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!