Here is an update on what Monkey is up to lately, one week before his second birthday. Thanks to strawberry at 1 in Vermillion for the great categories!
- Describe what and how your child eats: He runs hot and cold with food. Some meals are great, others he barely touches. It can be the same food, too. One day, grilled cheese is awesome. The next, he has to spit it out quickly. Some of his favorite foods include yogurt, asparagus, pizza, any fruit, dill pickles, bread (garlic bread in particular), and scrambled eggs.
- Does your child have any sleep problems? Oh boy. He is still up fairly frequently in the night (3-5 times), but he has been sleeping until 5:30ish pretty regularly lately. Yes that’s early, but it beats 4-4:30, which we used to regularly get. He goes to sleep at night without trouble. We are hoping to begin night weaning SOON, which we hope will lead to fewer night-wakings and better sleep all around.
Activity and Motor Development
- Describe your child’s gross and fine motor skills (how he moves around, grabs things, etc.). He is really great at throwing. He can throw a ball fairly far and with decent accuracy. He has good balance and enjoys climbing, jumping, and running. No issues at all in this department.
Social Skills and Environment
- What can your child do for himself? Funny you should ask as I’ve been thinking he needs to start doing more for himself. He has started to play around with spoons and forks at mealtime, but not regularly and he’s not all that accurate with it. Still, he tries and claps when he is successful. I want him to start helping pick up his toys, work on getting dressed (at least partially), and potty training.
- How does your child react to family outings and visitors? Family outings are hit or miss. Sometimes he loves it and has a great time. Other times, he is cranky and throws a tantrum (or 20). He loves visitors. Anytime someone comes to the door he runs to see who it is and greets him/her with a wave and a big, “HI!”
- Describe how your child copes with discomfort, frustration, or other distress: Loud crying, sometimes bites, sometimes bangs head on the floor. Says no a lot (even when he means yes!).
Language and Communication
- Describe your child’s language abilities: He knows a ton of words, but many only Mama and Mommy can decipher. He is actively describing his environment (points and names objects, people, animals and looks for validation). He only has a few 2 word phrases, but seems to be moving forward a bit quicker lately. We are holding off on speech evaluation for a bit longer.
Toys and Play
- List your child’s favorite toys and describe how he plays with them: Monkey is all about Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars. He can’t get enough of them. He likes to find little hidey hole spots to put them in and he also just pushes them around on various surfaces. He also likes to throw balls and is into anything Cars-, Yo Gabba Gabba-, or Elmo-related. You can also find him quietly looking at books on his own. Fairly recent discoveries include coloring and playing with Play-Dough.
- Does your child have a lovey? No lovey, but we’ve been trying to work a small Elmo doll into bedtime in the hopes that it might help with weaning at some point. Who needs a lovey when you co-sleep and nurse whenever you want. Hell, I’m his lovey.
- Does your child play with other children? He is just lately starting to do this. DW has several playdates per week so he is around other kids his age a lot, but only recently has he been playing with them rather than alongside him. This seems to be the norm as the other toddlers do the same 🙂
Feelings and Moods
- Describe your child’s range of feelings (comfort, discomfort, pleasure, joy, anger, affection, fear, hostility, depression / sadness) and how he expresses them: We always refer to Monkey as intense, and he is. When he is happy or feeling cuddly, his whole body shows it. He gives big, hearty hugs and kisses and wants to be held and cuddled frequently. When he’s mad, it’s wild. He screams and cries like the world is ending, will go limp and lay on the floor, sometimes banging his head on the floor. He often seems to be at one end of the spectrum or the other. There are many times, though, when he’ll play happily and just smile or wave at us.
- What is likely to upset your child? Reaching the end of a really fun time. Taking away an item that he shouldn’t have/is dangerous. Trying to wean : /
- What makes him feel better? Nursing. Oy.
- How many teeth? You know, I’m not sure but I know he is getting his 2 year molars as I’ve seen them and he has times when his hand is in his mouth constantly and he’s cranky (poor guy).
- In what ways, if any, does your child behave aggressively toward you, his siblings, his playmates, or others? I’ve never seen him be aggressive toward anyone but DW or me when he is angry or really excited (sometimes hits or bites when he’s really having some fun).
- Does your child have a strong preference for one parent? Right now, it’s me (Mama). He is going through a super-clingy, nursing-all-the-time phase. Sigh.