A Dr Dan Visit

Eva had a 2 1/2 year appointment with the paediatrician, Dr Dan, this week.  The first thing that he noticed was how much her hair had grown in 6 months.  And it really has.  It is looking so cute with curls now.  Some have suggested that it is due for a cut so that she can see at all times.  However we are not ready for that drastic measure yet.  It has taken her body so long to have the energy to grow hair we value it highly.

Dr Dan did a physical assessment of Eva and couldn’t find any issues. Eva sat on the scales  which read 11.455kg a 1.265kg increase in 6 months.  This still finds her just above the 10th centile for weight.  Her height has zoomed from 81cm to 88cm which is between the 25th and 50th centile.  Thus she is quite disproportionate in height and weight.  This is evident in her clothes where she needs size 2 for the length but it swims on her.

Dr Dan graciously agreed to a have his photo taken with Eva whom he has looked after since our return to Australia 15 months ago and Hugo who he looked after immediately after birth.

Overall he had nothing much to comment on and will be happy to see us again when Eva turns 3. How nice it is to have a positive review for our Eva.

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Midway through Two

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Today Eva is 2 1/2.  There has been such huge developmental changes since she turned two.  In fact she seems to change every day!  It really does scare me how sponge like they are at this stage with everything being absorbed and stored in her growing brain.

Everyday her language and thought processes astound me as she tells me something that I didn’t know that she knew.  This past week Eva has decided that we are “Mum”and “Dad”.  We are sad to see the end of Mummy and Daddy.

As of today some of her favourite daily activities include reading books on the rocking chair, taking the step stool to anywhere to reach anything, rolling her suitcase to go on a “holiday”, taking her baba shopping in the pram, playing with the dolls house, playdough and drawing with markers.  I am amazed to see the start of imaginative play developing with more language available to her.

Lately her arms seem to resemble those of Inspector Gadget as she can reach all sorts of things that used to be safe.  Now there are very few high surfaces where I can store special things to keep them safe.  This I am finding a challenge.

Phases that have been and gone recently are click-clacking the highchair buckles repeatedly and opening screw top containers.

Eva is quite the houdini with us requiring a strap to hold her seatbelt together after she took her arms out and popped up to say hello to us while driving!  We have had to install an extra lock on the side gate after I found her at the front door when I know that the gate was closed!  For a while we had to tie her sleeping bag zips together to prevent her stripping naked every night.

Outside play is great at the moment with ride on/in cars proving very popular. We swap these over at the Toy Library frequently which she loves.

An ever popular activity is viewing photos or videos of herself on the computer.  I used this once as a distraction and she grasped the concept very quickly. Now the computer cannot be used by anyone if she is around as it just leads to meltdown if she can’t see “picture Eva”.

Life with Eva at 30 months is full of delights and challenges. Thank goodness she still has a day sleep as I don’t think that she would make it to 3 if I didn’t get some downtime in the middle of the day.  She just never stops!