Well hello 18 month old toddler! You are growing up fast! A baby no more. This makes me a bit sad, but not a lot as it’s SO EXCITING to see you develop into the spirited girl that you are. We have done a lot since my last letter. The most obvious being your speech. In the last couple of weeks we’ve had a bit of a language explosion and you are saying a ton of words to us (although I wonder how many people other than me, you and your dad can hear them). You can say:
- EEEEEEEEEEon! (Ian. You are starting to refer to other cats as Ian too which is amusing me greatly)
- Sit down
- Bye bye (accompanied with waving)
- Iggle (as in Iggle Piggle from In The Night Garden)
- Duck (this was you first word many months ago accompanied with the sign)
You gesticulate wildly (you get that off your Grandpa Chris) when talking to us. There’s lots of finger-pointing as you get your point across to us, not unlike a drunk informing you you’re his best mate, while you babble on and on; you can be a real chatterbox!
Your personality is really starting to shine though now. You are a forthright and determined person. We recently stopped going to swimming lessons because you have had enough of the structured sessions and wanted to do your own thing in the pool. You love being in the water, but you hate being told what to do and when to do it. It’s a shame really, as I’ve loved taking you to lessons and it’s been quite a big part of your life since you were two and a half months old and I have to admit to being a bit emotional during the last lesson (but then I’m emotional about everything to do you with you) but it’s not the end of the world and we’ll still take you to the pool from time to time. There’s been a few times recently when we’ve met up with a friends and I’ve not spoken a word to them, because you’ve run off wanting to do your own thing – most definitely a free spirit! If I’m totally honest I worry at how I’m going to cope with you sometimes, especially during more trying times. I stress easily and have a temper (a terrible combination) but I am working through it and find myself reading a lot on gentle parenting (Circus Queen has posted a number of timely blogs recently and they have been so, so helpful) because I do not want to be a mum who’s first reaction is to shout at you, because no one wants that, do they? Also, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t take a blind bit of notice even if I did.
But you know what, Boo? You are so totally brilliant and my heart swells a little bit more every day, sometimes I think it will burst. There are definite challenges in our life, but we face them together and our bond becomes ever stronger.