My sweet Maddox is already 20 months old and 1 week old. He is closer to two years old than one and he is EXTREMELY independent.....he wants to feed himself, walk by himself - without anyone holding his hand, everything by himself. His little vocabulary is really starting to expand. The part that is really fun to watch is all of his unspoken language. His body language and gestures are hilarious and so expressive. At times I will look over and Maddox will be standing there with his hand on his hip all serious looking. There have also been a couple of times where I look at him and his has both of his hands on his hips - but much higher, actually more on his rib cage - as if he is about to scold someone. The other day I looked over and he was standing in the kitchen swinging his arms forward and back by his side with his hands clapping at the front of his body and the back, just like a little man. His lips, oh my his lips, so expressive with those lips, his favorite way to express his anger...he pushes those forward and oh my! He has the cutest new gesture and word: "Mon" (Come on) as he is gesturing his hand in like a waving bye toward himself gesture. These little things just melt my heart. He is also saying: Brady, pee pee (anytime he passes the bathroom or sees any of us going potty), peas (please), maw (more), papi (paci), ane, with a lot of emotion (plane), train, go, shuse (shoes), nose (while touching his), eye (while touching his), mouf (while touching his), behlee (belly), while pulling his shirt up or someone else's, Elmo, emo (Nemo), Mommy, MiMi, Pop Pop, Poppy, dawee (doggy), skoo (school), bye bye, hi, nigh, nigh (night, night), Jay Jay (for Jay Jay the Jet plane toys, books, etc). I am sure there are more that I just can't recall but this is pretty comprehensive at this point.
Those sweet, attitudinal lips
Evan has some new choice phrases as well. His ability to communicate and express himself has expanded greatly as well. Some of my favorites are: "you my best friend, Momma." (or "you not my best friend, Momma." when things are not going his way...apparently his love is conditional right now). "You my fravorite (favorite), Mommy." or "you not my fravorite, Mommy." "You angry AT me, Mommy." (when he is being disciplined), "You mean AT me." If we get on to him AT ALL then he says: "You don't like me, Momma."....such a little manipulator right now. He has really gotten interested in why I am his Momma. "Mommy, how are you my Mommy?" Me: "Because GOD gave you to me." E: "Why Mommy?" Me: "Because GOD loves me so much that he gave you to me to be your Mommy and take care of you." E: "That's nice Mommy." Evan also is aware that since I am a girl, I must like pink and princesses (I guess because of the girls he knows in his life). So whenever we are talking about acting out characters or roles, I am always a princess. He often transfers this over into real life with: "Mommy, you pretty." or "Mommy, you are a princess."