My Dearest LL,
Mummy is really late in writing your 13 month letter, in fact you are now 14 months. Oops. We have just been so busy and the weeks seem to be going so fast. I will get back on schedule from now on but for this month only I will merge your monthly letters together. After a very happy 1st birthday, you have settled into life as a ‘not quite a baby not yet a toddler’ very well.
You have been at nursery for almost two months now, just for two long mornings a week. At first you used to cry when Mummy left, although when I rang ten minutes later I was told you were always happy. However for the last couple of weeks you have been fine when I drop you off, you hold out your hands to your key worker and smile when I wave goodbye to you. It makes Mummy feel such a sense of pride that you are now a confident little girl. When I pick you up you always get a little overwhelmed when you hear my voice, and let out a little cry. They tell me that you are a very quiet little girl, happy in your own little world and are absolutely no trouble at all. Apparently you love to do painting and I absolutely adore getting pictures from you and your big sister.
You are trying so hard to talk and are constantly babbling away. None of it makes sense yet but I love to hear you chatting away to yourself. You say Mama but don’t say it in relation to me yet and we are sure that you are saying something that sounds suspiciously like ‘Hi-ya’ which is funny as we don’t know where you have picked it up from. You get quite vocal and shout and pull very serious facial expressions, almost as if you want me to understand what you are saying. You absolutely love to point at everything and anyone and let out a little noise. You love me to tell you what everything is and then once I have told you you point at the next thing!
There is no sign of walking on the horizon yet, but your big sister didn’t walk until 15 months so I am not too worried. She was more steady at this point but you just aren’t stong on your legs and aren’t standing on your own for any period of time. I secretly like the fact that you are still a baby in that respects. You stand up against anything and everything and cruise along the furniture, as well as nipping across the lounge with your baby walker. You still seem too little and small to be walking, and it makes me laugh to see you with a huge smile on your face as you push it along.
Your absolute favourite thing to do is dance. You love to shake your little bottom and hold out your hands and bop to whatever beat is on. You love ‘What makes You Beautiful’ by One Direction and notice it as soon as it comes on in the car, your little face breaks into a huge grin and you literally shake and dance with excitement. Mads and I love to put it on and watch you, it’s utterly adorable. You also love it when Mummy sings ‘Girl look at that body’ which perhaps is a slightly strange thing to sing to a one year old, but you wiggle and giggle whenever I sing it.
Another thing you love to do is cuddle. You are incredibly affectionate and love to snuggle in our arms. If we say ‘cuddle’ you will bury your face into our arms and say ‘aaah’ which is very sweet. You love to cuddle your toys, although your favourite thing is still your big sisters dog ‘Pongo’.
You are sleeping fabulously and eating just as well. The only things that you aren’t keen on is jelly and fruit, I have no idea why as Mads loves any sort of fruit but you always spit it out. Other than that you will eat everything so I am not too worried. You are going through a phase where you will let out a funny little noise if someone else is eating something that you want. You defintely know what you want and will have little strops if you don’t get a little portion of your own to try.
I still can’t quite believe that my tiny newborn is now over a year old, yet at the same time I can’t believe that you haven’t always been in our lives. You have just fitted into our family perfectly and we couldn’t possibly imagine what life was like before you.
Mummy couldn’t love you anymore if she tried.
Thank you for being mine,
PS. Look at your eyelashes! When Grandma saw this photo she asked if I had put mascara on you. I can assure you I didn’t put mascara on my 14 month old. They really are so beautiful, Mummy is very jealous. I love this photo of you.