Wesley has learned SO MUCH in the last couple of weeks and I wanted to mention it here so I don’t forget.
We’ve been using baby sign language with him intermittently from about 4 months on, but right until he turned a year old we didn’t see anything in response. Then one day, after we signed “all done” after dinner, he held one hand up and shook it. I wasn’t sure, but it SEEMED like he knew what he was doing. Then he did it again the next day! He even does it after nursing (most of the time) to let me know he’s finished.
He also started doing what we call “crazy baby” – if you shake your head back and forth and say “Aaahhahahah” he will do it back to you. I caught this one on video. Not the best angle, but you can tell what he’s doing.
After months and months of asking “how big is the baby?” and helping him reach his hands above his head to say “THIS BIG,” he can finally do it himself! Except he only uses one hand and he puts it on his head. BUT! He knows to do that action if you ask him how big the baby is. I caught this one on video too.
He initiates peek-a-boo himself! He’ll hold a blanket or prefold over his eyes and wait until you say “Where is Wesley?” before moving it away so you can say “Peek-a-boo!” More recently, he figured out that he doesn’t even need something to hold on to – he can just use his hands! Or hide his face!
It doesn’t look like he’s going to walk anytime soon – he cruises around on the coffee table, walls, entertainment center, bookshelves, and anything else he can pull up on, but he’s completely disinterested in letting go and trying to balance. The times he does do it, it’s on accident and it clearly scares the daylights out of him. No rush, I say. I’m fine with him having to crawl to get anywhere.
My wittle babby is turning into a toddler! *sniff*