B was in the bathroom and I was in bed w/ no sound awareness when his cell rings in the other room- and in comes our boy with his cell. He went and got it for his daddy.
Pud will get the potty seat insert (you know, the one placed upon the adult potty so little bodies don’t fall in) when he wants to use the toilet. Sometimes, this is right after he’s gone in his diaper, but increasingly, he’s actually using the potty for elimination. We don’t pressure him- we just follow his interest and provide the resources for him to use the potty, if he wants to.
B confirmed my suspicions for me today when he also heard Pud’s newest clear words: “Allie” and “Danda”, which are clearly Callie & Bandit. This boy loves his “daw”s.
He runs to the window when he hears them bark, to see what they are alerting to, so there will be 2 furry bodies and one little guy’s on the loveseat, looking out the window. Too cute.
A “first” of the bittersweet kind tonight: Pud was nursing and we rocked along contentedly, when he stops and looks up at me and signs, “puppy” with a questioning vocal. I asked, “where are they?” and he looked at me and signed it again. B said, “you are right! You hear the puppy barking outside?” and then said that he could barely hear it, but a dog was barking somewhere in the neighborhood.
Little Pud is very involved in his own self-care. He uses soap to wash his body, washes his hair, washes his hands, brushes his teeth and his hair, and wipes his body when he sits on the potty.
This morning, I caught the little guy stacking blocks for the first time; a tower of 3 stood strong, but tended to tip when block 4 was added.
He likes to help clean. His favorite activities are sweeping and wiping/dusting furniture with a cloth.
Pud is also learning to put his toys back where they belong when he’s done playing with them, which has also led to some budding sorting skills (for example, putting the wood blocks in one box and the Duplos in another).
His use of language has exploded. He’s added a LOT of words to his vocabulary, though several require contextual cues to understand. He has the polite words of “please” and “thank you”, which makes me one happy mama.
He can run. I mean RUN. He’s fast and doing a much better job of not tripping over his own feet when he runs these days. He’s doing his best to keep up with his puppies.
He loves to throw balls and rope toys for the dogs to retrieve. This is truly one of the highlights of his days!