So today Lily turned 18 months old. I can't believe it. Just like any mummy, we all say them being a baby flies by and its true! She is no longer a baby she is a full on toddler now. Though she will always be my baby thats for sure and there are times when she is snuggled into my arms sucking her dummy that I still feel like she is a tiny baby.
It does not feel like a whole 18 months that Lily was born and It feels like only yesterday we celebrated her 1st birthday, all I keep thinking is OMG another 6 months and she will be 2 years old.
I must admit I am really loving this age though. Her character has really come out and she impresses me everyday with new things she learns and can do. I Love spending each day with her and always can't wait for the next time we will do something exciting together.
I want to take this opportunity to now share all about Lily and review the last 6 months and how she has changed and who she is now.
All about Lily
Lily now has such a cheeky character, she can go through all the emotions in one day just to suit her, from upset and clingy to happy and giggly, to stroppy and moody and also has her calm and concentrated times. She lately has been really wanting to be with me all the time and is crying when strangers talk to her, Im hoping this is just a phase. Usually when she gets used to them she will be back to her happy self and running around making mischief.
She has become really independent all of a sudden and is getting much better at playing by herself. She will get her own toys out that she wants to play with and will also try and do a few things by herself. She does ask me for help a lot though and sometimes even with things that she does already know how to do.
She has started to have a few tantrums and the other day she was hitting the Tv with a toy and I simply said Lily No, and she threw the toy on the ground and then herself down and started to cry. She soon gets over it though.
She also makes me laugh by doing the funniest little things like putting stickers on her face and putting plastic rings to her eyes like glasses.
She is such a sweet girl though. She is so gentle with the cats and will do really loving things like put a blanket over me if I pretend to go to sleep and will kiss and hug her dolls.
What Lily loves
Lily is such a good eater and always runs to her highchair shouting din dins when she knows food is coming. Her favourite foods are cheese, olives, ham and apple. Now that she has 12 teeth she can chew apple a lot better though she never eats the skins.
Lily likes most of her toys but she really enjoys building with her mega blocks, and loves her figures from her happyland or little people sets she has. She has started two new obsessions, one with Peppa Pig and one with Bing. She can say them both now so will ask me for the dvd's to be put on and gets excited when she see's them. We was in Asda george the over week and she was running up and down the isle waving to Peppa on all the clothing there.
Lily is getting really good with her colouring and mark making, she will get her crayons out everyday and do some drawing and scribbling, she did once draw on the wall though, luckily I managed to get it off with a wet wipe.
What Lily can now do
Lily is starting to get really clever and always does things that I never expect to be able to do, like put on her own slippers, brush her teeth and wipe her own nose. She is able to do a lot of things now that she has found her feet and can walk and run. She is able to walk up small steps outdoors all by herself and is a lot more confident on the things like the seesaws at the park. She loves to dance and jump and one thing she does at the park is stand on these black circles they have on the floor. She will make bopping movements and I can't work out if she is trying to jump or dance on them.
Lily is starting to know so many words now, car, cat, bee, baby, apple, cheese, tree, keys and also seems to know a few that are a little trickier like chicken and she even tries to say pigeon even though she cant yet.
She has also learnt what a lot of noises animals make, she knows that cows go mooo and ducks quack quack and pigs snort.
She can also recognise a lot of animals and objects in books. If I ask her to point to a lion she knows what to point to. She really surprised me though to know which a penguin was and a camel and other animals that you don't see as often as some.
Lily knows where most of her body parts are and will point to them if you ask her but she does get confused between nose and toes as they sound the same. She tries to sing and do the actions to head shoulders knees and toes and also twinkle twinkle. You will sometimes see her sat there making a diamond shape with her fingers.
Lily has also started potty training, she has already done over 10 poos and wee's on the potty and we have only been potty training for about 2 weeks. Im really impressed with her to be doing so well with it. She will even come and tell me when she is about to do a poo. She is really impressed with herself when she does it and waves goodbye to it as its flushed away, makes me laugh when she shouts bye bye poo poo at the top of her lungs. She can no longer walk past the bathroom without saying it either haha
One thing that Lily isn't doing yet is sleeping through, she is still waking me in the night and still wants to be breastfed for comfort. I really do need to try and knock that on the head soon and fully wean her off it. Easier said than done though. Got so used to just doing it now that I think I need to wean myself away from it to haha. I really can't believe that I haven't had a full nights sleep in 18 moths though. Ive had the odd 6 hours here and there with no interruptions but not many. Even typing about it makes me feel tired.
I must admit though I am lucky that most mornings Lily doesn't wake until 7.30/9. I don't think I could cope with broken sleep and being up at 6am every morning. Also Lily does nap quite well and always have a hour and a half to two hours a day. She is also quite easy to get to sleep at bedtime most nights.
So over all Lily has changed loads since she was 1 year old and I'm so proud of her and happy with how well she is doing. I love everything about her and she makes each day the best no matter what the day is like. Im so happy that I get to wake up to big cuddles and spend each day with her and I love helping her learn and grow.
Im starting to feel like there is so much probably missing in this blog post that I haven't written about and so I've made sure I've covered that by writing a 100 facts about Lily list which will be live to see tomorrow. So make sure you check back for that.
I will leave this here and blink a few times and be writing my Lily at 2 years post I'm sure.