Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Art of "In"

For quite a while now, Gavin has been a zealous supporter and implementer of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. If I organize the diaper bag or put the board books back on the shelf, within minutes the diaper bag contents or books are strewn about the floor. Of course, if I just leave the books on the floor in front of the bookshelf, they generally stay in their place (at least equilibrium is not books scattered all over every room of the house - yet). However, just yesterday Gavin began to learn the art of putting things IN in addition to pulling things OUT. We put plastic shape toys into the box and then took them out again, and he seemed to like it. Only trouble is I also saw him trying to put a diaper into the heater vent yesterday (we have an old house so our heater vents are in the wall at floor level and have wide enough slits to let all kinds of things through). Oh well, at least he can help put his toys in the toy basket, right?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fun at the Park

I figured today was a great day to go to the park since it wasn't too hot or sunny but was still nice. Gavin managed to get himself soaked in the water fountain and had a great time playing on the slide, swings and jungle gym. He is pretty good at walking around by himself on the uneven ground, but he looks so funny because he always has his hands out in front of him. Another mom called it the "mummy walk," and I agree. I took the camera so I could try out some things I've been learning in a beginning photography class, so I caught him in action!

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Photography Note - none of these photos have been altered post-capture other than cropping on the middle one.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tooth Number Three

This morning we realized Gavin has cut his third tooth (top right)! We wondered yesterday why he was so out of sorts, and that must have been it. Weird, though, because he wasn't cranky for 6 or 7 weeks beforehand; it kind of sneaked up on us. But most likely this one was on its way while the second bottom one was cutting, so perhaps that's why he was extra unhappy with tooth number two!

Gavin keeps adding new words to his vocabulary - like diaper, bird, Lexi, Amy and Grandpa. Recently we've been playing the "what sound does [insert animal or other noise-making thing] make?" game, mostly with me answering for him (though he'll sometimes make the elephant noise but hasn't done the sign for it yet).

I am truly enjoying Gavin right now and am really glad I can be home with him instead of working. My mom was remarking today that she wouldn't have really described her experience with me as "enjoyable" for the first several months of my life (I was the firstborn and slept very, very little - i.e., 6 hours in 24) even though she loved me and was thrilled to have a daughter, and I would have to say the same for me with Gavin. The first five or so months of his life was really tough for me because he was so fussy and irritable (not to mention how extremely difficult it was for him to learn to nurse and his stomach's intolerance of my eating anything with the tiniest bit of dairy in it, which we didn't discover until about 2 1/2 months), although I loved him like crazy. But I am so glad that he has turned into such an enjoyable and fun one-year-old. We are having such a great time, and, probably, I am much less distressed now when he is occasionally irritable or unhappy because of going through the first five months of extreme fussiness. (Not that I want to repeat that with a second baby, though!)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Indian Giver

Today Gavin figured out the art of giving - and then wanting whatever it was back! He played the game with a plastic box with Chad during dinner, and then he helped with the diaper laundry by picking up diapers out of the basket and handing them to us. When the basket started to run low on diapers, however, he stopped giving them away and stashed them on the floor next to him instead. It's fun to see how he's learning!

Recently Gavin has started looking at us while he points to pictures in books as if to ask, "what's this?". Sometimes he will even say what it is, if it happens to be a bird, dog or duck (that he recognizes as such). Chad picked up his bedtime book today and he promptly turned to the first page, pointed to the little flock of birds in the landscape scene, and said "bir." I think he likes birds because Chad makes a bird-call noise for him when he points them (but I can't mimic it correctly, so he has to put up with a less-bird-like noise from me).

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Second Tooth (finally)!

Gavin's second tooth is finally in, after many weeks of irritation and a very large protrusion (we thought it had already come through about 2 or 3 weeks ago because the bump on his gums was so large!). I guessed that it might finally be cutting through yesterday when Gavin was very fussy and really wanted to nurse but as soon as he began, he looked startled and quit. I suppose his gums must have really hurt!

Just a few days ago, Gavin figured out that he can pull himself up and roam around in his crib instead of going to sleep when I put him down for a nap. This has, on recent occasion, caused significant deviation from the normal sleeping schedule! Two days ago he mostly babbled and occasionally cried, most likely while cruising around in his crib playing with his monkey, for an hour after I put him down for his afternoon nap. When I finally went in, I found him standing at the corner of his crib. He didn't end up napping until just before dinner time, when he fell asleep in his car seat on a 5-minute car ride home from the grocery store.

Gavin also just started to be interested in rolling from his back to his stomach (although it's more like flipping than rolling!) and pushing himself around on his stomach (like traditional crawling, except with his belly on the ground). However, so far he only does these things when he's lying on our bed with me and he's supposed to be nursing. So much for the "normal" progression of mobility. He'll walk 20 feet across the house by himself, turning, starting and stopping as he likes, but he still doesn't do the "traditional" crawl!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Walking!

Today Gavin is officially walking all by himself! He is 11 months and 2 days old. It's kind of funny how fast he went from a few accidental independent steps to being willing to walk out in the middle of the rug without anyone or anything in sight to catch him (yes, he still does end up on his face, but at least he puts his hands out and doesn't squash his nose). It's fun to watch his confidence build, especially since he tends to be a relatively cautious and risk-averse baby. Enjoy the video!