Friday, September 20, 2013

Maggie : Toddler Summary - 20 Months

Maggie was 21 months old on September 17th. This is a summary of her 20th month:

Maggie has decided that she likes veggies again. I began to give her carrots that I had steamed and cut up into small pieces. I had previously done this before last month. She seemed to really enjoy eating whole sticks of carrots and then suddenly, she didn't. I decided to try them cut up again. She went back to eating carrots with no issues. I'm not sure why she stopped liking eating the whole sticks? It could have had to do with getting 4 new teeth this month (4 canine teeth.) I know that in the past, her eating has decreased while she's been teething. She has slowed in her eating of peas, but she will still eat them. She will, however, eat mass amounts of green beans. She has also eaten tons  of cherry tomatoes. I'm not very worried about her nutrition. She still eats large quantities of veggies and fruit. We also got rid of the snack after her nap this month. She went back to eating normal amounts of food for dinner. 

Like I said before, Maggie got 4 new teeth this month. They were her last 4 teeth to get before her 2 year molars. She had several days of tears and fit throwing before I realized what was going on. It was a rough week or so. Still, I'm glad to be almost done with teething! She has been a great teether overall and I haven't always known when she was teething. It really hasn't disrupted her sleep (which I attribute, in part, to Babywise) and I'm glad that she has handled it so well! 

A Week of Whine:
At the beginning of her 20th month, Maggie began to throw major frustration tantrums. She would still ask for help before she would throw her tantrum, but it seemed to be a courtesy more than anything. Matthew noticed that her biggest frustration happened because she had too many toy options. She would try to carry too many toys at one time with her from her playroom to the family room. We solved the problem by removing about half of her toys from her playroom. We'll rotate them out in a few weeks. She's done a lot better having fewer toy options. We've been glad because it eliminated that frustration as well as her urge to throw frustration tantrums. 

This month was an extremely obedient month for Maggie. We had been practicing giving Maggie an instruction and then saying, "Say, 'Okay Mama'" or "say okay Da-da" after we gave the instruction. This was mostly for our practice. We didn't want to be or get into the habit of asking her to comply with us: i.e. "Maggie, let's pick up your toys, okay?" Instead, we've decided to say, "Maggie, it's time to pick up your toys. Say 'okay Mama.'" We say "okay" because Maggie has trouble saying "yes." Not that she's rebellious, but she hasn't been able to consistently form the word "yes." The word, "okay" has been a good substitute. She's gotten great at saying "okay" when we tell her to do something, and she generally complies with what we ask her to do when she gives the verbal confirmation. 

Watching DVDs:
She finally got into actually watching DVDs this month. She had a Boz DVD that was a sing-along DVD. It had a featured episode on it too, but Maggie was never interested in watching that. She was only ever interested in watching the sing-along portion of the DVD. She started sitting for the whole featured episode (20 minutes.) I hear the angels singing. (This child sits still for less than 5 minutes a day, probably.)

On the night of August 23rd, Maggie had her first nightmare. I heard her crying in her room in the middle of the night and went to go see why she was crying. As I was walking down the hall to her room, I heard a large crash in her room. I was almost to her room by this point and I hurried the rest of the way there and opened the door. When I got into her room, she was on the floor and looked very confused. She wasn't really awake. She has a rail on her twin bed on one side and the other side is up against the wall. The best guess I have as to what happened is that she had a nightmare, stood up in her bed, and then fell over the side rail. I held her for several minutes and she was trembling for a long while. Once she stopped trembling, I put her back in bed and she went back to sleep. Her pediatrician told me at Maggie's well-child visit that around 18 months - 2 years is the age that most children start to experience nightmares. Maggie has only had one. Hopefully, she won't have them frequently or regularly. 

Big Girl Bed:
This is still going well. One morning this month, Maggie got out of bed and got her bedtime book (the book we read as part of her bedtime routine) and climbed back in bed. She was very quiet when she did and when I went in, she was sitting on her bed, "reading" her book. I chose not to say anything about it to her for a few reasons - 1) We never told her not to get out of bed. 2) I didn't want to draw attention to the fact that she had the ability to get out of bed. She only got out of bed one more time after a nap to get her bedtime book. She hasn't done it since then, so we're back to her staying in bed after she wakes up from her nap or in the morning. 

Stringing Words Together:
Maggie started stringing words together this month. Her current favorite phrase is "sit down." :) She will also try to repeat just about everything we say. It's been a fun month in her language development.

"I Love You": 
On August 22nd, Maggie said "I love you" to Matthew after he read her the bedtime book and kissed her good night and was getting ready to put her in bed. He said, "I love you, Maggie" and she said, "I uv oooo." She has yet to say it to me. She also hasn't said it again to Matthew after she's been prompted to say it. 

Schedule this Month:

8:00 or 8:30 - wake up and eat breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 - independent play in room in pack-n-play
10:30 - 11:00 - clean up toys from independent play, change diaper (she usually poops during independent play)
11:00 - chores with Mama. Usually she "helps" me unload the dishwasher and we feed the dog together.
11:30 - free play with Mama. Usually reading books or blowing bubbles.
12:00 - pick up toys and get ready for lunch
12:15 - eat lunch
12:45 - 1:00 - change diaper, naptime routine
1:00 - 4:00 - naptime
4:00-4:30 - free play
4:30 - 5:15 - structured play. Sometimes in the high chair. She will color or play with a whiteboard and dry erase maker (don't worry, they're non-toxic.) Sometimes we do puzzles. It really varies and depends on what I need to finish for dinner prep. 
5:15-6:15 - watch a DVD (Matthew comes home during this hour, too, so they play together during this hour.)
6:15 - 6:45 - dinner.
6:45 - 7:10 - bathtime
7:10 - 7:30 - play with Daddy. Wind down for the night. Bedtime routine
7:30 - bedtime

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