Afternoon all. Not done a post like this in ages, so I’m taking advantage of nap time and getting a post out!
Can you believe it’s been 21 months since Olivia made an appearance? I can’t.
Less than 3 years ago my wife and I were just trundling along, not really sure what we wanted out of life. Then Olivia came along and changed our lives forever. Our life today is unrecognisable. And that’s a good thing.
For those of you who follow the blog you’ll know we’ve gone through a lot since Olivia was born. Looking back on it each and every one of those events has made us stronger, better people. As they say, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger (I agree with that, to a certain extent!).
So what has happened since my last update? A few days ago, I’d have said “not very much”. However, the last few days have been an explosion of development.
Olivia has been talking for many months, but she has only been using single words, which has been frustrating for both her and us. If we didn’t know what the word meant, there was no way of knowing what she was trying to tell us. However in the last few days she has started to use multiple words. It started off as “more” plus whatever word she wanted more of. Common requests were “more soup”, “more beans”, “more sauce”. But today she did a 4 worder, which blew me away. We were in the supermarket car park and I said she would go in the trolley and she said “Olia seat, daddy push”. Olia is how she says her name I was amazed. I get the impression this progression is going to get faster as the days go on.
Not only has she been speaking, but she has started to use the big toilet! We have given her the option of trying out her potty for a few months now and although she knows what it’s for, she only ever squeezed one wee out. Then last night I suggested to her that before the bath she had a pee in the big toilet. This suggestion was greeted by a “yeah!!” so up she went and out came a big wee. That meant no wee in the bath! So I tried it again this morning and we had another successful wee in the toilet. Well done!
So while at the supermarket we bought one of those training seats so she didn’t need held while she sat on the loo. I wasn’t sure she’d know what it was for to be honest but as I was unloading the shopping into the hall, she whipped the seat out the bag, ripped off the wrapper and flew up the stairs with it and went straight to the toilet! I stuck the seat up and up she went – another wee!
Of course this means we need to consider pull up nappies and also how we dress her each day (dungarees with tights on underneath are a nightmare for a quick toilet stop!). We will also need to discuss with her nursery how they can help her with this. Fun fun fun!
So, 21 months ago she couldn’t do anything for herself. Now, she can do anything she sets her mind to! Amazing