We’ve been responsible for another human for two whole years!
What a learning curve it’s been and if I could go back to this day two years ago I’d tell myself not to worry, it will all be ok. There’s more tears than I ever could have even imagined that there would be but after each time I’ve been pushed to the point of being unable to control my emotions and let it all out, I’ve got right back up, brushed myself down and gone head first back at it all again. I would tell brand new mummy me that there’s far more strength hidden than you can imagine and to just keep at it.
In two years we’ve gone from expecting the absolute worst to being surprised almost daily. Olivers two year review is coming up and I can tell you that a large chunk of that list that’s expected of two year olds we won’t meet, and I’m ok with that.
I am ok with that
12 months ago I probably wouldn’t and I’d have had a breakdown and go completely introvert over it and not talk about it.
Types of things they’re going to expect:
❌Independent standing and even walking independently
✔️Responding to his name
❌Kicking and/or throwing a ball
❌Put two words together for a short sentence
I can tell you what he can do!
Find fun in anything that’s not an actual child’s toy. His number one ‘toy’ at the moment is a smalls peg dryer. To those that are wondering what that is. You know that plastic contraption that you put socks and knickers on, on your washing line? THAT! It is a wonderful noise maker.
He can read a book to me, well maybe he can’t read it, but he can imitate reading by running his finger across the page over the words and make noises as though he’s story telling
He is emotionally aware. If I’m sad he’s sad, if I’m happy he’s happy. He understands emotions and processes them accordingly.
He mentally stores things and brings them back out later. Like watching you pretend to be asleep and then later do the same thing
He can, and will, wave at every single person that he sees and has an unbelievable way of just making people smile by being him
He understands every word that you say.
I could have a child that ticks every item on the list that the nhs says they ‘should’ be doing by age two…but chances are they wouldn’t have half the personality, half the imagination or determination that Oliver has. Life would be much easier and there’d be much less worry than we currently have but I wouldn’t want to trade that for the hilarity, surprises and pride that we have each day.
Life isn’t always easy but loving him definitely is 💙