I’ve been meaning to write an update for Jasmine for a few months but every time I sit down to write it, I feel a bit overwhelmed by how much she has changed and developed. She’s a little sponge and is learning new things everyday, especially when it comes to her speech and language. She seemed to get off to quite a slow start in terms of learning to talk but the words and phrases are coming thick and fast now. She cracks me up with her little retorts and she’s getting a little too smart for her own good!
Jasmine wears age 2-3 sized clothes, although I think some people would be shocked to know that. Almost every time we’re out, at the park for example, somebody will comment on Jasmine’s size.
“How old is she?”
“Two and half.”
“Oh… she’s tall for her age, isn’t she?”
Clearly she gets her height from her daddy… not her 5ft1 mummy!
One of the main things that has evolved over the last few months is Jasmine’s imagination. She loves pretend play and will often be running around the garden shouting “Ruuuuuuuuun, Dinosaur Rex coming!!” I also spend a lot of time pretending to eat ice creams she’s made for me. It’s a good job that imaginary ice creams contain no colories!
Coinciding with this wonderful imagination is a fear of the dark. Jasmine’s recently been requesting to keep the lights on and have the door pulled ajar at bedtime – not every night, but fairly often. Once she’s asleep I will go and shut the door and turn off the main light (she had a nightlight in her room) so we don’t disturb her when we go to bed.
We did attempt potty training in the summer and although Jasmine was really keen at first (went and did a wee in the potty, completely unprompted) the novelty wore off after a few days and she refused to wee or poo unless she had a nappy on. I decided to leave it a little while and try again at a later stage. I’d love to have her out of nappies before baby number two arrives (due November) but I’m not going to force her to be potty-trained for my own benefit. We’ll see how it goes but for now, she’s still in nappies full time.
Jasmine can recognise many shapes including ‘heart’ and ‘star’ as well as colours. For a while everything was “pink” but now she’ll walk along the street and name the colours of cars as she walks past them. She likes counting things but still doesn’t say numbers in order. Her counting goes a bit like this: “2…4…4…5”.
She’s always interested in looking at clocks and asking the time, she even pinches Daddy’s iphone so she can ask Siri what the time is! (Of course, Siri doesn’t recognise her voice but that doesn’t stop Jasmine from trying!)
About 3-4 weeks ago I decided do away with Jasmine’s afternoon nap. She had become less and less interested in going to sleep after lunch and it would often take her over an hour to settle. And whilst she did eventually fall asleep, and usually nap fro up to two hours, she would then take ages falling to sleep at night. The evening bedtime routine started getting longer and longer. It’s been difficult for both of us to adjust – I miss the break and she does get tired and grouchy in the afternoon but to be honest, it was no where near as bad as I thought it was going to be. The days are longer and tiring for us both (especially with me being pregnant) but pretty much as soon as her head hits the pillow at 7pm she’s fast asleep and, more often than not, doesn’t wake up for 12.5 hours!
Instead of having that nap after lunch, we tend to snuggle on the sofa and watch a DVD – it means we both get a bit of quiet time and a chance to recuperate from the morning’s activities before round two!
Being a typical two year old Jasmine has plenty of tantrums. Tonight she was in an angry fit of rage for about 10 minutes because I put her PJ top on. She was yanking at it, biting it and shouting “I don’t like it t-shirt”. Once she calmed down she walked over to me and said “Sorry, mummy – I tired”. Those kind of tantrums I can deal with but it’s the ones where she bites/kicks/scratches at me or her dad because she hasn’t got her own way – I find them mega hard work.
She is still obsessed with playing hide and seek and makes me hide with her from ‘Dadsy Poopy Pants’.
She often gets mistaken for a boy because she wears clothes with dinosaurs on (grrr!) and she’s very particular about what she will wear. I tend to shop for her clothes in the ‘boys section’. She’s very rough and tumble – not remotely interested in princesses and such like. She likes cars and dinosaurs!
In July, I decided to do a little video portrait of Jasmine. I take a lot of photos of her but there’s nothing quite like video to capture her little expressions and quirks…
The way she ‘helps’ hang the washing out to dry, kissing my knickers before hanging them up(?!)
How she loved to (over)feed our guinea pig, Dexter. (Who is now in guinea pig heaven… due to old age… not being overfed!)
When she’s having a quiet, contemplative moment whilst hugging her giant teddy bear.
The way she blows dandelions… without actually blowing the dandelions.
Anyway, I thought where better to share this video than in her latest update post so here it is:
Likes: Bunny (still her most prized possession), Peter Rabbit, tractors, pirates, ride-on toys, playdoh, water play, being outdoors, going to the park, trike rides, animals, ‘huggles’, having showers, drawing/painting, Go Jetters,
Dislikes: being in her carseat, nappy changes, getting dressed, bedtimes, brushing her teeth.
I will finish up this post with a Jasmine quote that really made me smile…
*Jasmine is searching for something in the front room*
Me: “What are you looking for, Jasmine?”
Jasmine: “I looking for trouble, Mummy.”
I guess the next time I write an update on Jasmine, she will be a big sister. Something I’m excited and nervous about in equal measure. Wish us luck!