He has become much more proficient in his walking and rarely chooses to crawl. He still loses his balance when walking on an incline, but for the most part he is very steady.
He finally cut his first molar and now has a total of 9 teeth. The worst part of teething is his increased clinginess and frequent whining. However, at least at this age it is obvious what is causing his whining.
B is at such a fun age as he is learning something new every day. We are consistently amazed at his growing vocabulary and his understanding of what we say to him. In addition to the words he was saying last month, he can now say NEIGH, DUDE, BUBBLE (his version: buhbuh), SIPPY (his version: pippy), TURTLE, YEP (his version: djop), NOPE, BANANA (his version: nana), MORE, TURKEY (his version: turh-e), TRUCK (his version: tuck), CAR, BITE and WATER (his version: waa). We can now ask him if he wants to read a book and if he does, he will go get the book for us and come sit on our laps. We can name a specific book and he can pick it off the shelf. We can ask him to bring us a specific toy and he will go looking for it and bring it to us. We can say we're going bye, bye and he walks toward the door. We can tell him to sit down and he will come sit on our laps and so on.
His two new tricks this month are:
- We say, "How big are you?" He raises his arms overhead and says, "BIG!"
- He officially blows kisses. He just puts his hand over his month and makes kissing noises. It is super cute.
We are continuing to encourage sign language. B can now sign Thank You, More, Food, Please, Water, and Milk. I have also been practicing the want sign with him. He doesn't use the specific sign, but he will stick out his hand in the direction of the object he wants while opening/closing it several times.
We officially turned his car seat to a forward position since we were traveling so much. Some days I think it has helped and other days I am not so sure. Since returning from Kentucky he has began crying while in his car seat (I THOUGHT WE WERE PAST THIS PHASE). I think he got used to us sitting in the back seat with him and is now struggling to re-adjust. I hope it doesn't go on for too long......because it drives me NUTS.
The traveling has also affected his sleep, but thankfully not so much at night. He is still sleeping all night, but has been going to bed later and will occasionally take two naps.
Now that summer is upon us, we have been spending a lot of time in the water. B absolutely loves the water and has no fear. We have been able to take him to two pools that have kid areas and he dives in head first over and over again. I know we have to watch him very closely, but I would much rather him love the water than be afraid of it.
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We are so blessed to have B as our son. He brings us so much joy and even the challenging times are forcing us to grow and change in ways we need. We love him so much and are so thankful that God has chosen us to be his parents.
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