Friday, April 12, 2013

Noah's tricks: 15 months, 3 weeks old

I write all of Noah's new "tricks" down in his journal, but it'd be fun to have some recorded here too!

-dis (this)
-peace (please)
-na-na (banana)<< theeee cutest thing i've ever heard. I know you care. ha!
-nu-nu (noodle)
-amooo (cow)
-mmm-mmm (yummy, tastes good, something to that extent, all while rubbing his belly!)
-nigh-nigh (night night, go to bed)
-hah! (like a gasp, only when he's really excited, and he'll put his hands on his face)
-ah-dah (all done, after he eats)

He's still showing us his ears, belly, head, mouth, tongue, nose, toes, and feet. I'm working on his hands, fingers, knees, and shoulders. He loves when we sing and do the motions for "head, shoulders, knees and toes." He also loves the Primary song that starts "Whenever I hear the song of a bird..." because we do actions for it and it talks about all the senses. "I am a Child of God" calms him down faster than any hug or kiss for him. I love singing to him. Anytime a song ends, he claps! I love it.

The kid has taken over my iPad. We've gotten to the point where we have to hide it every day and only use it as a last resort if I need to get dinner in the oven or :) He'll navigate through all his different apps and go back and forth between those and his shows on Netflix. He'll watch 10 minutes of Barney here, go play with an app, then watch 10 minutes of Backyardigans, etc. What the heck?!

He loves getting chased. We've got him in this terrible habit of running away from us when we count to five...what were we thinking? During the winter we'd just chase him back and forth in our apartment and play hide and seek by counting. Now when he runs towards the street (every day...) and we start running after him he goes faster... we'll need to figure this one out. Total "rookie parent" mistake.

He just now started fake laughing. Whenever there's a group of adults talking and laughing, he'll watch us all laugh and just scrunch his nose and say "ha-ha-ha!" Total goof ball. He just wants to be big and part of the conversation.

He's now picking up speed when he is walking--just about a run, I'd say. When he gets excited, he'll put his dead down, bend over, put his arms parallel to his body and take off in the funniest little run I've ever seen. He loves running up and down little hills, wherever we find them.

This kid has so much attitude. He wants pure independence so badly. I feel like he's an older kid stuck in a toddler's body sometimes. I can't talk to him like a baby anymore or he'll just stare at me with this look like, "seriously? why are you talking to me like that..." It's a little bit sad for me! He's starting to throw tantrums and that's not fun!

Dad is still his favorite. I'm hoping that stage subsides while Mark is gone and he's stuck with me 24/7!

He is extremely determined. When he sees something that interests him, he will stare and pick and prod at whatever it is for minutes on end. He's very focused on details...for example, he was in the bathtub the other day and I had a healthy amount of toys in there for him to play with. Instead of playing with the toys, he kept focusing in on a piece of felt the size of a grain of rice that was floating in the water. He kept trying to grab it and kept at it for a couple of minutes. All the time he does weird things like that and I'm like, "go play like a normal kid!" haha, but what is "normal"? These pictures, for example...we were at a play ground and after a few minutes of walking around it, he decided to play with my cup instead. He would put the lid on and take it off over and over again. Drop ice inside and take it out over and over. I can just watch him all day long! Oh wait, I do!

 He gets really restless if we don't leave the house at least once a day. He turns into a crazy person in fact, so I try to get him fed and ready for the day soon after he wakes up from his morning nap so that we can just get in the car and go...usually to the park, the Tree house at the mall, Costco, or...yeah, that's pretty much it! I LOVE it though. I love his energy and spunk. I can always tell when he's not feeling well because he'll just want to sit and watch shows. He's also really grumpy and unappeasable when he's not feeling well. I wish he could talk and tell me though! Lately he's been really healthy and we have seriously been thanking the Heavens for these wonderful days of health because it is a NIGHT AND DAY difference.

He's been so healthy but yesterday he started getting an infection again. He went through 12 poopy diapers in one day, which left him with a raw bum. It's really painful for him and I'm sure his stomach doesn't feel too nice either with all that poo coming constantly. It's better than being constipated though!! Hopefully we can get him through it with just doing enemas and not antibiotics. We are smarter than the doctors when it comes to his health at this point, honestly! I'm so grateful for Noah and that he's with us. He's my little buddy and I literally can't even imagine having another one! One day maybe!

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