Dec. 28th was Peebs half birthday and it certainly marked lots of developmental changes. I would say December in general he made lots of changes. He is really so much fun right now and so cute.
He has recently taken a different interest in the dogs. He has started mimicking us and the way we take care of them and certainly what we say to them. First thing when he wakes up now he tells Ralphie to go outside and he opens the door for them. For reasons unknown to me, he only ever really addresses Ralphie " Rahee" and ignores Flossie. He also likes to put food in their bowl and tell them to "hoosh" when they bark too much and tell them " No no RAHEE" while pointing his finger at him. Erik let him help bathe them too. So now daily, he feeds them, lets them outside and gives them treats, and tells on them for anything and everything.
He is finally really starting his talking. SUCH.A.RELIEF. on many levels. I love hearing his sweet little voice and what he has to say or do. When I get him out of the crib he says " HI momma" in such a sweet way. He also gets really excited when Erik comes home from work and hugs him a ton, opens the door for him ( he can hear the garage door opening) and says "HI DAHEE"over and over. SOOO cute.
- No is a new favorite word. Even when he doesn't mean it he still loves to be able to say it.
- He is the best mimic-er you have ever seen. It is especially funny if he immitates a cartoon by yelling or grunting or whatever emotion they are displaying.
- He watched his 1st Disney Movie NEMO in the car on the way home from my parents and he calls him NeNo and still asks for him from time to time and repeats lines in the movie a lot, which amuses me.
- He is really REALLY into counting ( again, can't explain why) but he counts pretty much everything. He can go to 20 but he struggles after that and his pronunciation is not perfect.
- Singing. He tries to sing all the time now and usually does wild dancing at the same time. You can rarely understand what he is singing but will recognize the tune.
We are really working on some stuff before the new baby and he has done very well with all his new responsibilities.
- Drinking from regular cups, we try this not every time, but at least once a day. He has not spilled yet, but sometimes is tempted to play in it...
- Peeing in the potty , he is up to about 4 times a day. He never asks to go, he just agrees to go sometimes when I ask. He consistently goes every night before bed.
- Helping do little chores: throw away his trash, put his clothes in the hamper, clean up after himself ( which he only does if we sing that clean up song). Getting things for himself, for instance if he wants a snack I will ask him to bring me a plate or bowl for it etc.
- brushing his teeth. He is obsessed! The kid who used to fight like a wild animal if you brushed his teeth, now goes to the bathroom 18 times a day and does it himself for fun.
Making progress but still a lot of work to do! I have learned some really helpful tricks from his therapists. It blows my mind that I can ask him the same question in different ways and get different results. 2 completely different reactions really, so doing things their way has helped a ton.
- Transitioning between activities for instance can be an issue, but his therapists just tell everything bye-bye and he is fine with it. " Bye-Bye Paint" etc and then he does not lose his mind when I clean up the paint. But if I were to say " Time to clean up our paint stuff, it would be some screaming. Anytime he changes what he is doing he says bye bye. He also claps anytime a song on the radio ends and says " YAY" ha..
- Sharing. we are really practicing this a lot so that he will be better behaved with other children. If I tell him , " My turn" he is fine with taking turns but if I say anything different or just take my turn he will have a meltdown and try to snatch. So now I am trying to " lead the play" or be the one to decide what we are doing most of the time so that he can get used to following rules and instruction etc.
- Cleaning up after himself ( discussed above) but we now enforce that he must pick up after himself and not have 30 things out all at once.
- Saying please, thank you, excuse me and sorry. He is a rockstar with these, so much so that he will correct Erik or I if we forget to say one which makes me laugh.
- I have noticed lately how much he really likes routine and sameness. He remembers every little detail of every little thing and expects it to be the same each time. His memory is unbelievable.
- Playing well with others. He has just started playing with other kids reather than next to them. He had his friend Walker over this week and was pushing him all over the house in the firetruck which totally shocked me and cracked me up. He also ( this week) was nice to Walker's little brother Fletch for the 1st time ever. He normally tries to snatch from him etc. This week he interacted with him, and kind of "talked " to him.
His favorite things right now are:
- Dora! Everything about her.
- Brushing his teeth
- His favorite color is RED, and anytime he does painting he asks me for the RED paint.
- Puzzles, shapes and numbers.
- Art projects of all types. He really loves painting.
- running, wrestling, screeching and in general craziness
- DEF a daddy's boy these days
- pretending to talk on the phone. He says " He-woah, yeah, yeah, RIGHT, ugh huh, BYE".
- Washing Dishes. HE does this usually several times a day in his kitchen helper
- swishing water in his mouth. He learned that trick watching daddy brush his teeth and he walks around swishing spit all day. Quite proud of himself too.
- Counting. He is totally into counting everything he can.
Still sleeping from about 7pm- 7am. He will lay in bed sometimes till 9pm before he falls asleep and of coarse that bedtime varies when we have other things going on. He is napping anywhere from 2- 3 hours a day at 12:30.
I am sure I am forgetting lots of stuff I wanted to include but that is the jist of all the toddler fun we are having around here. I thank GOD every day for this precious boy and the fact that he can now talk. It is SO much fun hearing what he has to say!