Like all parents, sometimes I have to check myself. Too often I find myself comparing Alex to other kids his age (or even ones who are not his age). Are they walking? Is Alex walking better? Does Alex say more words? Less? When did your kid get their first tooth? Why can’t Alex mimic me better? Is he smart? How did you get your kid to drink from a sippy cup so quickly? Why can’t Alex feed himself with a spoon yet? Is it normal that he can’t point to his nose?
…and it goes on and on.
So, instead of focusing on all of his accomplishments and comparing them to others, I like to focus on all of the funny things he does. Things that many babies may do, or maybe they are unique. Either way, I don’t care. I enjoy watching Alex grow and do new things, so I have to take pride in the fact that he is wonderful, right?
- “Mama” means Mama! “Mama” is also something he says to people he really likes.
- “Baba”…well, “Baba” means so many different things. It’s his bottle, a ball, bye bye, and the majority of the lyrics to the song he always sings. He also calls his cars and trucks “Baba.”
- He understands a lot. Ask him to find his foot and BAM! he found it. Ask him to find his hair? Well, he found his ear! “Brush your hair” sounds very similar to “grab your ear,” right? “Where’s your nose?” gets the wonderful reaction of him reaching out and smacking your face. Right around your nose. If he doesn’t smack you, he will grab ahold of your nostril, possibly drawing blood. He understands food, lunch, dinner, applesauce, banana and fish sticks. Say any one of those things and he’ll bounce up and down and start breathing heavily. He’ll also make his way to the kitchen.
- He likes to put his tongue on his teeth and rub it back and forth across his mouth while making noise. Try it, it makes a great noise.
- He sings lovely songs for me. “Ba ba ba wa la ma ma la ba” are pretty consistent lyrics. He can’t carry a tune, or hit any note, but because he dances while singing it’s okay.
- He needs to put every. single. finger. in his mouth when he eats. Unless he’s distracted, in which case he may miss his mouth entirely and drop the food on his shirt.
- He screams. Just for the heck of it. Sometimes he’s happy when he’s screaming. Sometimes he’s trying to get your attention. Often, it’s when he’s in the car, which is a great place for extremely loud, high-pitched, noises, while one of us is attempting to not to kill us.
- The sippy cup is still a long way away from being a source of liquid for him. He holds it, puts his mouth on it, and sucks away. But he doesn’t tilt it, so he just sucks on air.
- He waddles when he walks. You can’t wonder why they are called “Toddlers” when you see a baby walking!
- Recently, he has taken a liking to taking his diaper off. Mostly when he’s supposed to be napping. He has pooped in his crib not once, but twice. I wont show you the pictures because I don’t want to speak with child services about why my son was naked, covered in his own poop, and crying. (He cried when I walked out of the room to get the camera. He had been having fun with the poop.)