Aha the new phrase! Sophie crawled around at top speed today yelling ‘uh-oh’ at the top of her voice. Sophie is now 14.5m old, still not walking but cruises holding onto walls very confidently. She also walks holding one of my hands now. I think she’s just lazy. She started commando crawling when she was 7 months but didn’t do it properly til almost 9m old. Every chance that she will be walking before Christmas!
She’s a complete little nutter. Sophie spends all day babbling and yelling, playing hide and seek behind the living room curtains and singing the end of ‘raa-raa’ to the CBeebies cartoon…the one about the lion. Her hair is getting long to the point I now need to add a clip in to keep her fringe away from her eyes, which makes her look so much older than she is!
Currently Sophie is sleeping from 6pm-6am with most nights not having any wake ups at all (yay for SLEEP!). Some nights, especially during wonder weeks and teething, she has a 4am wake up which just requires a bit of milk before she rolls back over for another two hours or so, which is lovely. I have to say I do not miss broken newborn nights, even if I do miss having a little sausagey newborn!
She has really got into her eating, and is a piggy with her meals. We’ve had to do some switching around of her diet though and she has been on a sachet of Movicol a day as her stools had been rock hard and making her scream when she goes. The doctors won’t listen when we say there could be a tear, so we’re trying it their way before we demand something being done.
Sophie laughs SO hard at a new cartoon called Bernard that her Daddy found on the internet. She spent an hour giggling at a polar bear falling down which is ridiculously cute if a bit weird! Sophie LOVES to organise. When she is eating, she piles her food around her high chair tray and eats it in individual bits and does the same with her toys. She is obsessed with her dollies and is still majorly attached to her doggy blanket. She is also extremely smart. We have a Super Mario soft toy and a Minnie Mouse soft toy, and if you ask her to get them she crawls to her toy box and roots around until she finds it. Super cute and super intelligent!
Every day I feel so lucky to have this cheeky little creature to call mine. She is willingly giving kisses and can confidently climb onto the couch for a cuddle. Sophie recently learned how to get down as well without face planting the floor, which is a small blessing for my heart! She’s not without her difficulties, though, and can be fairly demanding when it comes to knowing what she wants (eg; reaching for things with a big frustrated yell if she cannot have them, wanting to get out of the high chair halfway through dinner). However, I don’t have that from her, neither does Husband. If she yells in anger when she doesn’t get what she wants, we sternly tell her no and why and she stops. When she screeches to get out of the high chair, we ignore her. I have had to tell Husband not to look at her after the initial ‘eat up please’ because the second she stops getting the attention, the tears magically dry up and she’s perfectly happy! Manipulation of Daddy in it’s finest form!
When Sophie was 6 months old and started to pull to stand against the TV unit, she used to cry her eyes out from being told ‘no’ and pulled away. Now, if she pulls up to the TV, which is now very rare, we ask her ‘sit on your bottom please’ and she crouches down and says ‘Kay’ without argument, which makes me so proud that we’ve taught her to understand right and wrong in that sense. Sophie also listens when we say ‘show mummy/daddy’ whatever she is holding, be it a toy or a penny, she hands it over without a fight.
I am probably verrrrry naive that this will last. I know so many mothers who are going to read all this and say ‘just you wait…’. But bring it the fuck on! We had my
monster mother in law constantly say ‘oooh just you wait until she’s on the move….ooo just you wait she will be into everything…oooh just you wait she will rebel against you’. Yep, she is into everything, she is on the move creating chaos and giggling her head off as she does it.
I LOVE IT! We LOVE hearing her cheeky ‘aya-dada’ when she peeps round corners looking for Daddy. We LOVE hearing her yell ‘uh-uh-OHHHH’ when she upturns her toy box then crawls away screaming in delight. We LOVE hearing the little pants and coos as she climbs at high speed up the stairs without supervision, and we have to run after her only to hear her laugh at the chase. I love every single challenge as she grows up. And shoot me down when she’s a teenager and all scary and ‘finding herself’ and I regret saying all this, but until then, I LOVE IT! Sophie is growing into such a charming cheeky little girl, I am bloody proud of every mess she makes.
We made her from scratch