Happy 20 months today, Harmon! Leaving the baby-teens behind! In the past few days it seems like you’ve suddenly crossed an invisible threshold from baby to true toddler. I realize this is my fourth go, but I feel like I’ve never had a toddler before for some reason…you are veryveryveryVERY good at leaving a path of crazy in your wake despite your overall quiet & timid nature. In fact, one of your favorite things right now is to empty every single playing card from the giant storage bag all over the living room floor—all these cards used to be in their own decks & spaces until someone rendered that organization pointless. 😉 I am very, very, very, VERY tired by the end of a day. Bone-dead tired, body & soul, but, Harmon, you make our family complete & we couldn’t imagine life without your tiny hobbit ways!
More likes at 20 months…
- MAMA!!!! I don’t need to elaborate. Love you!
- BALLS! You want all the balls in the entire world, I think. You love to kick balls & catch balls & you’re still creepily good at catching any size ball that is tossed at you. You probably need to be a keeper in soccer. Or attend a bunch of baseball games & start a foul ball collection.
- CHIPS! Oh my goodness, you are still an addict for chips, but since your diet is no-dairy and no-wheat, tortilla chips, Fritos plain corn chips, and Lay’s Poppables are about all you can stomach. And with only SIX teeth still (less than 1% of kids your age have six teeth, by the way) eating anything is tricky, let alone something like a hard chip. We give you tiny, tiny bites or chew them up mama-bird-style for you (I know, I know, gross, but it works).
- HOLDING! By this I mean you want to hold all the babies yourself & all the animals on our Iowa hobby farm. You say the word “hold” very well & clearly & ask to “hold” stuff all the time. When I stopped watching my daycare baby “Sissy” (who, at 6 months of age, was heavier than & almost as tall as you!) you lost your chance to “hold” a baby on a fairly regular basis…you’ll just have to wait for Auntie Ellie’s next little one! Hopefully by then you’ll be bigger than the average 9 month old & can actually do all this “holding” you think you’re doing! 😉
- OUTSIDE! You would live outside in our yard if we let you. You especially like to climb up & down hills, but have a particular fascination with the dirt hill in front of the chicken coop. The hill that is full of chicken poo & dirt & old stumps & too steep for your abilities…of course that’s the hill you like the best. xo
- CARS, the movie! You only actually seem to like watching the opening sequence wherein the cars race around the track & Sheryl Crow sings. Then you lose interest. You also like the movie Moana to an extent—if someone is not singing onscreen, however, you’re done, which brings me to…
- MUSIC! You are still our little music man! Makes me so happy how much you love music. You love to dance & bob your head & shake your bum to music of all sorts. Hopefully we can get you enrolled in a toddler music class this fall…how are you that old already???
- DEER! You LOVE looking at deer in the yard out the windows. Birds, too. You like to listen to birds when we’re outside & you’ll cock your ear & point up.
- BIKING! Daddy fixed the baby seat on the back of my bike up & now we take you for rides up & down the long driveway on a fairly consistent basis in the afternoon/evenings. You seem to relish it despite the scenery repetition.
More random likes: picking out your clothes from the bottom drawer of the dresser, throwing away your huge morning diaper after being changed & then high-fiving me, sucking on ice in a rag (like your sister June who taught you to do this!), picking grass clumps from the garden while we weed (you like to help!), wiping the floors with a wipe (again, being helpful to mama), listening to books (favorite books tend to be about chickens, trucks/cars, animals), blowing the dish soap bubbles all over the kitchen, going upstairs to play in your siblings’ rooms (I think it really bugs you that you can’t go up there whenever you want), climbing up & on & all over stuff—you’re a climber!, petting the cats—usually while sitting in a dirt pile, wearing hats & socks & shoes (because you think this means you’re going outside), putting lotion on your face all by yourself (due to your eczema, you have a lot of lotion application going on 24/7), banging on smartphones/iPods/iPads/laptops—but watching home videos of yourself & your siblings is your favorite technological pastime.
A few things you do NOT seem to like: WATER. You don’t like swimming pools, sprinklers, showers, lakes, or even the bathtub if mama is not bathing with you. You will not sleep for long without mama or, frankly, sleep at all. We co-sleep all night & you continue to nurse all night long, so much nursing, in fact, that my period has still not returned, but you’re so very tiny & eat so very little food that breastmilk is probably 50% or more of your diet, so I’m not doing anything to wean you yet. You won’t nap for very long, which drives me crazy, & you still require two naps a day, which is also driving me crazy. I’ve tried moving you to one long nap in the afternoon many many MANY times & we’re making no progress. One nap doesn’t work yet. Teeth-brushing practically puts you into a tantrum. Hair-brushing is pretty awful, too, but this seems to be a common theme in this family. The car seat is also your nemesis. Riding in the car is generally a very bad thing in your world. Now that Coralee can drive herself to school and sports on a school permit, however, life in this department has improved a hundredfold for you!
I’m not sure on your stats, I’ll try to weigh & measure you this week & update this post.
Words: You are not talking much, but your babbling seems to be exploding suddenly. You will try to say most any word we ask you to say, but everything still sounds pretty much the same. You can make a lot of animal noises—roosters crowing, cats meowing, dogs panting. You imitate a baby bawling really well (daycare baby helped immensely with this). You say mama (finally!!!), dada, hold, iwantdat (“I want that” garbled together), datway (“that way”), wawa (water), baba (bottle of almond milk). You smack your mouth to indicate you’re hungry or when you just want something badly. You’re actually quite good at communicating in a nonverbal manner. We can usually figure out what you want without any words…I’m wondering if this will make your speech delayed? I guess we’ll find out.
Something cute you started doing this week is keeping your head/gaze fixed forward, while rolling your eyes to the side. Gives me a headache to do it, but you seem to love doing it & usually laugh at yourself when you’re done.
Love you, tiny hobbit! So very glad you’re here!