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Lily's personality at 2 years old

I've been wanting to write this sort of post for a while now. Mainly so I can look back in a year or so's time and read about Lily's 2 year old self.. to help remember any of the little things that may have slipped my mind.

But where do you begin with a post like this!? There's just so much to talk about! As I write this post Lily is currently 2 years and 5 months. So not far off 2 and a half. I feel like her biggest leap has been in the last 6 months since turning two, and this is mainly down to her vocabulary and conversation skills. Now that she's talking we have a completely different kind of relationship to what we used to. Its hard to explain exactly how the parent-child relationship changes once your children start talking but I'm sure mothers who have older kids know what I'm talking about.

It's almost like your child becomes much more on your level. They're still your child of course, you're still their mum and they still need you just as much but you can actually have a back and forth conversation. You can explain things to them, tell them about your day and ask them about theirs... almost like you would with a partner! They keep you on your toes just as much, if not more, than they did as a baby... just in an entirely different way.

So what is Lily like at 2 years old? Well she's thoughtful, kind, demanding, witty, with a dry sense of humour and more perceptive than I ever knew a 2 year old could be. She has me and James howling with laughter most days, especially now she's started using her new found words to make an impact. As I tucked her in to bed last night her parting words to me were 'Mummy I do love you, but I don't want your kisses.' ..Talk about a back handed compliment kiddo! She's taken to calling me and James by our first names when she's cross with us and sending me to the naughty step if I've done something wrong (in her eyes!). Such a cheek!

Her perception is incredible too.. we're really having to watch what we say around her now. Private conversations are a thing of the past as little ears are often listening in without us even knowing and she will repeat things back to us that we said days, even weeks ago.

Recently if James does or says something to make me laugh Lily will say in the most bossy voice... 'Mummy, are you laughing at MY daddy?' as if I'm not allowed to share a joke as clearly that's only something her and James do together! ;)


She's definitely become much more interested in the world around her recently and she is so keen for answers several hundred times a day I feel a gentle tug on my hand and a little voice asking 'Mummy what's this?' or 'But why mummy?' Her granny has recently taught her the names of all the flowers and she will delight in showing me all the flowers we come across and naming them all. In fact it was slightly embarrassing when we came across some purple flowers that she didn't recognise during our walk the other day. She asked me so sweetly what they were called and I had to admit that I didn't know... she pondered this for a minute and then said 'I know! It's a geranium!' (I googled it on my phone and she was right it was indeed a geranium... so its official... my toddler is way more intelligent than I am!!)


Moving away from her vocab and onto more specific personality traits I'd say Lily is a lot more of an extrovert than an introvert at this time in her life. This could of course all change as she grows up but as it stands right now she loves all attention on her. I thought that all 2 year olds would probably be extroverts but from observing others at the playgroups we go to and a few of my friends kids who are Lily's age, a lot of them are a lot shy-er and quieter than Lily (which is perfectly okay of course... everyone's different.) According to my mum I was very quiet and introverted as a toddler and it was only when I got to primary school that I started coming out of my shell. Lily's not taken after me in that way as she's incredibly social... not scared of strangers and loves talking to just about everyone who smiles at her in the street ("Hello, my name is Lily Tessa Mae!) She's is constantly singing and dancing and putting on funny little routines to show everyone. One of her favourite quotes is 'Watch me everyone!' and then we're all made to stand, watch and then clap as she does something silly.


She's definitely learning to be more caring although this is something we're still working on but if we get an 'ouchy' she'll say 'awww it's okay mummy' and give it a kiss along with some magic invisible cream. She'll also be really thoughtful in the sense that she'll bring us something that she sees and thinks we'll like (such as a pretty shaped stone or pine cone from outside) or go and get me my shoes without me asking if she knows we're about to leave the house. She's not the most cuddly little girl in the world but even as a baby she always liked her own space... and it means me and James really do appreciate those unexpected cuddles when they come our way!

Her imaginative play has really come on in the last 2 or 3 months too, although that's something I'll talk about in more depth in another post. Whilst before she would need to be playing with something that was actually in front of her (such as Lego or train tracks) she'll now make games out of thin air. Her favourite being 'quick a dragon is coming to get us lets hide behind the curtain' or 'oh no there's ten sharks eating my feet let's sit in this box so they cant get us any more.'


So to sum up, life with my 2 year old is very hectic but very rewarding. There's never a dull moment and I go to bed every night feeling beyond exhausted but she's teaching me so much about what it's like to be a child again and the joy you can get out of every day little things.

Is she a little madam? Hell yeah, but she's MY little madam and I'm so so proud of the little person she is!


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