I literally can't keep up anymore!
You will copy any words that we want you to say, so it's impossible to write all those down. However, I've almost been able to keep track of the words that you are saying and signing.
Here are the words you say now (or at least as many as I can remember).
good bye (really you say 'good good')
thank you (sounds more like kay-q)
Papa (for Grandpa - Ken)
Gampa (for Grand-Dan)
Here are the animal sounds you currently say.
Cow - brooo
Cat - mow
Dog - woof woof
Monkey - uh uh (instead of ooh ooh)
Elephant - pfhhh (like a trunk noise, hard to explain)
Chicken - cluck cluck (you actually click your tongue)
Sheep - baaa
Rooster - cock doo
Bear - Raa
You are signing lots more now too. You'll copy a whole bunch of the signs of the signing DVDs when the kids are doing them, but here are some of the ones you'll initiate and do on your own.
finished (you already knew this one, but now, you're way more consistent)
dvd / sign
Change (you'll sign change if you're poopy or just on the change table if I ask you to)
Other AJ Updates
You are nodding your head 'yes' and 'no' and you'll say no, but only if I'm asking you 'yes' or 'no', not to tell me 'no' to something, thank goodness.
You like to copy me when we count. We count things a lot. For instance, we count the items that you didn't eat as we throw them in the garbage. By the way, you are very good at throwing things in the garbage, if only I could get you to stop throwing your cup in there too! You help me clean up!
You think you are very funny!
Oh, yes, back to the counting thing. So you say 'two' along with me, and sometimes 'three', but then you don't say anything until I get to around 'seven'. At this point, you'll repeat all the numbers after I say them. It's so cute. You are very good at saying 'eighteen', but 'fifteen' sounds hilarious.
My favourite 'sign' that you do is 'help'. You get so frustrated with some of you moving toys when they get stuck on doorways. You'll yell out. I always say, "Do you need help?" and, of course, I sign it when I say it. Well, you've been saying, "help" for a while now, and it sounds more like 'hup'. But now you are signing it too and it's soooooo cute.
You are quite obsessed with your DVD's, namely your signing ones, which is the ony reason why it doesn't bother me so much. At least you're learning something, right?
You are absolutely LOVING our pool, thanks to Uncle Tarrie and Auntie Christine. You can actually stand up in it. You love to walk around and throw your ball. You love playing with your outdoor toys too. If only we had a fence. At least you aren't trying to leave the yard. Luckily, you don't really like our prickly grass too much! Finally, not mowing and watering has a good side!
Today, we went to Aldergrove Lake with Auntie Erica, Jack, Auntie Jen, Makenna, Dionne, Owen, Nadia, and Angela. You had a blast in the water getting me to lift you up and down to 'The Wheels on the Bus'. You also walked around a bit, and you tried Makenna's boat. You were making motor sounds and really enjoyed it. I let you drink juice today. Not watered down juice, but a WHOLE drink box. Not to mention, you shared my fries with me. Mmmmmmm. You were such a good boy even though I messed up your naps. It was all in the name of fun, though, so it was okay!
Mommy has a baby in her tummy again. Thank goodness! You have a little brother or sister on the way for January 23rd. I've been trying to teach you that there's a baby in my tummy. Now that you're signing 'baby', you'll use it for that soon.
You will still go to daycare at Dia's, but only once a week in September because Auntie Erica will watch you on Mondays now, and still every second Wednesday. I will watch Jack every second Wednesday, and every Friday. You love playing with Jack. Sometimes you cry when he leaves. He's your good buddy.
Potty training. Well, this is a story and a half....
I don't regret starting the 'early-start-potty-training' at 9 months because I like the the potty is an every day part of life and you don't hate it. Like before, you are almost consistently peeing in the potty after your nap and before your bath or shower. However, with not being able to take you to the potty while you were at daycare on my workdays, the consistency wasn't there. Now that work is over for me, I thought, 'Great! I can get back on top of this.' The problem now is that you know what pee and poop are all about. You are cheeky too. You've been holding it until I take you off the potty, and then you go in your diaper. Or you tap your potty to tell me to change you. Or you sign 'potty' to get me to change you. On one hand, I'm happy you know what's going on. On the other, I'm sick of you peeing in my bathroom doorway after you sign that you are 'finished' on the potty. You little buttmunch!!!
Well, I think that's about it. You are at a super-fun age right now. I can't believe I'm going to have another one running around a year and a half from now. Crazy! I think you're going to be a good big brother. You are very well behaved. I hope that doesn't mean that your brother or sister will be the opposite!
Two babies!!! Whoa!!!