CT surprises us with something new every day. Whether it be playing with vacuum parts as though they were a sword (sound effects included), or throwing his hands in the air to represent "Goal" when the game is on.
When he's not playing quietly by himself, or giggling while chasing the pups, or urging us to get him some more juice or snacks, he's often trying to find ways to communicate with us. More often then we'd like, it's in the form of yelling or a short tantrum. This was new territory for us. We've had to learn how to interpret what he needs or is trying to tell us. His vocabulary is very limited right now. There is lots of pointing and grunting. His words are mostly limited to Mama, Moo, Baa, and Baby. Thankfully he's very good at signing Please, Thank you and More. We ask him lots of questions and he almost always understands us. So much of the communicating falls on us and how we can best read what he wants at that moment.
Although he's not saying much, there are those moments when he really doesn't need to. Like the other day when he'd been playing with my cell phone and a few minutes later it was missing. I asked him "CT, where is Mama's cell phone?" He stopped what he was doing, went and found it and brought it to me. It was a moment of pride for me. I imagine it's the same amount of pride I'll feel when he says his first sentence or we carry on our first conversation. I sat there in awe at how much he's developed in the past few months. And then there was a day recently when we stopped at the bakery after a trip to the pediatrician's office for his flu shot. As he sat on my lap and enjoyed some juice and a sweet pastry he looked up at me and leaned in for a kiss. This was the first time I can recall that he's done that without being asked. It was almost as though he was telling me "Thank you, Mama. This doughnut hole is delicious. I love you."
And for the stats. These are slightly out of date, now that December is almost here. And I know he's put on weight because I can see it in his thighs (he's never had chubby thighs) and how quickly I tire when walking him to sleep at night. Or maybe I’m just out of shape.
15 Month Appointment stats (October 15, 2010)
21 lbs. 14.5 oz. (10-25%)
31 3/4 inches (75%)
Have I mentioned his hair? Oh my word. It's angelic. Long and blond. Soft and fine (just like mine) with curls that only last a short while after bath. It's awesome.
Buttons (cell phones, remotes, computer keyboard)
Balloons - He can spot them from far away, whether it be at a restaurant or store. He points and grunts. Uuuuuuuhhhhhh! (Take my word for it, it's cute.)
Playing tug with Tucker
Playing ball - Kicking it with his left foot and practicing headers with his forehead (Thanks Papa!) Headers aren't just reserved for balls though, he'll try to bounce just about anything off his head.
Dancing - He has his Papa's moves. Rhythm without finesse. I like to refer to it as the "Old man with crap in his pants" dance. Christos has already delegated the job of teaching him to dance to me.
Books - Oh how he loves books.
His cousins Zach and Drew - All kids really. It's so much fun watching him interact with other kids.
His blanket and bunny. They must go to bed with him every night now. Or he stands in his crib and grunts or screams and points at them. Many mornings when he wakes up and I go in to get him, this is what I find him doing.
Finger and Toe nail clipping - Don't get me started.
Long car rides
Snuggling - Unless, of course, it's the middle of the night and he doesn't feel good. That's when he won't do anything but snuggle. Christos and I definitely don't take these brief moments for granted. We've both admitted to letting him sleep in our arms just so we can enjoy it for a little while longer.
Teeth count: 7 - Maybe more, but he won't let me get close enough to check.
He loves to help.
My little Munchkin - Halloween 2010
The first snow fall. - November 13th, 2010