:: The Abang's ::
Two-year-olds come with plenty of parenting challenges. Sharing is tough, while whining seems to come naturally. But as frustrating as your 2-year-old can be, man, does he crack you up.Share? No way!Your 2-year-old now: Tussles over a toy happen often when two preschoolers are at play. They can be fiercely protective of their possessions, and sharing is a skill that won't come naturally to your child for another year or two. In the meantime, help him learn: • Model sharing and use the word "share": "Would you like to share my cookie?"....read moreDealing with rigidity"Again! Again!" The Teletubbies have this mantra for a reason: A hallmark of this age is repetition. Your little one may want to eat the same things again and again, wear the same clothes day after day, or do things in the exact same order. Remember that he's trying to make sense of the world, and keeping certain things unvarying is his way of exercising a little control....read moreLet's get verbalWhat can a 2-year-old remember? More and more every day! He's developing a way of thinking called spatial representation or symbolic thinking. Basically it means he can see things in his mind's eye. As experience and habit create new connections in his brain, he becomes better able to call up these captured images: what a lost teddy looks like, the way to Grandma's house,....read moreWhinebustersHave you noticed a new sound in the house — an annoying, grating sound coming from your child's mouth? Whining is to a semiverbal 2-year-old what crying is to a nonverbal baby — it's a way of expressing frustration and impatience. Often preschoolers don't even realize they're whining. That's just how their emotions come out. Whining can quickly escalate into an irritating habit,....read moreWhy regression happensIf only all development happened in a straight line! For all your child's progress, she'll slide a bit backward every now and then. For example, someone who's been sleeping soundly through the night (finally!) for months begins popping up in your bed at 3 a.m. A pacifier is dug up and latched on to. Or a child who was potty-trained early suddenly has a rash of accidents....read moreNaked planetYour preschooler has an incredible eye and ear for details. Because he's learning about so many new things and experiences, he's attuned to sounds, colors, relative sizes, and movements that you probably tune out. Don't be surprised to hear him referring to "the clock that ticks" or "the mailman's blue hat."....read moreComedy, preschooler styleSome of the things preschoolers say are quite charming and unintentionally funny. They often blend two words to come up with a creative new one: prettyful, wonderfulous. They also mishear, mispronounce, and misremember words, inadvertently creating new ones that sometimes stick around a family for years: "ungabrella" for "umbrella" or "tummy button."....read moreIt's you, mommy!You'll soon be noticing some changes in those scribbles. When a toddler first learns to make a mark on paper (around 12 to 15 months), it's all he can do to grasp the crayon — he used his whole fist to hang onto it. He progresses to being able to make straight lines and random squiggles, with most of the motion coming from his wrist....read more
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How your baby's growing:Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.See what your baby looks like this week.Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.
How your life's changing:Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby. You'll also want to be sure to buckle up when you're in a car — keep the lap portion of the seat belt under your belly, drawn snugly across your hips, and also use the shoulder harness, which should fit snugly between your breasts.You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.