June, a month I have been both looking forward to and wishing would take forever to arrive. A bittersweet month as June saw Tiggy’s first birthday. I have absolutely no idea how this month came around so quickly, this first year of Tiggy’s seems to have gone oh so fast. I’ll write a separate blog post for Tiggy’s first birthday so this little post is just to round up the month of June.
June has been a “mixed bag” of weather ranging from the extremes of glorious hot sunshine filled days to cold, wet down pours with dark grey skies. It’s seen us explore new places and take shelter at home making use of the awful weather to nail Tiggy’s nap times which if timed right coincide with her brother Wills being in nursery in the afternoon which has afforded me for the first time in a long time some “free afternoons”.
One of the most beautiful places we discovered this month was Hilton Court and there’s a whole blog post about it with some gorgeous photos that I must say have nothing to do with any photographic skills, it was quite simply a beautiful place. Tiggy could have held the camera and they’d still have been beautiful.
We had plenty of day trips to various beaches, something Tiggy seems to enjoy and in fairness to her she’s great being outdoors, takes it all in her stride and enjoys being on the sand playing with her toys. In the warm weather we bought her a huge hat, not just to cover her delicate head but to cover pretty much all of her so that her shoulders and back were covered too.
June also saw Father’s Day and Tiggy has the most wonderful daddy who absolutely dotes on her. Being his only girl I must say she is his little princess and I can’t even begin to express in words the love he has for her. He just has this “look” of pure adoration for her and there’s something quite special about the bond they have.
Of course this month being Tiggy’s birthday month saw a lot of party planning and preparation come to fruition not least of all very hurriedly in the last few days prior as no matter how long I have to prepare for something I always seem to leave things to the last minute but I’m pleased to say that it all came together nicely and we had such a wonderful day. There were lots of friends and family here to celebrate with us, a lot of smiles and laughter from Tiggy as usual but I did have a few moments where I shed some happy tears that my little baby is now one! I want to keep her safe and little forever as know only too well that in the blink of an eye she’ll be all grown and doing her own thing. It’s for this reason I want to treasure every moment and commit it all as best I can to memory. I hope also that by recording the details for her she’ll have a lovely little record of pictures to look back on and hopefully treasure too.
Tiggy can now “cruise” along the furniture having pulled herself up but is yet to take any first steps. There are moments that she’ll pull herself up against me if I’m sat on the floor and just for a moment let go but she’s still very wobbly on her feet and I’m not sure she’ll be walking anytime soon which is absolutely fine by me as I’m happy that for now I still get all the cuddles carrying her everywhere usually on my left hip. Tiggy now has 6 teeth, the top front 4, YAY! she no longer has those “fangs” and still only the bottom front two. She’s still struggling with teething with many fractious and upset moments full of dribble and “ramming” just about anything and everything into her mouth poor thing. We’ve bought some lovely teething toys for Tiggy that arrived this month, just in time for her birthday, both inscribed with her name and a little message for her.
Having three older brothers inevitably means that Tiggy will be exposed to a lot of sport. She and I are clearly outnumbered by the boys in our household, all of whom love sport, any sport, but this month of course sees Euro 2016 with the football and being Welsh and supporting our national team we have ventured to France twice so far, albeit only the boys the first occasion but Tiggy and I joined them the second time and made use of the trip to take in the sights of Paris where they were playing, visit some gorgeous shops and have lunch in the beautiful place that is Ladurée. We only went to buy macaroons but ended up taking afternoon tea there in the most gorgeous highchair that I wanted to bring home!
Paris was wonderful, we saw the Eiffel Tower albeit Tiggy was asleep at one point. We ate at a fabulous boutique French restaurant one evening where Tiggy seemed to enjoy eating all her brothers’ pizza and garlic bread and on the return journey home we stopped for a bite to eat and stretch our legs at Arras where they had a sunday street market which smelt delicious and was great fun. The square there is absolutely picturesque and her brothers enjoyed racing about there before jumping back in the car to head home. I’ll write a separate blog post all about this visit soon.
There was so much more that I wanted to see and do in Paris but we ran out of time. However, Wales are playing this coming Friday July 1st in Lille, France so we’re going to head back as Tiggy’s daddy and brothers have tickets to the game. We’ll head back into Paris on the Saturday to see the bits we simply didn’t have time for last weekend and we’re even considering detouring via Bruges in Belgium on the Sunday if we’ve time on the way home.
In all, June has been a wonderful month, Tiggy has grown so much, especially her hair which is now starting to fall on to her face so I envisage some sweet little hair clips will be needed soon to sweep it away from her eyes. She’s babbling far more and often sounds like she’s having a conversation with herself or her brothers. Tiggy will eat absolutely anything so mealtimes are great fun but having her brothers around her and watching them means she won’t be spoon fed anymore, she wants to be just like them and do it herself which is very sweet to watch and she seems so proud when she’s sat at the table next to them.
The biggest change this month has been that breastfeeding has completely stopped. I’m so proud we got to the one year mark, far longer than I achieved with her brothers, the longest was with Finlay at 10 months. It slowed down the last few weeks but there came a point just this last week where Tiggy simply wasn’t interested. Her food intake and wanting a cup of water or juice during the day and milk at bedtime like her brothers really has taken over and it’s naturally come to an end. Whilst I feel a pang of emotion about it I am also so happy that it has ended in the manner that it has, that Tiggy is a happy little girl, happy to eat her meals and enjoy new foods, tastes and flavours. Just today she’s enjoyed Moroccan couscous with chicken which was bought as my lunch but she wanted some so there’s no stopping her now and it’s great to see.
So on we move to July, another trip to France planned, Tiggy’s grandfather’s 70th birthday and her brothers break from school for the summer so we have some fun times ahead…