I don’t know exactly when it happened, but suddenly my baby boy has become a proper little person! I know that sounds obvious but it’s the only way I can explain it.
Harry is 21 months old now. He chats away constantly and can repeat most words we say, but one of the most significant changes happened in the last few weeks – his understanding of emotions and situations.
He says things like ‘what’s wrong?’ and ‘what happened?’ when he sees me rubbing my eyes after a long day or he hears a loud noise. Emotions and feelings have come to his attention, too. ‘Harry tired!’ he exclaims after he yawns and ‘Ella crying’ when he hears our dog crying at the stair gate, wanting upstairs to see us. If he hurts himself he now says ‘Banged my head!’ or ‘Sore!’.
Another change is he wants me to play along with him. ‘Come on’ he says and grabs my trouser leg and urges me to come sit inside his tent or make a Lego tower. If I am going about my business he comes over and says ‘What doing?’ which is pretty cute and funny.
All of a sudden he makes decisions, expresses interest in specific things and has his own preferences which he is not afraid to shout about. We must have watched ‘No-man!’ (The Snowman) and ‘No-Dog! (The Snowman and the Snowdog) about fifty times each at Christmas. He loves music and requests songs in the car and to watch on YouTube, which we have to play ”gain! ‘gain!’ over and over!
Harry has become attached to cuddly toys, too. His cot is now full of his little friends and he loves lining them up, calling out their names and giving them hugs. Speaking of hugs, he will give them out to us quite freely now, with the odd kiss, which is lovely.
It’s not always so great though, he now loves the word NO! and shouts ‘no no no no NO!’ at any given opportunity. Sharing is something he is working on, and he has identified hair as something you can pull! We have had a few embarrassing incidents with other children, many more to come I’m sure. He is eating really well at the moment, but occasionally throws a tantrum at being in his highchair and his bowl ends up thrown on the floor. He is not a fan of the buggy either and will plank when we try to put him in it!
The point of this post however, is the realisation my little baby is well and truly his own person these days. We are no longer two adults with a baby. We are firmly a family of 3 individuals now (4 if you count Ella, which we do). We are loving seeing Harry’s personality develop and are amazed every day by something new he has learnt. Terrible twos are just around the corner though, let’s hope we are one of the lucky ones!