Things I’ve Learnt about One and a Half Year Olds

Things I’ve Learnt about One and a Half Year Olds

Baby Z seems to be developing at a rate of the speed of light. Its sometimes little things that you would miss if you didn’t look closely but then you realise things like he’s developed a sense of humour! Toddlers have a sense of humour! Did you know that? Their own unique one as well. Half mimicking what they see mixed with their own cheeky little charm. Did you know that?? I didn’t!

Then there’s the other end of the spectrum. Did you know they can quite easily have about 5 tantrums in the space of an hour? I actually vaguely heard about this but never realised you sometimes actually have to hold on tight whilst they are flinging themselves about like mini body surfers at some rock concert. I feel like we’ve officially walked through the door into Toddlerdom.

These are just some of the things I’ve learnt about Toddlers over the last few months:

  1. They have the energy of about 10 Tiggers. As well as the happiness
  2. They will immediately repeat something you say and possibly fake laugh too just to copy you
  3. If they can’t they’ll quite happily make it up and babble, wanting your full attention
  4. They will refuse all types of food and seemingly survive off about 3 strawberries and a handful of sweetcorn
  5. A part of you reasons that they will eat when they are hungry. Another part of you (about 90%) will worry and have you chasing them with different snacks all day.
  6. Every day you will say to your OH “He looks different today doesn’t he?”
  7. They will demand things at the most inappropriate times threatening epic tantrum if you don’t give it. Like milk in the car whilst you’re driving.
  8. They will drink about half (after you’ve handed it safely to him) and then bathe themselves in the rest. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
  9. They will entertain with singing and talking for the entire journey, even at 7am
  10. They will possibly demand you join in Twinkle Twinkle and do the flashing hands.
  11. They have the ability to wrap Granny and Grandad around their little finger
  12. Actually, they are the boss of everyone. The entire family is wrapped around that little finger.
  13. They will make Granny push them around on a desk chair and scream “Weeeeee” excitedly
  14. Granny will gladly do it for hours on end.
  15. They will go for weeks without seemingly any further speech development.
  16. Then they’ll amaze you one day by saying about 10 different words in succession
  17. You will try to get them to “perform” this latest trick when at someone else’s house
  18. This will be met by silent stare.
  19. They can have the most spectacular looking tantrums like the world has ended. Then 10 seconds later they are fine again.
  20. This can happen multiple times in one day.
  21. They will attempt to climb the radiator and be happy just hanging off it if they can’t manage it
  22. They have their OWN sense of humour.
  23. They think its fun to jump off EVERYTHING.
  24. They will figure how to spill from that super duper non spill cup with “lip detection technology”.
  25. They love the word “MINE!” Used regularly when holding your phone, ipad, playstation controller, TV remote and handbag.
  26. You are required to then chase toddler around the room whilst they scream excitedly at their game.
  27. They have a knack for hiding the remote very well but won’t be able to locate it again which can be annoying
  28. They can do the same with their dummy but a baby 6th sense will track it down within minutes
  29. They can run for hours if you let them
  30. That still won’t make them nap on time
  31. Not all toddlers sleep through, even at 18 months!!
  32. They will constantly make you wonder where their amazing little personality is coming from
  33. Some days you will think “Wow, he looks / behaves just like me”
  34. Some days you will think “Wow, he looks / behaves just like his daddy”
  35. Gazing at your sleeping child, even after 18 months, never gets boring

7 Comments

  1. Leans play July 13, 2012 / 9:57 am

    All so true. And it doesn’t stop, the 3 1/2 year old still amazes me every day, as does the 1 year old. And I still love looking at the 3 1/2 year old when he’s asleep (was going to say its the only time he’s quiet, but it isn’t he still talks in his sleep!)

  2. Older Mum (@Older_Mum) July 13, 2012 / 3:28 pm

    Well that summed it up very well. I remember Little A ‘s tantrums started from when she was about three years old …. and after I said b*gg*er one day she repeated me with absolute precision …. oh well.

  3. Lauren James July 13, 2012 / 10:41 pm

    My older son’s about the same age and he’s developing at super-speed too. Something new every day, but never in front of company!

  4. Sarah james (@apartyofseven) July 13, 2012 / 11:02 pm

    hmmm..yeh the while you are driving requests drive me crackers…er..no im driving the car, i cant get the toy you have just lashed into the boot!!..Waaaaaahhhhaaaahhhha.
    🙂

  5. Erica Price July 14, 2012 / 8:00 am

    Funny and true. Sadly my son was one of those toddlers who didn’t sleep through and still a very early riser.

  6. Mummy Mouse July 15, 2012 / 12:50 am

    Oh this made me laugh! Too true. Especially about hiding remotes.

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