We are really starting to get to know our little Matilda now. Her personality is beginning to shine through. These are some of the things we know about her so far, and that she may like to know later in life…
She loves a ‘cuggle’ with Charlotte, Matt or me, and isn’t afraid to ask for one. Often this is combined with a BIG open mouthed kiss.
She loves making us laugh, she’ll blink, screw up her face or look at us from under her eyebrows with a serious look on her face.
She loves being a copy cat when we are at the table for dinner, and loves it more when we copy her.
She love crawling around the house with a texta or pencil in her hand making a tap, tap, tap noise on the floor boards as she goes.
She’s a pretty good sleeper. Mostly sleeping from 7.30pm through to about 5.45am when we sneak her into our bed for a drink and a cuddle. Charlotte later creeps in and joins us. It’s one of my favourite times of the day…but only if my night of sleep went to plan too!
Matilda’s is easily entertained, and can keep herself entertained too. Her favourite things to do are to read books, scribble with a pencil on paper, empty the contents of the tupperware drawer, crawl really fast (often into the wall because she’s not looking where she’s going), pull the socks off the clothes horse, rip up tissues, eat, throw food on the floor if it’s something she’s not mad keen on, loves pushing Charlotte so she pretends to fall over, climbing on us so she can sit up high on our chests or shoulders, bath time, loves splashing her feet and hands into the water – her face just lights up, she loves singing and tries to sing along with the Justine Clark albums we play in the car, she loves waving and saying ‘bye’.
She has lots of words now too.
Cuggle – our favourite!
Tanku (thank you)
Pup up (hop up)
She makes sounds that resemble ‘there it is’
Sar-lee (Charlotte) is a recent addition used very sparingly.
Matilda is pretty chilled. She’ll quite happily snuggle into us to watch ABC4Kids, or sit in her highchair after a long day at childcare and wait for dinner. She’s also very determined, but she’s not a risk taker. I think she waits til she knows she can do something. She took what felt like ages to crawl. Showed very little interest in it, then one day just on 10 months we were talking to Aunty Milly and Abiba on the computer and Matilda decided she wanted a closer look and she crawled across the room.
Walking has been the same. Matilda has been standing from around 9 months, always holding on to something and always very carefully lowering herself back down onto the floor when her big sister comes barreling through. She’s cruised around the coffee tables, chairs and couches for months. She took 3 solo steps at 13.5 months, then nothing again until nearly 15 months when she she stood up by herself without holding onto anything then proceeded to walk down the hall. On her third walk (ever), she took 14 steps!
Matilda started childcare at around 10 months and seems to really like it. She’s never complained about being dropped off in the morning, has managed to maintain her day time sleeps (she still has two each day) and has loved the constant supply of food. There are more snacks at Childcare (we call it Kids) than at home. Charlotte, who has recently moved into the pre-school room from the toddler room, will often go and check on her during the day and once they combine all the kids (whose parents work late) around 5pm they often spend the last part of their childcare day playing together.
The other thing we know about Matilda is that while she is a few centimetres shorter than Charlotte at the same age and only a few grams lighter, she has a bigger head.
Here are the stats at one year:
Matilda: height 78cm, weight 10.2cm, head 49.5cm
Charlotte: height 82cm, weight 10.3kg, head 47cm
Me: height 75cm, weight 11.43kg, head 49.1cm
Recently we were referred to a paediatrician because of Matilda’s head size. Her measurements were sitting above the 97th percentile on the growth chart, so the doctors at her regular ‘blue book’ check ups suggested we monitor it and sent us off to see a specialist. We worried about it momentarily. The specialist took great care in watching Matilda’s behaviour and quizzing us about milestones…all of which were perfectly fine. She explained to us that the greatest influence on head size was in fact genetics and that she teaches at one of the universities and fails students if they don’t first measure the heads of the parents in cases like this.
So she whipped out the measuring tape and measured me. On the 97th percentile. Then she whipped out her tape again (this time a much longer tape) and measured Rexy’s boof head. The result not only sat above the 97th percentile, but did not even fit on the graph paper! At that point we both laughed and had a huge sigh of relief. Later finding the measurements that Mum recorded about me at one year of age added to the sense or relief. I now know how important these notes can be further down the track.
We celebrated Matilda’s first birthday in our new house a few days early, and we were lucky enough to have Aunty Milly and Abiba join us for the day. Matilda’s cake was inspired by the little echidna on her drink bottle which she loved smiling and pointing at and talking to. We were in Mount Beauty for Matilda’s actual birthday so we had another little party with Grannie and Pa. More about that later.
Needless to say, we absolutely love our Matilda. She’s a gorgeous, smiley and cheeky little thing and we can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.