Theo is 19 months old, a stormy stage full of contradiction and chaos. He mimics everything we do unless it fails to suit his purposes.
Things he does that we do
- Eats off my plate or from my bowl using my utensils. Drinks from my glass or mug usually while sitting on my lap . Chips, wine, beer and cookies are now saved for after sundown.
- Talks on the phone, types on the keyboard, uses the remote control, fools around on the iphone, and flicks around the TV channels without actually watching anything.
- Sweeps, mops, vacuums, wipes up (LOVES the sponge), uses the Cuisinart, cooks, plugs things in.
- Wants to drive the car, push the stroller, and do laundry.
- Smears lotion, toothpaste, conditioner and shampoo all over his body (and all over the house).
- “Sorts” the recycling and throws things in the garbage.
- Blows his nose. Thankfully, he just got a cold, so he could put all that practice to good use.
- Flushes the toilet, drains the tub, turns the shower on and off.
- “Empties” the dishwasher whether clean or dirty.
Things he does that we don’t do
- Says No when he should say Yes (we won’t call that lying just yet).
- Puts his bowl on his head, flings his spoon across the table or onto the floor and yells “DONE!” when he’s finished eating.
- Ignores the following words: Stop! No! Don’t Touch! Ahhh!
- Prefers not to chew. Faves: peanut butter from the spoon, rice, eggs, apple sauce, and swallowing edamame whole.
- Stands on chairs and stools; climbs and jumps on any available surface.
- Refuses to get in the stroller.
- De-caps and re-caps Chapstick, lipstick, pens, markers. Writes and paints on anything but paper including walls, cupboards, tabletops, and skin.
- Plays in the sink and the toilet.
- Loves stacking things.
- Frequently refuses to eat anything other than toothpaste.
- Will fight to tears over a toy on principle but really prefers a stick or a ball or throwing dirt at a pole.
How does your toddler mimic you?