Only 1 week late; not bad mum!
Really since you turned 1, you’ve turned into a toddler. You are curious, funny, sweet, mischievous, and just utterly delightful.
You are on the move, crazy! You try to run, it not a full blown run yet, but it is fast walking. You climb pretty much anything; you don’t seem to have an out of control desire to climb everything, thank god!, but you will just frequently climb onto the couch, or up onto the top of your toy shelves. You are still SO tiny, it’s unbelievable when you do this stuff.
You follow Archer like a shadow, and you two are hilarious (and scary) together; you wrestle and fight, but you also play and share. There is ferocious anger at each other sometimes, but there is an even stronger love; Archer is always asking if you’re alright, begging you to play games you don’t understand, and crying when you have to go down for a nap, and you return the love by following him everywhere.
You have so many amazing facial expressions, but my favourite is when you’re proud of yourself and you do this little cheeky, proud smile; it usually accompanies having done something you’re not supposed to do, or an achievement. You can throw a pretty good fit, body drops, shrieks, etc. You also have this new, manacle laugh that is hilarious – mouth all the way open, fake laughing and joy-shrieking; this happens most commonly when you see an animal and usually includes you sort of jumping up and down (bending over and standing up repeatedly). Based on Archer’s equivalent blog post (because my memory is definitely not that good), it seems like you are speaking earlier. You can say “wow”, “bird”, “no” and “num num”, interestingly, you don’t really say anyone’s names; there’s no mum, dad, or archer in your vocabulary. I never want to forget how you say no, you almost whisper it, with a little shake of your hear and a little whine in your voice – it is BEYOND adorable.
I also never want to forget how you twirl your own hair to fall asleep. Around your birthday, you started wanting to play with my (or whoever was holding you) hair while you were rocked to sleep, but since you’ve started to just go to sleep when put in your bed (MAGIC!), you twirl your own hair – it is gorgeous. I can tell when you’re tired now, because in addition to becoming inconsolably whingy, you will go find a dummy, and then come lay your head on me, the floor, pillow, anything. You put yourself to sleep (unless overtired) very easily, and tend to stay asleep all night unless you run out of water or poop. You’re still having two naps, with the first usually being an hour or two after waking up – just sleep in instead, dude!
You love animals, pillows, food (down to one or two breastfeeds a day), and toothbrushes (you beeline to my bathroom if the door is open and grab all the toothbrushes and toothpastes and carry them around). You also like a cuddle, and do a nice back pat during.
Oh Bash, I LOVE this age. You are so much fun, but still have the sweetness of a baby. You are joy, my love. We all love you so so much.