As of tomorrow our gorgeous girl is 18 months old… seriously how has this happened? She’s not a baby anymore, it’s ever so bittersweet. On the one hand I miss that scrunched up little pink ball that was our newborn baby girl but on the other no-one has ever made me laugh as much as my silly toddler does!
Health wise it’s been a funny few months… we’ve finally seen someone about Francesca’s inturned feet. It turns out the problem was something slightly different to what we first suspected, her actual feet have the turned in shape – nothing to do with ankles or hips – which to be honest is a big relief. The very soft bones in her feet need a bit of manipulation but that needs to wait until she’s atleast 36 months for it to be effective. For now we’re trying to play some games with her that force her to turn her feet outwards… I spend some time every day walking like a penguin trying to get her to copy me, mostly she just laughs though! I also feel like she’s finally got over all the bugs that got at her from November to Febuary. She hasn’t had a cold, tummy bug or viral infection since the beginning of March and it’s made such a difference to her mood. She’s generally a lot happier and has so much more energy!
One of my favourite things about this new toddler stage is all the stuff she wants to do. The crown she’s wearing in the picture above is all her own handywork, she spent 15 minutes at a toddler group sticking things on and then wore it for the rest of the day! And painting is probably her number one favourite thing to do, she can spend hours smearing colours all over pieces of paper. I love having an arty girl, it’s so much fun.
Madams sleeping is still hit and miss. It’s probably 50/50 now but still a real struggle for all of us. Half the time she’ll happily sleep from 7:30 until 7 and then half a hour to 90 minute nap during the day. The rest of the time she’s a total nightmare, some nights she’ll fall asleep normally and then wake up screaming 2 hours later and other nights she’ll be up at 4am for the day. Help! I’m trying to take each day (or night) as it comes but now I’m pregnant it’s really difficult to keep my energy up when we’ve had a bad night. Any and ALL suggestions to sort this out are welcome.
All in all I feel like we have a super happy girl, with the exception of some sleepless nights she’s constantly chipper and on an adventure. We’re at the beginning of potty training and in 6 shorts months she’ll be a big sister. Big changes in our little girls life!