It's Official: I Now Have A Toddler On My Hands

#startspreadingthenews y’all — my Baby Kaiju is officially a toddler!
I had fun with the year with baby series. I often look back on those blog posts from time to time to remind me how far we’ve come. And, our recent international adventure showed me just how much the monster has grown.

When we took our first flight in early summer 2017, I was so nervous, but I wish I could go back and tell myself that I worried about nothing.
This time around, it was an endless back-and-forth of “no thank you”/dame (“no”). She constantly wanted to flip the tray table up and down, eat off my plate, ring the cabin attendants, and walk up and down the aisles. Traveling with a toddler takes lots of patience!

I barely had time to myself, but we did watch a few movies together. Using headphones was out of the question (she’d just snatch them off my head), so I watched with subtitles.
I really thank myself for studying Japanese so diligently, because none of the movies had English subtitles, so using the Japanese subtitles was the only way I could keep up with what was going on.
In two 11 hour flights, I managed to watch Justice League (not as bad as I heard), Blade Runner 2049 (watched it twice and was still was lost), and Coco (beautiful film).
But another source of entertainment was the book, What to Expect the Second Year: From 12 to 24 Months, by Heidi Murkoff.

Yes, every child is different, but it’s always good to have some guidelines to refer to, especially as I’m only familiar with 4 to 5-year-olds.
So, let’s take a look at little Kaiju, according to “the book.”
She’s 14 months old and reached these milestones:

  • Says ”mama” and “dada” (“dad” being for her dad and anything/everyone else)
  • Runs
  • Drinks from cup
  • Points to what she wants
  • Scribbles with a pen
  • Puts objects in containers and takes it out again (I’ve given up and she now has access to the kitchen drawer full of Tupperware)
  • Opens and closes drawers, doors, handbags, wallets, mini hand sanitizer bottles, wet tissue packages…
  • Points to what she wants
  • Indicates when she has a poopy diaper
  • Holds out arm or leg when getting dressed
  • Rolls a ball
  • Lifts heavy items
  • Undresses herself (somewhat, mainly leggings, socks, and shoes)
  • Uses a fork and spoon (occasionally)
  • Pushes a toy with wheels
  • Imitates others
  • Turn pages in a book (so much for storytelling)
  • Carry objects in hand
  • Understands simple directions
  • Recognize self in mirror and in pictures (so whenever I take her photo, I must show her)
  • Climb steps
  • Builds a block lego tower
  • Laughs at funny things
  • Recognizes what objects are used for
  • Sings
  • Dances

Whew, that’s a lot! Still getting used to calling her a “toddler (幼児/youji) and not a baby (赤ちゃん/akachan)”
Looking forward to Little Miss independent Part Deux when she learns how to talk — and say “no” to everything I say. She already knows how to shake her head and mover her hands back and forth to say ”no.” It’s only a matter of time!

It’s Official: I Now Have A Toddler On My Hands


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