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Family Update – May

Although I am not a fan of the whole concept of moving clocks forward or backward, I have to say I love having more light in the evening. I feel more energised, more human. I think I was made to hibernate in winter and just blossom in spring.

Wriggly (11 months)

Wriggly - May 2015

• You have thoroughly enjoyed eating your first ice cream.
• You are such a chatterbox!
• You have lots of teeth.
• You have finally come out of the Bednest. It was long overdue but I was not sure what to do. There is no space in the children’s bedroom for another bed and we really need to look into having a loft conversion done. For now, I put the travel cot next to our bed and I will get a thicker mattress for you as you might spend a few months in there.
• You really do not like it when it is time to go to bed, even when you are exhausted. • Most little ones would use a blanket or a teddy as a comforter, but not you! As soon as we give you your picture book, you relax and soon fall asleep.

Jumpy (2 years 6 months)

Jumpy - May 2015

• You decided you did not want to sleep in your cot bed any longer. You simply started jumping out of it and going to sleep in your sister’s bed.
• Here are a couple of sentences I never imagined I would say: “Put the light sabre away and GO to bed!” and “Stop eating my mascara!”
• You are really growing up, my little lady. As I was taking a pack of crisps off your hands at 7.30 a.m. one morning, you exclaimed: “Mum, why did you do that to me? It’s mine!”
• You also told me to leave you alone as I was taking photos of you. You found my reaction (shock) hilarious, and kept repeating it again and again.
• Your French is starting to come out more naturally. You sometimes translate what you have just said: “It’s hot! C’est chaud!
• You have been telling your daddy off and sending him on the naughty step!  He had hidden the (horribly noisy and irritating) Furby in a blanket in the washing basket. I ended up putting it in the washing machine with the towel by acident.
You: “You go on the step, Daddy! Me be angry!”
Daddy, after 2 minutes: “Can I come off the step?”
You, pointing your finger and looking cross: “No!”
•You made your own bread for the first time and we enjoyed cooking together.
•You have been picking flowers in the park and giving them to me!
•You have developed the bad habit of taking your nappy off as soon as you do a code brown. The other day, Wriggly was just too close and I grabbed the nappy off her hands as she was putting her faeces-covered hands in her mouth. Yikes!

Beanie (4 years 7 months)

Beanie May 2015

• You love make-up and I keep finding you fumbling in my drawers. Lipstick on your eyelids? Well, you might be a trend-setter, who knows?
• As girly as you can be, you are also a bit of a Tomboy and you are definitely not squeamish. As you were playing with a worm in the garden, you announced, “I wish I was a worm.”
• You keep putting on my glasses. It is so sweet.
• You are clever, inquisitive and quirky, all at the same time.
Crevette: “Where would you go if you could choose anywhere in the world?” Beanie: “Poppy’s cause I love my Poppy”! There was no hesitation there. I love seeing you close relationship with your grandparents.
• “You’ll be so happy when I’m 21, cause I’ll go to the toilet properly. I won’t wear nappies at night cause they’ll be too small for me.”
• “I wanna be an airplane flyer!” Mélie
• “Mummy who did you play with when you were little?”

Crevette (6 years 9 months)

Crevette - May 2015

• We spent a lot of time outdoors with friends in the past month. After sulking, not really talking to each other then arguing for about an hour, you and your friend declared, “We’re playing teenagers!” and you started walking together with empty cans of soft drink in hand.
• You have been completely engrossed in a book for the first time ever! Your teacher started reading Matilda to your class, and you asked that we read it at home during the holidays. One evening, after I finished a chapter, you begged me to keep reading but I said if you wanted to know what was going to happen, you were allowed to read to yourself. An hour later, you were still on my bed, completely ‘lost’ in the book.
• During the Easter holidays, you made little cards to help your sister recognise sounds and start learning how to read. That is so sweet!
• When I read you a story, you like to brush my hair, and after you had plaited my hair, you asked me to rate the plait. I gave it 8/10 and you asked me: “How can I improve, Maman? What would make it a 10/10?” Your perseverance and determination make me really proud.
• You told me you had received a kiss on the cheek at school. This is what you said when I asked you whether you had kissed her back: “No I didn’t! Miss S. Said we shouldn’t be boyfriend and girlfriend until we’re 10 or 11.” This is just too sweet! When I was growing up in France, things were so different. Everyone kisses everyone on the cheeks; it would be rude not to! As for the boyfriend/girlfriend thing, it is completely normal to have an amoureux/amoureuse from a very young age in France. My amoureux when I was three was called Anthony. He loved football, was smaller than me and he always had a runny nose!
• You have really made the most of your swimming lessons and trying your very best.


Us - May 2015

• We went to Kew gardens for the first time and we all loved it.
• Crevette and Beanie had another sleepover at their friends’ house.
• My little blog was featured on the Food Blogger Connect website with a 60 second interview.
• Is there anything more beautiful than a sleeping child or baby; any sound more soothing than their gentle snoring?
• I created a Food Blogging Community board on Pinterest and I have been overwhelmed how popular it became after a few days only. Thanks everyone for loving the board as much as I do, and for promoting fellow food bloggers.
• I co-led a session about food blogging at BlogCamp Birmingham and loved every minute of it!
• Wriggly got baptised last Sunday and we have had loads of quality family-time.
• My mum is spending a week with us, and we took it in turns to have a pampering session yesterday.


  1. Let kids be kids
    11/05/2015 / 11:13 am

    Playing teenagers really made me smile! All your children sound like such lovely characters x

  2. Louise
    11/05/2015 / 1:27 pm

    Lovely update – good luck with getting the loft conversion done and finding space for Wriggly’s bed – I still need to sort out moving the girls into a room together, maybe I will manage it before Sophie turns 2! I love your comments you thought you would never say – so funny the things we come out with as parents sometimes isn’t it? Jumpy sending Daddy to the naughty step made me chuckle and we’ve had a couple of near misses with a code brown and a little one being too inquisitive too! I love the photo of Beanie in your glasses and her comment about not wearing nappies when she’s 21. How lovely that Crevette got so engrossed in reading Matilda and I love him and his friend playing teenagers – so funny. Well done on featuring on the Food Blogger Connect website and the MADs nomination – keeping my fingers very firmly crossed for you! Thanks for linking up to #ftmob 🙂

    • Mel
      13/05/2015 / 10:36 pm

      Your girlies will love sharing a room! Mine certainly do, although bedtime can be chaotic.

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    11/05/2015 / 5:27 pm

    Wow, you have had an amazing month, what wonderful experiences and achievements. Lovely to see big brother looking after his little sisters 🙂 #magicmoments

  4. maddy@writingbubble
    11/05/2015 / 8:35 pm

    What a lovely post! Your kids are adorable , you must be very proud. Love the ‘being teenagers’ bit – they got the body language perfectly! #ftmob

    • Mel
      18/06/2015 / 11:05 pm

      They do, don’t they? I will definitely show them that picture again when they turn 18!

  5. 11/05/2015 / 11:50 pm

    Oh Mel, I love these updates. I can’t believe how big they are all getting, Wriggly in particular. Gorgeous post, which will be so lovely to look back on xx

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