Little T, this month it hit me like a lightening bolt that you’re really not a baby any more. The way you move, the way you want to play on your own sometimes, the fact that the number of words you say seems to be growing every day- you’re very much a little boy now. Although it made me a bit sad, it’s so incredible to see the wonderful little man that you’re becoming.
You’ve learnt quite a few new words this month. The other week we counted the words you say and it’s over twenty now. Recent favourites are apple, cheese, bus, ball and bear. You’ve also started repeating words after us now. I still love how you say ‘Mummum’, although we’ve had a few variations of it as well- Mimi, Moomee, Mama- so, so cute.
You’re such a sweet, loving little boy. When someone is, or pretends to be, sad or hurt, you have this cute little concerned face and give them a sympathetic hug. For some reason you are obsessed with my legs at the moment and if you see me getting changed, you have to rush over and give them a cuddle and a kiss!
A few weeks ago in Sainsbury’s I walked up an aisle to fetch something we’d missed, leaving you in the trolley. As I was walking back to you, you got so excited and did your two-handed wave. When I got back to you, you reached up to me and gave me the most lovely hug. Then you kept wanting to kiss me as we carried on shopping. You can turn the most mundane things into the highlight of my day.
Unfortunately for poor Daddy, you are still very much a Mummy’s boy. I know that one day you will be all about Daddy instead so I really cherish the special bond we have, but I also see it breaking Daddy’s heart a little each time you refuse to cuddle him and go to me instead.
You love climbing which I’m pretty sure is going to cause Mummy to have a heart attack one of these days! You can climb onto our bed and then onto the bedside table (a particular favourite), you use your ride-on train to climb onto a table in your bedroom, and at Grandma and Grandad’s house you can climb onto their dining table! You giggle so much when I call you my little monkey, then you make monkey noises.
Your strange fears continue. The other day you were absolutely terrified of a particular paving slab in the garden path and refused to walk over it unless Mummy was holding your hand. You freaked out if you accidentally went near it. At first I thought you didn’t like the leaves and the dead worm on it so I moved them (there is literally no one else in the world that I would have moved that dead worm for), but you were still petrified of it hours later!
A favourite game at mealtimes is when Daddy pretends that his hand is a dinosaur that comes and eats any crumbs on your tray and pretends to drink your drink. You use your little hands to pretend to be a dinosaur, and often this game is the only way we can convince you to eat some more dinner!
Your eating is a bit hit or miss. You always seem to eat really well at Grandma and Grandad’s house, but you often chew Mummy’s food for a bit before regurgitating it- it’s pretty disgusting. You are becoming a little less fussy, but only when you’ve seen food quite a few times before.
Your second Halloween was much more successful than last year when you were terrified of the trick or treaters. We had family pumpkin carving time where you had no interest in the pumpkin carving but loved scooping the pumpkin flesh from one bowl to another. You loved the finished pumpkin and kept making your sweet little cat noise at it! You wore a skeleton outfit and your favourite job was to carry the bowl of sweets and offer it to the trick or treaters when they came to the door. You insisted on sitting on the bottom stair and waiting for the doorbell instead of playing in the living room. Mummy made “boo”-nana pops (which were yummy) and jelly worms/entrails (which were not).We’re continuing in a kind of half-hearted way to potty train you. Sometimes you refuse to go on the potty, but when you do sit on it you will usually do a wee. You amazed me the other day when you tried to put your toilet seat on then did a wee and a poo in the toilet! There was a slight incident involving your hand in the toilet when Mummy turned her back to get some toilet paper, though!
We’ve finally had to buy you another pair of shoes, you are now a size 4. This time they are proper shoes instead of cruiser shoes and they make you look so grown up.
You had a bit of a sleep regression just after you turned 18 months, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as your sleep used to be every night. Now you will sometimes wake up a few times in the night needing a quick cuddle to go back to sleep. Mummy is more than happy to oblige. You seemed to have a nightmare the other evening; you woke up screaming and seemed absolutely terrified. It took a lot of cuddles and reassurance to get you back to sleep. But whatever we do you seem to hate nap time. We always have to have a little bit of screaming when we’re getting you ready for your nap.