Heres looking at you, baby R

Heres looking at you, baby R

Officially 13 months and this little chap is amazing.

I once attended some training in child development where we were taught how toddler’s brains have an inbuilt desire to experience as much sensory information as possible before the pruning process began at 3 and boy does he have that drive for experience. “Into everything” is phrase we used often (along with “don’t eat that”  “get your hands out of the toilet” and “stop pulling everything out of the cupboards”)

He already has a trajectory schema (a pattern of play which children repeat over and over again) where he climbs stairs at the mere sniff of an open stair gate, throws balls and pretty much anything else (breast pads this morning!) as well as climbing on his toy box and the sofa.

 But don’t get me wrong, as exhausting as it can be, he’s a very happy baby.
We’ve been teaching him baby sign language and I’m in awe of how much he understands. Nappy changes are no longer a battle as we simply do the sign for change (running 2 clenched fists against each other) and he sits down on the mat. He’s also signing for more (tapping 2 hands together) and we’ve been using the sign for milk for a while now, if he’s whingy & I make the milk sign (squeezing your hand like you’re milking a cow) he gets excited and giggles (Yup, he’s a Boobie boy alright!)

 Now he’s moving into the toddler phase, I’m trying to be more sociable as he loves other children, but with 2 older brothers he doesn’t understand that other toddlers don’t want to be hugged or bundled, our focus for the moment is being gentle!

So here’s looking at you Baby R, my Inquisitive, sociable and smilie boy. 



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  1. 1st July 2015 / 5:32 am

    Oh he is simply adorable. I wish I had blogged when my two were younger. How great to have this snapshot of him now to remember. #SWM

    • 2nd July 2015 / 2:07 pm

      Thats mainly the reason I write this blog, it’s something for all my boys to look back on hopefully

  2. Jenny
    1st July 2015 / 5:37 am

    Ahh he is so cute and growing up so quickly, don’t they? MM just turned two and I am still in denial. Don’t you love when they try to wrestle with the older children and don’t quite understand it all. His signing sounds amazing too. I really tried to teach my children it at first but our classes got cancelled near us sadly. Lovely post and photos. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • 1st July 2015 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks Jenny, it’s all going so quickly. I find I look at newborns now and get broody even though i’ve got a baby of my own still. He’s been a lot more sociable with other children today luckily. I think we’ve turned a corner!

  3. Su
    1st July 2015 / 11:57 am

    Such beautiful writting and lovely photo too. My little Evelyn has just turned 15months today . Doesn’t time fly. All the little things that they enjoy doing and you just love watching them grow little by little.

    • 2nd July 2015 / 2:05 pm

      Thats so lovely of you to say, yes it goes way too quick. He’s our last so really relishing every moment. I miss the tiny baby phase but love having a little mate babbling away to me all day.

  4. Lana
    1st July 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Such an adorable little boy! My 17-month-old seems to think that every set of stairs leads to a slide so he must climb them all. We also use sign language with him. He knows ‘more’, ‘all done’, and ‘please’. It truly is amazing how much they can understand at that age.

    • 1st July 2015 / 7:31 pm

      So glad it’s just not us that have the stair issue, I was starting to wonder what the big deal was but now you’ve pointed the slide thing out that explains it! I don’t know all done so going to find that out, could be useful at tea times.

      • Lana
        2nd July 2015 / 2:10 pm

        All done is just raising two open palms and shaking them.

        • 2nd July 2015 / 2:28 pm

          ahhh, thank you, I’ve been using that for where is it, must try and change.

    • 2nd July 2015 / 1:09 pm

      thanks Steph, it is isn’t, full of change and milestones.

  5. 1st July 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Thank you. we’ve really had to up the signs today, I sometimes forget as I’m always talking to him so have to remember to do the both. I’m lucky he doesn’t copy too much of what his brothers do, but I guess plaything the xbox looks pretty boring to a baby!

  6. 1st July 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Ah, he’s lovely! What a beautifully written post and the photos are wonderful

  7. 2nd July 2015 / 1:57 pm

    I’ve always been really fascinated by baby signing. I never got the opportunity to do it with either of my two, but I love seeing babies do it. It’s so clever and cute! 🙂 x

    • 2nd July 2015 / 2:33 pm

      I do think I should go along to a class as we could do so much more, its just amazing that we are able to communicate like this. I’ve done it with all three now and seen how much more popular it’s become over the last 15 years.

  8. 2nd July 2015 / 2:03 pm

    we used basic signs for things like “hungry” and “thirsty” also and I think it makes a really big difference in their frustration levels if they are able to communicate what they want. It really is pretty amazing watching them grow and learn

    • 2nd July 2015 / 2:31 pm

      Definitely helps with frustration, both him understanding me and vice versa. I love seeing him trying to remember which sign it is, all the little cogs turning.

  9. 2nd July 2015 / 2:06 pm

    I try to remind me its characteristics of learning but I just don’t know how we’ll crack this gentle business!

  10. 2nd July 2015 / 2:10 pm

    OOhh such a lovely post! Have learned so much. He looks so adorable too and a real smilie kid =) #sharewithme

  11. 3rd July 2015 / 8:43 pm

    It took a looong time to get the “gentle” down to a tea with my little girl but she’s getting there. I think baby sign is amazing. They get it so quickly! Little sponges. Love the pictures xx #binkylinky

    • 3rd July 2015 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you Sarah, any tips for the gentle thing? It is amazing to see them sign isn’t it. Maybe I should find out one for gentle!

  12. 4th July 2015 / 8:31 pm

    So cute. I agree with the other comments they grow up so quickly. My twins start part time nursery in September and they just seem too young. It only feels like yesterday that they were babies. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • 4th July 2015 / 9:45 pm

      I know only too well having a 15 year old as well who’s taller than me!

  13. Nige higgins
    5th July 2015 / 10:00 am

    A beautiful post and a lovely photo memories to keep. Forever thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

  14. 7th July 2015 / 6:38 pm

    aww I love how inquisitive and nosy they can be at this age. I was always finding little J in the cupboards pulling everything out on to my kitchen floor. Now little J is 2 he has started going to nursery which he loves. It’s nice to see him mixing with other children his own age (I am a nursery nurse so I have the pleasure of working in the nursery he goes too) He is so used to playing with his teenage brother and yes he needs to understand that other children don’t want to wrestle like he does with his brother – haha. Thanks for linking up to #ToddlersAndTeens

    • 7th July 2015 / 8:21 pm

      That’s so cool being able to work in your sons nursery. It must be a good one too if you’re happy to send your own there.

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