I can’t believe that we’ve been parents for over a year now. Time has gone so quickly & it’s just crazy how much Evie has changed since her first birthday. Every month I keep catching myself going ‘when did you learn that?’
She is officially no longer a baby & is such a personality. I’ve decided to start writing monthly updates so that we can look back & see just how much she has changed in such a short space of time, & so that we have something to show to her when she’s older. After all, that’s what this blog was originally started for. Here’s Evie’s 15 month update. To Evie,
You’re started to copy what we say & do & you’re absorbing everything. You try to help us put on the washing & do all of the housework. You are constantly chatting. We now have to watch what we say & have started having to put down rules & boundaries about the things you can do. We are trying to get our method of doing this right so that we don’t have a difficult child in the future. It is hard work.
Still no hair. Come on hair! We’re starting to think that your hair will be this short forever. Everyone keeps assuring us that it’s growing, but we’re still far off giving you a little pineapple hairdo.
You seem to have had a bit of a growth spurt. You’re fitting in your 12-18 month clothes now. Go you! And you’re eyes can now peep over the top of the mantelpiece, which means we’ve had to move everything off it because you proudly presented me with a glass candle the other day.
You’ve decided you hate greens. Green crayons, green toys, green broccoli, green goodness. You’re still great with food but I now have to duck or make sure you’re wearing a bib catcher if anything green touches your plate. You used to love broccoli so we’re not sure what’s happened.
I’ve found away around giving you some green goodness though. Muhahahaha! By hiding them in smoothies. I started this because you insisted on having a sip of my kale smoothie & loved it.
Bananas & yoghurt are still your favourite, as well as blueberries. We still can’t show you them without you turning into a feral animal. You LOVE them. We’ve had to hide the bananas at the bottom of the fruit bowl so that you can’t see them sticking out of the top.
You still drink milk, but only two cups a day, one in the morning, one at night. But other than that it’s all water & grown up food.
You are basically a teenager. You’re happy & cuddly one minute then grumpy & tantruming seconds later. Yesterday in the bath you stood up, even though I told you no. This next time you did it I ignored you to see what happened because I know that you’re testing me. I saw you shake your own head then sit back down. Telling yourself off seems to be the new thing. You also shake your head to tell yourself off if you lick a crayon or try & eat things off the floor.
You’ve started to have really bad tantrums & if you fall over you really milk the crying. I’m trying a lot of different methods to stop this. Distracting you with something new seems to work the best.
You’re still obsessed with books. You love bringing them to us to read to you. It’s so adorable. You put them on our lap & then pat the sofa to tell us to pick you up so that we can read them together.
You love crayons. You will colour in for over half an hour at a time, which is amazing because you’re attention span is usually so short.
You love cleaning. Every morning you try & help with the sweeping & putting on the washing. When the washing machine is on, every so often you like to open the cupboard door to check that it’s still spinning. We’ve even bought you your own toddler cleaning set now so that you can help to clean with your own brushes..
Having feet measured seems to be a big no! You’ve developed an irrational fear of the foot measuring guide. We’re really not sure where this has come from, but twice now we’ve ended up buying shoes for you that don’t fit because you screamed/fought/kicked. I had to give in & embrace it the other day because we really needed to get you some good fitting shoes. I am so grateful for the lovely, understanding shop assistant.
You have started to dislike lamb, your favourite toy. Against daddy’s wishes (there have been lots of I told you so’s since) I washed your lamb. It was disgusting. It is supposed to be white & it’s last trip to the park tipped me over the edge & into the machine he went. Only now you don’t like cuddling him anymore & I feel so guilty. What’s worse is that your bedtime comforter is in such a bad state, I know he needs to be washed next. I’m not really sure what to do.
You can now run. Really fast. You’re not quite Usain Bolt, but when you grab something you’re not supposed to & I notice, I feel a strong breeze in my face as you scarper.
You’ve learnt how to shuffle downstairs safely, although you still need to hold my hand.
You can say lots of words now & you understand most of what we’re saying. If we say ‘lets go’ you go to the door. If we say ‘breakfast’, ‘lunch’, ‘dinner’, you go to the kitchen. If we say ‘would you like some water’ you go to the sink & point. If we say would you like to clean your teeth, you brush them with your arm & race to the bottom of the stairs.
You have started to acknowledge when you’re going to bathroom in your nappy. You usually don’t like the feel of it so you try & get us to go upstairs to change it. I think this is the first stages of potty training.
You know how to pay with a card in a card machine. Not a regular milestone. But one that is worryingly intelligent. We are actively hiding our pin from you now & only letting you press enter & put in & take the card.
We. are. so. tired! You seems to have regressed with sleep & now we’re up every night. We’re putting it down to teething because you’re extra clingy at the moment. I don’t like letting you cry out so my new method is to stroke your head till you’re sleepy & then walk away when you’re almost asleep. Sometimes you do a little tired protest cry but never for long.
You’ve dropped a day nap. Now you’re only napping for about an hour mid-morning. I didn’t realise how much I used to accomplish in those nap times until they go.
You’re getting better with children now. You even went up to a little girl in the library the other day, said ‘hi’ & offered her a book to read with you. My heart melted. We take you to nursery one morning a week & a messy baby group to try & get you to be more social with babies. We’re getting there slowly.
You’re still a complete socialite with adults. You want to entertain whole rooms. If someone in public laughs with their friends you join in laughing too. You go up to people & say hi & last week in Starbucks, you entertained several tables with your dancing to the 60’s music that was playing. You love the attention!
You know lots of new words now. You can say egg, book, duck, mumma, daddy, dirty (we say this if you pick something up that’s not edible, it’s your favourite word now), cat, dog, caretc etc. The most annoying thing is that you knew the word dog & you knew what a dog was. But now you seem to insist on calling them all bears when they walk past. Our most use phrase seems to be ‘It’s not a bear, it’s a dog.’
What a brilliant & fun month we’ve had. Time is so fleeting & I’m glad we’re stepping into summer so that we can spend more time together outdoors, exploring new places & enjoying more of your favourite place in the world: the beach.