It’s Official: I Now Have A Toddler On My Hands

#startspreadingthenews y’all — my Baby Kaiju is officially a toddler!

I had fun with the year with baby series. I often look back on those blog posts from time to time to remind me how far we’ve come.

And our recent international adventure showed me just how much the monster has grown.

When we took our first flight, I was so nervous, but I wish I could go back and tell myself that I worried about nothing.

Read: First Long Haul Flight with Baby – Buying Tickets, What to Pack

This time around, it was an endless back-and-forth of “no, thank you”/dame (“no”). She constantly wanted to flip the tray table up and down, eat off my plate, ring the cabin attendants, and walk up and down the aisles. Traveling with a toddler takes lots of patience!

I barely had time to myself, but we did watch a few movies together. Using headphones was out of the question (she’d just snatch them off my head), so I watched with subtitles.

I really thank myself for studying Japanese so diligently. None of the movies had English subtitles, so using the Japanese subtitles was the only way I could keep up with what was going on.

In two 11 hour flights, I managed to watch Justice League (not as bad as I heard), Blade Runner 2049 (watched it twice and was still was lost), and Coco (beautiful film). Not to mention the one single episode of The Mickey Mouse Club that we watched at least 20 times.

But another source of entertainment was the book, What to Expect the Second Year: From 12 to 24 Months, by Heidi Murkoff.

Yes, every child is different, but it’s always good to have some guidelines to refer to, especially as I’m only familiar with 4 to 5-year-olds.

So, let’s take a look at the development of 14-month-old Kaiju, according to “the book.”

Milestones Reached

  • Says ”mama” and “dada” (“dad” being for her dad and anything/everyone else)
  • Runs
  • Drinks from cup
  • Points to what she wants
  • Scribble with a pen
  • Puts objects in containers and takes it out again  (I’ve given up and she now has access to the kitchen drawer full of tupperware)
  • Opens and close drawers, doors, handbags, wet tissue packages…
  • Points to what she wants
  • Indicates when she has a poopy diaper
  • Holds out arm or leg when I’m dressing her
  • Rolls a ball
  • Lifts heavy items (thanks issho mochi! Read: Japan’s Spartan First Birthday Celebration -; Isshou Mochi)
  • Undresses (somewhat, mainly leggings, socks, and shoes)
  • Uses a fork and spoon (occasionally)
  • Pushes a toy with wheels
  • Imitates others
  • Turn pages in a book (so much for storytelling)
  • Carry objects in hand
  • Understands simple directions
  • Recognize self in the mirror and in pictures (so whenever I take her photo, I must show her)
  • Climb steps
  • Builds a block lego tower
  • Laughs at funny things
  • Recognizes what objects are used for
  • Sings & dances

Whew, that’s a lot! Still getting used to calling her a “toddler” (幼児/youji) and not a “baby” (赤ちゃん/akachan).

Looking forward to little miss independent part deux when she learns how to talk — and say “no” to everything I say. She already knows how to shake her head and mover her hands back and forth to say ”no.” It’s only a matter of time!

It’s Offical: I Now Have A Toddler On My Hands

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