18 MONTH UPDATE

18 MONTH UPDATE

The last month has gone really slow. It feels like an age ago since I wrote Evie’s 17 month update and yet so much has changed. I’m now 26 (which is frightening) and Evie is now 18 months old! Where has the time gone? Here’s her 18 month update:

18 MONTH UPDATE

Dear Evie,

You are so independent now. You’re walking everywhere and I don’t even remember the last time we used the buggy. But you are really good at walking sensibly (most of the time) and as soon as you get out the car, you straight away ask to hold our hands.

You’re definitely a little girl now and our baby days are way behind us. Our last baby stage to go is the nappies, but I think it won’t be long till we start potty training you. You’re showing all the signs of being ready.

18 MONTH UPDATE

APPEARANCE

You have had yet another growth spurt. We bought you lots of clothes for autumn recently and they seem to all be getting short really quickly (definitely not a case of the tumble dryer again). We really need to get a wall measure to start tracking your growth. We finally managed to get your feet measured. You hate having it done but after half an hour (of persuading, pinning down and bribing with treats) we discovered you now have 6g feet!

18 MONTH UPDATE

FOOD

You seemed to have regressed with your feeding skills and are being silly with food, but only when you’re in your highchair. When you’re not in a highchair you’ll eat anything, even plants from bushes! But when you’re in your highchair you only want the same things all the time or you’ll refuse to eat it. You also have this new thing where you need to lick the food first (see above) before you give it your seal of approval.

18 MONTH UPDATE 3

MOOD

Last month you were really clingy. Thankfully it was just a phase. You don’t get upset if I leave a room anymore and you’re ok with being dropped at nursery or if I leave for work. You have developed such a sense of humour although you’re very temperamental. One minute you’re all smiles and giggles and the next minute you’re having a full blown tantrum on the floor.

18 MONTH UPDATE

LIKES/DISLIKES

Your new favourite thing to do is looking after your toys. Ever since your cousin was born you’ve started to treat all of your soft toys like babies (without any influence by us either). You pretend feed all of your toys, cuddle them, change their non-existent nappies, push them around in your trolley like it’s a pushchair and put them all to bed.  It’s so sweet. You were in your element when we threw you a teddy bear picnic in the garden this month.

You are also becoming a big fan of messy play, although you’re not so keen on playdough. One of your favourite new activities to do is baking with Daddy. We got to enjoy the most delicious blackberry crumble this month. It was made by you and even better, you hand-picked (and ate lots of) the blackberries yourself. You don’t really have many dislikes. The major ones are that you don’t like being left alone, anything tomato based or having your feet measured.

18 MONTH UPDATE

MILESTONES

You learn new words daily. This week we’ve had owl, cuddle, baby, turtle, bubbles, chair. You’ve even said your first sentence ‘go find Daddy’. Oddly some objects have changed words, for example bananas (you could say nana before) are now apples. Apples are also apples. And plums have become pears, as are pears. Unfortunately dogs are still bears but we’re slowly making progress with changing this one back.

You’re getting good at completing your wooden puzzles, your stacking rings and your shape sorter and you’ve started to spot and announce numbers. We’re constantly taken aback by the things you recognise and come out with everyday. You’re definitely paying attention to everything.

We’ve done a lot of firsts with you this month, from baking, to kite flying and foraging. You’ve really enjoyed getting involved with all of these activities.

You’re also trying to become more involved with daily activities like tidying your toys, putting the washing on and making breakfast. You got to help scoop out the porridge (it was so messy) and pour the milk this week. Now you want to do it all the time. As much as I love this want to be independent, it’s so sad watching our little baby disappear.

18 MONTH UPDATE

SLEEP

Hooray you’re back to sleeping through the night and in your own bed. We’re putting last month down to you being poorly as well as cracking some new teeth. This month you’ve even been really good at going to bed awake at 7pm. Even if there is a lot of hubbub going on in the house, you’re not making a fuss. You’re still having one day nap for at least an hour as well. If you have more than an hour we notice you struggle at bed time.

18 MONTH UPDATE

SOCIAL

You were so jealous of your cousin Amelia when she was first born, but you’ve gotten used to her and have become so gentle and loving towards her. You love stroking her hair when she’s crying and trying to do up her buttons on her outfits.

We’re back at the Creation Station now (your arty baby group) and we’re in the big kids group this term. I think it’ll take a few weeks to get used to but you were really confident this week and came out of your shell really quickly. We really need to find some more groups to go to so you (and me) can make some new mummy/baby friends.

What a month of learning! This month we’re going to be doing lots of Autumn inspired activities and taking you outside more (despite the weather). We’re hoping to go on our first family staycation, fingers crossed we can get the time off work!

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14 Comments

  1. Anna
    September 23, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    Aww I love reading these – though it probably makes me a little TOO hormonal about babies haha! I can’t wait to have kids but I’m only 21 so need to wait a while me thinks 😛 Anyway – adorable! xx Anna

    • September 25, 2015 / 1:30 pm

      haha thank you. Definitely wait a while! I was 23 (about to turn 24) when we unexpectedly found out about Evie and I still feel too young. It’s definitely life changing that’s for sure. Do as many things as possible, like exploring the world and making the most of independence while you can. I’m not knocking parenthood, it’s challenging and brilliant at the same time and I know we can still go and see the world but you do loose all sense of independence, at least for a while. x

  2. September 29, 2015 / 11:06 am

    Lovely post. It is really nice to look back on how children are growing and learning. These milestones and ordinary moments are great to remember and cherish. It sounds like Evie is growing well and developing her own character, personality, likes and dislikes. Lovely memories.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    • October 1, 2015 / 8:50 pm

      Thank you so much. It really is nice to look back. Hopefully in a few years we’ll all get to look back with Evie and show her what she was like. Thank you for hosting lovely! 🙂 x

  3. September 29, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    What a wonderful start you are giving her together, so many lovely activities, a lucky girl!

    • October 1, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much. I regret not starting a record sooner. It’ll be so nice to look back on in a few years time. x

  4. September 30, 2015 / 6:30 am

    Oh how cute baking with daddy, she looks adorable, and messy play is fun! #kidscorner

  5. October 3, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Lovely update sounds like she’s getting on really well, Love the photos. Thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

    • October 7, 2015 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you so much and thank you for hosting. x

  6. October 4, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Our boy is the same age as Evie so it’s interesting spotting the similarities and differences and I wonder how many are to do with gender? Little B is so active I can’t ever imagine him sitting still long enough to bake or play with dough. He has started doing a bit of pretend play with his panda – feeding it and so on – but this is minimal and happened quite late on. I was starting to wonder if it would happen. He does hold our hand but there is NO WAY we could walk down the street with him. We only release him from the buggy in safe places like parks as it’s like letting a greyhound off the leash! And he likes nothing more than playing with cars – just lining them up. All the cliches about boys seem to be true for us even though I was determined to try to be neutral about it! Life with a girl looks a lot calmer! Love the updates 🙂
    PS. 26 is not scary – I say this from the land of the mid forties!

    • October 7, 2015 / 7:19 pm

      I love seeing other peoples updates too. It’s nice to see you’re along the right track. It’s amazing how gender does shine through without influence isn’t it. Evie has started to play with dolls with no influence from us (we even brought her a blue trolley and not a pram but she uses it like a pram). Yet my best friend has a little boy and just like you sait, he’s very active, can’t walk down the street without reins and is very into cars and trucks. Again, my friend didn’t influence any ‘boyish’ behaviour. It is strange how they automatically take on those roles. x

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