I haven’t written an Amy Watch update for ages and I am actually a few days late with this one – she is in fact now 2.5 yrs old! 30 whole months of Bo! Her character, independence and communication skills are constantly changing and developing.
When I first started out with my #AmyWatch posts I would write them under specific headings but as time went by I found them a little limiting. Today I want to take a look back at those headings and see where we are, I might even add a few more in as we go along.
Food & Drink
Amy’s favourite food at the moment is “chips” – she loves nothing more than a cheeky chip butty from the chip shop on the way home from playgroup! Of course this is something of a treat and much as she’d love it, we can’t be eating chips a couple of times a week! She’s quite particular about what she does and doesn’t like with favourites being raisins, raspberries, biscuits, chips and pasta. She can’t abide pizza though! Strange girl. She’s at that awkward age when we’re eating out where she could clear her plate or eat nothing at all, so we often order two meals between the three kids and find that tends to be sufficient. She likes to treat my plate like her own personal disposal unit, if she doesn’t want it she can’t just leave it on her own plate, she has to put it on the table or someone else’s plate nearby! She enjoys a drink of milk or squash but is also rather partial to the end of Granny’s cup of tea or a bit of someone’s hot chocolate. She also loves fruit toast (which she enjoys every week at the library with Ange).
Amy is a good sleeper, settling well, rarely waking in the night and sleeping through to a reasonable hour in the morning. I count my blessings. At 2.5yrs old, she is still sleeping for a couple of hours most afternoons. She will usually go upstairs for a sleep straight after lunch and then be woken in time to pick Ben and Chloe up from school. She can get through the day without a sleep if need be, but she’s horrible for it the following day! We are lucky that when she does wake from a sleep she’s generally pretty perky. I do have to time car journeys quite carefully as if we’re in the car for any real length of time she will nod off (though often just as we’ve arrived wherever we were going!) She has been sleeping in her big girl bed for a good while now without major incident. We have a spare double duvet on the floor near her bed to cushion her fall should she fall out of her bed however for quite some time it’s main purpose seemed to be for her to sleep on during the day. I’m not sure why she liked to sleep on the duvet so much but she’s moved on from that now and the duvet remains for the sake of sleepovers with Chloe:
Weight & Height
By pure chance, Amy wanted to stand on the bathroom scales the other day so I know she weighs about 2 stone 3lb. How tall she is I couldn’t tell you but she’s certainly pretty comfortable in her age 2-3 clothes and I’ve actually started to pull out some age 3-4 things for the summer. Her feet are a 7F (I think?! Or maybe a G, I can’t remember!)
She has recently cut her top two back molars which as per usual caused her to be sick and I think they were bothering her for a few days before she managed to verbalise “Mummy, mouth hurting” and point to her teeth. It hadn’t even occurred to me that the was teething, I just thought she was being grumpy! Needless to say, a little calpol did the trick.
Over the last few months we’ve had a heavy dose of chicken pox which absolutely floored her for a day or two with a raging temperature and then a nasty cold and chesty cough have hit her hard over the last couple of weeks but, despite still pouring with snot, she does seem to be back on form again now thankfully!
Amy is keen to walk as much as she can and we’ve barely used the pushchair this year, tending to only put her in it if the weather is really bad or I need to get somewhere quickly. She walks to school and back two or three times a day without much fuss! “Mummy please I walking to school?” I’ve been quite strict with her though that if she chooses to walk then I won’t carry her, she’s just too heavy now. I can see us having got rid of the pushchair completely by September but I think we might need it for a few adventures in the mean time!
She’s certainly showing signs of being ready for toilet training with an unprompted poo in the potty and a couple of wees, she’s less happy to be sat in a wet nappy now and there’s definitely been occasions where she has been holding her wee and then floods her nappy. I’m hoping that our downstairs loo will be fitted soon and I’ll probably start her after half term.
Amy is a chatterbox, there’s no denying it. She talks non stop and full expects you to talk back, if you’re not paying attention when she thinks you should be she will put her hands on your cheeks to make sure you’re looking at her and say “Lisen me Mummy!” or driving to swimming a couple of weeks ago she said “Mummy are you listening me? I want you talk to my ears!”
Her speech is very clear (she can understood by anyone who speaks to her, not just those who are familiar and “tuned in”) and she regularly speaks in full sentences. She is more than capable of making herself understood and is always surprising us with the words she uses. I love spotting the funny little nuances of her language as she’s learning, things like “The gate is closend” which makes perfect sense – it’s opened or closened!
Over recent months we’ve definitely had more tantrums – some of this has been put down to her being tired or poorly however much of it appears to her just “being two” and asserting herself! I rather hoped we’d avoided much of this due to her being able to clearly explain herself which of course removes a good chunk of the frustration that little ones can so often feel. Of course the benefit of her being able to speak so confidently is that it is much easier to reason with her and for her to explain what has made her so sad / cross. Most often her big strops are because she’s decided she wants me to carry her and I’ve said no . . . (much like the above photo!)
I’ve found that she can’t be quite “controlled” about her tantrums, carefully lying herself face down on the floor and waiting for me. She’s clever enough to know that I won’t actually walk away and leave her so there have been a couple of occasions where we’ve entered into a proper battle of wills. The best (or worst) example of this was in Tesco where I had walked to the top of an aisle, leaving her at the bottom, and was looking the other way to give Ben and Chloe an instruction, when I turned back she’d gone!! You can imagine the panic I felt in that second. It turned out the staff had “helpfully” taken her to the Customer Services thinking that she was lost. I was mortified and Amy thought it was funny – “Lady took me till!” I’ve since changed tack and we now go for a direct consequence of “If you don’t come with Mummy now then you won’t be able to . . . . when we get home” which, thankfully, she’s capable of understanding and sorting herself out (which just shows all the more how in control she is of her emotions at that moment!)
My Dad says she’s a dangerous combination of intelligence and charm – I fear he might be right!
Family & Friends
I’m pleased to say that whilst Amy is still very much a “Mummy’s Girl” the tide has turned slightly and she’s loving spending more time with her Daddy. They’ve got into a little routine of going to the supermarket together on a Tuesday night whilst I take the big two swimming and she gets really excited about it. Dave and I were both aware that she didn’t really get to spend much time with him on her own and that was probably contributing to her being more clingy with me. The little Morribobs outings seem to be working their magic though!
She’s a very sociable little lady and loves her days with Ange where they go singing or meet friends at the library, where I’m led to believe she keeps everyone thoroughly entertained. She also started to attend a local playgroup at the start of the year where she quickly settled in and is more than happy for me to leave her there.
She is super affectionate when it comes to the people who are special to her, often referring to them as “My Ganny” or “My Mich” and showering them with cuddles.
Amy is able to be increasingly involved in the imaginary games her big brother and sister play. They boss her around and tell her what role she needs to play but she will only go along with this as far as she sees fit. If she has other ideas about what she wants to be playing she will soon let them know!
Amy is learning to fight for my attention in the car, when all three kids are trying to have different conversations with me at once, I often have to stop them and say “Right, Chloe’s turn, what do you want to tell me?” – Amy now announces “It my turn to talk Mummy” – she will then often ask me the question she has probably already asked me three times on the journey.
Amy is something of a telly addict with Bing and Topsy & Tim being particular favourites. She loves to wear her wellies or crocs.
Not so favourite things
Amy is a fairly easy going child and I can’t say she has a long list of things she dislikes, it’s more just a case of being stubborn – she doesn’t like having her teeth brushed but is happy to do it herself, she isn’t keen on having her hair brushed but doesn’t mind if you spray it first and let her choose her own clips. It’s all about how you sell it to her! (That said, nothing will convince her she likes pizza!)
And that hair!
As has been the case for a long time now, Amy loves to suck her thumb and twiddle her hair when she’s tired or sad. The thumb I have no problem with, in fact I think it’s quite cute. The hair on the other hand is becoming a bit of an issue. She has twiddled and twisted so many massive knots into her hair, which have had to be removed with the aid of scissors, that she has very little hair left on the left side of her hair. She can’t wear it down any more as she looks like she’s rocking some kind of sideways mullet and her hair is weakened to the extent that she often breaks her hair and hands me the knots herself now. We have recently introduced “Nellie” to try and keep her hands busy when she’s feeling sleepy and whilst this has been reasonably successful, she can be quite determined and sometimes she just doesn’t want her cuddly!
So there you go, Amy at 2.5yrs old! She’s bright, cheeky and full of life – we wouldn’t have her any other way!
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