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what he’s been up to

His clapping has gone epic. He does it at appropriate times (after someone says yay! or he does something clever) and occasionally at inappropriate times (after I said “please don’t touch that, maybe he was applauding my gentle parenting?) and my personal favorite, he claps along with the television. And this isn’t the clapping at first that was hesitant and required great effort. Now it’s quick, virtually without effort and experimental: What happens when I clap in the water? What happens if I clap high in the air? What happens if I clap while smiling at my parents? Answer: they clap back and tell me I’m clever.

Baths are no longer about splashing, now they’re about the stream of water from the faucet. And also trying to pull the plug. Which leads to lessons on cause and effect.

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Waving now happens. And it’s adorable. At first it was a brief motion with the whole arm, at the chiropractor’s office of all places. Now it’s sometimes a hand-only movement.  Yesterday, while skyping with my sister’s family so she could watch him destroy his birthday cake his little cousin AM kept waving at him so Thane would suddenly cease the cake smashing and move to waving his little chubby fingers back at the laptop screen. Cake would fly everywhere and it was pretty much perfect.

Hands are really being discovered anew now that he has control over individual fingers. He sits and stares at them while he holds them up in the air moving them in different ways.

Language is just leaping forward. He tries to copy words out of the blue here and there. “Bird” is a favorite”, missing a D at the end of course. As is “night, night” missing the T at the end of course.  And “Baby”, which is pronounced perfectly is suddenly on the top of his babble list. Everything is baby this and baby that. I’m fairly certain he refers to N and I as baby which is kind of adorable. He responded to my husband saying “I love you” this morning. It came out “lubooo” this time. Which is I think how everyone should be required to say it from now on.

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Growling is still happening all the time. I love it. And the making of “the funny face” which really deserves it’s own post sometime.

He can catch a largish ball now. I’m super proud of that. The child might as well be accepting a Noble Peace Prize for the amount of bursting my buttons are doing.

Lastly, wheels are a new favorite. Especially the ones on the dishwasher tray.

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*Deep breath* and that’s what my baby’s been up to. Besides looking cute. He’s a renaissance man I tell ya.

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