I’m a little late to the party with this one (when am I not?) but I thought I’d hit you all up with Isabella’s 3 year update. This was going to be up on my blog when she was 2 and a 1/2 but then life got in the way and now she’s almost 3. But I’ve got too much to say before she even reaches 3 next month, so it’s happening now. How have I got a little person that I’ve grown in my belly, brought into the world, made sure she’s fed and watered and still managed to keep her alive for 3 whole years? That’s mad. It’s crazy. I’m barely keeping myself alive but ANOTHER human, this little one? No problem. Piece of cake. OR NOT. Parenting is bloody hard, it suck’s the living crap out of you, you can’t take a (excuse my language) shit in peace and everything I decide to do – like washing my hair to food shopping, I always have to ask myself if it’s possible with a little person. But it has to be, we all have to muddle through one way or another. I never thought any child of mine would be as smart as Isabella, I don’t know why but it’s something I’ve always thought about. How is it possible a tiny little person who has only really grown because of us as parents, (and obviously Mother Nature) actually have a little brain. That’s clever. That’s smart. I never realised someone could have so much personality, sass, attitude and be so comical all in one.
So Isabella is starting nursery in January and I’m not worried or nervous one bit. Saying that, as the time comes around, I probably will be! She’s been with a childminder since she was 10 months old and is the happiest when she’s around other children. Myself and my partner work all week so there wasn’t really any other option! I don’t regret my decision at all, she is so bubbly, bright, loves to share with other children and is thriving in all areas. She could continue to stay with a childminder but it would be silly not to send her to a nursery at this age when she is so happy around other children, where she can also learn more! They’ve got an amazing outdoor play area with loads of little bikes and a mud kitchen. There’s play doh, painting, drawing, a little library corner, a role-play restaurant, even a sand pit.. I could literally go on! I get a few funny looks/comments when I tell people Isabella will be going for a full day – 5 times a week. There is nothing that kid loves more than interacting with children, being busy, crafty and playing all day. Not only that, she will also stop snacking all day and should at least get hungry for a meal at dinner time which is not currently happening. She’s up so early of a morning at 5.45am, so hopefully this will her keep her tired at night, sleep longer through the night and busier in the day. She won’t get such a shock when she starts big school later on down the line!
I’m ready for the mum shaming I’m about to receive.. Don’t get me wrong, for a very long time I’ve always been anti-techonlogy and gadgets because growing up we never had them things and I truly believe it has a bad impact on children. I’m still anti-technology and you won’t find my child with a phone until she’s at least got some hormones in her body.. I always see other children in restaurants sitting there on a tablet not interacting with their family. I’ve always wanted to enjoy each other’s company when having a meal out and it broke my heart knowing that this might not be the case as Isabella get’s older. I can’t remember how it all began but I soon found Isabella watching Youtube on my phone and was very wary that she’d soon get addicted. I was asking Isabella what some different shapes were in a book and she had no idea as it was the first time introducing them to her. The next day after watching an all singing and dancing video on shapes and colours, she was telling me what was what in the book of shapes. I was literally shook, their brains are like little sponges, they absorb everything! It kind of changed my perception a little on Youtube/screen time, and I think if it’s used correctly they won’t get addicted, become ungrateful or sucked into the world of media etc. So for Isabella’s 3rd birthday we’ve bought her a tablet with educational games on it so if she behaves she can use it. It will only be used as a reward system and will only be going on it every so often. Hopefully I can update you with how she get’s on!
things she loves..
Just this week she’s found a new love for Barbie. Can you believe it.. Barbie.. At almost 3? At the childminder’s she is always with another little girl who a bit older than her and she loves to play with dollies, Barbies, ponies etc. And I think she gets it from there! I went into my mum’s loft and found all my Barbie dolls, Betty Spaghetti’s and Beanie Babies. I was in my element! I bought them home and she looked at them and said ‘Mummy, can I play with the barbies?’ I didn’t even know she knew what they were! But they were a hit! She’s also still loving her babies, changing them, feeding them etc. She loves to make me a cup of tea and a fried egg in her little kitchen each day and loves a little tea party with a slice of cake! Her favourite film to watch is The Incredibles or Homeward Bound (please tell me all the 90’s baby’s know what I’m talking about?) And obviously it has to be on repeat because if a film isn’t played 6 times a day, are they really a toddler? She’s still in love with Play Doh as ever – This has been her go to for about a year now. As well as colouring and being crafty. I love that she loves to play rather than watch TV because it was a worry of mine for a long time. I’ve recently bought her some felt tip pens, non-washable one’s because they were cheaper.. And that could potentially be the biggest mistake ever made. How am I even a mum when I’ve opted for the non-washable markers? Also stickers! She loves stickers and she’s already at that age where she likes to stick stickers on all the furniture to make things look tacky AF. Mate I was hoping for that problem when she was 6.. They were a little present to say well done because she’s finally reached a new little milestone!
Which takes me to this point, potty training! I wanted to touch on this subject as a whole blog post but here’s a little insight to Isabella’s potty training journal. We bought her a potty at 18 months because I’m a pushy mum and that’s what I do. I push people. (If you know you know.. please tell me you know) Yeah I don’t actually push people.. Anyway back to being a pushy mum. So yeah, I was like ‘yep gonna smash this out the park, have my wee girl on that potty and in big girl pants by the time she’s 2.’ She’s almost 3 and she’s just done her first wee in it – a week ago. Believe me I’m so chuffed, I thought she’d still be in nappies til next year. Now it isn’t a quick thing, I knew that anyway. Although I did think once she wore knickers and had a few wee’s there was no going back. However she loves a wee in the potty. Although she likes a meltdown when in public because she doesn’t want to use a big girl toilet, and whacking out a potty in the middle of the cinema aisle whilst pitch black isn’t ideal. So we are getting there. She’s been interested in the potty for absolute ever, she’s just not really known when she’s needed one. So I ordered a reward sticker chart from eBay, got some gold stars and she was in her element. Bribery at its fines., I’m surprised she’s still got teeth with the amount of crap she’s eaten during this process. I promised her a sweet if she done a wee, so at 5.45am if she’s going on that potty then she’s getting a dolly mixture and there’s nothing I can do about it.
Okay so if there’s one word to describe this girl it’s this. And it STINKS. How can something so beautiful be such a little madam most of the time? She has me belly laughing even when she’s being naughty. And I can’t help but laugh at her. She reached terrible 2’s quite early and I thought I nipped it in the bud back then. I couldn’t tell the world enough just how well behaved she was. Don’t get me wrong, she’s the best at this age I’ve not loved any age yet I’m not going to lie and when she hit 2-1/2 I finally thought this was it, all the sleepless nights, bottle feeding, the constant attention and demanding every part of me, finally came to an end. And it did. But something else had took it’s place – and that was tantrums. Slapping. Biting. Screaming. The word ‘no’ is a current favourite. She screams when she doesn’t get her own way. she pushes and shoves and points her finger. And I find myself taking shit from her on a daily basis. I’m getting to a point where I’m phoning bob just so he can tell her off. (She listens to him alot more than me) But we are making progress everyday (ha, no we’re not) and we are trying our very best, because that’s all you can do right?
my favourite things she says and does..
- She holds my face, kisses me on the cheek and say’s ‘Mummy don’t be upset it’s okay, I’m here.’
- ‘Mummy I’ve got mee pools (nipples) like Nanny and Grandad, Grandad has mee pools’.
- ‘Mummy, you can’t say that word, only Daddy can say that word’.
- ‘Is Daddy gone to work to get some pennies for my presents?’
- She copies me randomly about things I’ve previously said.. ‘No Mummy I can’t carry you, my hands are full ok?’.. ‘Do you understand me’.. ‘Do you want to go to your room?’
- She asks for a treat and says ‘Oh Mummy please just one, I just want one more please?’
- She always cleans up after herself. She hates food and dirt, but never tidies her toys.
- ‘Mummy I want a baby in my tummy, can I have one please?’
- ‘I’ll have a cat for my birthday’ is a another favourite of hers.
- ‘Head, shoulders, knees and eyebrows.’