Motherhood

16 Months

So in 2 weeks my little boy will be 16 months, I say little, he really isn’t so little anymore, I think that makes me feel like I still have a tiny little baby still. So much has changed since posting about 6 Month Milestone, is it possible for a 16 month old to be going through terrible two’s already!

I honestly have no idea where Oscar gets his attitude from, he’s starting to understand the word ‘NO’, whenever he does something he shouldn’t I tell him no, if he does something really bad my voice gets louder and he knows he’s done wrong. He gives me those little puppy dog eyes and his lips start to turn and wobble, if he’s really in trouble his shoulders start jumping. I feel like such a bad mom for shouting at him when he’s done something wrong but on the other hand I want him to learn about boundaries and that if he does something wrong he can’t get away with it. He puts on a fake cry too and sometimes I have to walk away because it makes me laugh how put on it is, is it even possible for toddlers to manipulate their parents so much at this age.

Fake Cry
Fake Cry

His vocabulary now is coming on lovely, my favourite thing at the moment is when we visit my nan, he will point at the photo of my grandad and say ‘Ga-Ga’ like he understands who he is, my heart burst every single time. He says ‘Daddy’ more and more and only really says ‘Mommy’ when he wants or needs something. Usually first thing of a morning when he wants to come out of his cot and have his bottle. All I can hear between cries is ‘Momma’, ‘Mummy’, ‘Mama’ to get my attention, and as soon as he’s picked up he starts laughing. He’s started to say what sounds like ‘Ank You’ now, whenever he has something I’m constantly drilling please and thank you into his head so fingers crossed he’s picking up on it.

He’s started to make the link between certain things too, if he sees a dog walking he starts saying ‘Uff-Uff’ and sometimes on the rare occasion he says ‘Oggy’. When he’s in the bath he has lots of plastic farm animals and he always passes them to daddy to make the noise of what the animal, he absolutely loves it! When we go on visits to the farm or zoo we always tell him what animal it is and try and re create the sound they make to see if he will pick it up.

My Independent Bear
My Independent Bear

But it’s not all fun and games at this age, the other day he bounced a water bottle off my eye, he’s head butted me a few times, he’s started smacking, biting and throwing too. I’m hoping it’s just a phase they go through because I’m sick of saying the word, ‘NO’ and ‘that’s naughty’. Sometimes when he knows he shouldn’t be doing something and he catches me watching him, he will just look at me and start shaking his head to say no. Other times I think he’s being really loving wanting a cuddle when really all he is doing is biting my collar bones or shoulders.

He’s so independent too, he is so eager to do things on his own and figure things out. Not with all things, I mean he still loves a cuddle and to fall asleep on me sometimes. But I do miss him relying on me for absolutely everything, I just can’t believe how quickly he’s growing up.

One thing I really wished he would grow out of the habit of is public meltdowns. Oh my gosh, this kid throws the biggest tantrums, his arms start swinging round, he starts screaming and on the odd occasion throws himself on the floor. We don’t get them too often but when we do we sure do know about it, and so does everybody else!

Oscar has learnt so much recently, he likes to play peek-a-boo and hides behind his hands, he loves to do the actions to wind the bobbin up and he’s starting to learn how to  run. I feel like everything just needs to slow down, I couldn’t wait for him to walk and now I just want it all to slow down.

My Bear
My Bear

We had our first visit to the dentist and hairdressers, he was absolutely amazing at both which surprised me. The majority of his teeth are now through and he only has the canines left to break through. The dentist told me his molars were already through which surprised me. On his visit to the hairdressers he sat there perfect on daddies lap and had his hair trimmed, it made me so emotional because once he’d had it cut he looked like a real toddler and not a baby anymore. My heart hurt a little bit once his hair was cut short, I knew he was growing up. But the hairdresser gave me a lock of hair to keep in his keepsake box.

My mum has recently bought a horse called Lilly, she’s like another daughter to her and Oscar absolutely loves going to the yard to see her. He’s got his own little baby saddle to ride her (obviously with adults present holding him on), he just absolutely loves animals. He loves going to the yard and getting himself dirty, he helps with feeding Lilly, mucking out her stable and loves riding her down to the fields.

Oscar, Nanny, Daddy & Lilly
Oscar, Nanny, Daddy & Lilly
He Loves Lilly
He Loves Lilly

Oscar absolutely loves to dance, he loves dancing to the Eastenders theme tune when he stays over at my mums. Any kind of music he hears he starts dancing, even in the most random places like the supermarkets and toilets. He still absolutely loves Baby Shark, Puppy Dog Pals and In the Night Garden but he’s started to take more of an interest in  Dougie and Paw Patrol now. Everything at the moment is Paw Patrol!

I still worry about the foods Oscar eats, I know I shouldn’t because he has teeth and he does really well with chewing but it scares the shit out of me when he tries new foods. I try and keep sugary foods to a minimum, and I’m so glad he loves fruit. Veg at the moment he’s not too keen on, I think I need to find some new ideas to make him eat them, but fruit, he absolutely demolishes. At playgroup they give him segments of orange, not cut up, WHOLE SEGMENTS! My heart literally sinks to the ground when I watch him chew and swallow every single piece, but it took the kid about a minute and a half.

Barmouth
Barmouth

Since then I’ve been giving him whole pieces and he seems fine with it, some foods I still like to cut up and break up for my own piece of mind. I know it’s extremely unhealthy but he absolutely loves chips, nuggets and beans. I think that may just be a kid thing but he loves it, beans are his favourite. I’m going to be honest there isn’t a lot he doesn’t like other than veg at the minute, I really do need to find some ways of making him eat them more.

I just can’t believe how much my tiny little 8lb 3oz baby has changed, I miss him being so small and cuddly but I can’t wait for this next adventure. Even if he does have the attitude of a teenager at the moment. He has the biggest personality, he is so cheeky too but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. He’s my beautiful, kind little boy!

Thank you for reading, I can’t wait to continue our journey and to see what lies ahead, keep your eyes peeled for more posts coming soon…\

Hayley x

My Independent Oscar
My Independent Oscar

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