Are you really 27 months? Has it already been three months since your second birthday? That means it’s also been three months since I stopped commuting and life has become much more Brighton-based. I’m so glad we made that decision as I’ve seen your confidence grow these past few months. I’d like to think you are feeling a bit more secure too as you know what to expect each day. I don’t regret going back to work but especially in those last few weeks, I really missed being with you. I missed catching the funny things you say, the exclamations of “Mummyyyyy, no!” when I pretend to grab one of your raisins. I missed the everyday things that I probably take for granted now.
One of the sweetest things we’ve discovered is that you have a couple of close friends at nursery now. Both your friends come to the stair-gate to wave goodbye to you each day and I love seeing that. For a while it pulled my heartstrings when I left you a nursery. Not because you were unhappy, but because I wasn’t sure who you played with there or if you laughed and smiled as much as you do at home. But when I saw pictures on Tapestry of you and your friends playing together, it just put my mind at ease.
Your speech has come on indescribably – I now have a little chatterbox after months of watching you watching the world go by, taking it all in. When you were younger, we did Sing & Sign classes and now you can sign so well but it’s the words that seemed to fall out once you got going. I always wondered if you were storing them up. You repeat most words back to me, including a few phrases we wish we hadn’t uttered “It’s rubbish!” when you hear a song you don’t like on the radio….still, it could be worse! The natural frustrations that most toddlers have are still there, but I can see how happy you are when I understand what you have been trying to say. I love chatting to you, seeing the world through your eyes.
I could write about your fussy eating and how we’re some days at our wits’ end with the lack of sleep. But the truth is – I’m starting to see that it’s coming out in the wash. We’re still not quite there, but in the end it will all be okay. What I’m most proud of is the little girl you are becoming. You’re kind and gentle, yet feisty when you need to be. You enjoy life whatever the weather and you are always 100% ‘all in’, no holding back. You have such a strong sense of justice that reminds me of your brother – if someone overtakes you on the slide, you’ll let them know that’s not how it should be done! I love that about you, you’ve learnt to stick up for yourself and watching your confidence grow makes me so happy.
What else did we notice over the past few months? Well, it turns out you are a bit of a fashionista – each morning you have a very clear idea of what clothes you want to wear. Generally anything with an animal on it gets a thumbs up and at the moment we’re rocking the rabbit socks with doggie leggings and a tiger t-shirt. It’s your way of showing me your independence and I totally understand that. In fact I’m really starting to see that you’re not a baby anymore but a beautiful little girl.
So here’s to another few months as we enjoy the summer together – I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. Hopefully lots of sunshine, ice lollies and time on the beach paddling in the water.
Love, Mum xxx