21 Month Milestones

Where has the time gone? In three months time i am going to have a 2 year old!


Oliver understands what the potty is for and whenever he isn’t wearing a nappy he will look for his potty and use it, then once he has finished he will applaud himself saying ‘Well done’ and then he will bring it to me to empty.

He has begun to take off his own clothes, undressing himself when he is feeling hot, the socks have always come off as soon as he has entered the house but now he takes off his cardigan or coat himself. He knows how to pull down his trousers as well but needs help with his tops, he will put his arms up into the air if he wants a t-shirt or jumper to be taken off.

He loves to play football and is actually showing good ball skills, he walks/runs along with the ball dribbling it and keeping it under control. He knows what direction to kick it, if asked to bring the ball back he will turn with it and kick it back towards me. We have many footballs in the garden due to his big brother playing football so Oliver will often line all the balls up in a row and run along kicking one at a time shouting ‘Goal Goal’

Oliver knows where most of his body parts are, he can name them and point to them. Face, teeth, mouth, tongue, eyes, ears, nose, head , hair, feet, toes, hands, belly, bottom, back, knees and legs. he loves doing this with his big brothers but can often poke them in the eye when pointing to their eyes oops!

Oliver knows where his high chair is and when he is hungry he will climb into it and say ‘Eat!’

He understands what tidy up time is and knows where most of his toys are kept, I tell him that he can only play with another toy if the previous one is put away so he will place the toy back into the box that he comes in.

He likes to try new foods and is always intrigued by what i am eating. He eats olives and loves pasta bake, his favourite fruit is blueberries and really enjoys eating houmous on breadsticks.

He enjoys drawing and will spend ages scribbling away creating a masterpiece, If i draw a picture he will scribble over it showing signs of following lines ready to colour in.

Oliver is a sorter and is always sorting cars and blocks into colours and sizes. He will line up his cars going from big to small.

He has begun to show signs of counting, moving the fruit from the bowl onto the table saying 1 2 3 and 5, he also counts backwards from 3 when going down a slide or when he is ready to run in a race with his big brothers.

He is always shouting for his eldest brother Jak, most of the time it’s because he wants him to play with him and he will often shout for both of his brothers if i ask him to shout them downstairs for dinner.

Oliver has a little piano that plays nursery rhymes, tunes and says numbers and letters, he loves to listen to Pop goes the Weasel and dances around the floor to the tunes. He loves to swing his hips away to the eastenders tune too.

He has always been happy to play by himself with a ball but now he likes to throw the ball and play catch, he has a very strong powerful throw on him! Which he is using to not only throw balls but also toys, not good!

He is beginning to throw a lot more tantrums mostly because he doesn’t get his own way, he doesn’t like to have anything with him when he is in his buggy so everything will get thrown out. I have been trying to ignore him when he does throw himself on the floor and scream but it is very hard to do but i know it is the best way to deal with it, also taking him away from the problem helps too.

Oliver loves to help with the household chores, often helping me emptying the washing machine or filling it up, he likes to follow me with his little hoover when i am vacuuming and he will also dust the sides down when he picks up a duster.

I have so many more things to look forward to with Oliver, see you all next month with his 22 month old milestones 🙂



A break through or just a one off!

Last night was the first night in just over three weeks where i got a decent night sleep.

For the past few weeks Oliver has been torturing us through out the night with his screaming because he wants to get in bed and be close to me. It all started when i got his hair cut and although it needed i was in two minds to do it as he uses his hair as comfort. Well i certainly paid for my decision as from that day he has woke up in the night, climbed out of his cot and into my bed, crawled up straight the middle of his Dad and i, put his hand out to find my hair, once his fingers were entwined around the strands of my hair he drifted off to sleep. A few days ago i blogged about wanting some sleep and what we was going through read about it  here.

I have had a few bad nights since where i have laid in my bed and listened to him scream and cry, watched him kick and punch his cot in temper but it’s looking like my perseverance and persistence has played off as last night he pretty much slept through waking once to have a little cry but he laid back down and fell asleep after five minutes.

 This is how i found him this morning



What has worked for me?

I have had to put my dressing gown into his cot so he had something of me to cuddle up to and smell

I removed his cot bumper so he had nothing to use to lever himself up on

I put one of his favourite blankets into his cot

I pushed his cot away from the bottom of my bed so it wasn’t touching it

I slept at the bottom of the bed so i could be close to him and so if he did manage to climb out i was there to catch him

I made sure that he fell asleep in his cot of the evening

Everytime he attempted to climb out of the cot i placed him back in and laid him down

I didn’t speak to him

Persevered but suffered hours of missed sleep

I didn’t give in!

Is this the first of many nights of good sleep or just a one off!

I hope so…..



Is your toddler ready for the Marathon?




With the London marathon looming, taking place this sunday (21st April), adult runners are preparing for a major feat. However, what mums and dads may not realise is that on a daily basis, the nutrition our little ones require to achieve every day milestones, like crawling, walking and running, is comparable to the power grown-ups need to complete major achievements.

The First Steps Research, commissioned by www.growingupmilkinfo.com, highlights how a toddler’s daily antics, which might include: tottering from one end of the sofa to the other, playing in their sandpit or even their afternoon nap, uses the same energy, when compared ‘pound for pound’ to an adult running 30 miles. That’s more than a marathon.

This is also equivalent to:

  • Eight hours of straight singles tennis – just three hours shy of the record breaking 11 hour, five minute match set at Wimbledon, by Nicolas Mahut and John Isner in 2010
  • Rowing for six hours – plenty of time to row the 21 miles of the English Channel
  • 250 minutes boxing – that’s 83 rounds in the ring, which is over 27 individual fights

Leading dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton explains the science behind these findings. She comments: “To illustrate the difference between a toddler’s and an adult’s diet, the First Steps Research worked out the average calories required to support a toddler on a daily basis. We took into consideration their weight, resting metabolic rate, and energy necessary for growth, development and activity. Each of these factors, when compared with an average 70kg (154lb) adult, equated ‘pound for pound’ to a 3,600 calorie daily diet for an adult. That’s enough to run marathons, climb Ben Nevis twice, or box more than seven fights consecutively.

My 20 month old is always on the go, from the moment he is awake to the minute he falls asleep he spends his time running around, climbing, playing with the ball either throwing or kicking it and riding his bike. I don’t have enough energy in me to keep up with him, there’s one thing for sure is that i sleep very well at night (when he isn’t waking me up) as he tires me out! His favorite activity is going to our local gymnastics club where he spends an hour and a half  bouncing on the trampoline, walking on the beams, jumping into the pit and generally running around.



“I hope the findings of the First Steps Research go some way to help parents understand why it is so important for our toddlers to get the right healthy balanced diet, designed to meet their special nutritional needs, including the right amount of vitamins – for this amazing period of growth and development.”

Visit GrowingUpMilkInfo.com to find out more about the amazing growth and development that one toddlers experience from the age of one to three. The website offers nutritional advice from experts, as well hints and tips on ways to top-up your toddler’s daily vitamin D intake, and the role Growing Up Milk can play to help support little ones.

This post is a part of my role being a Growing Up Milk Mumtor. I have received no payment i  doing so!



Pencil mad! 83/365

Oliver is now 20 months old and a favourite activity of his is drawing, the boy loves it that much he draws on anything including, my kitchen cupboards, floor and walls!

He tags everywhere he goes! recently we had been to Nannys for a visit and after we left I for a text from Nan telling me she loved the picture that Oliver had left her on her computer, no he didn’t use a drawing programme on the computer he actually found a pen and drew all over the screen with it, leaving Nanny to find his masterpiece!

I try my best to keep all pens, felts and paints away from him, locked away high up in a cupboard where only the older ones can reach.

If one of Oliver’s brothers are doing there homework then he asks for ‘Paper’ and ‘Pencil’ so he can join in with some drawing.

Today the boys coloured in some Easter Cards and of coarse Oliver joined in with the activity



The Sunshine Vitamin

Children need Vitamin D to help their bones develop properly, grow and stay strong. Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium which helps us to build strong teeth and bones. A deficiency in Vitamin D at an early age can lead to a child developing rickets (a bone deformity), delayed motor skills, aches and pains and future bone fractures.

We get about 80% of our Vitamin D recommendation from the suns Ultra Violet (UVB) rays, when the sunshines on our skin our bodies make the Vitamin D, although if the sun is low lying or it is a cloudy, foggy day then our bodies will struggle to make the Vitamin so we need source it from other materials either by suppliments as an adult or from a food source.

Regardless of age a child’s Vitamin D daily requirement is 10 micrograms/400iu

Good Sources of Vitamin D:

  • Oily fish like Salmon and Tuna
  • Egg Yolk
  • Orange Juice
  • Fortified Milk (Formula)
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Meat
  • Fortified Margarine

How we get our Vitamin D:

Get Active: 10-15 minutes of play a day outside, receiving sun exposure on your arms and legs should be enough for your Vitamin D requirement, remember to apply sunscreen on really hot days. 2-3 days a week during the summer months (April-October) should be enough to get the sufficient amount of Vitamin D.

Eat Healthy: Eating a balanced diet which is rich in dairy and fish

Formula Milk: Infant formula milk is already fortified with Vitamin D and if your child is drinking about a pint (500ml) a day then they will be receiving enough of their daily Vitamin D without having to supplement their diet.

Oliver my 19 month old boy still drinks two bottles of 6oz growing up milk a day, one in the morning after breakfast and one in the evening just before bed, so I ensure he gets the rest of his recommended dosage by giving him a balanced diet. We eat fish twice a week, once on a Friday and another day it will be tuna with pasta, which Oliver prefers to eat over chicken, he drinks lots of orange juice and loves his breakfast cereal so I make sure that it is one that is fortified with Vitamin D. Oliver is a very active boy who is full of energy and is always running and climbing I want to make sure that he stays strong and healthy so he doesn’t at an older age have weak bones. Oliver loves to be in the great outdoors and the weather is nice he will spend most of his time digging playing in the garden, if the suns rays are strong I do take precaution and rub suncream onto his skin, although in order for our bodies to get the sufficient amount of vitamin D from the rays the exposure needs to be without sunscreen.

How would you recommend that we receive our Vitamin D requirement?