Ladybug Letters – You are 2 years and 5 months old

When J was born we created an email account for her and sent her emails to it to update her on life and how we found parenthood. We then stopped for various reasons, I was diagnosed with Post Natal Depression, the hubster went back to work and I returned to work when J was 9 months old still in the midst of PND. I am glad to say I am well and truly out the other side of PND now and really want to begin those monthly letters again

Here’s the first of many more…

Dear J,

The end of April has passed and you are now 2 years and 5 months. Everyone says this but it is so true…where has the time gone? The time seems to pass much quicker now I’m a mum

You are growing up far too quickly, now stringing complex sentences together and have started singing (you are also turning into a feisty, independent girl and I keep saying to your dad that we’re going to have problems with your willpower when you’re a teenager!)

Although I now work full time, I really treasure Wednesdays because I still get 1-2-1 time with you in the morning, and even though I don’t see you on a Wednesday evening we FaceTime every week while I’m on lunch break and seem to have begun a little weekly routine where you ask to see my desk, monitor, phone and chair, just to reassure you that I really am at work while you’re at home with daddy!

What have we done this month?
We have established a proper routine. March was difficult as I went full time and was away from you for a week yet this month we came into our own and we are happier and healthier because of it
We’ve been to York to see our lovely friends for Easter, done an Easter Egg hunt with Nanny Sharon and a full day to Peppa Pig World with Nanny Iris. We probably have been to Peppa Pig World far too many times this month but the pass ends in May and we aren’t renewing it this year so I’m not too fussed about your weekly request to go there!

We also caught up with your cousin Lyra who is also growing way too fast, have spent lots of time down the park enjoying the warmer weather and later evenings, and went to friends’ houses for picnics

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Easter egg hunt with Nanny Sharon
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Big cuddles with Zoe Zebra

 

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With Peppa and George
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Jenga castle at a friends house for a picnic
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One of my favourite summery shots from April
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Fun down the park
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Easter Monday
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On the Carousel with Nanny Iris and Daddy


What’s been my favourite moment?
Seeing you ride your bike for the first time, I couldn’t believe how well you took to it and how grown up you looked. It was like my baby, my toddler, had been whisked away from me and replaced with a grown up child, such an amazing moment but it brings a tear to my eye just writing this. I am such a proud mum

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First time riding a bike

What’s been difficult?
You’ve started to resist bedtime, you want to do one more wee-wee, one more story, have more milk, and will just scream and shout for us to come back as we shut the door and go downstairs. I know it’s because you want to be involved, when you were a baby we let you “cry it out” but now you’re a little person with a vocabulary it somehow hurts us more

What has made me laugh?
A couple of things, you and your umbrella. We were in town the other day and I nipped into Poundworld and picked up a clear umbrella with pink dots for you. You knew it was to stay down indoors but whilst outside (come rain or shine) it was firmly in your hands and up. You kept stopping people, proud as punch, to tell them you had an umbrella and it was up because you were outside

Your dad took you to Ikea on a Wednesday night whilst I was at work and decided to buy you a tent from the children section. It was massive and took up most of our kitchen and lounge space. You squealed with excitement and wanted to eat your dinner in there

The bubble gun in the car, stupidly I decided it would be okay for you to have it! it wasn’t okay, there was bubble solution everywhere and I really didn’t think it through. Nanny and Granddad let you use it at their house and you kept saying “put your hands up” and shooting them with it anyway

We have also taught you to say “give me five, to the side, up above, down below…too slow!” You get so excited when you do this and it makes us laugh so much

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J and her umbrella
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Bubble shooting in the car
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Inside the new tent eating spaghetti

What has made me cry?
Hearing you say “love you mummy” for the first time, so clear, as you went to Gym Club with daddy last Saturday. I had a little sob in the lounge (I also sobbed watching you ride your bike)

What will I remember most?
Watching you and our family friends in York for our annual Easter catch up. You instantly slotted in with them and their routine, and it was so weird not having you with us constantly, instead playing with the children. Last year when we saw them you seemed to grow up a bit and it’s happened again. We really miss them but it makes it extra special when we do see them

I will also remember trying to plait your hair for the very first time. You seem to have the same hair as me, curly and thick! A plait seems to keep it together which is nice although I really need to learn how to do a french plait

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Plaits

 

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In Piglets at York – this picture makes me laugh!
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Piglets Easter Egg Hunt
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I remember looking at this picture and thinking wow! My girl is beautiful and growing quickly, and I love the little foot twist
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Playing with friends in York

 

One of my favourite photos this month with you to finish on. I love you my girl xxx

 

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