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.