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Family Update – April

“Here comes the sun, tadadada, here comes the sun…”

I love this weather! More sun, please, more sun!

Wriggly (10 months)


  • You love eating just like us and you have been enjoying your food more and more. You have had some vegetarian lasagne, porridge, mash, Thai chicken and curry. You love drinking water in a beaker but milk still has to be Mummy’s. Fair enough!
  • You have lots of teeth now!
  • Your crawling is more and more confident, and you are trying to put all sorts of things in your mouth. We have to be so vigilant! Our handheld hoover gets used a few times each day!
  • You absolutely love your book with pictures of babies!
  • Singing makes you smile!
  • Playing “Peek-a-Boo!” and blowing raspberries on your neck, tummy or feet makes you laugh uncontrollably!
  • You are the happiest baby I know!

Jumpy (2 years 5 months)


  • You used to love pigtails and pretty hairclips but you are fighting whenever I try to go anywhere near you with a hairbrush at the moment. Let’s just say you rock the ‘mad cat lady’ hairstyle!
  • You went to the school disco with your brother and sister and loved every minute of it!
  • You love dressing up, climbing, exploring and playing.
  • You had a vomiting bug and temperature for nearly a week. It is really not in your nature to be so lethargic, poor Poppet.
  • You clearly expressed your feelings for the first time at the park on Monday when you said, “I’m so happy Maman.” I wish I could have bottled that!
  • You are an avocado monster and keep saying “love cado!” or “need cado”. You could eat one after another.
  • You are starting to take part in everyday tasks like emptying spoons and forks from the dishwasher and putting them away in the right place, taking your dirty laundry to the washing basket, cooking with mummy, watering plants.
  • You ‘need’ a lot of things at the moment: bread, blankie, snack (“nak”), poo, sweets…
  • A little gem from last night at 9.12 p.m.: “I wanna go disco. I don’t wanna go to bed!” Sounds like my girl!

Beanie (4 years 6 months)


  • On a recent trip to the shopping centre, you pointed at the Chanel counter and asked me (OK, told me) to buy you lip balm (lipstick). You then had a humongous tantrum because I refused to get the aforementioned lippy or a helmet “so I can be safe”. Such a cruel Mummy!
  • You can be brutally honest. Quote from last week (Hubby was in charge of the cooking!): “I can’t eat my dinner; it’s quite disgusting.”
  • You have style. We were talking about it with my friend Loraine yesterday and could not quite pinpoint what it is that makes you look so effortlessly chic whatever you wear. It might be your confidence, your demeanour. I am not sure, but it is for certain that whatever you wear, you rock it!
  • You are fascinated by minibeasts at the moment and keep asking really interesting questions about their habitat, diet and poo.

Crevette (6 years 8 months)


  • You decided to organise a cake sale with your friends after school on Red Nose Day. I smiled and nodded, thinking you would forget all about it, but you made leaflets, asked me if we could bake cupcakes, and that morning, reminded me to bring the cupcakes after school. We went to the park straight after I had picked you up. With your friends and your sisters, you went to all the adults in the park and asked whether they wanted to buy your cakes. You made £9.95 and made me feel incredibly proud, as I had nothing to do with it, did not suggest or encourage it. You are growing up, my little man, and I love the kind, caring, considerate person you are becoming.
  • I attended your first school trip to London and we both loved every minute of it! I learnt quite a lot that day!
  • Your latest school report was quite simply impressive. You are above average in every aspect of the curriculum and even achieved levels expected in the Juniors in your latest assessment.
  • One night as I was giving you a kiss before I went to bed, you woke up just long enough to say, « Attends Maman… Je t’aime. » (Wait Mummy, I love you). My heart melted.
  • Earlier this week, you declared: “Maman, I think I can guess your age. You’re 24, aren’t you? You’re definitely not 42.” I am really glad we cleared that one out!


  • I bought tickets to go and see Paul McCartney with my cousin in May and I am having a little dance in my head just thinking about it.
  • Crevette and I went to the Harry Potter studios for an exclusive preview of the Hogwarts Express, and we had an amazing evening.
  • Crevette, Beanie and Hubby went to Bournemouth for a day out.
  • I have been back at work and my lovely father-in-law came to look after the little ones. He ended up being vomited on (a lot). Sorry, Poppy!
  • I went on a ‘Relaxed Entertaining’ cooking course at the Novelli Academy and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • I have been surviving on about four hours’ sleep during the week for the past few months and I tend to crash with exhaustion every week-end. If anyone has tips on how to do it all and manage to sleep as well, please share!
  • I have been working during the holidays so the little ones have enjoyed spending lots of time with their Daddy.
  • It has been sunny the past few days and we have started spending plenty of time outdoors.


  1. 09/04/2015 / 9:20 pm

    C’est incroyable ce qu’il a fait Crevette ! Il est déjà un petit héro ! Tu doit être très fière j’imagine. Bravo !

    • Mel
      10/04/2015 / 12:04 am

      Oh oui, il m’a vraiment étonné mon petit loup. x

  2. 09/04/2015 / 10:34 pm

    I love reading these monthly updates. It’s so nice to hear about how they’re all growing up.

    I’m quite jealous of Jumpy’s love of avocado. Josh just wants chocolate (especially since Easter). I did manage to get him to munch through a few kale chips the other day so maybe there’s some hope for him.

    I’m loving the warmer weather too. Spring is definitely my favourite season.

    • Mel
      10/04/2015 / 12:03 am

      “Cocola” is also a favourite of Jumpy’s! Kale chips would have no chance in our house I think. xx

      • myrecipebookuk
        10/04/2015 / 7:07 am

        Daniel and Jon aren’t fans, I’m undecided. I think Josh’ll eat anything he thinks is crisps.

        • Mel
          10/04/2015 / 4:53 pm

          Ha ha, bless him!

  3. 10/04/2015 / 8:09 am

    Wow! I don’t know how you do it all, or survive on 4 hours sleep. Wow!!! The kids sound delightful as always. I love reading about what you have been up to and what your kids are doing. I bet your family in France love these updates too, and when the kids are older it will be so interesting to read. I still can’t believe that your baby is not so much of a baby any more?! Lasagne! Wow…so grown up. And Crevette doing a cake sale. That is adorable. I love him! I bet your lot are not at each other like cats and dogs like mine are this Easter! It is so waring!

    • Mel
      10/04/2015 / 5:38 pm

      I have no idea either! Must sleep more…
      My little ones argue as well, especially when we stay indoors. When are out all day, they just run around and seem a lot happier. A bit of sunshine makes such a difference!

  4. 10/04/2015 / 6:47 pm

    A fabulous, upbeat update! How can Wriggly be 10 months old already?! Are you sure?! I went to see Paul McCartney a few years ago – fabulous! x

  5. 11/04/2015 / 7:37 am

    Gorgeous update as always Mel! I’m so pleased that Wriggly is back to being super happy. Your update of July mpy made me think of my 3yo about six months ago! Beanie sounds hilarious with her exclamations, and Cravette sounds like a charming young man. What a lovely brood to be proud of.

    As you know, 4 broken hours sleep is my average too. You aren’t going to want to hear this, but my biggest tip is cutting down on sugar. Sending you lots of hugs and Zzzzzzzz’s my dear. We will meet soon xxx

    • Mel
      12/04/2015 / 12:27 am

      Did cutting down on sugar help you have more energy in the morning? I am great at night, but really struggle to get up…

      • 12/04/2015 / 5:53 am

        Totally, honestly it makes all the difference…

        • Mel
          12/04/2015 / 11:04 pm

          Really? Oh please don’t plant an idea like that in that little head of mine. I love food way too much to remove anything from my diet 🙂

          • Mel
            13/04/2015 / 9:23 pm

            I know, I know!

  6. 11/04/2015 / 7:39 am

    PS. More cado has been a mantra with both girls, and little man loves them too. Wouldn’t it be great to grow them ourselves 😉

    • Mel
      12/04/2015 / 12:28 am

      I would love to grow my own! I bet they would taste better, too. I find them quite bland here. They have more flavour in France. Xx

      • 12/04/2015 / 5:55 am

        I find that they are much nicer when they’re grown in Spain rather than Peru or Israel. It pains me to buy food from that far away but avocado is the one exception in our house. We all love them xx

        • Mel
          12/04/2015 / 11:07 pm

          Thanks for the tip my lovely. Spanish ones next time!

  7. 12/04/2015 / 7:29 am

    I love reading your family updates each month. Beautiful photos as always and so lovely to see Wriggly sitting up! She sounds like such a happy baby. I loved your comment about Jumpy’s ‘mad cat lady’ hair and her saying “I’m so happy Maman” – what a gorgeous moment and what a shame you can’t bottle those times! Beanie definitely sounds like she has style and the tantrum over the lippy did make me chuckle a little (although I am sure that wasn’t your reaction at the time!!). A huge well done to Crevette on the Red Nose Day fundraising and what a proud moment for you. Glad you are managing to enjoy having time outdoors (it is lovely having so much nice weather) and hope you start being able to get more sleep soon x

    • Mel
      13/04/2015 / 12:16 am

      Thank you for such a lovely comment, sweetie. She is a happy little bunny, and all she does is eat, eat, eat, bless her! Jumpy really rocks the crazy hairdo, and Beanie was putting on make-up yesterday as I was having a shower… she looked right out of the 80s! Crevette is such a kind little man; I was really proud of him when he raised that money (not so much when he suggested keeping half of it, but let’s keep that one quiet, shall we?)

      • 15/04/2015 / 10:06 am

        Lol, bless him! Thanks for linking up to #ftmob as well. Have been inspired by your family updates to use a similar format with my siblings post this month – hope that is ok x

        • Mel
          15/04/2015 / 9:56 pm

          Oh that’s brilliant! I’m glad you like that format. By the way my lovely, if you have already commented on a post and I have linked to #fmob, please do not comment again. Have a cuppa instead (on me!). x

  8. 13/04/2015 / 6:15 pm

    Aw how lovely. I truly enjoy reading updates. It’s great to see how they change. I jut wish I blogged when my two were at that point. Wait mummy I love you. How adorable!!!

  9. 13/04/2015 / 8:56 pm

    I do love reading these updates, such gorgeous little snippets of everyday life. The wee girl is the same with her hair, will not let me brush it…! #ftmob

    • Mel
      18/04/2015 / 12:38 am

      I am quite often running after Jumpy with a brush in hand…

    • Mel
      17/04/2015 / 7:00 am

      Thanks my lovely. I really loved the cooking class. I wish I could do that once a week!

  10. 18/04/2015 / 8:36 am

    These updates are so nice to read, loving the thought of mad cat hair! and how lovely that your eldest organised and raised that money =) You must be so proud of them all =)

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