Pick me! DD is just ridiculous sometimes. I thought perhaps I was just soft but my mother, who has had four kids of her own, has confirmed that she is definitely more 'full on' than usual. Her swimming teacher has commented that 'she certainly has character' and other people often watch in disbelief about her energy levels.
I knew from watching my stomach move when I was pregnant that I'd have a 'spirited' child. I thought I may be having an alien the way it moved around. She's only teeny tiny, not yet 9kg at 17 months, but a health nurse said not to worry - she just doesn't stop moving so she burns it all off.
She rolled at 3 months, crawled at 7 months, walked... And ran by 11 months (literally stopped crawling one day and walked the next).
Our latest thing is climbing. Climbing and then jumping. Either on the object or off it - she's not fussy. Climbing toy boxes, over the couch, any chair that's left out, kitchen table, up her high chair - you name it. I literally panic when she's quiet because i know she is somewhere she shouldn't be.
Friends just don't understand. They don't realise that I can't leave her at night because she just won't settle for my DP when she wakes up (and she almost always wakes up). And on the odd occasion I do go out and someone else puts her to bed, I can guarantee that she will have an awful night's sleep - keeping me up with her. I can't go to a coffee shop because sitting in the high chair is like torture for her.
She sleeps barely an hour during the day and has never been a good sleeper.
That said she is incredibly smart, saying three word sentences already. She understands almost everything we say to her and she loves reading her books. She is outgoing and social and very gentle with other children and pets (her toys - not so much). I love her to bits and being spirited is so much of who she is and wouldn't have her any other way!
Phew. I needed to get that out it seems. Love the idea for a thread and will watch with interest for advice and support!