Ten Things I Love about Having a Toddler…

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The last day in May marks the arrival of my first born into the world. It’s so hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since Baby J was born, it’s even harder to believe that within that same year our second came along.


Coming up to her birthday Baby J is toddling, climbing all over the furniture and is generally into EVERYTHING!  She loves to stand up and walk wherever she can, her balance gets better everyday so soon we won’t have to help her, she’ll be away!


With her birthday soon to be upon us, to mark the transition from baby to toddler here are ten things I love about having a toddler:

  1. She sleeps!  This is my favourite by far, we generally have good days with Baby J, because most of the time she has had a good nights sleep.  Don’t get me wrong she has her moments but most of the time she wakes up rested, which makes life with a toddler much easier!
  2. She giggles!  She has an infectious little giggle that never fails to put a smile on my face.  Even after a night spent with what feels like a constantly hungry, constantly pooing, but ever so lovely newborn.
  3. She eats! Baby J still has milk for breakfast and before bed, but throughout the day she eats.   It took what felt like an age to get to this stage but she has proper meals. No more blending food and no more mid-weaning sicky episodes.  The best thing is when your walking around Tesco and Baby J gets a little grumpy, biscuit bribes work.  Hurrah!
  4. Television is interesting!  I know bad parenting.  However, twenty minutes of Mr Tumble in the morning gives me just enough time to tidy away the breakfast pots, before everything in sight becomes a climbing frame.
  5. Toddler friends!  Baby J has little friends who she remembers and loves to play with.  It’s lovely to see how they play and interact with each other, she learns so much in this time.  Plus, Mummy gets to natter with grown ups, win-win right?
  6. Awake time.  Don’t get me wrong I love nap time, awake time has its bonuses though I promise.  We can take Baby J to parks, zoos, farms and soft play and she loves it!  Her little eyes light up as she takes everything in, she laughs and smiles and its obvious she’s having a good time.  When she was born the sleepy stage seamt to last forever.  Now I know with that Little E that this stage will quickly, she too will soon be awake more and exploring the world just like her big sister!
  7. Play time.  There are some amazing toys out there for children.  Before Baby J was born I bought loads. It felt like they just sat there for months.   Now Baby J has everything out, yes all at once and you can’t see the floor for toys.  Wait, why did I say I love playtime…?
  8. She talks!  I’m not talking any sort of decipherable conversation but baby babble!  She has a right good rattle and we have our own conversations. Throw in a few hand gestures, a good little finger point and I’ve been put right in my place.  That’s my girl!
  9. She cuddles.  One of the simplest, nicest things you can get.  A sleepy cuddle before bedtime.  Enough said.
  10. She’s a big sister!  Baby J is now a proud big sister to Little E.  She peers over the moses basket to check on her, she talks to her when she cries and she holds her hand when they are sat together.   I must say here that this is all supervised, as the hand holding can quickly escalate to a crack on the head when Little E is fast asleep and non the wiser! Baby J takes more interest in her sister everyday, and soon Little E will be able to to do the same.  Here’s hoping they will be the best of friends.

Happy Birthday Baby J. May the toddling commence!

78 Comments

  • manstayshome May 14, 2016 at 8:17 am

    It’s lovely to see them becoming little people, appreciative of things in the world, reacting to stuff they see and generally becoming great company!

    Lovely post – thanks for sharing.

    #fortheloveofBLOG

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

      It really is, she’s giving us so much back already!

      Thankyou for your comments 🙂

      #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Azaria Lynch (@beingMrsLynch) May 14, 2016 at 8:19 am

    This is so lovely, My daughter is 14months and I have loved watching her grow from baby to toddler. The changes happen so fast and you can see how much they are thinking and working things out. I have no idea how you do it with a toddler and a newborn though!

    Azaria- BeingMrsLynch
    #fortheloveofBLOG

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 14, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Thankyou for your comment! It really does happen fast, sometimes it seems as though she changes over night! Luckily my newborn is nothing like her big sister (she’s relatively quiet in comparison) so for that I am grateful!!

      #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • clairelsimpson May 14, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    It can be hard work parenting a toddler so it’s lovely to pause and reflect on the positive things.

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 14, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Definitely, it’s gets us through!
      Thankyou for your comment 🙂

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  • Educating Roversi May 14, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    It’s so nice to take stock and appreciate the stage that they’re at. Happy Birthday to your little girl xx #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      It really is, otherwise the times passes and things are missed! Thankyou for your comments 🙂

      #KCACOLS

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  • beautybabyandme May 15, 2016 at 6:54 am

    This is lovely – don’t get me wrong I love how cute my little baby boy is but I am so excited for when he’s a bit older and chatting and cuddles me back. I dont want to wish time away though as I know it’ll be here before we know it xx #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 15, 2016 at 8:06 am

      I know exactly how you feel, my youngest is four weeks and in a way I can’t wait for her to be as old as her sister, but I don’t plan on having any more so I don’t want to wish the newborn stage away either! Thanks for your comment 🙂

      #KCACOLS

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  • justsayingmum May 15, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Ah that’s a gorgeous list – she eats, she giggles – just lovely – enjoy her! #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Thankyou for your comment 🙂 it was an easy list to write, she is rather lovely. Then aren’t they all!

      #KCACOLS

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  • Savannah (@HowHesRaised) May 15, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    It truly is so fun to watch them grow! My son is 13 months, so I can definitely relate to a lot of these. In the newborn days, it’s a lot of giving. Lots of sleepless nights, and diaper changes, and rocking, and tons and tons of other things-with not much in return but a sleepy babe. At this age, the smiles and laughs, and hurried little crawls toward you are so worth it! #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 16, 2016 at 1:34 am

      It’s true when they are newborn you don’t get much back, but the time goes so quickly! Thankyou for your lovely comments :)!

      #KCACOLS

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  • ljdove23 May 16, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Aww this made me feel quite emotional, there is nothing more amazing than watching your children grow and the wonderful, funny, lovable things that they do. My youngest will be two next week and I’m a bit of an emotional wreck about it, I love the little person he has become but wow I miss those baby days! #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 16, 2016 at 9:14 am

      It all happens so quickly too, I don’t know where he time has gone! Thankyou for your lovely comments 🙂

      #KCACOLS

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  • mindfulmummy May 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    OMG you have a one yr old and a baby – I have only come across your blog because of #theloveofBLOG but am now going to read more – congratulations and well done for blogging too! I’m well jel that Baby J sleeps (see my own post for more details!) but I really loved this post for reminding us all of the positives of having a toddler – such an exciting time, especially the explosion of words. I look forward to reading more.

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Ah thankyou for such lovely comments! It’s difficult but it really is exciting too 🙂 she’s a little gem and so is the small one! Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog, I’m heading your way now! 🙂

      #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Katy (@hotpinkwellies) May 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Aw, Happy Birthday Baby J! I think toddlers get a bad rap in general, but I have to admit that in general I love it far more than the baby days! It’s so lovely to see their little personalities coming through. It’s such an exciting time. And sleep is the biggest bonus there could ever be! #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      It really is so lovely, she makes us laugh all of the time! She has a great character! She can be a monkey don’t get me wrong but can’t they all! Thanks for your lovely comments 🙂

      #KCACOLS

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  • lauracharlie1988 May 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Ahhhh happy birthday little one 🙂 I can’t wait to have a toddler. It seems like such a fun stage! #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      It’s hard work at time but so worth it! 💕
      Thankyou for your comment 🙂
      #KCACOLS

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  • A mum track mind May 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    This is a lovely post. It makes a change to see a post about the positives of toddlers – I usually just read the negatives and how hard it is! It can be such a lovely age though and you’ve summed it up really nicely. It does help that she sleeps though! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      It’s a massive help that’s she sleep, otherwise my theme may have been slightly different! Thankyou for your lovely comments 🙂

      #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Rachel (Lifeathomewithmrsb) May 18, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Awe such a sweet post! I must say i still love my sleep and my two are 10 and 5 years old lol! I remember them being toddlers like it was yesterday. Children grow up so fast don’t they! I hope Baby J as a wonderful birthday 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday x

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 18, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      They do grow up so fast, we are only a year in but it has passed in the blink of an eye! Thankyou for your lovely comments and thankyou for having me 🙂

      #KCACOLS

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  • Petite Pudding May 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Ah they are lovely when they start to really develop their own little personalities and you can really start to enjoy those day trips. You are right the sleeping thing defo helps for happy toddlers and happy mummys! #kcacols

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Sleeping really is a bonus! It’s so lovely, she makes us laugh everyday 🙂 thankyou for you lovely comments.

      #KCACOLS

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  • bridiebythesea May 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    My little girl just turned one too and I’m nodding along to all these things…we’re only just at the beginnings of the talking phase but the sleeping is such a bonus too! It’s so lovely to appreciate how things have changed 🙂 lovely post #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Thankyou for your comment 🙂 it is nice to stop and take stock of all of the nice things, as the time goes so quickly it’s easy to miss them! Happy Birthday to your little girl 🙂

      #KCACOLS

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  • mummyhereandthere May 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Can’t beat a toddlers laugh, it can brighten up anyones day 😀 Happy birthday to your daughter X #KCACOLS

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  • Mrs Tubbs May 26, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Ah, that’s lovely 🙂 It’s great when they start turning into little people and their personalities start coming through. And you’re right, small people laughs and cuddles are the best!

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  • babiesbiscuitsandbooze May 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    What a gorgeous post! My little guy has just turned 6 months and it’s so strange how much has changed in that time and how different he will be in another 6 months. He’s just started playing with toys properly as he can sit and is trying to crawl, you definitely don’t need much before this point in the way of toys!! #BloggerClubUK

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 27, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Ah bless him, it’s a lovey age when you can really start to see their character shine through! Thank you for you comments 🙂

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  • The Mum Project May 27, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Aww this is soo sweet! I kind of teared up at the last one of her older sister checking on her in the moses basket : ) : ), adorable! This makes me very excited for when my son – currently 5 months old – is old enough to talk and play! The play sounds like it is much more interesting, the xylophone finally in use : ). AND THE SLEEP, I am so excited of him to finally sleep through the night. Thanks so much for sharing with #StayClassy!

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Ah thankyou for your lovely comments! The play does get much more interesting! A Toys ‘R’ Us trip now takes half a day 🙂 and he sleep is amazing! Thankyou for reading 🙂

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  • rachelbustin blog (@RachelBustin) May 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I can’t wait until my 4 month old starts toddling around. Although I do love her as a baby as she still is in the same place as when I left her! xx

    Thanks for linking up with #stayclassy

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 28, 2016 at 7:10 am

      It’s so nice when they are still in the same place you left them! It’s nice when they are moving too, I definitely need eyes in the back of my head mind! Thankyou for you comments 🙂

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  • Megan Bidmead (@whispertoroar) May 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Lovely post. I really love the toddler stage 🙂 it’s tiring in a different way but so lovely when they start walking and talking. #happydayslinky

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 28, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Ah it really is! She doesn’t stop mind! Haha! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Lizzie May 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Such a sweet post. Toddlerhood is by far my favourite age stage so far. I loved them as babies, but they make great toddlers. I especially love the chatting, it means I can reason with them or they can tell me what’s wrong, as I slip them a biscuit bribe… x #happydays

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 28, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Haha I love the biscuit bribes! The chatting is hilarious sometimes too, out latest is ‘gog’ whilst pointing at the dog! Thanks for reading!

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  • madelinelittlejohns May 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Ahh this is lovely! I wrote a post recently about missing the new baby stage, but there really is so much to love about the toddler stage! My 2 year old is such fun! x #BloggerClubUK

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 28, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      It really is a lot of fun, she makes up laugh everyday! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • butterflymum83 May 29, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Such a lovely list. I preferred the toddler years to the baby years by far (now we’re into preschooler phase which is…interesting lol) #stayclassy

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 29, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Oh no the phases never end! I do prefer the toddler stage overall too, I wonder if I’ll miss a newborn though when my youngest reaches one! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy May 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Happy birthday to baby J!! She sounds like a happy, busy girl & a great big sister too! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 30, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Ah thankyou! She is definitely busy, haha! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • beccaweatherall May 31, 2016 at 10:05 am

    What a lovely post! 🙂 And congratulations on your little one’s first birthday! And being a Mummy of two under one! Amazing! My little boy is 20 months and I have loved all these things you mention too! x #happydays

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  • Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid June 3, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Aww happy birthday Baby J! I’m impressed that you have two so close, I struggle to cope with a 23 month gap! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

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  • Katy (What Katy Said) June 3, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Toddlerhood is just the cutest age, the beginning of it especially. I love watching them become mini humans. Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 3, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Isn’t it just, I love to see her character shining through! Thank for reading 🙂

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  • marinailieva June 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    This is such a lovely post! The whole beauty is that mothers always see the good sides of every age, don’t we? But I definitely like number 1. 🙂 #AnythingGoes

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      We definitely do! Sleep is the key I think! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum) July 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    What a sweet post. Congratulations and I particularly loved the giggles and cuddles. A good toddler giggle is so infectious! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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  • butterflymum83 July 18, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    What a wonderful, positive post 😀 Parenting toddlers is hard (at 3 my son is coming out the other side now into a “preschooler”) and it’s really important to keep track of the positives. I too love the talking so much and watching them play with other kids is so cute. That part only gets better for the next few years, fun time 😀 #ablogginggoodtime

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    • thetaleofmummyhood July 18, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Ah thankyou, I bet the time really flies doesn’t it! Thanks for reading X

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  • Rhyming with Wine August 2, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Everyone kept telling me to treasure the baby days as they are gone in a blink, and they are right, they do go so quickly, but I’ve just found that the days continue to get better and better! Great list – I think it’s lovely to embrace the happy bits through every phase. There really is nothing better than giving your little one a snuggle, and them being able to cuddle you back. Makes all the sleepless nights worthwhile. xx
    #DreamTeam

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    • Rhyming with Wine August 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Just as gorgeous to read second time around lovely – definitely worth a second visit. Thanks for linking up with #fartglitter x

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      • The Tale of Mummyhood September 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

        Thankyou x

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  • Helen August 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Yes to all of these! My daughter is now well and truly a toddler and she has such a little character beginning to emerge. Everyday she makes me feel proud and that’s the brilliant thing about toddlers! 🙂 #DreamTeam

    Helen x

    http://www.treasureeverymoment.co.uk/

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  • babiesloveweaning August 2, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I love having a toddler too. My lb is 2 now, but it’s such am amazing age, they change and learn something new about 8 times a day.
    #DreamTeam

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  • Annette August 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    That’s such a gorgeous post. And lovely memories to look back on too. I remember the toddler time flying past ever so quickly. There is nothing better than a little ones giggles 🙂 Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam

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  • Squirmy Popple August 29, 2016 at 6:20 am

    I much prefer toddlerhood to babyhood! My daughter is so much happier now that she is a toddler and can walk independently and is starting to be able to communicate. Plus she started sleeping once she hit 12 months – the best gift of all! #fartglitter

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 5, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Sleep is my absolute favourite! My daughter is far less frustrated now she can walk too, she get herself into mischief without help now! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • wendy August 30, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Aww this is lovely. Having a toddler can be really hard work sometimes so it can be good to stop and reflect on all the good parts too. Sounds like your little lady is enjoying exploring the world and being a big sister xx #TwinklyTuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 5, 2016 at 8:48 am

      It can be difficult sometimes, but like you say its nice to take time to appreciate the good bits! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Lucy At Home August 30, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Aaaw this is lovely. I love the toddler stage too – it’s so amazing to see them really engaging with the world and getting involved – making friends, giggling, trying to talk. All so cute! #TwinklyTuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 5, 2016 at 8:47 am

      It really is so lovely! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Louise August 31, 2016 at 7:41 am

    The toddler stage is such a lovely one in so many ways. Getting more sleep always makes such a big difference and those little cuddles are magical. My youngest is starting to move beyond the toddler stage and I do miss it. It’s so lovely to see their little personalities really starting to emerge and the toddler babble is adorable. #twinklytuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 5, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Ah it really is! We have recently noticed her becoming far more affectionate too. Time goes too quickly x

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  • diaryofamumof3 August 31, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    The transition to a toddler is so lovely to watch, Happy birthday #TwinklyTuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 5, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Thankyou! x

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