Here we are again. I can’t quite believe how quickly the last few weeks have gone. It doesn’t seem like yesterday I wrote Evie’s 15 month update. I swear time goes so much quicker the older you get. This is Evie’s 16 month update:
You are now officially a full blown, independent, tantrum-ing toddler. You seemed to have changed so much and learnt a lot more than usual in the last month. Here’s what’s happened in the last few weeks.
Your hair seems to have stopped growing again. Noooo! I spoke too soon last month about it finally starting to sprout. But you have suddenly gotten so tall! Absolutely none of your clothes fit anymore. We desperately need to go and get you some new ones. We put on your summer dresses and they annoyingly sit slightly above your nappy line. Well you’ve either grown, or your clothes have all accidentally spun in the tumble dryer, but we’ll go for the first one because else Mummy’s to blame! We also had you weighed for the first time since your birthday and you’re 22 pounds!
You’ve suddenly become really food fussy. You won’t accept the first spoonful of anything. You just shake your head then try and pick at it with your hands. This means meal time is now messy time. It gets everywhere. You refuse to let us feed you anymore. You have to do it yourself. You’re attempting to use a fork and spoon and are doing ok. I do love that you’re independent but you fling it everywhere and I always end up finding things like ratatouille on the ceiling or behind the sofa, days later.
I’m still giving you green smoothies. It’s the only way to get you to eat your fruit and vegetables without a fuss. You love them, especially if we put a straw in the bottle. Sorry for tricking you like this, but it’s the only way.
I survived my first public toddler meltdown with you this week. I attempted to buy you some clothes but quickly aborted my mission when you threw yourself on the floor and screamed/wailed/thrashed at the top of your lungs. I might add that this was not once, not twice but four times! All because I wouldn’t let you run off by yourself and was trying to get you to hold my hand. It was so embarrassing. I would have stayed but you were too heavy for me to carry around while I shopped and I was stupidly pramless, so ended up going home.
The naughty/nice behaviour is really getting to extremes now. You are so loving and want to cuddle and kiss everybody, including all of your toys, all of the time. It’s so heart warming when you come up and give us a big squeeze and pat our heads saying ‘awww!’ but unfortunately you’re also so awful. The tantrums are daily and they’re big. We’ve trying to ignore them or distract you, but these methods don’t seem to be working at the moment. You’ve taken to squealing/screaming for objects to be handed to you. In restaurants this seems to be 10 times louder and you just won’t stop.
You’re obsessed with rice cakes. If you see another child anywhere with a rice cake you’re like lightning. We’ve had to move them three times in the house because you seem to always sniff them out. They’re up in a really high cupboard now. Muhahaha!
You love your lamb again. Yay! Last month I washed him and it took weeks for you to want anything to do with him again. Now he goes everywhere with you and you give him lots of big cuddles. We had a bit of a dilemma with your bedtime bear though. There was an incident where you dropped him in your poopy nappy. He made a quick trip to the washing machine and I have never seen you cry that hard or loud in my life. Luckily you didn’t have the same reaction you did with lamb and you still loved it straight away when it came out of the machine.
You love your new ride on. Everyday it’s the first thing you go on. You’ve even been pushing your toys around on it, taking them for little rides through the house. It’s so cute!
You went in the sea for the first time and you loved it! You kept trying to run in again and again. It was freezing! But you didn’t care.
You can now go down steps really easily. You immediately sit down and shuffle. ‘Sit and step!’ as we says 1000 times over. There was only one time this whole month you forgot in the garden. You ended up doing an unexpected forward roll off the concrete step. How you weren’t injured I do not know. You just got up all embarrassed and pretended nothing had happened.
You’ve learnt how to open the stair gate. Genius, but terrifying. You stand on the first step, hold on to the railings then jump your feet off so that the stair gate swings open with you attached. We’re making some adjustments to it so this hopefully won’t happen again.
You’ve learnt how to climb up on the sofas and chairs. A bit late for your age range but we do have really high sofas. I am terrified to leave you in the room now because you like standing on them and we have a wood floor so there is no soft landing. I have no idea how other parents deal with this!
You’ve learnt to count to three with objects. We’ll say 1,2,3 and you’ll move three objects. You love playing this game.
You now know what a question sounds like and can respond. Only you always say ‘yes’ and never ‘no’. Do you want to clean your teeth? ‘Yes’. Can mummy have a million pounds? ‘Yes.’
You’ve started to play tea parties with your animals. It is so sweet. You sit in a circle with them and make sure they are fed and have had some tea before you take it in turns to cuddle each of them.
You’re still down to one day nap now, but you’re sleeping through the night again, woooo! Well at least 3/4 times a week which is better than it was.
You know lots of new words and can now say at least twenty. New additions are courtesy of this months library books. They’re mostly A-Z and first word books. You can now say egg, key, yo-yo, ready, yes, car, cow and many more.
We’ve had such a busy month and I swear you’ve learnt more this month than any other. I just wish we had some better weather so that we can explore more outside.
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