Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Happy Birthday!

Where have the past two years gone?

Grace, daughter number one, completed her second year yesterday. To celebrate, we visited Igglepiggle and the gang at the In The Night Garden Live show at Queen's Park in Glasgow. We followed that with a special birthday lunch at Pizza Hut, which was probably just as much for us as it was for Grace...

The show was fantastic. Check out my note in 'Family Fun' for full details but suffice to say, it was well worth the money; they really have it nailed for the children and the parents.

At Gymboree on Saturday, we got a special Happy Birthday song and rendition of Grace's favourite song 'Twinkle Twinkle' too. She is really starting to understand the fact that all these things, along with the visitors, cards and gifts are about her. It's been lovely to see her getting a bit of special treatment (although, as parents, we will keep her grounded in her future expectations!).

Watching her grow and learn over the past two years has just been, and every day is, so much fun. Her speech is coming on, she's getting stronger and can already count to ten. Okay, so she doesn't really understand what numbers are but hey, I still find it impressive!

I would like to see her speech progress a bit faster but nursery looms this year and I think that will really help. We have been lucky in having Julie's dad to take her during the day while we have been at work. However, a young mind really needs more than Papa's conversation, so the extended time with wee people her own age will hopefully turn her words into full sentences.

I think we are doing a good job though. She is well behaved, learns quickly, is gentle with her sister and constantly wants to explore. I can't wait to learn what the year ahead has in store.

Do you have a toddler? Any tips for helping with speech development?

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