8 Jan 2016

Alex, 17 months

I’m so late with this month’s update, but life has once again been so busy, what with Christmas and being away and generally lots happening. So Alex is actually now closer to 18 months, however, I didn’t want to miss out on this.

What can I say? He is so cute and is getting cuter and cuter by the minute. His personality is developing so rapidly now, he understands humour, he knows what makes him laugh and – more importantly – knows how to communicate *read demand* to be entertained, but he also makes us laugh so much with his cheeky antics and infectious giggle.

Now that he is walking, he is unstoppable. He literally runs everywhere, and his speed is increasing all the time. He’s a little explorer – he will stick his button nose into everything, try to see everything, grab everything, pull everything down. He’s such a whirlwind! And so determined. He will not take no for an answer, and because he is evidently a clever boy, he works out ways of how to achieve his goals. For instance, if something is out of his reach, he has simply worked out that if he drags one of our kids stools around with him and to the right location, he can just climb on top and get whatever it is he has taken a shine to. So we have to have eyes on him at all times.

He definitely has a mischievous side to him. He is already testing boundaries and trying to get his will, and it’s actually quite hard work keeping him safe and out of harm’s way, because his determination is teamed with endless curiosity, and obviously the things that are most dangerous are the most fun- anything else would be just boring!

This stage is quite intense, I’m not going to lie, and I’m sure Becky wasn’t quite such a handful at this age, so it must be a boy thing. But I wouldn’t have it any other way, he is adorable and irresistible and I actually can’t be annoyed with him for any length of time.

He is still saying “Hiya”, “Bye Bye”, “Dada” and “Mama” a lot, and sometimes it sounds like he is saying “yeah” and a couple of other things, but that’s probably more wishful thinking.

Curiously, he has developed an addiction to Babybels and can literally wolf down several of them in one go, mostly shoving the whole thing into his mouth and hording it there for a good while before he actually starts to chew, with great effort, obviously, as his mouth is so full – yuck! It’s pretty disgusting, but also quite endearing, and I guess being addicted to Babybel is still healthier than to chocolate – though in fairness, he probably wouldn’t reject that, too, if he had the chance!

He is a little greedy guts and a strong boy – but by no means chubby – just really solid and sturdy and with a typical boyish physique. He is growing so fast, he already is so much taller than Becky was at this age; I think Becky was in 9-12 months clothes well into her second year, she was – and still is – so petite.

His night terrors have subsided a bit and only occur now a couple of times a week, and fairly early on in the night, so we can cope a bit better. However, he has quite bad separation anxiety, so leaving him at nursery on a morning or any other occasion is a bit traumatic for both of us. And he is also getting increasingly scared of the dark, so he has become a lot more clingy to me than before. Hopefully this – like most things – is just a stage, and things will pick up again soon! 

Overall though, he is such a happy little chappy, such a delight, and he enriches our little family no end. 

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