21 Apr 2016

Alex, 20 months


When I first started writing Alex’s monthly updates during the first year of his life, I could tell a huge difference in his development almost on a weekly basis. Now that he is slowly approaching the two year mark, the milestones are spreading out a bit, and his development is more gradual – to me at least. However, when we went to Germany for half term the other week, my parents, who had last seen him at Christmas, were overwhelmed with just how much he’d grown, both physically as well as in his personality and emotional development. It was nice to see how fascinated they were with every little thing he was doing, and how in love they are with their grandkids.

This month Alex continues his cheeky chappy ways. His personality is now clearly evident, and it’s lovely; he definitely has a really mischivious, cheeky side, but he’s also extremely warm and caring. He doesn’t need encouragement to share lots of kisses, and he’s very sensitive to anyone being sad or upset around him. A few times now I have witnessed at nursery during drop off or pick-up other babies crying or being in meltdown, and Alex toddling over to them, stroking them gently and trying to calm them down. It’s so heart-warming, the fact that he understands that they are in distress, and such pure and genuine gestures from such a small person, and it makes me immensely proud.

He's still quite naughty though sometimes, whether that’s throwing food around, not listening or pushing boundaries when he knows exactly that he’s not allowed something, and hence he has frequent visits to the naughty step – not that it bothers him much! He just patiently sits there, looking at me or John, and I know that he thinks: “They will crack before me!” And quite! It’s actually hilarious, and often I have to really pull myself together not to end up laughing, because it’s so funny, his little face, just sitting there patiently and totally not bothered. 

He’s also suddenly grown really tall. I noticed yesterday, as I was running his bath, that he is now taller than our bathroom cabinet, when he always used to be much smaller and couldn't see beyond it. It occured to me, just how much of a toddler, a little boy he is, and it's a bitter sweet observation. 

In terms of speech, he hasn't made much progress since last month - he can now say "car" and "poo" (great!), but other than that, he is still mainly communicating with gestures and lots of different sounds, and he can really accurately immitate any intonations that either of us do; so if Becky or I are humming a melody, he can accurately repeat it, which is quite funny. I think, like with most of his major milestones, he'll do them when he's ready, but once he starts, he probably will be unstoppable and a major chatterbox like his sister.

We've been having a few rough nights again, lately. His night (or early evening) terrors have crept back in, and he is absolutely inconsolable when we're putting him down for his sleep at night. So much so, that we've had to take him downstairs with us for the last few nights, and only then would he settle for the night, but often not before 10.30pm, which is quite exhausting. And then he's waking in the middle of the night with more distressed screams, and we're not quite sure whether it's teething or night terrors or something else. I have learned by now that most of the times these are phases, and that we just need to ride them out, so that's what we're trying to do.

Other than that, he is our smiley, happy, cheeky little boy, and he really brightens up our days, especially in tandem with his big sister. 

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