-When Elijah plays with our mini-blinds and we tell him "no" he moves on to the next window and starts to play with a different window's mini-blinds. He's problem solving and that's a good thing.
-We've always fed Elijah in his high chair next to our table. The temper tantrums that were accompanying every meal last week were solved by pulling his high chair up to our table. Seems the little guy was getting mad that he wasn't sitting at the big boy table and he had no way to tell us (well, other than arching, screaming and biting). He's definitely communicating, so that's good.
-Elijah wants to touch his food and is getting more interested in what we're eating, sometimes trying to stick his hands in our food. We're thinking this means that our diet will soon have to be completely milk, egg and nut free. I like milk, eggs and nuts, so boohoo. But, I think that'll mean we'd lose some serious weight, so yay! (We haven't committed to this change...yet)
-Since I'm home (and I use the term "home" loosely) with Elijah all day, Andy usually does Elijah's bedtime routine. Lately, Elijah hasn't wanted anything to do with reading books at bedtime, until we determined that he just wanted mommy to read them to him. (Daddy isn't too pleased about this, but really it's a fantastic developmental step).
-When we're out and about driving, Elijah "drives" with his steering wheel toy. His toy falls off of his lap often and when it does, he whines. It's kind of annoying, but I love it because he never used to care about such things.
-Often, when Elijah is supposed to be going to sleep, he does a lot of babbling. Elijah doesn't babble much, so even though it's bedtime it's nice to hear those "babababas" coming from his cute little mouth.
See? Sometimes things that seem negative are actually positive. Sometimes things that are difficult to handle are developmental steps in the right direction.