He obviously has a clear understanding of what we’re saying … at times … and apparently he also has selective hearing (like most kids). He doesn’t seem to hear us when we try to stop him from pulling out all my keychains (I have a collection of over 600, in a wicker basket), but if I ask him for besos (spanish: kisses), he will suck in his lips (like a fish) and blow me a kiss (no hands). It is the cutest thing – we HAVE to try to get it on video.
Yesterday I asked him to pass me a book that was on the floor beside him … and he did. I was so surprised, because I didn’t really expect him to understand me.
He’s also started signing “more” when he’s eating – not all the time, but it’s clear that’s what he’s intending to sign. Very exciting – his first sign! After 12 months of repitition, it’s great to see our efforts being rewarded. I just wish he would learn the sign for milk, so he could tell me when he’s thirsty. Right now, I don’t know he’s thirsty until he gets his little “milk whine” – a very distinct sound that turns into almost-laughter when I sign “milk” to him … and he comes tearing across the room to launch himself at me. Dead giveaway what he’s wanting at that point.
He hardly ever nurses to sleep anymore – maybe once in the last 4 days. I’m pretty sure he’s not getting nearly as much milk as he used to, so perhaps that’s why he’s not falling asleep. When I put him in the crib, he fusses, but he’s asleep within about 2 minutes and then he sleeps for an hour (almost every time). Nighttime hasn’t seen another straight-through sleep since those 2 nights earlier in the week (Tuesday and Wednesday) – oh well. I do kinda miss the nursing to sleep (in the daytime), though – it was sweet and special.
Oh, before I forget … he’s a climber! It’s getting a little nerve wracking – every time we turn around, he’s pushed one of his toys over to a gate/chair/table/couch to climb up! He’s cautious the first time, but then he feels secure, so doesn’t hesitate to do it again. I know he’s going to fall and hurt himself, which worries me, but I also don’t want to be a “hover mum”, so I’m trying to maintain a slight distance. I want him to explore and learn about his skills/abilities, but I want to be close enough for a cuddle when needed (usually after a bump/fall). This is a balancing act, isn’t it?!?