We find ourselves having to mentally change gears recently, from thinking
about Hamish as a baby to thinking about Hamish as a toddler. Its not just
that he's, er, toddling, but he's changed gear again as he starts to
understand some of what we say. He can understand various facial features
(don't say 'eye' near him unless you want to be poked in the eye) and grabs
the right part. 'Gone' leads to a very cute empty handed shrug. 'Bye'
results in waving goodbye. 'Pram'
gets him climbing into it, and 'outside' makes him pry desperately at
the front door. He occasionally repeats some of the words even, 'beep'
being his favourite one at the moment - everything with a button or horn... or
anything that can be pressed really, makes a beep sound according to
Hamish will demand to be carried around while he points at stuff and says
"this?" and we tell him what it is. The pointing is a little inaccurate,
so sometimes he gets the wrong answer and looks confused.
Additionally, his neural net still requires processing - 'Hot'
for instance, makes him blow his fingers, even if we're talking about the
weather. 'Tea' can end with him pointing at his teeth, making it look
like he would like a cuppa.
'Book' is another popular word, and almost always results in him grabbing
the nearest boardbook and demanding that you read it, or at least flick
through the pages. You might not think it, but an 8 page book about sea
creatures can start to pale a bit after the 13th read. Especially when the
scansion is all wrong. Popular books include a masks book with eyeholes
so you can hold them up and be various animals, a colours book where you
can mix and match baby faces, block and sock colours, a touch-and-feel
book with shiny fish and furry cats, and the hungriest caterpillar. It is
not always necessary to read the books forward, at which point the last
book becomes a sad story about an anorexic caterpillar who gives up
a wide variety of foods, until they waste away. goldengrove
has taken him to storytime at the local library a few times, and that was
pretty popular. Books with real pages are
still a bit beyond him as he gets more value out of crumpling them up and
often tearing them out than looking at the pictures, but we have a library
of books for when that changes.
Although the duplo-headbutting stitches came out last Friday
with hardly any fuss at all, he is still a mass of bumps, bruises
and dents. His shins always have a bruise or two, and often his head too.
He gets ahead of himself with the walking or running and just ploughs
straight into the ground headfirst. I know this is pretty much par for
the course, but most of the people that I've interacted with in the last
20 years are a little less physical than Hamish is, so its something that
There have been other behavioural developments randomly through the month - he
will occasionally demand to be picked up and then give you a hug, along with
patting you on the back. awwwww. Some behaviour has been kind of random -
just after new years he started walking backwards around the house
Simpson in shock style (@ 6mins)). I think he saw someone jogging backward
around the nearby oval, and just started copying them. As you'd expect, he
walks into stuff and falls down a lot, but he has such an awesome expression
up to that point that we don't feel like we should stop him. He's also started
pushing us around the house - not in a mean way, just a gentle pressure to
go the way he wants us to go. He pushed me up to the bench and then demanded to be lifted up so he could see what was up there and he pushed
goldengrove up to his highchair one day because he was hungry.
Food remains a bit of a pain. He can't really feed himself with a spoon yet,
although there is some progress along those lines - by which I mean he
will steal the spoon and swirl food about, then shake the spoon to
redecorate the surrounding area. A shorter spoon seems to have helped that,
and one spoon for him and one for whoever is feeding him. He has issues with
foods with lumps in it. Finger food is ok, although what he will eat
varies, but anything that is sort of puree has to be completely pureed
or he spits out the lumps, and the mouthful of goo with them.
Complicating food has been a lack of interest in eating due to teething. His
incisors are coming through, filling the gap between molars and front teeth,
and it has meant that there was about 4 days where he would demand
food, eat 3 spoonfuls and then push your hand away and try and wriggle down.
He was still getting plenty of milk and liquids, and running around as active
as ever but it began to get a bit
concerning about how little food he was having until it broke. He's also
gone back to chewing things, a habit that seemed to have faded a bit - he's
eaten the spine of books, bit the swings at the playground and munched on
his own hands - anything other that chew on a teething ring.
Its been a real back to basics month, because sleep has been a bit strange
as well - he seems to be alternating between one and two naps a day. You
might think that this is normal as he gets older, but in fact its part of
his cunning scheme to sleep through any event that goldengrove
organises. Mum's group, storytime at the library, lunch with me at uni, he
can be sleep through any of it. He even fell asleep while I was taking him
out to Emerald Lake Park one Sunday morning.
goldengrove was heard to say she
spends half of her life trying to get him to sleep, and the other half waiting
for him to wake up. He's slept through a couple of nights this week, which
is a nice habit for him to get into.
Other things that happened to Hamish during the month include a few
beach trips, Arcanacon, going to Grant's Picnic ground, a mum's group
meating at Jells Park where he got to ride in a kid's bike seat,
staying at his grandmother's overnight on his own, numerous playground
visits and general chaos and madness.
Daguerotypes of a most fascating nature