Wow my little Maxiroo is 2 years old next month! What the!? Well before i get way too ahead of myself, at this point in time the little one is only 23 months old. Normally i would say, yet again, that this has been my favourite stage, but y'know what? NO it hasn't been. I found this month to be extra extra EXTRA challenging with this guy and i found myself losing my patience one too many times. this is the tip of the iceberg right? the older they get the smarter they are, the more self aware and expressive they become, and by and large i need to just realize that this kid is now his own walking talking entity who knows what he wants and I need to respect that (and so does everyone else).
the most annoying thing EVER this month has been whining and the nonsensical tantrums. normally, i don't mind the whining when there is a communication barrier and he's trying to get a point across, but it really drives me bonkers when he's whining about something, then i try to do something in hopes to figure out what he's talking about…then he gets frustrated, it escalates to crying….then throwing of something…then i raise my voice…and then more tears…and then snap! like a light switch, whatever caused his whining suddenly no longer mattered and Max is his jolly old self as if nothing ever happened. for example…
Max was eating some cheerios with raisins when i took the bag away and put it on the table in front of him. He did not like that at all so he started to point at the bag and cry. I give the bag back to him, he says "NO, put there" …pointing at the table. So i take the bag, but before i can put it back on the table he starts crying again and pointing at the raisin bag. So i take it again, open it up, show him the raisins. he says again, "NO NO, don't want that." (this happens about 3 more times). By this time my patience is shot, i take the bag and put it on the table and tell him these are the raisins that he was just eating and why is he asking for them if he doesn't want them. like, Kid, i don't know what you want. So, it escalates and now he's trying to stand up on the high chair arching his back, frustrated by the high chair tray so i take the tray and bib off …MISTAKE! that escalated the whole issue to major crying.
This goes on for about 15-20 minutes or so…eventually, i figure out that what he wanted was the entire bag of raisins to be poured on his high chair tray. Not just a little amount, the entire frickin' bag that he didn't even eat much of…he just wanted it all poured in front of him. He was all happy and content once i did this. Ok…yeah…I definitely clogged some arteries trying to figure that out! More or less the same type of i don't know what the hell you want moments this month. i offer him the words, but he's just so wrapped up in pointing and crying that it's not expressed….GRRrrrrr…
On a positive note, the kid is just so smart! and I'm not just saying that because he's my kid…but really, from someone who was never really exposed to kids before my kid was born…this kid is pretty sharp, they're watching EVERYTHING and putting pieces together, and analyzing, and REMEMBERING!
Any new word i say, Max repeats it whether in tagalog or english. his longest sentence right now I think is, "no, don't want it." which is much more tolerable than just an outright 'NO!' We're currently learning our colours, but i think he just likes to say the world "Blue" so everything is blue right now. He's understanding the concept of "same," "two," "share," "sleepy time," "up/down," and so much more that i can't remember.
We experienced our first ever major illness of his life (knock on wood) where he had a case of gastroenteritis from either eating at our local organic big box store or just being on transit and touching things. the first night he had projectile vomiting of his dinner, and then every half an hour for 5 hours or so he would be vomiting either clear or yellow liquid. That was the roughest night ever for us as he would sleep for a few, then wake up and vomit followed by a brief "I'm scared" cry, then go back to sleep for a few minutes to have it all reoccur. He would tell me, "Max choke!" and i would be changing his sheets and pyjamas trying to comfort him…the kid couldn't lie supine for very long without vomitting. terrible terrible night..did I say that already? Anyhow, it was one of those nights where i truly truly cherished co-sleeping with him as i was there to comfort and help him right away. The next few days we were dealing with once a day bouts of MASSIVE liquid stool or multiple movements throughout the day but small in amount or multiple-movements-large-amounts. Yep, basically everything. His appetite has been ok throughout the entire trajectory, but today it's definitely not as good as it was before the illness. In summary, it really takes a certain person to do paediatric nursing…KIDS SHOULD NOT BE SICK.
As for the regular Max 101's:
- about 26lbs +/- 0.5lbs. Tops are 18-24 months, and bottoms are 18-24 months sometimes 2T but his waist (more of 18-24) is small compared to the length of his legs (more 2T)
- size 7-7.5 shoes in Nike's …am i the only one who thinks that size 8 is a HUGE leap from 7? i don't know whether to buy him size 7's or 8's for the Spring…would his feet grow that fast?
- he's got all of his teeth except for the 2nd set of 4 molars
- i think he'll be right handed
- he loves balls and cars and kitchen utensils and construction vehicles
- he loves steering wheels and can't sit in the driver's seat forever pressing all the buttons
- 1 nap a day 1.5-2 hours, sometimes 3 hours
- night sleep is usually from 2130-0730. As for any of his sleeps, but particularly the night sleep, we took apart his crib about 2.5 weeks ago so he just sleeps in a twin bed now. our routine is sleeping beside him until he falls asleep, then sneaking out to do whatever we need to do, then instead of waiting for him to cry and summon for us to return…whenever we go to bed, we just go straight for his room and sleep beside him.
- those dreaded pacifiers are still in our lives! but only for sleep and they're popped out by him or by us once he's in deep sleep. he does wake up in the middle of the night and asks for them again, and sometimes i pop them out again but other times i just want to sleep and forget about them
- favourite food: apples, grapes, rice, and goldfish
- thanks to my husband, he's been exposed to the TV much more than id like. so he knows Mike the Knight and Dora, and Caillou …he asks for them every now and then, and definitely recognizes the characters if he saw them in a store
that's my 23 month old!