At 17 months old, April has turned from a baby into a little girl. it is so cliched to say time goes fast, but when you have a baby it really does. I can’t believe the rate at which they grow and develop. When April was in the hospital it seemed like nothing happened for ages and then all of a sudden she’d have a spurt of development; whether that was putting on weight, learning to breathe or feeding.
Every month it seems like she just comes on leaps and bounds and is developing so quickly. So, she started walking in the last couple of months, but now is attempting running. She is so sturdy on her feet and just goes for it. She wants to be ‘in’ everything, constantly exploring the house and everything in it. I have had to put all the trinkets and ornaments away and everything is picked up, kissed, used as a phone, or thrown down.
She is going great guns on her eating now too. She has always been like a little bird and would only eat if we fed her. Now she is getting more confident as she has discovered the spoon and what she can do with it. All started well until it gets launched across the kitchen. Food mainly now ends up all over her face, in her hair or on the floor, but at least she’s feeding herself, which takes the pressure off a bit.
Her speech is also really coming along and she is starting to copy more of what we’re saying. You can tell she really understands you as well, which is so much easier for communication. I don’t think it’ll be long before we’re having conversations. Though I think she is going to be a total chatter box!
She has gone slightly clingy at the moment. She just wants to be near Mammy all the time, following me around like a little shadow and throwing a fit if I walk out the room. Oh and the tantrums she has now started throwing agagagagagagahhhhh! She really does not like having her nappy changed and lying on the floor. She doesn’t like getting ready for bed and finds it rather amusing when I have to chase her around the living room!
She is also teething again. We’ve had a few sleepless nights recently, which is a real shock to the system when she’s been sleeping 10-11 hours most nights. The bloomin’ teeth are taking their time, though. She’s had 5 for ages, new ones have popped through on the top, but everything is just sooooooo slow. I wish they would hurry up and pop through.
April is definitely not a baby anymore and it is just lovely watching her develop into a lovely little girl. I often stare at her in amazement at how well she is doing and am always truly thankful that she has not had many complications in her journey from being born 10 weeks early.