I was thinking the other day that if adults made the learning and discovery progress that babies and toddlers do, we would all be infinitely ahead of where we are. That’s not to say that we’ve not made progress as adults, but the rate at which we learn and discover the world around us has slowed down to slower than snail pace if you compare us to the 1 and 2 year olds.
On growth: Peanut is a tiny little Peanut. She has dipped below the 3rd percentile in her weight, which has us a little worried. Although she’s always been a super good eater, P prefers fruits and veggies to, well, anything. With the help of our pediatrician, we’ve outlined the actions we’ll be taking to fatten the little nugget up a bit.
On a more positive note, she’s in the 25th percentile for height and 50th for head circumference.
On her development: Although she’s a tiny little Peanut, she’s actually right on target with all of her development. I always get a little nervous and excited about the questions that our pediatrician will ask at Peanut’s Well visits. Here are some of them:
Walking: Peanut is steady on her feet and has learned how to fall on her hands, rather than on her head.
Talking: the pediatrician asked if Peanut can say 3 words and she can! To date she’s saying dog (“di” or “dawg”), more (“maw”), and ball (“bawl”). There are a few other words that we catch from her here and there, but I’m hesitant to say that she’s mastered them (although yesterday and this morning I did notice that she points to ducks and says “duh”). She’s also pretty good about animal sounds, especially moo and bah (I’m still working on the Russian animal sounds).
Understanding: the pediatrician asked us if Peanut is communicating in other ways and understanding what we’re saying and I’m happy that the answer is “yes”! She will actually go get her coat or shoes if you ask her, and as of recently will put them back if you ask her to. She knows when it’s time to change her diaper and will walk to her room (or hide, depending on her mood), she understands bath time and almost all of the routine. At bath time, she’ll identify the toys and hand them to us to put away one by one. The pediatrician also asks about pointing – if we point to something, will P look and will she point to things she wants. Peanut does both! In fact, when waking around in a new surrounding, she will actually keep her pointer out, ready to point at things and ask us what is it (“dis?”). It’s pretty hilarious. She’s also developed an adorable habit with books – whenever she wants to read one, she will go and pick out a book, walk over to me, and then turn and back up until she is sitting on my lap, ready to read. I crack up every time because I keep making the truck “beep beep beep” noise in my head as she backs her little tush.
Mastering her hands: In addition to pointing, we talked about Peanut’s use of utensils. Ya’ll saw what she does with her yogurt, but recently Peanut actually started to use a fork! She will spend 1-2 minutes trying to stab a piece of food with her plastic tiny fork, continuing until she succeeds. She makes for slightly longer meal times, but is pretty fun/funny to watch. I’m thinking about buying her the kid-friendly metal forks since using our forks has led to many “almost” pokes of the eye.
On playing: Peanut’s playtime has also progressed from looking at things or trying to fit them into whatever is nearby to actually doing it on purpose. She’s transferred her mastery of the shape sorter to other things, like puzzles and various stacking and sorting toys. She’s learned which parts of her talking toys to press to get results, she stacks blocks, she cuddles her dolls. Last week at daycare I actually caught her sharing and taking turns with a toy.
On listening to her parents: Along with some understanding and communication, Peanut is actually becoming a better listener. She still doesn’t like being told “no” (although since I don’t either, I don’t blame her), but if you give her a direction, she will do it. So instead of asking Peanut not to touch things (which we still do very often), we will ask her to sit down, or get us a different object. She loves being given a task to do and eagerly redirects her energy into accomplishing it rather than, say, ripping my plants into shreds.
On the other hand, she’s still a little rascal. She loves to push her boundaries and defy what we ask of her. We’ve been handed a sheet on ‘discipline’ at our 15 month appointment and are studying it carefully. But for now we just ignore the behaviors or remove her from the situation.
On her awesomeness: I think one of my favorite new things that Peanut does is pointing out all her body parts. As far as we can tell, P knows her feet, belly, mouth, teeth (although she has none), tongue, nose, head, eyes, and hair. And yes, she pokes her eye out each time, sticks her finger in her nose, and bites down whenever pointing out the appropriate body part. We laugh (until she pokes our eyes or sticks her finger up our nose…then we laugh some more, but through a pained expression).
What kinda stuff did you get asked at your 15 month appointment?