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Family Update – December

Have we really been a family of six for 6 months already?

Writing my monthly update is a reminder of how lucky I am. It has made me more aware of the little things, the small milestones.

Wriggly (6 months)

Wriggly - 6 months
• You love it when we play “Coucou-Beuh!” (peek-a-boo!)
• We got the Bumbo out of the loft and you love seeing the world from a different perspective.
• Over the past month, you have woken up in the middle of the night more and more often. That is real torture for me.
• You have rolled from back to front a couple of times, but only your Daddy saw you.
• You find it hilarious when I sneeze.
• You have had a cold for the very first time. It has been tough seeing you unwell and coughing so much.
• I love the way you look at me. Your face shows nothing but unconditional love. It makes my heart melt.
• You must be the happiest baby in the world. You are always beaming and laughing.
• You are most definitely teething: red cheeks, sore gums, dribbling for England. You are now wearing your sister’s amber necklace.
• You love being Super Baby! You laugh hysterically whenever I lift you up in the air.
• Since you were born, you have had a couple of baths in the bathroom sink every week. You have definitely outgrown it now.

Jumpy (2 years 1 month)

Jumpy - December
• There have been a few meltdowns.
• You call playgroup “playbloop.”
• You keep singing “Let it Go” at the top of your voice. The first time was in bed, as your brother and sister were trying to fall sleep.
• You are more and more interested in the world around you. You started asking questions like, “What that noise?”
• Your favourite question is still “Where Daddy / Poppy / Mamie…?” and I have just started reversing the question, which makes you think. You seem happier when you come up with the answer yourself (“work”, “cool” – for “school”, “home”).
• One lunchtime, I gave you real mayonnaise instead of your egg-free one. I realised my mistake pretty quickly as hives appeared all over your face seconds after you had eaten your first mouthful. Never have I reached the antihistamines quite that quickly! You seemed confused for about half an hour, but were completely back to normal after that.
• You had your first long scooter ride after taking your big sister to pre-school, and you were so pleased with yourself you giggled all the way. I am glad I got a strap for it; it feels so much safer being able to keep you close.

Beanie (4 years 2 months)

Beanie - December
• We have done lots of baking and cooking together this month.
• You made your first book at pre-school, complete with pictures and story, written by your teacher as you were telling her what the pictures were about. Your creativity amazes me.
• One Sunday morning, you told me I was a bad mum. You were not wrong. I have to chill out a bit.
• You are full of fun. You come up with gems on a regular basis.
Crevette: “Mummy, can you move our bed, Beanie dropped stuff on the side…”
Me: “No.” (They have bunk beds twice as heavy as me.)
Beanie: “Daddy can. He’s the strongest man in the world!”
About an hour later, you started staring at me and declared: “You’re a bit old, aren’t you maman?”

Crevette (6 years 4 months)

Crevette - December
• You have experienced stage fright for the first time in your life. Your nativity at school is a Christmas concert and discussion between the animals in the stable. You are “sheep 2”, which at first I thought would be a minor role, but it turns out you have lines all through the play and during the first whole school rehearsal, you did not know your lines. You had not been asked to learn them by heart at that stage so understandably, it was a disaster as no notes were allowed. We talked about strategies to remember your lines, practised together and tried to think about something else so you could sleep that night. Since then, we have rehearsed together every day and we all know most of the nativity by heart. I am proud of you for not giving up.
• You have really enjoyed our little Christmas crafts, decorating our alternative tree, thinking of new activities we could do.

• I am fed up I always have to multitask so much. I just want to slow down and enjoy my time with the little ones a lot more. Any tips and suggestions are welcome!
• We had a visit from Poppy (Hubby’s dad) and the children all adore him. It has been great having him and his cheerful attitude around for a few days.
• Hubby and I were supposed to go out, just the two of us, but Wriggly has not had a bottle yet and despite buying the tickets over a year ago, we ended up not going.
• The past eight days have been really sad. Our niece Philomène passed away before she had a chance to get a cuddle with her Mummy and Daddy. We did not get to meet you but we love you dearly, little one.

Us - December


  1. Becky
    11/12/2014 / 2:46 pm

    So sorry Mel to hear about your little niece, what a sad time for your family 🙁 This is an awful thing to read, but you should know that I love your updates, you write so honestly about your family life and you always make me want a big family! I get stressed quite easily and I only have two- I must learn to chill out more and enjoy them, the time goes so quickly. I’m sure you are doing a grand job! Merry Christmas and blessings to your family xx

    • Mel
      12/12/2014 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Becky. xxxx

  2. 11/12/2014 / 9:00 pm

    Huge hugs to you and your family for the sad news about your niece.

    Blooming Let it Go. N hasn’t even seen Frozen but both of his nurseries seem to have covered it/have pictures up of it, so of course he still knows it!

    Hope the nativity goes ok after the line learning. N was a king but thankfully no speaking. Given he did the movements on autopilot, with an awestruck look on his face, and refused to sing along to anything, it would have been a total fail.

    • Mel
      12/12/2014 / 4:37 pm

      I went to see the dress rehearsal today and it was brilliant! He remembered all of it, yay!

      • 16/12/2014 / 1:59 pm

        Gorgeous post honey, I too want to slow down in the 2015, I have lots of quality time with the kids but I want more, they are growing up so fast! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

        • Mel
          16/12/2014 / 11:49 pm

          That will definitely be a resolution to make for 2015!

  3. jollyjillys
    15/12/2014 / 12:55 am

    I do hope you all feel better soon and I am so sorry for your loss

    • Mel
      19/12/2014 / 12:20 pm


  4. Coombe Mill
    15/12/2014 / 10:52 am

    Lovely to stop and capture time like this. My tips for slowing down and enjoying your little ones more are just to set some family time aside together and let the mundane chores wait. Often they sort themselves out if you don’t do them, like sweeping the floor can just wait till after the next meal! So sorry to hear your sad family news.

    • Mel
      16/12/2014 / 11:51 pm

      Thanks for your tip, Fiona. You are 100% right. x

  5. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    15/12/2014 / 9:43 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear about your niece Philomène Mel, how terribly sad, sending love xx
    Wonderful update as always, don’t you just love the things that kids say?! And toddler pronunciations are just the best 🙂

    • Mel
      19/12/2014 / 12:31 pm

      Going through the notebooks where I record all the funny things they say always makes me giggle!

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