To Taylor – at 16 months

To Taylor - your 14 month update

What a great couple of months we’ve had!

I know that I say it every time I write one of these updates, but you really are growing so fast now! Suddenly I no longer have a feisty, curious baby, but an adventurous, independent little girl.

To Taylor - your 16 month update

You are not only walking, but you literally run everywhere. You’re so full of life and eager to explore this land you’ve found yourself thrust upon.. I love that you can now toddle alongside me on our daily walks with Max. When I first took you out of your buggy it took us over an hour to walk about 200 metres – you had to stop and pick up every pebble you saw and were adamant about squishing your feet (and hands) in the mud, rather than walking with me on the path. You also have a current obsession with ‘dirds’ and have to stop and listen whenever you hear a tweet until you spot the ‘dird’ in question…

But I love these days, watching you learn and delight in discovering something new every day. I see the world through your eyes, and realise what a wonderful place it is to be.

You absolutely love being outdoors and will often stand at the glass doors in the living room looking wistfully out into the garden (or, thumping on the glass!) Now that you can walk, you love just running around, throwing the ball for Max or practicing going up and down the steps from the patio. We’ve also managed a few painting sessions outside this month, which you love (for five minutes!)

16 month toddler update

Indoors, you’re always throwing yourself around and bulldozing your way into everything – I sometimes watch in fear of you hurting yourself, but to be honest, nothing seems to phase you much. If you do hurt yourself you always look to me to see if you should be upset about it – apparently not – so you just carry on!…

The other day we went to your cousin Jack’s second birthday party where you insisted on gnawing on a balloon until it POPPED right in your face. Nobody could believe that you didn’t break down in tears. You then insisted on sitting on the trampoline whilst Sam and Jack jumped up and down. You were bouncing and falling all over the place but you were having so much fun!

You really are so happy and playful. You’re still a little attention seeker and will flash your smile and wave at every stranger we pass. You have a smile that lights up your whole face and is completely infectious. Of course, I’m biased, but you’ve managed to get a smirk from even the grumpiest of people on our (far too frequent) trips to Aldi. You wave and shout ‘I-ya!’ until they have no choice but to look at you. I feel like a bit of an idiot sometimes walking around with a ‘proud mother smile’ permanently stuck on my face – but this is what you’ve done to me.

Taylor 16 month update

We’ve had big changes this month as you started at nursery for two days each week. You absolutely love it! The first morning you arrived you managed to throw yourself down the indoor slide head first at least five times in the five minutes that I was there. I knew then that you’d be okay and left you to it. When I came to pick you up later that day, you were having so much fun waving and blowing kisses to all of the staff that when you realised it was time to leave you threw a tantrum. So I’m pretty assured that you like your new ‘days out’.

At home your toys still get neglected and your favourite ‘game’ at the moment is emptying my kitchen cupboards into your Mega Bloks trolley and then putting them back again. Either that, or emptying all of your washing out of your wash basket onto your rocking chair (has to be neatly placed) and then putting it all back again!

You also like to bring me items – like yesterday, you brought me cotton pads three at a time, until you’d gotten through the whole pack. You look so proud of yourself when on your little ‘missions’ and I think you genuinely think you’re helping me in some way. It’s so cute.

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I never thought I’d say this when I was writing this post last week, but I feel you may be finally heading into a ‘mummy phase’. In fact, I’m pretty sure you may have read the post in question, as ever since I published it you’ve been super loving towards me (*little celebration dance*). You’ve been feeling under the weather (so I shouldn’t be happy about it, but I am!) and you seem to be a lot more clingy this week and have even PIED DAD FOR MUM. Hallelujah!

This morning when I dropped you off at nursery you put your head in my lap and lay there for a few minutes clinging onto me. The teachers probably thought I was pandering to you a little, but I had to explain that we very rarely get moments like this with you! So thank you.

Other milestones:

Social
  • You’re trying to talk all of the time now and if you’re not talking you hum little sounds to yourself. Your vocabulary at the moment includes ‘more’ ‘dirty’, ‘dirdy’ (bird) ‘botbot’ (bottle), ‘ot’ (hot) i-ya’ (hiya) as well as mamma and dadda.
  • You’re really quite affectionate with Max now and will constantly try and cuddle and kiss him.
  • You’re obsessed with other children and you’re getting good at being gentle with them – but you still like to hold their hands and bear hug them!
  • You love attention from everyone but you’re starting to definitely have your favourites – you love your grandparents!
How you look
  • Your hair is really growing now and on most days you’ll let me put a clip in the front
  • You’re still petite for your age, still mostly wearing 9-12 month clothes
  • You have a full set of teeth apart from your molars. You’re getting pretty good at letting me clean them, opening your mouth and ‘ahhh’ing as I do it
TEMPERAMENT
  • You’re still super cheeky but you are listening (a little) more now. You definitely take note of when I say no and have even started to obey me – when you feel like it of course!
  • You’re happy all of the time and love being active
  • You don’t often throw tantrums now (I think you’re less frustrated since you started to walk) BUT they are pretty mighty when you do. You really hate being unhappy and not getting your own way

16 months

Eating

  • You seem to have gone off your food a little recently. I’m not sure if it’s because you’ve had a cold for the past six weeks, or because you’re just getting a little fussy.
  • You’ll only eat your Wheatabix when crunchy and your bananas if they’re still in the skin (like the grown ups)
  • You still detest tomatoes and won’t eat porridge anymore.
  • You love dippy eggs and soldiers, as well as fish pie
Sleeping
  • You’ve started to wake up a little early for my liking – usually before 6. I’m putting it down to you not being so well at the moment and you come into our bed. But I may have to stop this soon!
  • You still go down every night at 7pm.
  • You’ve dropped to one nap a day but still prefer it to be in the morning – you’re well ready to go down by 9.30am and usually sleep past 11am.

Love you munch xx

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17 Comment

  1. sarah
    May 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Awww, so cute!! I miss those dayss. Bless her bringing you the cotton pads, three at a time until the pack was gone! Bless her. I hope her cold is gone soon and she gets her eating habits back! xx #KCACOL

  2. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    May 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Ah, what a lovely update! I think 16 months is a really lovely age (although I’ve thought that every month from 6 months onwards has been the best age and my son is now just over two!) What a cutie with the ‘hiya’ to everyone! My son is the same and it’s forced me to start interacting with strangers much more – probably a good thing as I’m pretty quiet generally! It’s lovely seeing their little personalities coming through isn’t it? And the realisation that you’ve created a pretty awesome little person! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 1, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Aw I know I’m the same every month – I think they just keep on getting better as more of their personalities come through! X

  3. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)
    May 2, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Aw, such cute photos! I love all the little milestones too – I’m still working on getting Marianna to let me put clips in her hair… one day! 🙂 #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      It’s still a struggle to be honest – I find them all over the place! X

  4. Allyson Greene
    May 2, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I love love love your letter/note! So cute and that is such a great age! #KCACOLS

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Thanks hun, glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Sarah
    May 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    These are such lovely memories. This is the main reason I regret not starting blogging sooner 🙂 #KCACOLS
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  6. Kaye
    May 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Aw, this is so so adorable! It just makes me think I can’t believe how fast my little boy has grown up, he’s now 2! Happy 16 months to the gorgeous Taylor! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays! Kaye xo

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 2, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks kaye… And now you get to go through it all again! X

  7. Someone's Mum
    May 2, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    It sounds like we have very similar little girls (mine is 15 months). Well apart from the teeth (only 4 so far) and size (in 1.5-2 already!). Mine is very adventurous too though. It’s lovely to have things like this recorded to look back on. Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS. I hope you come back again next Sunday.

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Ah it is lovely when they have such an adventurous streak – can be testing at times though ha! X

  8. Jade
    May 3, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I think this is such a special post, both for you and your memories and for little one to look back on someday. What a beauty, lovely photos! I love the RUN everywhere stage…#KCACOLS

  9. Savannah
    May 4, 2016 at 3:53 am

    It’s amazing how they change and transform from month to month, isn’t it. She’s such a beauty, and looks like a happy little girl. My boy is 13 months old, and his toys are mostly all but forgotten as well. He’d much rather be nosy and see what I’m doing, or get into the pots and pans. Such a fun age x #KCACOLS
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  10. Kim (sisterkin)
    May 4, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Oh what a lovely post! It actually made me feel broody. x #bestandworst

  11. Sarah
    May 4, 2016 at 7:30 am

    She sounds like such a fiesty little one…so active and into things and sooo cute!! I remember my daughter ignoring her toys and wanting the kitchen drawer. I also remember she was not into me until she hit two. She has become so loving after being quite a stand offish baby. I bet it will come. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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  12. Nicole {Life's Tidbits}
    May 4, 2016 at 8:14 am

    They really do get big fast, don’t they?! Enjoyed the post! And, I can totally relate to your daughter running everywhere and not walking. My daughter was/is the same way. It so funny she runs as she never seems in a rush, but instead that’s just her default 🙂 #BestAndWorst
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