I can’t believe I’m writing this sharing so soon! My baby boy is growing up too quickly, and while I miss the infant days because they are too fleeting, watching him transform into a little boy is the greatest. He’s no longer a baby; he’s turned into the cutest little toddler I’ve ever seen.
Aiden is such a joy to be around, and he’s growing up so quickly. He had a series of fitting in sessions at his new nursery last month before starting full-time later this week. He didn’t seem to mind being apart from me; in traditional fashion, he just got on with it and continued playing with his toys.
Many of the playgroups we’ve joined since he was three months old have greatly aided his social development. His favourite classes are sing and sign, diving, and a lovely little playgroup that we recently found.
Aiden is a cheerful little boy who loves to keep himself occupied, and one expression that best fits him is cheeky. My kitchen cabinets are no longer secure – in fact, nothing is safe because he seems to be interested in anything. He’s still on the lookout for new things to learn, and he keeps us on our toes.
This young man enjoys music, singing, and dancing. I’m so happy we now have mobile phones to film and catch these hilarious and memorable moments.
At this age, language is a huge achievement, and AJ is doing fantastically. His favourite term is “no,” but he may also utter a variety of other single terms. We never know what he’ll come up with next, may be it’s the ability to count to ten! Obviously, he’s probably repeating what we’re saying and has no idea what the figures mean, but it’s always nice to hear.
Our baby-led weaning journey would be the subject of a long-overdue update, but Aiden is eating extremely well. There is plenty he won’t try; he isn’t a picky eater in the least. He hasn’t eaten anything in the last week, but toddlers go through periods where they gorge themselves and then consume none at all, so I’m not concerned.
Some days I feel like we’re moving backwards; Aiden always gets up in the night, and this has been happening more often lately, making the difficult days much more difficult when you’re sleep deprived! We also sleep together, mostly because it’s easier than teaching him to sleep in his cot.
We’re also breastfeeding, but I’m sure it’s just for convenience and not because he is hungry. I know that when he grows older, these problems will go away, but there are moments when you worry whether you’ll actually get there at all.
In several cases, I finally realise what I’m doing as a mother, but on some days, I sound like I’m winging it. Things are a bit better now that Aiden is more self-sufficient, but they are also difficult.
Every day offers something different that we haven’t seen before, and deciding what to do for the best is still a challenge. Teething and tantrums have become a problem recently, but we muddle along and manage to get there in the end.
What did/does your toddler do when he or she was this age?
Have you ever felt like you’re moving backwards rather than forwards? What are the plans for dealing with this?