No size info this month.
Sleeping: Can you see me dancing I'm dancing!!! Colin slept from 7pm to 5am last night for the first time EVER!! We spent a long weekend in the Poconos (more on that later) so the extra activity, coupled with super dark and super quiet living conditions made for some AWESOME sleeping (despite the pack and play). He got better and better every night, and by last night I was used to it enough not to wake up freaking out at 1, 2, 3 and 4am wondering what was going on.
Weaning: Done and done. On Thursday August 6th, Colin slept through his 5 am feeding. That was all it took. He never looked back (okay maybe he had a little buyers remorse on night three but it only lasted about 20 seconds).
- Swimming!! Now he can't get enough.
- Signing "more". He started off using this appropriately, now it can mean anything from, again, to 'give me that'. This seems to the be trend with his communication. He starts off with limited appropriate use of a sign and that use grows and expands, testing the limits until he starts to understand when it is appropriate to use the word.
- Cell phones. We gave him our old ones to play with which was probably a bad idea because he doesn't always understand which phones are his and which are ours.
- Playing "this little piggy". Now that he can sign 'more' this can go on for a while!
- Waving and saying hi to strangers.
Showing off his profile (mine) and ears (daddy's)Dislikes:
- When strangers wave and say hi back! It is actually really funny, Colin will get really friendly and start waving and chatting with people but the second they start to talk back he starts to cry. I really don't know what he is expecting.
- Being scolded for throwing food on the floor. It starts out as a staring contest and ends in tears (his not ours)... How do other people deal with this? We were trying to 'disagree with the behavior' by saying "No! No throwing food!" in a mild voice at first, but the tone escalates as he continues to do it, but he gets so upset that it isn't worth it anymore because we want him to actually eat. Now I try to pay attention enough so that I remove the food from his had before he drops it.
- Getting his hair cut. Poor guy, he just doesn't like strangers getting so close.
- Notice face washing is no longer on the list!!! I started counting to three and then only wiping once her count. No more freak out.
...as often as it will get him what he wants
- Communication Communication Communication. He has just exploded with signs this month and he is making attempts to say the word he is signing although without the sign it wouldn't be clear these were words. I'm going to try to list his signs, without regard for which are new (putting his words/vocalization in parenthesis): baby (may-me), more (mo), hat (ha), cold (oh), thank you (n/a), dirty (sounds like an Indian call), cracker (eh), dog (nothing or high pitched bark), all done (all duh), eat(n/a), brush teeth(shh-shh), car (n/a), sleep (the sound you make when drum you lower lip. beebeebee etc.), wind (n/a), tree (n/a), go (n/a) his sign for go is consistent, but it is not very accurate he puts his first together and moves them up and down like he is getting ready to roll dice, the actual sign uses to fingers to point to where you want to go. It took us some time to figure out this was a sign. Some signs that he has done but isn't always willing to show: grapes, clean, please, frog, bath, leaf.
- Words that aren't signed. Hot, Cat (at), Mama (or Meme when he is upset), Dada, Grandma (gama), Night-night (nigh-nigh), bye-bye (buh-by), hi, (he does wave too I guess that is a sign),
- He has three animal sounds now for cows, sheep and dogs.
- We are working on body parts (belly, head, fingers, toes etc) but he isn't really interested yet.
- Teeth: no new ones.. still 9 despite all his apparent pain. I guess #9 caused more pain even after it erupted unlike the previous 8.
Is it just me or did his face 'grow up' a lot this month?