Seventeen Months Old!

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In a month, this little girl will be a year and a half. This is exciting and terrifying in equal parts; how the heck is she growing up so fast?!

I didn’t manage to do a development update last month, so this is a sort of bumper update. I feel like so much has changed about her – I know I say this every single month, but it’s amazing to watch her grow and develop into a little person with a big personality.

This month, we’ve started to see her real affectionate side. She’s constantly charging over to us, arms open wide for a cuddle, and kisses are her speciality. Every cuddle is accompanied by a big happy sigh of “Ahhhh”, and she gives the same treatment to her soft toys – ranging from Freddie The Fox (yes, he’s still on the scene!) to her two massive dinosaurs, Trixie and Steggy – everyone gets plenty of cuddles.

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We’re also getting a full performance of her diva side. Tantrums are a daily occurrence, which has taken us by surprise as she was such a laid back baby, but diffusing them is a skill we’re learning pretty fast. The main tantrums come if she wants something she can’t have – our phones, the camera and the TV remote are the main objects of her affection currently -, but the end of snack time is usually also cause for a screaming fit. Distraction is key here for us, and thankfully SB takes after me in being easily distracted, so we get by okay.

In terms of physical development, she’s pretty much unstoppable. She doesn’t just walk; she runs everywhere, climbs on everything and dances whenever she hears music. She dances to ‘If You’re Happy And You Know It’, and we’re working on ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes’, although at the moment she’s only really got the ‘Head’ bit figured out.

She’s still eating like a pro; we’re yet to find food that she doesn’t like (although broccoli was an experience for her, and she seemed very confused by it, she still ate it). Considering we are a bit crap with our own nutrition, we’re managing to keep SB’s diet pretty healthy – her snacks usually consist of bowls of strawberries, raspberries and banana slices, and she only drinks water or milk – we’ve resisted the temptation to give her juice or squash thus far. I hated water growing up, and only recently started to like drinking it. I didn’t want the same thing to happen for SB, and so far she doesn’t seem to mind just water. Whether this will change further down the line remains to be seen!

I stopped reading all the developmental milestone guides when she turned one, because I was still really struggling with the whole milestone anxiety, worrying that she was behind. Instead, we’ve taken a much more relaxed pace, and it’s really helping. Talking-wise, we’re starting to hear more and more words among her babbles, and she’s good at imitating word sounds – she said ‘bellybutton’ this morning, which shocked us both! ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’ are quickly becoming ‘Mommy’ and ‘Daddy’, which is exciting!

We’re still working hard at the sign language; our focus at the moment being on ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. When she does something well, we always sign ‘well done’ as well as saying it, and she has signed ‘Full up’ a couple of times after eating. Now that I’ll be staying at home with her, I’m excited to really work on it with her. The same goes for her Welsh; recently we haven’t spoken to her much in Welsh, so it will be good to get a chance to work on it with her.

She’s got some gross interesting habits. This morning, she’s taken to licking her finger and wiping it on me, for no discernible reason. We’ve noticed her finger drifting to her nose once or twice, so nose picking is clearly on the horizon, and she’s started scratching her body quite a lot, particularly her tummy. We do worry about her birth mark with this, particularly as she scratched it last month and it bled quite badly, leaving her with a scab, but the paediatrician isn’t concerned about the birth mark, and thinks it will disappear by the time she’s seven.

We haven’t yet lost the dummy. We’re trying to reduce the amount she has it, but for now I’m not overly concerned. We’ll probably do a ‘dummy fairy’ type thing at Christmas time, to encourage her to leave her dummy for Santa to take when he drops off her presents, or something along those lines, and then go cold turkey. It’s worked for us so far with her bottles, as she now drinks exclusively from a sippy cup, so we’ll see how we get on with that.

Sleep is still pretty good – bedtime is at 7pm, and she wakes up around 7:30am. We were having lots of issues when she was going to bed at 8pm, as she wouldn’t settle until 11, and we were feeling at a loss – but just moving her bedtime back an hour has made a massive difference, and she sleeps really well now.

She’s still in 9-12 month clothes, with a few 12-18 month outfits, but we’re no longer worried about her size. She eats very well, is incredibly active, so it’s safe to assume that she’s got my height and D’s metabolism, and will be quite short and slim (lucky thing!). Her hair is a source of constant frustration for me, as at the moment there’s very little we can do with it shy of putting her fringe in a top knot, which D isn’t exactly thrilled about. It fits in cute little pigtails, so I’m not keen on the idea of cutting her hair, but it may be what her fringe needs to keep it out of her face, as clips and slides are a massive no go.

So, that’s our 17 month update! I can’t believe how quickly this kid is growing up right before our eyes – she really is my best little buddy now, and I love walking along with her holding my hand! She is a little ray of sunshine; everyone we meet gets a massive smile, and we’re constantly being complimented on her grin. This is going to cause some issues later on with stranger danger, but we’re anticipating that and will deal with it when it comes along. At the moment, we just love that she’s so sociable, and has shown no shyness at all yet.

So next month, she’ll be a full eighteen months old! Where is our little girl going?!

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