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Family Update – January

The past month has been pretty relaxed and we have really enjoyed each other’s company.

Wriggly (7 months)

• Your first tooth peeked through when you turned six months. You now have two teeth.
• Since you were looking at food longingly, I started the weaning process, but you have not been impressed by the taste or texture of carrot, sweet potato, cucumber, pear or apple so far.
• I gave up with solids when you were diagnosed with laryngitis and conjunctivitis just before Christmas. You were too unwell for about ten days but you are on the mend now. You have had about a spoonful of carrot or pear purée every day this week.
• You are starting to sit straight.
• You absolutely love The Very Hungry Caterpillar teething toy we got you for Christmas.
• You are incredibly sociable. You smile and laugh all the time.
• You sleep less and less.
• You are making “ba ba” and “ma ma” sounds.
• You wave at us.

Jumpy (2 years 2 months)

• You are in your element at playgroup. You do your own thing and you love anything with wheels, especially large plastic cars and tricycles.
• You are starting to show an interest in doodling, painting and sticking.
• You are really off your food at the moment. One look at your plate is generally followed by a dismissive “Yuck!” and refusal to eat.
• You can scream louder than anyone else I know.
• You love going to the toilet and flushing.
• You were not too keen on opening presents on Christmas day.

Beanie (4 years 3 months)

• Your colouring is really neat and precise and your paintings incredibly colourful. You mix colours to achieve the desired shade and can give a lot of detail when describing what you have painted.
• You were the cutest snowflake at your Christmas concert!
• On Monday morning, you started school in France. You will be in Maternelle for the next couple of weeks.
• You had your first late night with us and your big brother. A few days after Christmas, we had a cinema party in the living room all together. You were really pleased to be up with all the adults and to watch Maleficent with us.
• Do you really have to eat everything smothered in ketchup? I simply do not get that. It hides the flavour of the food you are eating and it makes it all taste samey. Why would you do that?

Crevette (6 years 5 months)

• The boiler at school was broken one Tuesday morning, and you ended up spending the day with the girls and I. You loved going back to the playgroup of your toddler years but moaned quite a bit about our picnic in the freezing park.
• You were brilliant as a sheep in your nativity. You remembered all your lines and were really confident in acting them.
• Your sister received a Science kit for Christmas, and you were really keen to try the experiments with her.
• You are in CP (Year 2) for the next two weeks. When we were packing back home, you were surprised I was not taking your uniform. When I said you could wear your casual clothes, you could not believe your ears! The day before you started school in France, you packed your bag and were very excited to have a pencil case, colouring pencils, a rubber and biro. Your only worry was whether you would have someone to play with at break time.


Can Life Get any more Fun
• We had a lovely Christmas in France.
• We did nothing but catch up with family and friends, taking it easy, eating, playing board games.
• Hubby went back home on his own on Saturday and he is now back at work.
• Monday morning was foggy and icy here in the North-East of France. My brother left for work at 6 a.m. but he did not manage to get to work on time. Instead, he ended up in the middle of a field with his car on the roof, windscreen smashed to pieces. His car has been written off, but he is fine.


  1. 13/01/2015 / 3:26 pm

    Yay for the tooth. I hope teething isn’t too painful though. And wow look at that tree. I would probably knock it over about 4 times…probably more!

    • Mel
      14/01/2015 / 8:15 pm

      The tree was knocked over the day before my mum put it away. Wriggly is now teething a lot, poor little baba!

  2. lystramaisey
    14/01/2015 / 10:05 pm

    Hello there, I am so glad to hear your brother is OK. I really enjoyed reading your post, it’s just lovely and so glad you have been able to spend some lovely quality time together. Oh and I made our little man take his slippers to nursery today after reading your blog last week and he didn’t take them off once-so thank you for the tip! x

    • Mel
      14/01/2015 / 11:16 pm

      Having some time to really catch up with family is precious. Slippers rock!

      • lystramaisey
        15/01/2015 / 9:52 pm

        They totally do-I sent him to his other pre-school with him wearing them today-why did I not think of this sooner?! x

        • Mel
          15/01/2015 / 10:03 pm

          I might do it too when we get home!

  3. 18/01/2015 / 4:36 pm

    Oh dear, I’m sorry to hear about your brother’s car, but so glad he’s okay. I love the way this post was written – a lovely snippet for each child! I hope the ketchup phase doesn’t last too long- yuck!

    • Mel
      23/01/2015 / 7:32 pm

      I might have to ban kitchen at home. If it is not there, she will probably forget about it.

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