Little O’s quarterly update – 2 1/2

Age: 2.5
I like: Boobs, superheroes, kisses, wrestling my mother, bananas, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse song

Little O has now reached the halfway mark between 2 and 3 so it’s once again time to check in on his progress.

Little O’s speech is now astounding. He speaks almost exclusively in full sentences and we can clearly understand about 90% of what he says. He’s got a great little imagination and is always chattering. The other day he told me he was coming to rescue me because the kitchen was on fire (it wasn’t). I am amazed at some of the words he knows but my favourites are actually some of the ones he mangles e.g.
Washing bastard = washing basket
Mummy’s cock = my watch (clock)
Fluffafly = butterfly

The last three months have been full of great adventures. We went to Lisbon for a weekend, which he remembers really well and often asks if we can go to “the little home” (our AirBnB). He also went trick or treating for the first time and truly impressed me with his politeness. He said hello, please and thank you to everyone who answered their door before waving goodbye enthusiastically. I suppose I should not have been surprised when every day for the next week he asked to go out with his bucket. His favourite ornament is a hedgehog made from a pinecone that he regularly “borrows” and hides in his tent.

Obviously we are in the lead up toΒ  Christmas so that has played a part in the last month or so. This year for the first time he has a sort of an understanding of what Christmas is. It’s fairly vague but he recognises Christmas trees, Santa, reindeer and all the lights as being part of something fun that he wants to be involved in. When we first put up our Christmas tree he asked every morning if we could go downstairs and check if Christmas was still there.

The two of us recently befriended some local families with similar age children and we’ve been spending a lot of time with them on the weekends. It is lovely to have a little tribe to hang out with and Little O is extremely fond of his new friends. He often asks to see them or asks what they are doing and he immediately showers them with kisses and cuddles when he sees them. Sometimes there is some tussling for toys but I am pleased to say that Little O is at least generally remorseful when he has been a little rough.

One thing that we are really surprised has been such a success is potty training. Little O is now fully potty trained and is dry day and night. We do have occasional accidents but he is no longer wearing any nappies. I don’t know how much credit Mr O and I can take for this as he really trained himself. We just offered support and encouragement.

It’s not all smooth sailing though. He still isn’t a great sleeper, he’s a fussy eater and he can throw a spectacular tantrum when he doesn’t get his way. We try to approach everything with calm and love and to pick our battles so as to prevent everything turning into a battle. For the most part it works and we’re a very happy little household.


  1. Oh, you will have fun this Christmas. I’m happy to hear he’s doing so well. He looks great, Abbi. I love his misuse of words especially when he’s looking at your watch!

    1. Haha, yes… the first time he said that I thought what is he talking about!

      1. Have a fun happy Christmas, Abbi.

  2. Me and Little O used to have a lot in common, so I like to see how we are doing, as he gets older.
    Boobs. Check.
    Superheroes. Hmm, we are growing apart there.
    Kisses. Check.
    Wrestling you. I suppose I should envy that, but it depends how strong you are.
    Bananas. Check.
    Mickey Mouse song. Maybe not.
    Three out of six. He’s definitely outgrowing me. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It’s good to hear you still have some things in common!

  3. I just love reading this updates. It’s amazing to see the progress he makes!

    1. Ah thank you! I hope one day he’ll enjoy looking back at it!

  4. “Washing bastard = washing bastard”

    Sorry to ask but is this a thing or should that be “washing basket”? πŸ˜‰

    Great to see Little O doing so well! πŸ™‚

    1. Should be basket but as Mr O does most of the laundry, I guess he is technically the washing bastard 🀣

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