Obviously, this can’t be right, but my calendar is claiming that M will be 22mos on Monday. When people ask how old she is, I just say she’s going to be two in October. Then, in my head, I have to make that emoji with the really wide eyes.
M still isn’t talking much, but she comes out with new little bits here and there. I taught her to say ‘please’ a little while back, and she immediately understood that that’s the thing to say when she really wants something. When she asks for something, if I have to pause for any reason before I hand it to her, I get a ‘peeeeease’. She says ‘socks’ really confidently (when we’re putting shoes and socks on to go outside), and we’ve been working on ‘shoes’. Most of the time, she does ‘shhhhh…ocks’. But she’s really been concentrating on doing the ‘sh’ sound right.
She also recently started calling Beany ‘Beebee’, usually quite tenderly as she pets her. But she also says ‘beep, beep’, which sounds pretty much the same. Any time she’s pushing her doll’s stroller around or riding on her little bike, she avoids having to steer by shouting ‘Beep, beep!’ at whatever’s in her way. Sometimes she just says it continuously as she scoots around, because you know something is eventually going to try to stop her.
Trucks are BIG right now. Real trucks, toy trucks, pictures of trucks in books. Most vehicles, really. She also loves airplanes, and she’s got a soft spot for trains now that she’s figured out how to go ‘ch-ch-ch’. I also brought out my old Playmobil figures last week, along with the Playmobil advent calendar pieces we had from last year. She’s really interested in those little bits, and it’s nice not to have to worry about her putting them in her mouth anymore.
M loves to draw and color, which must just be a hardwired thing. She certainly doesn’t see me writing by hand VERY often. Her latest thing is drawing a picture (scribble) on a piece of paper, which she then presents to me. Over and over. And when she colors, she’s getting more interested in trying to color specific things. I drew a cat for her yesterday, and she colored the ears, nose, each limb, the tail, the tummy, etc. Little circles of color over each point of interest. She’s also fascinated when I trace her hand with a pen, and she’s been trying to do the same thing. I might make her some basic shape stencils (Montessori folks call them ‘insets’) and see what she thinks of them.
As I’ve mentioned before, M is pretty easy-going and rarely tantrums. She has her handful of upsets every day, but it’s easy to calm and reassure her. I always make sure to verbalize exactly what it is that she’s upset about (‘You were having a lot of fun playing with that truck, and you don’t want to leave it now.), and that seems to help a lot. She’s gotten more sensitive to things going wrong lately. She leaned her broom up against the kitchen cupboards yesterday and was dismayed to find that it had fallen over when she came back into the room. And wicked Nova is always there to steal pieces of her lunch that fall on the floor, which upsets her. I try to be understanding about the (perceived) severity of whatever’s happened and then follow up with something reassuring or empowering (ie, ‘Can you put the broom back the way it was? Hey, you did it!’ or ‘Do you still have more food on your plate? Whew, you do!’) My sample size of one (well-behaved) kid is hardly enough to draw a conclusion from, but my instinct is that the more M feels understood and supported, the less likely she is to totally break down when things don’t go her way.
Anyway, I’ll end this here, before I do any more rambling. To recap: M at 22mos is funny, clever, silly, cuddly, perfect.