To my dearest LL,
I need to start this letter by apologising to you as I haven't written to you in a fair few months. With your big sister I was much more organised and wrote to her monthly until she was nearly 39 months, but the last few months have just been so busy and I have fallen out of the habit of writing to you both. I actually feel really guilty as you are growing and achieving your milestones at such a fast pace and I wish I had documented them a little more.
Still we have all our words, photos and videos from this blog to show you when you are older. From now on like with your sister I am just going to write to you from time to time when I have a spare moment rather than monthly like I used to.
Since I last wrote to you, way back when you were 15 months you have grown and changed beyond comprehension. Gone is our little baby, in her place is a fully fledged toddler. You all of a sudden have changed so much, both visually and developmentally and I can't believe just how quickly the time is going. You finally started walking just a couple of weeks after my last letter and now you run and toddle along non stop. Walking has made you and your sister even closer, whenever we go out you both generally cause me a headache by running riot together- you both look adorable running around together and it has made your age gap seem even smaller.
You are finally starting to talk. I spent many a moment worrying about you as Mads was stringing sentences together well before she was your age, but I have finally come to the realisation that you are so different. You are really becoming more vocal by the day- currently your main words are Mama, Dada, Peppa, Ball, Baa, More and No. You just starting saying No this week and although we probably shouldn't be teaching you to say it, the way you say it is so funny and it makes us laugh as you always look cross when you say it and you shake your head viciously. You also say your own version of 'All Gone' and through your arms up in the air in the most bemused fashion. Your little voice is so quiet and I love the stage that's about to come, as you start to learn new words and new ways of expressing yourself.
I am pretty lucky in that both of my girls are incredibly affectionate but you are one of the most cuddly little people I know. You are happiest when you are on my knee snuggling and you always like to have Mummy close by you, yet you are also quite happy going off and playing independently too. You constantly want to give us all kisses and cuddles, there is nothing cuter than watching your little lip stick out and you say 'mwaaaahh' as you give us a smooch. We all adore having cuddles from you, your big sister included, as you just are so sweet when you are being affectionate.
You are a lot quieter and more laid back than your sister was and you don't seem to have as many tantrums as she did at your age, you are quite happy to just go with the flow and sometimes we forget you are there, not in the literal sense but just because you are so easy to be around- I guess a bit of that is inevitable as the second child. However when you do get in a strop, everyone beware, as you are loud, noisy and can let out THE highest pitched shriek. More often than not tantrums happen when Mads has something you want, you haven't quite grasped the concept of sharing just yet. You certainly have a temper on you every once in a while and can fling yourself on the floor in some Oscar worthy performances. You are also pretty grumpy first thing in the morning and after your nap, you definitely need a bit of time to wake up and get with it. But for the most part you are happy and smiley, and we don't get many tantrums from you, although it could be that they aren't quite so shocking the second time around.
We are blessed to have another little sleeper in the family, you are still in a pattern of going down for a nap around 1.30pm and sleeping till around 4pm, then going to bed at 7 and sleeping through. We are talking about putting you and Mads into the same room in the New Year so that Daddy and I can have our study back, plus we think it will be really fun for you to share a room with your sister, but we are waiting until you are a bit bigger as we want you to be as good at going in a big girl bed as your sister was. Whether that will happen remains to be seen, but you love your cot and so there's no point rushing you out of it until you are ready. Talking of sleep, your favourite friends are still your three sheep, with your ultimate favourite being 'Baa' who we got out of a big Kinder Egg at Easter. You can't sleep without him and if we put you down and he isn't there, you will look around for him and grumble until we go and find him. You are incredibly attached to soft toys and squeal with delight when you give us them to cuddle, unlike your big sister who has her favourite 'Pongo' but isn't hugely attached to him. You also love Gruffalo and 'Spidy' (a cuddle spider Grandma got you for Halloween)
Toy wise, you haven't got any firm favourites at the moment, you seem to be like your sister in that you like to 'collect' bits and bobs. We didn't think you knew of Peppa Pig and thought we had escaped that fate this time round, but all of a sudden you have started to become fascinated with her- Daddy put the theme tune on You Tube the other day while you were sat on our bed and we thought you were going to self combust in excitement- you started shaking, shouting and giggling saying 'Peppa' over and over, it was incredibly sweet to see you so excited. Grandma bought you two little Peppa characters from the supermarket the other day and you carry them round with you wherever you go. You also have started playing with pretend mobile phones, you like to say hello and then pass it over for me to talk to the person on the other end. Real mobile phones are also your forte and we still can't believe you knew how to swipe and unlock an iPhone and open an app before you could even talk!
Speaking of your mini Peppa, you snuck it in to nursery the other day in your pocket, my little lady smuggling in the contraband toys. You are such a character and are a well loved member of nursery, going two long mornings a week while Mummy works. You have struck up some really special relationships with some of the staff and Mummy is so proud of you for the way you are while you are there. You recently moved to a new building and are now in a new group- you are a Bumblebee, as such you are back settling in with new staff members, but so far you are going with the flow and making new friends.
I couldn't finish this letter without mentioning your hair. After taking a while to grow it is now full of curls just like your big sister. It's amazing, a whole head of ringlets and Mummy just adores it. I know that those curls won't stay forever, Mads is slowly starting to lose the tightness of hers, so I am enjoying them while they are here. You have a serious case of bed head in the mornings but I just love them and when we wash your hair and it goes straight it is past your shoulders!
You really do hold such a special place in our hearts my beautiful little lady. Daddy and I often talk about just how easy you are, how smiley and how excited you are just to be in our company. You are the baby of our family and although you have technically left your baby days firmly behind you now, we still see you as so little. We are all fiercly protective of you and you brighten up even the most mundane of days with your happy smile and giggle. Your a Mummy's girl through and through, but you love all your family so much and that is clear to see by the way you are with us. We are so proud of you and the little lady you are becoming.
Mummy couldn't love you anymore if she tried.
Thank you for being mine,
Love Mummy. xx
(You can find all the rest of my letters to my littles here)