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The Flea Files, Part III

I woke up this Mother’s Day without Flea – she was with her Dad this weekend.

Obviously, I spent my weekend shuffling miserably from room to room thinking of how my life is meaningless without my baby, and definitely NOT taking the opportunity for a quiet swim, followed by skipping dinner in favour of snacks  (mini thai fishcakes and chilli sauce, followed by a slab of brie on crackers), then a few hours playing Candy Crush on Facebook and lolling on the sofa watching Vampire Diaries, beer in hand.

Perish the thought.

To be honest, I never thought I’d be a Mum. For a long time I had no desire to be one, and then when I did get pregnant, it turned out that staying pregnant was going to be a challenge. There was the world’s worst-timed miscarriage (on my wedding day) followed by a second pregnancy where I started bleeding 2 days after I peed on the stick, and didn’t stop until I was almost 28 weeks pregnant.

So nobody was more surprised than me when a fully-grown, healthy baby Flea was born.

But – once I got over the shock – I loved it. And I still do.

I’m still not terribly keen on other people’s children (no offence, I’m sure they’re lovely) but Flea is such fun. I love watching her grow a little more independent and a little more confident every day.

Back when I first started this blog, I asked Flea to help me do a little interview that would tell our readers all they needed to know about us. And – on Mother’s Day – it seemed appropriate to repeat the activity, and see what’s changed since Flea was three – and what is still the same. Here’s the result:


The Flea Files

A portrait of me and Flea, by Flea:


Flea, aged 3

Flea, aged 3 


Q1: What are our names? 

Flea, 3: Aiden the Monster and Sally. (Flea insisted on being called Aiden for 9 months when she was three. That kid had commitment.)

Flea, 7: Flea, and Sally.


Q2: What are our ages? 

Flea, 3: We are 3 and 22 (Gosh, how I loved her then) 

Flea, 7: I am 7 and a half, and Mummy is 37


Q3: What do we want for our birthdays? 

Flea, 3: Mummy wants a new  new car because she was driving fast and broke our black car and now she doesn’t like the car we have because it is green. I want loads of things, but mostly I want a monkey that I saw on the floor yesterday. I think someone dropped it off a trampoline.

Flea, 7: I want some new games for my X-Box 360 Kinect like Kinect Rush. I have no idea what Mummy wants.


Q4: Who are our best friends: 

Flea, 3: Peter and Thomas. Peter helps me do things that are hard, and Thomas is kind. Sometimes at school I play with Joshua and Aidan and Max and Charlie, but now it is the holidays.

Flea, 7: My best friend is Zara, and Mummy’s best friend is me, basically.


Q5: What do we like to eat: 

Flea, 3: Biscuits. But we like every sort of thing to eat.

Flea, 7:  I like to eat macaroni cheese, because I love cheese and Mummy likes to eat toast. Mummy is a good cook, I think.


Q6: What don’t we like to eat? 

Flea, 3: tomatoes, salad, mushrooms. Mummy doesn’t like things that are disgusting like pretend cheese and pepperami.

Flea, 7: mashed potato or rice pudding. Rice pudding is evil. Mummy doesn’t like Cheese Strings, which is rather mysterious because they are awesome.


Q7: What’s our favourite game? 

Flea, 3: Pirates. One of you is a pirate and the other one is a tiger. The tiger has to say “RAAAH” and then he squishes the pirate. That’s how you play.

Flea, 7: I like playing in my play room with all my dressing up stuff, and that’s my favourite game. We like playing Frustration too because it is really hard.


Q8: What do we want to do as a job? 

Flea, 3: Mummy works on a computer, and I want to be a pirate, a knight or a burglar.

Flea, 7: Mummy writes a blog, and I need to think about it more, but I might like to be a vet because I like animals and I am very good with cats. Although I am even better with rabbits. Once I went to a friend’s house and she had a rabbit and it wouldn’t let go of me.


Q9: What’s our favourite toy? 

Flea, 3: Mummy likes her iPod but my favourite is my skeleton figures.

Flea, 7: All of my dressing up things. Today, I am playing at being a brave knight with a sword and shield, but sometimes I’m a pirate, or Harry Potter.


Q10: What makes us happy? 

Flea, 3: I make Mummy happy and she makes me happy.

Flea, 7: Everything makes me happy. For example, I like reading books if they’re really exciting, or if we play a game at bedtime, like the one where we draw letters and pictures on each other’s backs and have to guess them, or we have a tickle fight. I think I make Mummy happy. (she’s right) 


Q11: What makes us sad? 

Flea, 3: When someone is naughty and they break something. Or if a puppy ate our biscuit.

Flea, 7:  When we have to get up really early. I just say, “Can I wait ten more hours?” and Mummy says, “Shall we have a duvet day?


Q12: What makes us cross? 

Flea, 3: People who steal money from monkeys. (I have no idea)

Flea, 7: I get cross when I lose at hockey because I am very competitive. I don’t think Mummy ever gets cross, although she does get exasperated when she loses her keys in the morning.



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.


    • Sally

      Yes, ideally at 8am when she’s awake and I need a lie-in.

    • Sally

      Aw, she really is 🙂

  1. Karen Jones

    I think Flea and Milo should get together. I can just see the length of the words they would use.

    • Sally

      Flea is definitely a lover of words!

    • Sally

      Thanks Brooke!

  2. Nikki

    Love it! I might give the question round thing a go with my two. 🙂

    • Sally

      It’s always fun to see what their imaginations come up with, isn’t it?

  3. Mayfair Mum

    Adorable! What a lovely way to mark Mother’s Day. I’d love to know what our Little Chap’s answers are to these questions…the mind boggles. There’d probably be just as many knights and pirates though.
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    • Sally

      Oh, there should always be knights and pirates.

    • Sally

      Oh yes. Monkey-robbers and rice-pudding makers. Ruin my day, so often…

  4. Verily Victoria Vocalises

    This is such great proof of quickly kids grow up! Despite the fact that it was Graces weekend with her father he brought her back a day early. I always make sure he has her fathers day (although that’s not so easy now Ross is in the picture) x
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    • Sally

      They really do – it goes by in a flash! I did see Flea later in the day, but she’d spent the night before with her Dad – I don’t mind really.

  5. J.R.Barker

    That has to be the sweetest thing I’ve ever read. Your littlun’s bright as a button.

    • Sally

      Aw, thanks 🙂

  6. Verity

    I love this post. Flea sounds great! I agree with Flea – rice pudding is awful. But then I don’t like cheese strings either…
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    • Sally

      So we’ll let Flea keep the cheese strings, then..?

  7. Cherished By Me

    Awww that is brilliant!
    Your relationship sounds amazing.

  8. My Two Mums

    I just can’t stand those money thieves who steal from Monkeys.

    I’m totally borrowing the question and answer idea for our little man.
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