20 months: cozy, cozy, tatu, cozy, cozy

cozy cozy toddler

This has been my favorite month so far. 20 months has been an explosion of imagination, language, and cuddling. Awesome, Awesome, and Awesome. And we’re just in the middle of it!

Shhh, don’t tell anyone but I’m not really a “baby person.” I don’t naturally reach for babies and my heart doesn’t melt when I see them. I mean, they’re just babies. Don’t worry, Mateo was an exception. Your own baby seems to be an exception to well, EVERYTHING. So yeah, don’t worry, he’s been loved and blah blah from day 1. The kid has always been adorable, but THIS — this toddler stuff…this is what I’m talking about! I know, I know…I’m sure I’ll be eating my words. Toddlers are “terrible.” Terrible Twos, Terrible Threes I’ve heard. Just let me have my moment.

We’re going to try to keep up the monthly Teo review. I got started last month with his 19 month post and it really made me wish I’d done this all along.

HERE’S WHAT’S UP @ 20 months (that’s a year & 1/2 + 2 months in normal time):

You have real friends. Aravis and Everett think you’re hilarious (you’re definitely the clown in the group). You jump up and down when you see them pull up to the house. You’re definitely crazy town with them, but you’ll listen to anything Aravis has to say. You adore that girl.

toddler friends: friends are awesome

Your bud Lawrence and you are like brothers. You get each other into laughing fits but also like to push each other’s button (oh boys). You’re both “drama kings.” Always yelling “Oooohh NOOOOOO!” Lawrence asks where you are when he gets to his Nature Class every week. As soon as you’re old enough we’ll get you enrolled. I love that you guys do so many things together. He call you “Tio” and you call him “Warnss.”

We’ve known since you were tiiiiiny that you’d be a little talker. It’s just your personality. I don’t think there’s much a parent does to affect when a baby’s milestones get ticked. A lot of it seems to be about personality. Some kids just need to “EXPRESS themselves” (maybe ones whose mothers’ blog? ha). This month has been an EXPLOSION of words. Crazy boy, you say over 100 words and have started to use two and sometimes three word sentences. You still need an interpreter though. ;) I got your back.

You’ve started to say “knock, knock” or “knock, knock door” before opening a door. Not actually knocking, just saying “knock, knock.” :)

OH MAN, this month has been all about COZY, COZY. You love getting into bed and pulling all the covers up to your chin. We call it “cozy, cozy.” Cozy, cozy is better with others. You always invite us and “Monkey” too of course. “Mama, cozy, cozy?” (runs to room). “Tata, cozy, cozy?” (runs to room). “Auntie cozy, cozy?” (runs to room). We’ve managed to share “COZY, COZY” with Auntie, Angela, uncle Christian, Noni, Papa, Aravis and Catherine as well this month. You’re all invited, haha. It’s been a good month for “COZY, COZY.”

cozy toddler cuddlingcozy baby monkey

You’re reeeaaaallly into mopping. Tata sawed off the handle of a real mop so you could have your own. You’re obsessed. And you’ve named it “Tatu”?? Where do you come up with these things? (that’s Tatu below leaning against your lil’ fridge).


You’re also really, really into your play kitchen. I love your little imagination. You like to cook pasta, wash your dishes, have tea, and fry eggs. Your sound effects while doing the aforementioned are

play kitchen: toddler play

Still obsessed (correct word for sure) with trains, airplanes and trucks. Your mind is blown every block or so when we take a walk.

toddlers and trucks

The last few days you’ve been zooming around the house with your “wings” out making airplane sounds. Cuteness for sure. :)

You love to run. We’ve dubbed it the “chubby run.” :) Yep, still plenty of chubs on you at 20 months. ;)

The weather has been pretty erratic around here, but the few warm days we’ve had have been heaven for you. The boy who hates coats and loves water.


We’re off to Croatia soon and it’s the perfect timing. You’re starting to repeat what we say and I think you’re just going to absorb all of the Croatian language all around you over the next couple months. Your little (HUGE) personality is really coming out. I’m pretty sure you’re going to charm the pants off the country, ha.


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18 Thoughts on “20 months: cozy, cozy, tatu, cozy, cozy

  1. Angela:

    Dear Mateo,

    I feel the same way about you as you feel about trains. #cantgetenough Also, I hope your mom stuffs your thighs in corduroys every year.

    Cozy, cozy.

    Your buddy,


    • you guys seriously have so much in common. no wonder you’re buddies. ;)

  2. Kyle just made cooing noises and said, “Ohhhh, he is so adorable.” And he is! :-)

  3. What a cute boy you have! Stopping by from mbc :)


  4. JaeHi:


    • JaeHi:

      I LOVE your monthly posts. Keep them coming. It’s amazing to watch inborn personality starting to express in such a dynamic way. WOW

  5. Sonel:

    I have a 20 month old too! I agree that this is the funniest month yet. It’s like there was this cuteness explosion in our house. Where did you get that awesome play kitchen?

    • Isn’t it the best?! :) 20 months is hilarious.

      I adore Mateo’s play kitchen. Ha, I think I have as much fun with it. I’ll have to do a post on it. It’s a mix of a set from the 1960s which I got from craigslist (so cute) and the IKEA kitchen. It all went together so well and Mateo has played in it every day for almost a year already!

  6. Wow. It’s almost like you’re talking about my kid in your post! LOL! They enjoy the same things, although mine’s a girl. Mateo is A-dorable, and I bet he will grow up to be quite a looker!

    Here from mombloggersclub! Looking forward to more of your posts!

    • Hey Kaye! Thanks for stopping by. They’re all such characters aren’t there?! :)

  7. These are just the cutest pics. There’s so much to look forward to with little boys!

    Maria xx

    • totally! I bet it’s impossible to imagine that your little bundle will be a little boy one day soon. ha, but then again I think Mateo is this big boy and he’s really still a “baby.” :)

  8. Argggg Mateo is the cutest!! He’s so lucky to have you snapping such beautiful photos too. This age (we’re only 4 months ahead so I’m counting that!) is thhhheeeee best and that is coming from a total baby person. You’re doing such a good job mama! Xo

  9. This is really beautiful. Such lovely sentiment and photos. I’m sure he will be thrilled to look back and see what he was like when he was little. And you will too, they change so fast! Thank you for your readership and kind words. I have a feeling the interweb is going to want more of Mateo. :)

  10. I’m not really a ‘baby’ person either. I LOVE my babies and babies I have a connection too-friends’ or family’s babies but random babies-I dont get all cooey over. I find little talkers so funny too-Leila has started telling tales on me to daddy when he gets home from work! Your little guy is so cute and I love his clothes!!! We’re going away soon too-packing requires much more thought when you have babies!!

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