22 Months

Inigo at 22 months

My beautiful boy is 22 months old today. There are so many wonderful things about him that I will forget to mention here, and I haven’t done an Inigo update for so long that it seems silly to try to do a massive catch up now. Suffice it to say that he becomes more adorable with each passing day, and every day he amazes me with some little thing that I didn’t know he knew.

He is becoming quite the people person, charming everyone he meets, learning new names (and repeating them often), and then asking me to call – Nanna, Mone, Andrew, Akis (Alex), all get asked for repeatedly, as does our Indonesian babysitter, Juliana. Apparently “j” is a very hard sound for little mouths to make, and often doesn’t come until kids are about four and a half. He’s also using four words in a row (“more bubbles please daddy” became a common phrase), and is relatively intelligible to strangers. So even though some of his gross motor skills have been a little late, it now seems to be accelerating, and his speech and fine motor skills are pretty good.

All of this I only mention because I think all parents worry about their kids, and I am convinced that I am the worst parent in the world, and that Inigo not learning to crawl till he was 11 months old, and not walking till 17 months old is clear evidence that I am a bad mother and should be locked up. Now that he is showing signs of being scarily bright and is way ahead of me, I have new fears…

He is starting to climb steps without needing a hand to hold, standing upright on his wobbly little legs, and determinedly conquering one step after another. He’s starting to run, is obsessed with flowers, rocks, keys, and remote controls/phones.

Last week he told me that he loved me, and tears rolled down my face.


Just in case you heard that there was an earthquake in Bali, we’re all safe.

Inigo (and I) had a rotten night, so I was still in bed when the quake hit – not a great way to wake up.

Mark and Inigo were downstairs feeding the fish, and saw the whole pond jump and boil. I came downstairs to find everyone congregating in the driveway, but it was all over. Apparently seven people have been injured, but there are no fatalities so far.