I started this little blog to “capture Tiggy’s everyday moments”. With four small children, Tiggy being the last, I didn’t want to miss anything as know only too well how quickly children grow and develop and feel I’ve missed out on so many memories by not recording them for her brothers. Not so much missed out but fear that I’ll forget the details, the everyday things that they say or do. For example, with Tiggy’s eldest brother Finlay I bought a journal and throughout my pregnancy I wrote every day, my thoughts, wishes, little messages to him, my measurements, how I felt and so on. With her brother Reuben I bought a journal and wrote the first page. With her brother William I didn’t even buy a journal. Life was just so busy, time passed by and whilst I have the memories in my head I wish looking back I’d kept going with Finlay’s journal after he was born and similarly that I’d even written a journal for the other two.
It is against this background and given that there is a bigger age gap between Tiggy and her brothers than there is between her brothers, so time is a little more generous, and of course modern day social media seems to be the way forward, that Tiggy’s blog was born. I didn’t start the blog as soon as she was born in fact it was when she was three weeks old a friend introduced me to Instagram and the idea of a blog developed from there. It was only today as I was posting on Instagram a collage of pictures from the month of May a thought occurred to me that I should do a monthly round up, an overview if you like of what Tiggy achieved this month, places she’s been, record the little details and so welcome to the very first monthly round up.
May. What can I say. A busy month with Reuben’s birthday at the beginning of it which saw us as a family take a trip to Skomer Island (a separate blog post to follow but see previous point about time passing by). Reuben is a huge nature and animal lover and Skomer seemed like the perfect place to take him and what a pretty place and some beautiful photographs taken. My favourite of Tiggy has to be in the fields of bluebells where even in her sleep she was smiling. Bluebells in themselves are significant to me as they remind me of my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. This time of year with bluebells everywhere always reminds me of her and I only wish she had been able to meet “my little tribe”. I know she would have absolutely doted on each of them.
The weather has been fantastic this month and has afforded us the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors aplenty. We as a family enjoy exploring and to be quite truthful I find it easier to be out and about with the children than I do to be stuck at home with them. The mornings always seem to run smoothly but Tiggy’s brothers especially, seem to get quite restless around lunchtime and so heading out to explore is far easier and keeps them occupied and me sane.
This month has seen many trips to the beach. We live close to so many gorgeous beaches, the nearest is just minutes away and a few mornings this month, after dropping Tiggy’s eldest two brothers to school, Tiggy, Wills and I have headed to the beach. Tiggy especially seems to have enjoyed and appears to like sand, usually eating it which is what she does with everything at the moment as she’s teething.
In addition to Skomer other places of note for exploring this month have been the National Botanical Gardens (another blog post to follow), a trip to Dyffryn Gardens, always a favourite place of ours, and the Wetlands which is right on our doorstep given that we live on an estuary.
In short, this month has been wonderful, made especially so by great weather, we’ve even eaten breakfast in our garden this week!
This month has seen Tiggy grow at what feels like an alarming rate! Tiggy can crawl and boy is she fast! I often “lose her” at home. It seems like I blink and she’s gone and can often be found underneath our kitchen table. I’m unsure why she makes a bee line for there but that’s usually where I find her and of course unable to negotiate all the table and chair legs she inevitably gets stuck under there. Tiggy’s acquired a few more teeth, she now has 4 1/2. The bottom front two, the two “fangs” at the top and half of one of her top front teeth.
Tiggy now pulls herself up against the furniture which is very sweet but again she inevitably gets stuck as she can’t move side to side or get herself back down so her moment of looking pleased with herself is quickly replaced with a meltdown. Speaking of which, Tiggy has perfected the art of meltdown! It hasn’t taken her long to realise that if she cries one, if not all her brothers race to her aid and if she should want something they have she has also learned to throw her head into her hands and sob. All very dramatic but to great effect as her brothers quickly give her whatever it is she wanted and she quickly returns to full smiles and laughter, the little monkey!
Tiggy sleeps most nights all the way through albeit we’ve had a run of three or four nights this week of broken sleep but I think that’s mostly down to her top teeth cutting through. Tiggy now says “Dadda” when she sees her daddy which is very sweet but so annoying. I do all the hard work and who’s name does she say first…..ha ha!!
Tiggy can climb the stairs, thankfully for now it’s only the bottom one but it’s certainly time to babyproof as she seems to be developing quickly but I guess that’s the joy of having three older brothers to copy. The sweetest thing this month that Tiggy has learned to do is to wave and wave her arm about as if to dance when music is played. It may just be coincidence but at times when music is played I swear she’s dancing and she does love music.
And there it is, May. A great month and another month older we’re fast approaching Tiggy’s first birthday which seems to have come around incredibly quickly. Tomorrow is June 1st and I wonder what next month will hold but the countdown is on to Tiggy’s first birthday which is just 18 sleeps away……….