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18 Month Update

I’ve been a bit slack with my updates to be honest but I think 18 months is almost a milestone age so thought I would do one for then. Amelia turned 18 months on the 15/2/15….18 months!!! It just seems so old and really grown up. I’ve been struggling with knowing what to call Amelia is she a baby or a toddler and I feel like now she’s 18 months toddler is definitely the most appropriate. 

She seems to change a lot at the moment and is always learning new things at the moment. 

Amelia has been walking since 13 months and is now 100% steady and basically runs everywhere including running away. I think I’ve got a bit of an independent miss on my hands. Amelia is not one to be shown what to do, she likes to do it her own way and figure it out for herself. It’s so funny watching her concentrating face while she works things out. 

Amelia went in the swings today for the first time in months and actually enjoyed it!

Sleeping isn’t as great as it used to be. She just has one nap in the day time straight after her lunch. I like that she naps at this time as it means we have the morning and afternoon for doing stuff with a little breather in the middle (which is needed after running after an Amelia all morning!) Bedtime Amelia goes down fine at 7-7:30pm but seems to stir between 10-12pm and most nights only wants to settle in my bed. I do move her back over when she is asleep and then she sleeps through but it’s becoming a bit of a pain. Leaving her to self settle just isn’t an option as within minutes she’s rattling the cot, screaming, crying, spitting, gagging and generally getting into a huge state so it isn’t worth leaving her to try to go back to sleep as it just doesn’t happen!

Amelia says a few words; her favourite of which is “NO!” I’m pretty sure she says it in the right context too as asking her to do anything usually results in no. She does lots of animal noises too. Before Christmas she was repeating things but she seems to have lost interest in doing that at the moment. I’m not too worried though as she has a great understanding. Whenever you ask her to go somewhere or get something she knows exactly what to do. However, we do still do a lot of pointing and screaming to let me know what she wants. 

Tempers unfortunately seem to be a regular occurrence. Amelia doesn’t really have a build up to tempers she has a warning scream that is letting you know if you do take that off me or keep telling me no I am going to lose it. She does the whole throwing onto the floor and screaming thing. She hits and throws which I’m really trying to stop but it seems like you tell her off for one thing and then follows a series of things that then need telling off for as she goes on a little angry rampage! 

I think Amelia is just at an age of pushing boundaries and seeing how far she can push to get what she wants. I forget that she is learning and gaining an understanding of everything so stopping her from doing something really is the end of her world. Staying calm and ignoring her seems to be the best for combating tempers; which can be very hard when she is clonking me round the head with a teapot!!

An Amelia in an Amelia sized chair. Say cheese

Size wise she is still in mostly 12-18month clothing with a few 9-12 bits and 18-24 bits. I find the change over is quite a slow process as sizes from different shops vary so much so different items get faded in gradually. Her feet are still a 3.5F and have been since November (eek biddy feet!) 

Food wise Amelia eats really well except for fruit, its quite hard to get her to eat whole bits of fruit but she has a tonne of veg in her diet. She eats exactly what we have for dinner or a version of so cooking isn’t too much hassle any more. She can mostly feed herself with a spoon/fork she just struggles getting it onto the spoon (doing the scooping action) but I think Amelia would eat all day if she could. She has milk in the morning and before bed and just water throughout the day. 

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Going out and about with Amelia can either be really fun or really hard work depending what mood she is in. Sometimes she will walk along really nice and hold my hand or sit in the pram other times she runs off and just has a huge meltdown going in the pram. We have to get out most days though or do an activity as I can’t bare just staying in the house all day, it makes for a very long day! Amelia is so funny now though; she knows when she is doing something good or funny and will repeat it making everyone laugh. She goes very hyper and loves stomping round and screaming with excitement. 

Smiling before swimming

The last month or so we’ve really taken advantage of Amelia enjoying painting, colouring and play dough. Thankfully she doesn’t (most of the time) try to eat these things and she is actually interested in the marks she makes on the paper and its a great activity to do to keep her occupied.  

Amelia loves; soft play, messy play, bothering the dog, playing hide and seek, chasing, playing with her little friends, baking, Curious George, Sofia the first, Frozen, and eating!

Amelia hates; being told off, getting dressed, having her nappy changed, leaving somewhere when she’s having fun, having her nails cut and staying still. 

18 month collag

That’s just a little update on Amelia and her feisty little personality!

Thanks for reading xx

 



13 Comments

  1. 16th February 2015 / 8:45 am

    how is she so grown up already, another 6 months and she’ll be 2!! She sounds so similar to indiana it’s scary, the tantrums and telling us no all the time haha. What little madams we have on our hands 😉 xx

  2. 16th February 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Oh my word – gorgeous! Such a lovely thing to have documented for her #mummymonday

  3. 16th February 2015 / 1:07 pm

    Amelia is so blimmin cute 😀 that photo of her frowing ahhhhh 😀 #MummyMonday xx

  4. 16th February 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Lovely update. A lot of this sounds very familiar – we are six months ahead of you. You are right about pushing boundaries and Tin Box Tot would get quite upset with us because we couldn’t understand what she wanted immediately or things didn’t happen as fast as she wanted. It gets easier every day 🙂 #MummyMondays

  5. 16th February 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Lovely post. She is so cute, but it sounds like you also have your hands full! M loves to throw a paddy, I try to ignore her but sometimes its just too annoying to ignore! I love that little white chair you have..its great! Thank you for hosting 🙂 #mummymonday x

  6. 16th February 2015 / 2:14 pm

    She does have iddy feet, although Sprog’s aren’t much bigger and they are almost identical in age! I love that he’s actually interested in the colouring/painting that he’s doing too, it’s so amazing to watch now #MummyMondays

  7. 16th February 2015 / 7:59 pm

    Oh how cute is she! Love that she is just entering that I know what I want phase. We are still in that and not likely to come out of it for a while!! Lovely update 🙂 #mummymonday

  8. MyLifeMyLove
    16th February 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Oh bless her. She’s such a poppet. I’m looking forward to when Lola can start feeding herself so I get to eat my dinner warm! Amelia does have ickle feet, Lola’s are the same size and she is 6 months younger. Enjoy the next milestone. Xx

  9. 16th February 2015 / 9:43 pm

    It’s amazing how fast they can run isn’t it!! My son made a dash for freedom in the supermarket just after he’d learnt to walk and he managed to run the entire length of the shop with me chasing him!! x

  10. 17th February 2015 / 3:08 pm

    Her sleeping pattern sounds very similar to what happened to Lamb, and I stand by what I said in the email hun. We are almost at a stage of going to bed with no protesting and he’s been sleeping through again. I think at Amelia’s age they are so aware you aren’t there when they wake up so they don’t go back to sleep.
    She sounds like a bit of a diva! But they all go through that phase don’t they! At 18 months Lamb wouldn’t let me change his nappy etc but I’m happy to say he has grown out of it and now enjoys nappy changes as I get him involved more. We now keep the nappies and wipes in a little basket and when it’s time for a change I ask Lamb to get a nappy from his basket. He loves doing this as he feels so clever knowing where it is! You could try this? Love reading these updates, it’s funny how different children can be from each other! xx #mummymonday

  11. 17th February 2015 / 9:46 pm

    What a lovely update! I remember the Little Nib being the same at that age, and even now at 3 a few of the characteristics we can relate to (the stirring at around midnight is definitely one) though now he can speak we can understand why he is frustrated and upset (he still doesn’t really like the word no though – but what child does?!) Amelia sounds like she is growing up to be a lovely little girl xx

  12. Mim
    18th February 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Oh what a lovely update! Miss Amelia you are too cute for words – just adorable! I love seeing how they’re all developing. Mine walked from 13 months too and isn’t it crazy how quickly that leads to running – argh! Mim @ http://www.mamamim.com #MummyMonday

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