Peanut – 16 months

16 month old baby

If I thought that time was flying before, I don’t even know what to call now?   Skyrocketing?  Light speed?  Whatever it is, it’s going really fast.

This month Peanut has started to act out a lot more.  She’s all about asserting her own opinion and making her own choices.  Between learning how to shake her head “no” and refusing pretty much anything we ask her to do, we’re in big trouble over here.

The biggest change this month has been her eating habits.  Peanut has always been a wonderful and adventurous eater.  But in the past month or so, she’s cut that out almost cold turkey.   Peanut refuses almost any food – hot dogs are her favorite one day and then she won’t touch them for 3 days straight.  The other day she gobbled up a whole bowl of apple sauce with cereal.  The following week she refused to go near it.  I’m lost – who is this child and where is my little Peanut who ate everything put in front of her?

Along with her recent change in eating habits, Peanut is exerting her choice in, well, everything.

This month she learned to shake her head “no” and now does it to every question.  “Peanut, do you want a snack?” Shakes head no.  “Peanut, do you want to walk?” Shakes her head no.  I wonder if we can teach her how to shake her head “yes”?  Right now the whole shaking of the head thing is really cute, but I can see how it’s going to get real old real fast.

We’ve been trying to “discipline” our toddler, but at this point, I think the best discipline that works is ignoring or, if it’s really a big deal, putting her behind the gate in ‘timeout.’  Peanut isn’t a fan of any sort of discipline.  Or being told what to do.  Or being told “no.”  Or being told just about anything.  At this point she pretty much wants to do what she wants to do, when she wants to do it, and how she wants to do it.  Sigh.  At least she still gives good cuddles and kisses.

What does work here is asking Peanut to do some chores.  Her favorites this month include cleaning, putting the dog in the crate and giving him a treat, getting mommy her shoes, picking things up (we’re still working on actually putting them away).  She absolutely loves helping out and gets super excited whenever we give her any kind of direction.  I hope that doesn’t change when it’s time for her to learn how to do laundry.

Among other, Peanut’s new tricks this month pointing out just about every single farm animal (or any other animal for that matter).  She recently received a new book from her Gigi that has a ton of farm animals and scenes and it’s her absolute favorite.  She brings it over, backs her little tushy to sit on our laps, and then makes us go through every animal, farm equipment, and person on every page.  She gets especially excited for cows, dogs, sheep, and birds.  Those are her favorite.

And unlike many toddlers, Peanut absolutely loves her crib, naps, and going to bed.  In fact, when we say, “Peanut, do you want to take a nap?”  she gets all giddy and toddles her little way over her bedroom.  Whenever she is super cranky or seems upset, we set her in the crib and she snuggles up with her toys and blanket and calms down.  It’s super funny.

Peanut’s vocabulary is slowly growing too, although no one but us seems to know about it (daycare says that she never talks theres).  She is now saying: dog, moo, more, bird, ball, duck.  She’s also starting to babble non sense, but looking at us as if we’re supposed to know exactly what she is trying to say.  We do our best to pretend but it’s not easy.

Other than her new habit of saying “no” to us, Peanut is still a super happy baby.  She doesn’t cry unless she’s hurt or seriously upset and she does tend to follow most of our directions pretty well.  I guess we couldn’t slide through the toddler years completely scott-free.