“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling…”
Oh my beautiful girl, 26 months old today. The months are flying by (want to read your last update?) and I’m feeling a mixture of emotions. I’m so proud of you, every day you remind me that ‘I’m growing Mummy’ (might be something to do with Grandma telling you that you need to go to sleep so you can grow big and strong and let your brain get bigger too?) and you are shooting upwards again. I am forever getting asked your age and I’ve come to expect the shocked expressions!
I’m sad because we’re about half way through your pre-school years and the clock is ticking away, you are clearly no longer a baby and we seem to close the door on those days a little more with each passing day. To be honest, it’s nearly shut, you are a big girl nowadays but you’ll always be my ‘baba’. You’re super independent but at the same time you still want us and I’m so grateful. You are a whirlwind, full of happy noises and cheesy grins, you love to chatter away and you already know your own mind so well.
Here’s a little peek in to how you’ve been this past month…
- First plaits in your hair.
- First swear word repeated (oops!) and quickly forgotten again.
- That’s about it really, everything else has just continued advancing as usual.
You go down well at night and you’re in bed by the time I reach the ground floor which is fabulous, I’m so pleased with how well you’ve doing at bedtime actually. If Daddy is at work you know though and you either won’t settle or you don’t sleep well until he comes home and we clamber up the stairs to collapse in bed ourselves. It can be frustrating as I use that time to try and get lots of bits and bobs done in the house or really knuckle down to do some work but I get it, I miss him too and I think it’s sweet that you’re not completely satisfied until we’re all together.
You generally sleep until we go to bed and then you’ll come in with us for the rest of the night. Sometimes you don’t wake straight away so we have an hour or two with actual space in the bed before you come in and starfish! You don’t like having your legs under the covers at the moment and if I roll over you’ll complain until I turn back to face you and give you extra hugs.
Food & Drink
You love ice cream cornets and you’ll happily munch away at them as they are without a scoop of the good stuff on top! That’s not to say that you don’t like ice cream though and Grandma and I went on a little mission for you last week searching all around town for somewhere that did ice creams as you’d been asking. It turns out McDonalds was the only place so we got you a Mr. Whippy-style cone with a yummy flake and you were in your element, nom nom!
I think your strawberry obsession is wavering. You still ask for them but you’re not gobbling them up like you used to so I’m having to finish them for you — oh dear, what a shame! 😉
All in all, you’re eating well. You love a cup of tea (more milk than anything else) when I have mine and Grandma makes you one as well when we go over so you’re included. Favourites this month have been the Alpro Soya milk cartons, grapes, flipper dippers, ham sandwiches and mashed potatoes.
You adore all of your soft toys and teddies and whilst I wouldn’t say you have a favourite, you have a few that you like to carry around with you. You’re still loving your Welsh dragon from Llandudno that Grandma and Grandad bought you and today you had a meltdown because Patch was in the washing machine and you wanted to cuddle him! You also love your Pink Giraffe with the big eyes and you call him ‘Graff’.
You take something out with you everywhere we go and you’d take everybody if you could but I don’t want them to get lost so I say ‘one thing only please!’ which can be hard for you sometimes as you’re not sure who to leave behind.
Your Grimm’s pastel rainbow is in your room beneath your mirrors and you’re still loving it and still trying to turn the pieces in to Wobbel boards. I haven’t been able to buy you the semi-circles or, indeed, a Wobbel board yet but it’s my birthday later this month so if I am lucky enough to get any birthday money then the semi-circles are definitely on the cards!
You love doing your puzzles and you’re smashing them! I’m going to have to try and find you some more to challenge you further and I want to try that Hungry Caterpillar game with you this week that I bought from the charity shop as I think you might be able to grasp how it works now.
Social & Development
Your speech is crazy good. You always speak in full sentences and I don’t know how you know some of the words and phrases that you do, you blow me away!
You like to sing and I love hearing your recitals of Wind A Bobbin Up, Incy Wincy and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
You put your head on the floor a lot and say that you’re upside down but you’ve not done a forward roll yet. You can run like the wind (I struggle to keep up with you and I’m a fast runner!) and you would happily dance anywhere and everywhere!
You have always been such a social butterfly but I’ve noticed recently that you’re slightly withdrawn and quite clingy around other children. You call them ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ because we’ve never met them before and whilst you’re often happy and forthcoming (you usually say hello and hug them or wave before they do) we think you could do with socialising more to be honest (my fault, I know). We’re hoping to get you in to nursery for just one day a week to let you get used to being around other children, have some space and special time of your own and I’ll be trying to take you to more groups and activities during the week as well.
You aren’t fussed about your potty to be honest and you’ve stopped telling me when you need the toilet or even if you’ve soiled your nappy. I’m trying to introduce it slowly and encourage you to communicate your needs by asking you about them frequently. You don’t mind sitting on the potty sometimes when the TV is on or if I sit and read some of your books with you which is lovely but you haven’t actually done anything in the potty for ages! I’m sure you will in your own time and I’m keen not to rush you. I’ve just been thinking that I could be doing more to help you so I’m working on remembering myself and I’d like to get you some more reuseable potty training pants this month so we’re all ready to go now that the warmer weather is coming (and you can go bare without getting a cold botty you see!)
The search is on to find a nursery for you this month. I have been putting it off because I can’t imagine you not being here, it’s different when you just go out for a few hours with your Grandmas/Grandad you know? I am dreading it but I know it’s right for you and I don’t want you to be held back in any way.
Anyway, here’s to another amazing month! I can’t wait to see what it brings for you!
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