When your toddler suddenly grows

March 29, 2017

I remember reading something a while ago that said we should cherish every moment with our children; everytime they want to hold our hand, cuddle us, ask for our help or ask us to play with them as a time will come when they can do it themselves. I remember crying when I read this at the time as it felt so sad to think that Amelie wouldn’t need me anymore.

It’s inevitable that this will happen and we want it to; we want our children to grow into independent girls and boys but that doesn’t make it any easier.

She’s growing up so quickly…


I’m not sure what it is about the growing up between two to three but it feels like Amelie is growing into a little girl and quickly! Maybe I didn’t notice the little changes between one and two quite so much as I was at work and didn’t spend as much time with her as I do now. Either way I can’t believe the things she can do now and it’s made me really think about making sure I’m really appreciating her and our moments together.

In the last month Amelie has mastered a whole set of new skills, suddenly she can…

Put her own coat and shoes on – she lays her coat on the floor and throws it over her head (cue much excitement). She’s always been pretty good at putting on her shoes but I’ve always done them up. She caught me off guard the other morning when she ran into the hall and came back saying ‘Amelie ready to go with coat, shoes and backpack on!

Getting undressed – she’s always wanted to get herself undressed before her bath but now she can, I’m not sure when this happened but she just suddenly can!

Sitting on her own at book time – she’s started to ‘read’ to herself, she can’t read as such but she’ll look at the pictures and try and tell the story.

Making her own food – I promise I do actually look after my children, but this girl is too independent!! She can now get pasta out of the cupboard and put it in a pan ready to cook.

This has all coincided with her really being able to talk, it’s so nice to now be able to have a real conversation with her.


Stop, look, listen and spend time with her

Seeing her take on some of these tasks has really made me really stop and think. Life is so crazy with two little ones and it’s easy for days to fly by and not really remember all the small things that happen. Seeing Amelie take on all of these new tasks on her own really gave me the shake to try and start to appreciate what she still needs me for and one of the big things she does still need from me is time. Time one on one, time for just us as Amelie and Mummy time is scarce these days.

Last weekend, for Mother’s Day, we tried to do just that – spend time together. We went to Wisley which is a big RHS Garden with acres of land to explore. My parents were with us and  pushed Evie in the pram so it was amazing to actually run after Amelie and be with her hands free! We looked at flowers, ran, chased each other, found hiding spots and generally enjoyed each others company.

We both really enjoyed it and Amelie was so tired from all of the fun. Seeing the joy on her face as we explored was the best feeling ever. We will be doing things like this more often…


Although she’s an independent little one I’ve found she still does need me and it was doing something I thought she didn’t need me for anymore. She said ‘Please help me Mummy, too hard for Amelie’ and of course I rushed to go and help.

Amelie I’ll always be there for you, even if you don’t think you need me. 

Did your children take you by surprise doing something you thought they couldn’t do? Do you feel a tinge of sadness that they don’t need you anymore?


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  • Reply stressymama April 4, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Awwww so lovely. Molly will be 3 in July and she is the same lately. She is becoming so independant and seems to have gone from baby to little girl over night. I cant believe how similar looking they both our girls are. Two little cuties pies. ? #MarvMondays

    • Reply sarahsurreymama April 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      They really are aren’t they! They do just suddenly change! Eeek x

  • Reply Angela Watling April 5, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Some incredibly cute pictures! I can completely relate to this post though. I was thinking exactly this the other day. My daughter is 26 months and in the last few weeks she’s had another step change. We have full (albeit toddler-esque) conversations, she pushes me away to do things herself (“No mummy, no touch H potty / teddy / shoe / milk” – you get the idea!). On Monday she told me to go and get her warm milk, then said she wanted to stay in bed. So she sat in her cot, pillow propped up, quilt covering her legs and asked for books. She sat there reading for half an hour. If I went in, she asked me “Go now pease mummy.”. It’s so strange!

    But like Amelie, she’ll suddenly want me for something so seemingly small. Or she’ll just need a cuddle. And when that happens I relish it! #MarvMondays

  • Reply Catie April 8, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Oh yes I get this and wrote a piece about it too. Great photos I’d love you to link up to my photo linky #PointShoot too ? Opens Tuesday – Monday. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime ?

    • Reply sarahsurreymama April 8, 2017 at 6:01 am

      Thanks. I’ll check the # out x

    • Reply sarahsurreymama April 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      I’ll definitely check it out, making a note now! Thanks for reading x

  • Reply twotinyhands April 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Awww that’s such a lovely post to read while hugging my neatly 2 year old to sleep!! I’ve been trying to appreciate our time a bit more this year, he’s growing real quick and know over the coming years things will change. X ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    • Reply sarahsurreymama April 14, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      They grow so quickly don’t they! I always have to stop myself and just appreciate them x

  • Reply crummymummy1 April 11, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    What frightens me is how quickly you forget what they were like when they were little *sob* #familyfunlinky

    • Reply sarahsurreymama April 14, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Oh goodness yes! I can’t remember Amelie as a baby now she’s got her toddler personality! X

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