5 4 3 2 1 – Stella!



Stella is developing more and more words and phrases. An increase in language has seen an increase in demands. “I want yoghurt, I eat all my chips – I want get down, ย I want cup tea!” It is goodย being able to understand her needs more easily now.


When I am at home, she is my little shadow, saying “Hello, mummy!” about a thousand times a day. If I am busy with something, she sidles up to ask “Mummy, doing?”ย Running up for a cuddle, she jumps into my lap. As I put my arms around her she says, “I got you, mummy!”ย If something tickles her funny bone she laughs and looks to me to share in the joke, saying “Funny, mummy!”

More and more, I hear my voice coming out of her mouth “Careful!” “Noisy.”

Her love for Juno continues to grow. She loves to stick her face right into the cat’s and be tickled by her whiskers. Stella finds it hilarious when Juno flicks her tail, and tries to get it to brush her cheeks. It is lucky that our big mog has such a gentle temperament.

Counting is a big favourite. As we walk down the stairs she says, “1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”

When Stella needs a nappy change, she says “Stinky buttocks!” I would like to blame this on the fact she spends so much time in her father’s company ๐Ÿ˜€


She is generally a happy little person, but is prone to bouts of negativity. She hasn’t the tenacity that Jet has always shown, becoming defeated after her first brief failed attempt and asking for help “I can’t reach! I can’t do it!” sometimes screaming in frustration or throwing herself or an offending object to the floor. “No” is a new favourite word.

Despite this, she is extremely positive most of the time. When she has completed a task or something impresses her, she exclaims, “Tada!” and things are often “Briyiyant!” or “‘Mazing!”

Finished getting the washing out of the machine, Stella has a “Tada!” moment.

She loves to sing. There are a lot of toddler favourites, the wheels on the bus, wind the bobbin up, her Monkey Music songs, but also Jet’s favourite Ian Dury and the Blockheads creep in. “What a Waste” and “Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick” often get stuck in her head.

Stella loves playing a silly game of ours, singing Twinkle Twinkle as fast as she can, whilst shaking her head from side to side at top speed. If we are both feeling brave, we will rub noses during this.

Like Jet at her age, she loves letters. Some of her favourite toys are the (infernal) letter factoryย and alphabet puzzles. She also finds magnetic letters delicious – I am forever taking them out of her mouth.

Stella loves to be outside (I can’t remember how she got this dirty!)

If she wants to startย a conversation, she will point and say. Itemising the clothing she is wearing, “Skirt. Tights. Jumper. Stars on.” just naming body parts, “Head. Nose. Mowf.”and the still interchangeable “Eyes. Ears.” or demonstrating toys “Door. Open it!” “Buttons. Press, numbers!”

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I think you must have a wrong number

Enjoyed this? You can read some more of Stella’s updates here, here and here.


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38 thoughts on “5 4 3 2 1 – Stella!

    1. Thank you lovely. It is so interesting to see the differences that can exist between your own children. Jet was never like that (strong attachments, independent child I hope, not just that he didn’t like me ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) so I really appreciate her needing me so much. x

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  1. What a cutie! I love the photos, especially the “Tada” one! ๐Ÿ™‚
    “Stinky buttocks” made me cry with laughter! It reminds me of when my dad taught my son to say “ripper” after a trump!

    Laura xx
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Stinky buttocks-that is funny!
    LOVE the ‘tada’ moments! My 13 month old is just learning to walk, and he LOVES to stand in the middle of the room, with his arms up like that, just smiling and giggling as we clap for him. It’s so fun watching them learn something new every day โค #KCACOLS

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  3. Stinky buttocks!!!!! I love it!! She is just so cute and adorable!! I love that she shouts ‘tada’ when she’s proud of herself! I loved the pictures where she’s all muddy, it’s great to see children covered in mud!! It sounds like she’s a fab little companion for you, following you, and wanting to know what you’re doing-just gorgeous!

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  4. Love your updates on Stella. “Stinky buttocks” made me laugh – what a funny way of asking for a nappy change. I love her counting and “tada” moments are always wonderful aren’t they? “Briyiyant” is a very adorable way of saying “brilliant.” Thank you for sharing with #ftmob ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I might start saying “tada” whenever I do anything remotely impressive, but I don’t think I could pull it off like she does ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thanks for hosting and for your lovely comment, as always xxx ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Yes, most of the time I can understand her, except the way she says ‘Chris’ (my husband’s name) sounds identical to the way she says ‘crisps’ and ‘kiss’, which can be a little confusing! Thanks for hosting x


  5. Oh this is such a lovely post! My daughter makes me laugh all the time with the things she comes out with, that she’s copied from her brother. And she loves to sing ‘let it go’ and it’s beautifully tuneless, I love it! x #KCACOLS


  6. Lovely development update. My daughter is at about the same stage. I find this one of their cutest and demanding stages because just like you said with their language development also comes more demands and more frustration when for some reason we don’t quite understand what they are trying to say… They come up with the most hilarious observations so that makes up for all the rest. #bigpinklink

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  7. How sweet! ‘Stinky buttocks’ is brilliant – even better than Jet’s efforts, I think! & the fact that she’s singing ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’! My youngest likes counting & ‘tada’ too at the moment. Our cat would not stand for that sort of thing though, bless Juno. #fartglitter

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