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Family Update – November 2015 

The past month has been incredibly busy (what month isn’t?), with lots happening at home with our loft conversion, our trip to Inverness and lots of work in general.

Wriggly (1 year 5 months)

Family Update - November - Wriggly

· Your language is getting better and better and what used to be blabber is making more and more sense.
· You keep pointing at things and shouting, “dis!” (This)
· Hello is “Lello!”
· “Mine” must be your favourite word at he moment.
· You tend to give me very tight cuddles when your siblings are around.
· You enjoy pretending you are reading a “boop” (book).
· Peppa Pig is “Peppi!”
· You took your first steps in Liverpool. You started with three steps but we’re still not too keen then a few days later, we count count ten steps, then 16, and after that, you were really pleased with yourself and a lot more confident. There were a few high fives!
· You are still not a good sleeper (understatement of the century) and you are not yet ready to stop breastfeeding.

Jumpy (3 years old)

Family Update - November - Jumpy's 3rd Birthday

· We had a road trip between Liverpool and Inverness on your third birthday.
· You are becoming so thoughtful, forever asking us if we are OK, if we had a good night. You are getting more and more concerned with the way we are feeling: “Daddy, are you sad or happy?”
· You are really proud to go to pre-school. It is probably because it makes you feel like your older siblings.
· When I ask you to do something, you sometimes reply, “Just in a mimute!”
· During our holidays, your older siblings and you shared a huge bed (seriously, it could have fitted comfortably the six of us) at Perfect Manors.
· “Look, there a beer outside!” To you and me, it was deer grazing outside our log cabin at Eagle Brae.
· You are struggling to fall asleep at the moment, and as you have your daddy wrapped around your little finger, you have been allowed a couple of times a week to come downstairs and fall asleep on the sofa.

Beanie (5 years 1 month)

Family Update - November - Beanie

· You are only five but you already live your life to the full. Your confidence blows me away!
· You were so keen to bring things to school every single day to “show and tell” that you encouraged others to bring all sorts from home and it was nor manageable any more for your teacher. A new system had to be introduced: only one child brings things once a week now.
· Your first parent evening proved extremely positive. Apparently, you are “very, very, very, very popular.” Does the excessive use of “very” mean you are grating on your teacher, too? Only time will tell.
· You have been chosen to represent your school at an Arts competition between several local schools. Proud parents again!

Crevette (7 years 3 months)

Family Update - November - Crevette at Urquhart Castle

· You are such a kind, thoughtful, gentle little man. I feel so lucky to be your mum!
· You typed the following on my iPad when I was driving on day and you spotted I had been recording your cute or funny sayings. It is not edited in any way. “I love being with my mum because she is fun and happy! And so kind and she is so easy and exiting all the time.we always have the best of times.mum is 24 years old when I love being with my mum. I just love my mum!” Aww,
· After four months with a wobbly tooth, it finally fell on Halloween. You now have a huge gap at the front!
· You absolutely loved our trip to Scotland and your favourite activity was zorbing on Loch Ness. You also fell in love with the swimming pool at Kingsmills Hotel and the treasure hunt at Urquhart castle really made you want to learn more about the history of the castle.


We found Nessie

· The children and I had a fab play date in London.
· Hubby became a governor at Beanie’s school.
· We had a wonderful time with Nana in Liverpool and a great road trip to Inverness with Poppy.
· I fell in love with the Scottish Highlands. So did the rest of the family I think.
· We found Nessie!
· Two babies were born in the past few days: my friend Adeline’s third, a gorgeous little girl, and my brother’s first baby, my nephew I cannot wait to cuddle at Christmas.

Little Hearts, Big Love


  1. 09/11/2015 / 5:47 pm

    I always love these updates, they make me look at my own boys and think about all the little things they do that make me happy.

    I hope your hubby is enjoying being a governor. I’ve just out my name forward and all the parents are voting at the moment.

    • Mel
      12/11/2015 / 12:55 am

      Oh, good luck sweetie. It’s such an interesting role!

  2. 09/11/2015 / 6:07 pm

    Aww what a beautiful post. Love what your son said, bless. Glad you had a lovely time in Scotland. It is a beautiful country and I am lucky to live here. What a great update x

    • Mel
      12/11/2015 / 12:05 am

      Thanks Susan! Our week in the Highlands has really made me think about what really matters in life and has made me slow down a lot. The to-do list can wait!

  3. Tracey @ Mummyshire
    09/11/2015 / 7:14 pm

    It sounds like a crazy busy month all right, but then again when isn’t it with four children in tow
    Glad you had a great time in Inverness, somewhere I’ve never yet been
    Love the new look site, btw, very stylish

    Ps -your link ‘Yorbing in Loch Ness’ I couldn’t get to work? xx

    • Mel
      12/11/2015 / 12:46 am

      What do you mean, new look? I didn’t change anything (that I know of, he he!). I’ve just checked all the links and they are all fine now, thanks so much for taking the time to let me know one of them was broken. xxx

  4. Kyles
    10/11/2015 / 1:03 pm

    Awww… this is so gorgeous. That’s such a lovely message that Crevette typed on your iPad. Your heart must have just melted! #ftmob

    • Mel
      12/11/2015 / 1:02 am

      It certainly did! Children are quite simply wonderful.

  5. 10/11/2015 / 2:36 pm

    What a busy month! Had to laugh at “just in a minute”. If I had a pound for every time I heard that I’d be rich! (it carries on into the teenage years in case you are wondering). #ftmob

    • Mel
      12/11/2015 / 1:01 am

      I think she gets it from me!

  6. 11/11/2015 / 8:52 pm

    Gorgeous family, I love to read your updates my lovely friend. I’m a bit sad that you guys had a playdate in London without us though 😉 huge congrats to your brother, such wonderful news. Can’t wait to hear all about Scotland xxx

    • Mel
      12/11/2015 / 12:59 am

      We wouldn’t dare having a play date in London without you, silly! The one I mentioned was the one we went to together (Talk To Mums). I have over 3,000 photos of our trip to Scotland and although I have written loads about it, I can’t choose the photos: too much choice!

  7. 11/11/2015 / 11:16 pm

    Wriggly’s cuddles sound so adorable and I love “boop” for “book”. Well done to her on walking too and hope she starts sleeping better soon. Hope Jumpy had a lovely birthday and enjoyed seeing the “beer” outside. Well done to Beanie on being chosen to represent her school in the Arts competition – definitely a very proud moment and her overwhelming the poor teacher with “show and tell” did make me chuckle – so much enthusiasm! Crevette’s message on your iPad was just adorable – what a heart-melting moment for you. Hope you had a wonderful time at Urquhart Castle – we visited it earlier this year too and had a lovely day out. Congratulations on the arrival of your new nephew and your friend’s new baby – hope you enjoy having some lovely newborn snuggles! Thanks for linking up to #ftmob 🙂

    • Mel
      12/11/2015 / 12:43 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment sweetie. Urquhart castle was definitely worth a visit. I loved the way they’d made the visit into some sort of treasure hunt for the little ones. It kept us all really busy and enthusiastic to read everything there was to read. I cannot wait to have cuddles with the babies… I am so broody!

    • Mel
      12/11/2015 / 12:54 am

      Urquhart castle was really a magical place, with its surroundings and the sky that kept changing. I took lots of photos and the light looks completely different from one photo to the next. I love looking at the sky changing so quickly over Loch Ness; what a beautiful place! We loved the treasure hunt set up for the children at the castle. It made the visit a lot more bearable for the very little ones (we told them we were looking for clues) and Crevette was completely absorbed and determined to complete all questions. I can’t wait to cuddle the two new babies in my life: newborns are just so precious!

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