Anyway, he's big and strong and boyish and funny. He can do SO MANY THINGS this past month. I'm not even going to try to organize them, so here's a list.
One week, five months, ten months. Doesn't look like a huge difference in the past five months, does it?
- Stand up completely on his own with nothing to hold, and remain standing indefinitely.
- Walk really well with someone holding his hands, and take 1-2 steps on his own.
- Wave hello when he feels like it (but it's up and down, not side to side). This, of course, only really applies to me and Noah. He won't do it for strangers or the camera.
- Give you things if you hold out your hand. This one is actually useful. He can now pick up pens and stuff and give them to me. He also likes to feed things to me and Noah.
- May or may not be able to sign 'milk.' I'm really not sure if he knows what it means or if he's just mimicking me for fun.
- Eat all his food and not drop any on the floor. Well, unless he's finished, in which case he'll methodically pluck one piece after another and carefully drop it, checking each time to make sure it actually hit the floor. Also he has realized that if he drops food sometimes the cats will come over. But mostly he just eats all of his food like a people.
Most pictures came out like this, because Jim is terribly interested in the camera this month.
- Makes jokes. Well, makes joke, anyway, in the singular. He thinks putting things on heads is HILARIOUS, whether it's his own head or someone else's. He also thinks it's pretty funny when I wear one of Noah's hats, although the hats are not amusing at all if they're on Noah's head.
- Tan lines and bleached-blond hair. He's been in the sun a lot.
- Recognizes the cats and the word 'kitty cat.' Thinks the sign for 'cat' is hilarious, but doesn't try to mimic it.
- Looks for things behind and/or under obstacles. His favorite game is being chased around the bed and then looking under the bed at whomever is on the other side.
Sitting still = BORING.
- Turns pages. This makes story time a bit tricky, but he has a great deal of fun
- Uses the Xbox controller. He knows which button turns it on, and he knows that pushing buttons makes things happen on the screen. He also knows that it doesn't work if you take the batteries out and will abandon it immediately if that happens. If you give him back the battery pack, he knows where to put it on the controller, but can't quite get it in.
- Better at making wants known. If he's sitting in his high chair, he will shout until the food arrives. If someone else is eating or drinking, he will be RIGHT THERE until he's given a share.
Busy month for Jim, no?
Jim exults in his progress.