Posts Tagged ‘12 Months’

Baby Talk

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Spencer’s vocabulary has exploded in the last week. He started out saying Bye-Bye and then added Car. Over our San Francisco weekend, he added Wa for water, Mo’ for More, Mama, a funky pronunciation of Ball, Mum-mum (think I give him too many?), Cat used in reference to his toy cat, Toe and I think he is trying to say Book, but it comes out more like bo or boo.  I’m not sure what happened; I don’t know whether I just noticed that has babbling was actually in relation to objects or if he just had a break through. I do know that it is awesome.

I think my favorite thing in when he is nursing and he stops to look around and then pats me on the boob and goes mo’, mo’. So adorable.

Wordless Wednesday: Walking in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

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Attempted Jailbreak

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Spencer grabbed the keys from the hubs and toddled over to the door, reached up and tried to put the keys in the knob. He wanted to escape! Too bad he can’t reach the dead bolt.

Baby Tricks

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Spencer has a few tricks up his sleeve. He can peek-a-boo; he can throw a napkin on his head and pulls it down and giggles after you ask “Where’s Spencer?”; he can clap and sometimes high-five; and if you ask “what’s a monkey say?” he’ll answer oo-oooo. It’s not like I make him put on a show, but he does love attention and likes to perform.

At brunch a little while ago, the meal was winding down, but people were lingering over their food, which is always tricky when you have a baby at the table. Spencer was finished eating and getting figity, so the easiest thing to do was bust out a napkin and play a few rounds of Where’s Spencer? to amuse the out of town relatives. And then, someone at the table stated, “Isn’t it interesting how we expect young children to perform like pets.” What. The. Hell?

First of all, thanks a ton for debasing my parenting. Would you rather here my baby cry, have him try and throw himself out of the chair or start yanking the tablecloth out from everyone’s hot coffee? Yep, that would be awesome. She was already appalled that I let him have a bite of a chocolate croissant. Oh no! The bite will kill him. So I wasn’t in the best mood to begin with when she made comment. But it did get me thinking.

I don’t think of what Spencer does as tricks so much as a reflection of him learning a pattern which is a form of connection – a physical manifestation of his learning. It is so hard with pre-verbal babies to know if they understand you. But when you can say, “Spencer, go get your bear” and he does, I feel like we are communicating. I also think he is a baby genius, but that is probably the case for most first time moms. Anyway, she pissed me off and I can’t really articulate it, but what do you think? Is peek-a-boo developmental progress or a stupid pet trick?

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