The last month has been so busy! Our baby is firmly moving into toddler-hood, with all the wonderful personality quirks and aspiring independence that come with it!
Both boys love to be outside playing and exploring. Bean now points and knocks on doors (and even does a little ‘do’ grunt along with it) to show that he wants outside. Which is anytime we are near a door, or a family member has opened a door. If we are coming and going, we need to watch carefully because he will make a mad crawling dash for the door to try to escape.
His mischievousness doesn’t stop there either. Bean has been well initiated into play-fighting by his older brother. He’s even thrown a few sucker punches to unsuspecting parents, children, and the aforementioned sibling. He’s enjoying putting toys in and out of all sorts of things. I have a hunch he may be more talented at this than his brother was, so we’ll need to keep a close eye on toilets! Bean has also mastered the kid basics of: fake sneezes, peekaboo, and crawl away from mommy during diaper changes.
Bean is doing lots of cruising and has really enjoyed practicing a lot of stairs lately. While he’s seemed about to take his first solo-steps several times, his poised lean has transitioned back to crawling instead of a stumbling step forward. His crawling is getting really fast though! With the arrival of fall and cooler weather, the short and pants have been slowing him down slightly, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he adjusts and is back up to speed again.
He already has particular views on what he will or won’t eat. But he’s quite good at communicating this to us and will shake his head if he doesn’t want something. Like his brother, he loves bananas and blueberries. Hasn’t been at all thrilled with any meats, though he does love beans, and hummus with carrots. The doctor says we need to fatten him up more. We started trying some smoothies, but he has turned them down as well. I’ve a hunch that all the not-mommy people (grandma, daycare, etc.) have more luck than I have! He is a sweetie when it comes to sharing though. I’ve known other kids who do the fake-offer of food, only to take it away again. But Bean really wants you to take the food from his chubby little fingers and eat it! I have a hard time refusing the dimple-faced grin that goes with the offer.
We are in the midst of nap transition time. Instead of 2 naps, he is getting 1 nap a day. This works well with the daycare schedule, but I feel he still does better with a short morning nap and then a bit of a longer early afternoon nap. We’ll see how things progress as he gets older though. His dinner time crabbiness may subside as he gets more used to the new sleep schedule.
- Loves music! Bashing the piano and shaking maracas are his top 2 instruments. Requests a couple of our usual songs through his body gestures and baby talk.
- Already shows his . . . passionate side when things don’t go his way. Like his brother he has ALL THE FEELINGS and must let everyone know!
- For those who haven’t seen him in a while, his dark curly hair is now light curly hair. I’m interested to see if this is a summer thing or if the blonds are taking over the family.
That’s it for baby updates! If you’ve got questions or want a link to the Flickr photos, let me know. Since the blog lately has just been kid updates, I might post sporadically about how both boys are doing, though I may also just drop off the blogosphere entirely as well. Not sure yet.