I have been meaning to write this post for so long that some things that Alex does have already come and gone. A week is such a long time in a baby’s life, much less a month and a half!
So let’s see, what is Alex up to these days?
Well first off, he can stand up for long time without holding on to anything. Like maybe 30 seconds or more? And he can raise and lower himself a little bit as well. He’s a really fast crawler and he *loves* getting into trouble. You can just see from the twinkle in his eye and the grin on his face that he’s going to do something he knows is naughty. He very clearly understands when you tell him “no”, and you can tell because he pauses, looks back at you and grins, and then does it anyway.
He does pretty good with sign language. He signs train, milk, more, book, water, eat, and waves bye bye. But mostly what he does is point at things.
He’s basically always pointing at things, mostly to direct you which way to go. But if you ask him he can point to things like clocks (“tick-tock”), earrings, doors, lights, fans, the piano, books, watch, ring, nose, ears, and of course Evie (EE), Ollie, mama, dada, and nala. Even more impressive, if you hold up a picture book he can point to things like flower, ball, and dog.
He can give you a kiss, give you a “bonk” (smashing his head into yours), lay his head down for “night-night”, and he does this adorable thing where he kisses each page of the book when you’re reading Sam Loves Kisses. Also, if you ask him where your nose is, he bites it. I do not know why.
He has been able to say a few words for a while, but it’s not always clear that he means them more than just a string of syllables. You can never really be sure…he never does it when you’re trying to show someone else. So with the other kids they had a very definite “first word”, but I’m not sure what Alex’s first word was. I think it was “door”.
He very definitely says “mama” and “dada” and means us. Aside from that he says, “nala”, “book”, “tick tock”, and “nana” (banana).
He still cries himself to sleep every night, for at least a few seconds, but we’ve just sort of gotten used to it I guess. He just seems to be one of those kids who needs to cry a little bit to fully relax. I never thought he would still be crying every night at this point, but I guess it is what it is.
He LOVES to eat solids, and usually cries if you’re not shoveling fast enough. He seems like he’s not going to be a picky eater. However, recently he has discovered that he has a lot of power, so he likes to reject food (mostly by slapping it away from him) and point to other things on the table that he’d like better.
The one thing he loves above all else is hearing books. I read him 20 in a row the other day and he was still furiously signing “book”. He clearly has his favorites (and will throw other ones on the floor to get to the ones he wants). In fact, if you ask him to get individual books he will go over to the shelf and pick them out and hand them to you.
Some of his favorites are: Moo Baa La La La, Trucks Roll, The Big Red Barn, Peekaboo Morning, Baby Faces, So Big (Elmo), Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? / Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and May There Always Be Sunshine (although truthfully I could go on listing these for a long time…he has a lot of favorites!)
::whew::! I think that catches us all up!
Of course his big sis and big brother are good helpers to keep him occupied, and keep up with his steady diet of books. I should tell you what a good reader Ollie is becoming, but that’s a topic for a different day.
You can see from Ollie’s photo that we actually missed taking his 9 month photo on the 12th, so we had to get it the next day.
You can also see that we had to give him a piece of paper to play with so he wouldn’t crumple the sign, and let me tell you, that was a good idea! This was about the only photo in which Alex wasn’t grabbing for the sign, crumpling the sign, waving the sign around…
He certainly is a mischief maker these days. One of his favorite things to do is to pull himself up to stand at the bookshelf and just pull all the books off one by one. If you clean them up he gets mad, like, “Hey! I just spent a lot of time doing that you know!”
He still crawls like a maniac and is often not happy being held (since, yanno, less mischief that way!). He can walk a bit if you hold his hands and lately he has been letting go of things while standing up. I counted a record of 4 seconds of free standing without holding on to anything.
Won’t be long until we look back at these crawling days as being so easy and relaxed…
It seems like in the past couple of weeks, a switch has flipped in Alex’s head, and suddenly he’s a human being. He just made a huge leap in sort of understanding.
Anyway, without further ado, I present to you videographic evidence:
Alex saying “mama”:
Alex doing “bye bye”:
Alex doing “so big”:
Alex signing “more”:
Other signs that he knows include “milk” and “all done”, and he understands “book” and “train”, but doesn’t do them himself.
Forgive me for not getting this out in a more timely fashion, but we did take the pictures, and better late than never.
It seems like everything is happening all at once for Alex. He really seems like he is starting to really understand things. He (sometimes) gives high fives. He looks at the window if you say train, he looks at the ceiling fan if you say “where is the fan?”, and he looks at the bookshelf if you say book.
Speaking of books, that boy *loves* books. He gets so excited. Some of his favorites are Baby Shoes, Goodnight Moon, The Big Red Barn, and So Big!
He’s crawling pretty well now and pulling himself up to stand. If you hold his hands he will take steps like he’s walking.
He got his 2 top incisors now, for a total of 4 teeth, and he’s putting them to good use. He mostly likes everything we offer him, but some of his current favorites are sweet potato, a mixture of quinoa and lentils, and peach slices.
He sobs a lot when it’s time for bed, and starts getting anxious as soon as he comes out of the bath. I kind of thought this would only last a few days, but here we are a month later and it hasn’t changed.
Despite that, he’s actually sleeping pretty well in his crib at night, which has gone a long way towards getting our life back to normal!
(I know this is supposed to be a post about Alex, but OMG that picture of little butterball Ollie!!)
The best news, of course, is that for the past 3 weeks or so, Alex has been doing about an 8 hour stretch at night in his crib. He still cries bitterly for a few minutes when I put him down for bed, and won’t let me hold him after 6 pm or so for fear that I might put him to bed, but hey! Being the villain is worth it for a decent night’s sleep.
He *loves* eating solids, but wants nothing to do with purees. He does really like baby cereal now, so it’s kind of funny how he started with real food and worked backwards to that.
Still not crawling yet, but he gets up on his hands and knees and rocks, before getting frustrated. I mean, it really looks like any second here (although he still gets around just fine by pivoting and or rolling). He can also pull himself up from a sit to a stand if something at just the right level to grab onto.
I can not believe that he has crossed the half-way point to being a one year old!!
Hey, ya’ll. You may have noticed a bit of a drop-off in posting here lately. Truth be told, I am having a bit of trouble staying on top of this. Turns out that babies are kind of a lot of work! Who knew? I find that when I do have time to work on things, my creative brain is just absolutely fried. So, apologies for the scarcity of posts, but also a heads up that this is likely to continue for the near future.
I’m giving myself permission for a mental health break, so I don’t have to feel guilty when I go for days without writing or blogging.