Growing Ella


Naturally Ella continues to grow and develop. Her language is still very good, she picked up a couple of French words on holiday, ie be able to repeat them, but not necessarily know when to use them. She has excellent conversations nowadays, though you have to understand their context to follow what she means, as they don’t always relate to what you’ve just said to her, ie she might suddenly talk about something that happened earlier in the day, or confusingly for people talking to her on the phone, she’ll mention what’s on the telly. She has good sentences, for example the other day she said ‘Come on Gan-gan, come to my garden’ or this morning, ‘My bed messy, Mummy tidy it’.

Something we think she’s got from us is saying ‘bit of…’. So she’ll say ‘bit sore’ or ‘bit sad’, rather than just ‘sore’ or ‘sad’. Another phrase she’s picked up is ‘not yet’. So I’ll ask if she wants to go to bed, or if she needs a pee, or if she’s hungry, and she’ll say ‘not yet’. I think she takes this as meaning ‘no’, as maybe we say ‘not yet’ to her in order to put off some request that she has just made (like for more food, or to play when we’re just going out or something), and she believes ‘not yet’ means ‘no’.

What didn’t develop on holiday was her toilet training. She shows no interest in going to the loo, she is quite happy playing in a wet or pooey nappy. There has been some familial pressure that she is too old to be not potty trained, but many others disagree. Caroline, Ella’s childminder, reckons that Christmas will be the right time for Ella. We did discover that the pull-up nappies are not very good at holding in poo, with several messy incidents on holiday. The less said on that, the better.

On coming home, I’ve taken down the stair-guard at the bottom of the stairs. We haven’t been using it for ages, as Ella is safe going up and down stairs. I have also taken advantage of having to reconstruct her cot (it was taken down to its flat-packed state for Cowes Week renting) by rebuilding it as a bed, so she is now sleeping in a proper little bed. It has to be said she is quite mobile in it, with many different positions and alignments having been observed. What she is very good at is not getting out of it when she’s awake. She seems quite happy playing with the cuddly toys in the bed and doesn’t get up until we go in and get her, whether that’s after her night sleep, or afternoon nap. I’m not sure how long this will last.

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