A letter to Toddler H at 17 months

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I’m writing this as I see 18 months as a huge milestone. I’m writing this as I know time is flying by and a really want to remember it. I want to remember what you’ve achieved, what your saying, how cute and funny you are. I’d love for you, my daughter, Toddler H, to read this when you’re older and see how much you’d achieved in your first 17 months. How proud mummy and daddy are, how we laugh and smile and cheer and clap at every new milestone, every cheeky grin, every cheeky ‘cheese’ request!



You’ve been walking properly since Christmas, and you haven’t stopped. You love your reins and get so exited we’re going fora walk when you see them. You bring them to us to tell us you want to go out. You love your shoes and your wellies and would wear them all day if you could. You love putting them on and will spend an inordinate amount of time each day doing so.

16 month old toddler splashing in puddles


You blabber away having amazing conversations with yourself, your toys and us. Sometimes we know what you are saying, but other times, I’m afraid we have no clue. Sometimes we say the right thing, and you laugh or jabber back happily, othertimes your natter?back unhappily, telling us off, repeating what you said syllabyl by syllabl, or just scowl or worse?the death stare.


This section is scary, you really can say so much!

  • duck
  • door
  • daisy
  • tree
  • cheese
  • more
  • shoes
  • cuddle
  • tea (and you make us tea from your tea set)
  • car (brummm brummm)
  • dog (woof woof) (and you woof any time you hear or see a dog…. Even when mummy and daddy can’t hear it until we really listen)
  • head
  • toes
  • tummy
  • eyes
  • nose
  • bye
  • hello
  • whats that
  • whats this
  • who is it
  • who is that
  • mumma
  • da-da
  • toast ( well, a variation of it that is clear, but I can’t decide how to type it!)
  • monkey
  • fish
  • draw draw (any time you see a pen, even someone else using one, or trot off?to where your crayons are in the kitchen and point… we hear those?two little words umpteen times a day)
  • hey duggee
  • nonono
  • teeth
  • mouth
  • some variation on ‘sarah and duck’.. I know it when I hear it!

And, you understand every single tiny word we say. How scary is that?! Mummy and daddy can’t get away with anything! We can’t even talk ourselves about going for a walk later, without you running off to get your shoes and reins.



Building towers: when I say “build me a tower” you run off to do it. You have been building 6 block towers for a month or just over now and keep looking for more blocks to add. We’ll need to get you some more!

Walking, running and now splashing in puddles.

At the park you love the slide and the swings (you had a few weeks of not liking the swing, but you love it again) and the roundabout.

In the garden you love watering the patio with your watering can, and your new slide. You also love picking daisies?and talking to the bunnies.

You play nicely with your doll and give her cuddles, you don’t just poke her eyes like you did a month ago.

You love to make us laugh, and play sleeping bunnies, pushing me onto the floor to do it! You sing twinkle twinkle little star and do little hand movements for the stars

You love to dance, to the Twirlywoos, Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy…. Copying their moves with such cheekiness. You love the Hokey Cokey and squeal with delight turning around, and around, and around.

You absolutely love swimming, and spend the time propelling yourself along, swishing the water, and absolutely love jumping in to be caught by me.



You love a big breakfast, cereal and toast, or 2 weetabix, or cereal and fruit

Yoghurt is also a winner, along wit strawberries and peas, though not together! In saying that I’m sure you’d eat them all mixed up!

You also love spag bol, moussaka, toasties, cheese, grapes, a blitzed chicken, veg and rice concoction, fish fingers and chicken nuggets. You’ve eaten a few chips now too and perhaps 2 teeny roast potatoes, but potatoes don’t seem to be a winner in any form!

You keep using your spoon, and manage a whole yoghurt with it now.

Of course, as I’ve shared on #wickedwednesdays with Brummy Mummy of Two, you can be a cheeky monkey…

Toddler took a chocolate bar from the cupboard and ate it



You’re really not into napping. You had a spate (less than a week) of napping for 2.5 hours and I didn’t know what to do with myself! You grew a lot, and stretched right out. That was around the point you turned 16 months. Apart from that often you just nap for 30 minutes, sometimes not at all, occasionally for an hour. I really can’t tell what you’ll do on any given day! Your naps have become earlier though, moving from 3.30 to somewhere between 11 and 2.


Cheeky monster

you are so funny…. Testing the limits, and doing things like this:

Newmummyblog wickedwednesdays standing on the sand table


Well, I can’t believe I’m writing this, I can’t believe how fast you’re growing, but I’m so lucky to see every minute of it.


Lots of love, mummy xxxx


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  • Reply
    May 8, 2016 at 12:56 am

    This is so sweet! Reminds me of when my little guy was that small. Such a great idea to write all of these little things down so that you’ll remember them as your daughter grows. #KCACOLS
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    May 8, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Lovely. That was a cheeky age in our house too! #KCACOLS
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    Crummy Mummy
    May 8, 2016 at 8:24 am

    That’s A LOT of words – Little B is 18 months old and can’t say half of those! #KCACOLS
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    May 8, 2016 at 8:37 am

    ah wow sounds like she is saying loads! i really wish i’d recorded more of what b said when he was younger. right now i love his pronunciation of things. Cumummer, bence (fence) and clock without the L 😉

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    May 8, 2016 at 11:18 am

    What a lovely post! All these little details are so easily forgotten, I think it’s great that you’ll both have this to look back on when she’s older! x #KCACOLS

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    Coombe Mill - Fiona
    May 8, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    The words are really flying now, it will be funny phrases next. Great fun, enjoy it all #KCACOLS
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      May 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      It’s all so fun and exciting now, I love it! Thanks for reading and commenting x

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    Laughing mum
    May 9, 2016 at 11:07 am

    This is super cute – my girls are teen and pre-teen now, and I’ve been writing them a letter every year since they were born… They have no idea I do it, by what a wonderful gift to be able to give them one day… Writing it all down is beautiful, and your daughter sounds so cute. Great post!

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    May 9, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Oh that is lovely! She has quite some vocab for a little one. It’s amazing how much they understand isn’t it, it honestly never fails to impress me. Thank you so much for linking at #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back again next Sunday xx

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    Becky @ Educating Roversi
    May 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Such a good idea! Sounds like you have a very bright little girl on your hands! #KCACOLS

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    Mum in Brum
    May 10, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Ah wow it sounds like she’s coming on so much – I can’t believe how many words she’s saying! (note to self to teach Taylor more words!) She has so much hair too! They are so adorable at this age with their babbling aren’t they – especially when they tell you off! Imagining the death stare cracked me up! Taylor likes to put peas into her yogurt – ew! A lovely post for her to look back on one day xx #KCACOLS
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    May 11, 2016 at 6:09 am

    My first is just coming up to a year, I feel like I have all this to come! Just lovely 🙂


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    Bridget (Bridie By The Sea)
    May 11, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Aw this is so sweet! I wrote a letter to my little girl who just turned one, as I want to remember those little things too. How lovely that you’ll have this to look back on. She sounds like such a beautiful girl! #KCACOLS
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    An imperfect mum (Catie)
    May 11, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I really love these milestone posts – such a great record to look back on and wow your daughter is really saying a lot that is amazing. I wish I’d thought to do this when mine were younger – they both have the books but this is so much more detailed.
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      May 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      I’ve seen some people do them every month and I thought about it but I never manage to do it… So one every few month is better than nothing 🙂 I love looking at baby books, I’m sure yours will love looking at theirs too x

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    May 11, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    LOVE this!! I think toddler H and I would be friends, it’s clear she has great taste, I’m also a huge fan of Hey Duggee and Sarah and Duck. She’s doing so well, saying a lot more than L was at that age. Such a sweet letter for her to look back on when she’s older and yes 18 months is most certainly a big milestone xx #TheBabyFormula
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      May 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Awwww they are fab aren’t they! Thank you x

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    Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    May 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    This is such a lovely post hun – Josh is already 5 months and I already feel like that has flown by so 17 months must feel crazy! What a little cutie you’ve got on your hands xx #thebabyformula

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      May 12, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Fi! It is flying by, I can’t believe Josh is 5 months already! X

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    Natasha Mairs
    May 12, 2016 at 10:03 am

    This is such a good idea to note down all these kinds of things. I wish I did that when my kids were little #KCACOLS
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    May 12, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Ah such a cheeky age! Made me feel a little nostalgic reading this. More adventures to come! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x
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      May 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      It really is? thanks for hosting x

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    Jade Lloyd
    May 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I really do love milestone posts as they will be so special to look back on..and are good for other parents to stop worrying and be like yup our kid does that too and don’t need to be doing statistical maths by 9 months..lovely #KCACOLS
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    May 12, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    This is such a great post. It’ll be nice to look back and see exactly how she was at that age. Every milestone is important and should be celebrated. They do grow so fast. Thanks for sharing! #coolmumclub

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    Random Musings
    May 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

    This is a lovely post and definitely something for you and H to look back on in years to come. It’s a great way to remember all the little things. Her vocabulary is brilliant 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
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    May 14, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Happy 18 months! It’s such a milestone. That’s amazing for speech, A was only saying a couple of words then but it soon kicked in a month or so later! #justanotherlinky

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    Su {Ethan & Evelyn}
    May 14, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Arr… this is so sweet when she bring the reins to you to tell you that she want to get out and about. I like the nonono. lol! So funny!
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    Sarah - To Maternity and Beyond
    May 14, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Such a blimmin’ lovely age! This made me sad in a way because I miss my little lady at this age… and very happy as well because I’ve got it all to come with my boy. Such a great idea to capture it all as it’s so easy to forgot the little things. #KCACOLS

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    Something Crunchy Mummy
    May 20, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    She sounds like she is doing amazing and so many words! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky x
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