also, the most humbling. Hugs to you!

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  38. yvette says

    Dear Laly!
    How beautiful you are!
    One day I will come over for sure and kiss you on your sweet head! Bravo parents for delivering such an angel in to this world,
    XXX Y

    May 23rd, 2012 | #

  39. Angela says

    She is absolutely gorgeous. Happy first Mothers Day, sounds like the day ended beautifully.

    I had to laugh about your comment about Mummy Blogging because I thought and still think how do others do it. I’m glad I am not alone in that thought. My blogging has pretty much come to a stand still as Luka approaches two.

    Instagram has become my new blogging platform. Something to be said for microblogging, perfect for Mums!

    May 24th, 2012 | #

  40. itsasne says

    Ooooohhh…. The two of you are just soo beautiful! Wonderful photographs, warmed my heart. And you know what? With two little ones running around you, even writing a comment on a blog is a small miracle ๐Ÿ™‚ Your first mother’s day sounds great! I bet they’ll only get better too! x x x

    May 24th, 2012 | #

  41. Shentall says

    Magnifico !

    Nice pics, beautifull little girl,….
    You are very lucky and I wish you the best.

    I found your blog few weeks ago, and I read all the pages … just one word….”wonderfull !”.

    Long life x x x

    May 26th, 2012 | #

  42. Ulla says

    Sounds like a wonderful first Mother’s Day!

    May 26th, 2012 | #

  43. Jane says

    Laly is a little darling. How lovely that all three girls got together for Mothers Day. Enjoy your baby, the years go by so quickly and nothing is more important ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 27th, 2012 | #

  44. EdenClare says

    oh my goodness…
    look how her little foot
    fits so perfectly in your hand…
    i remember such days as these…
    and they were ever so lovely
    and sweet…happy, happy day
    dear mommie!

    May 27th, 2012 | #

  45. Calico Child says

    She is a gorgeous little girl ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you had a great mothers day just wait till you get the hand drawn cards your heart will just keep bursting with love :))

    I know what you mean about blogging I just don’t know how people do it I am a terrible blogger (tee hee)hardly post but keep at it ๐Ÿ™‚ You never have to worry your a true talent ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 27th, 2012 | #

  46. Traveling Mama says

    What a little beauty! I’m so happy for you! I had a really hard time keeping up with blogging when my third arrived, but after a bit we got a hang of things and I’m sure you will too!

    May 27th, 2012 | #

  47. chris says

    Sweet baby, sweet mum, sweet memories made.

    May 28th, 2012 | #

  48. mariana says

    just got your book at antropology in london!
    loving it.

    happy first mothers day.
    Your life will never be the same, it’s going to be better.

    May 28th, 2012 | #

  49. judith b says

    Dear Pia,
    You two are so lovely in these first Mother’s Day shots: just the picture of grace, natural elegance and a wonderful complicitรฉ!
    Thank you for sharing this special moment. Even after three months, I would like to congratulate you and your Romain again on producing such an adorable little Laly!
    PS French Mother’s Day is this Sunday–you are going to have to celebrate all over again!

    May 29th, 2012 | #

  50. Maria at says

    AMAZING POST:) Your blog is so you have twitter or FB??

    If you want some dรฉcor inspiration from Sweden, check out my blog:)
    Have an awesome week.

    LOVE Maria at

    May 31st, 2012 | #

  51. Becca Blue says

    Such sweet sweet photos! Enjoy this time, it goes by too darn fast! (My baby girl turned one yesterday, and I’m still not sure how, or where the time went.) Every mother struggles to keep blogging, we just get to see the pretty end products. (Not the unbathed, still in pajamas, teeth unbrushed, mother with a mountain of laundry and 2 days worth of dishes in the sink.) Besides, if having to wait means a result as beautiful as this post…I don’t think anyone minds the wait.

    June 2nd, 2012 | #

  52. Carla Coulson says

    Pia, Laly is an angel you must be so so happy, time flies and can only imagine juggling a baby and blogging along with everything else!!
    Gorgeous post and pics.
    Carla x

    June 5th, 2012 | #

  53. Nanette says

    Pia, I’m writing this before I get sidetracked and forget. Am reading the remarkable new novel by Gillian Mears called Foal’s Bread. There is a wonderful thread in the novel about hearts that makes me think of you and your project. The book is a small masterpiece. Worth reading both for the hearts and for itself alone. Thought you’d like to know. Xx

    June 6th, 2012 | #

  54. Belinda Klein says

    What a beautiful first for you Pia, congratulations.
    She is a little doe eyed doll.
    I remember my first Mother’s Day 16 years ago, my husband bought me a gold chain and pendant with No 1 MUM on it. I was so proud and delighted. I still have it stashed away with my other firsts.
    Belinda xx

    June 15th, 2012 | #

  55. Margie says

    Oh Pia, I remember that first 6 weeks so well! I really does feel endless, doesn’t it? My baby will be off to school next year… and I’ve only really got the hang of working and mum-ing this last 12 months… Do we ever really perfect it though? I think not, but the efforts are all rewarding, in their own way. You have such a loyal readership, that people will support you to take your time, and be a “slow mum”…

    June 15th, 2012 | #

  56. twiggs says

    such a beautiful post and your daughter is just amazingly sweet! she looks like you! and i even laughed about that “who knew she didn’t like windy and cold beaches?” ๐Ÿ™‚ and don’t worry about taking the time you need, she needs, your family needs! i’m not a mum, and i often need that time away to clear my head, to rest from all the online presence… so enjoy lovely laly!

    June 17th, 2012 | #

  57. Yvonne says

    so lovely dress she’s wearing:D

    July 2nd, 2012 | #

  58. Kimberly says

    Nearly finished with My Heart Wanders and fully inspired, so thank you for that. I stopped by as I haven’t been visiting blogs with summertime upon us and was thrilled to get a peek at that gorgeous girlie of yours. Could you just eat. her. up??? She is absolutely gorgeous Pia- truly. As a mum of four boys you’re best to keep far from Seattle or Vancouver as I would surely “borrow” her- what fun she must be!

    July 10th, 2012 | #

  59. Deborah says

    What a beautiful family, I wish you all the joy in the world, as I am sure everyone does. Even though we dont know you personally, owning your books and reading your words and looking through your eyes is an incredible priviledge. Thank you so much Jane and bless you all xxx

    October 31st, 2012 | #

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