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Family Update – March 2016

Longer days, brighter light… it must be time to come out of hibernation! Woop, woop!

Wriggly (1 year 9 months)

Wriggly March 2016

· One Monday afternoon, I found you playing happily over the toilet bowl and splashing water. Gross!
· You have been quite poorly over the past month. After an ear, eye and chest infection, you were the first of the family to get the vomiting bug. Straight after you recovered, you started pulling your ear again.
· Your sleeping has been all over the place as usual, but the past week has seen some progress and a few full nights’ sleep.
· You can follow simple instructions like picking up things, closing doors, getting coats.
· You are growing up so much at the moment and you are now looking like a toddler rather than a baby.
· You love nothing more than making tea for mummy, cuddling your baby or drawing (OK, scribbling on the walls…).
· You have a few new words to describe things you want:
“Oooter” is water
“Kay!” is OK
“Towy” – story
“Pain” – bread in French

Jumpy (3 years 4 months)

Jumpy March 2016

· Your big sister is your best friend. That is so sweet! Then the next minute, she becomes your worst enemy. Not so cute…
I think you are finally used to preschool. Until last month, you would cry every time I mentioned it, but during half term, you were counting the sleeps until you went there. It was lovely taking you there and telling K., your lovely key worker, that you had missed her.
· You are starting to enjoy having your hair done up and are now requesting specific hairstyles, like plaits, buns, or “Let it go” (French plait from one side of your head going to the other side).
· Your doodling has improved considerably over the past few weeks and you are now drawing heads. · You are also interested in mark-making. You ‘write’ lines and lines of curves and mountains.
· You have got into the habit of getting dressed by yourself every morning, rummaging through your cupboard to find ‘the perfect outfit’. Messy but sweet.
· You have a fiery temper (I am being incredibly ‘politically correct’ here!) and I would not want to be on the receiving end of ‘the stare’ you have perfected.

Beanie (5 years 5 months)

Beanie March 2016

· During half term, you and Jumpy kept hugging saying, “We’re best friends forever!”
· After your bath on the first day of school after half term, you declared that you had a big tummy and hated that! Whaaaat? Hang on a second, you are a confident 5 year old who loves food, exercise and monkeying around. Where did that come from?
· You love reading and deciphering words in any book, magazine or leaflet that passes your eyes.
· You cannot walk past a piece of paper and ignore it. You grab a pen at every opportunity you get and start writing or drawing elaborate scenes.
· You got sick in school, in the middle of an assembly, my poor little lady.
· Question of the month: “Mum, does it hurt to have a baby?”
Me: “yes…” and as I was thinking of a longer answer, you enquired: “Do you like skeletons? And ghosts?”

Crevette (7 years 7 months)

Crevette March 2016

· You are the sweetest little man I have ever met and you just want to please people.
· During half term, we focused a lot on your writing and improving your spelling and you write your first ‘guest post’ on the blog, all about LEGO.
· Ambitions of the moment: “I really want to be a blogger or a scientist.”
“Why do you want to be a blogger?”
“Because you get lots of things that you can use like the Vitamix and you write posts about it. With the money you get, you can buy food!”
· Myth busted: “I know the Easter bunny is not real!”
Me: “how do you know?”
“I looked up facts about the Easter bunny and it said ‘pretend facts’ so I guessed.”
Me: “Would you like to be the ‘Easter bunny’ for your sisters?
You, ecstatic: “yeah!”


· Our friends from Nantes spent a week at home with their three little ones and we had a great time catching up and chatting around the dining room table for hours and hours.
· We had a lovely week In Devon, catching up with family and going for walks and play dates.
· We had a vom fest at home… After Wriggly, we all started catching the bug and falling like dominoes. It was ugly, very ugly…
· I had a nice day on my own finding out about seam butchery and trying a range of beef cuts with other foodie bloggers.
· I have been questioning my abilities as a mother. I have now decided I wanted to be perfectly imperfect for my children, and not to worry too much about it.


Little Hearts, Big Love    


  1. 10/03/2016 / 7:46 pm

    What a Lovely record, in years to come you will all love looking back on this post! I feel I should write down more of the precious little moments xx

    • Mel
      11/03/2016 / 12:19 am

      Month after month, it’s invariably my favourite post to write, and read again and again. I think I’ll print it all for each one of them soon. x

  2. 10/03/2016 / 8:15 pm

    I saw in your last post you were beating yourself up for forgetting a few things!!! I was going to leave a comment there but I didn’t think you would see it, it was BUSY! I love these family updates, so cute! And woah – Crevette – guest post?? Popping over to read it now!

    • Mel
      11/03/2016 / 12:10 am

      To you and me, they were just a few things, but to my little one, they were the big things and I can’t believe I repeatedly forgot absolutely everything last week. Bad, bad mother! On the plus side, I’ve now got every tiny event written on our family calendar and in my diary. This mummy is not going to screw up again (for a few weeks at least!). xx

  3. Louise George (@liquoriceuk)
    14/03/2016 / 11:18 am

    Love reading your monthly family updates Mel and hearing about how you and your little ones are doing. Wriggly is getting so big and I love some of the words that she is using – “oooter” and “towy” sound particularly cute. I hope she is now recovered from all of the bugs and back to her usual self. Jumpy and Beanie being “best friends forever” is adorable (but yes, not quite so sweet if they are enemies a minute later – the joys of siblings!) I love the sound of the “Let it Go” plait – what a good name for it. Might have to give it a go on Jessica’s hair – she always loves me playing around with plaits in her hair. I’m glad Jumpy is enjoying preschool now and hope Beanie is feeling better after being sick in her school assembly. Love Crevette’s ambitions – I see no reason why he can’t be both a blogger and a scientist and how lovely that he is going to be the Easter bunny for his sisters later this month. Vom-fest and bugs aside, it sounds like you have all had a lovely month, thank you for sharing it with #ftmob 🙂

  4. Tracey @ Mummyshire
    14/03/2016 / 11:43 am

    I love that you do these family updates gtp a gorgeous record of family life. You’ll love looking back on them in later life!
    That sickness customer just awful, glad it’s all over now.
    What a lovely idea to ask your boy to write you a guest post, and how cute that even tho the myth is busted about the Easter Bunny he still wants to uphold it for his sisters.
    I remember when Wriggly was born and it doesn’t feel that long ago. Time is just flying by so fast
    Glad you and your family are well xx

    • Mel
      22/03/2016 / 12:38 am

      I know they grow up so quickly! These updates are a real treasure. I love looking back at them. x

  5. 14/03/2016 / 1:39 pm

    What a lovely update. My two are the same ages as your middle children and their updates sound very similar to what we are going through xx #ftmob

  6. 14/03/2016 / 1:46 pm

    Love this idea of having updates on your children with not only on how they’ve been progressing but their personalities. Must be so lovely looking back and seeing how they’ve changed and not.

  7. 14/03/2016 / 2:09 pm

    I love the way first words come out, I still remember them from my children. #MagicMoments

  8. 14/03/2016 / 4:09 pm

    I really love reading your posts. It is sad when they start to question the magic characters like father christmas and the easter bunny 🙁 But great that he wants to help create the magic for his siblings
    x Alice

  9. Angela Milnes
    14/03/2016 / 7:29 pm

    Oh this is so super cute. Sylvia used to say “Kay” instead of okay. They are so cute at that age. I enjoyed the post. Angela popping by from #FTMOB

  10. 18/03/2016 / 12:00 am

    Aww how sweet – lovely round up! Loving the idea of a ‘Let it Go’ hairstyle, like the ‘Rachel’! #ftmob

  11. 20/03/2016 / 5:03 pm

    I love how you set out your monthly updates Mel, just so lovely and your photography is always perfect! I hope everyone stays healthy now my lovely and here’s to a wonderful month to come!xx

    • Mel
      23/03/2016 / 10:37 pm

      Thanks sweetie. These updates are our little treasure. I definitely have to start printing them and collating them for the children to read when they’re a bit older.

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