Recently, E has not been her usual cheerful self. She has been clingy, grumpy, quick to get frustrated, sleeping badly, mood changing like the wind. There were tantrums; cute, 16 month old tantrums where she works throw the toy that she was holding onto the floor, sometimes retrieving it in order to throw it again, harder. She would then sit down, put her head on her knees and bellow. Tantrums over silly little things, like me fetching her the wrong toy (I wanted the ball, not the teddy next to it!). Of course no matter how silly and insignificant the reason for the tantrum may seem to me,I still sympathise and talk to E about it, offering cuddles and helping her communicate what she needs.
I knew she was teething. Occasionally the difficult behavior was punctuated with a day of dribbling, or gum-rubbing. I also suspected the lack of routine during my singing was affecting her, leading to over-tired-but-not-sleeping, which is good for nobody!
Suddenly, this weekend, we noticed new teeth. Not the canines we were expecting, but two pre-molars. Ouch!
Next, we notice a load of new words. E just keeps casually coming out with new words. Ball, turtle, balloon, duck, baby. She is also trying to copy new words with great enthusiasm, and will attempt to repeat things you ask her to. Her babbling is very vocal and contains most of the sounds in the English language now. It almost sounds like her own little language.
She is also pushing her motor skills a lot. She has learned to take the lids off pens (oh dear) and draw on the whiteboard. She is very capable of putting the lids back on, too. She tries to run. She spins in circles and makes herself dizzy. She climbs ladders. She really wants to be able to do the things M does, like skip and throw balls and bounce on the trampoline.
The poor thing must have had sl much going on in her head working out all these new skills! Today she has been much more settled and happy to play by herself, so here’s hoping she’ll be happier and more settled next week!