When I was little, my mum kept a notebook of all the things I did and said. With my own children, I have recorded many of their milestones on this blog (and the blog that preceded it). It’s nice to be able to look back sometimes and remember what they were like. Esther is now 20 months old, so it’s about time I did another update.
She says over a hundred words now (it’s getting hard to keep count) and sometimes puts two together. Some of her words are very clear, whilst others are harder to understand if you don’t know her or the context. For instance, “guck” is her way of saying “milk”! She counts to three and when Aaron asks her “what is one plus one?” she will shout “two” and hold up two fingers! Of course she has no idea what it means! I’ve put a list of the words she currently says at the bottom of this post, as it is of little interest to anyone except me. She has a VERY loud voice which can be a little embarrassing in church or other quiet places when she suddenly starts shouting! She also says “goodbye” to everyone very enthusiastically when she is taken out of the church service!
Her favourite songs are “Hello, hello, how are you?” from Mr Tumble, “Rockabye Your Bear” by the Wiggles, Ring-a-ring-o-roses, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row Your Boat and Old MacDonald. She joins in with the actions and some of the words. She sings more or less in tune, so I can usually recognise the song when she starts singing. She often asks to play “tishoo” which means I have to sing Ring-a-ring-o-roses while she jumps (usually on the bed) and then falls down at the end. More recently she likes to make her toys play “tishoo” too too.
Her favourite toys at the moment are our Holztiger wooden animals and Duplo. She likes to build towers and then knock them down. She can do simple peg puzzles. She has a shape puzzle which Aaron and Tabitha gave her for her birthday. She pretty much ignored it until she was 18 months and then did the whole thing one day. I then bought her a fruit puzzle which she quickly mastered, and Aaron has bought her some two-piece puzzles for Christmas so we’ll see how she gets on with those.
She is a fairly good eater, although sometimes she’ll simply refuse to try things. Potatoes are a firm favourite and she’ll ask for ours when she’s finished all the ones on her plate! She can feed herself peas on a fork without dropping many. She can drink out of a glass and gets her own bowl and cutlery out of the cupboard when she sees me preparing food.
She enjoys swimming. She kicks her legs and has started trying to use her arms as well, so she can propel herself when wearing armbands. She blows bubbles in the water and sometimes asks to be dipped under the water. She can jump with both feet off the ground and has just begun to walk rather than crawl up the stairs. She likes to climb and spends a lot of time on the table, especially when we are trying to do work on it. She has a little bike which she scoots around on. She often tries to do the sideways splits and comes close to succeeding. She absolutely loves dancing! Yesterday was parents’ evening at Tabitha’s ballet class and Esther was really funny trying to copy the older children. She also likes to copy the ballet moves on The Wiggles.
She enjoys going out and about for walks. She can walk quite a long distance when she’s in the mood, but is also more tolerant of the pushchair now than she used to be. If we just need to nip out quickly she will cry when we get back to the front door because she wants a longer walk!
She’s a little too good at turning on taps! She enjoys baths and is very good at tidying away her bath toys without being asked when she’s finished. Her hair is getting quite long and rather untidy at the back. Sometimes I put it into pigtails which looks cute, but she rips the hairbands out within minutes.
She is very affectionate and gives us all lots of cuddles and kisses.
She is very particular about her bedtime routine. She lies down in our bed for milk and insists that “bear” also has to be lying down in the bed. He has to have his head on the pillow and have his body covered with the duvet, otherwise it’s just not good enough! After milk she goes in her cot and I have to offer a drink to bear, baby and then her. Next I have to kiss bear, baby and Esther and finally I have to stroke their heads and say goodnight!