July, where did you go so fast? What a busy month!
Lets start with Tiggy’s developments this month. Tiggy now has 8 teeth, yes 8! the top front four, bottom front two and two more at the top, one either side at the back. The biggest development is that Tiggy can stand, all by herself even in the middle of a room or even whilst we’ve been out and about, without anything to pull herself up against she can stand and is quite steady on her feet and we’ve watched with bated breath for her to take her first step but she hasn’t done so yet.
Tiggy’s hair has grown loads and she has the sweetest little curls growing, super sweet! The front of her hair is beginning to grow into her eyes and I tried a little clip in her hair which suddenly made her seem quite a little older so was quickly removed. I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the “baby stage.” Tiggy has slept through the nights for some time now but lately with her brothers being on their school summer holidays and not having to be up and out so early each morning I’ve let Tiggy sleep and the latest she slept through to was five past eleven!! Clearly Tiggy is going through a growth spurt and even her little legs seem to be getting longer, perhaps she’ll be tall? Tiggy is also babbling far more and can say the phrase “look at this” absolutely crystal clear but then I guess with three older brothers constantly trying to grab her attention to play with her by saying “look at this” it’s no surprise, albeit she did take us aback when she first said it. Her brothers certainly weren’t forming sentences at her age!!
We saw Christmas in July in London with the oh so gorgeous The White Company and you can read all about our trip by clicking on the link in this sentence.
July saw us take a second trip to Paris within as many weeks thanks to her father and brothers being huge football fans and Euro 2016 happening in France. I’ll cover our two trips to Paris in a separate blog post as we saw and did so much but our second trip in July (our first being in June) was born out of our trip to Lille to watch the football and my wanting to go purely to “nip into Paris” to see the bits we simply hadn’t time for on our first trip. Then our football team only went and won in Lille and to save heading home only to head back to France again for the next game in Lyon, we stayed! We stayed for a total of eight days and it would have been longer if not for Tiggy’s daddy’s work commitments.
Whilst in Péronne we ate a typically French breakfast of pastries and strong coffee in a pretty little village square and as we commented on how idyllic it was even the little church bells nearby began to toll.
We left Lille or Péronne which is where we’d stayed not far outside Lille then travelled down to a little village about an hour south of Lyon having “googled” somewhere to stay. Péronne is in the Somme department in Picardie in Northern France, close to where the Battles of the Somme took place during the First World War and driving through was incredibly poignant and more so as it was the anniversary weekend whilst we were there. We saw both sobering and humbling sites and we stopped to pay our respects. I even cried a few tears at the very young ages of the young men buried here, particularly touched being the mother of three boys.
En-route we stopped at Épernay, the champagne region, where Tiggy rocked the pyjama look as we’d left her in her baby grow so she’d be more comfortable on the drive down, even crawling the red carpet before we said goodbye to Épernay!
We arrived at our destination only to discover we were staying on the most prettiest of little lakes albeit it was pitch black by the time we arrived which made for an interesting journey in the dark through windy lanes following a sat nav that seemed to be sending us in circles. Still, the view was pretty and yes the light at the bottom of the picture below is our headlights and Tiggy’s daddy did sigh a little when I asked him to stop so I could take a photograph. Again.
Given we were unprepared for a stay in the south of France we simply made do by buying extra underwear and finding a laundrette to wash the just three days worth of clothes we had taken for our original three day stay. It was a challenge to say the least but I had packed a few spare bits and pieces which is usually to Tiggy’s daddy’s annoyance as he always says I pack too much whenever we go away but secretly I think he was quite pleased I’d packed a few extra t-shirts and shorts “just in case”. The fact it was an impromptu and unplanned stay meant we had no expectations, no big build up to a little holiday and therefore nothing was going to disappoint.
We had a simply brilliant time sat by the tranquil lake, bought fresh pain au chocolats and croissants from the nearby patisserie each morning, found a lovely little coffee shop for the obligatory coffee when you have small children and kicked back and enjoyed ourselves. Tiggy and her brothers spent endless hours playing in the sunshine, jumping in and out of and splashing in the lake and all made friends with some wonderful French children and despite not being able to hold a conversation with each other got along just fine. Children never cease to amaze me at just how adaptable and wonderful they are.
We took a day trip into Lyon prior to the football game there to collect our tickets from the stadium and visited a beautiful park called Parc de la Téte d’Or which even had a zoo! Tiggy’s brothers had a turn at taking little boats out onto a children’s water area, rode horse and carts, ate ice cream, climbed trees and took a train ride. Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Lyon and have small children plus the gardens were just beautiful.
We were sad to leave but leave we must and thanks to my missing a turning following the sat nav on the way home (which I shall never hear the end of from Tiggy’s daddy) we had a third trip to Paris albeit only driving through with Tiggy’s brother Wills who’s three, exclaiming from the back of the car “Oh there’s the Eiffel Tower. Again!!”
We had a serious case of the post holiday blues upon arriving home as the weather was atrocious! However we managed some day trips despite the weather visiting the Botanical Gardens which is one of our favourite places and deserves a blog post all of it’s own there’s so much to see and do there and we have some exciting news in this regard! (details to follow soon).