Yesterday was a beautiful day to turn 6 months-old! It was a sunny 61 degrees outside, birds chirped and the smell of spring was in the air. Congratulations to Amira for being the sweetest most patient daughter I’ve ever had.
Since she turned 6 months-old, my DH and I decided to feed her blended oatmeal as her first taste of solid food. She was definitely ready to eat, evidenced by her grabbing the spoon and stuffing it into her mouth. She is increasingly becoming more independent. A.J. is too!
Now, he pours his own rice milk! Asking for milk politely over and over again can get tiresome. I knew I had to step it up and let him take on the empowering task of pouring his own milk. I bought a little glass pitcher that he has used for several months to water plants and practice pouring, but ironically I never put the milk into the pitcher until now. Ooops. He also spreads his own jelly.
He probably can do many more independent tasks if I’d let him or teach him. I have to review some age appropriate tasks he should be performing himself so that I can get back on the ball in this area. I need to revisit practical life activities so that he can continue to make progress in these areas.
A.J. wouldn’t take his nap yesterday afternoon. For those of you who have had the privilege of being around A.J., when he is sleepy or cranky know that he can reallllllly go into a frenzy. While I was putting him back into bed, demanding that he take his nap, through his tears, he started saying the Prayer of Protection. He knows how to calm me down. Now, that’s smart thinking! But then again, he is accustomed to me saying the prayer before tucking him in bed. Nevertheless, praying was a timely thing to do. At least I’ve taught him that. Now, if I can remember to pray during his meltdowns perhaps I could set a better example of how to act when frustrated.
Please share with me the wonderful things your toddler can do or could do by 2.5 years-old.
We took our annual holiday pictures today. I’ll give you a sneak peek, but you’ll have to wait another week to see the rest.
By the way, A.J. now sits on his potty and actually used it once before he took his evening bath. He still has to learn how to pull down his pants, but at least he is a lot more comfortable with the idea.
A.J. sitting in fire truck preparing to get his first hair cut.
Boy did A.J. surprise me today! He experienced his first hair cut and stayed in the fire truck chair with minimal crying. The only time he became upset is when the barber took out the clippers. She had to cut his hair old school style with scissors and a comb.
To prepare for this day, I took him to the shop to see where he would sit to get his hair cut. Each day leading up to his hair cut I enthusiastically shared how he would soon get his first hair cut. Maybe all the preparation paid off.
I love to witness A.J. participating in practical life activities. For example, whenever I’m in the kitchen, he retrieves the broom and dust pan from the pantry and proceeds to sweep the kitchen floor.
I plan to purchase a child size broom to make it easier for him to manage and to use properly. But for now, I allow him the freedom to sweep away using the oversized broom. When he finishes sweeping, he voluntarily returns the broom and dust pan to where it belongs. When he feels the urge to leave it laying in the middle of the floor, I ask him questions about where the broom belongs, instead of ordering him to put it back.
I’m learning to help A.J. to be more self-directed by inspiring him to right-action through questions, instead of asking or demanding. Of course I ask on occasion, but it’s much more empowering for toddlers to take action based on the answer that they think of versus me simply telling them what to do. My questioning tactic will have to suffice until A.J. grows into the understanding that we put items that we use back where they belong.
As I improve my organizational skills and create a “prepared environment,” restoring items to their proper place should become easier for the entire family. I must be patient with myself and 14-month old A.J. Although he is barely over one, he understands a great deal. He is capable of following simple requests and demonstrates that he can process questions by displaying appropriate actions.
Here is an example of A.J. returning the broom to its proper place:
There are occasions when I ask A.J. to return an item to its proper place and he laughs at me or ignores me. When this happens, I offer to help him and explain that “I’m putting the broom back where it belongs.” Then I give a short explanation why, “We want to keep our kitchen neat and safe.”
While A.J. may not understand all of my words, lately I have observed him putting more items back where they belong without having to prompt him. This progress is worth celebrating, which is one of the reasons that I created this blog; to keep track of A.J.’s development and to remind myself to celebrate these milestone moments daily.
Hi, I'm Asia! I'm a wife and mommy of two precious little ones. A.J. is a two year-old spirited little drummer boy and Amira is our 2 month-old cover kicker. They keep us going, especially me since I'm home with them most of the time. We are far from perfect, but are grateful for the perfection in each moment.
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