Indiegirl- Just reading that you hated the 15 to 23 month old stage makes me feel better! I have a 16 month old boy and I do daycare in my home so I also have a 15 month old girl. Let me tell you........they have torn down the drapes, (yes, they are now wond around the curtain rod, it looks fabulous!) They tear to peices anybook they can find, so now the bottom three book shelves are empty......nothing to tear, they climb onto the chairs in both my kitchen and dinning room and climb onto the tables so nothing is safe there. They can both reach about 5 inches into the kitchen counter and they have even opened the broiler drawer on the oven. All the cupboards are child proofed and I had to gate off the kitchen which was not easy since the door way is so big. So now they stand and the gate and shake it and scream. They throw dirt out of the two large plants I have on the floor which I have now covered in screan material and duct taped to the pot. One has climed up the outside of the high chair which ended up falling on her before I could reach her. She also climbed up in the rocking chair (glider style) and got so high on the back of the chair that it fell over with her in it. And they both climb on the sofa and fall off the back of it.
I am trying to be patient and remind myself these are normal things for this age and I am trying to make everything safe for them, I don't want them to get hurt. But my sanity is severely endagered.
The part that bothers me the most is when they grab things from each other and hit each other. I tell them to be gentle I stop them from hurting each other but it is constant!!