Baby Boy Person
We did it! We are like grown ups, like parents, like … I am not even sure. What a strange holiday tradition, we took our dear boy to sit on a scary man’s lap in the name of seasonal merriment!Doesn’t everyone seem thrilled? Who’s the happiest kid at Santa land? It’s Liam! Screaming get your filthy paws off me! You can tell a professional Santa by the steely look in his eye. Santa was a very good sport.
I am looking forward to this Christmas more then in recent years thanks to our new roommate. Liam is 18 months old and BUSY, it is making this season a lot more fun and I am excited to see him unwrap presents. Boxes are every kids favorite thing and we got him a good one 😉
Back to the idea of him being busy. We have a tree in the house and knowing that we also have a toddler, there are about 8 ornaments on it and they are all above the four foot mark. This strategy proved to not be enough just yesterday. Liam backed the Buzz Lightyear mobile up to the tree, stood on it to reach an ornament and pulled it off. One of the glass ball ornaments was now in his clutches! He pulled the little metal top out and took a bite! Yep,he had little bits of glass in his mouth! I had been cutting apple slices in the kitchen when things became disturbingly quiet. Investigating the silence i was very surprised to see him with the glass ornament and then horrified to find that there was glass in his mouth. I pinned him, pried open his jaw and fished little green slivers of glass out.
I managed to get what i think must have been all of it, and i also think that i scared him enough that he has lost interest in the ornaments altogether.
Thanks to the Sorenson Clan for giving us the best birthday book every. It is a Superman book, with textures and popouts. It is a totally great book and it has taught Liam to be a more active in the book reading area. He loves to touch the ‘Man of Steel’s muscles and pet his white dog crypto. Sometimes he even points at our white dog and says “THAT!” It is pretty darn cute.My mother was recently here (it was more like June, but who is counting) and enjoyed some story time action between Liam and Superman.
It is so totally incredible to me that one short year ago Liam was a maggot. He couldn’t move or smile or do anything really.
Now he can:
- put all the kibbles into the water bowl
- take all of the clothes out the the bottom drawers of the dresser
- clear the book case
- fall into the pond
- chase the chickens
- ride his Buzz Lightyear cart
- hide the tv remote
- take the plastic closet bolt covers off the toilet base
- eat regular food
- use the dog door to get out whenever he feels like it
- snuggle up to you and coo so sweetly
And so much more. He has about 5 words and can go get things that you ask for (as long as he also thinks this is a good plan) like ‘where is your cup?’ Andrew and I take him on several bike rides a week and he loves to wave hello to everyone. Neighbors, cows, quail & deer all get a wave and a ‘HI!’.
This is not without it’s challenges. Camping over the long weekend we found ourselves with an inconsolable Liam at 2am and for the subsequent hour there was nothing to be done to improve the situation. Or when he dashes off towards the chicken coop just after you have cleaned him off from the last foray into the chicken yard. It can be pretty frustrating. All in all, we are having a hell of a good time and I am looking forward to the next phases.
Liam is a good helper
Building a potato tower.Ok, maybe he is really just interested in eating the dirt. He is still pretty fun to hang out with.
I think that the garden is going to be fun this year. A lot of times gardening on the high desert can be a real masochistic endeavor; frost, deer, sudden brutally hot days, the big hail storm coming at the end of the month, it even snows on July 4th with some regularity. Somehow I am sucked back in and try again each year.
This year I have a good feeling about it. We are going to grow some good easy and delicious stuff. There is just nothing like eating snap peas out of the garden until you are sick of them… Can’t wait for that day. Thanks for all the help Baby Liam! this is going to be a good year.
Walking – practicing walking.
Proud of his walk practice.
He nearly made it to the next street!
I was an early walker, by my parents account, I was up and running by 9 months. I rather expected to have a similar experience with our mini-me but i think that he may be a little more cautious then I was (which is a good thing!!!). He is content to hang onto things for the time being and is pretty competent at using furniture, walls and toys to help him navigate. He is also fast and good at packing things around even crawling.
What an exciting adventure!
While it is pretty cute to have chicks in the house, it is also pretty annoying. They are loud, smelling, endlessly enticing to the Jack Russell and they require a lot of monitoring. Andrew is especially displeased with the arrangement, and when I have made someone unhappy with one of my projects… It makes it harder to enjoy. Still, this is about the cutest thing ever!
And once these egg machines are out of the house and turning bugs into delicious breakfasts, everyone will be happy and back on board for another project.
Liam is to the phase where he is looking for danger...
He seems actively trying to hurt himself.He has not yet made the choice to topple through the dog door and onto the garage floor, but any day now. There is carpet out there, so it will not be all that bad. It will be somewhat traumatic…And he is just so dern CUTE! Maybe we should have made Danger his middle name.