So, only last week …

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So, it seems like only last week that my little girl (that’s the middle one) was sending herself to sleep with five dummies (please don’t judge!) – two in each hand and one in her mouth – it was the only way she would settle – my little E loved dummies like I love shoes – enough said! Surely, it was only last week that I was creeping in to her bedroom to gently lift her out of her cot to give her one more feed before I went to bed, inhaling her scent whilst I did so – you know that feeling, that smell – just nothing quite like it, is there? It was only last week, wasn’t it, that I listened to her giggle in her highchair over and over while her big sister made her laugh, tears streaming down her cheeks, her big blue eyes glistening and sparkling with pure love for her sister. Yes, it was definitely only last week that she was trying on her new ballet shoes and bursting with pride that she was now a proper ballerina (or maybe that was me!). All of this, only last week … it must have been.

… doesn’t that all sound gorgeous and fluffy and perfect? I agree! Surely there was a tantrum thrown in there somewhere, a sleepless teething night, a toy being thrown over sister’s head at least once at some point? But, today I can’t remember any of that – I can only remember the sereneness of her being little because …

… this week … this happened … and there is nothing quite so fluffy and gorgeous about this … I promise …

… walking up the stairs to her bedroom, I heard a stranger’s voice. I stopped to listen – actually scrap that I bloody froze – ย (not to listen in, mind you, I promise(!), but just to try and work out whose voice it was). Odd, my husband was at work but clearly my daughter was talking to someone whose … shock, horror, more shock and more horror, and if i’m honest even a little bit more shock and horror … voice had broken. WT???? And then I heard her giggling and the stranger (did I point out that his voice had broken?!) laughing very deeply back … very deeply! So, walking in to her room there is my little girl who has, literally over bloody night, become a nearly 15 year old girl and is clearly old enough to ‘talk to’ have ‘flanter with’ someone whose voice has broken over FaceTime.

… and there it is, in a flash, little E has grown from that little girl she was last week to someone who has a boyfriend who seems like a man … I, of course wouldn’t want it any other way as we need to embrace every stage (I keep telling myself over and over like some life saving mantra!) … but, trust me, it’s a shock, nothing prepares you … so for all of you lovely gorgeous mummies to toddlers, cherish every damn moment … because it happens so quickly … and for all of you mummies to teens you hear me don’t you? … just saying!



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  1. Having read this last night, with your sentiment in mind, I enjoyed an extra 15 minutes in bed this morning while Ava came in for cuddles and sang songs all about how much she loves Mummy. I know this will change and I’ll blink and they’ll be songs about boys, so thanks for the reminder to cherish this time! xx

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  2. Made me feel very old as my two lttle girls (Helen &Angela)are now all grown up with children of their own. Yes cherish those moments! XX

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  3. My son always had to sleep with a dummy in each hand too! His voice broke over a year ago. Now, even at 5′ 8″ I am the shortest in our family!! How did that happen?! I’m sure the Secondary School years go twice the speed of Primary years.

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    1. Ok glad it wasn’t just my daughter who was dummy obsessed. Your son isn’t the one chatting to my daughter is he?!!! Oh doesn’t it just go too quickly?! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment x


  4. Awww this post is a lovely read but also scares me at how quickly they grow up. Time goes too quickly. As a result og reading this I just gave them both another big hug and squeeze, I want them to stay my babies forever! And they are never allowed to date ๐Ÿ˜‰ #coolmumclub

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  5. I quite honestly can’t have this happen. I need my babies to stay little for as long as possible, preferably forever. Oh god, I think I’m going p to find the toddler years way harder than the baby years. The toddler years and the preschool years all put together!

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  6. Wow. This really struck a chord as my daughter turned four yesterday. That’s gone by in a blink…some of her friends Mums and I were chatting about how they might be as teenagers. I’m definitely going to cherish every moment this last few months before school. Well, most moments anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

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  7. They do grow up fast don’t they? My son turned 19 yesterday and I swear he was still in nappies last week. Cherishing those special times when they are young is a must as they grow up in the blink of an eye.


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    1. eeek – 19?! am dreading it! we really should cherish every moment -but I do love them being this age too – they provide me with heaps of blogging material!! Thank you so so much for reading and commenting xx


  8. My two are still quite little and it seems like the time is whizzing by – I can’t imagine how it will be when they are teenagers! I’m sure it will be quite a shock to the system when I experience the kind of moment that you describe for the first time. A good reminder to cherish those little moments as these children grow up far too quickly!

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  9. Oh it made my stomach flip to think of this! I had a realization when my daughter recently turned 3 – and she’s our youngest & last baby – how quickly things have gone already! I know they will be teens before we know it! By the way how precious she’d go to bed with backup dodies, what a sweetie! Thanks so much for sharing with #bloggerclubuk x

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  10. Oh, I know that feeling all too well. I look at my eldest and I wonder how was he ever the tiny baby I took home and cuddled when he’s taller and bigger than me now? #abitofeverything

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  11. My Little Man is still a toddler but he’s growing so fast I’m already missing his baby days…. wasn’t it just yesterday that he fit into my arms?!

    PS: He’s a dummy addict too. I’ve been trying this, that and the other to wean him off it but the dummies always win๐Ÿ˜ข

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      1. Hope you had a restful enjoyable holiday. Lol, I know the dummy won’t last forever, but atm, it seems SO DIFFICULT to get him off it!!!:)


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