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Growing Up

Last week I (finally) finished putting together Emily's first year photobook. (I put it off for three months. It only took me three days to compile. Silly me for procrastinating.) It was as I was doing this that it really began to hit home: my daughter is growing up. She's no longer a baby, despite me still referring to her as one. She's very much a toddler, well on her way to being a proper little girl.

I look at these two photos side by side, and can't quite get over the difference...

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Yes, Hamley bear is huge. I am still almost as taken aback by him everytime I lay eyes on him now as I was when my colleague walked in to the bar, carrying him, where we were having farewell drinks for me on my last day of my first ever job in London. Such great memories. And he wears the t-shirt to prove it.

But I digress.


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Emily is growing up fast. We have little conversations now, even if I can't quite follow half of what she's telling me. She says "thank you" and "please". She darn well knows what she wants - apart from when she's tired. And then I know she wants a nap.

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At bedtime, she loves climbing up the stairs herself, but has to stop at the photographs on the bookshelf to point out people and say who they are. She loves us reading books to her, and she especially now loves lift-the-flap books. Even if it's because she likes tearing off the flaps "by mistake."

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She will now nod - very slowly and carefully - when she wants to say yes. And she wants to eat out of a bowl. With a fork, which she will then pick food off with her hands to transfer into her mouth. She'll then lick the bowl clean(ish). And she can't have breakfast without the radio on.

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She's my little peanut!

13 comments:

  1. You don't realise how much they actually change when you see them every day (or are updated with regular photos), but the difference is quite astounding. She's a proper little girl...one to be proud of, definitely :)

    Miss you guys xx

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  2. p.s. are blurb better than photobox? I have yet to do our Mexico album!

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    1. I've never used photobox for books tbh. I used another company before Blurb & wasn't too happy, then tried Blurb and haven't looked back. Haven't you seen our other Photobooks? I like the program that you build the book on too, very user-friendly x

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    2. Yes, I love your photobooks, just wasn't sure where you got them made :) xxx

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  3. A couple of hours ago I was thinking about the difference a year makes in babies and then, bam! I see your post! :-D Hard to believe it's the same Emily, even though she only got cuter with time.

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    1. Great minds! ;) I keep thinking that they look like siblings rather than the same person... so much has changed since May 2011!

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  4. Emily is sooooo gorgeous, I just love those big brown eyes of hers. And if you think them turning one is bad don't even get me started on JW being nearly 2! *sobs* xx

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    1. I'm not thinking about "two" just yet!! Denial, much? :) xx

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  5. She is so beautiful, and so intelligent! What a wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you! It's good to hear from someone else that she sounds intelligent. I'm a bit biased of course, so I'm sure I'd think it either way! xx

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  6. "but has to stop at the photographs on the bookshelf to point out people and say who they are" ... I 'awwww'd out loud at that :) hope there's a picture of her godfather on that wall ;)

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    1. they're very old photos, I do need to update them and add you to them! She sees you often though, when I show her her photo albums :) You're in a good number of pictures in there! x

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