I guess everyone has their hobby, and my boys as toddlers have very serious fixations.
When Stephen was a toddler, he LOVED putting things in his mouth. I know all kids put stuff in their mouths, but Stephen was OBSESSED with putting EVERYTHING in his mouth. Any time we went outside, anything not securely attached to the groud went in Stephen’s mouth: rocks, sticks, leaves, grass, flowers, dirt, pinecones. When we went to the park, he was so busy eating the mulch he wouldn’t play on the playground. When we went to the Royal Gorge bridge, he tried to gnaw the little rocks off of a decorative tourist trash can. He ate laundry lint, a dead fly, and even a live bug…I told him to open his mouth once and discovered a bug wriggling its little legs on Stephen’s tongue. He chewed absently on rocks and ate dirt until 3, and we finally (and tragically) wrested away his pacifier at 4.
Adrian’s obsession (as anyone who has played with him recently knows) is lights, or as he calls them, “ite!” It is his only word other than mama/dada, and everywhere we go he enthusiastically points out all the “ite”s he sees. When he wakes up in the morning, he instantly shouts “ite!” and points happily at the ceiling. He throws tantrums because I won’t let him toddle into the street to look at stalled cars’ headlights. He begs adults to carry him around to all the light switches in the house so he can flip them on and and off endlessly. This morning, he discovered to his delight that he can drag his plastic chair up to light switches, climb on it, and flick the lights without anyone holding him. Unfortunately for Eric’s new computer, it has a blue light that comes on with the power, and Adrian LOVES this light. Whenever he is left momentarily unattended upstairs, he toddles immediately to the computer, stares lovingly at the light, and turns the computer on and off. He knows the sign for “please,” but touching the blue computer light is the only thing that inspires him to use his manners.
Yay for “ites!”