It feels like I wrote my last family update yesterday yet it was a whole month ago. Where is all the time going?
Wriggly (1 year 10 months)
· You are in your ‘big girl bed’ now. I had no intention of removing the sides of your cot bed until you were at least 2, but your siblings have been taking you out of the cot every single day before I get to you. I have to say your bedtime routine is a lot more tricky now, but your safety outweighs the inconvenience of a toddler getting out of bed ten times or so.
· When someone is sad, you give them cuddles.
· After a couple of weeks of good nights, your bad habits are creeping back in slowly. I also have to admit I am not consistent with the bath followed by massage every day. It is simply not sustainable in our busy household.
· A couple of nights ago, you were jumping in my bed at 11 p.m. and shouting “dump, dump!” (jump).
· One afternoon, you were so exhausted after running around that you fell asleep on the stairs! Falling asleep in random places is becoming a habit I have to say.
· You are starting to string words together.
“Dad phone” (call Daddy?)
“Buta Bed” (butter on my bread!)
“Mama pokek” (Mummy’s pocket)
· Other words you have been saying a lot:
Your siblings’ names
“Chat” (cat in French)
Jumpy (3 years 5 months)
· Recently, you have been the first one to fall asleep at night, no matter how much silly behaviour your siblings get up to around you.
· You are a bath addict. If you could have a bath twice a day, you would.
Convincing you to come out of the bath is also a struggle. Every single time.
· Every morning, you empty your cupboard to choose your outfits despite me getting one ready for you.
· As I was wiping curry off my plate with my naan bread and eating it: “Why are you eating a wipe?” No matter how much I explained it was a thin sort of bread I had wiped the sauce with, you were convinced I had eaten a wet wipe!
· “I need mesisine.” (medicine)
· “Maman, I like blublies.” (blueberries)
Beanie (5 years 6 months)
· Everything seems to be about poo, smells, toilets and everyone (but you) being stupid at the moment.
· Me: “Mummy always…”
· Dad: “I had a great day. I taught RE and Geography. I had to teach 6th formers.”
You, interrupting: “Did you show your bottom?”
Dad: “No, I didn’t show my bottom.” (Just in case you were wondering).
Dad: “what will you be like when you grow up?”
You: “Dancing bottom!”
· As I was telling you to eat your lunch, you replied, “mange toi fesses!” Quickly followed by “Mange toi cheveux / yeux / pipi…” (Eat you bottom, in French, then eat you hair / eyes / pee – What a lady!).
· One of our friends gave you roller skates. I have not seen you this happy about something in a very long time. You were ecstatic over that heavy pair of purple and white roller skates. You rarely take them off.
· We spotted your first wobbly tooth yesterday. Exciting times!
Crevette (7 years 8 months)
· As you were filming the unboxing of our Playbrush,
Me: “Are you going to be a YouTube star?”
You: “No, I think the word is YouTuber, Mum!” (Oh, sorry!)
· When I was editing our Playbrush video, I realised you had done most of the work, so I decided to share my fees with you for that post. When I get paid, I will transfer your first ever earnings to your savings account. That makes you incredibly proud.
· In the past few months, you have been saying that when you are older, you would like to buy a house on our street so you can live close to us. That is so sweet!
· You are an avid reader, always asking to go to the library. I wish it were closer… the 40-minute walk with the four of you after school is a nightmare! Jack Stalwart’s adventures and David Walliams’ books are your favourites at the moment.
· My mum was around for a couple of weeks, and in that time, she got busy crocheting infinity scarves for all the children. Orders, anyone?
· Wriggly and I went away together, just the two of us, to Nantes. It was a long journey by train, but we really enjoyed each other’s company. I also found it was refreshing doing nothing for a whole day but focus on my little girl, with no agenda, no work, not even a book to read. We played, we watched the world go by and we walked (a lot!).
· Our whole gang of NCT mummies got together. Eight years ago, we started with 5 full bellies and we now have 14 children between us! It is always so nice to get together and see our kids get along so beautifully. Love those girls!
· The six of us went to the Natural History Museum in Tring and had a lovely day trip.