Here’s a little update on how things are going lately:
The evolution of your communication amazes me. At the beginning of May, you could clearly say 15-20 words and had another 30 or so that were harder to understand. Now, just a month later, I cannot keep up with all the words you know!
It’s so fun to observe you learning a word. We were at dinner recently and there was a buffalo head on the wall (we are in Texas, after all). Buffalo. That was the word of the night. All through dinner you’d point at it, smile and say “buffalo.” Over and over again.
It’s been funny to see what words really stick with you. Trash is a good example. You will point out every trash can you see and announce IN FULL VOLUME, while pointing, “TRAAASSSSSSSSSS!!” Did you know that Costco has over 15 trash cans in their warehouse? Of course you did, you pointed them ALL out! Even the ones that were on the shelf for sale. LOL
You will do the same with any school “BUSSSSSSSSSS!” you see. Thankfully, there are many fewer school buses than trash cans.
Once in a while you use a word that we haven’t taught you. Recently, you were sitting on Daddy’s lap and started saying “button” and pointing at his shirt. This wasn’t a word we’d taught you, but you managed to pick it up.
In the last two weeks, you’ve started putting together two and three word phrases. One of your favorites is “trash truck.” I suppose that’s only fitting with your love of trash cans and all (see above). ;P
Personally, I think your phrases have come about because you’ve learned your colors. On most any item, you now assign the color to it. Example: green truck, blue ball, red shirt, etc… You currently recognize and can point out – green (your favorite), blue, yellow, orange, red, black, white and brown. You still need a little help on gray, pink and purple. You’re also learning the difference between light blue and dark blue thanks to the Mega Blocks you love to play with.
I am also amazed at the things and places you recognize. You can pick my and Andrew’s vehicles out at the parking lot. You recognize the park(s) and you get all excited, point and say, “gym” when we get near to the Rec Center. You also say “home” when you see our house.
It has been quite enlightening to see many of my character traits mirrored by you. As an organized first-born child myself, I can empathize with you on many things. For instance, if something drops or spills, you cannot move past it until it is taken care of. You keep saying “uh-oh” and pointing. Even when we say it’s ok, or leave it alone or that we’ll get it later.
You’re about one of the cleanest eaters I know. By 17 months, you could properly hold and eat with a spoon and fork. The last couple months we’ve added plate eating. You really like eating like a big boy. The only time we need to worry about the plate is when you’re done. You want the plate OFF your tray, and if we don’t catch it, it might make it to the floor. wink
You’ve become quite the runner lately. I use the phrase “go, go go!” with you a lot and you’re started saying it when you’re running. You’re fast enough now that I actually have to try to keep up with you and pay a very close eye if you head for a parking lot, road, etc.
Household chores are still fun for you. You will come running when you hear the dishwasher being emptied. You help by putting all the silverware into the drawer (well, throw is more like it, but it gets in there!) And you’ve recently started stacking all the plastic bowls and lids on the counter. You’re actually quite helpful. When we’re done, you want to the be the one to close the dishwasher door. You also still feed the dogs occasionally and love to put things in the trash. You know the difference between kitchen trash, recycle trash and the trash bin outside.
A couple weeks ago, we flew home to Michigan for the weekend. You were such a good little traveler. This is your third time flying, but the first time that you were really aware of what was going on. You were happy as can be sitting in your seat. Not once did you ask to get out and I kept you busy with new toys (Matchbox cars), movies and snacks.
More and more I’m beginning to see glimpses of you as a little boy and I love it! You are such a sweet boy, friendly, social, and always ready to gives hugs and kisses. I’m so proud of the little boy you’re becoming.
Our plans for this summer include lots of trips to the park, splash pad and pool. We’ve also got a summer vacation coming up. It’s going to be a fun summer!
Love you, Sweet Boy. XOXO
PS – Enjoy these photos from the last few months. They’re in chronological order from February till June.