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Family Update – November

Five months ago, I was giving birth to my little girl on the bathroom floor. It seems like yesterday yet if feels like a lifetime ago. Does it even make sense?

Wriggly (5 months)


• You are becoming a tad clingy. I am not sure whether it is because you are hungry or whether you are starting to get some sort of separation anxiety, but there is no doubt you have spent more time in my arms this month than you had before. Maybe you just love cuddles and that is fine by me!
• You have had awful nappy rash. Although I had sworn I would never go anywhere near washable nappies this time round, I was pleased to find three at home when your poor little bottom was at its worst. Those cloth nappies really made a difference.
• You weigh 9.6 kilos, only 600 grams less than Jumpy!
• Your favourite thing is kisses on your neck.
• You love being sung to, and current favourites are “La Poule a Pondu”, “This Little Piggy”, “Une Souris Verte” and “The Wheels on the Bus”.
• You keep chewing on Sophie la Girafe and the squeaky noise it makes against your gums reminds me of your uncle doing the same thing twenty-five years ago.
• You love it when your siblings coo at you, and laugh hysterically when one of them gives you a cuddle.
• You get really milk drunk most evenings. That has to be the most relaxed facial expression in the world.
• You have really discovered your hands. You love those two things attached to your arms!
• You have just started getting the hang of your teething ring.

Jumpy (2 years)


• You said “tolet” one morning and just went for a pee on the potty. You really insist on emptying the potty in the toilet yourself, which I am not keen on. Oh dear, it sounds like you are ready to start potty training. I am not! Shall we wait a bit longer? You have just turned two, after all.
• You had a cow’s milk challenge in hospital and it looks like you have grown out of your milk protein allergy!
You enjoyed your afternoon in hospital, drinking milk from a syringe, cleaning the ward with wipes, socialising in the play room, smiling at all the nurses and munching on your snacks all afternoon.
• You made your first colourful masterpiece at playgroup and looked really pleased with yourself.
• Your first taste of cheese was ricotta, hidden in pasta sauce.
• You had your first Petit Filou since being diagnosed with a milk allergy. You are a fan!
• You love eating toothpaste, but hate brushing your teeth. In an attempt to improve your dental hygiene, I have let you brush my teeth whilst I was brushing yours. Result!
• You have started biting when you are not getting your own way. Your big sister seems to be your victim of choice. We must get rid of that new habit!

Beanie (4 years 1 month)

• You have an impressive memory.
• You told me off for pointing at something, explaining in a serious tone: “Mummy, Peter pointer is very rude!”
• You were desperate to wear a uniform at school. Your Mamie (grandmother) bought you a pinafore dress, tights and a cardigan. You were over the moon when it was time to put it on, but you were desperate to wear sunglasses and got grumpy when I said I wanted to take a picture without them.
• The other day, you started calling me, “Your majesty!” A tad over the top, but I would not complain. Better than the usual, “You’re poo poo!”
• You know what you want, there is no denying that. Strong-willed would be the best word to describe you. With so much determination, you should go far in life!
• You are still saying the cutest things. Your latest was: “Look, I can see the apple tower!” as you were pointing at a photo of the Eiffel Tower.

Crevette (6 years 3 months)

• You went for a boys’ night out with your daddy to see an England game at Wembley Stadium.
• Your Mamie and I really enjoyed seeing your Harvest assembly at school. You remembered all the words for the poem and songs. Your Mamie really struggled not to cry.
• You lost your second tooth and wrote to the tooth fairy asking whether you could keep your tooth. She replied to you and left some glittery footprints on the envelope.
• You are such a grown-up, responsible little man.
• You hate it when your dad cuts your hair.
• You are a chatterbox.
• As you are struggling to fall asleep at night, you have just started reading a couple of chapters of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl when you get to bed.
• You were ‘star performer’ in one of your football lessons.
• You are still not keen on football or any form of exercise other than swimming. I wish there were other clubs on offer at school.



• Wriggly and I went to BlogCamp and BlogFest.
• The girls and I stayed at home when the boys were at the football game and we watched Anastasia together. We had lots of sweets and cuddles.
• We raised just under £300 for Allergy UK.
• We made the most of the sunny days we had towards the end of October.
• My mum came for a couple of weeks and it was great having her around.
• I have had a few wobbles this month. My mind and body do not agree with lack of daylight.
• We went out for lunch as a family a couple of times during half term.
• I took a happy ghost and witch trick or treating in our neighbourhood.
• We have had the heating on for a few hours each day in the past week. Our winter coats also came out of the wardrobe.
• A life was lost before it even had time to start properly. You are in our thoughts and our hearts, little Noah.


  1. 11/11/2014 / 12:17 am

    Love your updates on your children – milky drunk faces are just the best, so glad Jumpy is enjoying cheese and Petit Filous (and I will be trying that trick with teeth brushing as Sophie isn’t a fan either!). Love Beanie telling you off and calling you ‘your Majesty’ – how funny and well done to Crevette for remembering the words of his poems and songs. Love the blog camp photo – brought back some fun memories. So sorry for the loss of baby Noah – fly high little one, sending you all love and hugs x

    • Mel
      11/11/2014 / 12:41 am

      What a thoughtful comment, Louise. You really are a heart mummy, so nice and genuine. Thanks. I should have given you credit for the photo, shouldn’t I? xxx

      • 12/11/2014 / 12:33 am

        Aw thank you – I think I should have probably done the same with the photo credit on my blog camp post too! It was so lovely to meet you that day x

        • Mel
          12/11/2014 / 9:16 am

          The feeling is mutual my lovely!

  2. 11/11/2014 / 12:25 am

    Beautiful little update… Even the crazy bits you’ve written beautifully, though I know that they are truly tough… And lack of daylight is horrible.
    Everything was sweet, until the very last line – I’m so sorry honey. It takes no more than a minute to reconcile with the idea that there’s going to be another… Any other news beyond that point is always a loss, and a what if. Huge hugs to you.

    • Mel
      11/11/2014 / 12:43 am

      Thanks Steph, your little notes are always so nice. We will have to meet at some point. x

  3. 11/11/2014 / 12:27 am

    What a lovely family update, and so sorry for little Noah x

    • Mel
      11/11/2014 / 12:37 am

      Thanks lovely x

  4. Izzie Anderton
    11/11/2014 / 4:02 am

    Lovely to read about what’s going on with the family… love the photo of Beanie in her school uniform!

    • Mel
      11/11/2014 / 9:15 pm

      She looks cute despite the moody attitude, doesn’t she?

  5. 12/11/2014 / 9:04 am

    What a gorgeous round up Mel. I love the photo of you with your 3 little ones – quite a handful (literally!). Your 4 year old looks adorable in her uniform too. Sorry to hear about the little baby gone too soon 🙁

    • Mel
      12/11/2014 / 9:21 am

      Thanks Suzanne. My mum took a few photos of the girls and I on that day. I wish our boys could have been there, too but it was a Friday so Hubby was at work and little man at school. x

  6. 12/11/2014 / 11:51 am

    What a lovely family update. Our babies are at just the same point by the sounds of it. You have exactly the same potty training dilemma that we had also. We used pull up pants to start getting her in the habit of going and using the potty or toilet regularly. We put her in big girl pants last week, and she has gone from a few accidents to none in a week. Might be worth trying with your little one #sharewithme

    • Mel
      12/11/2014 / 3:14 pm

      That is such a great tip, Zena. I had not even given thought to pull ups. Added to my shopping list!

  7. 12/11/2014 / 12:24 pm

    Ahhh Mel what a gorgeous post and your little ones are all growing up so fast. I can’t believe it. It was so amazing to meet you and see you wish I had had more time but I was so sick didn’t want to get you or your little adorable one sick either. You looked amazing!!!! You are a great tribute to your little ones here and I love the Allergy UK tshirts on wellie day. Brilliant. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Mel
      12/11/2014 / 2:40 pm

      Next time, we will have to have a good chat and a cup of coffee together. Hope you feel better. x

  8. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    12/11/2014 / 2:34 pm

    Wow how can it be 5 months already? Time just really flies. Lovely update all in all, until the very end, I am so sorry to hear that lovely and am amazed at your positivity xx #sharewithme

    • Mel
      12/11/2014 / 2:47 pm

      It does, doesn’t it. Enjoy every minute with your little princess. Before we know it, they will be running around after their siblings! xxx

  9. 14/11/2014 / 12:07 am

    Aw, so lovely to hear all their successes and achievements, and you all as a family.

    Great that Jumpy’s milk allergy has been grown out of.

    • Mel
      14/11/2014 / 3:39 pm

      It is such a relief… bring on the butter, cheese, cream and milk!

  10. ghostwritermummy2014
    14/11/2014 / 12:18 pm

    Aw I love this. And what awesome photos too. So lovely to see you all getting on so well x x x x

    • Mel
      14/11/2014 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks hun x

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