November 16, 2014
21 months

At 21 months we started the process of night weaning. Matthew is unimpressed.

He's getting new words every day, but many of them sound the same - even to Mommy and Daddy. Elizabeth often claims to understand what he's trying to say. Suspiciously this often coincides with what she'd like him to do. He doesn't mimic words the way Elizabeth did, but once he's decided he's using a particular sound for a particular meaning, he gets annoyed if we don't quite catch on.

On the plus side he's started to negotiate. This makes giving daily iron much easier as we can trade chocolate for cooperation. This might have been as of 20 months, a post that is conspicuously missing. Mommy has been too exhausted to blog recently - sorry kid, we really did intend to write a monthly post about your growth and development until you were two but the dreaded second child syndrome is stronger than the best of intentions. There are extenuating circumstances, not least that you spend many of your waking moments trying to demolish the house, launching yourself down the stairs or generally leaving a trail of destruction behind you. Elizabeth can always tell when you've been in her room, no matter how well Daddy thinks he's tidied up afterwards. But we all adore you nonetheless.

On January 22, 2015 at 01:15 am
Auntie Janice said:
Such cute photos!

Most of these were mentioned in other posts, I'm sure, but here are my observations. Matthew now insists on cutting up his own food, or at least doing some of it? He also is quite adept at going to get his own snack (goldfish crackers), and when he comes to play in my room he beelines for his favourite toys. He remembers where things and people were the last time he saw them, and pointedly asks about them just to make sure you know what he knows. M:"Mama (points up stairs)" J: "mommy is working, isn't she?" "Uh-HUH". He's getting quite good at coming down the staircase- but that is scary for all involved because occasionally he forgets to hold the railing, or wants to hold on to something else instead. The staircase on my bed is particularly challenging, but he will spend many minutes refusing help and trying to sort out the problem on his own.

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