More signs we're immersed in toddlerhood

What we see in a typical day with Jack: 

  • Climbing, everywhere, everything, all the time!  Not just climbing, but also running and bouncing on furniture, and a general show of pride at being up HIGH.
  • Copying everything we do – gestures, words, eating, hugging trees (yes, Joe really does hug trees).  He has started mooching off of our plates, showing more interest in food when we are eating it!
  • Social interaction.  It’s not enough to wave and say hi to everyone around him, he must get a response.  He will keep waving, keeping saying hello until the person responds.   You can imagine our restaurant experience.  Generally he is looking everywhere but at us, engaging with the other restaurant patrons.
  • Displays of affection, or of anger.  When I walked in the door after work yesterday his entire countenance lit up!  He waved, shouted HEY! and bounced up and down.  He ran over to hug me and giggled.  What a welcome!  The opposite, of course, occurs when I deny him something he hits me or anything within proximity.  I am becoming a master at redirection (Let’s read a book!) during his tantrums.
  • Talk of bodily functions.  He has definitely started to notice bathroom behavior, and when I mention pee or poop, he contemplates the question and either sticks his hand down his diaper or strains a bit as if he is testing to see if he has to go.  This behavior seemingly came out of nowhere; perhaps toilet training is in our near future (which is a bit terrifying, ’cause I know nothing about how to toilet train a kid!).  He also pretends to blow his nose, something he learned a week and a half ago when I had a cold.

Altogether, at 17 months, Jack is definitely his own person.  He is constantly in motion, testing his environment and the people in it.  He is fun, he is aggravating, and he is always interesting!

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  1. Toilet training 101: get a little potty. Take off his diaper and leave it off as long as you’re home. Every 20 minutes say “let’s go potty!” sit him on it while you sit on the big toilet. If he pees on the floor, say “You peed! We pee on the potty!” in an excited voice, then put him on the potty. Before bed/naps, put him on the potty. AS SOON AS HE WAKES UP, put him on the potty. Before you go out and when you get home, put him on the potty. Make big exciting woo-hoos when he pees “YOU DID IT! YAY! HIGH FIVE!” Let him flush the toilet. Be prepared for misses and know that it may take him longer to poop in the potty than it does to pee.

  2. Toilet training 101: get a little potty. Take off his diaper and leave it off as long as you’re home. Every 20 minutes say “let’s go potty!” sit him on it while you sit on the big toilet. If he pees on the floor, say “You peed! We pee on the potty!” in an excited voice, then put him on the potty. Before bed/naps, put him on the potty. AS SOON AS HE WAKES UP, put him on the potty. Before you go out and when you get home, put him on the potty. Make big exciting woo-hoos when he pees “YOU DID IT! YAY! HIGH FIVE!” Let him flush the toilet. Be prepared for misses and know that it may take him longer to poop in the potty than it does to pee.

  3. I’d love to see a picture of Jack hugging a tree. That’s just too cute!

  4. I’d love to see a picture of Jack hugging a tree. That’s just too cute!

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