Mazen has been so much fun lately! He has gotten to be so affectionate and loves to run into my arms. I am loving how much he gives now! He sure is a mama’s boy.
His language is also exploding – in all ways.
New spoken words:
- Outside (said all the time as “side!” “side!” “side!”)
- Uh-oh (also uttered 100 times a day)
- No, which he uses to answer questions most of the time. In fact, I over heard his talking puppy say “Will you hug me?” and Mazen said “No.” Ha!!!
- Sit, which he learned after too much standing in his rocking chair
- Hide when his dad plays hide and seek
- “Stays” for stairs
- Roar (what does a dinosaur say!?)
He has questionably said “yes,” “OK” and “I do it” but only once or twice so we’re not totally sure.
Other older words include:
- Mama (love!)
- “At” for all animals
- “ish” for this
- “Mmmmm” for eat
- “Ni-ni” for night night
- “Rerow” for hello
Sign language is also expanding with new words apple, cheese and water. I taught him please and he picked it up so fast – probably because he knew he could get whatever it is he wanted if he said it first!
Lastly, his language comprehension has really taken off. We can tell he understands so much of what we say “Are you hungry?” “Do you want to go outside?” “Sit down in that chair!”
What impressed me most is he was able to point to different pictures in a book. We have a book of baby words and if I ask him “Where is the X?” he can point to the slide, stairs, bathtub, cat, ball and more. It was shocking how much he knew on the first try! I took his hand in mine and showed him how to point.
Other than talking, he’s doing other cute things too : )
At the end of his bath Matt always sends him in naked to see me while I’m cleaning the kitchen to give me a good laugh. After a few weeks of this, when Matt pulls him out of the tub he starts saying “Mama! Mama!” It’s one of my favorite parts of the day.
Matt and Mazen play hide and seek now. They both say “hide hide hide!” and one hides while the other seeks around the house, particularly around the dining room table.
After learning the word “outside” we been spending a ton of time in our backyard. It is quite exhausting, but good exercise I guess! I think all this time playing has led to better napes too (either that or we’re just lucky). We have not had a nap less than 2 hours it the past 2 weeks, and I am holding my breath hoping that it continues. He goes down at about 12:30 without too much of a protest. Some days he dives into his crib! He’s been sleeping for 2-3 hours from there. I. am. so. happy.
We have had some trouble at bedtime – he has given us some protest, but it hasn’t been all that much.
Eating has been all over the place. His current favorite food is apple! I’m quite surprised he can eat it in hand and just bite right in. Only problem is that apple gets dropped more than I’d like to admit. Now that he knows the sign for apple it’s easier to give him what he wants.
He loved grapes 2 weeks ago but now won’t touch them. He has also rejected chicken, French toast sticks, ravioli (all pasta) and sweet potato fries. I have no idea what to feed him each day!! So unpredictable.
Our nursing session in the morning has taken a turn for the …long. When we were nursing 4 times a day his morning session was less than 5 minutes and then he’d crawl off the bed, but now he wants to linger for 20+ minutes. He’s not getting a steady stream of milk this whole time, but he is cute and snuggly and he can stay on as he wants in those early morning sessions when we both just want to stay in bed a little longer.
Also – my baby can run! When did he learn to do that?