This week, the jman turns one. It is hard to believe it. A one year old. Lately, there have been a raft of changes, that make us aware we have a fully fledged toddler on our hands, no longer a baby.
First, his personality. The class clown is how I’d sum that up. He’s a lot more giggly, ticklish, deliberately silly, deliberately naughty, accidentally naughty. He listens and follows instructions. He can throw a ball (clear across the room). He claps hands if you say it to him without gesturing. He knows what waving is, and will wave if you ask. He’ll also do his “nuff nuff face” on request…Formerly known as his pasta face. He dances. And when he’s dancing, everyone else is expected to dance too, copping a death stare until they join in.
He calls his dad “da” or “dad”. He doesn’t call me anything!
He signs his version of toast… We taught him some sign language to ease toddler frustrations. We picked toast, as it is his favourite food. When he signs it, it looks like the sign for toilet!!!! But we know what it means.
He does it very very clearly, whenever he is hungry. Which is often! If he’s eating something but wants something different, he signs ” toast toast toast toast” with increasingly stabby finger gestures. This was most noticeable when he was being fed dinner but he knew there was cake around. Very funny.
He also does his own version of the sign for “finished” when he’s done with his meal, which makes it really easy to figure out when to get him out of the high chair. It takes a lot of the heat out of meal times. We don’t argue or push, we just say “all done?”, he signs “all done” and puts his hands out to get cleaned up. We’ve done other signs, like truck, boat, plane, helicopter, bird, dog, hungry, drink, thank you, mum dad, banana….he hasn’t picked up on these yet. We’ll add more when needed.
He’s mobile, but not walking. Cruising the furniture rapidly and one handed, occasionally hovering in a stand without realising it. I think he’s about four weeks off first steps and a couple of months off full on walking.
He’s in the process of dropping to one nap, so we can’t plan anything, including his party! We’ve invited our mums group for 11:30 on the big day, but at this rate he’ll sleep through the whole thing with a 11:30-1 sleep! Some days, it’s two naps, some days it’s one long one, some days it’s a single one hour nap and a long haul to bedtime. It’s a game of changing fortunes.
The one thing I can say about jman is he’s busy. He’s a very busy little man. He’s into everything, and it’s non stop from when he wakes til his head hits the pillow. He is very self directed, he finds things to amuse himself constantly. He can spend 45 minutes with the peg bucket. He unpacks and packs “his shelves” in the kitchen and the lounge. He spins saucepan lids on the floor. He unpacks and repacks his toy box. And climbs in it…definitely not a flattering pic! I was quietly eating my dinner as he played in his toy box, I looked up and saw this!.
He’s stubborn about going to bed, he’s stubborn about ALL technology being HIS (iPads, iPhones, remote controls, cordless telephones..,these are all JMans, and woe betide anyone that tries to remove them from his grasp). He chatters away constantly on his pre speech babble, and I can tell we’re going to have a real chatterbox on our hands. He can gesture “incy wincy spider”and loves when we sing nursery rhymes to him. He plays peekaboo constantly, and loves peekabooing behind the lounge when we’re on FaceTime. He likes books, and wants to read the same ones again and again, but he can’t turn the pages yet.
His favourite places are the fridge, where he likes to browse, help himself to snacks, and gnaw the end off all of the vegetables.
His other favourite place is the bath. He loves walking up and down it, being in it (mostly), trying (and succeeding) in turning the taps on. I spend ages everyday trying to think of distractions to entice him back out of the bathroom or the fridge.
It is hard to believe this giant little man so full of beans is the same person that fit on daddy’s forearm as a little 6lb13 (3.1kg) baby…it has been both the longest year and the fastest year of our lives. It is hard to sum up the jman as a person, and how much his little personality has blossomed. He is the apple of our eye, and it is hard to even imagine there was ever an “us” that did not include him. It goes without saying that we love him dearly, that he makes life fun (and challenging, but mostly fun).
Plans are coming along brilliantly for the two (or three) first birthday parties. We’re not making the same mistake as our 90 people plus baby shower! We’re keeping it small. If you check out my previous post you can see my little nasty craft projects to keep me amused in the lead up to the party…it’s been fun having a late night creative outlet and I’m really looking forward to the big day and series of mini gatherings.