Ladybug Letters – 2 years 6 months

Dear J,

You’re 2 and a half – wow! And you’re officially closer to 3 than you are to 2. This month has been a blur but we have had 2 extra days with you thanks to the Bank Holidays which I’ve really treasured and enjoyed

You’ve started asking questions in your partially formed sentences “why you go upstairs mummy?” “why you eat your apple?” and the most memorable of the questions “mummy why daddy a boy?”. That really stumped me as I was not expecting to have the male / female discussions so early on!

Your memory and ability to repeat long sentences, particularly nursery rhymes really does amaze me, maybe it’s because I don’t realise how we as adults absorb information in our day to day lives or maybe it’s because it doesn’t seem that long ago that you were a baby, but I can clearly see that your memory is stepping up a notch. On the short drive to nursery earlier this month I managed to teach and sing with you “wind the bobbin up” and you did it back pretty much word for word as we pulled into the nursery

I really do think you’ve turned into a little girl this month. Your hair is long and full of curls (tangled and knotty at times!), and you are really starting to lose those toddler features. You’ve also started imagination play and make believe and are starting to act more mature. It makes me wonder where the last 2 and a half years and my baby have gone

What have we done this month?

We have upped our activity as a household, including a nice family outing to St Catherine’s Hill, lots of park visits, a couple of bike rides, trampoline fun and several visits to swimming pools. We also went to Guildford by the canal, visited friends in Eastbourne and had a bank holiday day out to Marwell. We spent a couple of days at Peppa Pig World knowing the annual pass would finish at the end of May. Its quite funny, before I wrote this I didn’t feel like we did much in May but looking at these we did loads!

At the canal in Guildford
At the canal in Guildford
Feeding the ducks
Feeding the ducks
Grasshopper tunnel
Grasshopper tunnel
Garden yoga with daddy
Garden yoga with daddy
What’s been my favourite moment?

I’ve really enjoyed swimming with you, particularly the last visit on Sunday 31st. You now have a swim jacket with floats and get so excited when swimming. Your face properly scrunches up and you can see the smile in your face and eyes. You’ve also started to enjoy the water play, slides and floats, which you hated before

Spending a morning just you and I at Peppa Pig World, I was working a really late shift one Wednesday so decided to utilise the time, the rest of the time left on pass and go there with you for a couple of hours, you were the most lovely child and I felt like the luckiest mum in the world. I really cherish Wednesdays with you

Me and my girly on our day together at Peppa Pig World
Me and my girly on our day together at Peppa Pig World
Excited in a new swim jacket (thank you Aldi bargain!)
Excited in a new swim jacket (thank you Aldi bargain!)
Posing for mummy
Posing for mummy
Looking so grown up
Looking so grown up
What’s been difficult?

Honestly, Thursdays. I have worked some really late Wednesday nights and with working Thursday daytime “normal hours” I have come home exhausted ready for bed, yet I’m being pulled from pillar to post by you, your dad and Lexi. You don’t see me at all on a Wednesday afternoon so inevitably want to be with me on Thursday evening, and your dad and Lexi just want to be in my presence and your dad wants some adult conversation. Hopefully June will bring some ‘normal’ Wednesday hours and better health in terms of my voice

What has made me laugh?

You have started to say “I need you” whenever you really want something or some help. It’s adorable and funny, you say it with a whimper and it makes me go all soft inside and want to give you the biggest cuddle (though you’ve started to say it for everything so we will have to work on that)

Michael – all I can say is you caused quite a stir telling daddy one Wednesday evening that Michael was “mummy’s friend”. The following day when I asked you if you’d met him you said “not yet” and then when I asked how you know about him you simply said “in mummy’s bed”. I was (and am) completely innocent but felt so guilty with your dad sat next to me when you said that! It turns out that “Michael” was from Monsters Inc. and you weren’t creating some crazy story, though we will be remembering that one for quite some time!

You also have a thing for plasters. The slightest little bump / graze or anything and you insist on a plaster, on your hand, my hand, even our faces! I have stopped buying super expensive plasters for this as you were starting to cost me a fortune!

“Plastered”
Oh
Oh “Michael” you’ve caused so many discussions!
What has made me cry?

Dropping you off at nursery one Friday and you cried and wanted to stay with me. It broke my heart because I just wanted to be with you and I miss my Fridays with you

This probably sounds silly, but I also shed a little tear leaving Paultons Park on our last day there. We have had so many fond memories there and it really was the end of an era. I so want to go again and purchase another pass but it’s just not the right time at the moment

What will I remember most?

The discussions surrounding Michael, I think I will remember that forever, you’re such a funny thing! I will also remember May for the bond that you seem to be developing with Lexi, you are now talking to her and realising what impact she has on the house and how she fits into our routine. You are thick as thieves when we are out and about on a walk this month and we love watching you both

My attempt at painting with you was also a comical experience. It ended up everywhere and you ended up painting your face!

Feeding Lexi hula hoops
Feeding Lexi hula hoops
My 'beautiful' child, ahem
My ‘beautiful’ child, ahem
One of my favourite photos this month with you to finish on. I love you my girl xxx

A sunny selfie with my girly
A sunny selfie with my girly

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