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Where does the Time go?

Our baby girl is two months old already today. Her growing so fast is a real eye-opener and makes me realise we have to enjoy every little moment, every milestone otherwise I will wake up one day and my gorgeous children will all be teenagers!

Here are the highlights of the past month.

Wriggly (2 months)

Two months old Wriggly - Newborn Photography

– You went to a playgroup with your big sisters for the first time and sat on my knees at singing time for ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Old MacDonald’.
– Whenever your daddy has been playing the guitar, you have been listening intently.
– You pushed one of the rings on the play gym accidentally as you lifted your arm and seemed really happy with yourself.
– At exactly one month, you caught your first cold.
– You gave us your first real smile after I read ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ to your sisters.
– Your smiles are incredibly cute and always start on one side of your mouth.
– In the hot weather, you started cooing when we were blowing gently on your face.
– Your eyes are a beautiful shade of blue.
– You started sucking your thumb (hand?).
– You went to the French embassy again.
– You now have a French passport.
– At six weeks old, you weighed a healthy 3.7kg.
– You grabbed on to my hair a couple of times.
– You went on your first holiday and met most of your cousins in Devon.

Jumpy (1 year 9 months)

Pig Tails!

– Your speech is getting clearer and clearer. It sounds less like gobbledygook and more like English, with the odd French word.
– This month, you started asking “allowed?” whilst pointing at food. I found it heart breaking to start with but my practical side took over: you are learning to check whether it is safe to eat such or such food, which is really clever for a twenty month old.
– You are a natural puddle jumper!
– Pigtails are perfect to tame your unruly curly hair. You look so grown up and pretty!
– You had prick tests for a range of nuts and seeds at the hospital. You reacted to all nuts apart from walnuts and Brazil nuts, and seemed fine with seeds. You also had blood tests for your allergies. You were looking at the blood filling up the syringe with a lot of interest. I think I was more squeamish than you were! You are such a tough cookie and I am really proud of you, little one!
– You have a strange new habit. You take off your pyjamas and nappy and leave ‘presents’ in your bed at the moment. No, no, no!
– You are starting to say “Thank you!”
– You love throwing stones in the sea or in rivers.

Beanie (3 years 10 months)

Beanie jumping over Crevette

– Your eczema has been out of control this month.
– You are a little rock chick! When you heard the start of ‘Rocks’ by Primal Scream on the radio, you told me: “maman, it’s ‘rock your socks off’! It’s my favourite song; put it louder!”
– Your daddy has nicknamed you ‘the defecator’ in the past few weeks as you have been wetting and soiling your underwear pretty much every day. We are now hoping you will not go straight from Pull ups to Tena pants…
– You are such a performer! You are constantly singing, dancing, acting, telling us jokes.
– You are goofy, happy, bubbly and funny.
– You seem to speak in rhymes at the moment, making up your own words. You are such a creative little person. That baffles me and makes me really proud!

Crevette (6 years)

Paddling Pool

– You were really happy to get a sticker when you came third (out of four!) in a race at Sports Day, my sweet little man!
– When I asked for a “muslin”, you gave me a “Muslim”! Your elocution is impeccable, so I treasure small mistakes like this.
– After I realised you had taken a £20 note from my purse, we had a long chat about what you can and cannot do, what ‘finding’ means and talked about telling the truth immediately when asked a question.
– We had a bit of “mummy and Crevette time” when we received a parcel full of sweets.
– You turned six this month and we let you choose what you wanted to do on your birthday. You chose to go to the cinema. You then had your lunch in the park and spent the afternoon outside with friends in the paddling pool, doing some amateur face-painting (very ‘It’) and had banana ice cream in cones.
– I took you to the loft for the first time and you felt like an explorer!
– I love seeing the way you interact with your sisters. It makes me swell with pride to see you being so kind, gentle and diplomatic with them.


Cardboard Box Fun

– My hormones are still all over the place and I am hoping the real ‘me’ comes back soon. I have to stop getting frustrated about the state of my house.
– I sorted out the hundreds of photos we had taken on the camera, phone, tablet and realised that there was not one decent photo of Wriggly and I. It is completely irrational but it felt like I was not there. Do I need to mention the floods of tears that followed?
– Hubby took our older two on a boat trip.
– Beanie and Jumpy had a day at the Science museum with their daddy.
– I visited work with my three girls and thoroughly enjoyed chatting to my lovely colleagues.
– We took the paddling pool out.
– I have been trying to develop a muffin recipe for Jumpy that excludes everything she is allergic to. I am almost there I think.
– We all went to the dentist’s.
– We had a fab day at my friend Cé’s.
– We received a huge parcel, to the kids’ delight! They made a house with the box.
– We went to a paddling pool in one of our local parks and had a picnic.
– I went for a 9.30 a.m. screening of ‘Rio 2’ with Wriggly, Beanie, my friend Loraine and her little ones. It was the first time going to the cinema for Beanie and Wriggly. They loved it and so did I!
– We had our first holiday as a family of six.
– We went to Shaldon Water Carnival and threw stones in the sea.



  1. Michèle
    10/08/2014 / 10:03 am

    Bien peu de choses à dire…tout ce que tu écris est magnifique superbe …. et c’est la larme à l’oeil de bonheur et de fierté à te lire que je m’empresse de te dire BRAVO FELICITATIONS…je ressents beaucoup d’émotions dans la lecture si bien explicite de ton bonheur. Bisous à vous tous je vous aime

    • Mel
      10/08/2014 / 10:17 am

      Merci maman, je les aime, mes petits loulous! Vivement mercredi, hihi!

  2. Alexandra Mercer (Life of mummy)
    10/08/2014 / 4:35 pm

    It’s so lovely to keep a record of these everyday things, it will be great to look back on.
    I know what you mean about there never being any decent photos of you and the baby, the same thing always seems to happen here too. Now I know I just have to order people to take photos every so often or it will never happen! Although I do have a tripod now so maybe I’ll be able to manage without ordering people about this time! 😉 x

    • Mel
      10/08/2014 / 5:11 pm

      I do have a tripod, too, but it has not crossed my mind to take it out. Good idea, Alex. I still wish I had a few ‘natural’ shots of Wriggly and I in her first couple of months… such is life!

  3. Fiona Chick
    10/08/2014 / 9:21 pm

    I love your records of them growing up. I would also love more pictures of me with the kids, but I get a bit annoyed at the photos other people take of us. They’re never up to scratch and I end up hating them. Such is life indeed… I do love the final picture of the kids playing with pebbles. xx

    • Mel
      10/08/2014 / 10:08 pm

      I have really loved keeping a record of these little milestones. I agree with you about the photos. We could always go with a professional photographer, but it is just not the same as good, everyday shots. Our best hope would be to have friends who are keen on photography!

      • Fiona Chick
        10/08/2014 / 10:19 pm

        I think I need to encourage Ian to take photos of us more. I always take natural snaps of him with the boys. Some don’t come out well, but I find the key is to keep snapping. There’ll always be a couple of gems there. x

        • Mel
          10/08/2014 / 10:28 pm

          I do the same! I have shots of hubby that show him looking at Wriggly with so much love it is heart-warming. He did not even realise I was snapping away.

  4. 11/08/2014 / 1:52 pm

    I loved reading all the little bits about the 6 of you, and how lovely to see them developing into their own little characters. I think this will be great for them in years to come to look back on and see what they were like at this age. Dropping in from Magic Moments.

    • Mel
      12/08/2014 / 10:29 am

      I will definitely keep writing these down. It has made me more aware of the little things they do that I might not notice otherwise. They each have their own little personality and I love seeing them interact with each other (when they are not fighting, that is!)

  5. TalesofaTwinMum
    11/08/2014 / 2:20 pm

    Time really does fly too quickly, especially when you have a newborn. I’m exactly the same as you – I hardly ever get photos taken of me with the kids as I’m usually the one behind the camera. Go easy on yourself, you’ve had a very busy couple of months – who cares if the house isn’t as tidy as you’d like (nobody else but your cares, trust me). And why is it that boxes are always more fun than whatever is in them?! xx

    • Mel
      11/08/2014 / 4:08 pm

      Same, always behind the lens! I know about the house… so hard to let go though! xxx

  6. youbabymemummy
    11/08/2014 / 7:29 pm

    Ah lovely post, and a great way to remember all the little things that get blurry over time. I hope you start to get ‘you’ back soon x

    • Mel
      12/08/2014 / 10:29 am

      Me too! Thanks for a lovely comment.

  7. Louisa
    12/08/2014 / 6:49 pm

    It’s lovely to note down your children’s’ little habits and achievements. They change so quickly that it’s easy to forget the small things without permanent reminders like this.

    • Mel
      12/08/2014 / 10:52 pm

      I am glad I started doing this. I used to write the cute things they did in my own diary, but it was just for me, and written chronologically rather than by child. I think I will keep doing this for my little ones!

  8. 13/08/2014 / 6:40 pm

    You have the most amazing and gorgeous little family ever. Can’t believe baby is two months already. Time really is flying by. WOW! Love all the photos. they are all so cute. They sound truly all amazing. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Mel
      13/08/2014 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks Jenny, they are my little rays of sunshine! I am so proud of these four little people…

  9. 14/08/2014 / 9:40 pm

    So lovely to see a post like this – great to keep a record and see what they’re up to to tell them in future. I’m a bit the same with N, as I had to rely on my OH taking photos in the hospital. He’s rubbish at them, so the only 2 first photos I have of me with N are totally blurry. They could have been anyone. Not great.

    So funny that my son who’s a similar age to Beany has been doing the ongoing singing / making up tunes and words all the time too. Obviously a 3.5yr ish thing to do.

    • Mel
      14/08/2014 / 10:54 pm

      Same here for my baby’s first photos. Beanie and your little man would be great friends!

  10. 17/08/2014 / 2:56 am

    awww Mel what a really beautiful round up .. time really is flying xx

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      17/08/2014 / 9:52 am

      It just goes too quickly! Thanks for your comment, Jaime. X

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