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Family Update – October 2015

The past month has been incredibly busy. It has been full of fun, food, trips to London, new experiences, filming and building work.

Wriggly (1 year 4 months)


· You are growing up so quickly! Where has my tiny baby gone?
· You love pretending you are having a phone conversation and shouting, “Hello!”
· You are a climber. Window ledge, table, top bunk, attempts at going up the ladder… If it can be climbed, you will attempt it. Nothing is too high or intimidating for you. That scares the life out of me!
· You keep pointing at things and saying, “This!”
· Your sleeping pattern is all over the place! You have one very short nap during the day and although you tend to fall asleep quickly when we put you to bed around 7 p.m., you generally wake up about an hour later, not to fall asleep properly for hours. You also appear in our bed in the middle of the night. I am too tired to wake up when you cry, but your Daddy brings you to our bed.
· You are not ready to wave goodbye to breastfeeding yet.
· You have a mullet (the cutest kind of mullet).

Jumpy (2 years 11 months)


· You are a real fan of Harry Potter and whenever we watch a film together, it has to be one of Harry’s adventures.
· You are incredibly messy and whenever we ask you to tidy up, you look at us with your big green eyes and say, in your sweetest voice, “I con’t!”
· You have just started settling into preschool, where you will be going for a day and a half soon.
· You have the most gorgeous curls.
· You are not keen on compliments, and moan every time we tell you how beautiful you are.
· You had your bi-annual paediatrician appointment yesterday. I have to say I left the hospital feeling deflated. Granted, you are growing well and your weight is now reaching the 9th percentile, which is great, but I had high hopes for further food challenges. I was hoping you were growing out of some of your allergies, but your latest prick tests reveals higher sensitivity to wheat, egg and nuts than previously, with bumps twice the size they were the time before.

Beanie (5 years old)

Beanie - October 2015

· How can you be five years old already?
· At the end of your very first week at school, you earned the title of ‘learner of the week’ for your hard work and in particular for a story book you created about a hungry fat cat. You make me so proud!
· You: “Maman, do you know who’s my oldest bestest friend? YOU!” (Heart. Melted)
· On a less cute note, you have now decided to call me “Mother.” Can we go back to Maman, Mummy or even Mum, pretty please?
· One morning went like this: “Mummy, my poo’s bright blue!” After being puzzled for a few minutes, I remembered the Frozen cupcakes you had eaten at your friend’s birthday party. I guess her mum must have had a heavy hand with blue food colouring.
· You declared one afternoon that you wanted your teaching assistant to be your new mummy. I might have cried a little on the inside!

Crevette (7 years 2 months)

Crevette - October 2015

· You had a couple of friends at home for a sleepover, and as you were playing, you started talking about jobs. You declared, “I’m a blogger.” Your friend had no idea what you were talking about, so you added, “I take photos and I go on the computer, then I give cards to people and they like my blog on Instagram or Pinterest. It’s like Le Coin de Mel!” Aww, bless your heart, little man!
· You were awarded the title of worker of the week.
· You love reading and at the moment, you are reading a new chapter book every night after your sisters have fallen asleep.
· You are very excited about your future bedroom, which is starting to take shape above the bathroom.


· The scaffolding went up outside our house four weeks ago exactly. It looks like we are going to have a lot more space!
· This month has been insanely busy for all of us.
· The foodie in me has been more than happy with filming for Jamie Oliver’s new series of Friday Night Feast, a pasta masterclass with Gennaro Contaldo, a day at River Cottage, Food Bloggers Connect and the Cake & Bake Show.
· The children and I were involved in a documentary on France 2 comparing giving birth in France and in England, with Sophie (Franglaise Mummy) and her family. I will not expand on it, but other than the fact our names were mixed up and what we wanted to say did not come up as it should have in the documentary, we had a great time and really enjoyed having a day together before Sophie’s move to the other end of the world.
· My father-in-law extraordinaire spent a few days with us, to everyone’s delight.
· Today is Hubby’s birthday. Happy birthday, Chéri!

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  1. The Free From Fairy
    09/10/2015 / 2:13 pm

    Happy Birthday to hubby! So sorry to hear that Jumpy has become more sensitive. That is really pants…but think how far she has come in getting over a number of her allergies. Hang in there my dear friend xxxxx

    • Mel
      09/10/2015 / 3:48 pm

      I know, I know. It’s not really worse, it’s just the same, with more reaction to the allergens, but I was really hoping we could cross another one off the least. Shouldn’t do, but makes me feel a bit ‘meh!’

  2. 09/10/2015 / 8:41 pm

    Oh how annoying about the alliergies not improving. I’ve also had a learner of the week – makes me so proud!

    All the filming sounds amazing. Very exciting and manic time for you. #pocolo

  3. 10/10/2015 / 1:42 am

    I sympathise with your youngest not sleeping well, ours is 13months and seems to be asleep in our bed more than her own! X

  4. 10/10/2015 / 1:15 pm

    Awww they’re all getting so big! I can’t believe the eldest is seven now! I feel so old haha! Hope you and the family have a great weekend 🙂


    Sade xo

    • Mel
      10/10/2015 / 7:58 pm

      Can you believe you had just finished your GCSEs when I had him? Time flies… I have just had another read of a few of your posts. Your blog really is beautiful. x

  5. Victoria Welton
    10/10/2015 / 4:12 pm

    Bless all your kids, they are so beautiful. Sorry to hear about the sensitivity for Jumpy. You are such a great mum. Well done with all your opportunities this month – it was so great to see you. Happy Birthday to your hubby. Take care – and thank you for linking to #PoCoLo, it is great to see you x

    • Mel
      10/10/2015 / 8:01 pm

      Thanks my lovely xx

  6. 10/10/2015 / 5:07 pm

    That program about giving birth sounds interesting! Miss you & I am so glad to have a chance to read you again (I took a bit of hiatus from blogging). #pocolo

  7. 11/10/2015 / 1:29 pm

    That’s not a mullet on Wriggly – she’s still got some growing to do before she catches up with C’s impressive mullet 😉 I’m gutted for you and Jumpy, I really hope that next time you get better news….
    It was so lovely to finally meet you and the kids recently – even if the outcome wasn’t quite what we expected 😉 xx

    • Mel
      11/10/2015 / 9:31 pm

      Definitely not what we expected, but you know what? It was fun and the highlight for me really was meeting you and the girls! xx

  8. 11/10/2015 / 7:22 pm

    Another gorgeous update honey of your little brood. So disappointing about poor lil Jumpy, really hope this is her year for outgrowing allergies. Loved Beanie’s oldest bestest friend comment; and bless Crevette, he is the sweetest little man I have ever encountered. I can imagine P going round saying things like this to a bunch of bemused kids at her school! Sending you tons of luck and sleep vibes, you need the Zzzzz’s!! Feel very fortunate that we get to call you guys our friends. MWAH xxxx

    • Mel
      11/10/2015 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks honey. Same here, I feel so fortunate I have you in my life: straightforward, full of fun, super mummy without sugar coating everything: you rock!

  9. Louise
    21/10/2015 / 8:54 pm

    Oh my goodness Mel, Wriggly really is growing up quickly. Love that photo of her. It’s scary when they’re so adventurous with the climbing though isn’t it – Sophie is just the same! Jumpy saying “I con’t” about it being time to tidy up made me chuckle – sorry to hear that her latest allergy tests show higher sensitivities though. Well done to Beanie on being learner of the week and how adorable that Maman is her oldest, bestest friend – what a wonderful heart-melting moment. Definitely agree that Maman, Mummy or Mum is preferable to Mother! I love Crevette’s description of being a blogger – he definitely has it all worked out! Sounds like it has been a very busy month for you and how exciting to have been on TV. Hope your hubby enjoyed his birthday. Always lovely to read your family updates x

    • Mel
      21/10/2015 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks sweetie. Every single time I write my little updates, I think about #ftmob, and I even add the badge, but I think I have forgotten to actually come and link up both times! Life has been so hectic and busy in the pat few months Linkies have got out of the window (not because I don’t want to link, but because I don’t want to drop my links without returning!).

      • Louise
        28/10/2015 / 10:48 am

        I know what you mean about life being hectic and busy – no problem if you don’t have a chance to link up, it’s always lovely to have you when you do get a moment but never any pressure to do so x

        • Mel
          02/11/2015 / 1:43 am


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