26 July 2017

LILY'S 18 MONTH UPDATE


How on earth is my tiny little Lily Bean a year and a half already?! I've been massively slacking with the updates, in fact, I think the last one was her 8 month update...Quite a lot has happened since then and she's progressed a lot! We are having concerns about her hearing again though, at 4 months when she went for a hearing test we were told she had some fluid behind her ears but as she had not long had a cold they said not to worry as that could likely have been the cause but her speech hasn't progressed since 10 months and it just rang the Mummy alarm bells so I mentioned it to our wonderful health visitor who has referred her for a hearing screen and a speech and language therapist.

Her little personality is shining through now, she is one hell of a strong willed, feisty little ball of cuteness. She also throws amazing strops, full on screaming then throwing herself arse first to the floor complete with leg kicking and tears. She gives kisses and hugs and it's the cutest thing ever and my heart does the melting thing whenever she does it. She also dishes out kisses when she's told to get down off the coffee table for the millionth time so she's got wrapping me round her teeny tiny little finger down pretty damn well.





Weight 

She was 20lbs a little while ago. She is generally weighed every 3 months now if not longer but my guess would be that she's much heavier now!
Clothes size 

6-9/9-12 generally but random bigger and smaller bits fit. She's wearing a 2-4 month old cardigan in the photo above so yeh. Sizes are pretty random. 
Milk 

She's still breastfed and still feeding all the time. She will feed up to every hour at night, every time she stirs she wakes and 9/10 she needs feeding back to sleep. I'm finding it ridiculously difficult now and the aversion really isn't helping matters. I have spoken to my health visitor about introducing a bottle of formula to replace a breastfeed to give my tits a well deserved break. 
Food

She is pretty good with food and will give anything a go. Her favourites are pasta bake, bananas, Macaroni Cheese, Spicy things (she's partial to some hot salsa here and there), yogurts (still), strawberries, Kiddylicious Veggie Straws and Smoothie Melts, dried fruit and wotists. She is definitely more picky and isn't impressed if her lunch doesn't have baby crisps of some description. She has the occasional fruit pouch as a pudding but other than that she has been eating just finger foods since 11.5 months. I still cut everything because I'm a worrier but she's starting to not shove everything in and realising her mouth isn't as big as her eyes.

Teeth 

We now have 10 teeth in total. She decided to cut various teeth at the same time, 4 of which have actually cut through now but there are still a good 4 on the way.  
Sleep 

 I've been quite strict with the breastfeeds at night and have only been offering milk at bed time and not letting her self serve throughout the evening and this has improved actually getting her to sleep, it takes on average about 10-20 minutes to settle her to sleep with a feed these days which is a massive improvement from a couple of months ago where it would take anything up to 2.5 hours which was HELL. Still not going to bed before 10 though but still a step up from 2am.
Milestones 

She started walking at 9 months and now she's running and jumping which is crazy to think about. She hasn't progressed with her speech since about 10 months and can say hiya, milk, cat and duck in context which she learnt at about 10 months so I'm worrying a lot about that. I kind of think she is learning to say Daddy in context but it may just have been a coincidence that she ran to Ben whilst saying dadada but she won't copy new sounds we make.

She does understand speech, for example

Milk - she will come and pull at my top or point and say "ulk"
Snack - she will run to the baby gate or the kitchen drawer if that's open
Pingu - she will run to Ben's computer to watch some good old Pingu
Kitty - she will run to the door to go and call Garfield in for his dinner
Bed - she will run into the bedroom.

I'm finding it hard not to worry about it, whether it be her hearing or something else but the fact she's not progressed makes me all kinds of anxious. She has been referred to have an assessment with a Speech and Language Therapist coming up so hopefully they will be able to shed some light on things.

Likes 

Chu Chu TV, Little Baby Bum and Pingu, basically a YouTube addict already. She loves flopping herself down on the arse which she thinks is the most hilarious thing ever and she's right for the first 10 or so times. She loves lining her little toys up on the side of the coffee table and putting various objects in and out of bags and boxes.
How am I feeling?

The past month or two have been fucking testing. I'm really struggling with breastfeeding and sleep deprivation and high horse dwellers making me feel inadequate as a parent in general for various stupid reasons like, Lily not sleeping through, Sharing my kids photos online, breastfeeding, wanting to give combi feeding a go, etc (I'm fucking fab FYI) didn't really do wonders for my self esteem. Just what I needed as I had been discharged from MH care for the first time in years due to not attending the appointment because I couldn't face leaving the house after my anxiety progress went all kinds of backwards. I wrote a bit about how I dealt with that here and my struggles with Lily sleeping here. I have now been re referred to a different service so hopefully that will help get me back on my feet. I'm also worrying about her speech and doing the stupid thing where I compare my children. I looked back on what Eloise was saying at Lily's age and it was a big old list and there is Lily with a total of 4 words. 

I feel kind of bad for Lily and all the appointments she has, it seems never ending. She's got an appointment with an eye specialist to check her optic nerve at the end of August, a physio appointment in September and a hearing test and speech and language therapist appointment at some point too. She gives approximately zero fucks about them though so I guess there is that. I just want to know everything is okay! 




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11 comments:

  1. Ah I like updates like this! I hope the appointments go well lovely xx

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  2. Lovely update! Don't let anyone make you feel inadequate, you are doing amazingly! X

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  3. Such a fab update!! It seems to be the season for bad bedtimes though with lots of my mummy friends struggling!

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    1. It does doesn't it! So many babes are waking, I don't think the light evenings and bright mornings are helping the little ones! x

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  4. Lovely update hun! I'm so sorry her sleeping isn't the greatest, I found it so hard when breastfeeding too, I think some of us just don't have great sleepers 😭 please do let us know how she gets on with her appointments hun, I hope they go well xx

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    1. Thank you lovely, I will make sure to update on here at some point when we've had all the appointments! :) x

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  5. It sounds like she's thriving. Sorry you're not having the best time right now and hope things get better soon. Let us know how her appointments go xx

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    1. Thank you sweet, I will be sure to update :) xx

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  6. such a lovely update, I love reading back on my updates for my girlies. x

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