Thursday, August 7, 2008

Diaper Blowout

We had our first major diaper blowout today. For those of you who use cloth diapers (and wash them out in the toilet), you'll understand when I say it took 4 flushes to get all the nasty out of the diaper, pants and onesie! Ick! We both had to take baths, and I also needed to change clothes. Most of the time, the cloth diapers do an incredible job of holding everything in, especially compared to when I have used disposables, but sometimes the quantity is just too much, I guess! This is one time in my life when I have been thankful to have a nasty cold so that I can't smell anything. :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday, Gavin! (Well, yesterday really. We were so busy with birthday activities that I didn't get to post.) Gavin enjoyed his birthday cake and opening his presents.

Gavin and His Cake

Gavin's Cake

It's hard to believe that he was born a whole year ago! Here are photos of Gavin then and now:

Gavin Sleeping

Being Weighed

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Future Photographer

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Learning

Chad and I were talking today about how amazing it is to watch Gavin learn. It is so fun to be able to communicate with him and to see him figure things out.

Today he learned two more signs - "please" and "hot". We had used these two signs with him only once or twice before today, so I was pretty amazed that he picked them up so quickly. I think the thing that really solidifies a sign in his mind is for us to take his hand and help him do it himself. After we've helped him once, he's pretty much got it. At least, that's how it worked the other day for "hat" and today for "please," but he figured "hot" out on his own today.

Gavin was enthralled with the power drill that Chad was using to put up our new cellular blinds today. He loved touching the part that rotates (while it was going SLOWLY and couldn't hurt him - don't worry) and would constantly ask to see it while Chad was trying to use it. He ended up saying "drill" quite clearly once. He watches our mouths and wrinkles his eyebrows as if to ask us to say a word more slowly so he can figure out how to say it himself.

Gavin's little personality is growing, too, which is fun and sometimes requires discipline. Up to this point, he has almost never showed affection for us by snuggling unless he was nursing or, very occasionally, when it was time to go to sleep. Today at church he put his head on Chad's chest and laid there happily many different times and for several minutes at a time. He also has been expressing his desires a lot more loudly and demanding-ly lately, but, amazingly to me, when I tell him not to have a bad attitude or to say please he understands and (maybe half the time) changes his tone.

I think Gavin is also trying to run. Or, at least, whatever running looks like for a one-year-old! Let's just say at times he is definitely walking significantly faster than at other times. He has almost completely given up the "mummy walk" and keeps his hands either right next to his shoulders (with elbows bent) or near his pants pockets while walking now.

Friday, August 1, 2008

First "Real" Shoes

FirstRealShoes

Gavin and I went to get his first pair of "real" shoes a few days ago. By "real," I mean that they are particularly made for walking (with thicker soles) and that we actually tried them on his feet in the store. I hope I end up liking how they fit and wear because I certainly love how they look! I haven't come across a lot of boy's shoes (with soles) that I love, but I really like this brand (See Kai Run). We have also ordered a couple pairs of Preschoolians for Gavin, but they haven't come in yet.

Vocabulary

I realized the other night (as I was trying to fall asleep and failing) that I could count 17 words that Gavin says off the top of my head. So, I thought maybe I should try to write down a list of the words he says currently, especially since it's almost his one-year birthday and I will probably enjoy reading next year about what he was doing at this time this year. So, here we go:

Recognizable words (26):
mama
daddy
baby
duck
dog
bread
shoe
Amy
Lexi
grandma (ma-mah)
grandpa (bam-pah)
Mimi
Papa
apple (a-puh)
bubble
diaper (by-puh)
bath
door
bird
lock/unlock
clock
book
ball
no
up
uh-oh

Not-so-recognizable words, but at least I've figured out what he means (5):
water (bah-puh, sounds almost the same as apple)
car (kkkkk)
key (kkkkk, sounds the same as car, currently)
hat (mostly not making any sound with his mouth open like he wants to say hhhh)
hot (haaaaa - all breath, no vocal cords)

Has said these at least once or twice but aren't a part of his working vocabulary (3):
avocado (ah-do)
cherry (cheh-hee)
turtle (tuh-tul)

He also does a few signs, but since he's been so verbose lately and learning new words so easily, I didn't want to distract him with doing lots of signs instead of words (since the whole point of the signs is to eventually get to the words). Currently he signs milk, more, eat, water, music, all done and hat (music is his own made-up sign, which is his version of dancing).