I haven’t blogged properly for a long long time, I’ve tried to get back into it but just haven’t had the inspiration. As Emilia turns 18 months it’s something I really want to get back into. There is likely to be more parent posts at the moment with some Mum fitness thrown in so I hope that’s ok. As Emilia turned 18 months last weekend I thought I’d do a little life update to get me up and running again.

So a year and a half, I can’t believe my little girl is a year and a half old. She’s a crazy little cracker who can drive me insane but she also makes me happier than I ever thought possible. Some days parenting is tough, and toddler battles seem never ending but then Emilia will smile, laugh or just give me a big cuddle and you remember it’s all worth it.

Emilia Play GymOver the last three months, my last update was at 15 months and you can see it HERE. Emilia seems to have grown up so much. It’s like having a proper little person around. There’s so many new things Emilia loves to do. She’s developed a new copy game where she wants you to copy everything she does. It’s so cute, you can see her mind thinking of what to do next. She also loves playing football and climbing. Our local gymnastics centre has a Toddler Play Gym on every morning so we often go there and she can burn off lots of energy. I’ve also put her on the waiting list for Diddikicks to hone those football skills.

Emilia Little GrooversOne of the only classes we do at the moment, apart from swimming is music and dancing class. I mentioned Emilia’s love of dancing in my last update so Little Groovers is perfect for her. I absolutely love taking her, she is adorable copying the moves and swaying along to the music. She’s always the first up to get the instruments. A little Mozart in the making.

Emilia is great at communicating and can say quite a few words now. And she always finds a way to get her point across even if she’s not sure of the actual word. It’s crazy how much we can understand even though she can’t talk properly yet.

Emilia napSleeping still isn’t her strong point but then we can’t have everything eh! We seemed to have made massive improvements recently, it was bliss but then the 18 month sleep regression hit. There always seems to something. I have no idea how long it’s going to last but we’re having lots of wake ups, and early mornings so it’s not ideal. I just keep reminding myself It’s only a phase, it’s only a phase as I down another cup of coffee! One thing Emilia does do well is nap, we get a good 2 hours from her usually in the middle of the day & it’s nice to have that downtime.

I genuinely love being a Mum and I feel very lucky that I get to stay at home with Emilia. She is my world but being a toddler mum brings its challenges. Emilia knows her own mind and can be quite demanding. She often wants to get herself dressed which means we can’t leave the house as she actually can’t do it but won’t let anyone help. She’s hit a fussy phase with her food which everyone keeps telling me is a control thing. She is already testing the boundaries and she’s not even 2 yet!

I can’t wait to see what the next 18 months brings, some more sleep would be nice.