I’ve never missed writing one of Jasmine’s monthly updates before but when it came to her 23rd month, well, not a lot had changed since the month before. In the end, I figured I’d do a combined update of her last two months as a one year old!
The last couple of weeks have been rather testing to say the least. We’ve had illnesses, picky eating (more on that in the minute), lots of night time wake ups and tantrums galore. In amongst the chaos of all that, Jasmine has become such a sweet little girl and her current ‘catchphrase’ is “Awwww, cute!”. She says it about animals, insects, babies and teddy bears. The other day we were walking home from nursery and I pointed out a ladybird to her – she waved at it and shouted “Hi” (She gets quite enthusiastic about bugs. Read: loud) and waved at it. As it crawled away under a leaf she said “Soon” (as in, see you soon).
She hasn’t really started putting many words together yet, in fact she quite often shortens words to the last syllable. She often says “mon Heidi” or “mon Mummy” which is short for “come on”. She will also pass me the “mote” (remote control) if she wants to watch something on TV. That something nearly always being Peter Rabbit. Although, she’s also quite fond of The Good Dinosaur since we bought it on DVD last weekend. In which case, she will ask us to watch, yep – you guessed it “Saur”.
Her favourite toy is still Bunny. Or “Monny” as she calls him. In fact, I think she’s more attached to him now than ever before. Last week Jasmine threw herself to the ground headfirst (cutting her forehead), in a fit or rage, because Bunny wasn’t in her nursery bag. Daddy had gone to work with Bunny still in the car. Let’s just say Daddy won’t be doing that again in a hurry.
Some days, just about everything can set Jasmine off on a tantrum and it can be truly exhausting. I can’t do right for doing wrong and nothing pleases her. It’s all about her wanting to assert her independence, I know. The little things that she wants to do herself oh-so-badly – for example, putting on and doing up her shoes. She isn’t physically able to do that just yet and it makes her incredibly frustrated. It’s a tough life being a toddler, eh?
Jasmine’s also been testing the limits when it comes to meal times. For a few weeks she refused almost every. single. meal. that I offered her. She wouldn’t even try it. She’d turn her nose up, push the plate away and say ‘no’. She’s been through phases like this before but I was beginning to think this wasn’t going to be such a short phase. I kept giving into her demands for a ‘snack’ because I hated the thought of her going to bed hungry. Suddenly, I realised she was taking me for a complete mug. I now offer her a piece of fruit between meals and stopped giving her those beloved cereal bars (which was the only thing she ever wanted to eat). She eats the meals I give her or goes without. She’s not going to starve herself so if she’s truly hungry she will eat her dinner. I don’t expect her to like and eat everything but I do expect her to try it. Thankfully, there’s been a significant improvement over the last few days since I changed my own behaviour towards meal times. We’ve had a lot more ‘happy plates’. :)
Jasmine was quite poorly a few weeks ago – she had an absolutely hideous cold and cough. She also developed conjunctivitis for the second time! As before, the drops she was prescribed by the doctor cleared it up within a couple of days.
There was also the night she threw up in her cot… three times. Not quite sure what that was about. But obviously something didn’t agree with her!
Jasmine’s sleep at night has become quite disrupted of late. She wakes frequently during the night and cries out ‘Mummy’. It’s not every night but seems to be happening more nights than not at the moment. Usually if I go and lay her back down, she settles back to sleep quite quickly. I wish the same could be said for me! I’m not sure what it is that sets her off – she doesn’t seem particularly scared, just a bit confused.
She naps in the afternoon, after lunch, for around 2-3 hours. I’m wondering if perhaps I need to cut these naps a little shorter in order to get her sleeping through the night again. She also seems to be waking up a lot earlier in the mornings too. It’s all seems quite random at the moment, and there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to whether or not she sleeps through OK or not.
We’ve changed up our toddler groups again (we get bored easily). We recently started going to a new music group on a Monday, which is basically a man and a guitar singing lovely songs to us. We dance, play with ribbons, shake shakers, crack out the bubble machine, play parachute games (see photo below!) and generally have a ball. It is by FAR the best toddler group we’ve ever been too – and we’ve tried lots. :)
On Wednesdays we often go to a toddler group based in one of the church halls in town. There’s a mix of freeplay, singing and story time, snack time and craft. The group of volunteers are so friendly and welcoming but we mostly go for the biscuits. :)
Jasmine still goes to nursery on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and really seems to enjoy it there. I love spying on her for a few moments when I pick her up – she’s always busy doing something. There’s a little boy called ‘Owen’ in her nursery room who she’s quite fond of – she’s forever talking about him at home. It’s quite sweet, really. Over the next few weeks she’ll be making the transition up to the toddler room for 2-3 year olds. I’m sure she will take it in her stride.
Likes: Peter Rabbit, Bunny, playing outside, hugs, going on the swings, playing Egg Hunt (which we’ve played every day since Easter), apples and oranges, breakfast cereals, animals, soft toys, car shopping trolleys, Mr M’s music club, bathtime.
Dislikes: Being in her carseat or pushchair, green vegetables, having to leave the park to go home, loud noises, bedtime.
Now that Jasmine is two(!), I will continue to write her updates on the blog, but probably every 2-3 months or so, as opposed to every month.