So, here I am- reviving my sad little blog after a ridiculous absence!
Let's just say that I am a pregnant mum with a super active toddler. Speaking of which, Annie is the reason I have decided that I will try being a better blogger. I enjoy having a record of her growth and milestones on here, and she just loves seeing pictures of herself. In fact whenever I pull out my camera or phone she runs from wherever she is and peers at the screen asking to see "More Annie?". So that's what I will try to give her (and my annoyed long-distance family)- More Annie!
Annie will be 2 on February 13th. I can't believe how fast that has gone. She is speaking so much now, and up to 3-6 word sentences. She will try any new word she hears- have to be super careful there- and has even started trying to sing. She is an amazingly active and spirited little girl, very rarely walking but preferring to run from one activity to another. She is still rather stubborn and has a very strong will, especially about asserting her independence. The screech "My turn, me do!" can be heard at least 100 times a day. She is still very sweet though, and loves 'big tuddles', and caring for her baby dolls.
On January 1st, we decided to try moving her into her own bed in her room. She has been sleeping in my bed until then, but I was unsure it could continue while I am pregnant- I need t stretch and not have a small person laying all over me. We also wanted to start the transition long before the baby came, so she didn't feel replaced in any way. And what would you know, that first night she slept from 8pm- 5am! She has never slept that long in a stretch! Shane and I got less sleep than usual as we were up checking on her all the time. OK, fine- I was checking.
We have stuck withe the nightly routine of a book (always Gossie) and then into her own bed. She has really settled into this and knows the drill. The time she spends there varies, most of the time she appears at my bedside, and Shane heads to her bed. It's all progress though!
She absolutely loves Lego and will remain focused on building a masterpiece for up to an hour at a time. It is the only time she is happy to potter by herself, and her focus on he task is surprising. She will then carry out some amazing creation and present with a flourish and 'ta-da!'.
I took her to the lake a few times last week, and she was so excited o go in swimming. She even sat down on the sand and edged her way further into the water, until she was sitting with the water up to her chin. She kept exclaiming 'nice water'- it was a very hot day!
She starts Gymnastics in just a couple of weeks- hopefully that will help with all her excess energy! Can't wait to take those cute pics!
And in honor of Australia Day here today- here is a picture of Annie with a genuine Happy Little Vegemite face. (Thanks Uncle Carl!)