Word of the Week: Cuddle

Today the word that sums up the week that was is:


Arthur has been wanting lots of cuddles recently. Partly I think he’s needed the comfort: his teeth have been bothering him for sure – he has eight coming through at the moment – and he’s had a bit of a cold this week too. More than that though he’s worked out how to name them – they’re ‘duddles’ rather than ‘cuddles’, but now he can ask for them he wants them all the time.


It starts from the moment he wakes up in the morning: reaching out his arms for cuddles, not only from us but also from his bears.

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As the day goes on he’ll keep checking in to recharge, making sure he gets his cuddle quota. If we’re hard to reach then anything will do – his water bottle, or perhaps a piece of roasted carrot.

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Each expression of cuddly affection is accompanied by a cry of ‘duddle!’, full of urgency and enthusiasm. It is the cutest thing to watch, and to be on the receiving end of the duddles is even more adorable.


I hope that this isn’t entirely just a phase, that what we’re witnessing is the growth of our baby into a little boy fuelled by the exchange of such heartfelt affection. It might just be one of the best things about being a mum, and if I’m honest I’m not sure how I coped when I didn’t have so many cuddles in my life.


The Reading Residence


13 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Cuddle

  1. thereadingresidence

    Oh, a wonderful word! And ‘duddles’ sounds so adorable! I love my cuddles with Little Man, all the more because my daughter wasn’t that much of a cuddler, but he definitely is, so I savour them all! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    There is nothing better than ‘duddles’, even when I’m furious with them for something, a request for a cuddle or a ‘huck’ as the wee girl currently calls them will make me melt completely 🙂 Long may your duddles continue xx

  3. Nicola Young

    We had duddles too. Sad when they grow out of saying it, but don’t expect him to grow out of it that quickly. My ten year old still likes a cuddle. Logistically it is a bit harder but it’s just as lovely.

  4. Merlinda (@pixiedusk)

    My son loves cuddles & when he grew older kisses too! I know for a fact that he will not ask for these when he started being a big boy so I am going to enjoy this moment when he still likes them =)

    Your son is always cute! Hugging his sippy cup is the cutest ever! #wotw

  5. Tracey @ mummyshire

    That’s such a lovely post, and its lovely to see that you can have ‘duddles’ with anything including food!! He reminds me of my little boy, very cuddly and he still keeps on asking for cuddles – and he’s now nearly 3!! long may duddlws continue #wotw

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      Ah I hope he stays cuddly for a long time yet. He’s started giving himself duddles now if I don’t get there fast enough which is even more super cute…


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