Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Bringing up baby: Other milestones

In other news, Tilly achieved the milestone of completing his spiral animal jigsaw puzzle all by himself. The puzzle was for aged 3yo+.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Bringing up baby: Atilla's picture 26 May 2013

(c) Atilla 2013
This is Atilla's first drawing using ColorPadFree app on the ipad.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Bringing up baby: Dual wielding Atilla at Two.

Dual wielding Atilla v2 (c) ^_^ 2013
1) On Saturday, Atilla was positively playful. He delayed his bath-time with Daddy through the excuse of helping Mummy with sweeping up the dining room and kitchen floors. Sure, as parental units, we like to encourage volunteers with household chores. We give verbal instructions, such as,
"You need a big broom, and the brush. You don't need two big brooms."
"Even Mister Miyagi couldn't use two brooms at the same time."

We discover new things.
"Well, Tilly just proved me wrong. He can use two brooms at the same time." And he did. He really did. Each broom head swept up the bits on the floor.

Then Daddy came in, and Tilly pursued Daddy's feet with two brooms.
"I'm two!" Tilly says proudly.

2) Atilla is becoming incredibly verbose. His language is practiced every day. It's so cute. I love hearing it. What he says is grammatically correct, and can be contextually wrong. He says, "I'm two!" frequently throughout the day. He is two years old.

What he means is, "I have two [of the same items]". 

3) Tilly can count to two. Proven.
3.1) We're wondering if he can start his count from 1. His counting system often starts, "Two, Four, Six" or "Two Four Five".
3.2) I'm wondering if he quite understands counting. I've been the audience as he counts his 4 stuffed animal bed companions, "Two Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten".

Note: Dual-wielding Atilla at One.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Bringing up baby: Bunga bunga & 21 May 2013

Tilly has a new sound: "Bunga bunga", "Bunga bung"

It is used in Play, such as when he's stomping around on the bed, or clapping games, or Banging Things On Other Things games.

Last night was quite good. For the first time, he asked to use the toilet to poop. We were so happy. I hope it continues. It's only been two years since we started Elimination Communication.

I've made him his second set of slippers. They're still too big. He made a request for another one. Daddee protested, saying it takes too long. We'll see. I've found the stash of acrylic 8ply which could do the trick. No more fancy stuff, just a straight pattern. I should be able to complete it within two weeks.

This morning, midnight even, Tilly had a nightmare. He woke up inconsolable, and I had to cuddle him like a baby, like I used to. That was the only way he calmed down after 5-10mins of shrieking tears to the point of up-chucking.

This morning, 5.30am or so, I woke up with the pitter patter of little feet kicking my face. Nice. He'd taken off his slippers because they were too big.


We're getting better at exiting the home in the morning while keeping good humour. Tilly likes to play a lot.

He does make life a lot more fun.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Bringing up baby: update April 2013

It’s been a while. Just been too busy with life.

Tilly has developed quite a bit since the last instalment. He’s verbalising much more. Some new catchphrases:
“Oh sure!”
“Be careful!”
"Thank you"
"Help please!"
"I'm stuck!"
"Find Daddy"
"Find Polar Bear"
“What you doing?!” accompanied by a body pose of standing sternly with knuckled hands on hips.
"Go way" (after he's been told by Authority not to do something, and he wants to do it anyway).

He’s still Marching, and Beep beeping.

Marching has a new addition. We march around on the bed in a steady pace, then stamp/march furiously in one spot, then fall over. He’s small enough to bounce on his tush. I have to bounce more carefully.

One of my happy thoughts is when he wanted to March March with a freebie Mother’s Day rose I’d received from the supermarket.

I made him some slippers a few weeks ago. They are too big. He’ll grow into them. In the meantime, they keep falling off his feet, he cries, and we have to find them and put them back on his feet. Even if it’s still dark and he’s just come out of bed and we’ve been woken directly from a deep sleep.

His bodyshape is changing. He’s more lines than rounds now.

He is absolutely lovely.