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Edison – 21 months

Edison - 21 months

I realized that I’ve skipped the updates on 19 months and 20 months. So, I’m going to write more on his development at 21 months today. Three more months to go and we will be celebrating his 2nd birthday. Oh, time sure does fly by.

In general, he is displaying most of the milestones of a 21-month old. He is interested in assisting us with chores such as cleaning the table, sweeping the floor, tidying up his toys etc. He is able to wash and dry his hands and brush his teeth with little help. In terms of self-feeding, he can eat biscuits, bread and snacks on his own. He can drink from a cup with a straw and hold it steadily.

Talking is one of his biggest advancement for the past three months. He is learning new words everyday. These are some of the words that he can pronounce clearly:

  • “Papa, Mama, Yeh Yeh (grandpa in Cantonese), Popo (grandma in Cantonese), Kakak (sister in Malay – referring to my helper)”
  • “Flower, Shower” – sound quite alike sometimes
  • “Mango, moon, star, milk, bear, banana, no more, hi etc”

He is getting close to being fully toilet-trained, marveling at the fact that he is able to recognize and communicate to us on his needs to urinate or have a bowel movement. He has been diaper-free at home with minimal ‘accidents’.

Little Edison is a very generous boy. He is willing to share his favorite toys, food and drinks. We don’t really teach him this but the art of sharing comes pretty easy for him. Whenever he attempt to share, we will praise him and make him feel good about it.

At this age, he has developed the understanding of what things are and how they are used. He understands that crayons are for scribbling and play-doh is for playing. When grandma wants to make orange juice for him, he quickly gets her a tea strainer from the kitchen cabinet. He knows that grandma uses the tea strainer to remove the tiny seeds from the juice.

In addition, he is pretty comfortable in the house too. He knows where to find things that he needs and where to put things when it’s time to tidy-up. He knows what belongs to whom. He has a great observation skills and he knows how things work by just looking at them once.

This boy is curious about everything. He peeps on us when we are changing. He stands in front of the mirror naked and he giggles. He pulls the toilet door when grandma is doing ‘small business’ in the toilet. He laughs when grandma calls him a Peeping Tom.

Overall, I must say that I’m very impressed by his intelligence and excellent memory. I’m glad to see him growing in leaps and bounds under the care of his doting grandparents. Although he can be bossy at times, he can also be reasonable with explanation.

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    mico
    June 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    hey,

    you can teach him to sing at this age. My missy is 2 weeks away from 21 month ( sept baby too)and she can sings some songs now.

    everyday before she sleeps i will read her story books then sings some songs, she now can sing twinkle twinkle little stars (not the whole song, of course, the first phrase and all last words ), “1,2,3,4,5 once i caught a fish”, “ni wa wa”, “mama hao”, “xiao zhu fei du du” and “Hush a bye baby”

    I always practise action songs learnt from SM with her too, the one she likes “this is the bee hive, where are the bees.. she can say one, two ,three four, five and open up her fingers just the way we did in class ” & also the action song ” clap your hand, touch your toes ”

    I think through rhymes and action play, they can pick up language and also imitate action very well at this stage, You can do that with little Edison 🙂

    by the way, how do you teach linking memory with Edison ? My missy does not seem to be interested whenever i start LM home practise with her.. *scratch head*

    Cheers,

    • Reply
      Emily
      June 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM

      Hi Mico,
      Woah, your missy can sing! I’m impressed. In fact, my boy’s speech development is kinda slow.. dun think he can learn singing so soon..

      Re: Linking Memory
      I’ve given up. Haha! Edison simply hates it. He will runaway whenever I practice with him..

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    Jennie
    June 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Wow, I’m impressed by Edison’s milestones, especially that he’s almost toilet trained already! Well done! =)

    • Reply
      Emily
      June 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM

      Hi Jen,
      All thanks to my MIL’s training. None of my credits. In fact, he feels better without diaper too.. cos the weather is just too warm.. without the diaper, he can run and walk faster…

  • Reply
    mico
    June 11, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Hi,

    I think i have to work on the LM le.. SM is all about trainging them to have better memory .. else forfeit the purpose hor.. k i go and ask around (friends whose child in SM) for tips. let u know.

    Same here, my missy will walk away whenever i do LM.. make me look so stupid sitting there with all the cards and all. But when i tell her, “ok, we do flash cards” she will come back * eyes rolling*

    Edison is great that he is toilet trained. my missy still happily walking/playing even her nappy is wet.. she don;t even mind when her poo is dangling in her nappy too. *sigh* i’ve got to put more efford in this area.

    Cheers,

    • Reply
      Emily
      June 11, 2009 at 4:13 PM

      Hi Mico,
      Good luck on your LM.. 🙂 I think I run out of flash cards again… gonna check out at Tensai shop this week..

  • Reply
    mico
    June 11, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    hi,

    one more thing, don’t underestimate your Edison, remember, now is input time, you have to input input input.. he will surprise you when time comes.. maybe just one day, he will sing one whole songs.. so keep inputting..

    Cheers,

  • Reply
    Samantha
    June 11, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Wow..i’m impressed with the “minimal accidents” on diaper training. these days, Missy is doing the opp. she will say “shh shh” and we will put her on the toilet bowl and she will start giggling and say “dont hv”. but soon after we put the training pants back, she wet it. hilarious to some extent actually… hee

    • Reply
      Emily
      June 11, 2009 at 6:04 PM

      Haha! Notti Missy!

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