Tantrums, stubbornness and willfulness aside, 28 months old is the best, most fun age so far! We can get you to do just about anything by telling you that you’re being ‘helpful’ and you like to wrap up toys and books in blankets and tell us they’re presents and you get just as excited as if they really were new gifts.
You no longer just say, ‘thanks’ you generally say, ‘thank you very much Mummy’. You bust out uber long sentences about real life events and things you’ve imagined, ‘there was a horse floating in the air with a little boy watching, the boy was wearing a t-shirt like Annie does and Mummy does too. Be careful little boy’(?!). But you also mispronounce some words delightfully, elephant is still, ‘effalunt’ and pine cone is, ‘pione cone’ (picture Chris Tarrant saying pine cone and that’s what it sounds like!).
You love to watch us cooking (actually JB does most of the cooking but you get the idea) and insist on having a chair dragged over so you can observe and ‘help’.
You are very excited about becoming a big sister and spend a fair chunk of time practicing your baby cuddles, rocking the bouncy chair and moses basket, changing nappies on your toys and giving them bottles. You keep telling me you will buy me flowers when you come visit us in hospital and a balloon that will become yours when we all return home. You do seem concerned that the baby will take me away but I keep promising I’ll always come back to get you which seems to give you a certain degree of comfort.
This past 6 weeks you’ve become really brave at nursery and they all keep telling us how chatty and happy you seem, I think they are amazed at just how much you talk (sorry you get that from me!). You’re making the move to the older section of the group on Wednesday which I imagine will fill you with joy as you love all things, ‘big kid’ and love to act like a kiddo who is much older than a mere 28 months.
You made the transition from cot to ‘big girl bed’ incredibly easily. Even on days when you don’t want to sleep you don’t get out of bed, you just sit there on the edge and wait for us to come rescue you. You have filled your bed with every soft toy in the house and have started using my old Toy Story pillow case, apparently it’s a big bed time decision, whose face to sleep on, Woody or Buzz!
You seem intrigued by all things Christmas, and constantly talk about how Santa will come down our chimney, walk on your floor and put presents in your stocking, you know the reindeer won’t fit down the chimney and will have to wait on the roof. You did admit to being, ‘a little bit scared of Father Christmas’ when you heard about the whole chimney thing but we assured you he was magic like Ponyo and a lovely bloke to boot which made you happy.
We have been beyond lucky with your behaviour, your tantrums are very light and mostly consist of kneeling on the floor with your head on the ground and crying pitifully, but once you realise we’re ignoring you then you tend to stop. So far there have been no major meltdowns in public as you prefer to keep them just for us, which I’m secretly glad about, though it does lead to many people believing you are better behaved than you really are.
You choose all your own outfits right down to the hair clip, have just discovered Ben and Holly, can sing all the songs from Winnie the Pooh and Peppa Pig, love musical instruments, request ukulele music when we’re all driving in the car and even have your own uke which makes your Daddy a very proud man. You’re brave and outgoing yet shy in new situations, a total tomboy and a proper girly girl all rolled into one and without a doubt the greatest daughter we could have ever hoped for.