I lied

by statia on March 20, 2008

So I know I wasn’t going to bore you with the cute stuff my kid does, but I lied. It’s all jumbled up there and well, like most parents, his baby book sits, half written in.

The Mini, is largely average in milestones. There are times when I think he’s behind in something he should be doing, but goes and does something that’s kind of advanced and so it makes up for the things he just doesn’t want to do. He crawled later than I thought most kids do (or maybe on the later end of average) and was like, “yeah, screw this, I’m going to walk.”

I was out with a friend a few weeks ago, someone we met in the Mini’s swim class, whose daughter is only a few weeks older than the Mini. I asked her if she thought they’d be “older” at this age. She said, “yeah, I kind of pictured a five year old in my mind.” I pictured more, I don’t know, more toddler, less baby, but instead, it’s the other way around. Although, it’s becoming more toddler by the day.

It’s funny how they start to develop independence. He’s his own little person and it’s funny and amazing to watch. I know I’ve said that a billion times in the last year, but it never gets old. He has his own little idiosyncrasies, almost like a little baby version of OCD, which he gets from his father. We have tantrums. He knows the word “no”, but loves to push my buttons to see how far I will go before I blow a fuse. A month ago, he kept trying to touch (and tip over) his humidifier. He would look at me and each time, touch it more and more lightly. I gave him a light tap on the hand with a firm “NO” and he laughed.

And I ran my head into the wall, full steam. I think this is the karma payoff my mother was waiting for.

His vocabulary is getting pretty good. He refuses to say Mama. I know he CAN. He’s done it a few times, and he knows who I am. If someone says Mama, he turns and looks at me. He can identify daddy, as well as both dogs correctly. He LOVES the dogs and loves when they race around. And when they start getting riled up, he will squeal and laugh and hide his head in our pant legs. He knows a few animal sounds: sheep, cow (ooooooooooooooooo minus the m), and duck. He can make a choo choo noise (ch ch). He can say car and most things are cars. He also said book last night, for the first time. Over and over, but is still working on identifying it properly (“gook”). His signing is starting to explode. He can sign milk, all done, thank you (although, he says thank you when he wants something, most of the time), please, car (he can make the proper sign for car, but his association with the sign when you say car is to twiddle his thumbs, where he got this, I have no idea), dog, bike, and there have been the few random occasions where he’s made the sign for shoes and either dad or hat, we’re not sure.

For awhile, we had some good napping, at least in the morning. His nap was consistent. And then we went through a regression. I thought maybe he was ready for just one nap a day, but I can’t seem to get him to make it until lunch. His afternoon nap is hit or miss. He’s also woken up twice in the last week completely inconsolable. We’re not sure if it was a nightmare, or what, but the only person he wants is Mama. He is a true Mama’s boy.

We are about a month away from being done with the band completely. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. We were told about 3-4 months, but he’ll be out of it in 2½ months. We’re really surprised by this, given his age. His head isn’t perfect, as we knew it wouldn’t be, but we’re really happy with the correction we’ve gotten so far.

He’s truly an amazing kid. Maybe I’m biased, but who cares. I’m allowed.

{ 10 comments }

jesser March 20, 2008 at 9:33 am

I don’t know what I pictured either. Maybe a bit more talking?? Not that she doesn’t talk … she does. And she definitely gets her point accross no matter how she conveys it. Tabby doesn’t say Mama either … she calls me Dada too, unless she’s upset, then it’s “Mamamamamamama” and I come a runnin.

What is it with them thinking mommy being stern is funny?! I get that too. I can’t seem to find that fine line between funny and horrifying because I ether get laughing or sobbing hysterically!!!

Faith March 20, 2008 at 11:31 am

I hate to sound like an idiot on this, but when you talk about him signing, do you mean that he’s learning sign language?

waitingline March 20, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Outta the band in a month – WOW, that’s GREAT!!

He’s signing too? He’s a genius! I’m trying to remember to sign as much as possible. Mostly, my boy just looks at me like I’m nuts, and when he’s hungry just opens his mouth wide and say “AHHHHHHHHH”. I get it. I get it. :-)

MsPrufrock March 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm

I’m a fucking idiot. When I read “…done with the band completely”, I was thinking of a musical band and wondering what you were on about. As in, “I’m with the band”. Send help.

Empress March 20, 2008 at 5:57 pm

I love, love, love it when he signs for bicycle and then runs around the room. Your kid is adorable!

Sarah March 20, 2008 at 6:10 pm

When S dropped to one nap a day, it usually came at about 10 am. Yeah. That made for some loooooong afternoons. Then she started daycare and they forced her into a more normal schedule. (Hooray for them having that fight and not me!)

Kris March 20, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Yeah, and now all we need is more pictures of said superhero kidlin!

((HUGS)) No more banging your head. (heh, heh…)

ginadapooh March 20, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I really want to get a signing video for my nephew. I took a class and loved it, and he is always playing with his hands. I was wondering which one you were using, and is it annoying to watch?

Shanna March 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm

On the napping – I don’t know any kid in this age range (12-18 months) who actually makes it all the way through a full lunch before taking their nap. We started calling it THE nap (instead of the morning nap) when it started happening around 10:30/10:45 instead of 10:00, and once it was consistently starting at 11:00 or later, we started serving up a snack around 10:30. (This is in addition to nursing just before the nap; you need SOMETHING – formula, milk, boob, whatever, to keep the tummy full.) Now the nap starts anywhere between 11:30 and 12:00 and we STILL have the big lunch about 20-30 minutes after everyone is awake (like, 3 PM some days), but there’s a good 6-7 hours of waking time between the end of the nap and bedtime, so plenty of time for lunch and dinner.

Deltus March 24, 2008 at 8:54 am

Signing, like American Sign Language? Or a special baby/toddler version?

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