Oliver

1. How to remove my make up. What? He watched me do it with one of those make up wipes and copied. Nice to be pampered by my child for a change. *Don’t look at me like that!

2. To be affectionate. My husband and I and my whole Big Fat Greek Family (about 1000 members at the last count) all kiss, cuddle then kiss Baby O (should now be Toddler O) constantly. He reciprocates, kissing and cuddling and sometimes, much to our suprise, biting us all. The best kisses in the world. Fact.

3. To clean up after himself. OK I can’t officially take credit for this one as my Mother taught him to wipe his highchair table after he’s eaten and he does. From 13 months. Clever and clean. I likey.

4. To smell the flowers. An important life skill. Oh so cute. I want him to be a romantic sort when he’s older. Just like his Dad. *Ahem (I hope he’s reading as it’s Anniversary time soon).

5. To speak 2 languages: English and Greek. He doesn’t so much ‘speak’ them but understands them and can say the odd word in both languages. Just wait till he starts Greek School. #Topoftheclass.

6. To use computers/mobile phones. Not sure how I feel about this one but the kid picks everything up. I mean he just has to watch Daddy and I do something once and he copies. So now everything is a phone from my actual mobile to a banana which he gabbles into.

From a very young age he’d type on the computer then watch for the images to come up. He’s more computer literate than my 60 something Dad, aged 14 months. His Daddy’s an IT Developer so I blame him for that one.

7. To Shake it. The kid’s got rhythm and I’m taking the credit. I listened to a lot of music when pregnant and it’s rubbed off him. He dances constantly. From Salsa to Greek, R ‘n’ B to Handbag House, he dances his little heart out. He does a weird arm move too that we’ll be able to bribe him with when he’s a teenager and refuses to do number 3 (clean up after himself). Happy days.

8. To crawl and walk. Both times I encouraged, helped and cojoled (kidding) him into taking the plunge to crawl and recently to walk. Good Mummy.

9. To eat. We are all total foodies- read greedies in my family so I hope I encouraged Toddler O to try lots of new food.

He is a fussy little man though so favourite foods currently include: milk, yoghurt (oh how he loves this and plain’s his fave), bread (in all shapes and varieties from French to Greek to wholemeal and soda), scones (Naughty Mummy), shortbread (Naughty Grandma), blueberries, bananas, oranges, grapes and apples, fish pie, Weetabix, chicken, rice, tzantziki yoghurt dip with pitta bread and more recently homemade meatballs.

Nearly a balanced diet. I did say nearly.

10. To talk loudly *ahem. People think we shout in this family but shouting is Greek talking. What? It’s true.

Photograph ©Peter Broadbent.

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6 Responses

  1. Lisa Smith

    Hi Vicki,
    Awesome post !
    Baby wipes are an inexpensive method of removing makeup and are great for it with exception of certain things. Baby wipes contain no oils in them and are not designed to remove makeup, so if you use alot of cream formulations or waterproof liner or mascara they won’t remove it.

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  2. Sharcasm

    Ha ha, i’d like to see a pic of him removing your make up, does he stand on your lap with a remover pad wiping over your face. Anyway, O is a such a little Einstein, already using computers and iPhones. Naturally, I also like the fact that he’s a foodie -;) x

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    • honestmum

      hehe! We do it at bath time. Everything is a phone to him. I feel personally responsible for that one though so am turning off my phone when I can for special time with him whenever possible!

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  3. Catie Perkins

    All good stuff, especially number 9! I’ve been struggling with a fussy eater for ages, which is why I’m holding a Healthy Eating Awareness for parents, an interactive workshop where we can share ideas for snacks and lunchboxes, and there will be freebies from Organix, Change 4 Life and Little Dish. The brilliant Doorstep Organics will be on hand to offer advice and recipes about fruit and veg. All this is at the Gruffalo weekend at Meanwood Farm (see blog link or http://www.mvuf.org.uk) this weekend, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of April, 10-2pm

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  4. Bangs and a Bun

    Toddler O rocks! Fact. I think dance move wise, it’s time for him to progress to the running man and a little bit of ‘big fish little fish cardboard box’

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