I’m still alive and I do read my FL even if I don’t comment. These days I just don’t feel I have much to add. I need to get over that. So I’m updating today.
Justin is now 18 months. We had his parent/teacher conferences at the daycare on Monday night. They definitely know our little guy. We all agree that physically, he’s very developed. He will take on any physical challenge without fear and with a lot of persistence (much to my dismay). He’s also very smart and his receptive communication is very good. However, he will only use words or demonstrate his knowledge when he wants. For example, I often cannot get him to point to a picture of a dog; I have a 50% success rate of getting him to say "dog" when I point to the picture, and yet he gets excited and will point it out himself if he sees the picture without any prompting.
We’re in a strange place when it comes to discipline. Both DH and I are conflicted and confused. We have been doing some basics–mostly redirection, but it really comes down to how much can he understand at this time? He really doesn’t have the ability to stay in one place, so we’re not quite ready for time-outs yet. We’ve used the basic step of ignoring him and we use a lot of praise when he does follow direction. We’re getting some temper tantrums–rarely major–and, for the most part, I think we deal with them well. They don’t last long (yet) because we rarely give in to him.
I’m still working two days at the office and three days at home. It’s a great schedule. I’m actually at home today because I was up in the Cities yesterday holding signs outside of polling places. Our amendment passed (funding for cleaning up our lakes and rivers) with 56%. This is incredible because it’s more votes than either presidential candidate got. Even more amazing is that Minnesota has a weird law that says that this type of vote is counted in a manner where a blank vote is considered a "no" vote. A large part of our effort was to educate voters that they needed mark the box one way or another in order for their voice to be heard.
Well, I need to hop in the shower–i’ve got a doctor’s appointment in about an hour.