Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Scarlet at.. 24 Months Old


I'm a little behind with this update for Scarlet since it has been nearly a month since she turned two. I purposely left it this long since a few days before her birthday our health visitor scheduled in her two year review and I wanted to include a little section in this update since this will be her last one.


Personality
Over the last six months Scarlet's personality has really come out. She's such an independent,  confident and head strong little girl who knows what she wants and will do her best to get it if she can. That can on occasion include tantrums, big major stomp around kind of tantrums. Generally though she's polite and can say please and 'thanks' when she is prompted. She likes to make people laugh and can pull some funny facial expressions. She is a very expressive person.


Scarlet has got some strong interests with the biggest being exploring, she loves to discover new things and places. She is a real nature child and adores getting outdoors even if it's just for a short walk to the shops. If she's not wanting to explore she's trying to see if there are any bugs, flies or other insects she can try to get her hands on and admire. Much to my dismay as Dylan was never a bug person! 

When we are at home she loves to read books especially those touchy feel books or the ones with the lift the flaps. She's recently started to enjoy watching some TV and her favourite programmes are Peppa Pig, Curious George and Fireman Sam who she calls 'Nam' and will only say it while screaming at the TV so he can save the day. It's super cute. 



Milestones
The first big milestone for Scarlet over the last 6 months is moving into her own bed. She had been sleeping in my bed on one side of the bed with me on the other and I was really worried that she wouldn't transition well to sleeping in a bed on her own. We made sure to redecorate and change the bed to a bunk bed while talking to her all about her big bed and how she would share with Dylan before we got her Peppa bedding and let her help us get it all on. We made a big deal about her bed and we haven't had any problems. At first she would last for most of the night and come in with us around 3am. She quickly adjusted and now sleeps much better. 


The other big milestone was that Scarlet became a big sister. We started the year off with a big surprise and come May time we welcomed Baby Avery into the world making Scarlet a big sister. She's doing so well and is so kind with him. She loves to get cuddles and help to look after him. While she does have her little moments it is clear that she adores being a big sister and I think she may be in for her own little best friend in the future if they don't try to wrestle each other like she does with Dylan.

The smaller but still pretty significant milestones for Scarlet are that she can now jump using both her feet! For months now she has been trying to jump with both feet. Usually she would jump with one foot and then the other in more of a sequence. She is super pleased with herself and jumps everywhere. I am looking forward to that first proper puddle jump. 
The other little milestone is that Scarlet can dress herself. She can completely get dressed without help for most outfits. She can remove every piece of clothing including our reusable nappies when she takes a feel for it! However she can put on trousers, leggings, skirts, shorts, tops, dresses, socks, strap on dolly type shoes, coats (without the zip done) and of course hats. I wasn't prepared for Scarlet to get the hang of things so quickly and it really adds to her independence.


Sleep
Scarlet is actually sleeping so much better than she was at 18 months. She sleeps right through the night. Provided she hasn't napped during the day she'll go to bed around 8-9pm and will sleep for a solid 10-12 hours. If she has napped during the day it would be closer to 11pm before she is ready to sleep but sometimes she just needs that nap. As I mentioned above Scarlet now sleeps in her own bed after co-sleeping with me in my bed for over a year. She has transitioned so well and loves her own bed with her own Peppa Pig bedding.


Physical Ability
On top of getting dressed and jumping which I mentioned in the Milestone above Scarlet is now able to run. She's been walking for over a year and has slowly gotten faster and faster at walking while also attempting to run. Now she can get a proper running motion going and can gain a pretty decent speed when she wants. 
Through these last six months she has advanced on being able to climb up the stairs on her hands and knees right up to walking up and down without help. Our stairs have a curve at the top where they turn and she's even mastered getting down there by going on her bum before holding the banister the rest. She can also climb up and down on the toddler sized climbing frames including going down the slide. 
Another mastering that Scarlet has surprised us with is to make a scooter go and be able to ride it! I feel like she has advanced in some areas so much quicker than Dylan did and the scooter is definitely one of them.

Feeding
The big change in feeding is that we stopped breastfeeding! The very last time Scarlet had a breastfeed was on Christmas Day. She got a little cold and found it hard to breathe while feeding so she just didn't want to. After a few days she just decided she didn't like it! I now think that she no longer liked the taste of the milk since I was around 17-18 weeks pregnant. I will share a little more when I get a final update up on our breastfeeding journey which should be up soon. 

This year Scarlet enjoyed her first proper Christmas dinner! She didn't get much last year as she had started weaning two weeks before Christmas so it was just chicken, broccoli and potato, this year she enjoyed the whole lot. She loved it! Just like her Mama. 

Scarlet has always been willing to try most foods and she still will try any food you give her. The difference now is that she has some foods that she clearly doesn't like and will refuse to eat which include; 
Strawberries
Breaded Chicken
Pizza
Batter (anything with batter on it)
Baps (for burgers and hot dogs)

She does have some foods which she particularly enjoys too which include;
Blueberries
Carrrots 
Most other fruits and vegetables 
Rice
Potatoes 
Pasta 
She really enjoys spicy foods her favourites include curries and spicy salsa with crackers or tortilla chips.

Health
Generally Scarlet has been healthy. She did catch quite a few colds after we stopped breastfeeding at Christmas. Generally just been a cough or a runny nose. She did catch one proper tummy bug not long after we stopped around the start of the year and she threw up quite a few times however she dealt with it so well. It really did show me how much breastfeeding helped her immune system. 


Development
Scarlet now shows a big interest in drawing and can draw squiggles in various ways on a page in a way that allows you to see she is drawing something from her little mind. She will use various colours and carefully choose which colour she wants to use next. She enjoys colouring in already drawn pictures and will colour in a particular area one colour or a few colours together while trying hard to stay around the intended area. She can recognise all the basic colours and can group things together in the colour if you ask for each colour individually.
If you ask her Scarlet can show you some of the shapes like a circle, square or triangle.
She enjoys playing with blocks and can build towers with most types of blocks. She particularly likes the wooden blocks we have that are all different shapes. She will experiment with which shapes can hold up together and which won't work.


During play Scarlet likes to make her little people play together, talk, hug, run in races by pushing them from behind with her hand and she likes to play pretend with them. In a similar play style she looks after baby dolls ensuring they have a blanket, milk in a bottle, a dummy, cuddles and even puts her dolls inside one of Dylan's hoodies when it is zipped up like she is baby wearing them. I think I need to get her a doll carrier similar to mine. 

I have noticed that Scarlet likes to copy the behaviour she can see around her. She will take the keys and pretend to lock the doors, talking on the phone to people, looking at and holding onto my novels pretending to read them and turning the pages. She also likes to get a small handbag and fill it up with all her bits and bobs. 

Knowing that everything has a particular place is another thing Scarlet has learnt recently. She likes to put everything back in it's right place. The washing goes in the washing pile and all the toys have a place. She is particlarly involved in her own shoes, they have a special box and all her shoes go in when we get home, she takes them out herself most days to go out too. 

Speech
Scarlet's speech has come on amazingly in the last few months. She can say most of the animal sounds and knows which animal they match for most of them. She can also recognise and say most vehicles and she loves to say the various sounds they make from vroom-vroom right through to neee-naww. Her favourite vehicle is a bus. She loves seeing big double decker buses. 

She can generally say peoples names or a shortened version of their name. Recently she has stopped using the shorter names and just calls us by our longer names Dylan, Daddy, Mummy and Baby over the short mama, dada, Dilly. If you ask her to say a name she will try to say it or she'll just refuse to try. There are a few names she won't try to say just yet. 

There are some longer words which Scarlet can say including cheese string and juice. However there are some words or names of shows where she will only say half the word. The big examples are Paw Patrol will only be Paw and Fancy Nancy is just Nancy. It does happen with normal words like Strawberry is just straw and outside is just side. She doesn't seem to have a preference of the start or end it is just the part she can say. I do think as she learns more sounds and puts them together that she will phase this out.

Finally on speech is that Scarlet now talks in short disconnected sentences with several words all in one go without any filler words added in. So she will say 'Juice, me, please'. She does this all through the day for most things she wants to tell you and can clearly communicate with us. I am not sure it is clear to other people but I think she is doing well with it. 


Relationships
Scarlet has always had strong family relationships. For the most part I have had the strongest relationship and she will gravitate towards me for most things she needs. Over the last few months she has really developed her relationship with Simon. Before now she would only call him 'mama' now she happily calls him 'daddy' or dada'. She is quite happy to do anything without me now and will prefer Simon to play while they are at the park or off exploring. They enjoy reading stories and playing games together now too.
The other relationships Scarlet has are with her friends. She is very sociable and has quite a few friends who we see regularly at our Mum's and tots group. We are close with almost everyone who attends and she gets really excited when it time to go. She does have her own little best friend who she stayed with when I was in labour. Her mum is also my friend and she runs our group so it's lovely that they get on so well too.

Two Year Review Update {Health Visitor visit}
A short little update as Scarlet has reached and passed all the milestones that should be expected for a two year old. She is developing well and is very good with her speech, expression and holds great eye contact. She is meeting all her physical development too.
She has stayed on her 21st centile and now weighs 23 pounds 12 ounces and is 86cm long which puts her length in the 50th centile. I'm really happy to get some confirmation that she is right were she should be in her development. She will only have a quick little update at 3 before she starts nursery now.

I will be doing another update around Christmas when she will be 30 months old!

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