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Family Update – May 2016

The sun is shining people, the sun is shining! Goodbye winter coats, bye bye boots and scarves. See you in winter!

Wriggly (23 months)

Wriggly - May 2016

· You love being read to, especially at bedtime. Your favourites at the moment are Peppa Pig stories (“papa!”) and Llama Llama Red Pyjama.
· Your sleep pattern has gone out of the window once again and I have just started singing to you in French (“À la Claire fontaine” & “Au clair de la lune”) as you are falling asleep. I saw my friend Cé do that with her little one and so far, it has helped you settle down a lot better.
· You are drinking more and more milk. On top of your night time bottle, you have recently been asking for a morning bottle and sometimes another one before your nap. It is so sweet when you ask for “Meeewk lots” (lots of milk)

Jumpy (3 years 6 months)

Jumpy - May 2016

· One afternoon, I looked at you and I felt a surge of love. I said, “I love you!” To that, you replied: “I just done a pop!” quickly followed by, “I need a pee pee.” OK, then!
· One morning, you started getting enthusiastic about tidying up. I was so impressed about this new habit…. I really thought I had cracked that parenthood thing. I mean, how many pre-schoolers do you know who tidy up after themselves without making a fuss? Then about a week later, your big brother hinted I should look under beds and furniture. Ah, right…
· You have been saying quite a few cute things recently:
“Scribbl” is a squirrel.
“Isabella is my best friend in the whole world!”
“Mum, the sun keeps looking at me. I want the sun to leave me alone!”
· You had your first sleepover away from home. It was so sweet watching you and your little friend having the best time together.
· You have tried the balance bike a couple of times, but you are still unsure.
· You can whistle! One morning after dropping your brother and sister to school, you said to me, “Can you hear my whistle mama?” You were really sweet and shy. You only whistled when I was not looking at you. You amaze me every day!
· You are very shy with new people, or people you rarely see. It is almost a ‘wild animal’ kind of shy if that makes sense. You look at them from a distance, wary, and if they go anywhere near you, you flinch or shriek.

Beanie (5 years 7 months)

Beanie - May 2016

· On the day you had your first wobbly tooth, you wrote a note to the tooth fairy to warn her she might have to come soon. A week later, you wrote her another note to go with a page of Sudoku for her to do!
· You lost your first tooth. You literally did. It fell under a chest of drawers 5 minutes after you pulled it out and no matter how much we tried to find it, it just vanished! Luckily, the tooth fairy must have spotted the gap between your teeth and she did not forget to leave a small token under your pillow.
· As you were writing a story about a boy in the forest, I suggested you draw a picture to illustrate it. You declared: “No, it’s a tricky story with no pictures!”
· After some serious regression in the swimming pool and me having to go in the pool with you again for almost a year, you have started lessons on your own again. You even got the swimming cup in your first lesson and every day, you ask me when we are next going swimming. I am so proud of you!
· I have been spending every Thursday afternoon in school with you thanks to a lovely initiative called “Once Upon a Time” taking place in your school. After focussing on strategies to help you spell more accurately and become an enthusiastic reader, I get to spend an hour with you doing fun activities, crafts and listening to stories. That is so special and previous time we get together and I love every minute of it.
· As we were leaving the soft play area: “You’re a selfish mother!”
· In the car: “Put some rock music on!”
· I am trying my very best to find strategies to reduce your use of the words “stupid” and “twit!” Any advice welcome!

Crevette (7 years 9 months)

Crevette - May 2016
· As your sister was starting to get excited about the tooth fairy, you took me aside and asked, “The tooth fairy is not real, is she?”
Me: “Why are you asking?”
You: “Fairies don’t exist. Magic powers aren’t real, magicians use tricks.”
· Oh little man, you are growing up… Does you innocence and have to fade quite so soon? I wish I could sprinkle fairy dust over you when you are asleep to keep fairy tales real for you just for a little longer.
· Your swimming teacher said you were almost ready for your 100m badge!
· As you were putting make up on me (as you do), I asked you whether I was going to be pretty, and you replied, “Yes, but you’re always pretty!” Heart. Melted!

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  1. 11/05/2016 / 6:25 pm

    Always love reading these updates. Sounds like you’re having a lovely time at the moment.

    I can’t believe Crevette doesn’t believe any more, he’s too young! I’m dreading the day Daniel relises too.

  2. susankmann
    12/05/2016 / 3:22 pm

    Aww first wobbly tooth that is a big milestone. I was worried mine wouldn’t believe in the tooth fairy by the time they came out at nearly 8. Jumpy is such a cutie. Sounds like a great week xx

  3. afra-madmumof7
    16/05/2016 / 10:17 am

    What a lovely family update. I would try it too but I think the post would be too long with 7 children!

    • Mel
      23/05/2016 / 10:43 am

      Thanks Afra. It would definitely take forever with 7 children, he he!

  4. 16/05/2016 / 10:55 pm

    I really miss my children being so young like yours, the things they come out with are so adorable, trust me as teens it is much less adorable! #magicmoments

    • Mel
      23/05/2016 / 10:41 am

      Oh don’t… I know for a fact. I taught teenagers for 13 years, he he! I still find something endearing about most of them though (no?). x

  5. Jaime Oliver
    22/05/2016 / 7:42 pm

    aww Mel where is the time going?! they are so big these days!

    It was lovely to see you yesterday and thank you for linking up with #MagicMoments xx

    • Mel
      23/05/2016 / 10:24 am

      It was nice to see you too! Jacob is such a gorgeous baba. Made me broody!

  6. Louise
    22/05/2016 / 8:56 pm

    Glad that your singing in French is helping Wriggly settle at bedtime and love her asking for “meeewk lots” – so adorable. Jumping wanting the sun to leave her alone and stop looking at her made me chuckle – well done to her on being able to whistle! How lovely to get to spend Thursday afternoons in school with Beanie and hope the tooth fairy enjoyed doing her Sudoku puzzle. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could sprinkle fairy dust on our children to help them keep that magic a little longer. Love Crevette telling you that you are always pretty – aren’t those kind of compliments just the best? Always love reading your family updates, thank you for linking up to #ftmob 🙂

    • Mel
      23/05/2016 / 9:50 am

      Thanks sweet pea! That Sudoku puzzle took me (oooops, the Tooth Fairy) a good 10 minutes to complete, he he!

  7. martyn
    22/05/2016 / 10:30 pm

    Aw that’s hard when they lose the magic. Am totally dreading that!! Ha how are those strategies working on the stupid and twit front? Could use some tips here! #ftmb

    • Mel
      23/05/2016 / 9:47 am

      Sad, but that’s life, isn’t it? He’s really gown-up about it though and helping with the Tooth Fairy etc. for his sisters, bless him. OK, I might have cracked it with “stupid” and “twit.” I told her she wouldn’t be able to sleep in her brother’s bedroom if she called me “stupid” once more last Tuesday. Guess what? She did, about 3 minutes later. She didn’t sleep in her bro’s room that night (they top and tail every night!) and staying in her own room with the little ones was punishment enough (for now anyway).

  8. Julie's Family Kitchen
    27/05/2016 / 8:07 am

    Gorgeous family update, honey. xx

    • Mel
      02/06/2016 / 6:25 pm

      Thanks sweetie x

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