We have breathed a sigh of relief as Eva has made it to 3! Some days this year have been challenging and some have been magical. It goes with the toddlerhood territory.
From a cute toddler to a little girl, this year has seen so many changes. Of course to us the changes are fluid as we see them every day. It’s not until we take time to stop and reflect to see how much she is learning and embracing new concepts all the time.
Eva has graciously (mostly) welcomed her baby brother into the family although it has been hard for her to have less dedicated attention. Overall she does enjoy showering him with love although jealousy does rear it’s ugly head some days.
Eva’s language and comprehension is where the most obvious changes have occurred. From having a list of 20 words at her second birthday and us willing her to talk. To now, where there is no silence during her waking hours only constant chattering!
The air is constantly full of questions these days. She is unsatisfied that we don’t know what the man is doing in his front yard/why the car is parked there etc. Shouldn’t we know everything?
Her memory is scary. How does she know that that is the shop that we bought a ball at months ago and haven’t driven past since?? Nothing escapes her it seems.
Eva still loves to climb, explore and of course riding a tricycle is her favourite new skill in recent months. The tricycle was a skill that crept up on us seeing as we don’t have one at home. Just something she picked up from various other play spaces and then suddenly she could do it.
This year we have discovered that Eva has several food sensitivities that affect her behaviour, digestive system and skin. The change in her has been amazing and it has meant that we like being with her all the time when her behaviour is under control. The good news is that she will most likely grow out of them.
Speaking of growing this year hasn’t seen her do much of that! Eva is growing in height but as always her weight is lingering behind. It’s not from a lack of trying to feed her or from a lack of eating. She’s just tall and thin!
Watching her play develop to include other children and imaginary play has been fascinating. I love that she can now tell me stories and can join in with other people’s games.
We have enjoyed watching her fine motor skills improve with a range of art now adorning our walls. Stickers and markers are favourite art tools although with an easel now in residence and warmer weather I’m sure that paint will become even more popular.
Since Hugo’s arrival Eva has had an increased awareness of her hospitalisation. She looks through the photo album of Eva’s Story (her 105 days in hospital) and watches videos of herself. She pauses at the canvas in our hallway of her on Day 2. All this leads to talking about various attachments that she had. I am fascinated to know how much subconscious memory she has of this traumatic time in her life.
Lately Eva has been saying her own “Dear God” prayer after we say one as she is going to bed. It really touches our hearts now that she can verbalise her thanks for the little things that we do on a day to day basis. Sometimes to us it was an insignificant part of the day but it’s that moment which she remembers to thank God for.
Above all we are just so proud of our little girl who keeps us on our toes and loves life. God has blessed us with a beautiful daughter.