I’ve been meaning to write one of these posts for ages, as a little diary to look back on for us to remember what the children were like/what they were doing at certain ages. Time flies so fast and there are moments from their babyhood that I don’t even fully remember when they did something. Freddie crawled at 8 months I think? And that first tooth was 7 months? It’s awful that we don’t clearly remember such important milestones but in the haze of parenthood and sleep deprivation, weeks seem to blur into months (or it might just be all that vino consumed in between that has killed many a brain cell, who knows?!). Either way, this blog is a safe little place for me to record the little events that might seem trivial and mundane to others, but that give us so much joy and will be ace to look back on in a few years.
Our little lady is such a character; both of our children are genuinely two of the funniest people I know (I could never have had boring children!). I really enjoy this age (although it might not always seem this way!), and it really is starting to get a little easier with the two of them. S doesn’t need the buggy for short journeys now, and has just been potty trained, which means after 3 1/2 years of solid nappy changing, we are free of them- hurrah! SUCH a great feeling, although it really does feel like the end of an era, especially since I don’t think we’ll have number 3. The baby days are well and truly over.
Here are a few things about little Sasha at 2 years, 4 months….
- Like her brother, she doesn’t.stop.talking. This is mostly delightful, and the use of language at the age she is is brilliant- we have lots of “it’s beautiful”, “That’s delicious” and in equal measure “That’s disgusting”! It can be quite mentally exhausting though, as even if you acknowledge what she’s just said, she’ll often repeat it 5 times just to make sure you’ve heard her. The fact she talks a lot for her age is handy, and we haven’t had too much frustration from her in terms of communication, as she can tell you exactly what she thinks/feels “You’re a very naughty Mummy” (said when I have refused to put P-Pig on the telly for the millionth time). I guess our children were never going to be quiet, what with a telecommunication sales Dad and an ex-radio travel presenter Mum!
- The drama is coming thick and fast. Tantrums, when they occur, are ridiculously dramatic. F has his meltdowns and can get very upset about things, but S is on a whole different scale when it comes to diva behaviour- she throws herself on the floor (often taking a run up before doing so), before rolling around and wailing. This child is the queen of the fake cry! A Saturday drama club beckons when she is bigger, me thinks…
- She absolutely adores singing (current favourites are the ‘sleeping bunnies’ song and 5 little monkeys) and is really into old-skool Fireman Sam and reading the 3 Little Pigs. Also, if she can keep up the passion she has for Peppa Pig, raisins and bubble blowing, and apply it to other areas in her life as she gets older, then the kid will go far 😉
- Still has a love/hate relationship with her brother. They fight LOADS at home together, although we get snippets of them playing nicely and cuddling up on the sofa. We appear to have graduated from biting (progress!) to pinching, which although is not on, is a vast improvement. Since Freddie has been back at preschool she has been asking for him a lot, and runs to him at pick up time with the biggest smile on her face. A definite case of can’t live with each other,can’t live without!
- We have a little whirlwind. She adores all things creative- painting, crafts, playdough, drawing- but has the attention span of a gnat, so I find myself exhausted after setting up about 3 different activities within the space of 45 minutes. F was much more able to ‘focus’ for quite a long period of time at her age, so this is all new to me and quite knackering!
- Is still is really good eater (long may this continue) with a huge appetite. At the moment we are a big fan of blueberries, and will eat them by the bowlful.
- S is really good at playing independently. Whilst I do a lot with both of them, like everyone I need some time each day to get on with a few other things. She is brilliant at just pottering and making up her own games with her Happyland people or Peppa characters, checking in with me occasionally to show me something, meaning I can crack on with some jobs. As much as I miss him during the day, my life is a lot easier on Mondays and Thursdays when F is at precschool from 9-4, as S is quite low-maintenance in comparison, and I’m not constantly breaking up fights!
- Is desperate to join Freddie at preschool. Every time I drop him off, she has to be dragged out (often kicking and screaming) and says sadly “I go preschool after Father Christmas has been” (she is going in January. I don’t think we’ll have many problems with her settling in!).
- Is still super-cuddly, saying “I love you” all the time, grabbing our faces and squishing them. Now she’s in her own bed, she runs into our bedroom in the morning saying “hello, good morning!” over and over again. 🙂
Teaming up with Mummy, Daddy, Me and ‘The Ordinary Moments’!