So many big topics I’d like to cover but you need a little space to think, to write and you just don’t get that with a toddler. But she’s been great this morning so here’s an update with a few key milestones:
- 1st started speaking at around 8 months
- She became a toddler at 10 months, pootling along
- She starting eating by herself around 9 months but seems to have regressed. Its like she wanted to start feeding herself because she couldn’t initially. Now I’m not sure she can be bothered so sometimes she feeds herself and then she gets bored. She had soup yesterday w peas, carrots and pots, she did a fab job but definitely needed encouragement toward the end.
- Drinking from a cup. We have been letting her drink from a cup from quite early on, around 6 months when we started weaning. It was initially to get her used to holding a cup and the idea that she can get more with an open top. Of course you move to sippy cups for ease and because you don’t want to have to change her outfit and clean the house every time she’s offered a drink. Lately however, especially since around Christmas while we had more time to spend with her she’s been drinking from a cup. We alternate between adult size cups, to smaller cups (lids from her bottles to be exact) and recently even using a tiny mug with a handle, from which she drinks TEA. Yes TEA people! Its Rooibos to be specific but she drinks a mini mug with me in the mornings on the weekend. Super cute.
- She loves putting all her soft toys into the recycling bin and pushing them around the hallway and living room (thank goodness for wooden floors).
- Potty training. I always wanted to know when people started it – how do they know or do they just crack on? We’ve had a potty in the bathroom next to the big people’s toilet from about 13 months so she’s familiar with it and knows what it’s for. I’d call her in to sit on the potty whenever I’d go. Just before Christmas she started asking about the potty, pulling her trousers down and then waddling to potty… nappy still on 🙂 So this last week we started potty training in earnest and we’ve had a few good notifications pre pee pee and a few successful deliveries. V proud.
- Holding hands. She used to resist holding our hands when we were walking around anywhere. Not sure what’s changed other than we continued to be firm with her about holding our hands. It was such a struggle going anywhere, doing anything or carrying anything with a child who would run away, not to mention dangerous. So we are relieved about this development.
- Speech. She’s learning to count and even identify letters (care of foam letters in the bath): A is for apple, B is for ball, C is for Charlotte, D is for daddy and M is for mummy. Counting goes up to 6 at the moment… in the right order but of course the order can often change. We go down our stairs in the morning so we get up to 11 most mornings. Most impressively she will tell you to ‘sit there’ or ‘sit here’ and she’ll know the difference. Recognizing something similar and identifying ‘same’. She uses the possessive correctly, so she’ll say ‘coat’ OR ‘it’s Daddy’s coat’. She’s saying ‘yes pls’ and ‘thank you’ a lot. Biggest word pronounced correctly: Santa Claus. Great phrases: ‘let’s do it’, ‘where’s daddy gone?’, ‘ready steady go’. She has also started singing along to different nursery rhymes: Incy wincy spider, twinkle twinkle, old McDonald (he always has a cow), heads shoulders knees and toes…’, she inserts the words when she knows them. Quite cool.
- TV & books. Her concentration has been getting better, she’s not getting up and running off every 2 seconds. Peppa Pig & Ben & Hollie’s magic kingdom are favourites.
- Sleep sack & Cot. It might be time to get her out of her grow sack and start thinking about getting her into a normal bed. Many reasons but mainly: she’ll need to make the transition at some point, she now gets out of her sleep sack within 2 seconds of being put in it and we often snuggle under the duvet for reading (as well as when she plays ‘sleep’ / ‘Wakey – wakey’) so she understands the concept of what a duvet is for. Now to get her to actually get her used to a duvet (we’ll start tonight) and probably in the next month we’ll start training her to sleep in a bed… biggest challenge will be to stop her escaping and playing when its time for bed. Sensing a long journey ahead.