conversations with theo

Recently we've been having some pretty good conversations with Theo. I really love having this little insight into his imagination and memory, and only wish I could record them all!

Just today we were driving along in the car and Theo started to say that someone was called 'O'

Me: Who's called O Theo?
Theo: The dolphin
m: The dolphin is called O? Is he your friend?
T: Yes, he's my friend
m: Where did you meet him?
T: In the water
m: In the sea over there (pointing as we were driving along the coast in Devon)
T: Yes
m: How did you get there?
T: In a boat
m: Did you row?
T: Yes
m: What did you talk about? The weather?
T: Yes Mummy, its cloudy
m: Did you talk about your favourite food? What's the dolphins favourite food?
T: Umm yes, toast
m: What does he like on his toast?
T: Chocolate
m: Is Chocolate your favourite too?
T: No Mummy, I like butter.

The other day we had a full conversation about our wedding, and even though it was quite a while ago now he was able to list all the people he remembered there, riding on the big green bus (his personal highlight) what he ate and even what was in and what colour his party bag was.

He has funny little phrases that he comes out with such as "oh thank you Mummy that's really nice" when you give him something, or "oh that's perfect!", or holding up his hands and flapping them about saying "wait wait wait" before rushing off to get something to show you. If you ask him if he wants something he'll say "umm no thank you Mummy" or "umm I don't know". He will tell you about what he has eaten and that it's in his tummy, and does an excited squeal and proclaims that "mm it's yummy!". He say's "I'm scared" and when asked what of "the monsters..." Poor thing! He likes to tell us about his emotions, "I'm cross, sad, happy". He will cross his arms and scowl saying "hmpf I'm cross" he also likes to proclaim that he thinks he's pretty funny!

He has little conversations with his friends, and I often hear him asking if they are ok if they've fallen over, or when he wants them to listen or play something with him. I can't wait for them to start having even more full on conversations and making up their own little languages together.

It really is a fascinating stage and even though some of his pronunciation isn't perfect he can repeat and remember most words and phrases, remember words to songs and make up his own full sentences. I really do love hearing what's going on in his head and he's one observant little boy, there's not much that will get past him! 

conversations with theo

Recently we've been having some pretty good conversations with Theo. I really love having this little insight into his imagination and memory, and only wish I could record them all!

Just today we were driving along in the car and Theo started to say that someone was called 'O'

Me: Who's called O Theo?
Theo: The dolphin
m: The dolphin is called O? Is he your friend?
T: Yes, he's my friend
m: Where did you meet him?
T: In the water
m: In the sea over there (pointing as we were driving along the coast in Devon)
T: Yes
m: How did you get there?
T: In a boat
m: Did you row?
T: Yes
m: What did you talk about? The weather?
T: Yes Mummy, its cloudy
m: Did you talk about your favourite food? What's the dolphins favourite food?
T: Umm yes, toast
m: What does he like on his toast?
T: Chocolate
m: Is Chocolate your favourite too?
T: No Mummy, I like butter.

The other day we had a full conversation about our wedding, and even though it was quite a while ago now he was able to list all the people he remembered there, riding on the big green bus (his personal highlight) what he ate and even what was in and what colour his party bag was.

He has funny little phrases that he comes out with such as "oh thank you Mummy that's really nice" when you give him something, or "oh that's perfect!", or holding up his hands and flapping them about saying "wait wait wait" before rushing off to get something to show you. If you ask him if he wants something he'll say "umm no thank you Mummy" or "umm I don't know". He will tell you about what he has eaten and that it's in his tummy, and does an excited squeal and proclaims that "mm it's yummy!". He say's "I'm scared" and when asked what of "the monsters..." Poor thing! He likes to tell us about his emotions, "I'm cross, sad, happy". He will cross his arms and scowl saying "hmpf I'm cross" he also likes to proclaim that he thinks he's pretty funny!

He has little conversations with his friends, and I often hear him asking if they are ok if they've fallen over, or when he wants them to listen or play something with him. I can't wait for them to start having even more full on conversations and making up their own little languages together.

It really is a fascinating stage and even though some of his pronunciation isn't perfect he can repeat and remember most words and phrases, remember words to songs and make up his own full sentences. I really do love hearing what's going on in his head and he's one observant little boy, there's not much that will get past him! 

a theo update


wow so for once I actually kept my promise and wrote a post that I said I would! What an achievement!

So as usual this update doesn't really come at any special time, I think Theo is about 22 and a half months? Sounds about right! I kind of wish I'd stuck to some sort of format for the updates, like Ashley does in her ever brilliant monthly updates (that always make me giggle so much!) So I could properly record the new things that happen every month, things go so fast and he is changing all the time, and I know my memory will only record a slice of it all.

...

But just before I start I just wanted to say how much my heart goes out to all the families who have been affected by the unspeakably horrific events of yesterday in Connecticut. I know I definitely take it for granted that when I wake up tomorrow my lovely boy will still be here and our days will go on as normal, and for that I'm scared. I know that there is so much good out there in the world, but it scares me that one act of bad can devastate so many lives. I know I, and many other mothers out there have hugged their children extra tight these last few days.

...

So...firstly I thought I'd begin with Theo's sleep.

I really really don't want to jinx things, as the situation has been pretty perfect these last few weeks, in fact since we moved to this new house. He is still in the same routine as before, bath, play, stories in bed then sleep, all with Rob, but now instead of waking up at 4 or 5 needing comfort he will usually sleep right through from 8pm to 7am. Hurrah! I never ever thought I'd be writing that sentence on here, and using the phrase 'sleeping through'. It was always a distant promise land, never to be obtained. A new development also is that Theo has taken it upon himself to sometimes get himself up in the morning. By this I mean he switches on his bedside light, plays with a few toys, or reads some books in bed. On these mornings instead of us being woken by his cries when he wakes up, we are woken by the sounds of the 'how to speak wookie'  book or him playing with his train set. The other morning I went in to find him back in bed all tucked in reading books, I can't tell you how sweet that was!

The other thing that is going pretty well at the moment is food. Again I don't want to jinx these things, but it feels weird not to have something to complain about!? I'm guessing this might be the calm before the terrible two's storm?

Meal times have just got a whole lot easier, he eats a good breakfast (and often asks for more!), and lunch, and dinners which were the hardest, are going pretty smoothly. There have been no pleading to finish meals, or just to even try the meal I have lovingly cooked him, instead he happily climbs up into his chair when we tell him dinner is ready and tries and eats most of his meal himself. He is getting pretty good at eating with his cutlery too, and will feed himself his entire meal. He does have a slight (big) obsession with dipping, and if we have any condiments, then he has to have them too, luckily its only usual mayonnaise, but he does seem to like ketchup quite a lot...I'll blame Rob for that one, thanks.

His memory is getting so much better these days too, he knows each and every place he goes to play, and if we pass the road they're on then he gets pretty upset that we're not going in! He remembers that his friend Sam lives a few doors up from us, and every time we come out our house, he points and say's "naam?" and again gets pretty upset when I tell him we're not seeing him today. His memory of people is getting really good too, and we've started a little game of asking him who is there and who isn't (wild, I know). We ask him if mummy and daddy are there, and Alma, then grandparents, friends, and other objects etc and he tells us with a very definite shake of the head and "noo" that they aren't there.

He has also started doing a funny little thing, where he will say goodbye to things. But he will say goodbye to them a good while after they have gone. For example we got the train the other day, and about half an hour later he suddenly comes out with "bye waa-raa" (his word for Thomas/trains). He will then reel off a list of things that have come and gone, such as Daddy, The Gruffalo, chair, ball, car...you get the picture! 

Talking of Thomas, that boy is obsessed! He knows a lot of the names and loves spotting them in his books...he's a little video!



We have collected quite a few Thomas toys and books over the last few months, including some amazing second hand die-cast Thomas and friends figures, which have to come everywhere with us, and I always find in my pockets or floating around my bag. Rob picked up the whole dvd boxset when he finished his last job at a bargain price of £5, and I can tell you it certainly gets a lot of use!

Other obsessions include the Gruffalo, and both Rob and I can nearly recite the whole book, and recently we have discovered the delights of the films! He's also still obsessed with balls, cars, animals and tractors.

Theo is still ridiculously confident, and will say hello to just about anyone. He gets pretty friendly with his friends, and gives out hugs and kisses, even when they're not really wanted (more often than not). He loves playing with older children, well he likes to think that he's playing with them, but actually they're just playing their own games and he's getting in the way. It kind of breaks my heart a bit when I see the joy in his face when he thinks he's being chased by them, and then looks back to see that they've stopped and gone off...but it doesn't last long or bother him as he find something else to play with.

He likes to mimic a lot of the things we do. I think Theo picks up physical actions and expressions a lot quicker than words at the moment, and likes to copy everything we do. He knows that his rubbish goes out in the bin, and will always take it and put it in himself, he also picks up his empty plates and puts takes then to the kitchen! (starting him early!) He likes to climb into bed, pull the covers over him and shut his eyes in pretend sleeping, he likes to wipe his nose with his own tissue, wipe his hands and face after dinner himself, and rolls up his sleeves in anticipation of washing his hands. Something here tells me that he likes to be clean?! He also loves to put on his own wellies and shoes, hat and coat and stomp around the house. He also loves jumping, climbing, wobbling and of course dancing!

In terms of language, he definitely knows a lot of words, even if they are his own version of the word he has good comprehension. I often feel like I'm his interpreter at the moment as I can understand most of what he's talking about even when others can't! He seems to pick up new words everyday though at the moment, and is constantly talking and pointing things out. He's picked up some really funny things that I have no idea where they came from, such as 'cheese!' when he sees or plays with a camera, and 'daaa' when he makes or completes something (as in ta-daa!). He knows when to say thank you, and say pweease when prompted, and asks 'more?' for a lot of things! he's started to say a few words together such as "I stuck" and "in there". At the moment in terms of learning he seems to be favouring colours and shapes over numbers and the alphabet.

phew! Sorry this has been a long update, but it may all seem a little rosy here, but of course it isn't like that all of the time! We have our bad days, or more likely bad parts of everyday, where the whinging drives me mad. He knows how to play me and has a funny little fake cry and scrunches up his face in a huff. I'm waiting for the full blown tantrums as we've seen quite a few glimpses, and he certainly likes to dramatically throw himself to the ground on all fours and have a cry.

here are a few outtakes from my trying to convince him to stand in front of the Christmas tree for a photo, with the aid or rice cakes and in the night garden...(no other way)


giving me the v?








a theo update


wow so for once I actually kept my promise and wrote a post that I said I would! What an achievement!

So as usual this update doesn't really come at any special time, I think Theo is about 22 and a half months? Sounds about right! I kind of wish I'd stuck to some sort of format for the updates, like Ashley does in her ever brilliant monthly updates (that always make me giggle so much!) So I could properly record the new things that happen every month, things go so fast and he is changing all the time, and I know my memory will only record a slice of it all.

...

But just before I start I just wanted to say how much my heart goes out to all the families who have been affected by the unspeakably horrific events of yesterday in Connecticut. I know I definitely take it for granted that when I wake up tomorrow my lovely boy will still be here and our days will go on as normal, and for that I'm scared. I know that there is so much good out there in the world, but it scares me that one act of bad can devastate so many lives. I know I, and many other mothers out there have hugged their children extra tight these last few days.

...

So...firstly I thought I'd begin with Theo's sleep.

I really really don't want to jinx things, as the situation has been pretty perfect these last few weeks, in fact since we moved to this new house. He is still in the same routine as before, bath, play, stories in bed then sleep, all with Rob, but now instead of waking up at 4 or 5 needing comfort he will usually sleep right through from 8pm to 7am. Hurrah! I never ever thought I'd be writing that sentence on here, and using the phrase 'sleeping through'. It was always a distant promise land, never to be obtained. A new development also is that Theo has taken it upon himself to sometimes get himself up in the morning. By this I mean he switches on his bedside light, plays with a few toys, or reads some books in bed. On these mornings instead of us being woken by his cries when he wakes up, we are woken by the sounds of the 'how to speak wookie'  book or him playing with his train set. The other morning I went in to find him back in bed all tucked in reading books, I can't tell you how sweet that was!

The other thing that is going pretty well at the moment is food. Again I don't want to jinx these things, but it feels weird not to have something to complain about!? I'm guessing this might be the calm before the terrible two's storm?

Meal times have just got a whole lot easier, he eats a good breakfast (and often asks for more!), and lunch, and dinners which were the hardest, are going pretty smoothly. There have been no pleading to finish meals, or just to even try the meal I have lovingly cooked him, instead he happily climbs up into his chair when we tell him dinner is ready and tries and eats most of his meal himself. He is getting pretty good at eating with his cutlery too, and will feed himself his entire meal. He does have a slight (big) obsession with dipping, and if we have any condiments, then he has to have them too, luckily its only usual mayonnaise, but he does seem to like ketchup quite a lot...I'll blame Rob for that one, thanks.

His memory is getting so much better these days too, he knows each and every place he goes to play, and if we pass the road they're on then he gets pretty upset that we're not going in! He remembers that his friend Sam lives a few doors up from us, and every time we come out our house, he points and say's "naam?" and again gets pretty upset when I tell him we're not seeing him today. His memory of people is getting really good too, and we've started a little game of asking him who is there and who isn't (wild, I know). We ask him if mummy and daddy are there, and Alma, then grandparents, friends, and other objects etc and he tells us with a very definite shake of the head and "noo" that they aren't there.

He has also started doing a funny little thing, where he will say goodbye to things. But he will say goodbye to them a good while after they have gone. For example we got the train the other day, and about half an hour later he suddenly comes out with "bye waa-raa" (his word for Thomas/trains). He will then reel off a list of things that have come and gone, such as Daddy, The Gruffalo, chair, ball, car...you get the picture! 

Talking of Thomas, that boy is obsessed! He knows a lot of the names and loves spotting them in his books...he's a little video!



We have collected quite a few Thomas toys and books over the last few months, including some amazing second hand die-cast Thomas and friends figures, which have to come everywhere with us, and I always find in my pockets or floating around my bag. Rob picked up the whole dvd boxset when he finished his last job at a bargain price of £5, and I can tell you it certainly gets a lot of use!

Other obsessions include the Gruffalo, and both Rob and I can nearly recite the whole book, and recently we have discovered the delights of the films! He's also still obsessed with balls, cars, animals and tractors.

Theo is still ridiculously confident, and will say hello to just about anyone. He gets pretty friendly with his friends, and gives out hugs and kisses, even when they're not really wanted (more often than not). He loves playing with older children, well he likes to think that he's playing with them, but actually they're just playing their own games and he's getting in the way. It kind of breaks my heart a bit when I see the joy in his face when he thinks he's being chased by them, and then looks back to see that they've stopped and gone off...but it doesn't last long or bother him as he find something else to play with.

He likes to mimic a lot of the things we do. I think Theo picks up physical actions and expressions a lot quicker than words at the moment, and likes to copy everything we do. He knows that his rubbish goes out in the bin, and will always take it and put it in himself, he also picks up his empty plates and puts takes then to the kitchen! (starting him early!) He likes to climb into bed, pull the covers over him and shut his eyes in pretend sleeping, he likes to wipe his nose with his own tissue, wipe his hands and face after dinner himself, and rolls up his sleeves in anticipation of washing his hands. Something here tells me that he likes to be clean?! He also loves to put on his own wellies and shoes, hat and coat and stomp around the house. He also loves jumping, climbing, wobbling and of course dancing!

In terms of language, he definitely knows a lot of words, even if they are his own version of the word he has good comprehension. I often feel like I'm his interpreter at the moment as I can understand most of what he's talking about even when others can't! He seems to pick up new words everyday though at the moment, and is constantly talking and pointing things out. He's picked up some really funny things that I have no idea where they came from, such as 'cheese!' when he sees or plays with a camera, and 'daaa' when he makes or completes something (as in ta-daa!). He knows when to say thank you, and say pweease when prompted, and asks 'more?' for a lot of things! he's started to say a few words together such as "I stuck" and "in there". At the moment in terms of learning he seems to be favouring colours and shapes over numbers and the alphabet.

phew! Sorry this has been a long update, but it may all seem a little rosy here, but of course it isn't like that all of the time! We have our bad days, or more likely bad parts of everyday, where the whinging drives me mad. He knows how to play me and has a funny little fake cry and scrunches up his face in a huff. I'm waiting for the full blown tantrums as we've seen quite a few glimpses, and he certainly likes to dramatically throw himself to the ground on all fours and have a cry.

here are a few outtakes from my trying to convince him to stand in front of the Christmas tree for a photo, with the aid or rice cakes and in the night garden...(no other way)


giving me the v?








a theo update


So Theo has reached the magnificant age of 20 months. I'm not sure why, but I like the sound of 20 months, and I have certainly been enjoying this wonderful age! Of course it's still not easy, but the frustrating days and bits just get over shadowed by the cute and amazing bits.

So Theo is closer to being two than is to one, that's scary, I've got a nearly two year old...?

So I thought it was a little time for an update before I forget loads of things. First I'll start with words, because that seems to be the biggest, most exciting thing at the moment. It's amazing to see how quickly he picks up new words and how much he is just talking ALL the time. They may not be intelligible words just yet, but he is talking to us and babbling non-stop. Most of his words aren't perfect, but I can figure out what he means by the way he says it, and that he always says the same thing for the object etc. For example he says "flower" but his version is something along the lines of "ow-arr-rrii" which is pretty similar to butterfly! He is constantly saying "oh look" and pointing and trying to name objects. Yesterday a friend came over with her little boy, and it was amazing to see them actually communicating with each other. Theo was telling his friend to get inside the box house, and they were passing each other toys and directing all the time. It was amazing! He has stated to link a few words, such as "hello...tractor/daddy/grandpa/yaya/car/dog/alma and he tries to say mr.tumble! On that note he still isn't really saying Mummy. He mastered Grandpa in a day, and said yaya to my mum (her name for grandma) last weekend, and everything is daddy, daddy...but still no mummy. He knows that I am mummy, as when you ask him he will point to me and he also does this funny thing where he will touch his or my chest and say "nyaa" which I'm guessing has something to do with my boobs and therefore his version of mummy (as of course I was only ever seen as the milk machine...) He knows and says pretty much all the body parts to head, shoulders, knees and toes, just the shoulders and knees to go! He likes to point out facial features the most, poking us in the eye and tugging on our ears and sticking out his tongue!

Anyway, so that's all very exciting! He seems to like mainly naming things at the moment, and we have great fun pointing out loads of different objects and naming them or making noises for them. But probably my favourite thing at the moment is when we are stopped at traffic lights he will shout from the back seat "ready....go!" (ready sounds a lot like daddy though) It's so funny, and when followed by a round about he goes "weeeeeeeeeeee"

Theo is still really outgoing and will say hello and bye to everyone. People in the street, in shops, people who come to the door, friends, strangers, adults, children; everyone gets one! Theo is also very affectionate, a little too much sometimes as he tries to cuddle everyone if he gets the chance. The other day we went to a pub for lunch, and there was another little boy a few months younger, so we introduced them and within about 30 seconds Theo was hugging him and gave him a big old kiss on the lips...not shy at all!

That leads me nicely onto the other end of the spectrum which is the problems we were having with Theo hitting other children when playing. Which thankfully (touch wood) seems to be getting better. We went to a playgroup the other day and I think, we managed a whole session without one hit, unless he got a few sneaky ones in when I wasn't watching. But now if he does do it, or do something else a little naughty he will instantly hold out his arms for a cuddle and go "awww". Which to me is his way of saying sorry. When we are out I will always take him to the side and tell him that it's not nice to hit, and that it's a not very nice thing to do and that we need to say sorry. So I think it's working...

I'm not sure whether it's because I've stopped nursing him or what, but Theo also seems to want a lot more physical attention from us. He wants to have hugs all the time (and they really are the best, proper arms wrapped round your neck hugs!) He will come and park himself down on my lap and snuggle in for a proper cuddle, which I love. I have to say I was worried that I would lose out on the one on one close time I had with Theo when I stopped feeding, but I don't think we have. Plus the cuddles are a little nicer than him climbing on me, pulling up my top and grabbing at my boob and me having to lie there a little trapped!

Theo is still extremely active, he runs everywhere we go, wants to daringly climb everything and is even started to jump! He still dances all the time too, and it's just the best! (here are a few gifs I made of him, a little annoying sorry!)


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Theo still gets a little clingy at time, especially when we are at home. Actually only when we are at home. If I try and leave the room to go to the toilet then he will stand at the gate and wail until I return. He will happily play with his train set for a long time, but as long as I'm in the room with him. I am trying to be a little bit more inventive at home and am going to start doing more activities with him, hands on, and exploratory  play, so if anyone has any good, cheap and easy ideas send them my way (or websites for that matter!) The other morning I quickly made up a little game, where I filled tupperware boxes with different objects, such a pebbles, macaroni, crayons and thread (the only things I could find around the house!). First we shook them and listened to the different sounds, then opened them to look and feel the objects, then we tried to fit the lids back on but the game ended with Theo trying to put the bits of macaroni in the middle of the thread spools, which entertained him for a good ten minutes..wish I'd just done that from the start!

In terms of eating Theo still goes very up and down. Some days and weeks he will eat three square meals, by himself. No me trying to shove food in his mouth and pleading with him to at least try his food. Then some days he just point blank refuses to try things, things I know he likes! We have a little doll who we like to bring out at these times so he can feed her some first, then usually he takes a little nibble for himself. Sometimes we resorted to letting him eat on the sofa, just so I know he has a full belly before going to bed, not great, but it works...He is still really good at self- feeding a can use a fork and spoon pretty well, it always amazes me when he polishes off a whole bowl of porridge by himself!


In terms of current obsessions it's still very much trains, planes, cars and tractors, oh an naa-niis (his version of nee-naw ie emergency vehicles) He always points to the sky and does his plane impression, and likes to point out every car, "oh look - car" and ha started to ask us to put Thomas on the telly...uh oh! He stands there and points at the boxset and nods his head over and over saying "yeh, yeh". He does this every time he wants something, just yeh, yeh, yeh!

Oh dear I still haven't gotten to sleep! I hope you're all still hanging in there, I'll try and speed things along! But it's going well, sometimes he doesn't sleep completley 'through' and has a little wake up about about 3-4, but can usually be settled back pretty quickly. On a good night he will sleep from about 7.30-8pm til 6-6.30am, then with a little cuddling and snoozing in bed he can be persuaded to stay in bed until about 7. But usually he is up from about 6, where I go in and we read a little story and I set up his train set and doze in his bed whilst he plays. I think we have done quite well with the whole sleeping thing (finally) and haven't had too much trouble with the transition to the bigger bed. But I think I will go into more detail at a later date with that one!

But I think I'll leave it there! We're having so much fun at the moment, but I am well and truly knackered at the end of the day...so on that note, the sofa is calling me!

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a theo update


So Theo has reached the magnificant age of 20 months. I'm not sure why, but I like the sound of 20 months, and I have certainly been enjoying this wonderful age! Of course it's still not easy, but the frustrating days and bits just get over shadowed by the cute and amazing bits.

So Theo is closer to being two than is to one, that's scary, I've got a nearly two year old...?

So I thought it was a little time for an update before I forget loads of things. First I'll start with words, because that seems to be the biggest, most exciting thing at the moment. It's amazing to see how quickly he picks up new words and how much he is just talking ALL the time. They may not be intelligible words just yet, but he is talking to us and babbling non-stop. Most of his words aren't perfect, but I can figure out what he means by the way he says it, and that he always says the same thing for the object etc. For example he says "flower" but his version is something along the lines of "ow-arr-rrii" which is pretty similar to butterfly! He is constantly saying "oh look" and pointing and trying to name objects. Yesterday a friend came over with her little boy, and it was amazing to see them actually communicating with each other. Theo was telling his friend to get inside the box house, and they were passing each other toys and directing all the time. It was amazing! He has stated to link a few words, such as "hello...tractor/daddy/grandpa/yaya/car/dog/alma and he tries to say mr.tumble! On that note he still isn't really saying Mummy. He mastered Grandpa in a day, and said yaya to my mum (her name for grandma) last weekend, and everything is daddy, daddy...but still no mummy. He knows that I am mummy, as when you ask him he will point to me and he also does this funny thing where he will touch his or my chest and say "nyaa" which I'm guessing has something to do with my boobs and therefore his version of mummy (as of course I was only ever seen as the milk machine...) He knows and says pretty much all the body parts to head, shoulders, knees and toes, just the shoulders and knees to go! He likes to point out facial features the most, poking us in the eye and tugging on our ears and sticking out his tongue!

Anyway, so that's all very exciting! He seems to like mainly naming things at the moment, and we have great fun pointing out loads of different objects and naming them or making noises for them. But probably my favourite thing at the moment is when we are stopped at traffic lights he will shout from the back seat "ready....go!" (ready sounds a lot like daddy though) It's so funny, and when followed by a round about he goes "weeeeeeeeeeee"

Theo is still really outgoing and will say hello and bye to everyone. People in the street, in shops, people who come to the door, friends, strangers, adults, children; everyone gets one! Theo is also very affectionate, a little too much sometimes as he tries to cuddle everyone if he gets the chance. The other day we went to a pub for lunch, and there was another little boy a few months younger, so we introduced them and within about 30 seconds Theo was hugging him and gave him a big old kiss on the lips...not shy at all!

That leads me nicely onto the other end of the spectrum which is the problems we were having with Theo hitting other children when playing. Which thankfully (touch wood) seems to be getting better. We went to a playgroup the other day and I think, we managed a whole session without one hit, unless he got a few sneaky ones in when I wasn't watching. But now if he does do it, or do something else a little naughty he will instantly hold out his arms for a cuddle and go "awww". Which to me is his way of saying sorry. When we are out I will always take him to the side and tell him that it's not nice to hit, and that it's a not very nice thing to do and that we need to say sorry. So I think it's working...

I'm not sure whether it's because I've stopped nursing him or what, but Theo also seems to want a lot more physical attention from us. He wants to have hugs all the time (and they really are the best, proper arms wrapped round your neck hugs!) He will come and park himself down on my lap and snuggle in for a proper cuddle, which I love. I have to say I was worried that I would lose out on the one on one close time I had with Theo when I stopped feeding, but I don't think we have. Plus the cuddles are a little nicer than him climbing on me, pulling up my top and grabbing at my boob and me having to lie there a little trapped!

Theo is still extremely active, he runs everywhere we go, wants to daringly climb everything and is even started to jump! He still dances all the time too, and it's just the best! (here are a few gifs I made of him, a little annoying sorry!)


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Theo still gets a little clingy at time, especially when we are at home. Actually only when we are at home. If I try and leave the room to go to the toilet then he will stand at the gate and wail until I return. He will happily play with his train set for a long time, but as long as I'm in the room with him. I am trying to be a little bit more inventive at home and am going to start doing more activities with him, hands on, and exploratory  play, so if anyone has any good, cheap and easy ideas send them my way (or websites for that matter!) The other morning I quickly made up a little game, where I filled tupperware boxes with different objects, such a pebbles, macaroni, crayons and thread (the only things I could find around the house!). First we shook them and listened to the different sounds, then opened them to look and feel the objects, then we tried to fit the lids back on but the game ended with Theo trying to put the bits of macaroni in the middle of the thread spools, which entertained him for a good ten minutes..wish I'd just done that from the start!

In terms of eating Theo still goes very up and down. Some days and weeks he will eat three square meals, by himself. No me trying to shove food in his mouth and pleading with him to at least try his food. Then some days he just point blank refuses to try things, things I know he likes! We have a little doll who we like to bring out at these times so he can feed her some first, then usually he takes a little nibble for himself. Sometimes we resorted to letting him eat on the sofa, just so I know he has a full belly before going to bed, not great, but it works...He is still really good at self- feeding a can use a fork and spoon pretty well, it always amazes me when he polishes off a whole bowl of porridge by himself!


In terms of current obsessions it's still very much trains, planes, cars and tractors, oh an naa-niis (his version of nee-naw ie emergency vehicles) He always points to the sky and does his plane impression, and likes to point out every car, "oh look - car" and ha started to ask us to put Thomas on the telly...uh oh! He stands there and points at the boxset and nods his head over and over saying "yeh, yeh". He does this every time he wants something, just yeh, yeh, yeh!

Oh dear I still haven't gotten to sleep! I hope you're all still hanging in there, I'll try and speed things along! But it's going well, sometimes he doesn't sleep completley 'through' and has a little wake up about about 3-4, but can usually be settled back pretty quickly. On a good night he will sleep from about 7.30-8pm til 6-6.30am, then with a little cuddling and snoozing in bed he can be persuaded to stay in bed until about 7. But usually he is up from about 6, where I go in and we read a little story and I set up his train set and doze in his bed whilst he plays. I think we have done quite well with the whole sleeping thing (finally) and haven't had too much trouble with the transition to the bigger bed. But I think I will go into more detail at a later date with that one!

But I think I'll leave it there! We're having so much fun at the moment, but I am well and truly knackered at the end of the day...so on that note, the sofa is calling me!

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theo loves

Theo seems to have reached that age where he is independently deciding what he likes at the moment, and it's great to see what he gets excited about and what his favourites are!

So far he seems to have picked things that are very boyish to be obsessed with. I am sort of suprised at how stereotypical the things he loves are, because I don't think we've pushed very boyish toys on him, and would pick and provide pretty much most of the toys we have for Theo, if we had a girl. I know that when I was little I was obsessed with toy cars, and I played with lego and playmobil just as much (if not more) than barbies.

So first of all we have trains! I'm not sure when this obsession started exactly, but he loves them! We have quite a few Thomas the tank engine books/ toys/ dvds (the complete series!) / and quilt cover (from when Rob was a little boy!) so I imagine that's where it came from! But I don't think we made a conscious effort to have lots of Thomas, that's just the way its gone! And of course Theo's great Grandad is a huge lover of trains, and we took Theo to see steam trains before he was old enough to know what was going on! But now every time he sees or hears a train he gets so excited, waves and goes "wooo-wooo" over and over again!



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This video is from this weekend, we took Theo to see a steam train! His face is amazing when it goes past!

Secondly I'd say Theo loves anything vehicle related. He's just learnt to say car and is pretty much there with tractor too. He likes to point out the window to cars, ride his car, push along his variety of toy cars and point out anything car or tractor related in books. I love it! I hope this obsession lasts!



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He also loves water, and will go out his way to splash in it, put his hands in it, drink it. He loves brushing his teeth so that he can run the brush under the tap over and over again...he's a strange boy! This weekend we visited Rob's grandparents, and I think we overwhelmed him with all of his favourite things! This is at this amazing park right on the sea front, and he literally played with the water for about half an hour! Luckily he had his waterproofs on, but we still ended up having to change him as he was soaked through!



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Theo of course still loves animals, and even though I don't have any videos to share, it's safe to say that they are a firm favourite of his! He makes all of the noises associated with animals, and can now say: cow, cat and dog. My favourite noise he makes is of a chicken, where he sort of goes "cocooo-doo-ooo-oo-ooo-ddooo-ooo-do-ooooo" I will definitely have to try and capture that!

Other things that Theo enjoys is dancing (to any type of music!), waving, screeching and kisses.



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In one day we managed to see a train, a helicopter, boats and play in a water park...I think it was Theo's official best day ever...if only we'd been to a zoo as well!



theo loves

Theo seems to have reached that age where he is independently deciding what he likes at the moment, and it's great to see what he gets excited about and what his favourites are!

So far he seems to have picked things that are very boyish to be obsessed with. I am sort of suprised at how stereotypical the things he loves are, because I don't think we've pushed very boyish toys on him, and would pick and provide pretty much most of the toys we have for Theo, if we had a girl. I know that when I was little I was obsessed with toy cars, and I played with lego and playmobil just as much (if not more) than barbies.

So first of all we have trains! I'm not sure when this obsession started exactly, but he loves them! We have quite a few Thomas the tank engine books/ toys/ dvds (the complete series!) / and quilt cover (from when Rob was a little boy!) so I imagine that's where it came from! But I don't think we made a conscious effort to have lots of Thomas, that's just the way its gone! And of course Theo's great Grandad is a huge lover of trains, and we took Theo to see steam trains before he was old enough to know what was going on! But now every time he sees or hears a train he gets so excited, waves and goes "wooo-wooo" over and over again!



720p from Abigail Oliver on Vimeo.

This video is from this weekend, we took Theo to see a steam train! His face is amazing when it goes past!

Secondly I'd say Theo loves anything vehicle related. He's just learnt to say car and is pretty much there with tractor too. He likes to point out the window to cars, ride his car, push along his variety of toy cars and point out anything car or tractor related in books. I love it! I hope this obsession lasts!



720p from Abigail Oliver on Vimeo.

He also loves water, and will go out his way to splash in it, put his hands in it, drink it. He loves brushing his teeth so that he can run the brush under the tap over and over again...he's a strange boy! This weekend we visited Rob's grandparents, and I think we overwhelmed him with all of his favourite things! This is at this amazing park right on the sea front, and he literally played with the water for about half an hour! Luckily he had his waterproofs on, but we still ended up having to change him as he was soaked through!



720p from Abigail Oliver on Vimeo.


Theo of course still loves animals, and even though I don't have any videos to share, it's safe to say that they are a firm favourite of his! He makes all of the noises associated with animals, and can now say: cow, cat and dog. My favourite noise he makes is of a chicken, where he sort of goes "cocooo-doo-ooo-oo-ooo-ddooo-ooo-do-ooooo" I will definitely have to try and capture that!

Other things that Theo enjoys is dancing (to any type of music!), waving, screeching and kisses.



720p from Abigail Oliver on Vimeo.

In one day we managed to see a train, a helicopter, boats and play in a water park...I think it was Theo's official best day ever...if only we'd been to a zoo as well!



A Theo update

So I thought it was time for a little Theo update as its been a while since my last one


So we've reached the glorious age of 15 months and what a lot of fun it is!

Theo is pretty much running around everywhere which is super funny to watch, and all he wants to do really is be free and explore everywhere.

He's still cutting in teeth, 3 molars currently, but thankfully they don't seem to be causing him too much trouble at the moment.

I've noticed that he is starting to understand us and the things we say to him so much more. For example if we are about to go out I say "where are your shoes?" and he goes to where they are and picks them up. In the mornings when he is playing with some toys I make breakfast and when it's ready I put it on the table and say "breakfast ready" and he comes running up to the table. He tells us when he wants to go to bed or when we ask him if he's ready. It's so sweet!

He's starting to say a few more words too, well not exact words but sound patterns. He uses the same sound combinations over and over for the same objects, for example he's started saying what sounds a lot like football! Every time he sees his football or any ball he'll go "ootall" and says what sounds a lot like "beddy" when we ask him if he wants to go to sleep. He also says what sounds like thank you when you give him something or he passes you an object, (we haven't pushed good manners upon him, but if that's what he's picked up then great! Haha!)
He says daddy pretty well now and points to Rob when he does or when Rob enters the room, no mummy yet though. He has a pretty convincing "uck" when he plays with his ducks in the bath or we go to the park, in fact animals noises seem to be his speciality! He's now got dog, monkey, snake, lion, and duck noises down pretty well. If he sees any of these animals anywhere in books, on the tv, pictures or in real life he will continually make the little noises. We've even got a monkey mask that he likes to point to and go "oo ah ah" too! I love it, we really need to take another trip to the zoo so he can appreciate all the animals! And of course he still calls every cat he sees "alma" and even called a tiger on the tv alma!

He also started eating really well and can mostly finish his bowl or plate full
most meals, with little help from us. He's getting a lot better at using cutlery too. I'm so glad I persevered with baby led weaning, as I feel it's really paid off as he feeds himself and tries quite a lot of different foods. There were times though where I wasn't sure it was working or that he would ever eat properly, but I'm glad I was patient with it.

And lastly to my favourite subject of sleep. We moved Theo into his own room. Well it's not properly his own room yet, but we're getting there. Today we had a huge sort out and move around and moved all his things into one room and now have our own bedroom to ourselves. I'm still getting up in the night to feed Theo, but it isn't so bad as he's sleeping on our big double sofa bed so it's comfy for me too, unlike his bed on the floor. I just decided to see how he would do in another room for one night, as he wasn't settling well in our room. And I'm pleased to say he hasn't even really noticed the move, and is going down at night a lot better. It made me sad though the other night going into our room with his bed still in there and him not in it, it seemed so strange. Also the other night when went up to put him to bed, he ran to our bedroom and flopped down on his little floor bed waiting for me. It made me feel really sad as its so sweet to see that he knew what and where his bed was. Like his own little space where he feels comfortable and safe, and then we've gone and changed it! Today we took his little bed down, but we will hopefully recreate that space for him, but in a whole room of his own. Its getting there slowly, and I think it's a good sign that he can quickly adapt to a new space. I will be sure to show you some pictures when we've finished!

I'm still going to feed him for the time being whilst he settles into his new space, but then gradually try night weaning him. I've spoken to agree people who have tried similar things and feel confident that it's the right time and choice for us. But more on all this later!

That's all for now, goodnight! P

A Theo update

So I thought it was time for a little Theo update as its been a while since my last one


So we've reached the glorious age of 15 months and what a lot of fun it is!

Theo is pretty much running around everywhere which is super funny to watch, and all he wants to do really is be free and explore everywhere.

He's still cutting in teeth, 3 molars currently, but thankfully they don't seem to be causing him too much trouble at the moment.

I've noticed that he is starting to understand us and the things we say to him so much more. For example if we are about to go out I say "where are your shoes?" and he goes to where they are and picks them up. In the mornings when he is playing with some toys I make breakfast and when it's ready I put it on the table and say "breakfast ready" and he comes running up to the table. He tells us when he wants to go to bed or when we ask him if he's ready. It's so sweet!

He's starting to say a few more words too, well not exact words but sound patterns. He uses the same sound combinations over and over for the same objects, for example he's started saying what sounds a lot like football! Every time he sees his football or any ball he'll go "ootall" and says what sounds a lot like "beddy" when we ask him if he wants to go to sleep. He also says what sounds like thank you when you give him something or he passes you an object, (we haven't pushed good manners upon him, but if that's what he's picked up then great! Haha!)
He says daddy pretty well now and points to Rob when he does or when Rob enters the room, no mummy yet though. He has a pretty convincing "uck" when he plays with his ducks in the bath or we go to the park, in fact animals noises seem to be his speciality! He's now got dog, monkey, snake, lion, and duck noises down pretty well. If he sees any of these animals anywhere in books, on the tv, pictures or in real life he will continually make the little noises. We've even got a monkey mask that he likes to point to and go "oo ah ah" too! I love it, we really need to take another trip to the zoo so he can appreciate all the animals! And of course he still calls every cat he sees "alma" and even called a tiger on the tv alma!

He also started eating really well and can mostly finish his bowl or plate full
most meals, with little help from us. He's getting a lot better at using cutlery too. I'm so glad I persevered with baby led weaning, as I feel it's really paid off as he feeds himself and tries quite a lot of different foods. There were times though where I wasn't sure it was working or that he would ever eat properly, but I'm glad I was patient with it.

And lastly to my favourite subject of sleep. We moved Theo into his own room. Well it's not properly his own room yet, but we're getting there. Today we had a huge sort out and move around and moved all his things into one room and now have our own bedroom to ourselves. I'm still getting up in the night to feed Theo, but it isn't so bad as he's sleeping on our big double sofa bed so it's comfy for me too, unlike his bed on the floor. I just decided to see how he would do in another room for one night, as he wasn't settling well in our room. And I'm pleased to say he hasn't even really noticed the move, and is going down at night a lot better. It made me sad though the other night going into our room with his bed still in there and him not in it, it seemed so strange. Also the other night when went up to put him to bed, he ran to our bedroom and flopped down on his little floor bed waiting for me. It made me feel really sad as its so sweet to see that he knew what and where his bed was. Like his own little space where he feels comfortable and safe, and then we've gone and changed it! Today we took his little bed down, but we will hopefully recreate that space for him, but in a whole room of his own. Its getting there slowly, and I think it's a good sign that he can quickly adapt to a new space. I will be sure to show you some pictures when we've finished!

I'm still going to feed him for the time being whilst he settles into his new space, but then gradually try night weaning him. I've spoken to agree people who have tried similar things and feel confident that it's the right time and choice for us. But more on all this later!

That's all for now, goodnight! P

Out and About: Windmill hill city farm

So I haven't really posted in the last few days as we've kind of just been busy with (non blog worthy) things, and just enjoying a few days break! Rob only had Saturday off this weekend which we spent doing nice family things, such as taking Theo swimming in the morning, and then enjoying a few hours of baby free time together looking in some shops in town (such a luxury!)


Today Rob had to work until four, which was fine as Theo and I had a quiet morning in playing. Theo slept for two hours today straight, which he has started doing a lot more frequently. He just naps once a day now, but the naps are longer and he stays asleep for longer. So that suits me fine, it's great to have a two hour break in my day to get some house work done, relax and eat some food. I definitely need it, I'm not sure what I'm going to do when he starts to drop his nap altogether, that scares me... A Lot. 

But anyway this afternoon I picked Rob up from work and we made it to South Bristol. I always feel like we are going on a bit of an adventure when we go south of the river, because even though I've only lived in Bristol a short while I feel like I'm definitely a north Bristolian, and going to the south feels like going to a completely new place! I like South Bristol, don't get me wrong, but I don't know it at all! We have old friends from Uni who live there, so it's really lovely to go once in a while and have a catch up. 

I'd heard of Windmill Film city farm before, and have always wanted to check it out. As you know I'm a huge fan of the St.Werburghs city farm, so given the chance I wanted to check out this one. We've noticed that Theo absolutely LOVES animals. Whenever he sees dogs when we're out, or animals on the television he goes crazy for them! He gets so excited and wants to touch them and make all the noises, so we thought any excuse to get to see some animals would be good for him! We met with our friends and made it round just before it closed.

 Luckily the weather cleared up for our visit, but that didn't stop us dressing Theo in his full rain gear! 


 We looked at the geese, chickens and ducks, all the while trying to make convincing quacking/clucking and hooting noises! Theo said what sounded a lot like duck too, well he said 'uck', so I'm hoping he was saying duck...


 Next we saw the sweet pigmy goats! I love goats at the best of time, but pigmy goats?! Amazing! I wish I could have one, and that Theo could ride around on it's back...

 Theo discovered splashing in puddles, giant rabbits and pigs. We then went for a walk around the allotments and to find some more animals. 

 (please excuse my horrible windswept messy hair, it looks terrible! Oh yeh and my face...)

 In fact this goat looks better than I do!

But aside from me being vain and looking a state, we had a lovely afternoon. Afterwards we went for coffee in Grounded and had nice chats. I love having free afternoons out, and like I've said before what could be better than going to see some animals! I really like the Windmill Hill farm, it's laid out really well and I like that you can go and walk around the allotments. It seems like it just goes on and on and there is a lot to see. They have a cafe too, but was closed  when we arrived, but I would love to see what that is like too. So thumbs up from us to this other city farm! Can't say which one is my favourite yet though...

Out and About: Windmill hill city farm

So I haven't really posted in the last few days as we've kind of just been busy with (non blog worthy) things, and just enjoying a few days break! Rob only had Saturday off this weekend which we spent doing nice family things, such as taking Theo swimming in the morning, and then enjoying a few hours of baby free time together looking in some shops in town (such a luxury!)


Today Rob had to work until four, which was fine as Theo and I had a quiet morning in playing. Theo slept for two hours today straight, which he has started doing a lot more frequently. He just naps once a day now, but the naps are longer and he stays asleep for longer. So that suits me fine, it's great to have a two hour break in my day to get some house work done, relax and eat some food. I definitely need it, I'm not sure what I'm going to do when he starts to drop his nap altogether, that scares me... A Lot. 

But anyway this afternoon I picked Rob up from work and we made it to South Bristol. I always feel like we are going on a bit of an adventure when we go south of the river, because even though I've only lived in Bristol a short while I feel like I'm definitely a north Bristolian, and going to the south feels like going to a completely new place! I like South Bristol, don't get me wrong, but I don't know it at all! We have old friends from Uni who live there, so it's really lovely to go once in a while and have a catch up. 

I'd heard of Windmill Film city farm before, and have always wanted to check it out. As you know I'm a huge fan of the St.Werburghs city farm, so given the chance I wanted to check out this one. We've noticed that Theo absolutely LOVES animals. Whenever he sees dogs when we're out, or animals on the television he goes crazy for them! He gets so excited and wants to touch them and make all the noises, so we thought any excuse to get to see some animals would be good for him! We met with our friends and made it round just before it closed.

 Luckily the weather cleared up for our visit, but that didn't stop us dressing Theo in his full rain gear! 


 We looked at the geese, chickens and ducks, all the while trying to make convincing quacking/clucking and hooting noises! Theo said what sounded a lot like duck too, well he said 'uck', so I'm hoping he was saying duck...


 Next we saw the sweet pigmy goats! I love goats at the best of time, but pigmy goats?! Amazing! I wish I could have one, and that Theo could ride around on it's back...

 Theo discovered splashing in puddles, giant rabbits and pigs. We then went for a walk around the allotments and to find some more animals. 

 (please excuse my horrible windswept messy hair, it looks terrible! Oh yeh and my face...)

 In fact this goat looks better than I do!

But aside from me being vain and looking a state, we had a lovely afternoon. Afterwards we went for coffee in Grounded and had nice chats. I love having free afternoons out, and like I've said before what could be better than going to see some animals! I really like the Windmill Hill farm, it's laid out really well and I like that you can go and walk around the allotments. It seems like it just goes on and on and there is a lot to see. They have a cafe too, but was closed  when we arrived, but I would love to see what that is like too. So thumbs up from us to this other city farm! Can't say which one is my favourite yet though...