It has been far too long since my last post, and so much has happened I don’t know where to begin… Matt at 14 months old seems like a lifetime ago already! In the meantime; we have moved from east to north London, been to Ireland for Claire and Danny’s wedding and we’ve just arrived back from a glorious holiday in South Africa. All the while Matthew is blossoming into the most beautiful of characters (on the one hand) and on the other hand; signs of the dreaded toddler tantrums has reared its not so beautiful head! We’ll get to that later.
Let’s start off with the good bits shall we? First off, the move from Canning Town to New Southgate has been lovely (tiring, but lovely). We are living in a 2-bedroom house in a tidy, leafy suburb. We have a quirky, little brekkie spot just up the road and we have discovered some wonderful parks and activities nearby. We even have our very own patch of grass! Londoners will appreciate just how precious even the tiniest piece of outdoor space is. We are happy here and Matt and I have even managed to make one or two friends in the few months that we’ve been here. I’ve made a real conscious effort to do so in order not to become isolated and literally go nuts. And honestly it’s so lovely having other mums (and in some instances grannies and nannies) to chat to. It’s also paramount to Matt’s social development that he gets to interact with other tots.
His physical development is coming along well. He’s still tall for his age, and weighs in at a solid 12.4kg (18 months). He’s now wearing 18-24 month and 2-3 year clothing and his shoe size is 6.5. He loves to run everywhere and his becoming very sturdy while doing so. (Not so much arm flapping in the process)
He continues to loves climbing (on everything) and just generally being busy like most kids his age. Matt loves the swings and slides and playing with all the apparatus at the park. My mom and dad had put a swing set up in their their garden and let’s just say Matt was in his complete element! Playing with cars and trains (in fact anything with wheels), building blocks and being in the sand are some of his firm favourites. He still adores ‘reading’ story books, especially ones with animal characters.
As far as his language development is concerned, he’s progressing in leaps and bounds. He’s able to communicate whether he wants something to eat and also responds with ‘no’ or a ‘yay’ and nodding of the head for yes. Which takes the guess work out of what may have been wrong. I can imagine the more he’s able to communicate, the less fuss we will have. His words are coming along well, but we haven’t had a word explosion just yet… “Mama, dada, shoes, keys, bubbles, nana (banana), no no no,” are among his favourite words still. Recently he has said ‘two, tree and there.’
Since we got back from South Africa (I’ll tell you all about that trip next time) I am pleased to say we have successfully gone 5 days (and counting) without his beloved dodo (dummy). That’s also another post in itself, but for now, let’s just say he’s been a real trooper. I am so proud.
We are so blessed to witness how Matthew is thriving. He’s a beautiful, fun loving soul. We’ll have to start thinking about his second birthday party soon.