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Family Update – November 2016

The days are getting shorter… Bye everyone, I shall be hibernating until mid-March. See you all in spring!

Wriggly (2 years 5 months)

· You have had two sessions at preschool, pigtails perched on the top of your head, backpack on, happy as could be. It was so sweet going in with you and giving you a cuddle and a nudge before leaving the room and spying on you from the window. You only spent an hour there each time, but you thoroughly enjoyed it.
· For Halloween, you were a skeleton ballerina.
· You never ever nap for me in the afternoon, but when your Dad or Poppy look after you, you have a cheeky sleep in the afternoon.
· As you were with your big sister one afternoon, I thought you were throwing a ball back and forth, but in the corner of my eye, I saw you pick it up with your teeth then start barking. You said you were “playing Mummies and doggies” (as you do!) and you were the dog fetching the ball.
· You met Father Christmas (I know, early!) and were a lot more chatty than your siblings with him. You even gave him a kiss.

Jumpy (4 years old)

· I remember the day you were born as it it were yesterday and yet you have just turned four years old! We had a wonderful get-together at Willows Farm.
· On your birthday, I asked you what you loved most, and you replied:
“- Mummy and my family and Isabella
– Choosing the music in the car
– Being a princess
– Having hair like a fairy
– My presents
– Getting sweeties
– Wiping the car with Daddy
– Playing with my dollies
– Baking cakes
– Sausages
– Washing the car with soap with Daddy, even polishing stuff
– Walking in the mud
– Going to the farm
– Swinging high at the park
– Riding my scooter
– Having a bath and swimming in the bath
– Drawing
– Pretending to drive the car”
· You went to the theatre for the first time during half term. The play was brilliant and you loved every minute of it. Ever since, you have been talking about “the funny thing where people were pretending they were in a film!” I love seeing life through your eyes. It is so refreshing and untarnished.
· As we walking in town and I smiled at a lady who the the door for us and wished her a good day, you asked: “Mummy, why do you like everybody?” I am glad you see me as a cheerful person (well, most of the time!).
· You really enjoyed all activities around the Diwali story at preschool.
· Your new ‘thing’ is to get me to wipe your bottom…. You used to do it yourself, but the past couple of months have seen you regressing. Oh well!

Beanie (6 years 1 month)

· You are a chorizo addict.
· Your reading is really getting more and more confident and you are starting to read small stories of your choice at home on top of your daily reading book from school.
· You gave me your first, “I hate you!” (ouch!) one morning as I could not find your shoes.
· You are having the worst tantrums in the morning at the moment. You wake up in a foul mood and refuse to do anything you are supposed to: getting washed, putting clothes on, brushing your teeth… The only thing you do not moan about is having your porridge, but if I date forgetting to put the honey on the table or to give you the wrong bowl, I have to suffer your wrath. Most morning, I also end up wresting you into your school uniform. Not my idea of fun!

Crevette (8 years 3 months)

· You are getting lonely at school and it breaks my heart. As your mum, I just want to protect you, be there every step of the way and hold your hand. I know you will have to sort it out and build friendships by yourself but it is tough feeling completely helpless.
· Your first parents’ evening of the year made me really proud: your teacher’s comments were all positive and showing you are making a lot of progress.
· You are not keen on your one-hour swimming sessions on Fridays. You are doing brilliantly, especially considering you are the youngest swimmer in the club, but you keep begging me to stop. Aaargh, what should I do? Whenever I think back at my childhood, I that that if someone had pushed me to stick to sort some of exercise routine, I probably would not have such an aversion for sport now.



  1. jeremy@thirstydaddy
    21/11/2016 / 2:42 pm

    Lovely family Mel. #mouthsofbabes

  2. 21/11/2016 / 3:09 pm

    Oh my poor little man, how could he struggle to make friends when he’s so very lovely? He has P’s adoration if that makes him feel any better? Perhaps they could emailing? Hope Beanie’s tantrums are short lived! Sounds like a certain 4yo I know 🙁 glad Jumpy had a great birthday and Wriggly is settling well into pre-school. Eventful month xxxx

    • Mel
      23/11/2016 / 9:35 pm

      P and my little man were just made to be friends! The thing is wherever we go, he makes lots of friends. It’s only in school he struggles. He’s been with the same children since reception and his best friend left for another school 11 months ago. That was heart-breaking, and he’s still not made a new solid friendship with anyone in the class… He’ll be with the same children until the end of Year 6 and it really saddens me. I wish I could just get him another school.

  3. Tracey @ Mummyshire
    22/11/2016 / 12:16 am

    Your children are gorgeous, all of them.
    I can’t believe Wriggly is nearly 2 and a half years old, I mean really, where has that time gone?! How lovely to give Father Christmas a kiss! Little Ones really have no inhibitions do they?
    I sounds like Jumpy is a real upbeat little Princess and I think she has got you nailed – you are nice to everyone!
    Oh I’ve had one ‘I hate you moment’ too (just one but I expect there’s more to come) and it does just break your heart doesn’t it? Although your mornings with Beanie do sound challenging. Mornings are difficult at the best of times.
    As for Crevette, it’s always difficult to know what to do for the best. But you have such a lovely relationship with your children you’ll work it out between you.

    Lovely family round up
    Take care, and are you really hibernating until March?!

    • Mel
      24/11/2016 / 10:15 pm

      Yes, I am most definitely hibernating until March, no doubt about that. I am a summer person who craves sunshine and warmth. The lack of light is unbearable… Yikes!

      It’s reassuring that I’m not the one on the receiving end of the hatred (although I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, really!).

  4. emma white
    22/11/2016 / 12:25 pm

    Great post what a lovely way to keep a track on your children’s childhood. I have 6 myself and the youngest is 6 yet the eldest 18 in January and I have no idea where those 18 years have gone.

    • Mel
      22/11/2016 / 10:57 pm

      I know, time just flies. I can hardly believe my little man is 8 already. Feels like he was born yesterday yet it feels like they’ve all been part of my life forever.

  5. 22/11/2016 / 1:00 pm

    Hibernating sounds very tempting at the moment! Glad that Wriggly is enjoying her sessions at preschool and I love her playing at being a dog – so cute. I love Jumpy’s list of all the things she loves – what a lovely list. How lovely that she sees you as such a cheerful person (you always come across that way to me too!) and that comment about the people pretending to be in a film is a very good description of theatre! Well done to Beanie on getting more confident with her reading and hope the tantrums ease soon – that first “I hate you” must be a horrible moment but one I think every parent experiences at some point. I’m not looking forward to that one, I have to admit! So sorry to hear that Crevette is getting lonely at school – hope he makes some new friends soon. It is lovely reading your family update this month having met all your beautiful children now and I loved our little catch-up. Thank you for linking up to #ftmob x

    • Mel
      22/11/2016 / 11:01 pm

      That “I hate you” really came out of nowhere and really took me by surprise. I hope it doesn’t come back any time soon. It saddens me that at 6 she can’t simply have a chat about what’s bothering her. Getting frustrated and shouting only makes me slower at understanding what the problem might be, and helping her sort it all out.

      Awww, thanks for seeing me as a cheerful person. You clearly haven’t spent much time with me straight after I’ve woken up, he he!

      • Lou
        23/11/2016 / 8:31 pm

        A lovely run down Mel! Friendships come and go, when I look at a classroom of children I often ponder on whether they would be friends outside of school, will they still be friends when they leave, do they have anything in common other than living in the local area and being the same age!
        Having collected friends along the way in life, like all of us, I know the ones I have chosen have fitted me like a glove! All good friends are worth waiting for xxxxx

        • Lou
          23/11/2016 / 8:32 pm

          I’m sure you were shuddering with my poor punctuation in that post!

          • Mel
            23/11/2016 / 9:29 pm

            I’m not, silly lady!

        • Mel
          23/11/2016 / 9:29 pm

          I know, but it’s so tough hearing him tell me how lonely he gets at school. He does have plenty of friends outside school and it would be so much easier if he was in the same class as F or T! xx

  6. 24/11/2016 / 10:35 am

    I love the fact that Jumpy seems to love cleaning and making a mess in equal measure 🙂

    I hope things pick up for Crevette soon, it must break your heart to see him lonely xx

    • Mel
      24/11/2016 / 1:33 pm

      She’s a little monkey!

      As for my little man, yes, it does break my heart. What can I do? Tell me! I just want to keep him with me and be his friend, ha ha!

  7. Vikki Holness
    24/11/2016 / 11:00 am

    I think i need to start doing a little “life update” like this for my boys…it must be so lovely to have those memories and little details to look back on. You have a beautiful family by the way xx

    • Mel
      24/11/2016 / 1:31 pm

      Thanks Vikki. It’s really lovely to look back at the milestones, laugh at the silly things they say and the meltdowns. It just puts everything into perspective.

  8. 24/11/2016 / 11:19 am

    Mel, you have such beautiful children! I am so sorry that he isn’t making friends at school. I hope he does soon though darling x

    • Mel
      24/11/2016 / 1:30 pm

      Thanks honey. It’s so tough when you want to help but have no control over the issue…

  9. steph_baybee
    24/11/2016 / 6:50 pm

    Oh beautiful pictures and lovely updates on them. It is so tough when your kids are struggling at school with friendships. My son struggled when he moved up to secondary school, and it was/is really hard to leave them to it each day.

    • Mel
      24/11/2016 / 10:06 pm

      Oh secondary school is a scary one. I can’t even imagine what it will be like to let him to to Year 7!

  10. BloggerMummyLauren
    25/11/2016 / 10:34 am

    Oh I’m so sorry that your little man is feeling lonely at school. We have a similar thing here with my daughter feeling lonely and struggling to make friends. Hope the tantrum phase from Beanie doesn’t last long. I haven’t had any ‘I hate you’ yet, I dread that day coming!

    • Mel
      25/11/2016 / 9:47 pm

      Although I don’t wish the loneliness bit on any child, it’s reassuring to know it’s not just my little man. I hope he and your daughter manage to build strong friendships at school soon.

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