This guy is now 22 months old. In two months he has existed on this earth for two whole years.
He is absolutely blowing my mind lately.
He speaks SO incredibly well. He copies every single thing you say and his vocabulary is amazing. One of my favourite things he has picked up is often if I have to say no for something, he will say “tit one” (quick one). He picked that up from me often saying no to nursing and then saying “okay, quick one” so now he tries his luck with most things. It’s hilarious. Also “da-dee doo” (carry you) when he wants to be picked up. He also says sorry at appropriate times.
He knows exactly what he wants and if he doesn’t get it, he surely let’s you know. He is extremely easy to talk to and reason with though. I just need to get down to his level, acknowledge what he is feeling, talk him through it and offer alternatives or simply distract him.
He absolutely loves matching things. He matches shapes to flash cards of shapes and still loves matching his animals to their cards. He now knows all the animals names, including weird things like the bilby and quokka.
He knows all the names of the basic shapes (circle, square, triangle, star, cross, oval etc). He can count to four. He knows all the names of colours. He knows all the fruits and vegetables we eat. He knows the names of different birds that we see regularly (magpie, seagull, red bill etc). He knows all his body parts and be recognises all of the cars of people close to us (his grandmas, daddy’s, nanny’s etc). He has a new obsession with things like backhoes and tractors.
His memory is freaking incredible. He remembers everything, down to the tiniest detail.
He loves going on the stand up paddle board with Tyler, he sits there in his little life jacket and watches everything around him as Tyler paddles. He loves going to the beach, he has gained more confidence near the waves but prefers to be near all the little rock pools. He knows the difference between deep water and shallow water. He is absolutely loving swimming lessons and being in the water and his new favourite thing is having baths at night.
He loves gardening and helping Tyler water his plants. They do it together every morning and Kai loves to spray everything (usually missing the actual garden). He absolutely loves his Grandma’s cats and they’ve warmed up to him so now he gets to pat them. He often chases them exclaiming “wii-wee!” (Lilly) and “wa-wot” (Charlotte).
He loves watching videos of himself on my phone. He would sit and watch himself for hours if I let him. We usually watch three before bed and he tells me which three he wants to watch by explaining what happens in the video. His favourites is the one of him singing with his Nan and Pa, one from swimming lessons, one with him on the swing and one of him putting money into a charity well.
He loves nature and being outside. He has recently made friends with cicadas and let’s then crawl on him, carries them with him to places and drives them around in his cars. He loves going for walks, throwing rocks, being near any water and running around.
Speaking of cars, he still always has two with him. His favourite at the moment is his green car and his gold car. He takes them to bed at night and nap time and usually wants those ones when we leave the house. As soon as he wants to nurse, be grabs two cars and asks me for “bee”. As soon as he wakes up from naps or in the morning he yells “cah!” and wants the same two cars he fell asleep with. He happily plays with a bunch of cars and his car ramp for as long as you will let him without needing to interrupt him. He drives them, lines them up, makes noises and talks to himself.
He still feeds a lot. I am trying to restrict it a little bit but I do want him to wean on his own terms. He often can be distracted or I can reason with him and explain that it wasn’t that long ago since our last feed and maybe we could have some snacks and water instead. He has been eating a lot more and a lot better lately. He still won’t try a lot of new foods but those he does eat, he will happily eat a lot of. His favourites is corn cakes with avocado or home made nut butter and honey, (gluten free) pasta with pesto, oranges, loving earth dried mulberries and raw chocolate, cashews and pistachios and grapes. Although he usually only wants grapes while we are at the shops, yelling “pee-ple grapes” or “geen grapes!”
He isn’t showing any interest in potty learning and I am not in any rush if he isn’t ready. And I adore his cloth butt way too much.
We are still co-sleeping. He has his “good nights” with about four wake ups, but usually there is more than that and often there is a lot more than that. I am a zombie but he is forever full of energy.
He has a huge obsession with Peppa Pig at the moment. It’s the only show he watches and he is allowed half an hour at night time (usually while I am preparing dinner) to watch it. His whole face lights up. He can now turn on the DVD player and put the DVD in himself. (Is that a milestone to be proud of?). He often carries around the DVD cover and is just happy to hold it. He sings the theme song including making noise for the music. He often laughs at things that are funny, makes noises they make and copies some of the things they say. We made it a pretty long time before introducing TV so I am happy that he has this one thing that makes him so happy.
And that’s Kai. In a nutshell. He is a character and I could write about him forever. These are the little things I want to remember.