Esther at 15-16 months










Esther is now between 15 and 16 months old. I want to record what she is like at this moment in time so that I don’t forget.

She can say daddy, boo, hello, bird, poo, tickle, food, bath, thank you, bye, baby, book, shoes, car, look, that, banana, chair, stairs, down, gone, home, fish, spoon and probably a few more that I’ve forgotten. She can sign drink, milk, food, bath, shower, bed/sleep, thank you, more and fish. Her understanding and ability to follow simple instructions is pretty good.

She sometimes uses the potty. She first used it the day after her birthday, when I explained what it was for. She has used it several times since whilst having nappy-free time, including a couple of times completely by herself when I wasn’t even in the same room! She is now beginning to tell me before she goes in her nappy, although there is not yet enough warning to undress her and take her to the potty. I’m not putting any pressure on her at all, we’ll just follow her lead.

She loves music and dancing. She likes to bounce on the bed or sofa. She has lots of little board books with pictures of first words, animals and vehicles which she spends ages looking at. She grabs my finger and points it at each picture to get me to name it.

She dislikes being in the pushchair or trolley when we go shopping and soon starts to scream, which makes shopping trips rather stressful! She sometimes doesn’t want to go in her carseat. It’s an extended rear-facing seat and our car is quite high up, so it can be tricky to get her in while she is trying to fling herself out. However, unlike her two older siblings, she has never shown any signs of travel sickness.

Slides are her favourite thing at the playground and she can manage most of them completely by herself. She is very friendly and will walk right up to strangers, babbling away and pointing to show them things. She is quite happy to sit on the laps of people she has only just met. She is fascinated by dogs and will go up close to them, but is not quite so keen on actually touching them (with the owner’s permission of course).

She is definitely a water baby and loves swimming. She recently learnt to float on her back with almost no support, just a hand ready to catch her if she rolls over.

She insists on shutting the kitchen door whenever we are in there. I tried to prop it open whilst cooking because I was getting rather hot, and she immediately worked out how to close it again! I have no idea why she does this as we don’t normally close the door. When she is hungry she sometimes goes to get a bowl and spoon out of the cupboard as a hint.

She has loved dolls for a while, and is now beginning to play imaginatively with them. She says “poo” and gets me to undress them, puts them in Tabitha’s wooden highchair or cot, feeds them a bottle (I suppose she thinks it’s a beaker) and makes them dance or jump.

She is such a joy to be around most of the time, but she does still have days (usually several in a row) when she just screams for no apparent reason! She hasn’t yet slept through the night and usually wakes up early.

Edited to add: A week later she can now say Mama and Esther. She has also learned to nod and shake her head which she does whenever we ask her a question!