Enjoying the Little Things…

My beautiful baby girl is exactly four weeks old as I am hitting the ‘publish’ button. We have had so many magic moments in the past 28 days that I have not had time to write about them. Life has got in the way and it has been lovely!

Do not get me wrong: my hormones have gone off the roof at times. The house has seemed like a complete dumping ground on a fair few occasions (twice a day usually; all day on bad days). Hubby has gone shopping for milk and wipes to come back with crisps and sausage rolls instead (why oh why?), but mostly, life has been great over the past four weeks.

Here are the things I want to remember most.

Wriggly (4 weeks old)

Wriggly's Little Feet
– I could spend hours staring at my baby, smelling her, feeding her, giving her cuddles, listening to her breathing.
– Her little fingers and toes are delicate and perfectly formed.
– Beanie declared, “Her face is like an apricot!” a few days ago after she touched her sister’s soft skin. She was spot on!
– Every single day, we notice small changes. You forget how fast babies grow up and develop!
– Hearing her snoring or giggling when she is fast asleep makes her sleeping time reassuring (and entertaining!).
– I am really enjoying changing her tiny nappies.
– She is more and more awake during the day. She can spend ages staring at the high contrast black, white and red illustrations on the soft book in her Moses basket. Her favourite illustration seems to be the flower.
– Her first bath was with her siblings and she enjoyed being in water despite Crevette and Beanie’s arguments about lack of space in the bath.
– She has worn a couple of outfits other than vests or white pyjamas recently, and she looked like a little person rather than a tiny baby!
– She feeds really well throughout the day, tends to cluster feed in the evening and sleeps quite well. I try not to look at the time during night feeds. I have to say having a Bednest helps immensely!
– She has put on a whole pound!
– So far, she has been to Crevette and Beanie’s schools, the hospital, the park, the French embassy, Carluccio’s, a couple of cafés, shops and Kensington Olympia for the Allergy Show.
– She has travelled in the pram, a sling, our car, trains, tubes and has been on a bus.
– I think I detected a hint of a smile on Saturday night (or maybe I am trying to conjure one up).
– She has just started reaching for the pictures on her book; she tickles me when I am feeding her and holds on to fingers, much to her siblings’ delight.
– Yesterday, I got the baby gym out after her bath. She was wholly unimpressed and fell asleep after two minutes. At least, she was comfortable!

Jumpy (1 year 8 months)

Crevette Beanie and Jumpy Drawing
– Her vocabulary is expanding and she is starting to string sentences together, like “Where my baby?” when she is not sure where Wriggly is.
– She is also gaining independence. When she needs her nappy changed, she can now go upstairs, get a new nappy and wipes, bring them downstairs and lie down in front of me saying, “poo poo!”
– A couple of Saturdays ago, as hubby and I were chilling in bed with Wriggly, the older three were downstairs having breakfast and Jumpy scattered a whole pack of rice cereal all around the house… do you know what that looks like? Me neither! I let hubby deal with it. It is not like me, but I let go! It took him more than 40 minutes to vacuum it all so it must have been pretty bad!
– She has just started to get interested in scribbling and she is beginning to play with her brother and sister rather than alongside them.

Beanie (3 years 9 months)

Beanie's Drawing
– She is writing her name! One afternoon, she said she wanted to do some drawing and she wrote her own name, just like that! I could not believe it as we had never done any letter recognition exercises and I had no idea she could write letters. They do learn a lot more than we imagine through play in pre-school!
– It is undeniable that Beanie has her own style when she draws. I could recognise her artwork amongst a pile of drawings and her pictures are more and more detailed. The other day, she drew ‘daddy in a storm’, and shortly after she produced ‘a naughty ant with a baby in her tummy’. I was told to label them exactly as she had instructed me.
– Our Beanie is a bit of a cheeky monkey. After about a week saying “flipping” before every noun, she has now swapped it for “oh, burger!” with the occasional “fafa sake!”. That might be a sign we ought to watch our language around the little ones, oh dear!

Crevette (5 years 11 months)

Crevette and the Swimming Cup
– Crevette is really into arts and crafts, reading, drawing and even though he loves a trip to the park, he is not normally the most sporty of us. In the past four weeks, he has really surprised us.
– My lovely beau-papa taught him how to ride his bike with no stabilisers in less than an hour. Now that is an achievement!
– He also won the cup in his swimming class a couple of weeks ago. Despite a few months stalling and crying at the start of every lesson, he now absolutely loves swimming and I have to say his front crawl technique is much (much) better than my own. I am so proud of my little man!
– The quality of his writing is improving, with well punctuated, more creative and detailed sentences. His handwriting is looking more and more confident and his spelling is getting better.

Us

– Hubby has had a day off here and there for paternity leave and it has been brilliant having him around.
– I have been enjoying my time off with my gorgeous four children, taking my time, not rushing (except on the way to school), not trying to achieve too much.
– Our first picnic of the year doubled as our first time out as a family of six.
– I was over the moon to win a £200 Virgin Experience voucher with the Oliver’s Madhouse!
– I am lucky enough to have amazing friends. When I was unwell a couple of weeks ago, hubby turned into the perfect house husband, Loraine looked after Jumpy for a day, Cé came to visit and brought lunch and dinner (wow, a homemade meal that I did not have to make!), Aimee gave me the biggest snack bag I had ever laid my eyes upon (she is my kind of girl!), Jo offered to come to the embassy with me next time I go (because we haven t sorted out that passport yet, aaaargh).

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Comments

  1. This is so lovely!!! I love your blog Mel, every time I visit there’s something lovely here!!! That photo of those tiny feet is just to die for and the one of all the kids drawing….just gorgeous!! X

    • That is such a nice comment, thanks! I love those tiny feet and hands. I could spend the day kissing (and smelling) her. Might just go upstairs and do that in a minute!

  2. Ah this is a really lovely post. That picture of your new baby’s feet is just adorable – there’s something so precious about tiny feet, isn’t there? So much to be proud of here. If you fancy it, why not come back and link up with #loudnproud on Thursday? It’s over with me this week (we rotate on a weekly basis between 4 bloggers).

    • Thanks Suzanne. She is so tiny yet she has grown so much bigger, more alert already. Every moment is so precious…

  3. Alexandra Mercer (Life of mummy) says:

    Sounds totally delightful, we are so lucky to be mums, it’s amazing! x

  4. Seriously Mel…now I have met you I know you are real but I still can’t believe it! How do you write so much look after the kids sort the house out conjour up recipes be a great mum etc etc! I know I say it all the time but you ARE INCREDIBLE! I struggle to write 2 blog posts a week and you manage to do it nearly daily with 4 kids!!!! Congrats on winning that prize! Sounds perfect!

    • I do not write any more than you do, silly! 2 posts per week, just like you (+ a photo on Sundays), and that is on a good week! You make video recipes, now that is inspiring (and scary!). xxx

  5. BTW, I am in love with your little man!

  6. So lovely to follow your story, love the comment about the apricot, super cute and perceptive. Keep well and enjoy your lovely family.x

    #MagicMoments

    • I am glad you are enjoying reading about our adventures. Those moments are so precious. It is nice to keep a record of those cute little things they say or do from time to time.

  7. Poppy/ Beau Pere says:

    A very proud Poppy/Beau-Papa crying tears of joy reading this lovely description of four of my very very special grandchildren and equally special parents.

  8. normaleverydaylifeblog says:

    What sweet pictures! Such a special time for you and your family. Congratulations on your new baby! #magicmoments

  9. you have such a lovely family Mel. They do grow up fast don’t they. Hope you are keeping well #magicmoments

  10. Some great moments in your week, I’m loving the picture and the swimming cup

  11. Lovely post… making me broody. Love the photo of those adorable little feet. And wow, she has been a few places in her short 28 days!

  12. Baby feet are just the curtest. I hate adult feet though x

  13. Such a lovely post! Love the photo of those tiny feet! It seems like your baby has come so far in a short time. Lovely to reflect on exactly where all the kids are right now because they change so quickly 🙂

  14. I love that photo of her tiny feet. As for hubby fails on shopping missions (something I too have been guilty of at times), perhaps using the sausage rolls as wipes might focus his mind? 😉

    • The problem is hubby sees it as an Olympic sport… he loves his freestyle shopping!

      • Ah. A man after my own heart, then. I am no longer entrusted with just popping down to the shop to buy milk and bread as I inevitably come home with milk, bread and about £50 worth of other stuff that I’ve bought “because it looked interesting” … 🙂

        • Oh gosh, hubby is in a completely different league… You DO come home with the milk and bread, that is huge! Hubby does not. He goes ‘off piste’ every single time and never ever looks at the shopping list (OK, maybe twice a year actually) and every though I have planned meals for the whole week, I can rarely make what I intended, simply because he does not buy what I needed. We have to be creative!

  15. Her tiny feet are just so gorgeous!!!

    Donna
    xx

    http://www.thelondonmum.me

  16. What a beautiful post Mel, sounds like you are literally in seventh heaven at the mo. Not phased at all by having four children and doing everything else too. You are a wonderful woman xxx #brilliantblogposts

    • It is not all easy and happy all the time (hormones, sleep deprivation, grumpy mummy and moany kids) but when you look back, you tend to remember all the good things.

  17. This is such a lovely post, very well written. I love the photo with the tiny feet, beautiful! x

  18. So glad you took the time to jot down a list of things to love about these stages as both parent and child. What a gift that will be when your youngest is years old instead of days. I am a bit obsessed with my four month old’s feet. There are really remarkable little things. Lovely post!

    • Thanks! When you start thinking about their milestones, you realise how quickly they learn, grow up, change. It makes me even more proud of them now it is all down on paper (well, screen…).

  19. Awww my stepdad calls H wriggly, lovely. Those teeny tiny feet are the most gorgeous thing ever. Beautiful shot my lovely xxx

  20. what a lovely post, i love to document where things are at so i really enjoyed reading this. you sound like you have everything under control with the new addition to your fam. 🙂 #SHINE

  21. Congratulations! The time passes so quickly. I cannot believe our little man is now 11 months.
    Visiting you from the brilliant blog posts

  22. I just love this post, so much going on and all of it positive,
    Your children sound wonderful, their self development is impressive, the swimming award and name writing especially.
    But the “fafa sake!” is classic, love it!

    • Now you are saying that, I have just realised I only really focused on the positives. Thanks for the compliments about my little ones. Beanie gave us a “oh, faffa!” yesterday. We will have to work on getting rid of that one (and stop laughing) before it turns into something less funny!

  23. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) says:

    What a lovely post! I can’t believe she is 4 weeks old already! Very glad to hear you are all doing so well! xx #brilliantblogposts

  24. What a gorgeous sum up. I love that everything in life hasn’t become about new baby’s development, that you see everything happening in all your little ones lives at once and love them so completely. Your children sound so so lovely – of course they do – but I just love these introductions <3

    Thanks for linking to the #SHINEbloghop

    Thanks for the beautiful support from a fantastic blogger for my first co-host *mwah – I think you're fantastic Mel!

    • They really are gorgeous most of the time. They also have their little personalities and I would not want them to be any different (even though it can get noisy… poor neighbours!). It was a pleasure joining in with your first blog hop. Congratulations on having that set up! x

  25. What a lovely update of everything happening for your family.

    It’s a marvel to watch and see how our babies grow so fast! All the things you describe make me wish I could have just one more baby. Yes, our world and our homes get turned upside down but all the beauty and wonder of that baby makes it worthwhile.

    Love that snack pack of yours. Awesome!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop). It’s a pleasure to “meet” you!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    • Thanks Jennifer. Those little things you notice with newborns (and the more subtle changes as they grow up) is what makes me wonder whether I will ever stop being broody and having babies! It was a pleasure being introduced to your blog hop through the wonderful Steph. x

  26. Ok the tiny feet photo? Crushed me with cuteness! Lovely post and gorgeous photos! x

  27. Beautiful picture and lovely post!

  28. Mel what a totally lovely round up of whats good with your and yours!! i am so so pleased that you were my winner on the camp it was so nice to see someone I know in there that will enjoy a fantastic experience!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • Thanks my lovely. I have so much to be grateful for. That certainly is a post I will be reading when things do not seem so bright! xx

  29. This is such a lovely post Mel, so wonderful to remember all these little moments. Skin like an apricot, so perfect x

  30. What a beautiful beautiful post! I think of you often and am so sorry I missed your birth announcement. Am about to read back now to catch up x x x x

    • Thanks Susanne, and no need to apologise. You have been sick, writing your blog, looking after your three… You are forgiven for not reading my ramblings for a few weeks 🙂

  31. What a lovely post – I feel honoured to have gained such an insight into your lives. You seem truly blessed with your 4 babies (although I know it is incredibly hard work too!) I agree that there is nothing like a newborn’s apricot skin (what a perfect description) – Poppy’s comment also brought a lump to my throat – Just beautiful! x

    • Awww, what a touching comment Helen, you are bringing tears to my eyes (hormones!)… and you read the comments! I really am so very lucky to have 4 gorgeous, (lively!!), healthy little ones. Poppy is the best father-in-law I could have wished for. x

  32. Fiona Chick says:

    Mel, this is a gorgeous account of some beautiful memories. I am still in awe of how you do it (all that travelling on public transport to all over the place with everyone in tow!), while having your hands so full with your little brood. Gorgeous photos, particularly the feet. Who doesn’t love baby feet, right? xx

    • I know, I yet have to meet someone who does not marvel at those little toes! I did not take everyone with me to the allergy show (that would have been madness!). I only had Wriggly (she needed to be fed, bless her) and Crevette. He is the best little helper I have ever met so that was quite a smooth day. I was exhausted at the end of it, but that must be because social interaction is quite limited when you have just had a baby and a show is… well, it is a show so there are people everywhere! My only ‘meh’ moment was on the packed train when I had to feed a very hungry Wriggly standing up in front of lots of people. I could have done with a seat and could hardly believe nobody thought it would be appropriate to leave one of the ‘priority seats’ for a lady nursing a newborn baby!

      • Fiona Chick says:

        My goodness, are you actually serious?! You were nursing and nobody gave up their seat? My goodness, what is wrong with society? I put all my hope and faith in karma. On a different note, well done for braving the general public with a newborn! You’re amazing – truly xx

  33. I absolutely loved reading this and hearing how well you’re getting on. How gorgeous are those little feet?!? And your 20 month old is doing and saying tons more than ours, we’re lucky if we get “chaussures” out of ours 😉

    • Wow, “chaussures”. That is impressive, Sophie! Beanie cannot even pronounce it yet and she is almost 4! They all develop differently but I really think that my little Jumpy really is a fighter to compensate for all her allergies, skin problems and being the third child. Out of my four, she is the one I am the least worried about. She seems so strong and determined (in a rather loud screechy kind of way)…

Thanks for taking the time to write a little message. Comments always make me smile! x Mel