Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I'm trying to figure out why they call this stage "toddler." Yes, toddling is a characteristic of an 18-24 month old, but a far more pervasive characteristic is unreasonableness.... I think they should be called unreasonablers. But I guess that would be bad marketing. Anyway, my own particular unreasonabler is still a pretty nice boy to have around. We're just mystified, though, about the fact that suddenly, 2 weeks ago, he woke up one morning severely attached to the soft, snuggly blanket that's been in his crib for months, and demanded to drag it with him throughout the house. It even suddenly acquired a name, na-na. Some days we can pursuade him that na-na has to stay in his crib (with his pacifier), but other days it must come with him. And for the last two nights, he's wanted it snuggled next to him in his high chair, which is not the best place for it, especially when dinner is spaghetti and meat balls! My little unreasonabler really wanted to bring na-na in the bath with him, but I drew the line at that, which meant that tonight's bathtime was extremely short and tearful. Both Adam and I had blankies when we were little, so I suppose we can't object to this new phase, but I'm going to try to disallow na-na from leaving the house, both to keep it from getting too dirty and from getting lost. We'll see how that goes!