I’m a bit late with my post this month! I’d written most of it and then forgotten to finish it off and publish it so my apologies!
I’ve spent much of the last month looking at my little Amy and wondering just when she got so grown up. All her words, her little character and the way she looks – there’s no baby left now!
My little monkey is well and truly feeding herself now – she won’t even let you put a spoon in her mouth. Of course this had lead to some messy mealtimes (tomato soup and chocolate mousse being a particularly mucky episode!) She drinks a huge amount of water but every now and again likes a drop of juice in there for a little treat. She certainly enjoys her chocolate and a cheeky biscuit every now and again. We’ve completely transitioned from formula to cow’s milk now and though I was worried that she wouldn’t like it or perhaps wouldn’t sleep as well I’m pleased to say she actually loves it and drains her bottle every night.
I’m pleased to say that Amy is sleeping through pretty much all the time now which is an absolute joy! She does wake occasionally but can usually be settled with some Mummy cuddles or perhaps a drop of milk (though we try to avoid that as much as possible as we obviously don’t want to form habit). In terms of daytime sleeps she’s still enjoying her morning sleep as soon as we get home from school and will sleep anything from an hour to over two if she needs it – I don’t police that as such, just let her sleep as much as necessary. She rarely sleeps in the afternoon even though she often gets quite grumpy. I had hoped to get her to have a regular sleep in the pram on an afternoon but that hasn’t really happened.
Weight & Height
I really must jump on the scales with her! She’s growing that’s for sure. I think she looks quite tall at the moment. And her shape is really starting to change as she walks more and loses those chubby baby thighs.
She’s been working hard over the last month on pushing out four of her back teeth and they’re just about completely through now. They caused her a bit of trouble initially but she seems pretty comfortable with them now. A big one for Amy this month is that she has actually learned to blow her nose! What a joy that is! (For her and us I’m sure!) She’s loving being able to walk more and more now and is more than happy to have her Toddlepak on so she can explore. Thankfully she’s also still quite happy to let me stick her in the pushchair when I need to! Oh and she’s discovered dancing – super cute!
This is huge for Bo at the moment with her adding new words all the time, every time we speak to her she tries to copy something. New words this month include sit, socks, have it, do it, coat, dog, cat, baby, dance, hug (which is a big favourite and is regularly shouted at Mummy!) Ben and Chloe are often telling me that she’s tried to say something new at the moment, I can’t wait to hear them all having proper conversations together! She was shouting something from her pushchair the other morning, it took me a moment to realise she was shouting at Chloe who was running on ahead. Much like last month there’s plenty of frustration when she can’t make herself understood but for the most part she’s doing really well.
Family & Friends
We’re still very much Mummy’s girl, still struggling (by which I mean screaming hysterically) when she thinks I’m going somewhere without her (be it upstairs or out of the house). That said she’s fine when I leave her with Ange on a work day! She’s generally very smiley and sociable as long as she feels safe and in control so is happy to go to other grown ups for a fuss as long as she knows Mummy isn’t going anywhere.
She’s still loving her thumb and a good hair twiddle when she’s tired or a bit sad. She’s also still very keen on putting things in and out of bags, boxes and whatever other container she can get hold of – including the kitchen bin!! (I found Chloe’s school shoe in there this week) She’s constantly taking things out of the freezer or the one cupboard in the kitchen which doesn’t have a lock on. She’s developed a bit of a thing for dolls and likes to carry one round saying “baby”, I even found her giving her baby a bottle the other day – really when did she become so grown up?
Not so favourite things
Pizza. She definitely doesn’t like pizza (odd child.) She still isn’t keen on hats but occasionally will let me put one on her. She doesn’t like the wind in her face (who does?). She doesn’t like me tying her hair up – or rather she doesn’t mind my tying it up but just likes to take it back out again afterwards.
And that hair!
Her hair is really long now and often looks quite messy. I might have called her Worzel Gummidge once or twice! I did consider having her hair cut into a bob to tidy it up a but until I realised how hard it is to get her to sit still long enough for a fringe cut! The idea of trying to get the rest of her hair cut into a style is laughable. I’m trying to tie it up a much as possible – to keep it out of her face (and her food!) but she does tend to take it back out quite quickly. Perseverance is key! I love it in bunches (Aunty Custard says she looks like a cartoon character!) but she seems to leave it alone longer if I tie it in my ponytail – I think it’s harder to get to.
I’ve totally failed on the photo front this month – when I came to do my usual monthly collage I had nothing to put in! I don’t think I’ve had my camera out as much so just lots of photos of her with other people really. I must make sure I take more photos of her on her own, doing her thing this month! (I must admit that even the two photos in the post are a bit of a cheat as they’re from this week rather than the last month! Whoops!) Oh and I promised my cousin I’d try and get some video clips together for this post which I’ve also not done – so Amy’s 18 month update will be all the photos and videos . . .
You can read all about Amy’s first year or so here:
Sixteen Months Old – Amy Watch