OK, I’ve got some serious catching up to do here! There have been so many developments in his skills and abilities … I hope I remember most of them.
We had a huge party with 13 kids and their parents for Halloween – the kids were SO cute in their costumes.
My friend who broke her ankle came to stay with us for a week and a half – Nicholas got used to going straight to her room in the morning to say “hi” and was a little confused when she wasn’t there one morning.
Nicholas and I took a trip to California to visit Angela and her parents – what a great holiday. We saw San Jose, Cupertino, Apple HQ, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco … all in 3 days! Poor Elaine was so exhausted by the time we left. Now we’re looking forward to going back in January to meet the new baby.
Patrick started his new job – he’s really enjoying it, but spends much less time at home. He’s gone before we wake up and arrives home just at dinnertime, so only has 2 hours to visit with us in the evening. This is putting quite a kink in my ability to work, but I’m sure it will work out. I’ve been up until between 2 and 4 am for about 2 weeks now and I have to find a way to stop doing that.
Nicholas has become quite adept at throwing the balls (or anything else) around the living room, chasing after them, picking them up, yelling “BAWW!!!!” and starting all over again. It’s so fun to watch his skills developing, although I’m getting a little tired of the all the food he’s throwing on the floor. Thank goodness his sippy cups are pretty solid, so they don’t break!
He’s learned a few new signs – mummy (finally!) and he tries daddy, but does it in the same place as mummy (on his chin). He blurted out something like Grandma the other day and moved his hand in more or less the right way, so I’m holding out that he’ll have that one ready by Christmastime (when we’re hosting everyone). His favourite sign is clearly “bread” because he asks for it all day long, although “fish” is taking a close second as he realizes how much he enjoys Goldfish crackers.
I really thought he’d be nursing much less by now. Don’t get me wrong – I’ll really miss it when it’s over, but I’m just surprised that he asks for it so often. Mostly, I notice he asks during the day when he’s bored or needs a “time out” from all the activity (if we’re at a playdate) or if it’s been a while since the last meal/snack (sometimes happens when we get really busy), but at night he’s still nursing 2-3 times (except for the odd night when he goes for an 8-10 hour sleep).
I wrote my final exam for the night course on Wednesday. I didn’t do well, but it was about the best I could manage with everything else. I haven’t decided whether to try another course next semester or not, but I’m leaning towards “no way!” Final marks will be available by Wednesday – hope I at least managed a C+ for the course (otherwise I’ll have to take it again – the CGA program requires a mandatory C+ minimum). Finance apparently wasn’t my strongest subject.
No new teeth, which seems really strange to me (he hasn’t had one pop out since Sep 28), and we’re out of the habit of checking every day, so when the next one does arrive we might not notice it right away. Oh, how things change from 3 months to 16 months!
Last weigh-in had him at just over 26 lbs – only 1 lb heavier than he was at 9 months – and he hasn’t grown any taller. How funny, considering how quickly he sprouted up in the first 9 months … and then just stopped. We do feed him well, but I guess he’s really active so burning off most of the calories. He’s quite healthy, although he’s had this persistent cough for quite a few weeks. I’m wondering if I should have it checked out soon, but it doesn’t really seem to be slowing him down at all, so I don’t know if it’s one bug, or one after another.
That pretty much brings us up to date – I’ll write another post if I think of anything else. And I’ll try to stay more on top of it now, too. Thanx for reading!