Last Friday was Esther’s second birthday. As it was only two weeks after Tabitha’s birthday, she had some understanding of it and was very excited!
In the morning she had a wonderful time opening her cards and presents.
I’m not sure who was the most excited about the play kitchen!
We collected Nanny and then drove to Watermouth Castle, where we met Auntie Hannah, Auntie Jennifer and Auntie Kirsty. Esther had a wonderful day with her five cousins.
I can’t believe it’s been two whole years since “Bumpy” arrived. Esther is absolutely adored by all of us and therefore in danger of being rather spoiled. She is stubborn, affectionate and hilarious! She seems to have grown up a lot recently.
She can almost recite numbers up to ten, but usually misses out “one” and “eight”. She can recognise and name the numerals 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. I didn’t have a clue she could do this until one day she pointed at the digital clock on my phone screen and started reading out the digits! She can instantly recognise groups of two objects and often shouts out things like “two dogs” or “two bikes” while we are out walking. She can also count larger groups of up to six or seven objects but sometimes loses track.
She can recognise and name the following shapes: circle, square, triangle, star and heart. She is pretty reliable at identifying the colours red, blue, yellow, green, purple and pink. She knows loads of different animals and has a wide repertoire of songs that are recognisable, even if the words aren’t very clear. She never wants to go in the pushchair anymore so she walks everywhere, which can be very slow!
She isn’t very tall and has several one year old friends who are almost the same height as her. She has ringlets at the bottom of her hair which are beautiful when freshly washed, but get tangled and matted while she sleeps. Speaking of sleep, she has only slept through the night about five times in her entire life! The day after her birthday we moved her cot into Tabitha’s bedroom (at Tabitha’s request) so we’ll see how that goes. So far she is sleeping better during the night but it’s harder to get her off to sleep at bedtime. She has been potty trained for a couple of months now and is also dry at night.
Life with a toddler can be exhausting and very frustrating at times, but Esther is an amazing little person who is so much fun to be around!