Sounds like you are handling it well. Sometimes kids hit because they think it's a game. They start hitting mom when she's distracted by the phone, or the tv, or a friend, etc. and when they finally get a reaction, they get the feedback they wanted. My grandpa used to play a game with my son when he was two, he'd sneak up and hit him and have my son chase him around and hit him back. It drove me crazy, but as long as he knew it was a game with grandpa, I let it go. When he tried it with me, I told him that was grandpa's game and he's not allowed to hit mommy. So we'd tickle instead. You could try steering his hitting into something else, when he starts to hit, tell him we don't hit, we tickle, or we chase or play peekaboo. Whatever works for you. I think at this age, you can divert him, but if he doesn't stop, you may want to try timeouts or whatever punishment works for you. Good luck!!
at 5:52 PM on Dec. 29, 2008