Rainbows and Dragonflies

22 Months

Posted on: October 10, 2011

22-Month-Old Child

Look out! Your little powder keg may be about to blow!

Who knew such a little person could have such a big temper? A short fuse is common among the almost-two set, primarily because a toddler’s mind is much more advanced than his skills. In other words, he knows what he wants but not necessarily how to get it — or even ask for it. Now, that’s frustrating! You can help by being patient and staying calm (no screaming or tantrums from you, Mom). A low-key approach also works when it comes to toddler sharing and taking turns, a tough yet necessary lesson to teach, especially as he becomes more social. In other news, you might be concerned about those little hands constantly exploring his genitals (totally normal — hey, it feels good), but don’t make a big deal out of it. Explain the concept of privacy and that some things are okay to do in public and some are not. (Distraction will probably be more effective than anything else at this point.) Other potentially concerning toddler behavior includes rituals (for instance, he must have his banana cut exactly the same way every day or he must wear the brown hat and it must be on backwards). Don’t sweat it — this is just a toddler’s way of trying to gain a little bit of power and control over his life. Your best bet is to humor him while gently suggesting (once in a while) that he try something new. Along these lines, lots of toddlers are very resistant to change as even minor adjustments to the routine can rock their world. Hold off on changes that can wait (like that new rug in his room), and try to give him plenty of warning about changes that cannot.

Favorite Books:

  • Usborne Touchy-Feely Kittens
  • Mouse’s First Fall
  • If You See a Kitten
  • Good Morning, Good Night!

Learned to say:

  • 3,2,1 blastoff
  • Five (for high five)

Activities:

  • Li’l T walks down the steps in our foyer by himself. I was scared that he would hurt himself at first but he likes to do it over and over. I guess he’s practicing.
  • He likes to close all of the doors in the house. No door is spared and it doesn’t matter if you’re in the room or not. LOL
  • He’s started playing a hide and seek type game. If we’re in the bathroom he’ll close the door and then knock and wait for it to be opened. We say “hi”, he smiles and closes the door again. This goes on until he gets distracted by something else. He also plays this game while he sits in my closet.
  • He “counts” all of the steps as we walk to the building and to our condo.
  • He actually dances to music now instead of just standing there smiling. It’s a combination run, dance, bounce and it is hilarious.
  • He likes to clean up his and everyone else’s things. One day I couldn’t find my cell phone or the remote. He had them in his stroller basket with all of his toys.

Songs: He loves Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star now. It has the same tune as the alphabet song but if you listen carefully you can tell which song he’s singing.

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2 Responses to "22 Months"

Hi handsome boy! I’ve missed your updates so I am catching up. You are getting sooooo BIG! powder keg is the right description for this age! Mine is putting me through it.

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