I realised recently that is has been a long time since I have written about H. He was the reason I initially started this little corner of the Internet for my own space, which has become more of a sort of therapy for me with all the support I have found. So, I decided that it was high time my readers, who may miss steady stream of tweets, to find out what the little man is like now. In a break from my normal blog posts, this one is dedicated to my son and very much a "Proud Mummy" post.
H seems to have bulldozed into yet another fascinating stage. I almost feel like I haven't been around him for a few months such is his leap in development.
H is quickly stringing words together and doing so quickly. One of his favourite phrases at the moment is "I didn't mean to". As much as he may be able to say it clearly, he clearly doesn't understand the concept since he often just randomly says "I didn't mean to" in a tone that would usually be reserved for a grovelling apology. Although since H can't yet say sorry and an apology consists almost entirely of a hug and and a kiss, I wouldn't know what H's apologetic tone is and at his age, I don't expect him to understand. When he completes one of his puzzles on an app he shouts "Mamma I did it!" with the biggest grin on his face. When he can't do a task, he refuses all help and works himself into a state before succumbing to assistance.
He is very keen to learn as well. Which is just as well since we have just been told he has a funded place at a local pre-school. We have yet to have the home visit or indeed visit the pre-school ourselves but the rate at which H is picking up new words and skills, the sooner he starts the better for him.
He recognises most letters of the alphabet now, which I imagine is due to his insistence on watching Countdown. We even have to show him some Youtube clips just to keep the peace. The down side to this is that whilst he can say most letters, he refuses to repeat them back phonetically to me when I try to play with his Leapad. For us, this isn't too much of a worry now as we are sure that once he does start at pre-school, he will quickly pick them up.
Alongside recognising letters, he also recognises from 0-15. Again, he doesn't necessarily say them all clearly and his counting isn't quite up to standard (whatever that is, I am just guessing from what friends say!) but again, with him due to start pre-school soon, this will likely only improve.
With speech, H is at a stage where he repeats literally everything we say. It is like having a parrot following you around all the time and as much as it can get irritating, it is wonderful to hear, knowing that he is learning all the time.
He knows what a lot of animals are and the noises they make, although he does insist that cats squeak, rather like a mouse!
My baby is growing into a strong, wilful, determined little boy who definitely knows his own mind. He gets bored quickly, flitting from one toy to the next and is always on the move.
Recently he has all but dropped his nap for good. When he does want a nap we try our hardest to distract him but his determination comes into play and the end result means he is later to bed and earlier to wake.
I think what I am most proud of, yet also sad for him about, is his sensitivity. By that I mean at not even 3 years old, he is aware when I have a bad day, whether physically or mentally. If I complain of my back being sore, he walks behind me and says "Mama sore back" and gently rubs it for me, before giving me a cuddle. When I have a bad day mentally he will say "Mama sad" and frequently cuddle me. Which breaks my heart, as much as I try to protect him from that, I can't all the time.
Somehow, despite the trails we have been through recently, the husband and I have brought up a happy, confident, bright child who chatters incessantly, has a passion for learning and is independent. I was doubtful when he left the child minder (due to our move) whether I could meet his needs in terms of development but I think we've done a pretty good job and the time has definitely come for him to get more challenged.