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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!