Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Motion, Direction, Acceleration

Why Hello August!  And boy do I have a quite a bit to say about our little baby boy.  I found out this week that he's officially a toddler now.  I got a call from some childhood development lab at UMass Boston asking if I had a toddler in the house.  I asked them what age a toddler would be and they told me "between 14 and 18 months" (which, yeah, narrow range for a toddler, no?)  But STILL!  I was thinking that LILY was the toddler.  No, turns out she's a pre-schooler.  I'm not doing a good job keeping up here folks.

So OK my last post on Quinn was way too long ago.  And a ton has been going on with him.  I look back at that 11 month post and it's like I hardly recognize him.  For starters he's walking now - yeah - full-on toddling around and causing trouble.  He particularly enjoys walking with stuff in his hands.  Look here's a video:

 I'm a little perplexed when parents talk about worrying that they will miss their child's first steps.  Mostly because it feels like I'm sitting right there and I still miss it.  I always envisioned walking being some momentous thing.  Like one day the crawling baby just gets up and starts toddling around.  And maybe that's how it is for some, but definitely not for my kids.  Quinn went through a period of standing and taking a step here and there - mostly flinging himself into furniture or something like that.  I do remember one day he took a very distinct step while we were at Albion Park playing with some friends.  I have no idea if that was his first one.  From there it took a while to get to full-fledged walking.  But we're there now and I can't really tell you when it happened.  All I know is that it was definitely after he hit 14 months old and before he hit 15 months.  

Even now I find myself wondering what was that short, kind of lumbering motion I caught from the corner of my eye.  Is there a velociraptor in the house? or perhaps a miniature Frankenstein?  Then I look closer and remember that my baby is now a toddler and he's off to damage himself in some new and wonderful way.  Since he's been walking he's fallen down stairs three times, bloodied two nostrils and his lip,  and crashed headfirst into numerous objects (sometimes he thinks he can run - he's wrong).  He loves to climb things - especially chairs.  He climbs up on little chairs and treats them like rocking horses, daring them to tip over.   They usually rise to the challenge quite nicely.  Thankfully I am (nearly) always there to catch him.

He chases Jeh-Jeh around intent on doing whatever it is that she is doing. She likes to "help" him along.  See here they are in action - with friends like these..... (this one's a little long, but I think it's totally worth it)
Seriously though - he totally adores her.  It's completely awesome to watch them together (well most of the time).

He's also in that awesome stage where he understands a ton of what's said to him.  If I start talking about going out he'll go to the front door, find Lily's shoes and bring them to her.  Then he gets his shoes, sits down and tries to put them on.  Eventually he'll give up and call me over to help ("eh eh eh!"). Once his shoes are on he stands up and finds my shoes and hands them to me.

He follows Lily's lead on everything.  We're asking her to clear her dishes after meals now and so when he's done eating he neatly stacks his dishes, fork and cup and hands it to one of us.  He's nearly mastered using a fork and spoon.  He still LOVES to eat.

He loves music.  He will dance to pretty much anything.  When he's sitting in his chair eating you can ask him to "do the Quinny shimmy" and he'll smile and wiggle side to side.  He loves to slide the chicken on the Little People farm house so that it plays the "Old MacDonald" tune.  He does his little shimmy dance, laughs and does it again. Look I captured it on video for you:

Wasn't that adorable? You're welcome*.

I love that when I come home from work now I hear squeals of joy and TWO little people barrel down the hallway to give me a hug.  Lily gets there first, but Q is never far behind. Watch out Jeh-Jeh he's going to catch up quickly!

*After filming this video I left the farm on the floor.  An hour later after putting Quinn to bed someone came by to purchase the bumbo that we hardly used.  The bumbo was up on a high shelf in front of the farm.  The step stool that I got was too short.  I fell - badly - and ended up with a Little People farm-shaped bruise and abrasion on my back.  I did it all for you - I hope you enjoyed the video.