Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dear Chloe

I recently read a beautiful letter and it has inspired me to pen my own as we enter the next chapter of our lives and things inevitably change. This blog will no longer be exclusively about Chloe, it cant be... and so I thought I needed to write a letter to our beautiful first born daughter, explaining why. So here goes…

Dear Chloe,

As I sit here in our lounge room, listening to you helping daddy in the garden of our new home, contemplating just how much our lives are going to change come September. It makes me so blissfully happy, but sad as well. You see, for the last two and a half years, you have always been the light of my life, you have always been the thing that I race home from work to see, to smother with love and kisses, and you have been my most favourite person in the whole wide world. But come September, when your little brother or sister arrives, I won’t be able to say that, because it won’t be fair on them, just as it hasn’t been on your beautiful, understanding father. And as I type this, I am already crying, because for now, I can’t even begin to fathom how I will be able to do that, because so much of who I am centres around my unconditional, unlimited, uncontrollable love for you!

You, my beautiful first born daughter, you. 

You... were the first one who hurled me so unexpectedly into this crazy world of motherhood. The first one who made my heart fill with so much love I felt like it would burst from my chest. You were the first one to hold my pinkie as I stumbled and bumbled my way through the first nappy changes, the first breastfeeds, the first sleepless nights, and all those times of squeezing you into so many ridiculously cute first outfits. You were the first one whose giggle and smile, levelled me and made me hold my breath in awe of just how beautiful you are and  how lucky we are to have you. You, my darling daughter, are the first one who took her first steps in front of us both because deep down, I'm sure your beautiful heart knew we both wanted to be there for such a special milestone. You were the first one who made me cry happy tears each time you held my face, kissed me and told me you loved me lots and lots and lots. And you are the first to hear I love you more than 20 times a day. You were the first one to know what my heart beat sounds like, from the inside.
But our baby is coming, and while you will no longer be our only child, you’ll be the only one to know what it’s like to have my undivided attention, the only one to know what it’s like to have their needs consistently put first, the only one to have known the adventures of our first home and a trip to Japan, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Maitland, even the shops as our only child. You will be the only one to know what it was like to not have to share their toys, their food, and their mum and dad. So whilst you will no longer be our only child, find comfort in the fact that you will always be our first. Our first newborn, our first infant, our first toddler, our first true love as parents.
So dear daughter, although our lives will change come September, never doubt just how truly loved you are, know that our love for you will remain as constant and as unchanging as the moon. That we will continue to love you to the moon and back and tell you more than 20 times a day. And even when you are no longer our only child and no longer able to reap the benefits of all that, that means, know that we have more than enough love for you both, because our heart now knows no limits to the love we can give, because of you.
You, our beautiful first born daughter, you. 


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Chloe's Third Christmas, eeep! Third!

Ok, so its new years eve! And as I frantically reflect on the year past and all the things I wanted to achieve, I actually relax. This year has been a good year, nay, a GREAT year, as far as achievements go we really did knock this year out of the park. I'm so proud of our little family and all we have done and am so thankful that when I look back at our life so far I can honestly say I have no regrets. There is not one single thing I would have done differently. Everything is perfect, and just as it should be! So with that itty bit of self reflective nonsense out of the way... Lets get into it.

Height: 87cm
Weight: 13kgs
Size: 2
Shoe: 6.5

As with the last post not much has changed on the eating and drinking front. Although it is worthy to note that meal times have significantly sped up. They are no longer drawn out affairs since Chloe now has mastered using utensils and no longer consistently asks to sit on our laps. hehe. Although during this festive season there has been a lot of the sweet treats! But this mumma isn't any bahhhhh humbug!

She also drinks from a proper cup now, although we still (I think out of habit) will give her straws to drink from. As far as drinks go she far prefers Milk to anything else but we are doing our best to minimise that and encourage water instead. She tends to have a small amount of something in her cup with meals and then only when she asks for it at other times.

Holy smokes. The kid loves to chat! You can now have pretty long conversations with her where she will string together quite a good sentence and participate in strings of dialogue with us competently. She now understands word orders and this has helped her to create more complex sentences. Because of all this, her speech is becoming much clearer which makes it easier for non-family members to understand her, or at least manage a pretty accurate guess at what she is telling them. She is also able to now more efficiently express negative statements by tacking on negative words such as 'not' and 'I no like it' to other phrases and words.

She is using pronouns more regularly now, instead of saying 'Chloe do it' she will say 'My (or I) do it', instead of "mummy get it, please" she'll say "you get it, please". Her vocabulary is also increasing dramatically as well, just the other day she bumped me with her pram and said "Whoops, sorry mummy, my fault". She uses more technically specific words too.

She is also able to follow two step commands now easily; "Chloe can you go to the kitchen and get Mummy the towel?"  Its made life SO much easier! "Sweetheart, stand over there against the fence and smile for mummy" Bam! "Chloe can you go to daddy and see if he'd like a coffee?"... off she toddles, she returns shortly and announces "Daddy said YES!" It's so sweet.

We have also seen her empathy and affection for others improve as she is now able to ask 'are you alright?' Recently when her cousins came for a visit, the younger (Lucas) was upset as he was waiting for his turn of a toy, Chloe went up to him and offered hers. It was really heart warming.

She still absolutely loves to read. We have found that she is able to 'read' some of her books now by recognising visual cues and through predictive text. Her favourites at the moment are "Room on the Broom" where she'll say the "whoosh, they were gone" part religiously and in "Where is the green sheep?" if you pause before the adjective for each sheep she will say it....
Me - "Here is the .....
Chloe - "RED!"
Me - "sheep, and here is the ....
Chloe - BLUE sheep!

It really is impressive. She gets lots of praise for this. hehehe.


Chloe is very confident and capable in the water. On our recent trip to Maitland she was diving and swimming to us in the pool of her own accord, much from the encouragement of her older cousins. She still needs a bit of a running start when swimming, in that she needs to propel herself from a step or us, but she understands how to move through the water now without floaties. She also understands that when she is out of air, she raises her head to breath. I think in a few months she'll be able to swim across the pool, which is pretty amazing!

Love of Music and Dancing
Chloe has lately really started to show a love of music and dancing again which makes me think, perhaps its time to re-enrol her in a dance class. Whenever a song comes on the tv or radio, she jumps up and wiggles her hips. She likes to twirl and most action songs will see her perform the moves. Her favourite is Justin Clark's 'dancing face'.

Chloe just loves to jump, although she's not very proficient at it. Santa got her a trampoline for Christmas and she has spent some part of the day (when we're at home) jumping in in. Whilst she will jump on her own, she much prefers holding our hands to jump. Which through the netted walls is really quite difficult. hahhaha.

Riding her bike
Now that we have space for her to ride her bike/car in our very own street, she has been doing it a lot more. There is a soft hill that she likes to push her bike up to and then ride down, it always makes her smile and giggle. She thinks she's quite clever.

Walk up and down stairs
Chloe no longer needs help on the stairs and can walk up and down without any assistance from us or a rail. Given the number of stairs she has to climb to come and go from our new house, its quite a relief.
Chloes fine motor skills are pretty good, she correctly holds a pencil using a tripod grip. Thanks to her OCD teacher mother. She is also beginning to form shapes resembling letters, such as circles and E's. She is able to use scissors correctly and will follow a line drawn when cutting.

She has started to show much more interest in playing with her friends and just loves having people over. Often asking to see her friends when we're home. But she can only cope with a small amount of interactive play, particularly when its her things being played with. hehe. She still needs much adult interaction and guidance when playing with her friends. She feels much more confident when we are nearby and will come to us when she cant resolve her own conflict. I think much of this behaviour has been learnt through the observations of others at day care and through the necessity to protect what's yours in a high traffic environment. But she is getting better each day sharing her things.

Chloe is pretty good at recounting events to us that happened earlier in the day and answer questions about who, what and where when asked. Making it easy to figure out what has happened. This recounting of events in time, has also helped with her understanding of "now", "soon", "later", "first" and "after". Chloe has always been a child of routine so she has a very strong understanding of time and order of a day. After lunch she'll often say "Bedtime now", once dinner is finished "Bathtime now". It really makes things easy.

Chloe is also developing a wicked sense of humour and just loves to make us laugh. She'll pull funny faces and say silly things then cackle and exclaim "Silly Chloe". It is delightful!

Chloe has had a string of really bad nights with sleep, waking multiple times overnight. We're not sure why. But like most of our battles with sleep, we are just rolling with it. We suspect it is that she is too hot, but she refuses to sleep with a fan as the fan is 'too noisy'. lol. So... we battle on.

We have also not dropped her day sleep and have adopted a 'just let her sleep' attitude, which at the moment is fine as we have ALOT of evening functions and activities going on at the moment. I think once we are back into work etc, we may look at cutting it back or out. But at this stage it doesn't seem to matter whether she has an hour or three, any sleep in the day means Chloe won't be asleep until 8 or 830 at night. It may also be that she is finding it hard to go to sleep as it is still pretty bright at 8 with the sun setting around 815 now.
Chloe has been Santa MAD this year! She just loves him! Anytime we were at the shops she HAD to see him! She also loves having her friends/cousins over to her 'big house'. She LOVES running and racing because she's "very fast". She loves animals, washing up and generally 'helping', eating hot chips and lollies. She has a bit of a love / hate relationship with the modelling at the moment. She will happily pose but after 10 or so minutes will announce "all finished mummy" and walk off. She also had an aversion to bath time for a week or so but that was overcome with the bribe of ice cream.


The House
The house is amazing!  We're so happy to be here. The space is ridiculous. I always use to wonder how people with kids could spend all day at home claiming it to be easier. I get it now. I totally get it. Chloe is so happy playing in her toy room that an hour or so will disappear and neither of us are the wiser. That would never happen in our unit.

As far as renos go we haven't done any more other than ripping up the carpet. Our dream is to pull out most of the garden and turf it in a few months, at the moment its a hodge podge of stuff and full of bugs and spiders, making it hard to let Chloe play in it unsupervised. We have a rough idea of what we want to do inside, but funds and really a clear vision are the issue at the moment. So the plan is to attack the yard first, as we know exactly what we want to do there.

Our first dual property mortgage repayment comes out of our account on the 1st. We have both already transferred that over and have set up the transfer so we are always a month ahead, but the sting of that will start to really take affect this coming month.

We also celebrated Christmas this year as we do most years, celebrating with the Wyatts for lunch Christmas day and then making the mad dash to Maitland to celebrate with the Sciffers boxing day. As always it was a stressful affair and had us rethinking our plan for next year. The most enjoyable part of the day was watching Chloe painstakingly slowly open each of her presents over the morning and relish with each new gift and ask "Its mine?"... "Yes baby, its all yours" *sigh*

We also spent a fair chunk of time exploring (as Chloe called them) Santa lights, seeing some Christmas Carols with fireworks and dancing with Santa over and over again. I still haven't managed to get a photo with her and all her spoils..... but I just have to figure out where I can set it up given her presents include a trampoline, sandpit and giant water sprinkler ball. hehe.


All in all this year has been a great one. We have loved every minute of it and sharing it all with you. Cant wait to see what 2015 holds. Happy New Year to you all. xxx

Friday, November 28, 2014

"I need it"

Hi There Friends,

How are we all? I'm well..... and as with most blog updates, little miss is deep at rest, enjoying a nice sleep after a big morning out and about. So I thought I'd make a start on this.... yet another blog update. Here goes:

Height: 87cm
Weight: 12.8kg
Size: 2
Shoe Size: 6.5

Not much to report on the food and drink front. Its all pretty standard now. She'll have brekkie. lunch and dinner with us. Her plate is a mini version of ours with obvious differences like less salt, no rare meat or anything too spicy. A big change in the last months appetite has been the love of Tic Tacs. She is MAD for them. They serve as a good bribe but aren't part of the daily diet. I am thinking next month this will drop completely out of the update......

Chloe has started stringing multiple word sentences together. Her most hilariously recent being "I need it". Whilst digging in the freezer on a particularly hot day for frozen peas at dinner time, I told her to move away that she didn't need it. To which she replied, "no mummy, I neeeeeeeeed it" This has also made shopping an interesting activity. Her other fave sentence at the moment is: "My do it" which we correct to "I will do it", which she will parrot. But Chloe has developed quite an independent streak; wanting to go down the stairs on her own, get out and into the car seat without help, even buckle herself in. Sometimes (when we have the time!) its easy to accommodate this. But other days it can be quite a strain watching her fiddle with her buckle whilst you stare at the minutes passing making you later and later for work. I try to concentrate on the fact that for each minute she spends learning, its one step closer to her doing it herself. Just think, Bec, how quickly it will be to get organised in the morning when she can tie her shoes.... just let her pull the laces for a minute, its important. *breathe in* *breathe out* and remember she gives GREAT hugs and loves us deeply!

We're also highlighly suspicious she can read certain words and our trick of spelling out certain buzz phrases like 'P.A.R.K' are quickly being figured out. Just today I was sitting with her playing with her CHLOE name puzzle with the pieces scattered and asked her to find me the C. Bam! What about the O? Bam! The E? Bam... the L? picked up the H. Yatzee! But I thought, you know what they couldn't have been all guesses. I've also recently heard her count to 18, and whilst she will run through the first counting sequence correctly, once she reaches the end, will restart at 6. Which is also her age at the moment. If you ask her! hehe.
Lessons are going GANG BUSTERS. Its like all of a sudden she has all this confidence and belief in herself she can swim. She's jumping off the edge without hesitation, head diving into the water and doggy paddling a few strokes to reach me in the pool. With the warmer weather too, we have been spending a lot more time in the water which may attribute to it. She also has started to be more comfortable in her goggles (yipeeeeee) and I've learnt to tie her hair up as tight as possible to save it from blinding her when she goes under. All this has seen her become so confident that she will even whilst holding your hands or the edge just drop herself under and hold herself under the water til she needs to come up. She just LOVES being in the water, and we love being in it with her!

Chloe's love of jumping has continued, actually its grown exponentially! Almost religiously she will ask us to hold her hands so she can jump down the stairs out of our unit. She spends at least some portion of her day trying to jump so in order to get her off the furniture we have bought a trampoline for Christmas.... but its coming from Santa, so shhhhhh. Don't tell her ;-)
Chloe this week has decided she doesn't need a nappy for her night sleep. Oh dear! Just the other night when we were dressing her in her PJs, she threw the pull up away and said "No, knickers!". We tried to persuade her but there was no budging! So on went the knickers and sneakily I slipped the pull up over the top whilst she was engrossed in playschool. Success, well until her pre bedtime wee, when she saw the pull up. "Mummy, no nappy please?".... how can you say no to that? So off it came, and since then we've had three no nappy nights and one with and one accident. We're letting her take the lead on what she's wearing each night.  We lay out the nappy and if she objects, that's good enough for us. So for the next week, we'll keep going as is, and if more and more nights are no nappy, bye bye nappy.
We suspect Chloe may be creeping closer to dropping her day sleep. Whilst she can survive without it, it gets a bit hairy around 5-6pm that night. But if she has any sort of sleep (1-3hours) during the day, bedtime isn't happening til at least 8pm! Some nights 9pm! So its a bit of a catch 22, damned if we do, damned if we don't. At the moment we're putting her down for her day sleep around 1230-1pm, and letting her sleep as long as she wants, just not past 330pm. And then having a much more relaxed bedtime.
Chloe also seems to have monsters living with her and has taken to sleeping with the light on and likes the door open. Ever since she was a newborn we've had her room pitch black for sleeps with no sound. Now this. Its a bit baffling. With the light on it does take a little longer for her to go to sleep and she often asks if we will sit with her for a bit. Which we had been doing because she seemed quite distraught by the 'monsters'. But slowly slowly we have been moving closer to the door and now sit just in sight for about 10-15 minutes and shes out. So as always, sleep continues to be our battle......  
Chloe's loves this month include pulling funny faces, feeding the ducks in Evatt park, painting... Her hates are pretty standard toddler ones like sharing something that's hers and she's currently playing with, or just started stopped playing with, or may want to play with soon ;-)

Moving House
Oh goodness. So we move house next weekend. Cue Panic Stations! I have all this week to pack the unit and Jarratt's taking responsibility for the garage. Divide and Conquer. I have a day off from work to move and will take that Tuesday. I have also asked day care for an extra day Thursday (we missed a bunch whilst in Japan that we are owed) so am hopeful that will take a large chunk of it and then I can pack the rest whilst Chloe sleeps. Because packing with a toddler is no fun for anyone!

But in a week, we'll be spending our last night in the unit. Its sad and thrilling at the same time. Thankfully part of the stress has been alleviated as we have found a tenant for the unit. They move in on the 18th so we have almost two weeks to come back and fix things up.

I have to pinch myself that we are now dual property owners!

Trip to Surfers
Earlier this month we were gifted a 5 night stay at the Outrigger in Surfers Paradise by Uncle John. It was such a wonderful trip. It was the first holiday we've had where we didn't have a list of what we wanted to see or do. The goal of the trip was to relax, and we did just that. Our days consisted of getting up, having brekkie, hitting the beach, then the pool before a nap (for Chloe, but often us as well) then hitting the town for drinks and dinner! Bliss! We also were fortunate enough to have Caryn, A and the boys drive down and visit us for the night. It was so night to hang out and the kids had a blast playing together. Made me sad knowing it would be a while before we'd be able to afford a holiday like that again.

Peppa Pig
Last Saturday we took Chloe to see Peppa Pig live. She loves Peppa and George. I was impressed with how well behaved she was in the theatre and how she followed along with the movements to the songs. I'll definitely be looking for more performances like this to take her too.

We had braced ourselves for no Santa Photo this year, since last year we hadn't been able to get Chloe anywhere near him. And I've seen SO many screaming child photos of kids around her age with Santa. So when I took her to Roselands last Thursday I wasn't hopeful. We spent 5 minutes waiting our turn whilst another little boy and his mum had their photo. Chloe was happy watching and waving at him from behind the line. When it was our turn (thankfully no one was waiting) we took our time bridging the gap between the line and Santa's stage.  I managed to get her right at the step before she darted back to the line and said 'I watch' I thought.... ok that's it, not gonna happen. Then I remember I'd come prepared, I pulled from my bag a bribe, a stamp specifically. I told her 'sit here sweetheart, show santa your stamp' and BAM, she was there. I then stood by the camera and behaved in a way that would have embarrassed Jarratt. Below is the reward. Totally worth it!

Modelling / Brand Rep
Again, nothing has come of our contract with Bambini this month, but Chloe continues to be an Instagram sensation! Since last month and our  brand rep contract with Bella Style and Designs, two more labels have contacted us. Generally you have to enter competition type searches to be selected as a brand rep, we have been seeked out by both labels. Its very flattering. The first is Fox and Cradle - another label specialising in head bands. The other is a clothing label called Tumble N Dry, which is stocked in Myer. Both have sent us packages of stuff that Chloe wears and I photograph - below are some examples. I think its a great deal, Jarratt isn't as impressed.

And so ends another month, I cant believe Christmas is nearly upon us and that next time I write to you all will be from our humble new digs. Exciting times ahead. I hope you all get (as Chloe would say) what you NEED this Christmas xxx

Friday, October 31, 2014

Where's daddys truck?

Hi there friends, how are we?

How is it that another month has already been and gone, sheesh! Time really is flying on by isn't it? Now, are you sitting down? Brace yourself Christmas is less than TWO MONTHS AWAY! Cue freak out! Time is running by and there is just no slowing it down. That's why I like (and hate) doing these entries, because it gives me time to stop, reflect and in some cases rethink (or panic) about things in my life. But also celebrate the achievements. So lets not dilly dally around... lets get into it. Here goes...

STATS (as of 31/10/2014)
Height: 87cm
Weight: 12.8kgs
Size: 2
Shoe Size: 6-6.5


Her love of cinos has continued to thrive and become a little bit of an afternoon ritual of sorts. Where on days off she and I will sit after she wakes from her nap and have a cino and coffee, respectively.

Chloe's diet is pretty much on par with us now. She eats what we eat and we eat with her (530-6pm) and that works for us. She has started this neat trick of wanting to sit on our laps while we all eat together. Sometimes depending on the meal, she can. But if we need both hands she needs to wait til we're finished. Its created a cute little gimmick, where she leans in to us and says "all done?" her way of asking if she can now sit on our lap. Hehe. She will still eat brekkie and lunch at her table, and normally in front of the tv (bad parents!) but dinner is always altogether at the table.

Her diet is pretty balanced and we make an effort to ensure she's eating enough of everything. Sweets are limited to rewards for being good but are not over the top, or frequent. She was receiving chocolate for doing number 2's on the toilet during training and every now and then post poo, she'll ask for one and we will give it to her. But other than that sweets are given at our discretion.

We also made daddy a cake recently for his morning tea and Chloe took the title of beater licker in this house. Daddy was devastated. She wasn't to bothered about it all though and it made for some pretty adorable pics of her all chocolate smeared as you can see.

The repertoire of songs has expanded since I last posted, she continues to favour Happy Birthday for us (especially when we light a candle for a cupcake). But will also sing "twinkle twinkle" and most known nursery rhymes.

Chloes communication is also growing each day and her vocab is pretty impressive for a toddler. We encourage her to 'use her words' and will often say 'sweetheart, I don't understand' and sure enough she will repeat clearly what she wants or attack the sentence a different way. She still tricks over some sounds, the real kicker being Tr as in Tr-ee, she will say "F-ee", which makes for an interesting conversation when she's asking where daddy's *uck is? But in general its great to have her speak so well, taking the guess work a lot out and making the situation less frustrating for everyone.... instead of crying we now get like "Mummy, Chloe hungry, Chloe want fruit" SOOOOO much easier!

She also has improved in her counting and can now count to 14 (but not consistently, to 10 is very consistent). She 'reads' most of her single word board books and enjoys taking turns 'reading' with daddy.

Chloe is a fantastic swimmer, her confidence and ability in the water is impressive. Just last lessons she was 'diving' into the water. Whilst most children in her class were jumping, she was putting her hands out and going head first, which I thought was amazing. She still shows some reluctance on the platform activities where I need to hand her over to the teacher. I think its due to the lack of trust she has for the new teacher, but we'll get there. I took her to the beach this morning and she 'swam' in the shallow water, I was so proud to see her apply this learning to a new situation. As a teacher I know that shows real intelligence, and I couldn't be happier.

Her love of jumping is driving me a little bit bonkers. Whilst she just loves it, I find it the most boring 'game' we play. I think given our more exciting news (which I'll mention in a bit) the purchase of a trampoline may be in order. hehe

Recently Chloe developed a preference for sleeping on the couch (hers or the big one) for her day sleep. We'd tell her it was bed time and she's ask "Here, here" and point to the couch, if it wasn't going to affect us we'd let her and then just transfer her once she was asleep. After about a week or so, she stopped asking..... it was very strange. We have no idea why she started asking?

We've also started dressing her overnight in her new summer PJs and kept her winter bedding. Which seems to be working. I always write this stuff in the blog because I know when bubba wyatt the sequel comes about I wont remember what I dressed her in when, it serves as a good method of recording. hehe.

This month the loves are pretty standard toddler facts. She loves the beach, being a ballerina, painting (well sticking her hands in paint and getting messy) and spending time with her friends. And hates .... um, I cant actually think of any. This month has been pretty easy going with her cooperating with hair washing, hair styling and going out!

Bought a house
In more exciting news we bought a house!!!! After 3-4 months of searching we bought one!!! Whoop whoop! We are so thrilled about it. A four bedroom, 2 bathroom, brick home on 580 square metres in Peakhurst at the end of a cul de sac with a lock up garage and under house storage. We cant believe our luck. The house requires a overhaul with modernising, but unfortunately winning the house at auction saw us spend our entire renovating budget so we will be living in it for a few years before we'll be able to afford to renovate. But the house is lovely, old but well maintained. Just like the unit when we first bought it. So 35 days til we settle and we are counting them down!

Toilet Training
Chloe is a superstar with the toilet training. When we are out she will tell us she needs to go and will 'hold' it until we find a toilet. We still have the occasional accident, maybe once or twice a week, but I consider that a major achievement for our little lady. So I'm giving her a big hug when she wakes up just to remind her how fantastic she is. hehe.

Chloe hasn't booked any work through Bambini this past month but has secured brand rep for two Australian companies who specialise in head wraps. So for the next 3-6 months we'll be sent a variety of head wraps to style and photograph on Chloe which will be used for promotional material online. Its pretty exciting. We received our first package the other day and have already taken some photos in them.

First trip to the Dentist
We took Chloe to the dentist for the first time this month, and she past with flying colours. We learnt that our teeth brushing routine is a good one and got some good advice to ensure she develops good dental practices. Whilst there she was very happy to open her mouth and even 'played dentist' on daddy, which was beyond cute!

Meeting Zoe Ann
This month we also got to meet Zoe Ann, Andrew and Lin's little girl who was so keen to come into this world she arrived almost 1 month earlier than necessary. Whilst we visited her in hospital, it wasn't til this week that we were able to see her and have a hold at her home. Chloe was absolutely smitten and talked about Zoe the whole (1 and a half hour!!!) drive home.

And so ends another month in the life and times of team Wyatt. I hope you've enjoyed your stay. We'll see you again in a few weeks.

All our love, Team Wyatt xxx