Finally my daughter is beginning to enjoy playing on her own! Clearly this is a bit of a relief to me as it means I don't have to entertain her 24-7, but it is also important for her development I believe.
She has never been one to sit quietly by herself and play with toys, and I seem to have spent the last 2 years on my knees playing on the floor with her, so for the sake of my poor old joints I am rather pleased by this new development.
Earlier today, in that time after lunch and before her nap (when she's usually little miss cranky-pants), she got out some of her farm animals from the toy box. She seemed quite content to play with them herself, so I nipped off and tidied away the debris from lunch.
This is what I found when I returned.
I thought it was so sweet, and when I asked what she'd been up to she replied "I have put all the animals in their fields Mummy". Aww how cute!
Yesterday morning, when she was in the shower, I could hear her chattering away to herself. She still gets quite self-conscious if she thinks I'm listening to her play and clams up all embarrassed. But I peeked around the curtain and saw she had lined up all her toys in the bath and they were having a 'tea party'. She'd even made a 'sandwich' from 2 sponges and was feeding it to her rubber ducks.
I love to hear her chatting away lost in her own imagination - I just have to find a way to do it so she doesn't know I'm listening. x