Another exciting month of toddlerhood!
He has been talking like crazy – he can go on and on and on and gets really enthusitatic about whatever story he is telling us. He spends a lot of time talking in his crib at night before going to sleep. It’s much better than crying!
I’ve been drilling in the ‘big boy’ stuff with Jude in preparation for him becoming a big brother. We got a big boy step stool from Ikea and now he can be right up next to me as I cook or wash the dishes. He also uses it to reach the sink and brush his teeth.
This month we had a lot of times when he really did not want to be in the stroller- he wanted to be out of it running around or pushing it. Most of the time I am really tough on this as I know that when I am also carting around a little newborn, Jude is going to have to sit in the stroller – at least until he is old enough to walk alongside me and not just run off in a random direction.
Despite all the tantrums, communication has gotten so much better. He still can’t put words together but he understands mostly everything I say to him. I was impressed to discover he knows where home is and our local playground, as he will point to either when asked. He also has started going to the fridge and pointing up when hungry, and he gives us a very clear head shake and a ‘no’ when he doesn’t want something. We have been working a lot on ‘yes’, ‘please’, and ‘thank you’.
He’s been great in the car, very interested in looking out the window or singing songs with me. I took a risk one day and stopped at Starbucks before going to the store and he impressed me with how patient he was while I drank my coffee. Of course, the woman sitting behind us with the bird helped too!
He’s been figuring things out – like how to try and manipulate situations to delay something from happening. Like when I say ‘it’s time to go’ and he runs away! Or at bedtime when we are reading books and I say ‘Ok, one more book then bedtime’, he will keep throwing books at me to try to delay.
I’ve noticed this new curiosity when it comes to reading books – he has mastered the main point of the page, or the main image and now wants to know about the background images. So he will point at a leaf, or a bird, or cup in the background and want to know what it is. It’s added a totally new dimension to story time.
A toddlers’ day is certainly a busy one. It’s been a big effort keeping up with this busy little body while so pregnant and sometimes I can’t keep up and he gets into something he shouldn’t (like the plant).