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Family Update – October

Four months ago, our family of five became the family of six we are now. It is tough and exhausting at times, but I am grateful for the five people I have in my life.

Wriggly (4 months)

Family Update - October 2014 - Wriggly
• You love ‘Bella le Lapin’ your tata Cé gave you. It is your first toy. You like holding it, turning it around and you look pleased with yourself when it makes noise as you are touching it.
• You coo and laugh every time I start singing or humming. They are the most uplifting sounds in the world!
• You are falling into your own little routine, sleeping soundly for seven or eight hours per night.
• You are constantly blowing raspberries.
• You laugh hysterically whenever I kiss your neck.
• You have had your first two baby massage sessions and you have been giggling all the way so far.
• You are starting to get some teething pain and you are dribbling profusely.

Jumpy (1 year 11 months)

Family Update - October 2014 - Jumpy
• You love taking selfies on my phone saying, “oooh, belle!” (pretty). No self-confidence issues here!
• You are starting to form sentences, and are always wondering where people are. “Where my Daddy?” is the question you ask the most, all day every day. It is very sweet and often comes with a Gallic shrug, which I love.
• You have been ‘off your food’ in recent weeks. I hope your appetite comes back soon.
• You love bouncing up and down on beds.
• You keep stealing your sister’s scooter.
• You are gaining more and more independence and always insist on putting your shoes on yourself, but it seems you prefer wearing them the wrong way round.
• You are a Daddy addict!
• You are now telling us when you do a poo and you have asked to use the potty (pee) a few times.

Beanie (4 years)

Family Update - October 2014 - Beanie
• You are back at pre-school and you have been having a packed lunch every Wednesday.
• You really say the funniest things. One of your latest was: “I had a dream about fairies. The baddies didn’t eat the fairies!”
• You turned four, a couple of weeks ago and what a big girl you are!
• Your eczema is coming back with a vengeance.
• You have a new best friend at pre-school. You are inseparable and it is really sweet to hear your little conversations.
• You have a fiery personality and if you disagree with someone, they certainly hear about it!
• You have just started attending ballet classes, and you are in you element there.
• You won the trophy for ‘Best Swimmer’ last week-end, and you were really pleased with yourself!

Crevette (6 years 2 months)

Family Update - October 2014 - Crevette
• You have just started football club after school and even though you are not too keen, you scored a goal in the first session!
• You wanted to do some sewing with me, so we used some of your sister’s clothes that were too stained to give to charity to make a teddy.
• You are now swimming whole lengths with ease at the swimming pool.
• Tonight, you are off to see your first England game with your Daddy for his birthday.

• Wriggly and I went to Westminster to talk about Jumpy’s eczema and allergies at a conference for GPs.
• We have been back in our little routine, juggling school, playgroups, play dates, parties, after-school clubs and running from one place to the next most days.
• Beanie and I had a night away from the rest of the family when we went to a party at my friend Cé’s.
• We have just started raising money for Allergy UK.


  1. Coombe Mill
    20/10/2014 / 1:09 pm

    A wonderful post on family life, I love the way you write these post, they will be wonderful to look back on one day. Love the purposeful scooting through the autumn leaves. #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      22/10/2014 / 11:45 am

      Thanks Fiona. She struggled on the grass with the scooter, but she is a determined little thing!

  2. 20/10/2014 / 1:31 pm

    Lovely post Mel. It’s my first visit to your blog which is looking fab. #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      22/10/2014 / 11:46 am

      Thanks Jo! I have been on yours quite a few times and I love it, too!

  3. 20/10/2014 / 2:26 pm

    What a gorgeous update, remembering the little things that make your family who they are. It was really great to meet you on Saturday! #magicmoments

    • Mel
      22/10/2014 / 11:48 am

      Thanks Kate. Sorry if I scared you when I shouted, “Oooooh, you’re Kate from Family Fever!”

  4. lystramaisey
    20/10/2014 / 2:35 pm

    Hello there, this is a great post and you are such a lovely writer x #magicmoments

    • Mel
      22/10/2014 / 11:46 am

      That is such a lovely comment, thanks a lot!

      • lystramaisey
        22/10/2014 / 9:29 pm

        It’s a pleasure, I always enjoy reading your blog! x

        • Mel
          22/10/2014 / 10:10 pm

          Thanks! x

  5. Celesse @ Mummy Logic
    20/10/2014 / 4:42 pm

    My baby is about the same age as your youngest, but she was only my third. Gotta say I’m loving the business and mayhem that comes with a slightly larger family. I reckon 4 kids must be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

    • Mel
      22/10/2014 / 11:47 am

      It is a lot of work, but they are so worth it, aren’t they?

  6. To Infinity and IVF
    21/10/2014 / 2:11 pm

    My Z loves the scooter right now, and his tricyle and is forever doing it in the house too!! Wriggly looks adorable and sounds even more so with the hysterical laughing 🙂

    • Mel
      21/10/2014 / 4:11 pm

      Jumpy keeps trying to ride her sister’s scooter in the house, but it is really noisy on the floorboards. Poor neighbours!

  7. 21/10/2014 / 2:12 pm

    Hope the eczema clears up soon x My hubby has it and I know how the weater turning has such a big effect on it. He’s using a pure coconut oil right now which is helping soothe it a lot

    • Mel
      22/10/2014 / 11:43 am

      Coconut oil is great. I use it for baby massage on Wriggly, but never thought of using it on the girls’ eczema. I will give it a go in the morning as it is a lot less thick than their ointment. Thanks for the advice!

  8. You Baby Me Mummy
    21/10/2014 / 5:56 pm

    I have no idea how you cope with four children! One drives me mad 🙂 Gorgeous photos x #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      22/10/2014 / 11:42 am

      Most of the time, I am sure I just muddle along, ha ha! x

  9. 06/11/2014 / 11:02 pm

    HI Mel, love this family update, what a lovely idea. That photo of baby Wriggly made me feel broody!!! Gosh, babies are so edible! Good luck with the Allergy UK fundraising. xx

    • Mel
      06/11/2014 / 11:22 pm

      Thanks lovely. Every month, it is my favourite post and I love re-reading the old ones. Little Wriggly really is a ray of sunshine. Happy baby, happy mummy!

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