Stephen’s entered the “Terrible Twos”, right? Some experts say that it starts at 18 months and he’s now 21 months. If he is, then it’s a different experience than we’ve had with Finn. He’s definitely starting to want his way a lot more. And we’ve seen a couple of big crying sessions when things don’t go his way. But, by and large, he obeys (when he understands what we’re asking for). He doesn’t mind following me (or others).
He’s starting to talk so much more. He still isn’t very understandable to others except for me and Jeff, but he’s talking ALOT more. And every day, he’s becoming understandable.
He’s very affectionate. Maybe too much so! He’s always giving hugs. If someone comes over, he hugs them. If Aunt Tiffany comes over, he hugs her and any of her kids she brought with her. Sometimes, he’s too aggressive! There have been occasions when I’m holding him and he’ll take both of his hands and forceably turn my face so that he can give me kisses. Over and over and over. It’s cute, but it is aggressive at times.
He’s clumsy. This is a phase, I’m sure, because he didn’t use to be so accident prone. It isn’t his shoes – he trips in different shoes. It isn’t his walk – the pediatrician watched him walk and didn’t see anything wrong. He’s just clumsy lately. Growth spurt maybe where his feet have grown faster than his mind has adapted. But that boy always has small bruises and cuts.
He loves his Elmo. Except it isn’t his. Finn got a stuffed night-time Elmo as a gift at least a year ago. He really liked it and slept with it. A few months ago, as soon as Finn & Stephen started sharing a room, Stephen started really wanting it. We even caught him waiting until Finn fell asleep, then Stephen would go grab it from Finn’s bed! Eventually, I just asked Finn if Stephen could sleep with it. Finn gladly gave it up. Now Stephen always sleeps with it and his blankie. Sometimes, he even goes and grabs it as a way of saying that he needs a nap!
He’s an eater! He eats much more than Finn, at least on a consistent basis. Finn’s kind of hit-or-miss. Sometimes, he’ll eat alot and sometimes, practically nothing. No matter what it is. (I’ve heard that’s quite normal and he’s growing, so I don’t sweat that small stuff). But Stephen usually eats more than Finn and does so at almost every meal. I haven’t really found anything that he doesn’t like – he eats it all! (So far.)