You are 17 months.
Wow, you are now seventeen months old. Next month you will have been a year and a half. Sometimes I can't believe I have got a toddler but then at the same time I can't imagine a time when you weren't here with us. When it was just me and your Daddy.
My living room used to be spotless, in fact there wasn't any marks on my cream carpet. Now there are little marks all over it, I often find a new one that looks like it has your name written all over it. We bought you a big toy box but your toys seem to prefer it all over the floor- every night I put them all away and every day they all find themselves back on the floor, in fact I think the biggest game is to actually empty it.
Your favourite toys are the ones that you aren't allowed- especially my phone. I have two app's on there that you like and you sometimes shout 'Moos' over and over- that means you want the animal sound app on. When you want the dancing one on you put your hands in there and sway from side to side- it is very cute. I do worry that my phone is going to end up down the toilet one of these days, but it is impossible to get it off you.
You certainly do know what you want- in fact sometimes you can be a little madam when you don't get your own way. The other day Grandpa and Nana Jacqueline came over to help us with the garden and you decided you wanted a biscuit. You walked me into the kitchen and pointed to the cupboard, when I said no, you literally went into meltdown mode. It was actually a little scary- you got yourself so worked up you couldn't breathe. We have never quite had a tantrum like that before, but I am sure we will have one again.
The next minute though you are my little sweet girl again. You smile constantly and you have the cutest cheeky giggle. Your eyes shine with happiness and I love the way you walk quickly up to me with your arms outstretched for a cuddle. And how when you are tired you still suck your fingers and play with our ears. I don't know what it is about ears but they are so incredibly comforting to our little girl. I love the feel of your little tiny fingers stroking my ear. Don't ever stop doing it.
You are saying a lot more now and your little voice is just so adorable. This morning I played you a bit of Peppa Pig on the iPhone and you kept saying over and over again 'MaMa, MaMa...Peppa.' You can't say two words together yet but when you kind of do it without meaning too it is the cutest thing in the world. I love hearing you say Mama.
Sometimes you don't ever shut up, but I love it. You have learnt to shout to make yourself heard, which is kind of amusing. Basically you are just growing up. You definitely are no longer a baby but a proper little girl. I can see glimmers of who you are going to be and it excites me.
You are getting even more beautiful now you are leaving babyhood behind you- you are going to be one gorgeous girl and Daddy is going to have to be barricading the door in the future to keep the boys away!
I cannot wait for the summer- we have lots of day trips and fun things planned- and of course we have lots more growing up to do.
Our lives are certainly more hectic having you in it, but you know what, we wouldn't change it for anything in the world.
I love you more than anything my wonderful little person. But as always you already knew that.