You have discovered a toddler’s love of posting. I’ve come up with a few simple DIY posting toys over the past few months, and they’ll keep you happily entertained for several minutes (which is a long time for a one year old).
You’ve also discovered a love of drawing. I wasn’t expecting you to show an interest in creating art this early, but I guess you’ve seen your sister drawing and want to copy. Putting the marker lid on and off is also an awesome game just in itself!
Look how fast you were going! That’s because you knew I was trying to catch you. Your front was just as ‘decorated’ as your back. Lucky they are washable markers. 🙂
For Halloween, I first dressed you in JJ’s old rainbow fairy outfit, but somehow you managed to cover it in food within a few minutes (as you are want to do), so we had a last minute outfit change to JJ’s ballet tutu. I was too busy shepherding a very excited three year old Minnie Mouse to take photos on the actual evening, but you looked so cute that I redressed you for a mini home photo shoot the next day…
I tried to narrow it down to just a couple of photos, but it was an impossible task, so I’ll scatter some of these photos through the next paragraphs. 🙂
You’ve added a few new words to your vocabulary. You’re saying MMMMMMUM (Mum), WAR (water), DUH (duck), DAH (Dad), DAY (JJ), NARNAR (banana or sultana – yes this is confusing!), DUDDY (dummy), CA (cat), DOG (dog), RILLA (gorilla), DAR (there) and GO DAR (go there).
You’re also starting to make sounds – you can say a very passable MAO (meow), RAR (roar) and BROOM BROOM (vroom vroom). You also say MMMAH (mwah) before giving or blowing kisses.
More noticeable is your ability to communicate without using actual words. You’ve started to drop your head in a very exaggerated nod when you like or agree with something. You also point, gesture, call out, and speak in full gibberish sentences with correct intonations, all of which are surprisingly easy to understand. For instance, you came downstairs one day, and started telling me (in gibberish sentences) that something was the matter whilst pointing upstairs. You held out your hand to ask me to come with you, and brought me upstairs to show me that JJ had closed the bedroom door and wouldn’t let you inside. You were effectively both dobbing (tattling) on her, and asking me to open the door at the same time. This is just one example – there are dozens of others where you are ‘involved’ in conversations.
Lately you’ve become obsessed with cleaning your teeth. You only have seven teeth (the bottom left one still hasn’t come through), but you want to brush them several times a day, and can often be seen wandering around the house with a toothbrush in hand.
Another obsession is books. I’ve been borrowing books from the library, preferably ones with clear photos of various animals. Your favourite animals are elephant (you lift your hand and make a trumpeting sound) and gorilla (you beat your chest and pant – you can’t tell the difference between a chimpanzee and a gorilla though). One of the best way to distract you from getting into everything is to offer to read a book. And you often carry them over to us (walking backwards so you can sit in our lap) demanding to be read to.
And so ‘Toddler’ Bee, I love you as pink as your tutu. A big MMMAH sloppy kiss back at you.
Previous letters to Bee:
A letter to Bee (1 year)
A letter to Bee (11 months)
A letter to Bee (10 months)
A letter to Bee (9 months)
A letter to Bee (8 months)
A letter to Bee (7 months)
A letter to Bee (6 months)
A letter to Bee (5 months)
A letter to Bee (4 months)
A letter to Bee (3 months)
A letter to Bee (2 months)
A letter to Bee (1 months)
Bee’s Birth Story