Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Jack's 17 Month Update

Dear Jack,

You are now 17 month's old! As the day's fly by you are truly developing into a very independent, beautiful little toddler. This month as teething has taken hold, you have become clingy as those pesky little molars continue to cut their way through your gums. I feel helpless as I can see the pain etched all over your face. All I can over is calpol, loves and hugs and hope that is enough.

How you look

You aren't being weighed until next week so I have no idea how much you weigh. You seem to have had a growth spurt but you are still fitting into some of your 9-12 month clothes at 17 months old. I'm going to have to take in your 12-18 month old trousers at the waist soon so you can start wearing them. You have no bottom, I wish the same could be said of me!

You had your haircut at the hairdressers this month. You look less like a baby and more like a little boy with your short locks. You hair is still blonde and will no doubt be lighter in a few weeks when we return off our Turkish holiday.

Your as cute as ever.


How you sleep

Ok, last month I announced that you were finally sleeping through. You aren't any more. As your molars continue to battle their way through your gums you are really struggling to settle in the night. Myself and your daddy are often up in the night trying to soothe you back to sleep. My eye bags are huge!

You are finally learning how to self-settle. Last month you suddenly decided you didn't want to be rocked or held to sleep. This wouldn't have been a problem but it quickly became apparent hat you didn't want to be put down in your cot awake either. We have been putting you down in the cot awake and those episodes of crying have been so tough! Whilst you still just would prefer to avoid sleep at all costs, you are starting to self-settle and understand that you need to sleep.

This month has been the month of the temper tantrum. You are fiercely independent and know exactly what you want. The problems start when you cannot communicate what you want to me. Parenting is tough and you most definitely do not come with a manual. Whilst you are learning new skills daily, I am also learning new ways to help nuture you and allow you to explore your surroundings.

You are currently quite shy around people you do not see often. You hide behind your hands and can stay like that for over 30 minutes until you start to feel more comfortable.


You are still being quite fussy with food and would prefer just to eat your old favourites than try anything new. I have tried scrambled eggs and toast at least 7 times this month and you will not even attempt to eat it. You also refuse to eat strawberries, pasta and rice. You have really enjoyed your nan's shepherds pie this month. It is understandable as it's my favourite meal too.


Day by day you are changing and developing so much. You are starting to speak more and more. Your current favourite words are yes, hiya and how are you? You are at an age now where I feel that you are starting to communicate with me. It's a joy to watch.

The climbing has continued this month as you have learning to scale the settee and rocking horse. It's tiring watching you, I have no idea where you get your energy from.
 You can locate most of your body parts and love pointing out where your belly button and teeth are. I'm currently trying to teach you how to point at your bottom. All of my attempts are currently failing!

I am truly privileged to spend my day with you and watch you as I develop. I'm hoping that this month brings an end to teething so I can enjoy your personality without being worried about how you are feeling.

Love Mum 

The Twinkle Diaries

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