From the mouths of babes: February 2020

From the mouths of babes is an occasional feature capturing some of the things my children say. It originally started as a weekly linky but as this gradually fizzled out, I stopped recording those little sayings and found I missed it. One of the things that I love about my blog is that it has captured so many little moments that I might otherwise have forgotten about. This little round-up is my way of capturing some more of them.


Sophie and Thomas standing by the lake in Black Park in winter coats and hats - "From the mouths of babes - February 2020"


Sophie says…

Sophie has been talking recently about what she wants to be when she grows up. At the moment, it changes quite frequently. So far, she’s wanted to be a unicorn, a tooth fairy and, my personal favourite, a ‘ballerina baker’. Which is, as she explained to me, “someone who bakes while doing ballet dancing.” Obviously. I can just imagine the result of pirouetting while simultaneously trying to mix a cake. I wonder what the next dream job will be.


We were talking about how animals have fur to keep them warm, while people wear clothes. This prompted Sophie to observe that “Daddy has hair on his body because Daddy is a furry man.”


I often say that Sophie is a born performer and she certainly likes a bit of dramatic effect here and there. She made me giggle when opening her stocking on Christmas morning with the following:

“It is…” (looks at me expectantly) “…drum roll, please…. a marble run!”


Daddy was showing Sophie how we drive the car the other day, pointing out the steering wheel, gear stick and pedals. The next day, when I was driving Sophie to her dance class, I heard a little voice from the back of the car saying, “you’re driving very well today, Mummy!”


Thomas talks…

Thomas is really starting to get quite chatty now. He can say quite a few words now including “door”, “bu-bu” (bubble), “mama” “daddy”, “shoe”, “no”, “oh dear”, “oh no”, “uck” (duck), “bye” and “car”.


Interestingly he’s the only one of my three children to say “mama”. With the girls, it was a definite “mum-mum” sound.


We went to see Wind in the Willows on stage last weekend. Since then I’ve heard Thomas come out with an occasional “poop-poop!” when playing with cars.


My favourite moment though was when we were at Coombe Mill. He walked into the single room where Jessica’s photo blanket was spread out on the bed, laid his head on it and said “aahh, Jess-sha!” I thought it might have been pure coincidence that he put those particular sounds together but later on he said it again in that room (and I managed to capture it on video) and he sometimes points to photos of Jessica and says it.




Memories of Jessica

I took a couple of videos of Jessica sharing her thoughts on things during her last summer. In this one, she’s sharing her thoughts on Mummies and how they look after you. Up until a year ago, we had a family bedroom with the children’s beds being in our room. Jessica did have her own room at one point, but would end up in our bed every night and in the end we decided to move her bed into our room (along with Sophie’s cot which was already there) to help encourage her to sleep in her own bed, while still giving her the comfort of being near us. We were going to move the girls into their own room before Thomas was born but hadn’t yet done so when Jessica died.



A family bedroom might have been unconventional, but this video reinforces my belief that it was the right move for us. It clearly gave Jessica comfort to sleep with us close by, and it is a small amount of comfort to me to know that we were always close by at night, and in her last moments, she was snuggled up with us in our bed where she felt safe and loved. Sophie and Thomas now have their own room, but Jessica’s bed is still in our room. We still often co-sleep with Sophie and Thomas, but when it gets to be a bit of a squash, Sophie will often go and sleep in Jessica’s bed just so she can still be near us.


Little Hearts, Big Love

2 thoughts on “From the mouths of babes: February 2020

  1. I love how my blog has captured so many lovely things about my children growing up. I love the video of Jessica, especially with little Sophie trying to get in on the action. We used to co-sleep wtih our children. More out of necessity than anything but I do actually miss those days when we were all so close. The girls had a bunk bed in the corner of our room and The Little Man was in a cot bed. It was a very big room but I doubt we’d all be able to share now. Even when we moved house we had a toddler bed in our bedroom just in case one of them felt they needed to be nearer to us. That bed has been gone for a few years and the girls are way too old. But the Little Man still comes in for a cuddle if he wakes a little too early. x

    1. There is something very special about being able to snuggle up together and have the children close at night. I’ll always be glad that we made the decision to have a family bedroom and I still like it that the children end up in with us at night – although it can be a bit of squash at times! How lovely that Little Man still comes in for a cuddle if he wakes early.

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