Last Thursday marks the 16 month anniversary of Remy’s birth date, so here’s a current list of his antics, achievements and antics that are achievements. At least those I can think of off the top of my head.
- He’s climbing on chairs and everything else. You may not realize this, but a laundry basket is a great step stool when you flip it over, dump out the clothes and slide it where it needs to go.
- His parental manipulation skills have developed an impressive degree of complexity. Half of his communication attempts are clever ruses to fulfill an ulterior agenda.
- He’s doing lots of imitation of what he sees others do, especially Mommy and Daddy. I pulled out some toy medical and tool kits from my childhood that are geared for children a little older, but he enjoys copying our actions with the little toy drill and hypodermic needle.
- He doesn’t want to miss a thing, which means that sleep is a thing to be avoided because it takes him out of the action. So Mom and Dad have laid the law down on a steady nap/bed time and it’s working well. Definitely some struggle and fuss, but not too much.
- His speaking vocabulary is still mostly non-word sounds and expressions, but lately there’s been some “yeah’s” with prolific head nodding. It’s pretty funny. He has several words that he’s used sparingly over the last several months. Some day, he’s going to shock us with a complete sentence.
- His manual dexterity and ability to match shapes into the holes in which they belong is getting pretty good. He’s doing well with the fit the shape in the hole puzzle toys.
- He adores putting stuff in trash cans. This can either be very helpful or not so great. He will put things in the trashcan for you if you ask, but if something goes missing, we know where to check first. Next would be to check a laundry basket or a drawer. Or just about anywhere else a climbing toddler can reach which is a lot of places.
- He’s not loving the high chair too much these days. We now have a booster seat, but it’s geared towards smaller children and we can barely get the strap latched. In general, he doesn’t like being strapped down, but who does?
- BOOKS. Loves them. Loves them many, many times a day. Each. So we just got more at the thrift store. We’re sticking with the cardboard page ones because he’s a little rough with them. He seems drawn more to those with more words lately instead of the ones that are just pictures and a couple words per page.
- Two molars have broken through on the bottom and I suspect more are coming on the top as the drooling continues. Other than when he’s having a hissy fit, the best way to get a look in his mouth is to hang him upside down and make him laugh.
The little guy is so much fun and we love him to pieces. Just don’t try to wipe his nose. Doesn’t like that one bit.