22 month old chatterbox

There is a lot of chatter going on in our house lately and it’s mostly just Oscar doing the story telling. He wakes up and without skipping a beat, he will start pointing around the room and naming things. His eyes still squinty, his hair all messed up, you’ll hear him announce with such purpose, “door, light, water, pillow, phone” and my personal favourite, “wet”. The word ‘wet’ is his way of telling us that his nappy is full.

I can’t remember if I already mentioned it we have put a pause on potty training. He is able to tell us once he has already done a wee but not before so we’re not sure he’s ready. On top of that it’s winter here so it’s been far too cold to have him running around in underwear and getting off layers of clothing in a rush isn’t very fun for anyone. He seems to be able to preempt a number two, however we need to be super quick. He has managed to use the potty successfully for both a pee and a poo but in all honesty I don’t think Candice and I were quite up to the challenge during these cold months. So the new plan is to start it up again in Summer. We still ask him every evening if he wants to go on the potty before his bath and he does so willingly but 9 out of 10 times he doesn’t do anything. We figure it’s just good to keep him familiar with the idea.

In what feels like overnight, Oscar has learnt to name colours. Pink, yellow, blue, green, purple are the ones he has down perfectly. So now not only is he naming objects but also naming their colour. All of that makes for a lot of chatter, all of the time. I love it though, I really do. He attempts to repeat every word, no matter how difficult. I think my favourite word that he says right now is ‘Astronaut’ or as he says it ‘Asshnauuut’. It totally kills me. I also love how he says ‘owwie’ when he bumps himself and ‘yummy’ while rubbing his belly when eating. In addition to all those cute words, we’re hearing the word ‘no’ a lot lately, even when he doesn’t mean it.

Me: “Would you like a sandwich?”

Oscar: “No!”

Me: “Would you like a yoghurt?”

Oscar: “No!”

Me: “What about cheese?”

Oscar: “No!”

Me: “Come on kid, what about a banana?”

Oscar: “No!”

Of course, I place each one down in front of him and he gobbles up a bit of everything.

Physically, Oscar has made big leaps. Quite literally. He jumps and actually gets air, he climbs on everything like monkey and runs without fear of falling. He’s no stranger to a paintbrush and will pick one up with confidence. He will easily cover his entire blackboard with chalk if he’s drawing, making sure there isn’t a blank space left.

He has also become a lot more assertive with our two dogs which is great. He points and tells them to ‘sit’, or how it sounds when he says it – “shiiit”. Or when they get up in his face and he doesn’t like it, he says, “NO!” very loudly and they back off. It’s so important that our dogs know that Oscar won’t be pushed around.

So it’s his birthday soon and we said we wouldn’t have a party but now we probably will. Not a big party like last year, just a small one with a handful of people (mostly family), party food and a few balloons at home. It should be nice and relaxed!

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