Spaghetti in my Converse

Spaghetti in my Converse

Today I found spaghetti in my Converse. Cold Spaghetti. I’m not sure how long it had been there, but it’s a sign that my daughter is entering a mischievous age. She’s testing the boundaries and exploring the world, and is closely edging towards the terrible twos. However before we embark on that journey here’s a little list of what she does best at 18-months old.

  • She has recently started to give me a hug after nursery. This is a new thing. She gets up from her chair and wraps her arms around my legs. After a hard day at work a hug from my daughter is one of the best things in the world.
  • She plays a silly game where she sits in the Bugaaboo seat folded up on the floor, and pretends to drive it like a car.
  • She loves to climb up on me whilst I sit on the sofa, and head butt me. It’s hurts, but I think it’s a weird type of affection.
  • She understands a fair bit. She knows how to put the toy fish or toy duck into the cup during bath time if you ask her to.
  • She loves to climb on me or Daddy if we lie on the floor. Standing up on us, like we are surfboard. Although I am petrified that she is going to bite my ears when she crawls on my head.
  • She’s trying to be an escape artist. Often I find her with my house keys in her hands, toddling towards the front door, and then trying to unlock or lock the door. Or she has her coat and hat in her hands, bashing the front door.
  • She loves being outside, toddling around and exploring. Since learning how to walk, her love for being out of doors has grown hugely.
  • She has a love for grapes, demanding them as soon as we arrive home after nursery. When the bowl is empty, she’s up at my feet begging for more.
  • She loves her bunny, and sleeps with it underneath her belly every night. A slight cry or murmur can be solved by passing her bunny.
  • She really enjoys reading and looking at picture books. Every single night nearly all her books are read. It’s going to be tough choosing her favourite book for World Book Day this week.
  • She loves shouting “hiya” at random people in the street or on the train. Slightly embarrassing for me, but most people find it sweet and say “hello” back. I’m hoping that she’s not going to be shy.

So for all the mischievous and toddler tantrums to come, there are lots of sweet and happy moments. However I’m sure that it’s not the last time I find food in my shoes. Anyone else had this problem?

Claire x


  • Gary

    Haha can relate to all of these! The grapes thing made me chuckle as my girl was exactly the same and still loves them now (nearly 4). And what is the headhunting thing all about? My one year old boy has just started this and thinks it’s hilarious #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Wendy

    Ahh cold spaghetti!! I remember when Leo used to put all kinds of things in my shoes! It’s a mischievous age but it’s such a fun time too xx #fortheloveofblog

  • Claire

    Awww! Such a sweet little list. It’s so fun watching them grow isn’t it? Testing at times but fun! Henry likes to hide my keys in cupboards, in the grill, the dogs bed….I’m late a lot these days! #fortheloveofblog

  • Claire

    Awww! Such a sweet little list. It’s so fun watching them grow isn’t it? Testing at times but fun! Henry likes to hide my keys in cupboards, in the grill, the dogs bed….I’m late a lot these days! #fortheloveofblog

  • Andrea @ Topsy Turvy Tribe

    So cute! The cold spaghetti food make me laugh! My 2.4yo also loves to headbutt and has done for a long time, but now after he headbutts you he shouts doink! Then laughs, it hurts but not as much as the toy hammer he also likes to wield around like Thor! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Squirmy Popple

    I’ve never found food in my shoes, but I often mind random toys in my handbag when the Popple ‘hides’ them there. She’s full of beans these days, but this is by far my favorite phase so far. The fact that she can now talk and loves practicing new words is so much fun. #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Ali Duke

    You will be finding strange things in strange palces for a while yet lol. You can really see her personality coming out, she sounds like a girl who knows what she wants 🙂

  • Briony

    So cute. I had a giraffe in my wellies the other day, that made me chuckle. The climbing on you thing doesn’t get better as they get older unfortunately, just more painful!

  • Nursery Whines

    I live the affectionate head butt! My daughter fills my shoes with plastic zoo animals and chunky chalk and also loves her bunny. And she likes to pack stuff into the bottom of the pushchair, wrap her upside down coat around her, try and put her shoes on and head to the front door – that is her way of telling me it’s time to go out to the park or a play group. #fortheloveofBLOG

  • jeremy@thirstydaddy

    pretty funny. I’ve never found food in my shoe, but I’m sure if mine had thought of it, she would have. Its fun watching them start to become their own little people, even if sometimes those people are tricksters #fortheloveofblog

  • Musing Mum

    I loved reading this. My daughter is almost exactly the same age and so many of the points above perfectly sum up our life too. The hugging thing is interesting, as my daughter has also just started to put her arms around my neck to hug me. It always upset me that my friends’ babies were hugging them months ago, but mine wasn’t interested. The other day when she was upset in the night and I went in to check on her, she wrapped her arms around my neck so tightly for the first time ever – my heart melted! So nice to read about someone experiencing the same toddler stages as me! x

  • Emma

    Awww – its just amazing what they start to do! we’re obviously a good few months behind you, but I love all the new, wonderful and sometimes bizarre things that they do!!! I look forward to the day I find spaghetti in my shoe!! 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Angela Watling

    Awwww so sweet! I remember when my daughter started doing similar things. Now she still does them but with a bit more two year old aggression behind them. Never had food in a store though… (Although I did find half her unwanted snack in my cup of tea once!) #fortheloveofBLOG

  • The Mum Reviews

    It’s all so cute the simple and innocent things they do at this age. It’s very special when they start making clear how much they love you more than others, like with the hugs after nursery. The cold spaghetti not quite so great but, hey ho. #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Peachy and her Mommy

    Peachy does the bead butt too! Sometimes she follows it up by rubbing her face and head all over my face and head. It sort of reminds me of how cats show affection when they rub their faces on you. #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Louise -Mummy Miller

    Haha I just the other day found my uggs stuffed with balls from the ball pit! It sounds like she’s really becoming a proper little person, it’s so lovely watching them develop funny little traits! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Mrs Lighty

    My brother had this problem and found spaghetti bolognaise in his converse, put there by a certain Baby Lighty!! In my limited experience so far, the next few months are testing but also quite awesome. Enjoy! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Helen @Talking_Mums

    What a lovely post. I love that they change so much and that they are always surprising us with what they can do. Our son is 13 months and loves to climb on us too. He sits on us and kind of jumps! He loves it. He’s started waving but can’t quite talk yet. We’ve got to the point where we have to check the recycle bin before we empty it! Joy!

  • Nicola

    This will be so lovely to read back when she is older – I so wish I had started my blog when mine were little! My daughter was an escape artist too! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Jane Taylor Maflingo

    I once found car keys hidden inside the flap of my printer. I’d been looking ALL over the house….The weird thing is I must think like a 2 year old because I can’t believe I thought to look there! #Fortheloveofblog

  • Kim

    My girl used to say Hi to everyone at that age! and my boy is just approaching it. Oh and i can relate to the surf board (trampoline more like!) #fortheloveofblog

  • Lauren Bristo

    argh! spaghetti no way!
    I find allsorts of things shoved in my bag when I get to work, sometimes not so pleasant things!
    I love the toddling age they are so funny, My littlest boy is coming up for two and he makes me laugh constantly (sometimes inappropriately)

  • Kirsty - Winnettes

    Hehe! I can’t believe she head butts you! Trixie likes to punch me, I’m working on making it a sympathetic pat instead. I would like her to shout ‘hiya’, instead she has opted for shouting ‘Daddy!’ at every man that walks past her. So embarrassing!

  • Tooting Mama

    Soooo sweeet! I have found red peppers thrown down the loo from a little madam who was trying to get rid of them before trying to convince me she deserved her pudding! I love their mischievousness!

  • Biscuit Please Mummy

    Oh yes, we’re at this stage too and she is proving to be pretty stubborn. I am choosing my battles wisely and choosing the path of least resistance where I can. With a threenager to contend with too, it’s the only way. The cute bits give balance thankfully! #fortheloveofblog

  • Sarah

    I’ve not had that problem … Yet! It’s so true that for all the tantrums / challenging times they are super cute and make up for it at other times #fortheloveofblog

  • Laura - Autumn's Mummy

    Hahaha, that’s so funny! What a lovely list of things for you to look back on as she grows up. I’ll be at this point in a year’s time and I’m looking forward to seeing what crazy stuff my daughter will get up to already! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Jenn @ Mad Mommy

    I have never found food in my shoes, just toys. I am not sure which is worse, but lego and cars bring on a world of pain so I am going to go with that. I hope to never find out for sure! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Susie at This Is Me Now

    What is it with keys?! My daughter does that too. And locks. I’m forever telling her not to play with them as I’m scared she’ll lock herself in the bathroom! She sounds lovely, it’s such a lovely age. Enjoy before she does go into the terrible twos, trust me it’s no fun! #FortheloveofBLOG

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