Thursday, May 23, 2024

Florence Turns 19 Months Outdated

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I really feel just like the previous 19 months have been each the shortest and longest 19 months of my life.

That’s the parenting paradox, while you stand again and replicate, you neglect the granular particulars (the more durable occasions, often) and see a toddler staring again at you who was only a tiny babe in arms however yesterday.

Florence nonetheless doesn’t sleep by way of however since turning 18 months, we’ve observed she’s sleeping for longer so extra of that please!

Life is BUSY, sure I’m shouting, I attempt to not shout too usually but it surely’s inevitable (largely to myself in frustration), particularly while you’re juggling three youngsters and a job.

Being busy for me is a love/hate factor.

I like and want to be busy and stimulated (I don’t do boredom effectively) however there’s a tremendous line between being busy and overwhelmed. A line crossed usually while you’re outnumbered by people you ‘invented’ as Xander likes to discuss with parenthood.

Inventors of chaos is what dad and mom are I believe!

So, in haste I write this submit determined to notice down Florence’s new phrases, mannerisms and ever-evolving persona for posterity.

 

Right here goes:

Florence has to take away her footwear and socks off so as to loosen up and nod off.

Ditto together with her dolls and teddies, she abhors them carrying garments so her toy baskets are crammed with bare dolls and teddies.

Florence is studying new phrases and stringing an increasing number of sentences collectively by the day together with Greek phrases too.

Her favorite phrase remains to be ‘no’ together with her stubborness shining by way of now, which is as fantastic as it’s exhausting in my e-book. We’re elevating a powerful little human right here, who already is aware of train boundaries, identical to her brothers.

She remembers her Ps and Qs extra usually, saying please and thanks as, ‘peas’ and ‘tank you’! Cute.

Different latest new phrases (I can bear in mind) embody, ‘college’, lion’, ‘cash’, ‘ella’ which means come right here in Greek,  ‘lolly’ and ‘park’ amongst others.

Her soccer expertise are fairly spectacular. Ball management and kicks as onerous as you want, often dazzle folks within the park who can’t assist however stare.

Xander is her coach and his dream is seeing her play at Wembley (he desires to go professional, too). Dream large and all that.

Her greatest buddies are her large brothers.

She even calls their names in her sleep.

She not solely goals about them, she performs with them, hugs and kisses them each time she sees them, and waits and waves them off to high school every morning, by the door. She actually squeels with delight once they’re reunited once more within the afternoon.

Age-gaps don’t matter between them, their bond is unbreakable.

Florence likes to cook dinner and bake, one thing she began doing with my mum across the 14 months mark, stirring cake combination or eggs to be scrambled.

In the present day on her 19 month birthday, my Dad proudly knowledgeable me that she peeled a big onion on her personal. A brand new which means to Little Chef!

Consuming is her favorite pasttime with seaweed thins, smoked salmon, inexperienced and black olives, rooster souvla, hummus, pita bread, lemon and raspberry sorbet, her favorourite meals (most given sparsely as a result of salt content material). She’s a feeder like her mom and shares as a default, a talent often taught to toddlers.

Her dislikes embody (all have been by no means a problem only a few months in the past): taking medication, having her hair washed, stepping into her Pjs after bathtime and any form of vacuum cleaner from robots to Henry now frighten her.

Regardless of operating barefoot within the grass with out concern, on visiting a sandit not too long ago, I found she hates sand with a ardour. I’m unsure how that can work out with our Cyprus vacation this summer time however hopefully higher publicity to the grains will assist her get used to it!

She additionally had an aversion to nursery. Extra on that right here.

Florence remains to be as lively as ever (she was all the time kicking her legs and waving her fingers round in scans so we anticipated she could be), and shouts for the park each time we go it so it’s the place we spend most of our days, particularly now the climate’s so heat. Completely fearless, Florence is now obsessive about the large slides and prefers to slip down them on her tummy!

Wild!

She additionally laps up weekly lessons from Toddler Sense to Singalongs within the library, in addition to playdates together with her buddies.

Ms Rachel, In The Night time Backyard and Peppa Pig are nonetheless her most watched reveals however consistent with her ‘essential character’ persona she prefers watching herself on my channels greater than something.

She might train us all a factor or two about self-love, hey! Ha!

Comfortable nineteenth birthday to our little magnificence x

 

P.S. How cute is the IKEA highchair glow up due to the tremendous stylish Giggle and Graze and we’re loving the gorgeous waterpoof mat by Made by Paatch (all type presents).

These toes!

Informed you, Florence is a foodie!

What a glow up!

 

 

 

 

 

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