I haven’t updated in ages, I know. I will attempt to summarise the last 9 months or so as well as I can and then treat you to a couple of videos. Some of this post was written around November time and some today. Like I said, 9 or so months!
The girls are growing and changing so much and I really want to document it, so here is my latest attempt – hopefully a bit more successful and polished than my last unfinished, forgotten about, scheduled post!
They are really talking now and constantly surprising us with the phrases and concepts they come out with. Over the summer, Imogen stopped referring to Claudia as “Daudia”. They had both been able to pronounce the cl sound, as in clap, for a while, but both persisted in starting Claudie’s name with a d sound. When we first heard Immie called out “Claudieeee!” we knew it was the end of an era. Claudia herself, of course, still refers to herself as Daudie, which is super cute.
Claudie has the sweetest baby-lisp, similar to one I had as a child. In her voice, the grand old duke of York “marthes” up the hill. Imogen doesn’t have the lisp, but she does have an amazing accent. “Ooh, that’s noice!” She said, looking at a clean pillowcase I had just put on the bed. She likes “toiny little” things and sings about a star “loike a doimond in the skoiy.” I don’t know where it has come from, but it is just so sweet. She also – when she isn’t saying, “NO!” – says “oh-kay” to just about everything.
From Then to Now
They started to use words to generalise a situation: I always, I normally etc. This was usually an attempt to get us to let them do something. “But I normally draw on the walls.” Yeah, right.
They started using temporal words: earlier, yesterday, etc. They would talk about “a moment” as in “at the moment”. “I doing PlayDoh a moment.”
In expressing affection we went from: I love Mama, to I love you, to I love you sooooo much!
They started using more connectives: actually and but. But would usually be part of a long convoluted telling of a story on Immie’s part. “Fireman Sam rescue Norman and but Penny helped James and but Elvis fell over…”
Immie also figured out that “soaking wet” meant very wet, which meant for quite a while we have the joy of her using “soaking” instead of “very”: soaking cuddly, soaking tangled, soaking dry… She also pronounces “huge” as “fuge”. It’s so cute.
Before Christmas they started talking about how “important” things were. Sometimes they would ask for an item because “I need it for work”.
They play imaginative games and bring us “pertend” food and tell us to be quiet because their babies are sleeping. Immie loves to run and jump and climb. She loves the mud. Two weeks ago she started using the potty. She can only do it when she is naked from the waist down (so only at home!), but she is pretty much spot on with it when she is.
Claudia has discovered jigsaw puzzles in the last couple of weeks. Before they had those wooden ones with the shapes you put in the holes and a handful of three piece jigsaws, but I bought them a set of Frozen jigsaws (oh how they love Frozen! Although we don’t have to watch it daily any more.) and she can do the 12 piece in literally a couple of minutes. The 24 piece takes longer. Less than 5 though. Immie isn’t interested in them at all. At least, she expresses interest, moves the pieces around a bit and then goes to climb all over the sofa cushions again.
They are just more and more amazing and I can’t wait to see what more there is to come as they creep close and closer to three years old! (I know, right, tempus fucking fugit!)