I have a few things to share about Liam, before I forget them!
- He loves to color. If I need him to stay occupied and out of “trouble” for 10-15 minutes while I do something else, one of the best ways to do that is to sit him on the floor with some paper and a box of crayons. Last night, Liam finished his dinner before Nathan and I even started ours, and he was not content to sit in the high chair while we ate. I got out some crayons and paper so we could try to eat our meal in peace. All was going well until I happened to glance down and realized our floor had purple crayon scribbles all over it! Thankfully, we are smart enough to use washable crayons, and it came clean quite easily.
- Yesterday, I was glancing at a few ads, and Liam was looking at them with me. We came to a page that had this family of four standing around the outdoor furniture that was being advertised, and Liam pointed to the man and said “a dada”! Sometimes it takes me completely off guard when I realize how much he has learned about his surroundings in the past 16 months.
- His language skills are really starting to pick up. A sample of the words he says includes “mama”, “dada”, “cracker”, “banana”, “all done”, “mine”, “yeah”, “cat”, and “dog”. In fact, the other day we were going on an evening walk, and as the neighbor’s dog started barking at us he pointed and said “dog”. He will repeat most anything, at least in some form. He obviously can’t speak everything crystal clear at this point, and still does a lot of jabbering, but it seems his communication skills are changing very fast. In addition, the jabbering he does is much more purposeful than it was a few months ago.
- He loves to “cook”. Another easy way to distract him for a few minutes while I prepare dinner is to give him a pot with a lid and a wooden spoon. He’ll stir the pot, take the lid off, put it back on, and has a great time doing it.
I think that’s all for this week! I have been taking pics, and will try to find the time to load them this week!