It’s officially Evie’s 2nd birthday!
I am in complete disbelief that two years ago today I went into labour with Evie. It both feels like yesterday and a lifetime ago that I was waking Jamie up at 4am to say that our daughter is en-route, then ringing my mum a couple of hours later to say Happy Birthday to her and to ask her to forgo work and any birthday plans that she might have, to come to sit with me while I give birth to her grandchild.
These two years have been a complete whirlwind. I feel so grateful everyday that I’ve had the opportunity to watch my beautiful little girl grow up, and getting to see how much she’s constantly learning and developing never fails to marvel me.
I am so happy to call myself her mum. I never thought that I could have so much love for something and so much pride.
Being a mother has changed me in so many ways, and ways that I can’t even describe. I have learnt so much about myself and what it is to be a parent. Even though my life path has completely changed, and unexpectedly so, I certainly wouldn’t change any of it for the world.
I haven’t done an update on Evie on here since she was 20 months. After reading back on the last update I’m kicking myself slightly for not doing more in between.
Evie is two today and it’s actually quite scary how much she has changed and developed since her last update. Here is a little about what she’s getting up to at 24 months and 0 days:
I can’t believe that you’re two. Happy Birthday my beautiful little girl!
Everyday I fall a little bit more in love with you. You are such a personality and have been since the moment you were put in my arms. You’ve always been so bright and attentive.
My favourite thing about your age right now, is your ability to talk. Every word or sentence we say you copy. Your use of language at such a young age is astounding.
You walked into the room last week and said ‘It’s good to see you today Mummy.’ Where you even got this sentence from I’ll never know, but you are a walking parrot at the moment and everyday I love hearing the new things that you’re coming out with.
The one thing that has always been a hot topic is your hair. It’s still so short, but it is definitely growing a bit faster now. It’s getting thicker and darker as the weeks go on and we seriously can’t wait to be able to put it in a pineapple for the first time. Come on hair!
This last week you’ve had a mini growth spurt. We were wondering if you’d ever grow into 18-24 months clothes, let alone out of them as you are a bit of a shorty, but boy have you suddenly gotten taller. I’m starting to feel a bit sad about the this being the end of the baby years. We now shop in the ‘bigger kids’ sections in shops. and look longingly at the petite little clothes of yesteryears, but at the same time I’m so excited about you entering the toddler age and being more engaged with whats happening around you.
You used to be so amazing when it came to food. I remember when we were weaning you, you’d try literally anything. But now you’ve become really fussy. You don’t like giving food a chance unless it’s your favourites. If you could eat peanut butter on toast, beans, bananas and soup for the rest of your days, with a lot of chocolate cake thrown in, I’m sure you would.
But you are healthy. You drink mummy’s green smoothies which are full of goodness. I actually put all of the fruits and vegetables that you normally refuse on your plate in them, and you lap them up.
You’ve now also started to request pumpkin seeds, walnuts and chia seeds on your porridge, because that’s what mummy has and you insist on being the same, up until she eats cooked green vegetables of course.
Oh Evie, your mood swings can be so tiring at the moment. It’s understandable with your age and with everything that is going on at the moment, but you’ve started to whine and fuss for sometimes most of the day. It can be frustrating as nothing we do seems to be able to stop it. Luckily for us you still go through phases of being so loving and just wanting to cuddle. You absolutely love snuggling and you’re such a motherly person. You look after all of your toys like they are all real, cuddling them, feeding them and rocking them to sleep. It’s so sweet to see.
Your likes including painting, muddy puddles, reading, mothering your toys, having pretend tea parties, going out ‘on adventures’, babycinos, beach runs and the cutest thing of all…singing.
You’ve started to sing songs by yourself and it melts all of our hearts. Your voice isn’t the most in-tune, but you’re still so young and it’s incredibly adorable hearing your rendition of ‘Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Row Your Boat’.
You dislike being told off or being told no, getting back in the car when you’re not ready, having to leave sticks behind after walks and having your favourite bears washed.
I am in awe of how clever you are. Every day you surprise me with the new things that you’re picking up. You can count 1-20 and backwards again, plus today you started to count up to 30 which made my jaw drop.
You are talking in full sentences and you have the most beautiful manners. You can say please, you can say thank you and you can say sorry. Plus you always say them on cue at the right times.
You ask so many questions and answer so many of mine. Your ability to have a conversation at this age always marvels me. We ask you about your day and what you’ve done and sometimes you can tell us in such detail.
You know so many colours and spot them all around you, from pink, purple, red, blue, green, grey, white, black, orange…the list goes on. If we go past different coloured front doors or cars you actively point them out to us.
You can spot a huge variety of animals and know their names and noises. From monkeys, to tapirs, lions to cows. I am so impressed with your knowledge.
You can sing nursery rhymes all by yourself like; ‘Twinkle Little Star’, ‘Dingle Dangle Scare crow’, Row Your Boat’ and ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’.
You’ve even started to sing songs off the radio and the TV. The songs and sentences are never full and you’re still missing out words, but each day you are filling in the blanks and getting more capable of conversation.
Your physical side is starting to catch up. I’ve always been such a helicopter mum and I know it’s my fault that you’ve not really been great at climbing and walking downstairs, but since I’ve taken a step back and learnt to calm down you’ve really got to grips with what your body can and can’t do. You’re now so confident on slides, stairs and climbing up furniture. I really need to learn to let you do more.
Sleep is our biggest niggle. We are putting it down to us spoiling you and to the home situations at the moment, but you are up every night and have been for months. It’s so exhausting and you mostly come into bed with me during the middle of the night. I really need to learn to put my foot down and get you to stay in your own bed, but I always find it so hard to do so.
You’re in a toddler bed now and you absolutely love it. You’ve had it for over a month now and this week was the first time you’ve ever climbed out of it in the middle of the night, which is amazing! We’re so surprised it hasn’t happened before. I’m hoping that it doesn’t become a recurring thing and I’m also hoping to get some sleep between now and when you are three *hint hint*.
You are so sociable. In fact you talk to every single person you see. Whether it’s a little boy or girl in the street, or a group of school children, you always say ‘hi boy’, ‘hi girl’ or ‘hi kids’, followed by ‘it’s good to see you today’. If we go to a shop you say both ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to cashiers and in restaurants you talk to all the waiting staff saying please and thank you and calling them lady, man, boy or girl. In queues and coffee shops you try and play with other children and actively try and seek eye contact with people so that you can start some form of interaction.
We have noticed that with children you can be a bit bossy, insisting that they play with you and trying to help them play if they’re quite small. But you always seem to do it in such a mothering way.
As both of your parents are so shy, we’re really hoping that this confidence stays with you through life.
You really are no longer a baby. It is truly frightening how fast the time goes by and how much you change and just how quickly.
I’m excited for this age. We’ve started to go on days out and you’re starting to really immerse yourself in where we are and what we’re doing. It’s so lovely to see you so interested and eager to learn.
I love watching you grow and feel so lucky everyday to be your mum, even when you are having a tantrum.
You are a beautiful little girl and you have such a kind and loving soul. I can’t wait to sit here and write your three year update, but at the same time I hope time starts to slow down so I can make the most of you a little bit more.
HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY!