I took zero notes this month, but I feel like I have so much new stuff to share. However now that I am sitting down to write, nothing new is coming to mind! Let me see…
Words have started bubbling out of Mazen this month, and he’s started to copy us a little bit. If we say “Mazen, say ball” he will sometimes say ball. This is the first step to teaching all kinds of new words! I feel like we are on the brink of words surpassing signs.
New words: app sauce, orange (o-ge), gorilla, moon (oon), sssss for snake, ball, meow, baby, Sylvia (“Saya”)
New signs: raisins, hurt
We just taught him hurt because we thought it would be a useful one. (We also taught him “help” but he hasn’t done that one yet.) He actually has signed hurt before – and one time when Matt dropped something and yelped in the basement Mazen looked at him and signed hurt! Cuteness.
One of his most hilarious phrases comes when he’s about to jump off of something. When you might say “oneee….twooo….THREE!” he says “Ehhhhhhhhhhh……PA!” He sounds like he’s shouting a Greek cheer!
We’ve had a lot of cabin fever lately due to lots of rain and cold weather. Playing inside at the mall or museum is just not the same as playing outside, and when we have been outside to walk from a building to our car, M has thrown major tantrums getting into the car seat. He just wants to play outside and I can understand that. I have no idea how you guys up north do it. Maybe there are better indoor play areas? I’m going crazy for the 2 months or so of cold here! Thank goodness we have had a few warm days sprinkled into the cold ones.
M is really into dinosaurs. My mom got him these two books and he loves them. He also loves this one with some really scary pictures! He’s also really into Red Truck and all kinds of trucks and trains in books. But his all time favorite book is still Little Gorilla. He hilariously pointed at Little Gorilla recently and said “Dada!”
I’m realizing why reading is so important for language development. I always thought it was about hearing the parent talk, but what seems to be most important for Mazen’s learning is the visual symbols of language. (I’m sure some of you early childhood peeps could explain this much better than I can!) He really seems to catch on fast when he sees something and hears the word. We spend a lot of time pointing at things in books when we’re reading and I feel like almost all of his words have come from pages of books. Reading is one of our favorite things to do these days. He really enjoys all of his books (and we have a ton!) and I love snuggling close.
M has started to get a little more aggressive. While he doesn’t hit hard, he will wave his little hand in someone’s face if he wants a toy or is being territorial. I’m sure this is normal, but it hasn’t made some of his friends very happy. Other than loving correction and time out for more serious aggression, what would you guys recommend as the best way to handle this? I’m curious to know.
He’s also got a little temper if he doesn’t get his way. At tumbling class if he wants to play on the balance beam there is no talking him into trying a log roll. (He otherwise loves the class!)
He is still working on his molars and a few of his front teeth as well. His incisors are breaking gums! It’s been about a month since that cheek flared up and the finger started to go in the mouth. His two upper molars are mostly poked through, but there aren’t any signs of the lower molars yet. For the most part it’s been a gradual, dull process with just a few days where they really seemed to be bothering him. I’m thankful for that.
Mazen’s favorite time of day: racing around the dining room table before bath time. We call this game “hide” and he squeals with delight when we chase him.
He also loves what I call “cocktail hour” – when he gets to sip water in little cups from the bath tub faucet during bath time. He’s like an old man sipping a Manhattan! He gets furious every time we turn the water off.
My favorite time of the day: the last moments of bedtime. When we’ve read our last book and turned the lights off, he puts his head on my left shoulder and I hum a song while swaying back and forth in front of the crib. It’s so sweet to hold him close and hear him whisper “ni-night” under his breath. Eventually he arches back and dives into the crib. Just last week he said “Ni-night at” (cat) for the first time <3
M is obsessed with other people going ni-night and if you close your eyes and pretend he will point it out with enthusiasm: “Mama ni-night!!” My dad fell asleep on the couch when he visited and Mazen made sure everyone knew : )
My least favorite time of day: trying to change his morning diaper.
Mazen is so sweet. He’s great at giving hugs and kisses and really seems to need some time in my arms each day. I have booked my first night trip away from him (an overnight blog visit to New Orleans!) and I’m already sad. I’ll only be gone for 48 hours, but I fear he will miss me so much! I know I will think about him constantly. He probably will be just fine, but there is still something electric connecting us that I know will be hard to cut.