Our girls are now 16 months old and they are moving from the “baby” stage to the “little people” stage. In the just the last few weeks, I’ve noticed so many changes.
- They are getting more affectionate. They will give hugs to other people, their toys and even their books. They like to cuddle and be close to us.
- They are more communicative. They say a few “words,” they are using some signs and they are definitely trying to make themselves understood using sounds and actions.
- They are forming relationships. They get excited when familiar people arrive, they head over to greet us when we get home, and they are learning to wave bye-bye.
- They want to interact. They will bring toys for us to play with, they try to share their food, they feed each other with their spoons, and they trade snacks.
- They no longer sleep all the time in the car. Last weekend was the first trip where we had to give them snacks in the car, and I should have packed their water bottles too.
- They are forming opinions. They know which toys, books or snacks they want, and nothing else will do.
- They can remember. They recognize the doctor’s office and where he keeps the crackers.
- They can make plans. If they notice the baby gate is open they head for the stairs.
- They are getting more active. They aren’t walking yet, but they can climb the stairs. They also climb on and off their toy car, and climbed on to a box on the weekend.
- They are expressive. They squeal and laugh when they’re having fun. And, they can turn on the tears when they want something.
- They want to explore the world. They love to look out the front window at the people and dogs walking by. They want to be out of their strollers and playing the in the grass.
- They are persistent. If R takes a toy from S, S will chase her across the room to get it back.
- They know our routines. They know they have to leave their soothers in their cribs if they want to be picked up.
Especially with two little ones, it isn’t often I get time to look back and reflect on how they are growing. I’m often focussed on dealing with whatever is happening right now that I don’t get to see how far we’ve come.
What new things are your children doing? How do you remember to stop and see where they are?