Baby and Body: 18 Months Update

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I’ve come to a bit of a decision, with these update posts; I think that when New Baby arrives I’m going to amalgamate all of the updates into one so that the monthly post covers my own post-partum recovery, the new baby’s development and also a little bulletin on what Angelica has been up to. Otherwise I’m going to be spending more time typing up my life than actually living it! I’ll think of a new jazzy name for this update, but I expect there will be one more Baby and Body before I give birth, so there’s no rush.

Let’s concentrate on Baby 1, who is now a toddler, and toddling around so well that I actually can’t believe there was a time when she couldn’t walk! She’s very fast on her feet – still falls on her bottom quite a bit, if she attempts tricky little sequences, but at times it’s an effort to catch her she runs away so quickly! I feel as though she’s made a huge leap recently, in terms of development – there I was stressing about walking, and talking, and her being able to use a spoon properly and so on, and all of a sudden she can do everything and chatter away in her little language that only she understands, and she can use a fork to eat her pasta and pick up peas on her spoon.

And her understanding is great – I give her increasingly difficult instructions (basically she’s become my science experiment, ha!) to see just how much she can take in at once, and she constantly surprises me with how much she knows and absorbs. “Go and get all of the eggs for Mummy and put them back in the box in the kitchen” is met with nods and near-perfect execution, “go and choose a jumper to wear” or “let’s go and run a bath and find your pyjamas” are completely understood. Blatantly I’m practising all of this in preparation for “go to the kitchen, take a glass from the bottom cupboard and a bottle of red wine from the rack and pour Mummy a glass of wine and bring it to the bathroom along with some stuffed olives and/or a Mini Magnum.” “Please.”

(I realise I’m gushing like one of those annoying people who think their kids are amazing, but I am properly amazed by every little development at the moment!)

We are finally off the Ella’s Kitchen pouches, too, though I do take one of the chunky versions with us if we’re going to be out and about, along with an apple and a yoghurt and so on. They are so convenient and I quite like the pasta bake one in the plastic tray that you stick in the microwave! Rather tasty if I do say so myself. But mealtimes now are much easier, with Angelica picking up her food (she loves quiche, ham, cheddar cheese, cucumber, bagels with cream cheese, peas, pasta with garlic and tomato sauce, yoghurts, blueberries and raspberries and big chunks of apple) or using her fork and spoon – the days of having to shovel things down are far behind us, thank goodness. It did get to the point where mealtimes were making me really miserable because the whole thing was such an effort and I felt as though I was always struggling against her. But it’s all OK – it was just a matter of putting things in front of her and leaving her to it.


I tell you what I do find quite funny: after loving books completely at about a year old, Angelica seems to have absolutely no patience for them at the moment. She doesn’t even want to sit on my lap and be read to – she lasts for around five seconds before throwing down the book and jumping off. Maybe it’s her new-found running legs! I’m not going to force it – I’m sure she’ll have a rekindled interest when she sees the little “lift the flap” books I’ve bought her for Christmas. (Where’s Spot, something about a postman who’s a bear and another one I can’t remember…)

What else? I’m guessing I don’t need to do a body update if you’ve been reading the Pregnancy Diaries; basically I’m huge, I can’t bend down to pick things off the floor and if I do too much I get pains in my groin. Just about sums things up. Oh, and I need a wee every twenty minutes. I must remember to do another diary entry this week, though not too much has changed since the last one. Just growth. All good – as with the last pregnancy, I can’t really complain. I have the odd ache and pain, but, bloody hell, that’s just all part of it isn’t it? I still think that the whole process is just spectacular – considering how massive a baby is, to be carried around inside, the discomfort is minimal. The gum around my part-emerged wisdom tooth gives me more trouble than the baby does!

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  1. Bookgirl_12
    December 17, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    I love hearing how excited you are about your little one’s progress! My baby is almost 13 and I am still amazed at what a fabulous individual she is growing up to be. So many people grumble about their children it’s delightful to hear such posititivity. I love your AMR posts too-such fun and you have lead me to some great discoveries, La Roche posay effaclar face cream for the 13 year old and the fabulous effaclar blur bb foundation amongst others. I look forward to your posts and YouTube videos. Thank you and well done xx

  2. Tiffany
    December 18, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Thank you for this hope-giving update, Ruth!
    We are currently in the meal nightmare phase where my 15 mo doesn’t want to eat anything I cook for her, and even ready-made is hardly more welcome. It is really reassuring to read that you’ve been there recently and that “this, too, shall pass”…
    Maybe I should just give her more credit and trust her with a spoon or finger food more often.
    I shall try that when she feels better again. She currently has an earache, which is making things worse, of course.

  3. April
    December 18, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    I’m glad you didn’t publicly concern yourself about Angelica. I wonder if her very long limbs informed her walking timeline. (Makes note to research this interesting hypothesis. Adds it to literacy and voting research, gluten free recipes, and rabbit hole escaping.)
    That hat and picture in general is such a sweet thing. I love other people’s children from afar. Take care, merry christmas.

  4. Henriette
    December 18, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    That photo of Angelica! Adorable and so cute, she’s really lovely!

  5. December 19, 2016 / 6:56 am

    They develop in their own time, no matter how much we stress out about them, and we have every right to be amazed by what they achieve. Am still in the feeding phase with baby number two and counting the days until he will be able to eat by himself, so I can have a meal with the famila, not some semi-cold things shoveled into my mouth while he is drinking.

  6. Gillian Pidler
    December 19, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I think once they can walk they don’t have the patience to sit and read or eat or do anything of the still things!! There’s so much to explore and they simply can’t wait! I remember all 3 of mine being the same. It’s just so thrilling watching them develop and grow in to real little people isn’t it. So excited for the new baby too, can’t wait to see which you’ll have.

  7. December 29, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    So many ever changing needs and desires these little children have! And it is so special to be a part of their journey. Ive enjoyed reading this post and thank you for sharing your little ones’ stories. (She is adorable!)

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