First Birthday for Epworth Cousins

June 11, 2019| Our Community /

It’s been a year since we’ve been following sisters Alex and Jane’s bubs - Charlotte and Lola. It’s been a year since they both gave birth to their daughters, one at Epworth Freemasons and the other at Epworth Geelong. Let’s find out how life has changed since then.

The last 12 months have been a whirlwind for Jane, who has learnt a lot about herself along the way.

Over just the past few weeks Alex has watched Charlotte morph from a baby to a toddler before her eyes. Charlotte is looking at the world from a new perspective, taking things in and understanding what is going on. She also interacts with her dad in a new way, with an expectation of fun.

“She screams with excitement when he chases her around the house, waits for him to make eye contact so they can talk, and runs to the door when she hears him coming in from work.” - Alex

Jane has also been seeing changes in Lola. Lola started walking the day before she turned 10 months old and hasn’t looked back since.

She now runs! Climbs and gets into absolutely everything she shouldn’t” - Jane

No matter how good things may be, as a mother, there is always a concern you feel for this little human of yours. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to share each day with our little girl - it has been the hardest yet most rewarding year of my life.
— Alex

Lola has really been enjoying playing with her toys. She hosts tea parties with her dolls and gives them cuddles and kisses, which mum Jane finds too cute! Lola has also been surprising her mum Jane by saying a lot of new words, from absolutely nowhere.

“It makes me step back and think she really is a toddler now that understands a lot more than I give her credit for!” - Jane

The girls continue to be great friends, Jane says that Lola’s eyes light up when she sees Charlotte, and they absolutely love one another.

Returning to work has been a difficult transition for Jane, who finds herself really missing being with Lola, but does find it makes her appreciate the time she does spend with her even more. Friends and family have also been a great support, Jane is blown away by all the offers to have Lola and loves seeing the bonds she creates with them all.

I miss my newborn baby and would love to turn the clock back and do it all again but at the same time every age is just getting better and so much more fun!
— Jane

Alex has also shared some exciting news with us - Charlotte will soon be promoted to big sister! Alex is expecting her second baby later this year!

I can’t wait to see her become a big sister. I am looking forward to having the benefit of hindsight this time around - I will try and remember that the hard phases do pass!
— Alex
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