Allgirls, I remember having that same discussion with BeanBean when he was 20 months old and we had a brand new BooBah. It helped that he had an older cousin who could help explain the concept of patience to him.
I have to say, though, that I totally second the recommendation about looking at Sophia's diet. BeanBean was anemic at that age, and as I've said before adding an herbal iron supplement to his diet did wonders for his temper.
My brain has started to shrivel up and die... and I am miserable and angry all the time now.
Yesterday was actually pretty decent; you can tell because I wasn't on MDC all day, pretending that I have no life outside of the computer while writing my least-coherent posts ever...
I really need to take more flax seed oil.
BeanBean really wants me to make more of an effort to do "schoolish" things with him every single day. He absolutely loves it, and I don't think that it's just because "he likes spending time with Mamma."
He'll drag anyone who is sitting still into a discussion about nouns, or addition, or whatever. I feel guilty as heck for not being able to do more with him. I really need a lot of help to get organized, though, because we don't have places to put everything... I dunno. I've got plans, but they all seem to require things that we don't really have right now.
We'll see what happens, and in the meantime I'll do what he drags me to do and feel guilty for not offering more.
BooBah is really starting to talk like a person now. I have a feeling that she wouldn't say anything at all if BeanBean wasn't around, that she'd be one of those kids who didn't say a word and then started talking in complete, adult sentences around 24 months just like magic.
However, BeanBean *is* around, and he never. shuts. up.
So BooBah's picked up all sorts of things to say, just by listening to BeanBean and repeating what he says.
He never stops talking, so I think that BooBah thinks that's the default setting for kids, you know?
It's kind of cute, and very funny.