At twenty-three months Michael has a lot more words. He can say all of his siblings' names - Matthew is the most recognizable as Elizabeth is mostly "Beh" and Amelia is "Yaya". He likes to point to things and tell you about them and grabs your finger and pulls you to where he wants to go. If you don't go, he wails but it's fake crying because he can turn off the tears if you agree to do what he wants or present a more interesting activity.
23 months is also apparently the new two because he's started with temper tantrums. The other day he got upset so he charged upstairs to his room, slammed the door and lay down on the floor. I followed him to make sure he wasn't getting into mischief with my computer. I opened the door. He immediately stopped crying, got up, pushed me out of the room and slammed the door. Then he lay down on the floor again. It was pretty hilarious. Eventually I sent Daddy up and he got up, came over and acted like nothing had happened.
He likes to take a stack of books and get us to read them, but often we must read the same book four or five times in a row. He has memorized quite a few and there are certain things he always points out, like the cows in any book. He likes to say "KABOOM" at the appropriate time in Rocket Science for Babies.
Still throws everything on the floor at mealtimes, especially when he's done. He demands milk in his cereal. Elizabeth can't decide if this is amusing or really annoying depending on how recently she's gotten gooed before school. Generally she's good at removing his bowl before it gets flung. Once the puddling starts the bowl definitely goes away and he does NOT think this is right.
He just learned how to operate the door handle on his room. Luckily he can't open it reliably when he's sleepy so he hasn't come charging down the stairs. He has locked himself in the room (also a new skill) but was able to unlock the door when asked.
The sink is a favourite toy. He is still capable of making quite the mess but seems to have clued in that water all over is the end of playing in the sink. He loves to imitate his siblings. Occasionally this is terrifying if he takes it into his head to "help'. Like the time I caught him trying to put soap in the laundry machines.