Lovely little things she does

Stella chats away 19 to the dozen. Even though mostย of it is babble, in some cases the words that are emerging sound a bit like the ones she is trying to say, such as ‘ba’ (bag, but this also doubles as bath), ‘bo’ (box). In others, her attempts to say what she seesย bear no resemblance to the original at all. Still, her vocabulary is coming on rapidly now and her personality is strong.

I love the way she puts things to her cheek to kiss them. When she wants to kiss a person, she presents her cheek to them to be kissed. She crouches down to almost floor level to put her cheek on the cat and calls her ‘Ju’. She is starting to understand that you can kiss as well as be kissed, and this week she has started grabbing my face and squishing her (usually open) mouth onto it.

She knows a few animal sounds, and if you say an animal to her she will make the right (sort of) noise – for cat ‘myum’, dog ‘rah, rah’, monkey ‘oo oo’, duck ‘wack’, elephant ‘mmmm’ in a grunty tone of voice. For other animals, she has a generic noise that she makes for anything she knows is an animal but is unsure of the sound it makes. She barks and pants at dogs we see when we’re out and about and pass one in the street. She can also say the words owl and duck. She loved dressing up as a monkey for a party last weekend.


Vehicles are a popular topic, butย as variedย in appearance as they may be, they are all pointed at and called ‘car’ – even passing aeroplanes.

She likes to say ‘up’ and ‘down’, although she isn’t really clear on which is which she is sure that these are words we use when trying to express a change in one’s elevation. Upon meeting a kerb or step she will pick either word at random and say it, as well as taking a punt on one or other when ascending or descending some stairs. She has a 50% success rate ๐Ÿ™‚

If you ask her a question, she will usually respond with ‘yeh’. Bending her knees and then stretching up with a swing of the arms is often accompanied by a cry of ‘deeeee!’ – she is convinced that she is jumping. She loves it when Jet or I blow bubbles for her and will say ‘bubbles’ and ‘pop’ as she tries to catch and poke at them.


At lunchtime, she has become accustomed to Daddy’s penchant for the post-prandial packet of snack-a-jacks, and will say ‘more’ and point at them until she is given one. She can say the word apple, but applies it to a wide range of foods, including most fruits and vegetables. She calls all drinks ‘cupatea’ and her favourite foods are pasta, scrambled egg, cheese and yoghurt. She is a fickle one, sometimesย rejecting something she has eaten with gusto the previous day. She wants to be independent and feeds herself with a fork or spoon, although still resorts to her fingers most of the time.


If she sees a flower she will stop and bend to smell it. She seems to be quite left handed with cutlery as well as pens and pencils. She loves to draw, although she finds it difficult to resist tasting pens, pencils and crayons.ย She also enjoysย sitting down to flick through books and is often to be found in the corner surrounded by a huge pile of them. Turning the pages seems to be her favourite part. She also brings you book after book for you to read to her.


She likes to play with the tea set, serving drinks for herself and us and pretending to drink them with a slurp. She calls the cakes ‘cack’ and eats them with smacking lips. She pretends to eat food in pictures, too, and will offer you some to try. She also loves shoes – ‘shoe’ being one of her first words. She likes to take my shoes and boots out of the basket and stumble about inย them. She is learning to say boot now, too.


Stella likes doors, saying ‘door’ and pointing at it, although she also says door for windows. She likes to shut the door behind people when they leave the room. She loves to wear things on her head – toys, buckets, even a pair of pants off the radiator or my slipper. This she does with a delighted accompanying cry of ‘at, at!’

Inspired by my friend Lucy at Occupation:(m)other, who has been writing down some of the lovely things her son is doing at the moment. Also, by the fact I always write about Jet (bigger, noisier, chattier, odder), but very seldom Stella.

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49 thoughts on “Lovely little things she does

  1. Oh I just love this. So nice to get to know Stella a bit more, she sounds a lot of fun. The picture of her smelling the flower is beautiful and I am loving the one sock look, I hear all the cool kids are doing that nowadays. Thanks for the name check too Alice! Xx

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    1. Oh good, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ She is 21 months now. Funny how they prefer to use their fingers – slippery food like cornflakes and pasta are tricky to spear and scoop, but the thought of eating them with our fingers doesn’t appeal to me ๐Ÿ˜‰ x


    1. You’re so right! I always make a totally non-judgy judgement about other parents based on my assessment of their animal noises.I go in for making a total fool of myself whilst doing animal impressions, which as a primary school teacher is arguably part of the job description ๐Ÿ˜‰ x


  2. Lovely! What a cute little monkey she made, too! Love the cheek thing and the flower smelling. I always love the hilarious things little ones think are ‘jumping’ before they actually learn to jump! #fartglitter

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  3. Our youngest used to love ‘pretending’ to be an animal. Sheep, cats, pigs, cows and dogs. You name it, he wanted to be it. Then one day, he picked his food off the table, put it on the floor, and thought he was a dog eating from a bowl!

    Thankfully, he’s grown out of it now!

    I love the spaghetti bolognese picture. I think every parent has a favourite spaghetti bolognese moment! #ftmob

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  4. What a gorgeous update on Stella, sharing so many of the lovely things that she does. Presenting her cheek to be kissed is so funny and so cute. Sounds like she has quite a repertoire of animal noises and love that she is getting the gist of up and down even if she doesn’t always get them the right way round. “Cupatea” is a good word for all drinks. Love the photos of her smelling the flower and with her “‘at, ‘at!” on her head. How lovely too that she is showing such an interest in books and loves having them read to her too. Thanks for linking up to #ftmob ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. How cute, speech development is such a fun thing to experience. With my first little monkey the speech path was twisted due to autism and we still are on a learning curve but with Ellis, my middle boy he is really coming on every single day! He makes me laugh most days with the things he comes out with. A lovely bunch of pics too #KCACOLS xx

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  6. Aw, what a little sweetheart! I especially loved that last photo too ๐Ÿ˜‰ My daughter’s vocab at the moment mostly revolves around Rainbow – Juh (Geoffrey), Buh (Bungle), Ipee (Zippy), and Brrrabrry (Rainbow itself). The last rises in pitch and volume until we give in and put the DVD on again… Lol. #KCACOLS

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    1. Oh my – I neeeeed Rainbow on DVD! Jet doesn’t really give Stella much of a chance to choose what is on TV so I don’t think she has realised that she has a choice yet ๐Ÿ˜‰ Her time will come.
      Thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚ x


  7. Such lovely photos capturing how Stella is at the moment! I especially love the flower smelling one ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a great age when they soak up everything! #KCACOLS

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  8. This is such a sweet post, what a perfect way of remembering all the little details like these. How lovely will it be to look back on this post in a few months, or even a few years time?! The way she says cupatea is the cutest thing ๐Ÿ™‚ Emily #KCACOLS


    1. That’s the beauty of blogging! The other day I was trying to remember something random Jet used to say – all I had to do was read through my blog and there it was for me to remember. Such a great excuse to write it all down xxx

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  9. Oh wow how cute is she! I love that it’s not just Baby H who has transferable words – she’s started saying ‘more’ but often she means milk even if that’s not what she just had, however, often it is more of what she’s just eaten or drunk. Da is also thank you and ‘for you’ and anything else she feels like. I can’t wait for her to start doing animal noises too, that sounds SUPER cute #kcacols


  10. Aww what a lovely update. Stella sounds like a smart and fun little girl. Those photos are so cute! I like the idea of writing down all the new and cute things that they do. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m so happy to have you back again to this linky. I would love to see you again on Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚ x
    PS: I would love you forever if you could put my badge please? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Her speech is coming on really well by the sounds of it. I was going to ask how old your little lady is but saw in the comments she is 21 months. My lady is coming up 19 months and these past few weeks has started to develop a bit more character. Love the pants photo lol

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

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