Life with our energetic (almost) 22-month-old is incredibly active. Chase is into everything and is a very physical little dude. He is not one to want to sit still for long and definitely keeps us on our toes! Chase loves exploring and running everywhere. (We joke that Chase and Sadie share the same two paces: Standing still or sprinting… walking does not exist.)
His curiosity is one of my favorite characteristics and Chase is always excited for new interactive experiences which makes this stage of toddlerhood so much fun!
Now that Chase is down to one nap a day, we feel like our world opened up a bit and we’re able to stay out longer and do more fun things as a family, including trips to the zoo and hikes in the mountains. Anything outside is toddler gold for Chase these days!
Chase is still a chatterbox and is a pretty good communicator which is a lot of fun for us. He likes trying to repeat what we say and constantly points at everything when we’re out and about to tell us what he sees and recognizes. (I think a lot of this comes from reading lots of books together because story time often looks like Chase pointing at various objects and animals in his books and telling me what he sees.)
It’s hard to get Chase to slow down enough to sit still so I truly treasure reading books with him because he always wants to cuddle up and sit in my lap for story time. It’s pretty much the only time I get any snuggles these days so I absolutely soak them up!
The last time we left off, Chase was in a total Dad phase and while he still absolutely looks to Ryan for fun and love, things flip-flopped a little and I’ve received a little more attention the past month or two. Chase will often come over to me to grab my hand to bring me to whatever it is he wants to show me or coerce me into playing with him which melts my heart every single time.
He also reaches for me and asks for Mama if he happens to fall down or hurt himself in some way. He’ll yell “All better!” after I kiss whatever he hurt and it’s just the sweetest. (He also says “all better” repeatedly when he wants me to be done brushing his hair, wiping his face, etc. Haha!)
We still fill our days with play dates with Chase’s best buddies and my wonderful mama friends and it’s been extra fun lately because now they all know each other and can say each other’s names.
His favorite weekday activities include swimming, playing at the park, library story time and Gymboree!
Chase is still not the best at eating and play is absolutely his priority but we’ve become a little more laid back about his eating because there’s definitely no forcing a toddler to eat more when they aren’t interested. I figured we could stress out about his eating every day or just roll with it. So we’re rollin’ with it right now!
I must admit that I cannot help but feel guilty that Chase still isn’t eating a bunch of vegetables every day. I had visions of a perfectly healthy little eater when I was pregnant with Chase but since he’s always been so small, I feel like I just have to get him to eat something some days and when the only thing he will eat is his beloved Earth’s Best Organic Sunny Days bars, well, that’s what he’ll get.
He still absolutely loves his muffins and eats a Paleo Blender Muffin almost every morning, along with strawberries, a banana, apple or pear slices. For lunch and dinner, I’ll offer Chase whatever we’re having which is definitely hit or miss. On the days when it’s a miss, standbys like Greek yogurt, chicken sausage, hamburger patties, smoothies, carrot sticks (he shockingly likes raw carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes… sometimes), nut butter sandwiches and pouches come in very handy. (I order a bunch of Chase’s pouches and bars through Thrive Market to save some dollahs!)
I feel like I can kind of bypass this category at the moment because we’re in a pretty good place with sleep right now. Chase is so go, go, go all day when he’s awake but when it’s time for sleep he usually crashes hard.
Bed time is usually between 7:30 and 8 p.m. and most days he’ll sleep in until around 7:15 a.m. This will occasionally change and we’ll be surprised with an early wake up but it is fairly consistent and we absolutely feel grateful for that, especially since it took us so long to get here!
Chase’s nap occurs between 12:30 and 1 p.m. and usually lasts 90 minutes to three hours. I can almost always count on a solid two hours from him but there are days when he’ll sleep for three hours (usually once or twice a week, often on the weekends) and it’s amazing!
- Any form of transportation (especially school buses, trains, boats and planes)
- Animals (especially dogs, turtles, cats, sharks, fish and seals)
- Reading books
- Being outside
- Boat rides and swimming in the lake
- His water table
- Dory (“Doe-wee”), Koko and Elmo
- Playing at the park
- Playing “Stop and Go” and racing
- Singing (especially songs with hand motions, such as “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Open Shut Them”)
- Yelling “BUBBA!” to try to find Ryan
- Snowball (Mom’s old stuffed cat)
- When we make him leave the park or come inside (Oh the battles!! Total meltdown territory.)
- Wearing a hat or a life jacket
- Diaper changes
- Getting his hair washed
- Step 2 Water Table
- V-Tech Count and Learn Alphabet School Bus
- Magnetic Wooden Train Toys (Definitely his most-used toys right now!)
- Osprey Hiking Backpack
- LeapFrog On My Own Laptop (We save this one for long car trips only and it’s fabulous!)
- Jungle Waterfall Bath Toys
- Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike
- Fisher-Price Little People Skyway Car Tower
- Little People Activity Airplane Ride-On
- Markers and Stickers
- Goodnight Moon (He loves looking for the tiny mouse on all the bedroom pages!)
- Elmo Books: I Love You Just Like This + Elmo Loves You
- The Wheels On The Bus (Chase cannot get enough of this interactive book! He’s in love with school busses, so this book is a definite favorite.)
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
- Point ‘n’ Match Books (PERFECT if your toddler loves finding things and pointing out animals, cars, etc. in books!)
- My First Words
- B is for Bear
- Where’s Spot?
- 17-19 Months
- 13-16 Months
- Twelve Months
- Eleven Months
- Ten Months
- Nine Months
- What I Wish I Knew Before My Baby Was Born
- Eight Months
- Seven Months
- Six Months
- Our First Sleep Training Experience
- Traveling With A Baby For The First Time
- Five Months
- Four Months
- Three Months
- Two Months
- And Then He Smiled
- Three Weeks
- The First 12 Days
- Q&A: All About Birth & Life With A New Baby
- Chase’s Birth Story: Part I, Part II