Dear baby cub,
The last proper update on your milestones was for your 16th and 17th months. And in no time, you will be turning 22 months old. It’s scary how quickly time goes by with two of you bubs now. These are precious moments of your childhood and I hope to document as much as possible for me to reminisce in future.
Based on the milestones check list, let me see how you are faring.
Uses spoon and fork
Well, we try to minimize use of fork for you cos we are worried that you may accidentally poke yourself or stab us. ;p That aside, you are quite good with feeding yourself using the cutlery now. We just have to close our eyes to the mess around you.
Going up and down stairs
You sorta know how to go up the stairs by holding the railings since you were 13 months old. I guess all the practice helps since we have to use the stairs every day at home. You go up and down the stairs effortlessly now. Sometimes, you don’t even want to hold onto the railing as you think that you are very steady now. That may be true, but we are still afraid you may tumble down and would always insist that you hold onto the railings when you go up or down the stairs without us holding you.
You know how to throw the ball underhand but not very good with the overhand throw yet. Most of the time, you prefer to kick the ball. Your Daddy is secretly very pleased to discover that you are quite good with your kicks! And they are kicks with force! Definitely a soccer kaki for Daddy.
Because of the incident where some areas of your bum became raw and sore due to the alkaline poop, we have been trying to ensure that the poop does not stay in contact with your bum for too long. We told you to let us know whenever you did a poop job so that we can clean you up at the soonest.
You would go “I poo” after the deed is done, which is good! We are one step closer to toilet training you..I think?
Identifying parts of the body
Eyes, nose, mouth, ears, chin, tummy, toes and hands. You are able to point them out to me when I ask you where are they but unable to tell me clearly the names of these parts.
Helping around the house
Oh, how I enjoy this milestone! Getting the cable TV remote control, TV remote control, throw away rubbish, picking up the toys, etc. You will gladly do them all if you are not in a foul mood.
You know Mommy will turn into Momzilla whenever I spot you throwing your pillows or bolsters on the floor and would quickly pick them up when I go, “Thaddeus, why is your _____ on the floor?” I hope you understand that Mommy is just very particular about not wanting to put our faces on things that are/were on the floor!
Putting on/Taking off clothes
You do try but still need some help in getting the clothes totally on and off you. Let’s practise more, shall we?
Might be ready for big bed
You are already on the big bed! Sharing with us, that is. It’s hilarious how you always know to scramble back to the center of the bed when I warn you that you’re going to fall off the bed during your sleep! It proves that you are a light sleeper just like your Daddy!
Identify things that we call by name
You may not be able to say many words for your age but I realized you have quite a decent understanding of many words, our instructions and behaviors.
Whenever we try to distract you by being enthusiastic about playing some games with you or bringing you to the kitchen to get you snacks, you know we are trying to distract you so that your grandpa can leave the house without you being Mr Whiny Velcro.
I’m pleasantly surprised whenever you are able to identify things that I didn’t think you would know. For example, there were pictures of broccoli at the Paed’s clinic and I casually asked if you could show me where the broccoli was, thinking you probably will point to some other random items on the wall. But you did point correctly at the broccoli! To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I had you identifying all the other items around the broccoli. Ha!
Besides us and your grandparents, my iPhone probably helped in teaching you how to make animal sounds as well. There is this app in my phone that allows you to listen to the various sounds that animals and vehicles make. So one day, I decided to test you to see if you are just playing or did learn something and was very excited when you could match the sounds to the animals that we asked you!
I’d go, “What sound does the sheep make?” and you would say “baaaaa”, “What sound does the cow make?” and you would say “moooooo”.
The list goes on:
Frog – ribbit
Dog – woof
Cat – meow
Duck – quack
Owl – ooot
Motorbike – brooom-brooom
Not too bad for you who do not want to speak a lot of words!
Being a gorgor
I must say, you are doing a really good job for your age! You are very protective of your babysis and would get upset when people whom you are not familiar with carrying her. She’s the first person you ask about when you wake up in the morning. You will go, “meimei, meimei? meimei where?” On nights when Teanne sleeps with us, you will break into the sweetest smile when you see her sleeping in her cot. That’s one of my favourite Mommy moments.
You are always trying to shower her with hugs and kisses, which is so very endearing. Usually, you like to join us at the dining table in your high chair but if your babysis is in the exersaucer, you rather stand and hang around her to play with her. Such a loving gorgor you are!
You’re back..sticking to your Daddy and Grandpa! You’re so sticky it’s suffocating. And you get super cranky and start throwing tantrums when they are not able to carry you. We have been getting a lot of these nonsense from you recently and feeling very frustrated! Times like these make me feel all the more grateful we are staying together with your grandparents. We need all the extra pairs of hands we can get to rotate in order to keep up with you and manage you when you are throwing tantrums.
Hoping very hard that you will outgrow this tantrum throwing stage ASAP!
Lots of love from Mommy.