Another month, another update. Evie actually turns 17 months on the 24th of August, which is also my birthday! Yay! The months just seem to be getting faster and faster. It doesn’t seem like yesterday I was writing the 16 month update.
The arrival of my sisters baby has made us realise just how grown up Evie is and the vast difference between a new baby and a one year old. It’s made me more determined to do these updates so that I can capture these changes. Here’s Evie’s 17 month update:
You are no longer a little baby and are becoming more of a little girl everyday. You are desperately trying to be independent and get so cross if we try and interfere or help you with things. You are set in your routines and now ask to have things like your nappy changed, to go to bed or for water and food.
You’ve got knee caps! I know this sounds like a funny thing to update about, but babies aren’t born with knee caps. It was something we joked about at my baby shower and I have only just noticed that yours have arrived. I’m not sure when they came either or why I haven’t noticed before. *off to google it*
You have 2-4 new teeth. When did these come? I asked you to say ahh the other day and could spot two big new ones and two on the way. Hooray! I’m glad these ones were a lot more fuss free coming through than the rest were.
You insist on feeding yourself nowadays and are getting pretty nifty with a fork and spoon. If you have difficulty you still don’t like us helping you, so you choose to use your hands instead. Surprisingly you’re a very tidy eater. You’ve finally gotten a lot less fussy with food and are almost back to your old-self. Wahooo! You love sharing food and drink with your toys and other people. I can’t get over how cute it is watching you pretend feed your fluffy teddies.
I’m not sure what’s happened, but you’re so clingy and need constant affection. If we so much as leave a room you are in hysterics. At night time you wake up screaming and clambering for a cuddle. It’s really heart wrenching and we’re not sure what to do. You just seem really scared to be alone and we’re not sure what has triggered this.
You are obsessed with balls and shout ‘ready’ before you throw them. This is your favourite daily activity. As is opening the tumble dryer. Although this resulted in your favourite lamb accidentally getting thrown in the bin this week (you put lamb in the tumble dryer without Mummy knowing.) The washing in the dryer had been ruined by one of daddy’s permanent sharpie pens, so it all had to be thrown out. Little did we know that you’d put lamb in amongst them. Luckily Mummy braved the wheelie bin to look for him.
Your new favourite thing to do is spinning around until you’re so dizzy you fall over. This would be super cute if Mummy didn’t panic every time you did it because our house (like most houses) is full of sharp corners and solid furniture!
You have a new love for water. If you see the sea you shout ‘sea’ and run towards it, then shout ‘ready’ as you wait for the waves to roll in and hit your feet. You also love playing in your paddling pool and dancing in puddles.
You don’t really have many dislikes. The major ones are that you don’t like being left alone, green food, anything tomato based or having your feet measured.
You want to learn the word for every object and point endlessly at things to learn the words. You’re also really starting to recognise the world around you. You recognise our car in the car park (which is quite clever because it’s a pretty typical coloured car), you know when we’re almost home because you start calling for the cat as soon as we pull up in a road near our house, and you know as soon as we park up near daddy’s work because you start shouting ‘sea‘ (he works on the beach!).
You’re now letting us know when you want things. If you want to be picked up you put your arms up and say ‘up’. If you want to go downstairs you point at them and say ‘dowdas’ and then shake the stair-gate. You also tell us when you have a dirty bum and have even tried to change your nappy yourself by pulling out the wipes, bag and nappy and trying to climb on the changing matt.
Your fine motor skills have really developed this month. You love feeding the velcro through the hole in your shoes and doing up and undoing buckles on bags and jackets. If I want a moments peace to do something important, I must admit I do sometimes just give you your shoe.
Once again you’re waking up in the night times. You seem to be having night terrors because you wake up screaming and seeming like you’re afraid. We already keep the light on for you and there are no noises in our house so I’m not sure what’s wrong. You want to come in with us but after a while we say to you ‘Do you want to go to Evie’s bed?’ Nine times out of ten you say yes and happily go back to sleep in your own cot.
You are suddenly shy around people. You’ve always been an entertainer and absolutely love being in rooms or places with large crowds of people. You’ve always loved saying hi to everybody and entertaining. Now you don’t want to go into rooms where there are lots of people or it takes a while to encourage you to say hello or communicate.
You met your newborn baby cousin this week. You were so good with her and stroked her hair when she cried. The only time you were not happy was when Mummy gave her a cuddle. You cried to be picked up. We tried to include you in the cuddle and this seemed to help, but I think it’s going to be a little while till you’re used to her.
I’m really hoping your new lack of confidence and clinginess is just a phase or a leap. But we’re going to try so hard this month to help you build back your confidence and be less worried when we leave the room. Fingers crossed we see a difference!