"Want up." (when he wants to be picked up and put on your lap) "Not dripping 'more." (not dripping anymore) "It's okay." "Fell down, bump head." "Sit in chair." (when he wants to sit in the grown-up chair) "Cutting carrots knife." (pretending to cut toy carrots with a straw) "Hold it (fill-in-noun)" (when he wants to hold something) "Turn the light off/on." "No pinching/hitting/kicking people." (and he doesn't -- he's a good boy!) "Lots of (fill-in-noun) everywhere!" "Daddy/Mama working." "Daddy/Mama come back." "Read it." (when he wants you to read him a book)
Well, yes, kind of. But no, not really. Miran is so talkative, so full of life, so sweet these days, he sometimes seems all grown up. He freely gives hugs and kisses and says "I love you" and "I miss you" (not sure if he fully understands what they mean, though). As for words -- we lost count long ago. He says everything, consistently speaks in two-three word phrases, and seems to make new connections every day. Most recently, it seems he is really understanding colors, identifying yellow, pink, and orange pretty consistently. He also counts to 12 (always skipping 7) and says a modified version of the ABCs (including a really cute and toddler-garbled "next time won't you sing with me"). He's also getting better and better at focused, independent play and can amuse himself for good lengths of time without demanding adult attention. A toy cash register and his stacking rings are the usual favorites. Oh, and books! All manner of books -- he adores them and will sit and "read" or be read to for as long as you'll let him.
He is becoming more and more sophisticated and is having a language explosion, repeating almost everything after us. He also now says, "No!" and has a verb: "Go!" (used when sitting in stroller, waiting for Mama to get everything together for a trip to the park). He now uses words to express his concerns and desires rather than just crying. He has also started calling for me in the mornings ("Mama!" rather than "Waaah!), and he has a consistent word for nursing ("Neee"). He says "Hi" and "Bye" and waves, and he has many admirers in the playground and on the street.
Besides being physically bigger, stronger, steadier, and heavier (!) than we could have imagined, Miran:
--says bowl, ball, Dada, Mama, Nana, banana ("ba"), broom ("br"), bubbles, and more! He understands dozens and dozens of words . . . --loves bubbles! --loves the sprinklers in the park! --is still way into books and has a longer attention span --has begun sleeping solidly through the night, 10-11 hours --is down to 1 nap per day most days --climbs furniture
And we're all so busy -- but happy, too. Miran is getting really old. Mentally, physically . . . he's definitely a toddler now more than a baby. He now says several words, some more consistently than others: Mama, Dada, Nana, chair, book, apple, banana, pear, flower (new today!), bee, tree, case, and others. He understands so much, follows directions, and really interacts. He likes to stack things, put things in and take things out of containers, read books, and run up and down the nursery -- "romping," as we call it. A big, strong, healthy, sweet, willful, intelligent little boy!
Since Friday, Miran started saying pear while he was eating one, so we are saying this is his first unambiguous official word.
However since then he has extended it to cover apples too, and occasionally anything else that looks like either... ah well, he will get it fully soon enough, and I'm sure other words are just around the corner...
So what's been happening in the last two weeks? Well . . .
--Miran continues to build his receptive vocabulary. He understands the words for a variety of objects in the house, many of his toys, and the people he sees most: Mama, Daddy, Nana, Granny. He still likes pointing to everything and "asking" about it.
--If you give him a brush, he will "brush" his hair. He'll also brush your hair, if you ask him!
--He's making connections. For example, at the end of one of his books, there's a picture of an owl. When he gets to that part of the book, he will always look up and point at the owl picture on his nursery wall. He gets that they are the same thing.
--He's making the cutest animal gestures and noises! He raises his "trunk" (arm) for elephant, roars for lion, snorts for pig, and makes little "p - p -p" sounds for fish.
--He walks very well. Still waddling, but more or less steady on his feet. Very rarely crawls anymore.
--He loves, loves, loves reading his books and really pays attention to them now.
--Doggie (stuffed toy), Bear (stuffed toy), table, hoover (vacuum cleaner), chimes, window, dolls, blue vase, "where are your toes?" "clap your hands," "give it to me," and several other things. He's always pointing to things and "asking" what they are. He's having a receptive language explosion! He may even be starting to say "mama" in reference to me, though I can't quite call it yet.
So Miran turned one just over a week ago, and our little baby is now officially a toddler! He's literally a toddler, too, as he can walk now with ease (though he still gets nervous) -- he can consistently go across the length of the nursery without stopping or fall.
Today Miran had pasta with tomato sauce for the first time. It was just nibbles from my bowl, really, but he was obsessed with it and cried when it was all gone, so I guess he takes after his mama.
The weather has warmed up, so we are taking advantage of it and starting to spend a lot of time outside.
At his doctor's appointment yesterday, he weighed somewhere between 23.5 and 24 pounds. Big boy!
Miran's birth month is here, and he will soon be 1! What is the world coming to? :-) His development continues to seem so rapid. He now claps, waves bye-bye (sometimes), points and shows, understands several words (hoover, table, mirror, Grover, dolls, etc.) and will look or point at whatever it is when you ask him where it is.
Oh, and he walks!!! Not well yet, mind you, but last night we called it. He walked back and forth between several people/objects, taking 5-6 steps independently each time. And when he's holding onto something for support, forget it -- he can cruise around at top speed.
Recent activities have included visits to the local library with Granny, and visits to the park/swings with Granny and Nana.
All is well! Miran is getting so much older -- it seems like every week, he's a different baby. He is very physically active and crawls, climbs, stands, and cruises everywhere. He's still wary about taking steps on his own but did attempt a few today while Granddaddy was visiting! Basically, he has great balance and can walk; he just doesn't trust himself enough yet to do it without holding on to something. He also now claps, and his food repertoire includes lamb liver, goat yogurt, oatmeal, amaranth, and kasha, among other foods. His "junk food" is Happy Baby organic greens puffs. They're basically dissolvable cheerios, and he LOVES them; they are his only real finger food, so far. I don't love them because they have refined wheat as well as sugar, but they're okay enough to qualifgyy as an occasional treat b/c it's just so good for him to have that grasping and self-feeding practice.
What else? Oh, well, Miran is iron-deficient. Blood tests came back with very low serum ferritin, so he is on iron drops (60 mg/day, divided into several doses) for three months and then we'll recheck the levels. The drops have an awful metallic taste that I try to disguise in jarred baby fruit . . . but he's not really fooled. He eats it, though. So far, the only side effect is very dark poop. We've been giving him prunes to try to avoid constipation and so far, so good.
He's not walking yet, but two days ago he took his first cautious, solo step. He was in the play area in the nursery, standing and holding one of his squishy play bricks, and when Granny said, "Come to Granny," he thought carefully and then took one tiny shuffling step before falling into her arms! There will be many more steps, of course -- the question is, how soon?
He's been battling his first real illness for the past few days. His temperature was in the 101.5 to 102 range for a couple of days, though thankfully today it's down to the mid 100s. He has a runny nose, a horrible wet cough, and is very uncomfortable. There are intermittent periods, though, where he perks up and wants to play, smile, etc., so it's not desperate . . . it's just so sad. We're watching closely to make sure he doesn't get any worse, and he's been sleeping in bed with us for the last few nights. I just hope so much that he is better in the morning and starts to slowly mend. I hate to see him like this; it makes me want to cry.
We are lucky that the new upstairs neighbor is a pediatrician. She came down and examined him and gave us a homeopathic remedy for him, plus some fresh thyme to steep in a bowl next to the bed. She said we can go up there at any time, if necessary. What a comfort to have her right upstairs!