I feel like we should crack open a packet of chocolate buttons and celebrate our achievements together. You because you’ve grown into an actual real little girl, and me, because I managed to keep you alive and it turns out I’m raising a pretty cute cookie actually.
You’ve been walking for six months now, but you’ve never been more of a toddler than at this moment in time. Every day is a new opportunity for you to explore new territory, push boundaries, test patience and push buttons (actual and metaphorical). You don’t waste a single moment sitting still and you are constantly on the go.
You’ve always had your own mind, but now you’ve realised that you can actually control the world around you, you are in your element working out cause and consequence. Although you don’t really seem to care about the consequence of the consequence yet – any sort of telling off is met with a big fat giggle from you.
If we have to resort to manhandling you, then that’s another matter entirely. You don’t like it one bit and will arch your back and throw your head backwards (sometimes onto a hard floor if you want to make us feel really bad) kicking and screaming. Yes, you sure love a good toddler tantrum.
But as long as you’re free to roam and have enough people, toys and food to keep you suitably entertained, then you’re a joy. Yesterday we went to a car showroom and you spent the entire hour flirting with all of the sales staff, playing hide and seek, eating free cookies and stealing their pens, rulers, keys…they were all so smitten I don’t think they got a single bit of work done. You definitely know how to turn on the charm.
You’ve started to enjoy TV a little more now. You love the theme tunes mostly and anything that has singing and dancing – Swashbuckle is your definite favourite and mummy and daddy have to constantly join in with your calls for us to sing, “Eye patch, pirate’s hat, Swashbuckle cheer…AHOY!” You do all of the actions, it’s so cute. When in your car seat you’ll constantly shout “eye -tat!” with your hand over your eye until I join in.
Your favourite toys are anything where you can pretend to be Mummy. You have your own little hoover and dustpan and brush which you follow me around with when I’m doing my own hoovering. You also like pretending to clean with a cloth and a pretend bottle of cleaner – which is good as it makes Daddy think that I clean a lot more than I do. Thanks for that!
This month we bought you your first doll and its own mini buggy which you charge around the house with and we take it to the park sometimes. You like to tell the doll to ‘shhhhh’ and wrap her up in Mummy’s tea towels. You’re so much fun to watch and it’s hilarious to see what you pick up from us.
You’re still pretty feisty and we have to watch you like you’re a wild animal around other children sometimes. Last week we went to Prezzo with Nanna and Grandad and there were some other three-year-old children there. You were charging through them, grabbing onto them and pushing them out of the way like you were the eldest! Thankfully you haven’t bitten anyone in a while though, so at least we have progress!
Some days I think you’re going to be a complete tomboy and then other times you seem so girly. You’ll often walk around the house with my handbag over your shoulder and you love pretending to put on my blusher and lipstick. And you are completely OBSESSED with shoes. Throughout the day you’ll bring me multiple pairs to put on – yours, mine, dads – any will do. When I get you dressed you are always holding up your foot for me saying ‘Shhhhhhooooo’ over and over.
- You’re getting really good at communicating and we can understand you pretty well now when you’re trying to ask us for something
- You still shout and wave “hiya!” to anyone who makes eye contact with you – and will shout “bye bye!” to every check-out person we ever have to leave. Sometimes you even pucker your lips for a kiss. We may have to talk about that one day.
- You can now count to the grand total of two
- You are loving nursery
- You’re learning new (versions of) words every day – your favourite is still “more!”, but you also love “shoo” (shoes) and demanding a “nana” (banana)
- You point out and say (versions of) Mummy, Daddy, Taylor and Nanna on photos now
- Dad is still your favourite!
How you look
- We have bunches! Your hair has grown so fast and you’re going really blonde now
- You had some molars come through over the last few months – lucky for me you’re getting better at having your teeth cleaned
- You’re wearing 12-18 month clothes now but still seem dinky and have little cute chunky legs
- You’re wearing size 3 shoes
- You are a delight at home and will happily amuse yourself humming away whilst on your own little missions around the house
- But you hate being restricted in any way and there is absolutely no reasoning with you when you’re having a tantrum!
- You are still super cheeky and love nothing more than being playful
- You are still sleeping through from 7pm ish – but always wake up before 6am. Mum and Dad will you to have a lie-in, but we know we can’t complain really.
- You have one nap a day which you still have at 9.30am – I’ve tried to drag it out until the afternoon, but you literally fell asleep in your lunch!
I’m loving our time together and appreciate it all the more now that you’re in nursery for two days. This morning we had the Play-dough out but we had to put it away as you insisted on eating it again. So instead I put on some music and we had a mad dance around the living room which you found hilarious. You’ve just woken up from your nap so I’m off to get you.
You are so precious and I love you so much.