One day last week, I collected S from nursery, and she seemed to have grown noticeably, since I dropped her off. Just lately, she has been growing up and learning new things at a rate of what seems like a mile a minute:
  • She used to sit quietly in the pushchair when we walked into town, perhaps reading one of her books. Now she sits up, pointing out doors, cars, bikes, dogs, cats.
  • When we get to the shops, she demands, “out!” and takes my hand to drag me around.
  • When we go into the supermarket, she demands a banana.
  • She tells me which colour she’s using to draw all over the floor.
  • She has learned to ask for Mr Tumble (though she calls him Mummle).
  • Asking for a drink has gone from “nuck” to “too” to “dink” in the space of a couple of weeks. The first time she said “dink” her face lit up, like she knew she’d finally hit the nail on the head!
  • She can unzip her coat and pull it off.
  • She can mostly hold her umbrella over her head all the way to nursery.
All of this, seemingly overnight.
On the one hand, it’s a bit *sniff* that I no longer have a tiny baby I can cradle in my arms and coo at…
I know babies have growth spurts; I read all about wonder weeks, and I’ve written essays on toddler vocabulary spurts… but this, I was not prepared for. It’s kinda fun! She loves to say her new words and watch my face. We walk down the street shouting, “Car! Tree! Cat! Dog!”
I’ve just downloaded the Timehop app to my mobile. It’s been very weird to look at it each day and see what I was updating last year, two years ago, three years ago. This time in 2010, I was having a breakdown. This time in 2012, I was a petrified new mother. If at either of those times, you had told me I would have spent yesterday afternoon with my two-year-old, reading “Mummle” and Dear Zoo, I would have laughed at you.
It’s so lovely to see my baby growing up, to see her learning new words, new things, new sounds.
And yeah, I did this. Would you just look at what I made!
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Vicky is a mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. She writes about life as a single mother, parenting and lifestyle type things.


lisa prince · 23/04/2014 at 08:13

dont think we notice the little things until it hits us with another 5 other things they have learned , all of a sudden they seem to have grown overnight , memories to hold on to

pixiedusk · 23/04/2014 at 12:55

I know what you mean! They grow up (literally and figuratively) so fast! When I was kissing mine and I said &#39;I luv you baby&#39; he told me &gt; Mummy I am not a baby I am Sebastian =P So there you go… But no matter how big he gets. Hes always my Baby =P<br /><br />#SSAA

Coombe Mill · 23/04/2014 at 17:35

What a lovely stage she is at. Learning something new each day is a joy to see.

Laura Huggins · 23/04/2014 at 20:28

It&#39;s been lovely seeing S grow and develop on your blog for the last 2 years! What a gorgeous little girl she is! Be proud of yourself! <br /><br />x x x

Sara Murray · 24/04/2014 at 21:26

It&#39;s such a wonderful stage, isn&#39;t it? My little girl has just turned two, and there is something new every day :) #SSAA

twoyearsblog · 27/04/2014 at 20:39

Hello there, I know just how you feel! My little boy has just turned three and he already seems so grown up all of a sudden-there&#39;s never a dull moment! xxx

Jane Roberts · 29/04/2014 at 08:51

A lovely post. Your so right lots of things happen all at once and you find yourself saying, when did that happen! We are having a bit of a moment like that, it&#39;s very exciting. Can&#39;t wait to see what her next development stage is. <br /><br />Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)<br />x

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