Sunday, November 11, 2012

At 14 months

Dear H,

Life feels busy these days, and that's just how you are. Busy. Whether it be pulling books off shelves, covering your hands in stickers, or crusing around on furniture you are always on the go. Often muttering to yourself 'tukatukatuka' while you work you are the picture of determination, and as mom and dad have sadly discovered there is no distracting you when you have discovered something that you want.

Last night we were having dinner with our friends and it was so fun watching you play with the other kids. Their three year old, who must seem very grown up to you, had you busting a gut with his antics. And when he tried to engage you in a wrestling match I could see the delight in your eyes, even while the moms stepped in to prevent what, I'm sorry to tell you, was a very one sided match.

These days you really like to play with us. Your favourite game by far is chase the baby. This is exactly what it sounds like. You hold onto someone's fingers (still not quite balanced on those feet) and run run run while someone loudly chases you. Then you stop, turn, and run run run after whoever was tricked into thinking they were safe coming after you. Classic. You also love peekaboo. We throw a blanket over your head and you shriek with delight. And just the other day, when you pulled the blanket off you started to exclaim 'Ah DO!'. Your own version of 'peekaboo'.

You continue to be very chatty, although most of what you say is not in English. We don't know yet how much sound you are hearing, and sometimes I feel like might be a while before you have a lot of words that we can understand. But every now and then you really surprise me. The other day in the den you pointed to the corner of the room and said something that sounded an aweful lot like 'ball'. I thought you were just randomly babbling, but when I looked behind the desk there was a beach ball sitting there! OK, I guess you do know that word. And the other day you pointed at a dog and I swear you said 'woof woof'. I can't wait for the day when I feel sure that you understand the meaning of words and when you can tell me exactly what you are thinking.

You are still a great eater, although a little bit of pickyness might be creeping in. You have made your feelings about eggs very clear, and scrambled, fried or omlet they end up on the floor. But there is still plenty you will eat, and you will eat a lot. Favourites from this week included spinach pie, cauliflower chickpea stew on quinoa, spaghetti squash with meat sauce, and veggie chilli by Rebecca. You've graduated from eating with your hands to eating with your hands and sometimes a spoon or fork. And you no longer like eating off of your tray, you like a bowl or plate for your food.

Once upon a time you seemed pretty happy staying put. But no more! While you still don't love crawling, you're getting pretty good at finding ways to cruise around. Of course you love using your little alligator walker, but you've also figured out how to walk around using your highchair (when mom and dad forget to lock the wheels) or even your stroller if it happens to be left out. With all this practice, we're hoping that your first steps aren't too far behind.

With all your newfound excitement about the world around you, you still remain a little cuddle bug. You are full of kisses and hugs… and pinches, bites and scratches too. A lot of love, not a lot of gentleness. A wonderful way to describe a 14 month old.



theRachel said...

I just love these sweet :)

Bec Shulba said...

rachel wrote the exact words that i thought at the end of this post. i love the way you write. what a cool gift for hux to be able to read letters like this when he is older. :)