BB has gotten taller. I gave him a haircut the other day and now wonder if the fact I have reduced his hair length by an inch gives an optical illusion so that it looks like he’s gained the inch back in his height.
After watching him from all angles though, it isn’t mere trickery of the eye… he has definitely sprouted this last week. He’s also still developing his speech, you can really see him trying to copy words and put things together in his head. Which is probably why he hasn’t been sleeping too great again. You would think all that development would knacker him out but it seems to fuel him up… like some kind of incessantly enthusiastic Duracell bunny. I always thought it was hard when he was a newborn and we wouldn’t get big blocks of time to sleep. That was hard, but this is hard too. To now get chunks of sleep and have your muscles heavy and warm from deep slumber, only to be wrenched out from that between the hours of 2am and 4am whilst your bouncy toddler parties in his cot, all excited because he has learnt the word ‘wow’. That has been pretty tough to be honest. Cute. But they have to be cute so you don’t launch them out of the window at 3am.
Giving him a haircut was interesting. It was his second time having it done, and I’m a hairdresser so I’m not attacking him with kitchen scissors and a pudding basin, which he will thank me for in the future no doubt! But, he did what most toddlers do when they are held in one spot having their hair tampered with… he protested. And shook his head and put his hands in the way of the scissors (hate it when they do that!). He pushed me away… saying no (another development.. yay). But I held my ground and gave him an ipad and a couple of chocolate biscuits to keep him busy and we managed to finish just fine. My heart was beating fast the whole time though, no matter how cool and calm I appeared to be for him. One slip of the scissors and… well, didn’t bear thinking about. I succeeded in my task and hopefully, at least for a little while, less old women will be telling me how beautiful my daughter is!
Additional information and findings from this week:
– BB says bye. To everything. He says bye if we leave the room. He says bye if we leave a shop. He says bye when he wants to finish something and he says bye when a programme he likes finishes on the telly. But. If you ask him to say bye to someone.. say a cashier or waitress who just served you… nothing. Blank stare and silence. Then he says the bye when we are out of the shop or in the car. Delayed reaction or what?! – Counting is getting to be big news. Not proper counting of course. We merely count out things like peas and sweetcorn kernels at tea time and repeat the word ‘two’ but the general idea is coming along nicely. I’ve never been good at maths so am not one to jugdge. Ha! – We received bath crayons for Christmas from one of our family members and they are AMAZING! Both BB and the adults of the family have enjoyed being creative and who thought it would be such a novelty to be able to scribble all over the bath worry free?? – My Mum and Sister came over at the weekend to do a massive ‘cook up’ so I could freeze a load of meals in preparation for when the new baby comes. I never managed to do it when I was pregnant with BB because he surprised us by coming early. This time round I am leaving plenty of time, just in case, and it was really nice to get it all batched up and stacked in the freezer. My nesting instinct is terribly strong so anything to appease the twitchy feelings its giving me is very much welcome! We made about 2 – 3 weeks worth of meals and everything looks yummy!
Counting out sweetcorn into a bottle lid… as you do.
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