20 Months

I am so enjoying seeing this across from me at breakfast again.

Cream cheese mustache and juice

No matter HOW whiney and stinky and demanding toddlers can be, they sure are more fun than a kidney infection. Especially ones who give good night kisses on demand and sleep all night. I am going to be SO SCREWED when the new baby comes and I’m back to 24/7 infant care – my body has totally readjusted to need more than 5+ hours a night again.

I missed Little Evan’s official monthday on the 5th (Dear Future Evan reading this: BLAME YOUR SISTER) but here’s the latest update from the Baby Center Milestone Chart:

21 Month Milestones (oops, that’s a month ahead, thanks for calling me out Robyn! 20 Month milestones below)(but I’m leaving this up because to be honest, I really doubt I’ll be remembering to do them with a week old baby hanging around anyways)

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
• Can walk up stairs – Walk is such a specific word. Crawl? Yes. Sort of fling himself regardless of personal safety? Definitely. Take actual person sized steps? If someone holds his hand and hauls him up, yes again. But if what it boils down to is an ability to get himself safely up a flight (or three) of stairs then Yes, Absolutely. And fast.
• Able to set simple goals (e.g., deciding to put a toy in a certain place) – He is still Mayor of Trash, but he has also been promoted to Czar of Shoes. And he’s really good at it – you can ask for a specific pair, like “brown boots” or “dada’s shoes” or “MorMor (grandma’s) boots” and he will bring both to you with almost 100% accuracy. Although he also remembers which shoes I wear most often and will bring those by default. Really impressive, right?!

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
• Throws a ball overhand – Old news.
• Kicks ball forward – Old news.
• Stacks six blocks – Screw you and your block stacks Baby Center. My kid’s too busy learning to unlock my iPhone to mess with blocks.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
• Names simple picture in a book – Sometimes. Works best with animals and he mostly signs them/makes the noise. But with some encouragement he can name simple things like “apple” or “digger” or “ball”.
• Can walk down stairs – Again with the “walking”. E has been diligently and patiently working on “getting down a flight of stairs safely”, which seems to be going quite well as long as you’re willing to stay out of reach and give him time to scoot down each one on his butt. If he finds himself unattended on a set of stairs (not that that would EVER happen with such a responsible and attentive mother as myself) he will go down backwards. But if you stand next to him on the stairs he will reach for your hand at the same moment he throws himself off the top step.

EDITED TO ADD: 20 Month Milestones for my 20 Month Old who is not 21 Months Old

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
• Feeds doll – He keeps trying to shove his food into my belly button to “feed” the baby. Does that count?
• Takes off own clothes – Yes. Please see: every picture I’ve taken off him in the past month. Nekkid bebeh!
• Dumps an object in imitation, such as throwing garbage away – MAYOR. OF. TRASH.

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
• Learns words at a rate of ten or more a day – Repeats words at a rate of a zillion a day. Retains and says words on his own at a rate of about 4 or 5 a day.
• Can walk up stairs (but probably not down) – See long-ass stair climbing assessment above.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
• May start exploring genitals – No, and I’m a little sad, because that would make for some AWESOME blogging material
• Draws a straight line – On a piece of paper? Not a chance. On my wall? You bet.
• Names several body parts – Points at several body parts on demand, and loves to say “teeth”. But he’s more obsessed with shoes and hats than nose and ear.

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13 Responses to “20 Months”

  1. He looks so grown up in that picture! And stacking 6 blocks is so specific. Only stack 5? No Harvard for you!

  2. Robyn says:

    I hate to call you out on the internet, but i checked the milestone chart to see how Rory was stacking up, and some of the milestones you mentioned were actually for 21 months. just wanted to let you know that Little Evan has a whole month to work on his stairs and blocks :).

    • bebehblog says:

      Doh! I’m not surprised I did that though, because I keep thinking he’s already 21 months since people have been asking “how far apart will your kids be?” and I’ve been saying “21 months” for almost 9 full months now. I’ll fix it!

  3. Natalie says:

    When did he get so big? I see his picture all the time, but with this one, he just suddenly started looking like a little kid!

    I’ve missed you! Glad you (seem to be) on the up-and-up!

  4. molly says:

    I’m so glad you’re home, sweetie. What has happened is the pits, I tell you!

    Evan is the cutest!

    Also, wanted to tell you that I was so scared of the lack of sleep again. But something happened as soon as Brigham was born and it just didn’t hurt as much as the first time around. I could totally handle the waking up every three hours MUCH better than the first time around. Even though Landon had been STTN for awhile. Hopefully that happens for you too!

  5. merin says:

    6 blocks?? That’s a lot! Mayhem overtakes order around 3 blocks. Destruction always wins.

  6. That picture is ADORABLE!

  7. Did you skip over 20 months because of that whole “exploring genitals” thing???? :) It’s pretty funny that they call that advanced! (as in…”Your son won’t stop playing with himself! Clearly he’s a genius!!”)

  8. Kyley Leger says:

    The baby center descriptions seem way too old for that little guy! They grow up way too fast!! Ahh! Enjoy the remaining time with just one!

  9. Kim says:

    I agree with Molly. Getting up at night is infinitely better this time around! I don’t understand it at all, but THANK GOD. (Don’t tell my hubby- he thinks I still *need* naps.)

  10. Brigid Keely says:

    OH MY GOD. you let your BABY eat CREAM CHEESE? And DRINK JUICE? You are obviously the worst mother EVER. Why not just feed your child a lead and cadmium milkshake?

    Just kidding.

    It’s so great that you’re back home! What a great photo of your little guy with a big old cheesy (lol) grin!

    Niko can go down stairs just fine. He clings to a railing (or adult’s hand) and steps down with no problems, but he still crawls/clambers going up… although at a pretty breakneck pace. I think it’s easier for him to drop his foot/leg and follow through than it is for him to hoist his stumpy little leg high enough to reach the next step. However, going up and down his slide (and any unattended step ladders) has helped his stair climbing abilities quite a bit. He’s also been checkin’ out his own package at diaper changes for months now, but he’s not interested in it at other times (that I’m aware of). Just when he’s naked.

  11. […] lovely bloggy friend (she might not know we are friends but here I am telling her) Suzanne over at bebehblog.com. She compares baby Evan’s milestones to those listed on Babycenter.com and since I always […]

  12. […] lovely bloggy friend (she might not know we are friends but here I am telling her) Suzanne over at bebehblog.com. She compares baby Evan’s milestones to those listed on Babycenter.com and since I always […]

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