On a recent fun day trip to Questacon - the National Science & Technology Centre. This was in the "Mini-Q" area for 0-6 year olds.
We've been really enjoying Mia in her toddler years (so far!!). Sure, there is the occasional tantrum or restless sleep here and there, but overall it's been a time of pure wonder at how quickly her abilities have grown, immense satisfaction in watching her pick up on things we're teaching her, and lots and lots of laughter.
Here's a snapshot of what my little 20-month-older is up to lately:
Most used words: No, no way, Dora, cuddle, water, Mummy, Daddy
New words she's learnt recently: Good, shut up (which comes out as "Ub up!" combined with a face palm), high five, ice cream, bathroom, wee-wee
Favourite past-times: Watching Dora, exploring the outdoors, drawing on her etch-a-sketch/chalkboard/colouring-in book, reading books
Favourite songs to dance to: "Moves like Jagger" by Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera, "Pumped up kicks" by Foster the People, "I love it" by Hilltop Hoods/Sia
Favourite foods: Banana, dried apricots, chicken, beans, toast, custard
Stuff she knows a lot about already: Animals and the noises they make, parts of the human body, how to describe the weather, numbers between 1 and 10 (but not in order), how to unlock my phone or find the "emergency call" button when it's still locked and then punch in "000"
Things about Mia that I still don't understand: Why she will say "no" to almost everything including things that she actually does want, why even though she picks up words really easily, she still can't say "milk" which seems to me to be quite a simple one to say, why despite our best efforts something will always happen daily at around the 6pm mark to turn her in to a demon
New challenges that we'll be facing as parents in 2012: Potty training, possibly converting Mia's cot in to a toddler bed if she gets climbey enough, a 2nd birthday party