I have been pretty rubbish about getting regular portraits of Alys and recording her monthly milestones (sorry second child!) but I was determined to get some first birthday shots, so the other day we packed up and headed off for a photo shoot in a field full of sunshine!
Picture the scene...mid photo shoot and the farmer drives through the field. We're trying to stand there nonchalantly with a massive 'one' balloon floating behind us. I'm sure we didn't look strange at all!!
At 12 months Alys:
// Has 3 full meals a day and 2 or 3 milk feeds. She also feeds at night, although we are trying to wean her off these in an attempt to help her settle herself. (This mostly depends on how exhausted we are!).
She has two day time naps and wakes at least once at night, although this has recently improved from a long stretch of waking up to 8 times in the night (zzz).
// She crawls around everywhere and eats everything she can find on the floor, although she's pretty good at sticking her tongue out and looking sheepish when I tell her to stop it! She's just starting to pull herself up to standing on low things (like a step) but hasn't got to the stage of using a walker or cruising on furniture yet.
// She has two teeth at the bottom and one and a half on the top!
// She'll happily play with the contents of her toy box but mostly loves chasing her sister around and ripping up books when my back is turned.
// She now says 'hiya' very clearly and in context and can also say mama, dada, ivy, ta and can sign 'I love you'.
At 3 years and 8 months Ivy:
// is very independent and knows what she wants. Recently she has become a lot more confident with exploring and loves to climb and jump outside.
// is still very sociable and would rather be with people than playing on her own. However, she is becoming more independent in playing outside or on her scooter. She loves to be with Alys and they will play nicely together.
She loves to cook and I am trying to encourage her confidence in chopping and preparing food more independently.
// is still pretty fussy with food but we've given up making a big deal out of it now because nothing has worked; she will try new foods occasionally. Her favourite foods are fish and chips and cake.
She generally sleeps all night.
// is enjoying school although it makes her so exhausted. She is doing well with her lessons but needs to work on her sharing skills!
Her vocabulary is excellent and she seems to pick up new words all the time and amuses us when she comes out with something new. She is using 'babyish' talk and mispronouncing words less and less which makes me a little sad - she's growing up so fast!
Oh girls, you exhaust me but you are a joy!