Longer days, brighter light… it must be time to come out of hibernation! Woop, woop!
Wriggly (1 year 9 months)
· 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)
· 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)
· 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)
· 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.