Unsugar Coated Motherhood

Family Update: March 2015

Unbelievably we’ve had another bout of sickness in my house. 5yo brought a virus back from school the week before last and it spread like a bushfire through my little family. I’ve spent this entire week nursing everyone back to health with natural remedies including rooibos tea cough syrup, garlic honey (recipe to follow!) and tons of good quality Vitamin C. Just when there was a glimmer of the littlees perking up, hubby was struck down with it yesterday, and it hit me with full force last night. I’ve spent today feeling very rough and laying low. Just hope it doesn’t drag on much longer.

As you can imagine things have felt a tad bleak, so to cheer myself up I thought I’d write a family update as it’s been a while since my last one. It was a great exercise enabling me to shift my focus and concentrate on the positive. I’d highly recommend it if you’re feeling blue.


F @ 13 months
– Our cheeky chappie is a man of few words at the moment. We get lots of cute noises and tons of grunts though, so he’s communicating well. He says ‘mumma’ beautifully and shakes his head along to a chorus of ‘no no no no no no’. It can be a wee bit confusing because no often also means yes in his little world.

– He has been on the cusp of walking since Christmas, but still hasn’t quite plucked up the courage to freestyle it just yet. He naturally defaults to sitting in the W position unfortunately, and although we correct him as soon as we see it, I can’t help but wonder if it’s a factor.

– After a rocky start moving him into his own room in January, he sometimes sleeps through the night now. When he’s under the weather or miserable with his teeth and goes off his food he wants extra comfort feeds. It’s where still breastfeeding comes into its own, because we don’t have the stress of worrying that he isn’t eating enough.


C @ – 3y 1m
– Since her birthday we’ve been treated to some delightful threenager strops, but for the most part I find them rather amusing. Her ability to go from being happy to full of rage is unbelievable, surely we could put this skill to good use elsewhere?!

– She has slotted right in to preschool without a problem, and her teachers have all been very complimentary about how confident she is. Cue lots of proud mummy moments. I’m hoping that being off last week won’t have set her back. 

– She adores her little brother, but can be a tad *cough cough* over zealous with her affections. The line between I love you and I’m going to strangle you is very thin indeed, but he takes it all in his stride and he loves her to bits.


P @ 5y 8m
– It’s been a tough few weeks for my dear firstborn. She was the illest she’s been since having whooping cough at two, and had almost an entire week off school. Apparently half her class has been off in some capacity with this virus, so it must be really contagious.

– One good thing to come from being sick is that she’s started sleeping with the door shut which makes all the difference when you live in a house as noisy as ours. We bought her a portable nightlight when she was about three but she never used it and it’s now coming in handy for the little lady who needs a bit of light at bedtime. 

– Her reading has gone through the roof and she’s writing little stories all by herself now. It’s been amazing to see how far she’s come in the last few months, and it feels like things have clicked into place for her. She stunned one of my friends the other day by spelling the word apples when we were at the park.


Andy & I
– I’m so very proud of my super talented, hard working hubby who bagged himself his second promotion in three years last month. Keep climbing that ladder baby!

– In among the sick kids I’ve been trying to figure out a strategy to sell more books. If anyone fancies doing a good deed and putting me in touch with their newspaper or magazine contacts I would be eternally grateful ๐Ÿ™‚

– We’re both really looking forward to Hubby’s folks looking after the kids so we can enjoy a child free lunch in a couple of weeks. Can’t believe it will have been three months since our last date.

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  1. mummytries says:

    Thanks lovely, it really was just one thing after another. Even now that we are all (dare I say it) well again, little man is cutting molars which has been fun! Hope you are fighting fit again real soon, and lets get another date in the diary asap xx

  2. Aaah lovely family update R, although it sucks that you guys have been sick again ๐Ÿ™ It’s never ending huh? You know ours were ill last week, and after seemingly recovered, S is now poorly again today ๐Ÿ™ Hoping it’s just something minor, and that doesn’t need antibiotics, I hate pumping them into the kids a lot, although I know they need them.

    Love that your F shakes his head and says ‘no’, even though he means ‘yes’, haha! It made me laugh when you say C can go from happy to angry in an instant- I know another little lady like that! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope P gets better soon, but cool that she’s flying high reading and writing-wise- go her! xx

  3. We had sickness this last week too which is so hard! It’s amazing when they start school and just seem to fly with how much they come on learning wise x
    Ps love the line between affection and strangling hahaha xx

  4. Not sure if I already knew we’re both married to Andys! Ha. Love these updates, sorry you’ve had sickness again, massive boos. What three beautiful clever kiddies though. Hope everyone is all better soon. Thanks for linking lovely xxx

  5. A lovely update Hun!!
    Sorry that sickness has been ruling the house that’s no fun!! Sounds like a really horrible virus ๐Ÿ™
    Great news that little man has started sleeping through the night (aside from illness obviously!)
    Wonderful how C has slotted into nursery so well too definitely a reason to be proud!!
    Sorry your eldest has suffered so badly with the virus sounds like she’s had a really tough time, so lovely that she’s writing her own stories though that’s really special!!
    Congrats to your husband on his promotion!
    And yay for a couples lunch, it’s been forever since we’ve had one of those!!! Xx

  6. So sorry to hear that you’ve all been poorly but love reading your family update. How lovely to hear about F saying “mumma” and “no no no no” – it is confusing though when no also means yes! Thank you for sharing with #ftmob and hope you are all better soon x

  7. Aw illness sucks, we have had so much in our home too, I hope you are on the up now :).
    Sounds like both of your Little Ones are doing so well,
    and a big congrats to your Hubby for his achievements!
    Happy days x

  8. Sorry to hear you’ve all been poorly again that really isn’t fair honey! Lovely update though and glad it helped to perk you up, nice to hear how everyone is going and your little man looks so grown up all of a sudden! Xx

  9. Sorry to hear about the sickness – you’ve had a bad run of it recently! What a winter it’s been! Sounds like your little family is doing really well though – what a bundle of cuties your kids are! xx

  10. I feel like we’ve been ill for weeks to! It finally seems to be lifting ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely update Renee, lots of wonderful moments for your children, and you and hubby too!

  11. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much hon. Cannot wait to meet you either xxx

  12. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Jenni ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. mummytries says:

    It is incredible how much difference shutting the door makes, but unfortunately some days they won’t be coerced into having it shut! Hopefully this bug is on its way out now!

  14. Sickness seems to have been the sting of the end of the winter season, I think the nightlight will be a huge help in your kids rooms, as shutting the door for some good sleep is always the best way. #MagicMoments

  15. Oh dear, illness is horrible, hope you are all feeling better soon. It’s so lovely to read these updates =)

  16. mummytries says:

    Thanks hon ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. mummytries says:

    It really does hon, can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks now! Feels like we are on the up today so fingers crossed xxx

  18. mummytries says:

    Thanks Ting, nearly there xx

  19. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much lovely xx

  20. Urgh relate to all these bugs, feels never-ending, we are just out of it (nearly)! Well done to your hubby, you guys are all so gorgeous (and the kids too). Do you know I cannot wait to meet you at BML! #sharethejoylinky xxx

  21. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Lisa. It’s a super cute phase isn’t it ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Sorry youโ€™ve all been poorly ๐Ÿ™
    I remember the stage when Zach used his shaky no head for yes as well. It was very confusing not knowing which word he meant! Well done to your daughter on her reading and writing โ€“ it soulds like sheโ€™s doing fab ๐Ÿ™‚ #ftmob

  23. […] I mentioned in my last post, we’ve all been under the weather with another virus this week, and we’re still not 100%. Just as one family member has looked […]

  24. I hope you all feel better soon, sounds like you have had a rough time. Congratulations to your hubby. Enjoy your date x

  25. I hope you feel better soon. Lovely to read an update on all the kids. Such s nice thing to do and look back on. Hope you get some rest xx

  26. Gosh, that virus keeps on giving, doesn’t it? I cannot believe you still sat down and wrote a post whilst being unwell!

    Love this update, and I can relate to a lot of your comments about the little ones. That overenthusiastic love / let’s cuddle the baby phase is scary, isn’t it? Oh the mighty tantrums… Well don’t to Andy for the promotion!

    Please Reneรฉ: rest and look after yourself my lovely lady xxx

  27. The sick season has been a bad one this year…there has been a constant strain of something running through my house since Christmas time! Hope all yours get well soon!!!

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