What has Elarna been up to since her last update I hear you ask! Well this little button has been busy growing, finding her feet and her voice!
I feel like since turning one she has developed from baby into proper toddler......although in my eyes she's still my baby. She is into EVERYTHING. Mostly the cupboards and anything that she can destroy mainly. She is a speedy little thing and loves to march around with purpose but does have to be careful at times as her feet run away with her and she ends up toppling over......we've had several bumpy incidents and a couple of bloody noses due to her faceplanting, poor love. She's quite excitable and can't control her feet!
She continues to absolutely idolise Alfie (most of the time), anything that Alfie is doing she is interested in and wants to watch him or join in. While we were on holiday and most recently at Alfie's pre-school leaving party she just wanted to join in with the big boys and girls and threw some amazing diva strops when I wouldn't let her (I'm not mean but I just couldn't let her get in a bouncy castle with 10 kids bouncing about, ha!). Alfie still finds her difficult to deal with at times, he's much more caring towards her now but at times is still so rough with her.....she's going to be very robust when at school. Bear hugging her is one of his favourite things to do, I just don't think he realises that she's much littler than him so sometimes we do have to tell him off but most of the time he is great with her.
She is fiercely independent, this has taken me by surprise! She wants to feed herself with a spoon, and is actually pretty good, she likes to walk by herself, shakes her head vigorously when she doesn't want something or isn't happy, wants to drink out of a beaker and generally once shown how to do something will try and do it herself. When Alfie was her age he was relatively independent but not to this degree, he was a bit more reliant on us doing things for him and giving him confidence so seeing her this independent is both fascinating to see and sad for me as she growing up too fast.
She is the happiest and smiliest little girl but I tell people not to be deceived by this as beyond the cute and sweet exterior lies a very defiant little diva. This girl can strop. Her little princess moments are hilarious, if she isn't happy about something we certainly know about it. Her strops are like no other! She is loud and very dramatic, sometimes it's hilarious, other times it's just hard work! Although as quick as she starts stropping she can get herself out of them pretty sharpish.
She continues to thrive and enjoy nursery, she goes twice a week and is usually shattered when home. I think she loves that the room she is in now offers alot of free flow so she can head into the garden if she wants or stay in the room and play. At home she still has 2 decent naps a day, usually around 10am for an hour or so and then perhaps about 2pm for 90 mins, again, very different to Alfie who dropped his naps quite young, he was about 18 months. At nursery she tends to just have the one nap lasting over 90 minutes but for the moment I try and keep the 2 a day when we're at home. I'm not too precious about it however and if she doesn't have one until lunchtime then it's not a huge issue.
She's at that age where she is really enjoying her food, we are exposing her to loads of flavours and textures and she loves trying new things. She eats brilliantly. She continues to fit into to some 6-9/9-12 clothes and 12-18 do fit well other than dresses being a little long. She was never going to be blessed in the height department, same as Alfie because myself and Adi are not very tall. She's got the cutest little short legs, they may be short but they take her far.
Sleep at the moment is a little bit odd. She sleeps well when settled but recently when we put her in her cot at bedtime she's really unsettled. Now this might be because it's been super hot and stuffy but I wonder if it might be a bit of a developmental leap as it seems to have started quite quickly. Adi thinks that she has become a little wise to the fact that if she starts screaming we will head into her room and give her attention. After a couple of nights of this we realised we were basically giving her what she wanted and opted for a little bit of controlled crying which was always the best method with Alfie. It's not something I hugely like to do but if it works then I am more than happy to do it.
I just adore these 2 pictures of her in the swings - it completely captures her cheeky, happy persona. She was giggling her head off at this time too, it was utterly cute. Those cheeks and that smile, ohhhhh I always just want to squish her.
She is a complete loon at times, she loves to charge about the house and laughs her head off, especially when Alfie joins in, this photo below captures her running towards me, hence the blurry feet! Full of happiness and laughter, it's just something that I want to bottle up and keep forever. She looks sooo grown up now! Thanks for the dress Sarah Run Jump Scrap by the way it's gorgeous.
She is babbling so much at the moment, I probably sound like a right weirdo but I almost have conversations with her on a daily basis, we communicate through babble and I can almost get what she is trying to get at or want. There is some definite words starting to form, we definitely have cracked 'hiya' and nearly 'hello' and mama and dada are already well defined in her vocabulary. We are also fairly sure she refers to Alfie as 'bro' as when she says what we think is bro she either points to him or goes to find him, it's very cute.
I never thought it possible to have so much love for these 2 little monkeys in my life. I l really like this age, yes she's all over the place and I rarely sit down (other than when they are in bed) but oh she's alot of fun to be around and seeing her little personality really shine through is fantastic. I'm wondering what we have in store over the next couple of months.