Peanut, 20 months

Another month came and went – it seems that the days are going by a little faster each time.

This month was a little rough on our little Peanut – between the Hand Foot Mouth thing and a bunch of new teeth coming in, P has not been a very happy camper.  I’m hoping that the rest of the teeth break in quick so that we can be done with all this pain and not eating.  I don’t know which I hate more.

The only new word that Peanut said this month is “pea” although it sounds an awful lot like “bee” which is what she calls every bug.  Although I’m a bit concerned about the lack of language development at this age, she’s been babbling non-stop and most of her words really sound like ours.  I am going to bring up the language barrier to our pediatrician, but since her counter-parts at daycare seem to be at about the same stage, I’m not too worried.

She has been trying to communicate more and more with us by pointing – for example when I let her have a sip of my water, she’ll take a gulp and then point to me and say, “mama” and wait until I take a sip.  So so cute.

Aside from the speaking limitations, P seems to understand pretty much everything that we say.  The new thing this month is our ability to bargain with her.  We’ve been able to ask for things like, “drink your milk” or “eat one more bite” in return for smoothies, fruit, or watching television.  It’s amazing and has led to lots more eating and drinking.  Right now our best bargaining chips are her white grape juice boxes (they’re mini and have Grover on them), Dora or any other show pretty much (we limit TV as it is but now she has to drink her milk while watching otherwise the TV goes off).

Her memory continues to improve as well.  Recently she’s been pointing out people she knows in pictures (and if it’s mom and dad she’ll actually say our name).  She remembers some of her “chores”, like throwing trash away or putting the laundry in the hamper.  She also remembers where she left her babies and shoes.  It’s pretty incredible and fun to watch.

Another favorite this month is drawing.  Chalk, pen, crayons, markers.  You name it, she loves it.  She likes drawing “ball” and asking us to draw things for her.  I think her favorite are my flowers.

I’m looking forward to our check in with the pediatrician in a week or so to find out how she is doing with her weight and height (on my last check she was just barely over 20 pounds which is not a gain at all, sigh, but I blame the HFM and teeth).  I’m also curious to hear what they have to say about her word limitations – maybe it’s really not a big deal.

What were your kiddos up to at 20 months?