To my lovely Zara Mae

To my lovely Zara Mae

Since starting my blog a few months back your brother has featured somewhat heavily, he has been the newborn and the slightly demanding one at that, but truth be told it is not an accurate representation of the division of attention…he who screams the loudest and all that – and, well, that is generally you. I am also keenly aware that I have been quick to moan on my blog about all the hardships that come with being yours and Toby’s mum. So in the interest of fairness and to avoid you developing some sort of incorrect complex, this post is for you, my baby girl.

zarapostyAlthough I call you my baby girl you are becoming less and less like my baby everyday, you out-stand me daily with something new you have learnt. You are 18 months old, although you are a tiny dot and look more like a 12 month old. You took your first steps at 12 months and you practically run (everywhere) now. You can say a handful of words but you seem to understand everything we tell you. We ask you to put something in the bin and you know what we are telling you, we ask you to give your brother a kiss and you do it and if we ask you if you want to take your baby for a walk you push your dolly in her pram to the front door, but not without giving us all a kiss and waving bye first. You cannot sit still for a second, which doesn’t bode well for the 4 hour flight we intend to take you on next week.

You came to meet us a little earlier than intended. You arrived a month early whilst we were visiting family in Oxford, boy was it an entrance – and you have been the same ever since. We all know when you enter a room, you are like a tornado ripping through, you charge in screaming ‘HIYA’ and have a smile that lights the whole place up. You then make a start at your trail of destruction, woe betide anything, or anyone, who gets in your way. When you want to do something you will do it. You are a force to be reckoned with. At your tiny 18 months you know what you want and certainly what you don’t want. You cannot say ‘no’ yet instead you will shake your head at us or simply walk away…or have a screaming fit. You can have some temper on you – if you can’t do something, if you do not want the dinner I have made you or sometimes for reasons unknown – you can blame your dad for that one.


We are taking you away for a month next week, Nanny and Granddad are coming with us for the first two weeks, which you will absolutely love. Your Granddad spoils you rotten with biscuits (you have one hell of a sweet tooth…OK you can blame me for that one) and you love days out with Nanny and Granddad. You will absolutely love all the attention that will be showered upon you and all the new things to explore – you are a nosy little madam. I am worried about how you will cope with the change of environment and your routine being out of sync- I don’t know why because you are a resilient little thing. We have taken you away loads in your short 18 months and each time you have been totally un-phased – perhaps you will love to travel like your mum and dad…

You are full of kisses and cuddles for everyone, especially your brother. You love to show him off to anyone who enters a room. You have so much love for those closest to you and you are SO loved. You have well and truly rocked my world from everything I once knew. You are so full on and I am exhausted at the end of every day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, I am so proud to be your mummy. You, and your brother (and your father), are the loves of my life and my greatest achievement. We tell you everyday how much we love you and your daddy always gives you 10 kisses at bedtime – if you let him. So much has changed in 18 months and it is because of you. You have changed the person I was, you make me want to be better, a good example, a mum to be proud of. I would walk through fire if it kept you safe – you are my most treasured asset and I love you so very much.

Love Mummy xxx



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  1. February 4, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Oh this is such a warm, cosy post and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it – i love the way you write – your daughter seems like a wonderful child. I love the writing to her theme – a really beautiful thing to do #coolmumclub

  2. February 4, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Ah this is such a lovely heart warming post! What a lovely little lady she is. Thanks so much for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

  3. February 6, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Aw bless, such a lovely letter. That second photo is so adorable too! x #KCACOLS

    • February 7, 2016 / 4:19 am

      Ah thank you x

  4. February 7, 2016 / 8:51 am

    This is a a lovely post – sounds like your daughter and mine would get on like a house on fire!
    x Alice

  5. February 7, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    This is a really lovely post :)
    She is such a cutie!
    Laura xx

  6. February 7, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Aww lovely post! She sounds a lot like my eldest in a lot of ways (& my youngest in some!) & she loved showing off her baby sister to everyone too (she still does, but even did it at 15 months when little one born). Hope she has lots of fun on her trip away! #KCACOLS

  7. February 9, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Such a lovely letter, I really hope your daughter reads it when she’s older. She sounds very similar to my eldest, maybe its a girl thing, they definitely know what they do and don’t want. Hope you all have a lovely time away #abitofeverything x

    • February 9, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Thank you that’s such a lovely comment. Yes I think it’s a girl thing my boy is much more chilled. Xx

  8. February 10, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Awww this is a gorgeous post. I relate a lot. I have an older boy who sometimes gets more attention as he has asd but his little sister is an absolute whirlwind. Your daughter is a real cutie :) #KCACOLS

    • February 12, 2016 / 7:25 am

      Aw thank you and thank you for your comment :)

  9. February 11, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    This is such a lovely post! How cute is your little girl!! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday Xx

  10. February 12, 2016 / 1:44 am

    Aww… what a lovely tribute to your little (big) girl. I think your girl has something commend with my little boy. He loves his sister too. Thank you for linking up with us. #FabFridayPost x

    • February 12, 2016 / 7:28 am

      It’s so lovely so see is put it when they’re being sweet together. I’m sure it won’t long and they’ll be fighting but I’ll enjoy the love whilst it lasts!

  11. February 14, 2016 / 11:27 am

    She sounds like a fabulous little lady. I love reading posts like this and always wish Inhad been able to donthe same for my boys when they were toddlers.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

    • February 14, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      She is but she a little handful too! Thank you for your comment xx

  12. February 14, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Beautiful post! They grow up SO fast don’t they? My little man is 2 now and even though I see him every day, I find myself watching him thinking ‘how is he so big now!?’. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  13. April 28, 2016 / 8:01 am

    Oh this is so lovely, Sarah – such a lovely memory created for your little girl and you. I’m guilty of taking about the musings – perhaps I need to focus on the loveliness too otherwise my poor children will think that all I did was rant (probably true, mostly!). Love the pictures and your daughter really does sound like the perfect big sister – hard for the firstborn to suddenly have to share you bless her but she seems to be coping beautifully #familyfun

  14. April 28, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Ahhh lovely Sarah! She sounds absolutely brilliant…love the HIYA! It’s so good to concentrate on the loveliness every now and again, I mean we all know it’s there but sometimes the tiredness and tantrums just make it easier to vent about the negatives!
    Look forward to hearing about your trip #familyfun

    • tammymum
      April 28, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you, yeah I thought I should try even the scales a bit. That was actually a post I wrote in February and we have been on our trip since then…and I blogged about relentlessly lol. I just recycled the post so I could join in the family fun :). Thanks for your comment lovey xx

      • April 28, 2016 / 8:25 pm

        Oh I failed to read the date! I thought you’d kept it quiet that you were going off for a month!

  15. April 28, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Such a sweet post and I’m sure Zara Mae will love reading these when she is older. I love a girl who knows her own mind, sounds to me like she’ll go far. Thanks for linking up with #familyfun

    • tammymum
      April 28, 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Ah yes I do hope she does read them. She is certainly head strong I will give her that. Thanks for your comment lovey xx

  16. April 29, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    What a lovely note for your little girl, and so beautifully written too. I think its a lovely idea to write posts like these… a really keepsake. #FamilyFun

  17. May 2, 2016 / 5:22 am

    awww sarah! She sounds like an absolute cutie!! Bless her… I bet she loves you very much too. From all I know about you, i think you are a wonderful mummy!

    • tammymum
      May 2, 2016 / 6:35 pm

      Aw thank you love. She is a little love, if not a little madam sometimes lol x