Maya is 5!

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Time just goes so fast and she gets big so quickly. 5 seems like a big milestone for some reason – like she’s transitioned out of “little kid” and moving onto the next phase. She’s at school now with a load of new friends and a life separate from my own. She’s learning new skills at a rapid rate and basically teaching herself – she’ll now write pretty neat words and sentences, just asking me how to spell the words. She’s not quite reading as the sound blending hasn’t quite clicked for her but I don’t doubt it will be soon. She can speak 3 languages and can sing songs in Japanese too. She’s an expert at accents and pronunciation and switches into English with an Indonesian accent at school and considers “English” and “American” to be completely different languages.

We got her a Baby Alive doll this year – it was all she’d been asking for for months as she’s obsessed with watching Baby Alive videos on Youtube. She’s named her new doll Emma (I’m fascinated by the fact she gives her dolls very English names, the others being Holly and Rosie). She’s become a real girly girl over the last year after being a tomboy for so long – she loves princesses and Barbies and anything pink and sparkly and will play with her dolls alone for hours. She still likes climbing trees and playing in the mud though.

She wasn’t very well for her birthday yesterday (you can see it in her face on the photos) but she still had fun running around with her cousins. I’ve kept her off school today as she’s still not 100% and running a temperature.

Happy Birthday my little princess xxx

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Goodbye Cuddly – The end of an era


That little orange square in Maya’s hand is her cuddly. It’s a comforter we got free with Hipp baby food that’s been her almost constant companion since she was six months old. After 4 years of use, cuddly was looking more than a little worse for wear – his once bright orange had faded to a muddy beige and he’d been sewn up so many times, he was only half the size he once was. It didn’t make Maya love him any less.

Every night she’s needed cuddly to go to sleep. We’ve had to bring him with us everywhere as if she asks for him and we didn’t have him, we’d be met with unstoppable tears. Cuddly was an instant way of calming her down if she was upset – I’d hand him to her and she’d instantly start sucking her thumb and be quiet. You’re probably guessing where this story is heading and in my defence, I did buy some replacement cuddlies when Maya was still a baby. In fact she insisted on having two at once for a while, until one was stolen by a monkey. As she got older she refused them and would throw them away angrily if we tried to offer her a replacement.

The photo at the top shows you how sad Maya got just when cuddly got wet at the beach so you can imagine how she must feel now that he’s vanished completely.

Yes cuddly is with us no longer and I wasn’t sure how she was going to cope when this day came. I still don’t know what happened – in a hurry to leave to stay overnight at her grandparents I shoved him in the bag. Once we arrived I don’t remember if I gave him to Maya or not but we couldn’t find him and had to go to sleep without him for the first time. Maya was inconsolable but I still had hopes he’d turn up – he’s been lost a million times before and usually Maya’s tucked him away in the fridge or under a stone in the temple and we eventually find him. Not this time. He wasn’t at home when we returned and he hasn’t been found since.

I read Maya the story of Dogger, in which a little boy loses his favourite toy but they find him again in the end. I suggested that maybe cuddly was off having an adventure and he’d turn up when he was ready. It’s been more than a little heartbreaking watching Maya deal with this – it’s almost as if someone has died. She even said to me the next day, “Mummy, I know where cuddly is – he’s in the sky”.

It’s been two weeks now and I’m proud of her for coping so well and sleeping without her best friend every night with the minimum amount of fuss and tears. It’s so very sad – she still asks me every day if I’ve found him. So I thought I’d compile a little selection of photos of cuddly throughout the years – as Maya’s grown up he’s been her constant companion. Goodbye cuddly, you were a good friend :(

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Can’t believe my little girl is so grown up! Last week Maya turned 4, which she’d been looking forward to practically since the day after her third birthday (she’s obsessed with birthdays!) She got a play kitchen from Grandma,  I got her a play tent/bus (which turned out to be the best present EVER!) and we had a little party complete with my first ever attempt at home made birthday cake! Happy days :)

See Maya’s third birthday / second birthday / first birthday – I love looking at how much they’ve all grown!


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Kiran sulking because I wouldn’t give him an ice lolly because he wouldn’t go in the bath and Maya making letters out of play doh


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I’m just going to stop pretending that I’m even trying to publish these on time any more.

Kiran photobombing in the second shot just cracked me up!


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Maya: a levitating child or an extremely powerful fan? You decide.

Kiran: every now and again I get the buggy out and they have hours of fun pushing each other up and down, pretending to be babies.

Plus a bonus photo of a helicopter just because I like playing with the zoom on my new lens.


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Ok so turns out that I did actually get some pictures this week, they’re just from my phone, not my dslr – that counts right?

Kiran – happy forever as long as he’s in/playing with a car (I know he doesn’t look  it)

Maya – playing with her new magic wand that we made from a stick, glitter and pipe cleaners (they’re very into Harry Potter at the moment although Kiran’s only interested in the scenes that include a flying car)


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Totally failed to get even a single photo of Kiran this week but I did get this really random one of Maya: the doctor will see you now.


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We got bunnies and I got a new camera lens and tested it out on Kiran being a typically delightful boy

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