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Once more I am down in the rabbit hole of Parental Guilt as it’s taken me almost three months to write one monthly update about Elfie, yet she is changing at an alarming rate. Each day we have a new word, a new idiosyncrasy a new look… she delights us constantly. Apart from the times she is a bit of a monkey and on those times she delights us from the naughty step.
I know I’m very much biased but Elfie really is the most delightful human being. She’s easy-going, happy and is developing a wicked sense of humour. She is always chattering and loves to talk about her favourite people: mummy, daddy, bubby, Rowrow (grannie Harold) Gagi (grannie J-T) and Papa (grandpa). The first thing she asks to see when she wakes up in the morning is her little brother and she just loves to cuddle him and give him all her toys. And then take them back (sharing: we are learning it) .
She’s still a great eater but is like me: she will eat when she’s hungry but when she isn’t she won’t. She loves porridge for breakfast, ‘nanies’ (bananas), lasagne, stew, peas, carrots, ham, fish, potatoes (CHIPS!), cake… basically anything. Her favourite food in the whole world is yoghurt and she asks for it after every. single. meal. She manages to smear it everywhere, all over her face, down her trousers, on the floor. There’s constantly yoghurt mess to clean up in our house.
We like to think that Elfie’s a bit of a clever clogs. She can count to ten, she misses out 7 and 8 but still gets there. And that’s what counts, right?! Every time we get dressed in the morning she lists off the person who bought her each item of clothing: Gagi, Papa, Rowrow – her memory is amazing. She also loves to draw and stickers are literally THE BEST thing (you’ll find them on our floors, windows, in the shower…). She’s also been doing a bit of ‘creative play’ that we’ve noticed recently, feeding her teddies and dolls, putting them on the potty and chatting to them.
Her biggest obsession at the moment is probably with bubbles. She delights in baths and showers, and goes absolutely nuts at the blow-bubbles you can buy in toy shops for 99p. She’s also always asking to go on a walk and loves to be outside (I don’t know who she gets this from, it ain’t me) and if you throw a swing into the mix you are GOLDEN. She also loves Jigsaws, books (preferably about tractors or buses – no gender stereotyping in this house!), the drawing app on my iPhone and bloody Peppa Pig.
Her health has been amazing for the last few months which I am so thankful for, save this weekend when she had a tummy bug. This has been her first bug as a toddler rather than a baby and it’s really knocked her (and I) for six. She’s hated throwing up, though managed to use mummy’s sick bowl after a nasty incident involving the sofa, and has been very aware of being hot and bothered. Fingers crossed she’s back to her normal lively self soon, it’s horrible to see her in so much discomfort.
The last couple of weeks have been quite big for us as we’ve switched from a cot to a big girl’s bed and got rid of the dummies. More on this at a later date, but suffice to say my eyebags are huge. The next on our Great Parenting List is the dreaded potty training, something I was hoping to get done this summer but it’s pretty hard when she shrieks every time you approach her with the potty. She’s a lot more amenable to the mini seat that is placed on the toilet and will actually sit on the potty now fully dressed… it’s a start. I am so looking forward to having only one bum to wipe.
There is one downside to being two and that is the word ‘NO’. She knows what it means as is not afraid to use it, and this is when the naughty step comes into play. I love that she is so bloody minded but boy do my negotiation skills now rival the UN’s. It’s all the more frustrating when I ask her to do something completely insignificant, she gives me the big N-O and then I have to follow through with making her do it. Which can take fooooorever.
Nevertheless, I would not change this little monkey for the world. In fact she and her much quieter little brother are my world. We love you, Elf.