Tuesday 13 January 2015

A letter to my 18 month old

Dear Cheeky Monkey,

You are 18 months now. I wrote your last letter at 16 months and that feels like months and months ago. You have grown so much since then in so many ways. I can’t believe you are one year and a half. In just six months you’ll be two!!! In the last letter I called you a baby. You are so big now, I can’t get away with calling you baby anymore. You are definitely a toddler and a very cheeky one at that!!

Your speech has suddenly advanced. You can say so much. Your favourite words are ‘Ma’ (mummy), ‘Dadoo’ (daddy), Mooo moo (cow), ‘yes’ (said very enthusiastically), ‘no’ (shakes head at same time), Baa baa (sheep), star (pronounced very excitedly), moo (moon), bus, car, woof woof (dog), duck, birrrr..(bird), Mmmm (diamond), mole, mow (mouse) and also a whole load of “conversations”. I knew this would all come and you are now so vocal. I ask you a lot of questions and if they’re relating to food, going to the park, playing with lego or reading a book you say ‘yeah, yeah!’ or ‘yeahhhhh’ straight away. It’s great, I can now have a conversation with you, kind of!

This last month your temper tantrums have hit the roof!!!  I was not prepared for this, no-one told me this would happen so soon. Of course, I had heard about the terrible twos, but no-one mentions the terrible one and a halves! They have been occurring everywhere and usually at the worst places possibly including playgroup, the supermarket and once in the middle of the road as we crossed because you wanted to touch a stone on the pavement! They happen because you want something you can’t have so you do your ‘moody face’, which you have perfected so well, and shake you’re whole body like you’re a fish out of water, flapping your arms and usually whacking me in the face in the process! They are not that bad and I’m thankful that you just have to be distracted or given something else and they are over! Phew.

You are very funny at the moment and so, so cheeky. You want everyone to chase after you and when someone does you are in fits of laughter! Even when I come up the stairs after you, you think I’m following you and you burst into laughter too. When you see your baby friends you somehow trick them into chasing you too and you absolutely love it. It’s funny to watch. You can laugh and laugh and laugh. I’ve never heard anyone laugh as much as you do. You have sooooo much energy at the moment. You love running everywhere.

Your cheekiness extends to every area of living. You think the following activities are hilarious: throwing food on the floor from your high chair, going into strictly forbidden kitchen cupboards and removing the contents (saying ‘ah oh’ at the same time), putting any type of cream, usually stolen from mummy, on your finger and generally messing up the whole house. I gave up ages ago at trying to keep the house tidy and sometimes just laugh along with you. It must be fun to throw your food on the floor! 

As always, you’re very determined. You have mastered your shape puzzle which is for 2 years plus, the one where sometimes I can’t work out if it’s the octagon, hexagon or pentagon, but you somehow figure it out! I’m amazed by what you can do at such a young age. But now you’ve become too clever. You know where everything is & you can nearly understand everything we say. You’re learning so quickly and you sure do keep me on my toes! But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So little boy, at 18 months you’re so full of life and such an unique little character but, I guess you have been ever since you were born.

As always, I love you more than words can describe.

Mummy xxxx



  1. Aw I love this post! I remember the cheek of that age well, the little smiles they used to give me just before they did something naughty but also how cuddly and cute they were...well at 9 and 11 luckily they're still pretty cuddly - for now (sob!). Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix lovely,

    Stevie xx

  2. Aww what a lovely post, they are just gorgeous at that age! They change so quickly too. Thanks for linking up to #PickNMix


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