With Michael things move real slow for awhile and I find myself wondering if anything is getting through and then he'll have a bunch of development all at once. When this happens I'm always just in awe of how cool this kid is. It blows my mind. But lately, wow, it's just crazy.
His vocab seems to be growing exponentially. He's still really hard to understand on most things, but he's spitting out new words every hour that he's awake. It shocks me the most when he says a word that we don't use a lot. It's like, "Whoa, when did I even say that last?" I think I will have to be a little more careful with swearing now too (not that precocious cursing isn't adorable).
He put two words together for the first time the other day. He said "read book." Or course it sounded more like "eed bokh" but really very understandable (and he was shoving a book in my lap too).
He's counting, well not really, but sort of.... The other day I was pulling the diapers out of the dryer and counting them as I put them in the basket (I always do this to keep an eye on how many diapers he goes through a day). I pulled out the 5th one and tossed it in the basket and stopped to dig deeper in the dryer and before I could get the next diaper he said, "six." I figured this was a fluke so I tried it again the next time I was doing the diapers. I stopped after the 4th and he said "five." Then today I was waiting on him to do something and I started counting (I count to three and if is doesn't do what I ask he goes to the naughty chair). I said "one" then he said "two." But he wouldn't do three.
Of course this doesn't mean that he can count, he just knows what word comes next. But he maybe able to count to 2 because I handed him two crayons today and he said "two." We count to two all the time, so that one would be on for what he's learned.
I've been working with him on his colors. Apparently it's pretty difficult for kids to learn their color words (this article is interesting, I'm going to have to try what they suggest), but Michael seems to have blue and orange down. He doesn't have a clue on the rest of them, but those two he seems to get right most of the time all of a sudden. Oh yeah, and he knows brown like a pro, courtesy of Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
He started spinning in circles the other day. He will spin around and say "circle," he even got down on the floor and started drawing circles in the carpet with this finger.
So maybe this isn't that extraordinary, but when it all happens within a half week time span, it just leaves me wondering "What will he do next?"
The one place he isn't wowing my pants off is his motor skills. This kid is clumsy. Painfully clumsy. He bumps into so much stuff you'd think he was a pinball. And this leads to a lot of tears, which is annoy, honestly. It just really gets old quickly watching a toddler sob, red-faced on the floor every time you turn around. There are days I just feel like bubble wrapping him and sticking him in his crib. This kid has got to get better balance or more careful or tougher.
Ok, I'll STFU now.