Yesterday, Jasmine turned 22 months old and for the first time in ages, it felt like the last month has gone quite slowly. I’m actually not going to start an update post with “Gosh, where has the time gone?”. I guess that’s the January Effect! I have plenty to talk about though so I’ll get going…
Dare I say it, we’ve definitely had less tantrums over the last few weeks and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Jasmine’s vocabulary has improved massively with every passing week. Now that she can express herself better, I feel like there’s less frustration and less reason for her to get so upset. And yes, she’s still very much ‘Little Miss Independent’ and likes to do things her own way but I think she also understands me better too. Now, when I say things like “No, it’s this way home” she will often, begrudgingly, follow me in the right direction where before an meltdown would have ensued.
We barely use the pushchair at all now – in fact, we decided to put it in the garage yesterday. If we’re only popping out to the shops or the park Jasmine will walk, it’s the same with nursery runs – she prefers to be on her own two feet. It just takes us twice as long to get home! ;)
Something that Jasmine has started doing over the last week or so, which is totally adorable, is that she will think out load. So if I give her a choice, for example “Would you like an apple or an orange?” she will go “Ummmmmmm…….. orange”.
Quite often she gets her “N”s and “M”s mixed up. This means that I am currently “Nanny” rather than “Mammy” which is a tad annoying as she can say “Dadsy” perfectly. She loves looking out for the “Noon” (that’s moon to you and I) and the stars, when it gets dark outside. She often points out the window and will state whether it’s “Light” or “Dark”.
She loves it when I sing nursery rhymes with actions such as “Twinkle Twinkle” and “Incy Wincy Spider”. She especially loves it if they involve tickling her!
She’s still very into ‘helping’ around the house and the moment she spots an empty dog food bowl she’s rushing over to Heidi’s dog food to fill back up again. I bought her a Melissa and Doug Cleaning set a little while ago and it’s one of her favourite toys. Unfortunately, she keeps mopping our kitchen floor using drinking water from Heidi’s bowl.
I swear she’s grown about 10 inches in the last month. Suddenly she can reach up to the kitchen worktops and even managed to grab a knife out of the washing up bowl the other day. Imagine my complete horror! We’ve definitely had to be be extra careful where we leave things. The other week she pinched a full bottle of red wine vinegar out of the cupboard (oh yeah, child locks – pointless) and spilt the entire lot over our (cream) living room carpet. I couldn’t even be mad at her because she rushed off to get a cloth to wipe it up. So yeah, our house smells like a fish and chip shop.
I’m often told when I pick her up from nursery that she’s “coming out of her shell” and often has days when she is really quite loud (that’s pretty standard at home, mind you). The other day, her key worker told me that she was playing out in the garden and singing a song at the top of her voice. “No idea what she was singing but she seemed to be enjoying herself!”
Her latest obsession is the Peter Rabbit animated series which is on Cbeebies. She asks to watch it several (billion) times a day. “RABBIT” “RABBIT” “RABBIT” – she sounds like Chas and Dave. I don’t like having the TV on all day but I’ve recorded some episodes which are useful for when I need to make dinner. She is totally captivated by it. I, on the other hand, find it quite annoying.
Jasmine has a real dislike for garments. She spends a good majority of her time removing items of clothing from her dolls and soft toys. Oh and if you’ve been in the house for more than 1 second and have still got your coat on she will demand “OFF!” – and it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete stranger, either. She can be a right bossy boots when she wants to be.
Jasmine’s developed an eczema-like rash on her back, arms and under armpits. I think it might be a reaction to a new fabric conditioner we’ve been using as she’s never had it before. We’ve now switched to one for extra sensitive skin. The rash itself is not itchy but does look dry and sore. I’ve not found anything that’s helped to clear it up yet so if you have any suggestions please let me know.
Sleep: It’s been a good month for sleep. Jasmine still goes to bed at 7pm and wakes up between 7.30-8.ooam. She still naps after lunch from 1pm – until around 2.30pm but lately the naps have started getting shorter. Some days she won’t nap at all – I fear that the afternoon naps could soon become a thing of the past! *sob*
Eating: Jasmine’s a fairly good eater most of the time but she still has her fussy days every now and again. She won’t eat chicken or turkey (in any form) and hasn’t done for a while. I’m not sure if that’s something I’ve mentioned in her previous updates. She’s happy enough to eat red meat though. Cottage pie and spag bol are firm favourites. She loves her vegetables and even tried to eat a red pepper like an apple earlier when we got the shopping delivered. She loves peas, corn, peppers and cucumber. She’s less keen on broccoli and green beans (who can blame her, right?)
Likes: Peter Rabbit, Bunny, going to the park, having baths, climbing up the stairs and bum shuffling down them, red pepper, looking after our pets, ‘mopping’ the floors, Mike the Knight, playing with her babies, stickers.
Dislikes: nappy changes and not being able to climb on the furniture. (Mean mummy!)
Phew, I told you I had a lot to say! Well done if you read this post to the end. I mainly write these monthly update posts for me as I never want to forget the ‘little things’. I’m having a little blogging hiatus at the moment as quite frankly, I haven’t been enjoying it, but I don’t want to stop writing these updates any time soon.
What lovely new things has your little one been doing lately?
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