Having a toddler is not for the faint of heart.
Henry’s all over the board this month. He’s hilarious and loving – giving us kisses and hugs and repeating words and phrases and having tickle fights. And he’s also testing us constantly – whining and crying and tantrums.
You could get whiplash if you watched him too long.
But it’s all part of this stage. And I try to remind myself not to wish it away. Even those tantrums.
My favorite part of 21 months is just watching him grow and change. Henry’s becoming such a little BOY. He talks more and more every day. Much of what he says is still gobbledegook. But he surprises us with the craziest words out of the blue. And he is an expert with animal and vehicle sounds.
He also mimics everything we do. He likes to put on deodorant in the morning. (The first time he reached for the deodorant and pulled up his little shirt to put it all over his tummy JUST ABOUT KILLED ME.) He likes to brush his teeth. He loooooves Chapstick. He’s a big fan of putting on his shoes, socks, hat and coat. This month, Henry also began crawling into our bed a lot. Every morning and night he runs into our room and gets under our covers. Then, he puts his arms behind his head like he’s relaxing. He’s just a little sponge and we know he’s always watching what we do. *Gulp*
Henry is a also a daredevil – climbing on top of every chair and table in sight. Falling constantly. Busting his lip open at the grocery store. But he also always looks around to make sure mom or dad is close by for comfort. And he still loves to be held. Even when we are at storytime or out and about. He likes mom to hold him. I keep thinking that this will change as he grows, but he just loves to be close to us. Some nights, I’m ready for a little breathing room and space. But I do love the snuggles all day and am enjoying them while they last.
Henry received an Elmo Valentine’s Day book this month from Aunt Keri and Uncle Adam and we read it multiple times a day. The best part is at the end when Elmo asks for a kiss. He LOVES giving Elmo a kiss. Talk about melting my heart. Mmmmmwah.
While he still loves to read books, Henry’s also become a bit obsessed with the television. It’s scary how quickly he went from no interest to begging us to turn it on all the time. It’s so stinking cold outside that we watch more Netflix than I care to admit. But, we also get out of the house and play with toys, too. It’s all about balance, I suppose. He particularly loves Thomas, Mater’s Tall Tales (I can recite this entire show) and Sesame Street.
Henry also got a train table this month and it rocked his little world. Holy smokes. I put out a plea on Facebook for a train table because he’s been Thomas obsessed. My cousin came through and it was in our living room the next day. I originally thought we would wait to give it to him. But his head practically exploded when I walked through the door and there was no way I was hiding that beast of a table. I’ve never seen Henry react to a toy before, so the fact that he was that excited just killed me. It was adorable. He grinned for hours. He played all night and spends most mornings choo-chooing at his table. It’s pretty much the only toy (besides his tractors) that he plays with consistently. And it holds his attention for a long time, which is worth the living room real estate.
Henry loves music. We currently have two record players in our living room and he constantly wants to turn them on and dance. Most nights, we have a dance party to 70s rock. It’s a fun end to these cold days. I’m sure the neighbors think we are insane.
This month was the start of Toddler Storytime at the library again. He’s doing better and better with sitting down through the stories, but he really loves the playtime and crafts afterwards. There was a lot of Dr. Seuss this month for his birthday and Henry loved wearing the Cat in the Hat hat. He’s a little ham and likes to make friends with all the library workers, too.
Henry found my hidden stash of popsicles this month. Which means he was getting a lot of freezer pops before I re-hid them. I think he’s getting more teeth, so I’m guessing it feels good on those gums. He is becoming more picky about food, though. Hot dogs and pears are a staple at our house. Most other dinner foods go untouched.
It’s been a long, cold winter for this toddler. Henry is dying to get outside and often stands at the window or front door staring longingly. We’ve had the chance to get out and play in the snow a lot this month and he adores it. He usually stays outside for nearly an hour before I make him come back inside and get warm. He just loves walking around in the snow, making snow balls and creating snow castles with his sand tools. There were a few times after his nap that he even found his boots and hat and brought them to me. That was a pretty clear hint that he wanted to get back outside. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can spend more time playing outside.
Raising a toddler may not be for the faint of heart, but it’s more rewarding than anything I’ve done before. What other job gets you slobbery, open-mouth kisses on demand?
Don’t answer that question.
- Thomas the train
- Turning on and off the lights
- Play dough
- Chocolate milk
- Ice cream cones (just the cones, please)
- Singing and dancing
- Mater’s Tall Tales
- Playing in the snow
- Toys R Us
- Elmo book
- Giving kisses
- Leaving Toys R Us
- Staying in one place
- Sitting in a high chair
- The unfortunate requirement of a driver’s license to drive a moving vehicle