Friday, October 31, 2014

Where's daddys truck?

Hi there friends, how are we?

How is it that another month has already been and gone, sheesh! Time really is flying on by isn't it? Now, are you sitting down? Brace yourself Christmas is less than TWO MONTHS AWAY! Cue freak out! Time is running by and there is just no slowing it down. That's why I like (and hate) doing these entries, because it gives me time to stop, reflect and in some cases rethink (or panic) about things in my life. But also celebrate the achievements. So lets not dilly dally around... lets get into it. Here goes...

STATS (as of 31/10/2014)
Height: 87cm
Weight: 12.8kgs
Size: 2
Shoe Size: 6-6.5


Her love of cinos has continued to thrive and become a little bit of an afternoon ritual of sorts. Where on days off she and I will sit after she wakes from her nap and have a cino and coffee, respectively.

Chloe's diet is pretty much on par with us now. She eats what we eat and we eat with her (530-6pm) and that works for us. She has started this neat trick of wanting to sit on our laps while we all eat together. Sometimes depending on the meal, she can. But if we need both hands she needs to wait til we're finished. Its created a cute little gimmick, where she leans in to us and says "all done?" her way of asking if she can now sit on our lap. Hehe. She will still eat brekkie and lunch at her table, and normally in front of the tv (bad parents!) but dinner is always altogether at the table.

Her diet is pretty balanced and we make an effort to ensure she's eating enough of everything. Sweets are limited to rewards for being good but are not over the top, or frequent. She was receiving chocolate for doing number 2's on the toilet during training and every now and then post poo, she'll ask for one and we will give it to her. But other than that sweets are given at our discretion.

We also made daddy a cake recently for his morning tea and Chloe took the title of beater licker in this house. Daddy was devastated. She wasn't to bothered about it all though and it made for some pretty adorable pics of her all chocolate smeared as you can see.

The repertoire of songs has expanded since I last posted, she continues to favour Happy Birthday for us (especially when we light a candle for a cupcake). But will also sing "twinkle twinkle" and most known nursery rhymes.

Chloes communication is also growing each day and her vocab is pretty impressive for a toddler. We encourage her to 'use her words' and will often say 'sweetheart, I don't understand' and sure enough she will repeat clearly what she wants or attack the sentence a different way. She still tricks over some sounds, the real kicker being Tr as in Tr-ee, she will say "F-ee", which makes for an interesting conversation when she's asking where daddy's *uck is? But in general its great to have her speak so well, taking the guess work a lot out and making the situation less frustrating for everyone.... instead of crying we now get like "Mummy, Chloe hungry, Chloe want fruit" SOOOOO much easier!

She also has improved in her counting and can now count to 14 (but not consistently, to 10 is very consistent). She 'reads' most of her single word board books and enjoys taking turns 'reading' with daddy.

Chloe is a fantastic swimmer, her confidence and ability in the water is impressive. Just last lessons she was 'diving' into the water. Whilst most children in her class were jumping, she was putting her hands out and going head first, which I thought was amazing. She still shows some reluctance on the platform activities where I need to hand her over to the teacher. I think its due to the lack of trust she has for the new teacher, but we'll get there. I took her to the beach this morning and she 'swam' in the shallow water, I was so proud to see her apply this learning to a new situation. As a teacher I know that shows real intelligence, and I couldn't be happier.

Her love of jumping is driving me a little bit bonkers. Whilst she just loves it, I find it the most boring 'game' we play. I think given our more exciting news (which I'll mention in a bit) the purchase of a trampoline may be in order. hehe

Recently Chloe developed a preference for sleeping on the couch (hers or the big one) for her day sleep. We'd tell her it was bed time and she's ask "Here, here" and point to the couch, if it wasn't going to affect us we'd let her and then just transfer her once she was asleep. After about a week or so, she stopped asking..... it was very strange. We have no idea why she started asking?

We've also started dressing her overnight in her new summer PJs and kept her winter bedding. Which seems to be working. I always write this stuff in the blog because I know when bubba wyatt the sequel comes about I wont remember what I dressed her in when, it serves as a good method of recording. hehe.

This month the loves are pretty standard toddler facts. She loves the beach, being a ballerina, painting (well sticking her hands in paint and getting messy) and spending time with her friends. And hates .... um, I cant actually think of any. This month has been pretty easy going with her cooperating with hair washing, hair styling and going out!

Bought a house
In more exciting news we bought a house!!!! After 3-4 months of searching we bought one!!! Whoop whoop! We are so thrilled about it. A four bedroom, 2 bathroom, brick home on 580 square metres in Peakhurst at the end of a cul de sac with a lock up garage and under house storage. We cant believe our luck. The house requires a overhaul with modernising, but unfortunately winning the house at auction saw us spend our entire renovating budget so we will be living in it for a few years before we'll be able to afford to renovate. But the house is lovely, old but well maintained. Just like the unit when we first bought it. So 35 days til we settle and we are counting them down!

Toilet Training
Chloe is a superstar with the toilet training. When we are out she will tell us she needs to go and will 'hold' it until we find a toilet. We still have the occasional accident, maybe once or twice a week, but I consider that a major achievement for our little lady. So I'm giving her a big hug when she wakes up just to remind her how fantastic she is. hehe.

Chloe hasn't booked any work through Bambini this past month but has secured brand rep for two Australian companies who specialise in head wraps. So for the next 3-6 months we'll be sent a variety of head wraps to style and photograph on Chloe which will be used for promotional material online. Its pretty exciting. We received our first package the other day and have already taken some photos in them.

First trip to the Dentist
We took Chloe to the dentist for the first time this month, and she past with flying colours. We learnt that our teeth brushing routine is a good one and got some good advice to ensure she develops good dental practices. Whilst there she was very happy to open her mouth and even 'played dentist' on daddy, which was beyond cute!

Meeting Zoe Ann
This month we also got to meet Zoe Ann, Andrew and Lin's little girl who was so keen to come into this world she arrived almost 1 month earlier than necessary. Whilst we visited her in hospital, it wasn't til this week that we were able to see her and have a hold at her home. Chloe was absolutely smitten and talked about Zoe the whole (1 and a half hour!!!) drive home.

And so ends another month in the life and times of team Wyatt. I hope you've enjoyed your stay. We'll see you again in a few weeks.

All our love, Team Wyatt xxx

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