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Dear Daisy, It is your first day at school...

Dear Daisy, You're Two and a Half and Full of Trouble

You are my best friend.

You tell me this every single day, it could change a few hours later when you tell me Daddy is your best friend and not me. How you learn these little phrases and ways is beyond me but it is so cute and a day doesn't pass that you don't make me laugh.

Your personality is certainly in full swing now and you really know your own mind. You know exactly what you want and how you want to get it, god forbid anyone that tries to get in your way.

In terms of development you are a girl on a mission now, running, climbing, dancing and gymnastics are just a few of your favourite things. Basically you are a big ball of energy, that is until you flop in the afternoon just before tea. You don't nap anymore because it was getting to a point where no matter how little you slept you were pushing bed time further and further back. A nice early bed time of around 6.30pm after your tea and bath seems to suit you nicely, you sleep all night and wake up around 7.30am ish. Some days you ask to go to bed in the day and on the odd occasion you do go but I try to distract you from it when I can, mean mummy but really it means you are in your routine and happy!

Your eating has improved. What I mean by improved is that you eat more and you eat more structured meals. Sadly it is still very much beige and seriously lacks in the vegetable department. Thankfully you still love fruit and also you still enjoy a pouch for a snack at times which I ensure have vegetables in! This last few months you actually decided you quite like pasta which makes meal times slightly more varied. I just wish you would eat a nice home cooked meal!! Maybe in time hey, you keep telling me you will eat things when you are "bigger, bigger!".

We hear the sing "Baa Baa Black Sheep" about 20 times a day at the moment, I'm not convinced that you know what you are actually singing but you seem to know all of the lyrics and definitely the tune.

There is never a quiet moment when you are around. If you are not talking our heads off then you're busy chatting away to your dolls and toys, giving a running commentary of what you are up to if not getting stuck into role play. I absolutely love listening to you chatter away, it makes me smile when I hear you repeating phrases we say that we didn't even realise you had heard. The way you look after your babies is my favourite thing to watch, it is like watching a mini version of myself with baby Alex, all be it a tad rougher, louder version!

You have taken to your sister duties well and we don't have to tell you to be careful quite as much as we did in the first few months. You love him very much and give him lots of squeezes and kisses. When he starts to moan or cry you jump up and stand in front of him and sing to him, like you are putting a little show on for him. And of course his face lights up and he smiles away at you! You are his favourite.

You still absolutely love swimming and I take you to the gym swimming and to lessons which you really enjoy. You can pretty much swim now with little help and are super confident in the water. All those lessons as a baby paid off. Once a week I try to take you on my own and leave Alex with Daddy, it gives us an hour on our own where you have my full attention which I think is nice to be able to give you from time to time. You seem to really soak it up too and natter away, and maybe not surprisingly but you behave so well. And well when I think about it is because you aren't trying to fight for attention (which you really don't need to do little lady) and well there are little frustrations because you have all the help you may need and the time for us to understand everything you are trying to say.

You are such a lovely little girl and are growing up so fast, I am going to try and keep you tiny for as long as I possibly can. I want to remember the cute Daisy-isms that you come up with and the times we laugh our heads off with you and somehow brush the slightly more tricky days away and forget them as best as we can. After all you are a toddler and that is what you do right, make things tricky at times!

Lots of love,

Muma xx

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