Sunday, August 2, 2009

Leonidas update - milestones and such

New this week:

Rolling over! Leo finally rolled over from his back to his tummy this week. He thinks it's a great game now, and since he hates to be on his back, he does it all day long. He still hasn't mastered going from tummy to back yet. I think he's either too fat or he just likes being on his tummy too much!

Crawling - ok, well not yet. But he's creeping, anyway. He gets on his tummy and inches forward, sometimes with his butt straight up in the air, which is hilarious. He can't get on his hands and knees yet, but he's almost pushed himself up there on occasion, so I don't think it will be long. For now, he's got this sort of hopping-army-crawl going on. He's moving, but it's slow-going, and he gets so frustrated with himself!

New food adventures: We began offering solid foods during the last few weeks. He's been given bread, french fries, chicken nuggets, and broccoli. Mostly he just takes it and doesn't know what to do with it, but this week he's figuring it out. He sucked the life out of a french fry a few days ago and chewed the hell out of some broccoli last weekend. He LOVES the broccoli (good boy!) and is moderately impressed with chicken nuggets.

Sitting on the potty by himself - he can now sit there for quite some time without assistance. I still have to be there though because he can't catch himself if he goes backward. Earlier this week I let him go for a second and he ended up flipping over backwards with the potty landing on top of him. He was not amused.

"All Done" - As many of you may or may not know, I'm not big on baby sign language. There are conflicting reports about whether it enhances or delays speech, so until I find more convincing evidence, it's just not my thing. I am, however, attempting to show him the sign for "potty" (I think it's actually "toilet") and "all done." He began signing potty a week or so ago, although not consistently, and this week he did "all done" a few times. Since he's taken to blowing raspberries in an attempt to communicate his elimination needs, I figured I'd help him out by giving him more specific gestures so I know the difference between "I'm playing" and "I have to pee."

"Pfthththth" - oh yeah, and he found his lips. My whole house is now covered in baby spit. Lovely.

Join us next week for (hopefully) more fascinating updates!

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Found your blog googling for raw cheese cake. :) Nice to "meet" you! I did baby sign with my firstborn- taught his first sign at 6 mos (more) and he said his first word at 7 mos, was putting 2 words together by 15 mos and reading by 4. He is now in high school and learning real ASL as his foreign language and wants to be an interpreter. He's also taking German and picking it up easily. I also taught sign to my next child who ended up speech delayed, wasn't saying words yet at age 3. But he could communicate with sign. Suddenly at 3 he started speaking all at once, in sentences. He is now in high school and writes music, lyrics, poetry, prose, short stories and is working on a novel. All of my kids (7) have signed as babies- some more than others.

    I also EC'ed my 3 girls (none of the boys though). THAT is quite an adventure! I'm happy knowing that we didn't contribute diapers to the landfill though. They used only 2-6 diapers a day so I didn't waste a lot of water washing either. I never had to scrub poop out of a diaper, just wash wet ones.