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My Kid Has Learned His Own Name And A Sense Of Identity

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

22 months.

In the midst of all the semi-organized chaos of watching your kid grow up, there are subtle changes that occur which can be pretty easy to miss.

Today it hit me: Jack has not only gained a neck, but he has also lost his double chin.

He has been a sturdy baked potato since he was born. But now as my toddler’s baby fat is being chiseled away, the body of a little boy is beginning to emerge.

Even his Santa Claus belly is starting to disappear.

As my wife and I have recently been looking back at pictures of Jack from over a year ago, I noticed how he was more of a generic “baby blob.” He’s gone from a Muppet Baby to more of an actual Muppet.

Now we are experiencing the rebooted version of our kid. He still has the same personality and quirks of the 1 year-old version of himself, but is now more enhanced.

We are now seeing our son in high definition. It’s not just that he looks more like a real boy, but he acts more like one too.

This isn’t something I’ve really thought about until just now, but I’m seeing my son develop a sense of dignity; finding it through independence and an awareness of his own identity.

The kid is determined to learn to poop in the potty, without any subliminal motivation from his parents. He’s psychologically desiring to outgrow diapers, like a “big boy.”

At the same time, he doesn’t want us making all the trivial decisions for him anymore. Like, he wants to decide which shoes to wear.

Even while getting him ready for his noontime nap today, he made us aware he needed to wear his pajamas, not his regular clothes.

Jack officially knows his name is Jack now. Along with that is the fact is he is wanting to establish who Jack is, apart from every other toddler he knows.

After all, he did invent “Beans and Rice Juice.”

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