Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's Fun to be One!

I figured that since Talmage is one and it has been a while since I have done one of these "developmental highlights" posts, I would do one. Enjoy!
-At his 12 month doctor's appointment, he weighed in at only 19 pounds, 13 ounces, which puts him in the 10th percentile! His height had also dropped down to the 75th percentile (30.5 inches). However, he is wearing size 5 shoes, and some of those are even a bit small on him. He still has really long feet! He is our little labrador retriever.
-He has become quite the full-blown toddler the last 2-3 months. Temper tantrums and independence battles have become the norm. I try to give him as much independence as possible, but he always seems to be ready to take the next step. Thankfully with his increased ability to communicate the temper tantrums have decreased.
-He still loves books. His other favorite activity is to destroy the house. Seriously, I am amazed at how quickly he can make a perfectly clean house into a perfect disaster! He just runs around emptying cupboards, throwing books/toys all over the place, clearing off shelves, and just generally making a mess. His pediatrician was definitely right when he said he was going to find trouble fast, back when he was just a few months old! He sure is cute about it, though.
-Along with the mess making, he has learned how to help clean up. He loves it when we sing the clean up song with him, and he will go around picking stuff up and putting it away or giving it to me.

-He is talking quite a bit! He can say: amen, Jesus, yeah, please, baby, hot, soft, okay, clean up, Dada, Mama/Mommy, E-I-E-I (as in Old MacDonald), etc. along with a bunch of animal sounds.
-As I touched on before, he is also learning to communicate what he wants much better, which has resulted in a lot less crying. If he wants more milk, he will bring over his empty cup. If he wants to hold something, he will point to it and open and close his hand. If he wants us to pick him up, he will reach his arms up. Things like that are making life a bit easier.
-He is extremely conversational. In various offices, at Church, in the grocery store, etc. he will just go off talking jibberish to anyone and everyone. So many people comment on that trait of his. Yesterday we were in an office and he went around from person to person, talking to each one for a minute or two before moving on to the next. He will also respond to pretty much anyone's questions with his characteristic, "Yeah."

-He can find the sleeve in his shirts/pjs if I hold them up and ask him to put his arm in.
-A couple of months ago he went through this amazing change that literally happened overnight. He loves going to bed now! We go through our little routine, and then I lay him in his crib, wide awake, and he pleasantly stays laying down. He goes to sleep without a peep most nights, and if he does talk/cry, it only lasts a few seconds. Amazing!!!
-He still has just 4 teeth.
-He knows how to be soft and gentle with scriptures and reverent during prayers. He LOVES saying Amen when the prayer is done and usually follows that with clapping or the "SO big" gesture (raising both arms high into the air).
-He drinks SO much! I think he would drink water or milk all day long if it was always readily available.
-He loves cars, trucks, motorcycles, power tools, etc. He loves to help me with cooking and chores around the house, and has actually overcome his fear of the food processor for the most part. At least it doesn't make him sob anymore!
-He loves playing with Daddy most, but goes to Mommy for comfort or when he gets hurt. Isn't that just the way it goes with kids?
-He wants to do everything like an adult. This means that if I give him a bath he tries to climb out of the tub--he must have showers. At first I would hold onto his arm so he didn't slip and fall, but he soon began shoving my arm away, so now I just sit on the edge of the tub, ready to catch him if he slips. He just stands under the water, letting it pour over him! Most of the time he doesn't even want to play with his bath toys while he is showering.
-That also means he likes to walk up the stairs, one foot per stair. Of course he isn't big enough to do that on his own yet, so I hold onto his arms, but it still strikes me as so funny!

-He loves pushing buttons. I let him sit at the piano and play (it's a digital piano), but he doesn't pound the keys very much...he just messes around with all the buttons! He also loves pushing the number keys on cell phones, playing with the buttons on the alarm clock, etc.
-He is very social. He loves other kids his age or a little older, and he is extremely delighted and fascinated by little babies. He just stares at them with a huge grin on his face or gently rubs them. He also loves my piano students--especially the 10ish year old boys. He has a thing for preteen boys. He is always trying to get them to play with them and tries to climb on their lap while they are playing the piano. He is such a boy!! It is so funny.
-He loves clapping his hands and tossing it in the oven for Pat-a-Cake.
-He loves it when the missionaries come over for dinner and puts on a silly show for them. He brings his toys over and tries to put them in their backpacks, tries to rip Preach My Gospel right out of their hands mid-lesson, and is just all around silly, which makes it kind of hard for them to concentrate on the lesson they're trying to teach!
-We LOVE this boy! Each day is such a joy with him in our lives!

P.S. I have been listening to this a lot lately! If you click on that link, it will take you to a website which plays his latest CD over and over again. I have just been leaving the website pulled up because the music is SO beautiful! Someday I'm going to learn to play the violin and Sam is going to learn how to play the cello...maybe only in our dreams, but hopefully it will be a reality at some point!


  1. A shower - now that's an idea. Peter has decided he's in an anti-bath phase. He simply refuses to sit down in the water, which makes soaping him off rather slippery and dangerous, and totally ineffective. Maybe I'll try the shower, see how it goes.

    Still only four teeth, huh? Be grateful, maybe by the time his molars start coming in, he'll be old enough that he won't wake up and cry in the night. We had to go in and calm Peter down a couple times a night for a few weeks while he got his. Poor kids.

    BTW, I love the updates like this, it's so fun to "see" this boy change.

  2. Yuck about the molars! I think two of Talmage's bottom teeth are working their way in...he's been drooling and fussy for a LONG time now...but they're not poking through yet!

    I hope you have more success with the shower!


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