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Dear Emma, aged 15 months

Dear my Daredevil Emma,

Today I looked back at the letter I wrote to you on your 1st birthday and I cannot believe how much you’ve grown in 15 months. It sounds so cliche, but I really don’t notice day to day…your legs keep growing every day and your hair is becoming longer and curlier – but those wide eyes are still just as wide, soaking everything in.

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You started walking three weeks ago and ever since, I see that it makes you feel so proud of yourself. Almost like all these months, you’ve been watching as everyone around you moves around so quickly and were wondering how you can do that too. You took your first step at 13 months, but waited a few weeks more and then rocketed! Now Mummy has to be very careful indeed as you can climb anywhere (up the stairs, in the washing machine, round the back of the couch as you try to wedge yourself through a tiny gap) in just a few seconds. We call you a Daredevil as you have no fear whatsoever to climb the stairs or lurch off the bed, but your favourite is belly flopping on the bed. The sound of your laughter when Mummy copies your belly flops is the best sound in the world.

My favourite time of the day is in the mornings. I bring you to our room for a play on the bed and then later we cuddle up together on the sofa as we watch a bit of TV. Sometimes you look at me to check I’m still watching! I really treasure those moments as I know even at your age, you’re starting to want to be more independent from your Mummy and Daddy.

We’ve seen over the last few months how much you love cats and dogs. The excitement on your face is so amazing to see and I only wish our house would allow for a little pet as I know you’d love it. I still get a bit scared when you want to stroke them in the park as I’m not sure how they take to babies…but the ear-to-ear smile on your face makes me realise that I have to let go of that anxiety a little bit.

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Summer is just beginning but it also reminds me that we are edging closer to when you will start at nursery. I am so excited for you as I know you will love it – I see how much you adore other kids. My worries are if something happens and the key workers don’t know you well enough to respond, or that you can only say a few words so can’t express yourself vocally yet. I know I have to let go of these worries a little too.

You are a beautiful girl, who although she has inherited both Mummy and Daddy’s stubborn temper, loves to be cheered on for doing something new. Your love for your cuddly toys has grown and every day you reach into the cot to grab Nelly and Babs to play with them. You get excited at the weekends when the boys are with us and we have seaside fun together…we all love you very much and can’t wait for the months to come.

Love, Mum xxx

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  1. July 20, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Aw thank you – so lovely of you and I’m loving seeing her grow 🙂 I’ll check out that app, sounds fab and definitely something I’d like…I’m trying to record more videos at the moment to remember how she is! Xx

  2. July 20, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    AH they grow so fast and once they find their legs it seems to fly. What a beautiful letter and that first photo, she really is a gorgeous girlie #triballove

    • July 20, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      Aw thank you so much – it does feel like it is going so fast now! Xx

  3. July 21, 2016 / 11:21 am

    This is just so sweet and how cute is it that Emma likes belly flops on the bed:) my daughter also loves cats and dogs and wants to cuddle and kiss them every all the time. When my son started nursery at 14 months I also worries about the exact same things but it turns out he was fine. It’s a lot harder for us than the. I think. #ablogginggoodtime

    • July 21, 2016 / 11:39 am

      Thank you lovely – the belly flops on the bed is something she has inherited from her father I think you’re right, it’s much harder for us when they go to nursery and I only hope she’ll really enjoy it xx

  4. July 21, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    What a sweet post! There’s no stopping them once they’re on their feet, is there? I constantly have to watch the Popple because if I turn away for a second, she runs away. She also loves dogs and cats – especially big dogs. The bigger they are, the more she wants to pet them. It makes me nervous but I love how brave she is! #ablogginggoodtime

    • July 21, 2016 / 12:50 pm

      Thank you! Aww Emma is the same, absolutely fearless – I’m on the edge of my seatbelt:-) thanks for the lovely comment

  5. July 21, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Ah Bridie this is just gorgeous, what a beautiful letter to your daughter. She is certainly starting to look grown up! It’s wonderful how quickly they learn things and how fearless she is, what a brilliant trait to be so free and joyous. Long may it continue! I am sure she will love nursery. #ablogginggoodtime

  6. July 22, 2016 / 9:45 am

    What a lovely letter to your little one – brought a sentimental tear to my eye. Wish I’d done the same with my two when they were small – it would be such a sweet reminder of their early years and sonething they coukd treasure later in life. But, fool that I am, I didn’t!

  7. July 22, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Lovely post. They do grow so fast and make big leaps in such a short space of time. Once they start walking it’s so lovely, if a little mad.

  8. July 24, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Oh, how adorable is Emma, I look back at photos of my girls in particular and can’t believe where the time has gone. Sarah #FabFridayPost

  9. July 25, 2016 / 10:16 am

    What a lovely idea for a post. I can’t believe how quickly they grow up. It seems once they turn 1 that’s it, it’s even worse when they start walking! Clem practically runs everywhere now I’m constantly telling her to slow down! x #marvmondays

  10. July 25, 2016 / 10:21 am

    It is incredible how much they grow – and how quickly! Treasure every moment x #ablogginggoodtime

  11. July 26, 2016 / 6:18 am

    I love writing posts like this, they just roll of the tongue don’t they. That first picture is gorgeous! I’m sure she will settle in wonderfully to nursery, it’s great for busy bees as they are on the go all day. I also love mornings with my little ones (admittedly I’d rather they started a little later) but I usually get one on one time with one of them and they are usually on good form as not tired and irritable by this point. Although my son is currently head banging the sofa so. Not always so great eh xx #ablogginggoodtime

  12. July 26, 2016 / 7:15 am

    She’s gorgeous! I think I really started to notice the time flying from the one year mark – they change so much in such a short space of time, so posts like these are such a lovely way to capture it. We love belly flops on the bed too – apparently they’re the most fun thing ever! #MarvMondays

  13. July 26, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Awww this is so gorgeous sweet. What a lovely little note to Emma. She is such a little cutie and is growing so fast! I swear we blink and it just disappears.
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime #triballove xx

  14. July 27, 2016 / 6:14 am

    Such a gorgeous girl! I love when they just start walking (or waddling) and the excitement that they can explore what they want. It all goes so fast though, I can’t believe my boy is now 2.5, ahh. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  15. July 27, 2016 / 8:13 am

    back from #marvmondays to say you are still awesome xx

  16. July 28, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Emma has indeed turned into such a beautiful girl. I am so regretting right now for not doing one of these update dairy of my babies. But well… Keep up with the diary. A very sweet post. Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

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