Reposted from Parker Haus Grows
Whoops! A whole quarter of a year has passed between formal updates! We’ve been too busy loving and living life!
This month really started out crummy, it felt like you (and we) were constantly sick. Couple that with some teething and Wonder Week fussy periods and things were a bit overwhelming. As you got over your illnesses and emerged from your Wonder Week we were rewarded with so much advancement and new abilities. You started crawling and quickly started to pull up on things. You started saying Dada and Maaaaa. The later usually when you are upset and want to nurse! At the end of this month you got your first top tooth (lateral incisor) and we can see the whites of 2 more. You are so excited to be able to chase the kitty and you love to shower Hugo with hugs (tackles) and kisses (eating of fur)!
Imagine our surprise when you crawled through the pet door on your baby gate! You watched Hugo go through it, thought about it for a minute and then very skillfully put your head through, only getting stuck at the hips. You quickly figured out how to turn your hips to slip through. You attacked the stairs similarly. You watched Hugo run up a couple of stairs, thought about it and then started climbing to chase him. He would go up a few stairs and wait for you to catch up then go up a few more. You observe and then execute. I think we are going to have to watch out for you! This month you started to join us in the kitchen while cooking (you can go through the pet door so there is no keeping you out). You love to pull down nesting bowls of all shapes and sizes. You especially like the metal mesh strainers. We put the strainers over our faces and sing “I’m a baby (or mama) beekeeper. Buzzz Buzzz Buzzz”. You also love the magnets on our filing cabinet- specifically you like a Chinese mask magnet that a coworker gave me years ago. You started swim lessons this month. You love the pool and we have had so much fun alternating which one of us gets in the pool with you. You aren’t a fan of floating on your back and you twist and turn in our arms every time we try to float you on your back. You don’t mind getting your head wet or putting your face in the water.
Daycare told us that you are a pacifier thief! You crawl around and take pacifiers out of the mouths of the younger babies and promptly put the paci in your mouth. Strange since you haven’t been interested in a paci for months! You are also very interested in hair. You find your own hair (which is slowly growing) fascinating as well as other people’s hair. Poor Emily at daycare sometimes gets her hair pulled because she has so much more of it than you and you can’t keep your hands off it. :(
You are eating everything and anything. I don’t think you have met a food that you don’t like. As a result you often don’t finish all 3 of your bottles at daycare. You tried sushi for the first time and you love it! You are also a big fan of Korean food. This month we also worked on drinking from a straw cup in preparation for moving up to the waddler class at daycare. This month your two front teeth came in bringing your total tooth count to 5. We can see a fourth tooth on top but it doesn’t seem to be moving very quickly.
This month you really seem like a little boy and not a baby anymore. You surf on everything and you are getting to where you can stand without holding something for support. You learned that you can climb under things this month and you learned how to climb into (and out of) an empty bath tub. You are starting to express your displeasure at things vocally- yelling at us if we try to take something from you that you aren’t supposed to have (like eating cat food). Similarly you are having conversations with us, you answer our questions and you tell us stories complete with lots of hand gestures- we just don’t understand your words yet. You have been signing “fan” for a long time but we think you are also starting to sign “all done”. You most definitely understand the following signs:
- “all done”
At different times we have heard you say the following words very clearly (but not consistently):
- “all done”
You have a couple distinctive “Levi words”. We aren’t sure what they mean but you say them often and with purpose. The one you use the most is “Adat”- I think this means “cat”.
You finished up swim lessons this month. You are a little more tolerant of being on your back, but still not a fan. You love going under water and jumping off the side of the pool into our arms. Your daycare class started going outside on nice days and you love it! You pitch a fit when you have to come in though! Your daycare teachers are bursting to tell us all the silly things that you did that day, like crawling in one of the bins that goes under the cribs and putting yourself under the crib. They tell us that you are very loving and affectionate with your classmates. You like to stroke their cheeks and hair (an improvement from pulling hair last month). You look at the teachers to make sure it is ok before continuing. However, you like to lean in for kisses too! With one eye on your teacher you open your mouth wide and lean in for a “kiss”- a quick shake of the head tells you that you shouldn’t be doing that. Persistent boy that you are-you wait a few minutes before trying again. You also love to hug (aka tackle) your friends at school. Usually they “hug” you back but if you upset them you usually burst into tears along with them.
The fourth top tooth finally broke through at the end of this month. You were working on that tooth for a long time! Unfortunately we think you are starting to work on your molars. Teething is the pits!
One more month to 1 year. I cannot believe time has passed so quickly.