Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Oh, the things he does!

  • At the end of every prayer he says "night-night," even if it's at the dinner table.
  • After giving a kiss to something, he has to say "bye-bye."
  • After saying "bye-bye" to something, he has to kiss it, including when I told him to put my medicine bottle back on my night stand. Yes, he kissed my medicine bottle and told it bye-bye.
  • He will spend over half an hour picking up books and bringing them to me to "read" them to him, but then turns the pages too fast for me to actually read anything.
  • Has memorized where every bear, ball, dog, horse, duck, Santa, and sock is in every book he owns and will point to it and say what it is when he turns the pages. Sometimes he doesn't even look at it. He's a fast page-turner.
  • Will "read" books on his own--saying "bababababababa" with inflection for each page.
  • Says "all done" when he's done eating something, done playing with something, or wants to be done with something that I'm doing to him, i.e. brushing his teeth, riding in his stroller, cleaning off his face, etc.
  • When he is "all done" eating something, he knows that he's supposed to put it in the top corner of his high chair tray (instead of throwing it on the floor). Lately, he insists on us taking whatever he's all done with.
  • Thinks that dryer sheets are for wiping noses. Yesterday he climbed up on the couch just so he could wipe my nose with a dryer sheet. So sweet.
  • Thinks that out of every window there is a "horse." The back window in our living room (which he isn't tall enough to see out of on his own) always has a nice view of the horses. He wants to see them out of every window now.
  • Uses every sort of device as a telephone to hold to his ear and say "hi" and "bye-bye" to. I'm talkin' remotes, baby monitor, shoes, everything.
  • Will use a spoon on his own if I put something on it for him (like black beans). He only does it because of the novelty of having a new way to eat. I fully expect that he'll stop doing it before too long. How can you expect a kid to eat with a spoon if he just plain doesn't want to eat at all?
  • Is back to not wanting to eat much. He's still drinking more than before he started the prednisone, but I don't know if that's because of the medicine or because we now lay him down with a bottle to drink in his crib. It's a concern that even if he feels better, he won't necessarily eat better because he's learned after all this time that eating is not fun, no matter what, and it's ingrained in his brain. But we've been doing everything we can to make eating fun, and to leave Caleb in control of what and how much he eats, so he doesn't feel any pressure. I'm fairly certain that once he does actually feel better, he will eat more. So at this point I'm thinking that even with the medicine, he still doesn't feel good. :(
  • His diagnosis is actually eosinophilic enteritis (EE), not gastroenteritis (EG). The only difference is where the allergic reaction takes place in the digestive system. And it turns out that my mother-in-law's cousin has five kids who all have EG. So, even though my side of the family has hosts of various digestive problems, this one can be blamed on Nate's genes! YAY for not taking the blame! (But we both can be blamed for Caleb being tongue-tied. My dad was tongue-tied and Nate's aunt was tongue-tied. Bummer.)
  • At his latest weight check, he gained a few ounces! He is now up to 17 lbs 11 oz. Only a few ounces behind his 7-month-old cousin. :)
  • Caleb gained 3 pounds in the three months before his birthday. He has gained almost three pounds in the past seven months. Yes, growth slows down at this age, but it shouldn't slow down that much.
  • I'm obsessed with my son's weight and it's driving me crazy.
  • Last but not least, he tries so hard to form sentences with his words. His therapist said that would come when he knows about 50 words, and he's about there! Mostly he wants to say "bye-bye dada" or "bye-bye dog," but it comes out "bubba-d." SO CUTE! He doesn't get frustrated by not being able to say it yet, but I can tell he's thinking about it. He just doesn't know how to make his mouth work to do it right. Hopefully he'll figure it out before the tantrum stage so that we can avoid miscommunication frustration.


Nana said...

Keep teaching him sign language. Babies that sign communicate earlier and are less frustrated by the lack of verbal communication. You're doing a good job, Anna!

Katie B said...

He is just so awesome! Just full of amazing things! The dryer sheet thing cracked me up

Katie Groneman said...

I think you should start calling Nate, "Bubba-D" - pretty rockin' hood name.