My little ragamuffin is now 23 months old.
The first time she went without a nap was on her 20 month birthday. From that point on she started getting her toddler on more and more. She’s not a tantrumy type girl. But she’s still a toddler. She is certainly exploring the concept of things being “mine” or belonging to different people.
I think I must be weird because I love it. I love her feisty little “MINE!”, I love seeing her mind tick over and discover the concept of ownership. I love that when you touch or tickle her she cries “No dat’s MY nose!” or “No dat’s MY foot!”. She has a strong sense of bodily autonomy and ownership and I love that.
She likes her personal space. If another child starts getting to far into her personal space without her permission, she starts saying firmly “No! Stop! Get away!” She is shy and wary with people she doesn’t know and takes quite a while to warm up. Which is always strange to me, because with us and people she is comfortable with, she is an utterly zany, crazy little person who is a laugh a minute.
She is a talker. She talks in full sentences and has done for at least the last month or so. Things like “I want toast” or “I fink its dry now” or “mummy is dat yummy?” People often comment on how clearly she speaks.
For all her strength in the linguistic area, she is slower on the gross motor skills. She only mastered climbing recently and was very proud of herself. She has only just figured out that you can climb off the bed by turning around backwards. She stills needs my help to climb on a rocking horse or those little toddler push bike things. Her mummy is more of a bookworm than an athlete so maybe she takes after me 😛
She spent about 2-3 months obsessed with The Wiggles. Then she got a Hairy Maclary DVD and watched that a million times. Her latest obsession is Peppa Pig. Through all of these fickle changes of heart, however, her longstanding love is Angry Birds Toons. She will beg for “Angy Birds ona iPad” and we will find her the videos online and she will beam from ear to ear.
She does still nap most days, although will sleep in sometimes and then skip a nap that day. However she now doesn’t go to bed until around 9:30-10pm. She has stamina! She still loves our bottle cuddles and she still goes to sleep on my lap with a bottle and dummy and I put her in her bed once she’s a sleep. I know the day is coming all too fast that she won’t need my cuddles anymore. So I enjoy, while I still can, the warm weight of her growing body on mine, watching the slow descent of her eyelashes onto her cheeks.
She is a fussy sparrow eater. She likes to graze and very rarely eats a dinner-type meal. Vegies are a no go, although luckily she likes a lot of fruits. All I can do is try to make sure her grazing snacks are as healthy as possible and keep offering dinners and vegies and eat them in front of her.
Although I love her exploration of the concept of “mine”, obviously that doesn’t mean she gets her own way all the time. If something isn’t in fact hers, then it is my place to step in and guide her around the concept of ownership. We are getting there and I think the most important thing is to keep your expectations to an age-appropriate level. It is totally normal for a child to not understand the idea of sharing until after the third birthday. I find that often in the heat of the moment she may get upset or whingy, but then next time she sees the object or enters a similar situation, she will say something like “dat’s Daddy’s one”. It’s like her little brain has been processing it all in the meantime and it’s kind of cool to observe.
I can’t believe she is almost two years old, but then, on the other hand, she is certainly moving past the level of a one year old and in that respect, her being two totally makes sense. She is feisty, funny, empathetic, strong willed, attached and yet independent. She always wants me close by but she wants to do things for herself. She is just an awesome, awesome little person. I adore this age (even if she wears me out sometimes!) and I adore her.