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Family Update – May 2018

It’s finally warm enough not to wear coats or big jumpers most days, whoop whoop! Check out my four little ones have been up to and the sweet things they’ve been saying over the past month.

Wriggly (3 years 11 months)

  • You are my little bed invader. You always fall asleep in your bed, but pretty much every night, you end up in my bed at some point!
  • You broke your arm at soft play last month and did surprisingly well with your plaster cast, just doing your own thing as if it didn’t bother you in the slightest.
  • You give the best cuddles. You hold on so tight and cuddle with so much passion… I feel loved!
  • You have been enjoying speaking a bit more French and repeating everything I say in French. It’s so sweet!
  • You’ve always been really good with “please” and “thank you” but recently, you’ve been regressing and shouting, “Water!” or “Snack!” in an angry voice. I don’t think so!
  • You’ve been having cramps and (or?) growing pains in the night and massages before bed seem to be the most effective way to help. You’re growing really fond of ‘assages.’
  • You completely and utterly embraced the Royal wedding festivities and talked about nothing but Harry and Meghan’s wedding for a whole week. Our street party to celebrate the wedding made you very happy indeed!
Jumpy (5 years 7 months)

  • We looked after your sister’s  preschool’s guinea pigs Shaggy and Pip for three weeks last month, and you were by far the most attentive of all with them. You always made sure they had water and a nice supply of freshly washed greens. Yo also loved having them on your lap and brushing them. We’re now looking after our neighbour’s cat Luigi for a week and you’re really keen for him to come to our house!
  • You’re a hugger. You just hug, hug, hug! I couldn’t leave you at school without our hug goodbye. Hugs are life!
  • As we got on a rollercoaster at Drayton Manor, you saw I wasn’t keen and declared: “If you’re scared, you can hold my hand, mummy!” I did. I really did hold tight…

Beanie (7 years 8 months)

  • You and I had a wonderful couple of days together in Bournemouth last month. As much as I love spending time with my whole little gang, having a couple of days with just you was amazing! I enjoyed our chats, reading stories together, our cuddles, painting your nails and really having time to listen to you and do things you wanted to do.
  • Your anger has had me speechless on a couple of occasions. If you can be this feisty at such a young age, I am genuinely worried about what it will be like when you’re a teenager. 
  • You’re starting to realise you’re not always feeling like yourself and struggling to control the anger that rises within you.
  • You were a tad (understatement) jealous about your brother going on a school trip, repeating again and again that it wasn’t fair, that you wanted to go on a trip.  Your refused to kiss your brother goodbye then you admitted after school that day that you were actually worried about being at home without him and were going to miss him.
  • After giving it some thought, I think you go onto ‘anger mode’ on auto pilot when you don’t know how to feel. So when you’re hungry, you get angry. When you’re struggling with a new skill, you get angry. When you’re jealous or think something is not fair, you get angry. Even when you’re really excited, your euphoria resembles anger… 
  • I think we’re just going to have to accept that anger and help you manage it in a positive way.

Crevette (9 years 10 months)

  • You are ‘Monsieur câlins’ and give me plenty of cuddles.
  • One evening, as I was opening a can of Coke, you declared: “Mummy, don’t drink Coke. We don’t want you to expire too early!”
  • You went on a school trip for three days and enjoyed your independence, spending time with friends and doing all sorts of fun activities like zip wire, mammal trapping and archery.After making a raft (all from biodegradable bits and bobs) and taking it to the river to see if it floated, you declared: “Can we do this again next weekend? I actually like doing this more than video games!”
Little Hearts, Big Love